The Good Life

Day 1 - Sydney to Central Coast

Hawkesbury Map
Central Coast Map

Sydneyís shops have an excitement all their own. Take a whole day or just a couple of hours to experience some of the cityís arcades and malls. Refresh yourself with coffee or lunch at a cafe or restaurant by the quay.

Head for the Central Coast, leaving enough time to wander through an array of galleries before retiring to your choice of luxurious accommodation.

 
Day 2 - Central Coast to The Hunter

Central Coast Map
Newcastle and Hunter Map

Drive to Hunter Valley Wine Country and settle in at a quality resort, guesthouse or bed and breakfast then indulge in a winery tour, travelling by horse-drawn carriage or limousine. Enjoy an intimate dinner or cheerful celebration at one of The Hunterís award-winning restaurants.

 
Day 3 - The Hunter to Port Macquarie

Newcastle and Hunter Map
Macleay Valley Coast & Greater Port Macquarie Map

Wake early and treat yourself to a balloon flight over the vineyards and a hearty breakfast once youíve landed. Just south of Taree, turn off the highway to the historic village of Tinonee, visit local galleries, enjoy Devonshire tea and relax by the riverside. Head towards Port Macquarie and taste wines at the regionís vineyards. Enjoy a fresh seafood dinner and retire in comfort, after a satisfying day.

 
Day 4 - Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour

Macleay Valley Coast & Greater Port Macquarie Map
Coffs Coast to Armidale Map

With just a short drive to Coffs Harbour, there is plenty of time to stop and browse through art and craft galleries at Gladstone, Nambucca Heads, Urunga or Bellingen. Check in early and enjoy Coffs Harbourís quality resorts, guesthouses and bed & breakfasts. Stroll along the marina at sunset and at the nearby Jetty Village, tempt your tastebuds with a choice of culinary delights.

 
Day 5 - Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay

Coffs Coast to Armidale Map

North of Coffs Harbour, Grafton offers galleries, museums and antique shops. Along the route, you will be intoxicated by lush countryside and scenic views. At Byron Bay enjoy local markets, an array of cuisine and unique shopping experiences. Byronís quality accommodation will treat you to something special.

 
Day 6 - Byron Bay to Gold Coast

After a brisk walk to Cape Byron Lighthouse, travel via the highway to the Gold Coast. The exciting night life, casinos and live entertainment make a contrast to the special experiences of the regional areas. Your stay can be as simple or extravagant as you like with a choice of shopping, restaurants and accommodation to suit your needs.

 
Day 7 - Gold Coast to Brisbane

Spend the morning at the beach, shopping, visiting museums and galleries or playing golf. For the not so energetic, enjoy brunch with friends or an intimate breakfast by the water before heading north to Brisbane. Cruise the Brisbane River, take a cultural tour, catch a movie or watch the sun set behind the city lights. The options are many and yours.

 
Day 8 - Brisbane to Sunshine Coast

The short trip to the Sunshine Coast will give you time to explore the famous Eumundi markets or the quaint country towns of Maleny and Montville. Spend the afternoon shopping and sipping coffee on famous Hastings Street at Noosa Heads. Stay at a coastal resort or an inland bed and breakfast for that special experience.

 
Day 9 - Sunshine Coast to Hervey Bay

Linger over breakfast before heading off to Maryborough to experience its historic charm. Take the short drive to Hervey Bay and swim, snorkel or dive in the sheltered, crystal clear waters. Enjoy an afternoon bicycle ride along the foreshore and turn dinner into a feast with a gourmet picnic hamper at sunset. Retire at your choice of accommodation.

 
Coastal Explorer Sydney - Brisbane Guide
Edition 11, 2017
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