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7th September 2022
Year round departures available
Selected UK airports
7th September 2022
Year round departures available
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Day 1: Arrive Sydney
On arrival into Sydney International Airport, you will pick up your hire car and then make your way to Holiday Inn Potts Point, where you will spend the next two nights. Sydney is New South Wales’ vibrant capital and the largest city in Australia, home to the famous Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. Perhaps tonight, take a walk down to Sydney Harbour for your first views of the city’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Day 2: Sydney
Today, you will discover the story behind one of the greatest buildings of all time – the Sydney Opera House. This one-hour tour brings to life the saga behind the making of this world-famous building, designed by Jorn Utzon. Your guide will take you on an emotional journey inside this modern masterpiece, putting Jorn Utzon on centre stage, paying tribute to his creative genius. You will discover how, against a landslide of political and public criticism, he created the youngest building ever to be World Heritage listed. You will be taken inside one of the working venues to experience the magic behind the world’s most extraordinary opera, ballet, symphony, and dramatic performances. Finish at Opera Bar to indulge like a local Sydney-sider with a choice of Australian-inspired dishes. The choice is yours as you savour one of the world’s most beautiful harbour views. It’s difficult to find a better venue in Sydney to dine. At the end of the tour, make your own way back to your Sydney accommodation or continue to explore downtown.
Day 3: Sydney – Blue Mountains
Check out of your hotel this morning and load up the car for your drive to the scenic Blue Mountains. The drive takes only roughly 90 minutes but you will want to depart Sydney early enough to allow for a full day to explore the Blue Mountains National Park (entry fees apply). The World Heritage-listed park features over one million hectares of dramatic cliffs, unspoiled bushland, deep canyons, and lush rainforest. Make sure to visit the famous Three Sisters rock formation and Scenic World, where you can witness the vastness of the Blue Mountains and join the optional rides – Scenic Railway, Cableway, or Skyway (own expense). Once you have had your fix of this epic scenery, check into your hotel, Old Leura Dairy, then explore the pretty town of Leura.
Day 4: Blue Mountains – Hunter Valley
Today, you will drive from the Blue Mountains to Hunter Valley and check into Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Australia’s oldest wine region, Hunter Valley boasts more than 150 vineyards, many of which offer tours and tastings. Beyond the wine, Hunter Valley is also home to many acclaimed restaurants and delicious local produce, so plan to spend the rest of your day indulging in exquisite food and drinks.
Day 5: Hunter Valley – Port Macquarie
The next stop on your Australian self-drive holiday is the pretty, coastal town of Port Macquarie. With its idyllic climate, beautiful beaches, and a sophisticated dining scene, Port Macquarie has become a favoured destination on the New South Wales Coast. The town is also known for having the highest koala population on the east coast of Australia and is home to the famous Koala Hospital, which treats and rehabilitates around 250 sick or injured koalas a year. Free tours of the facility are available, but advance booking is required. Your accommodation for the night is the stylish Rydges Port Macquarie, which is home to the award-winning Zebu Bar & Restaurant.
Day 6: Port Macquarie – Coffs Harbour
Travelling north along the coast, your next destination is Coffs Harbour. With stunning coastal walks and rainforest trails, as well as many magnificent national parks, Coffs Harbour is home to incredible natural beauty and adventure. Enjoy activities such as kayaking, surfing, and mountain biking, or go bushwalking and discover spectacular lookouts. The Solitary Islands coastal walk has spectacular vantage points for whale watching between May and November. Your accommodation for the night, BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort, is a tropical-style beachfront resort and offers plenty of amenities should you wish to simply relax at the hotel today. There’s four swimming pools to enjoy and you are located right on Diggers Beach.
Days 7-8: Coffs Harbour – Byron Bay
This morning, you will continue your journey to Byron Bay on the north coast of New South Wales, where you will spend the next two nights at Eco Beach Resort Byron Bay. One of the world’s most famous coastal towns, Byron Bay is renowned for its stunning natural attractions, eclectic community, and great surfing beaches. Spend your time soaking up the bohemian vibes of the town, chilling out at the beach, or getting involved in some water sports. After dark, this town is known for its nightlife and there are plenty of pubs, bars, and nightclubs to explore.
Day 9: Byron Bay – Gold Coast
Next up is the vibrant Gold Coast, with a two-night stay at Crowne Plaza Gold Coast Surfers Paradise. Blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year and boasting miles of white-sand beaches, thrilling theme parks, and a thriving arts and culture scene, the Gold Coast is Australia’s premier holiday destination. Surfers Paradise is the liveliest area of the gold coast, with busy beaches and exciting nightlife.
Day 10: O'Reilly & Lamington National Park
Today, you will be collected from your Surfers Paradise accommodation for a full-day tour that visits the iconic O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, situated in the heart of the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park. The journey there takes you via the township of Canungra, the scenic Canungra Valley, and army training grounds to quaint Tamborine Mountain for shopping, wineries, fresh produce, art and crafts, and fine foods. On arrival, you will climb 1,000 metres through subtropical rainforest to the world’s first treetop walk at O’Reilly’s. Along the way, spot pretty-faced wallabies, exotic birds, and if you are lucky, a koala. You will have approximately two hours to enjoy O’Reilly’s Plateau. At the completion of the tour you will be transferred back to your Surfers Paradise accommodation.
Day 11: Gold Coast – Brisbane
The last destination on your road trip is Brisbane, where you will spend two nights at Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane. The sunny, modern capital of Queensland offers award-winning restaurants, enticing nightlife, incredible shopping, world-class art galleries and exhibitions, and exciting sporting and cultural events. Perhaps go bar-hopping between the city’s chic rooftop bars, absorb world-class art at QAGOMA, or visit Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach.
Day 12: Australia Zoo
Get ready for your Full-Day Croc Express to Australia Zoo Tour today. Travel in an air-conditioned Croc Express coach to the zoo made famous by Steve and Terri Irwin, now a living legacy to Steve and his conservation efforts. Home to over 1,200 native and exotic species of wildlife, you’ll see koalas, wombats, snakes, kangaroos, and more. Come face-to-face with majestic tigers, hand-feed elephants, or get your photo taken with a baby alligator; today will be the ultimate wildlife adventure. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your Brisbane accommodation.
Day 13: Depart Brisbane
Today, it’s time to bid farewell to Australia. Check out of your hotel and drive to Brisbane Airport, where you will return your hire car and begin your journey back to the UK.