Natural Experience

Day 1 - Sydney to Newcastle

Hawkesbury Map
Newcastle and Hunter Map

Before leaving Sydney spend an hour or a day on a cruising yacht, sailing ship or paddleboat and see the sights of the harbour. Visit peaceful national parks which dot the shores, stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens or take a ferry ride to Taronga Park Zoo. Sydney’s many wildlife parks offer memorable hands-on experiences. Continue to Newcastle for a relaxing night.

 
Day 2 - Newcastle to Forster

Newcastle and Hunter Map
Great Lakes Map

For a close encounter with dolphins, enjoy a cruise on Port Stephens or dive to wrecks off nearby islands. Turn off the highway to the Myall Coast and keep your eyes peeled for resident koalas in the tree tops at Hawks Nest. Travel the scenic Lakes Way to Forster and to while away the afternoon hours choose from deep sea, beach or lake fishing, boating, bushwalking or a sunset cruise on Wallis Lake.

 
Day 3 - Forster to Laurieton

Great Lakes Map
Manning Valley Map

Enjoy an early morning stroll along the beach before heading north to Hallidays Point, where fragile rainforest and dramatic rock formations fringe the shore. The short trip to Crowdy Head and Harrington, with its wildflower displays and unforgettable view of the Manning River, is worth taking. Continue to Laurieton for tonight’s stopover.

 
Day 4 - Laurieton to Urunga

Manning Valley Map
Coffs Coast to Armidale Map

Start the day with a visit to the Koala Hospital and the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre in Port Macquarie, where an elevated boardwalk will guide you through rare coastal rainforest.

Leave the highway at Kempsey and head for South West Rocks and Arakoon State Recreation Area. Dive to Fish Rock Cave or walk to Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Continue to Urunga, and enjoy a sunset walk by the river.

 
Day 5 - Urunga to Ballina

Coffs Coast to Armidale Map

At Coffs Harbour, stroll along the boardwalk at the Botanic Gardens, ride on horseback through the forest, take a 4WD tour or visit the Pet Porpoise Pool and Coffs Harbour Zoo. On the way to Ballina, visit the World Heritage Listed nature reserve at Iluka and look for emus and wallabies on the local golf course.

 
Day 6 - Ballina to Tweed Heads

Today is the day to stand at Australia’s most easterly point, Cape Byron. Watch for dolphins, turtles and Humpback whales during their annual migrations, meander through diverse coastal vegetation and take in the beautiful coastal and hinterland views. Stop at the World Heritage Rainforest Centre at Murwillumbah before travelling to Tweed Heads for the night.

 
Day 7 - Tweed Heads to Brisbane

At Tweed Heads, relax on a river cruise, join an offshore fishing charter, scuba dive some of the coast’s best spots or surf the morning away. Treat yourself to an experience with Australian wildlife at the David Fleay Wildlife Park at Burleigh Heads. At Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, have your photo taken with a cuddly koala and feed kangaroos and colourful lorikeets. If time permits, travel to Brisbane for the night.

 
Day 8 - Brisbane to Noosa Heads

Visit the world’s largest koala sanctuary, a butterfly and insect house or experience an exciting Australian sheep farm, only a short drive away. If you prefer a ferry ride, there are Bribie, Moreton, St Helena and North Stradbroke Islands to explore. Whatever your mood today, there is a natural experience for everyone to enjoy.

 
Day 9 - Noosa Heads to Fraser Island

North of Noosa Heads, Inskip Point provides 4WD access by car ferry to World Heritage listed Fraser Island. You can also catch the boat from Hervey Bay. Explore dense rainforests, crystal clear lakes and massive white sand dunes. You’ll be enthralled by the abundance of native fauna and can try your hand at beach fishing. Relax for the evening in resort-style comfort or camp by the sea.

 
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