Arrive into SydneyRead More
Today, enter the world of 'Balmer Lawrie, Travel & Vacations' as you begin your beautiful journey of Australia. On arrival at Sydney airport you will be met by the local representative in the arrival area outside the customs hall. Transfer to the hotel & check-in. Rest of the day at lesiure. Overnight at the hotel in Sydney
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed on a city tour of Sydney. This tour is the quintessential introduction to Sydney, making its way around the city (with a stop at Mrs Mac Quaries Chair for that iconic photograph of the bridge behind the Opera House) before heading out to Bondi Beach via the affluent eastern suburbs. Higlights include Darling Harbour, Opera House, China town, Parliament House, Hyde Park & many more. Return to the hotel on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Sydney
Today after breakfast at the hotel, visit the famous Sydney Tower, the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere, enjoy a visit to the observatory deck for the most spectacular 360 aerial view of Sydney. Next, visit the Sydney aquarium where you can come face to face with over 12,000 all-Australian aquatic animals, including, fearsome sharks, rays and crocodiles. See the adorable penguins, secretive platypus and find Nemo in his colourful coral home. Find yourself on an amazing animal adventure as you journey into Australia's most famous locations, Sydney Wildlife. Walk through iconic Aussie habitats and encounter some of the most loved and feared animals that call Australia home. Meet Rex, the huge 5 metre crocodile in Kakadu Gorge, see creatures of the night in the Nightfall habitat, cuddle koalas at Koala Encounters and much. Overnight at the hotel in Sydney
Sydney - Hunter Valley (Self - drive: 225 km / 3 hours)Read More
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick-up your rental car & drive to Hunter Valley. HUNTER VALLEY - The Hunter Valley is the oldest wine producing area in New South Wales, with the first vines being brought here in the 1820's. It is one of Australia's more scenic wine growing areas, with the Hunter River winding its way lazily through the grapevine clad hills. Renowned for the production of top quality table wines, the Valley has wineries ranging from very large, more commercial estates to the smaller boutique style wineries. Overnight at the hotel in Hunter Valley.
Hunter Valley - Port Macquarie (340 km / 4 hours)Read More
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Port Macquarie through Cessnock, Kurri Kurri to Raymond Terrace where you join the Pacific Highway. PORT MACQUARIE'S golden beaches, marvellous national parks and the surrounding Hastings and Camden Haven Valleys are stunningly beautiful, natural assets. Port Macquarie, at the mouth of the Hastings River, has turned from trade and commerce to tourism and retirement with considerable success. St. Thomas' Church is a reminder of these early days; one of the very first churches to be built in Australia (1824), it has box pews and a view from its tower. Overnight at the hotel in Port Macquaries
Port Macquarie - Coffs Harbour (170 km / 2 hours)Read More
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out and drive approximately 15 kms until you join the Pacific Highway and travel north to Kempsey and Nambucca Heads to arrive at Coffs Harbour. A scenic detour can also be taken, by leaving the Pacific Highway at Kempsey and travelling towards the coast through the town of Gladstone to reach the quiet holiday town of Hat Head. Travel north along the coast through parts of Hat Head National Park to reach the popular fishing and holiday resort of South West Rocks, with its beautiful beaches. You may also wish to visit the ruins of Trial Bay Gaol here, which dates back to the early convict settlement days. Smoky Cape Lighthouse, the highest in New South Wales, has terrific views and is well worth seeing. From South West Rocks, return to the Pacific Highway and continue to Coffs Harbour. COFFS HARBOUR is a popular year round tourist destination. The combination of golden sand, high mountains, dense luxuriant rainforests, steep banana plantations and clear streams make it a superb holiday area. Points of interest include the Big Banana where you will find an audio-visual theatre, Aboriginal Dreamtime Cave, historic exhibits, hydroponics glasshouse and a banana packing shed. Overnight at the hotel in Coffs Harbour.
