11 days trippin' from Sydney to Byron Bay
Not only do you get to experience all the rad stuff Sydney has to offer, you also get an epic coastal journey to Byron Bay, which is pretty much the most relaxed place ever.
What to expect
- Check out Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley
- Suss out Newcastle, Port Stephens and Coffs Harbour
- Hit the beach, pubs, and shops in Byron Bay and embrace your inner hippie.
- Time: 11 Days
- Transport: Car
- Price: $$
You get all the glory of Sydney THEN you get to travel along the coast of continuous surf beaches to the lush hinterland of rolling hills. It’s epic stuff, guys. Once in Byron it’s all about chilling out and embracing the relaxed vibe.
Day 1: Sydney icons - Bondi to bridge
Have breakfast in Bondi and gear up for the Bronte to Bondi coastal walk. It’s one of the best ways to see the coast as you walk along the cliffs. After your walk grab a coffee at Three Blue Ducks in Bronte before departing for Sydney.
In the afternoon, embark on a BridgeClimb Express of Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge. After the climb, reward yourself for not freaking out about climbing a bridge with a drink at the Opera Bar. This place has epic views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney’s Harbour Bridge.
Stay at Sydney Harbour YHA which is right around the corner.
Day 2: Sydney to the Blue Mountains
Today you’re heading to the Blue Mountains. we recommend taking one of Scenic World’s three rides: The Scenic Railway, The Scenic Cableway or The Scenic Skyway, a cable car ride over Jamison Valley, 200 metres in the air.
Return to Sydney at the end of the day.
Day 3: The cool side of Sydney
Sydney isn’t all harbour and beaches. There are cool little inner-city suburbs that are worth checking out too, okay? Chippendale has a buzzing art and food scene - drop into White Rabbit Gallery, which houses the largest collection of contemporary Chinese art in the world.
Day 4: Sydney to the Hunter Valley
Put your eating pants on guys, because the Hunter Valley, has over 120 wineries, gourmet restaurants and spa retreats.
There are few ways to get around while tasting up a storm. You can go for the scenic drive (with a designated driver or with a tour group) or, and this is if you’re REALLY fancy, you can even ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
And for anything other than wine, give a try to Cocoa Nibs at Keith Tulloch Wines or the Matilda Bay Brewhouse.
Stay at Hunter Valley YHA.
Day 5: Hunter Valley to Newcastle
If you’re an early bird, try a balloon flight with Balloon Aloft. If you’re not an early bird, embrace glorious sleep.
Spend the rest of the morning exploring the region then continue the journey to Newcastle.
Let’s be real for a moment. Newcastle is a pretty cool town. It has awesome surf beaches, cool bars, quirky boutiques, a diverse arts scene and a super laid-back attitude. Basically you’re in for a treat here.
Spend the night at Backpackers by the Beach.
Day 6: Newcastle to Port Stephens
After the tour, depart for Port Stephens and here is when the fun starts, guys. Get on a Quad Bike or Sandboard with Sand Dune Adventures at Williamtown on the way. You’ll have an experienced Aboriginal guide so you’ll also get to learn a bit about Australia’s Indigenous history. Learning is fun. Don’t fight it.
After your ride, you’re heading to Nelson Bay, a major holiday playground offering beautiful beaches such as Dutchman’s Beach and Little Beach. Stay overnight Nelson Bay.
Day 7: Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour
This morning you’re doing a Dolphin Watch Cruise around the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands.
After the cruise, lunch is at the Little Beach Boathouse before a walk to Tomaree Head. The walk gives you pretty amazing views of Port Stephens and its coastline so is totally worth the effort.
In the afternoon, set off for Coffs Harbour. Stop enroute and pick some fresh strawberries at Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberry Farm.
Day 8: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Today you’re doing a one hour Beach Horse Ride along Boambee Beach with HWH Stables.
After your ride, grab lunch at Shearwater Restaurant and Café. After your meal you can paddleboard and canoe below the restaurant or do some shopping in the surrounding shops.
In the afternoon drive to Byron Bay where you will spend the next three nights.
Day 9: It's Byron Bay time
Ah, Byron Bay. What a delight. It is surf culture meets a rich hippie. Plus, Chris Hemsworth lives here so you should never sleep and always be on alert.
Spend the morning sussing out the town then grab a coffee and hit the beach for a day being uber chill. Finish the day with a trip to Cape Byron Lighthouse Lookout for Sunset.
Stay overnight at Nomads Byron Bay.
Day 10: Get in the water
Start your day with a morning surf session with Let’s Go Surfing, Byron Bay’s longest running surf school. It is totally equipped for surfing newbies so give it a go.
In the afternoon, shimmy into a wetsuit and go snorkelling with sea turtles at Julian Rocks Marine Reserve with Byron Bay Dive Centre. Julian Rocks is one of the few snorkel sites where you can swim with sea turtles, heaps of rays including mantas, hard and soft corals, friendly wobbegong sharks and over four hundred different species of fish.