10 days trippin' from Gold Coast to Byron
From one golden, sun-drenched oasis to another, this itinerary features the best of the Gold Coast and Byron Bay.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Hit up the Gold Coast and Hinterland via the Currumbin Valley.
- Get adventurous with a Canyon Flyer Zipline, Skydive, Kayak, Surf and so much more.
- Hit the beach, pubs, and shops in Byron Bay
Time: 10 Days
Transport: Car & Plane
This road trip will take you from the vibrant sunshine city of the Gold Coast to the unique beachside town of Byron Bay. All you have to do is kick back and enjoy some serious fun (...and drive).
Day 1: Go Large on the Gold Coast
If you’re on the Gold Coast you have to hit up Surfers Paradise, it’s pretty mandatory. After you’ve obediently done what we’ve told you, leave Surfers to try a Kite Surfing lesson at Southport, or if you don’t feel ready for the challenge, a Jet Boating experience will do the trick… just don’t expect to stay dry as you go through 360 spins, fishtails, high speed drifting and beach buzzing.
For sunset, head to SkyPoint and start your SkyPoint climb. SkyPoint Climb is Australia's highest external building climb (yep, you’re basically Spiderman, scaling the side of a building) and gives you 360' views of the Gold Coast.
Day 2: Discover the Gold Coast Hinterland
This morning you’re headed to Mount Tamborine, the beating green heart of the Gold Coast Hinterland. Try the Canyon Flyer Zipline Tour just to get that early morning adrenalin pumping. This consists of seven huge ziplines that cross Cedar Creek Canyon multiple times before dropping into the canyon and flying just above the tree top canopy below. You will get more than 60 metres high and get up to speeds as fast as 70 kilometres per hour.
If you’re up for it, after the Canyon Flyer, Treetop Challenge also offers a high ropes adventure course.
Day 3: Thrill-seeking on the Gold Coast
Today is another day of adventure. If you’re game, try a skydive with Gold Coast Skydive. If you’re like 99% of the humans and are a bit scared of jumping out of a plane, rest easy, friends. The feeling is often described as floating on a cushion of air (you know, as you hurtle 7,500 feet through the sky in 45 seconds before landing on Kirra Beach).
If Skydive is not for you (we won’t hold it against you), try the Harley Davidson Motorcycle tours. You’ll have a driver so all you have to do is sit back, relax, feel the wind in your hair as you embrace the open road.
Day 4: Gold Coast to Byron Bay
Leave the Gold Coast for Byron Bay, which is an easy peasy one hour drive away. When you get to Byron, stretch your legs with a walk up to Cape Byron Lighthouse Lookout.
As the evening rolls in grab some fish and chips on the beach.
Stay overnight at Nomads Byron Bay, a great hostel with a huge courtyard and two Jacuzzis.
Day 5: Learn to Surf
Today is all about the surf. Take on a full day session with Let’s Go Surfing, Byron Bay’s longest running surf school. It is totally equipped for surfing newbies so you have no excuse. Soz.
Head back to your hostel after your surf to chill a bit before hitting Byron’s Bay party bar, Cheeky Monkey’s.
Day 6: All the Food of Byron Bay
For all the great food opps, do a Taste Byron Bay food tour. They’re actually a great way to explore the area. The tours are designed to highlight either an area, or a group of producers, who are making, or producing some seriously good produce. Whether you’d like to visit a farm, explore the Hinterland, go on a wild shopping spree, visit a local brewery, or just enjoy some good food, this is a good tour to hit up.
Finish the day on Main Beach where the hub of sunset activity happens every evening. It is the perfect spot to go with friends and a picnic blanket, find a patch of grass and chill out.
Day 7: Get to know Byron Bay's Marine Life
One of the most amazing things you can do in Australia is get up close and personal with our wildlife. As luck would have it, today you’ll be kayaking with dolphins, whales and turtles in the clear blue waters of the Cape Byron Marine Park. About 10 kilometres up the road from the Bay is the Brunswick River which you can explore with Go Sea River Kayak tour.
After the tour, kick back and enjoy some serious beach time.
Day 8: Byron Bay – Getting Herbal and Spiritual
Byron Bay is a well-known hot spot for yoga and natural therapies, so you really just need to embrace the magic. Start your morning at Beachside Yoga and Massage. The best part? Byron Bay studio is located just metres from the beach so you can pop over and spend the day soaking up sun on the sand.
Day 9: Snorkel with Sea Turtles
For your last day in Byron, you’re heading to snorkel with sea turtle at Julian Rocks Marine Reserve with Byron Bay Dive Centre. The reserve is home to three different species of sea turtle, an assortment of rays including mantas, hard and soft corals, friendly wobbegong sharks and over four hundred different species of fish. All of this is only a five-minute boat ride from Byron Bay.
Soak up your last hours in Byron Bay with last minute shopping, beach session and sunset walk.
Day 10: Say Your Farewells
Wake up for an early morning surf before you head to the airport to drop your rental car and check in for a flight to the next stop on your Australian adventure.