Coffs Harbour - Ballina (215 kms / 3 hours)Read More
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out & drive to Ballina via South Grafton and MacLean. At MacLean, you can take an interesting detour to the coast road to Yamba. Yamba is a scenic and popular surfing/beach/fishing resort. Rejoin the Pacific Highway back at MacLean, travel via the town of Woodburn to Ballina. Ballina is a coastal township set in the heart of the lush green rural countryside of sub-tropical Northern New South Wales. Ballina boasts some of the most beautiful surfing beaches and picturesque headlands on the east coast of Australia. The Richmond River and its estuaries abound with marine wildlife and for many years has remained a favourite of fishermen and water sports enthusiasts alike. Overnight at the hotel in Ballina
Ballina - Gold Coast (115 kms / 1 hour 30 min)Read More
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out & drive to Gold Coast. Leave the Pacific Highway and travel along the coast road through the pretty resort town of Lennox Head, to reach Byron Bay where you can spend some time before heading to Gold Coast. Rejoin the Pacific Highway and travel via Brunswick Heads and Murwillumbah, crossing the New South Wales & Queensland border at the twin border towns of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta. Here you join the Gold Coast Highway and travel through Burleigh Heads to arrive at Surfers Paradise. LENNOX HEAD - is one of those small townships that is characterised by a large and beautiful headland to the south and a long seven mile beach. The Pat Morton Lookout offers excellent views from Lennox Head across Seven Mile Beach and south to Rocky Point and Skenners Head. BYRON BAY is a mix of cultures (including the alternative) and lifestyles. Byron - where the sun first hits the sand - has a year-round subtropical cli mate, with summer temperatures dominated by a cooling offshore breeze. It's idyllic, which explains it's burgeoning population, and it's attractions as a holiday destination. Cape Byron is the most easterly point of Australia, and is topped by an extremely powerful lighthouse. Watego's Beach, with it's white sands and crystal waters, also has a break that is popular with bodysurfers and boogie boarders. It is just under the Cape Byron light. Overnight at the hotel in Gold Coast
Gold CoastRead More
After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Sea World and enjoy the amazing shows, exciting rides and attractions that are on offer at the park. Do not miss Imagine - the Dolphin Show. Feel the thrill with Sea Viper - the roller coaster. OR drive to Warner Brothers 'Movie World' - a fun place for all and sure to delight kids of all ages, and adults too. Have the time of your life on the suspended roller coaster 'Lethal Weapon', enjoy thrilling stunts at the Police Academy stunt show and meet your favourite 'Looney Toons' characters. Overnight at the hotel in Gold Coast
Gold CoastRead More
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure to explore the surrondings on your own. You can visit surfers paradise the centre of the Gold Coast or you can visit the Dreamworld for action rides and white tigers on Tiger Island and Wet n Wild for spectacular water rides and twisters. Overnight at the hotel in Gold Coast.
Gold Coast - Brisbane (90 Kms / 1 hour)Read More
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out & drive to Brisbane. Drop off your rental car at the airport and board your flight back home. Return home with wonderful memories of your holiday with Balmer Lawrie, Travel & Vacations, which we're sure you will treasure for a lifetime.
- 1 night accommodation with brekafast at Hunter Resort in Hunter Valley
- 1 night accommodation with brekafast at Mercure Centro in Port Macquarie
- 2 nights accommodation with brekafast at Ballina Beach Resort in Ballina
- 1 night accommodation with brekafast at Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay in Coffs Harbour
- 4 nights accommodation with brekafast at Mantra Legends in Gold Coast
- 1 night accommodation with breakfast at Grand Chancellor in Brisbane
- Car Rental for 11 days Hyundai Elantra or Similar, ICAR or similar
It’s known for its beaches, wildlife and penal colony past. Port Macquarie has become a popular retirement and tourist destination, with extensive beaches and waterways, and numerous fine cafes and restaurants.
GOLD COAST - DREAM WORLD
An experience close to skydiving, this ride shoots you vertically up in the sky for 100m at 161km/h and then lets you free fall for the most thrilling experience of your life!