6 Days road-trip North Coast NSW

From $360
Product Number: LTSDNSW1

The iconic north coast NSW road trip is one of Australia’s top coastal drives.

Stretching along the Pacific Coast corridor it has something for everyone: stunning beaches and beachside towns, National Parks, historic sites, beautiful hinterland, wildlife watching, wineries, and every water sport imaginable.

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Start those engines and hit the open road on one of the best drives in the state. 

This trip is about the journey and not the destination. Pack the boot, roll down your windows and let gorgeous scenery whizz past you.

Make a visit to Australia Reptile Park (1 hr from Sydney-75.5 km) or Amazement Farm and Fun Park (1.20 hrs – 96kms) 

Arrive at Avoca Beach at lunchtime (35 min from Australia Reptile Park – 25.5 km or 40 min from Amazement Farm and Fun Park – 32 km), which leaves plenty of time for seaside chills, a picnic or a brunch in one of the many restaurants and cafes near the coast. Head to Copacabana for a surf or a walk to Captain Cook Lookout where you can see the Skillion in Terrigal to the left and Bouddi National Park to the right. It’s also a top spot for whale watching.  

Or go to the busier, more bustling Terrigal Beach further north if you’d rather just a dip. You can also make a visit to the Central Marine Discovery Centre in Terrigal, a Kid-focused marine center offering a variety of interactive activities, tours & science exhibits. The Skillion and Terrigal Haven are a great spot nearby to enjoy the outdoors and have a picnic. Small children like to swim in the calm water and you can climb the popular Skillion to the lookout for panoramic coastal views. 

For the more adventurous ones, there are pedal-boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards at Aquafun and glide around Avoca Lake for hire, in Heazlett Park. 

For the bushwalkers, enjoy a coastal walk around Bouddi National Park. Bouddi Coastal Walk is a stunning 8-km coastal walk which offers stunning ocean views and secluded beaches. The Coastal Walk in Bouddi National Park has been nominated by the Australian Geographic as “one of the 18 best days walks in Australia”. 

Opt for Treetop Adventure Park near Central Coast. Flex your adventurous spirit and test yourself mentally and physically with over 100 elevated obstacles with rope ladders, wobbly bridges, tunnels, cargo nets, and zip lines. 

Overnight Central Coast at Nesuto The Entrance Apartments or similar.

After check out, start your morning with another beautiful 2-hour drive to Port Stephens.  

Maybe take brunch on your arrival at Brad and Sarah Smith’s Crest cafe, next door to the Birubi Beach Surf Club, where the view of the ocean, surfers and passing humpback whales are as much sought-after as the tasty eggs Benedict, double bacon and egg rolls, smashed avocado, bubble and squeak or anything else on the breakfast menu. 

Port Stephens is home to more than 150 bottlenose dolphins, as well as an array of native animal and birdlife. Take a dolphin-watching cruise, or head out on a kayak tour to get really close to these amazing creatures.

Whale watching is also popular and is best done by taking a whale-watching cruise, or by going out to the headlands at Tomaree National Park. The walk is arduous in parts but worth the effort as you are rewarded with a 360-degree panorama. 

For a less-strenuous way to reach a vantage point, Fingal Bay has a platform for spotting whales, and Boat Harbour, near Anna Bay, has a headland where a sighting of 12 whales was met in five minutes. 

Overnight Port Stephens at Marina Resort Nelson Bay or similar

Because one day is not enough on this paradise. Enjoy another full day of experiences in Port Stephens.

Maybe enjoy a camel ride along the beach today or sandboard on the non-end dunes.

At the Australian Shark and Ray Centre, you can meet a variety of fascinating marine life. You can touch a 300kg stingray, learn more about sharks and rays and stand in the tank while you hand-feed the sharks! 

Explore the Tilligerry Peninsula by visiting the Tilligerry Habitat State Reserve. With easy to moderate walks, with the longest taking 90 minutes, this is the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon stroll.

Overnight Port Stephens at Marina Resort Nelson Bay or similar

Today enjoy another coastal drive from Port Stephens, through Port Macquarie until Coffs Harbour. Stop at Port Macquarie for lunch or relax at the beach.

Visit the Koala Hospital at Port Macquarie.

At Bago Wines, test your skills within the largest hedge maze in NSW – 200 metres of paths that twist and turn in an area spanning 10,000 square metres. Whatever the result, you can reward yourself with some wine tasting from the estate’s cellar door. 

In a private room in a corner of the cellar door awaits another mouth-watering treat – Baba Lila Chocolates 

Pick strawberries at Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries. Five-minute drive west of the Port Macquarie town centre – has grown into a multi-award-winning tourist attraction, its Café Red a hive of activity for those wanting to enjoy morning or afternoon tea, lunch or sample the various sauces and jams offered for tastings.

Don’t forget to visit Port Macquarie Museum. Anyone who visits doesn’t leave without visiting the neighbouring and well-preserved 1890-built Roto House (museum), once home to land surveyor John Flynn and one of the few remaining 19th Century timber buildings in Port Macquarie.  

Overnight at Coffs Harbour Big4 Park Beach Holiday Park or similar

 

Began your exploration of Coffs Harbour at the point where all adventures should start in this area – at the Sealy Lookout and Forest Sky Pier. 

If there is one must-visit attraction in Coffs Harbour then this is it – the Big Banana!  It is definitely worth a visit if only to have your photo taken with the banana and to have a chocolate-coated, frozen banana. You can go ice skating,  get wet at the water park, go tobogganing, play mini-golf or laser tag or visit the theatre and take a tour to learn more about banana production. If this isn’t enough, there’s also a cheesemaking workshop, opal centre, candy kitchen and a great café. 

If you love dolphins, seals or penguins then the top of your list of things to do at Coffs Harbour must be Dolphin Marine Magic! It offers the best chance to get up close to these animals in a way that is as animal friendly as it can be with small crowds and without paying a fortune. 

North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens is a 20 hectares botanical gardens is in a central spot in Coffs Harbour and is well presented and great for a look around.

Clog Barn is a charming stop on the Pacific Highway and is home to a couple of Dutch-style buildings which include a miniature model Dutch village out the back complete with miniature windmills and railways. It’s a free attraction and if you can time it right, there are also regular clog making demonstrations. 

The Coffs Harbour Butterfly House is an interesting stop particularly if you are looking for Coffs Harbour things to do with kids. There is a butterfly house in a subtropical rainforest setting, some live bugs and an outdoor maze. 

Dorrigo – home to the Dorrigo National Park with trails, waterfalls and lookouts. There is a chance to walk along a Skywalk over the rainforest canopy. You can also visit this as part of the Waterfall Way scenic drive. 

Overnight at Coffs Harbour Big4 Park Beach Holiday Park or similar

 

This day enjoy your way back to Sydney and stop on the places you missed on your way to Coffs Harbour. 

Total distance from Coffs Harbour to Sydney: 525 km (5 ½ hr)

Inclusions

  • 1-night accommodation in Central Coast
  • 2 nights accommodation in Port Stephens
  • 2 nights accommodation in Coffs Harbour
  • Whale watching Cruise in Port Stephens

Exclusions

  • Car hire (can be added at extra cost)
  • Any activities no mention on the inclusions.

Optional Activities & Fees

**Price per person, based on a family of 2 adults and 2 children sharing bedroom/apartment with their parents

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