The Pacific Coast Drive, NSW
7-10 Day Journey
It is not called the Legendary Pacific Coast Drive for no reason, this road trip takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery this region has to offer.
Discover NSW at your own pace as you make your way through World Heritage National Parks, colourful hinterlands and more beaches then you can cast your eye over. Put aside around 7-10 days to make sure you’re not feeling rushed on your time off. With incredible stops along the way this trip is perfect for any traveller and is sure to be a holiday you won’t forget.
Kicking off the road trip just an hour and a half from Sydney CBD is The Entrance. Situated on the lake foreshore, where the Sea meets Tuggerah Lakes is the Dunleith Tourist Park. This is the perfect place to begin your holiday, waking up to an uninterrupted view of the Tuggerah Lake is just what you need to relax and unwind. The area is well known for catching prawns and fish. Walk along pristine beaches and see the pelicans, one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Central Coast. Water sports are all the go too, on the lake or in the sea. If you prefer the calmer water swim in The Entrance Baths, located just on the oceans edge. Hire a bike or walk the 12km of pathway around Tuggerah Lake. Enjoy a long lunch at one of the many restaurants, clubs or cafes and do a spot of shopping as well.
The Entrance to Forster – 2.5 hours
Stop number two on this epic road trip is the region of Forster, two and a half hours drive up the coast. A hidden treasure of the region, Discovery Parks - Forster is situated right on the tranquil
shores of the Wallamba River. Overlooking the river you will hear the trickle of water as the river life passes by, but there is more to do than just relax at this park as you can jump straight into an extraordinary selection of water activities. The river offers fishing, kayaking and water skiing by day and then you can nestle back into your home away from home and experience the amazing sky display at night. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the coast and hinterland national parks, lookouts and beaches. Visit Cape Hawke lookout in Booti Booti National Park located between lake and the sea, walk around the surrounding rainforest and take in the incredible views. After a big day of exploring sit back and enjoy a cheeky wine tasting at one of the many boutique valley wineries.
Forster to South West Rocks – 2 hours
Set on the NSW Mid Coast is your stop number three, only two hours from Forster you’ll arrive at the perfect seaside escape, South West Rocks. There are great opportunities to grab a coffee and a bite to eat at one of the many funky cafes and if you’re lucky visit the Horseshoe Bay markets which are on every third Sunday of the month. Feeling energetic? Hire a bike and explore the town, or if all that sounds like too much fuss, go fishing, surfing, or relax and unwind at the beach, or in the park’s peaceful and spacious surrounds. Visit the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, one of the oldest in Australia. Take in the spectacular views and if you are visiting between May and November keep an eye out for the giants of the sea as this is a key place for whale watching.
South West Rocks to Yamba – 3 hours
Next stop is home to one of Australia’s premier tourist parks, Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort. Located three hours from the South West Rock is the town of Yamba. Situated on the banks of the picturesque Clarence River in Yamba and 300 metres of river frontage for our guests to enjoy. You’ll be able to take part in pretty well every water activity you can think of or just laze around on the shore taking in the glorious sights and sounds. The township of Yamba is set alongside the Clarence River, sample the best locally caught seafood, including the famous Yamba prawns or set up a picnic on the side of the river. Dust off those golf clubs and have a hit at the local golf course or walk through the Yuraygir National Park. If you are wanting to spend some time in park this is the spot to do so. With outstanding facilities accommodating for everyone, you will be able to continue living a life of luxury at this park. Enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar and snooker hall or take a dip in one of the five swimming pools!
Yamba to Byron Bay – 2 hours
Your next stop needs little introduction, home to stunning beaches, lush green hinterlands and Australia’s sweetheart Chris Hemsworth. Just two hours from Yamba this irresistible relaxed vibe is why it is on everyone’s travel bucket list. Only 2 km from the town centre you will find Discovery Parks – Byron Bay. With a tranquil lakeside setting find your own little oasis. When you are ready to get out and explore, head to the lighthouse at Cape Byron. It is Australia’s eastern most point and perfect for that postcard pic. There are fabulous beaches to suit swimmers and surfers or wander through one of Byron Bay’s many vibrant markets. Byron’s buzzing food scene is one of the best in the state, with incredible food options ranging from high end to the cheap and cheerful. Alternately, pick up some fresh local produce and handmade goods and cook up a feast in your cabin.
Byron Bay to Tweed Heads – 50 minutes
A very short 50 minutes from Byron you’ll arrive at Tweeds Head, located on the boarder of Queensland. Let the Pyramid Holiday Park be your haven whilst exploring the beaches which are only minutes away, as well as the Tweed River and the Terranora Creek. If you’re feeling active pick from swimming, fishing, golf and tennis or get back to nature and visit World Heritage national parks. In the twin cities of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta, beautiful food and alfresco dining await at one of the many restaurants, street-side cafés, and takeaway spots. There’s also fabulous shopping, movies and pubs or lay back and relaxing on one of the many pristine beaches whilst enjoying a cold one. The park features a raft of facilities and amenities and a tropical setting that matches the regions atmosphere.
Tweed Heads to Emerald Beach – 3 hours
Now, it’s back down the coast you go as you make your way back home. Don’t stress though, make sure your holiday mode is still well and truly switched on as we still have three epic stops for you. Situated on the North Coast, midway between Sydney and Brisbane and close to the stunning Coffs Harbour, Discovery Parks – Emerald Beach is a secluded getaway not to be missed. Boasting some of the best accommodation facilities Coffs Harbour has to offer this is a park that everyone can enjoy. Take the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, past golden beaches, rocky headlands, and lush rainforest. This is also the ideal location to witness the breathtaking sight of the migration of thousands of humpback whales from late May. The quieter atmosphere of this town allows you to reflect on what a holiday this has been so far as near towards the closing of your trip.
Emerald Beach to Port Macquarie – 2 hours
A paradise of natural attractions and outdoor adventures, Port Macquarie is only 2 hours from Emerald Beach. Port Macquarie is your opportunity to do activities that your friends may not have. We highly recommend visiting the Koala Hospital where you can feed our native animal for free at 3pm daily. For more up close and personal animal experiences visit the Billabong Zoo with lion clubs and cheetahs and say G’day to Shrek the 4.6 metre monster croc. River Boat Eco Tours, Timber Town Theme Park and the Maritime Museum are also popular tourist attractions. You can’t leave Port Macquarie without trying the Camel Safaris on Lighthouse beach, a unique experience allowing you to hop aboard these memorable animals and stroll along while the waves crash beside you. After busy days exploring sit back and enjoy a seaside lunch and stroll along the colourfully painted breakwater or put your feet up and enjoy the serenity.
Port Macquarie to Port Stephens – 2.5 hours
Your final destination is nothing short of amazing, with 26 pristine beaches, a crystal blue bay and lushes national parklands, Port Stephens is the idyllic location to end your holiday. Just two and a half hours from Port Macquarie come and stay at Middle Rock Holiday Resort for a perfect stop before you head back home. The park offers outstanding facilities in a prime location. Port Stephens is quite famous for its dining scene so ensure you have a night off cooking and try some of the locally sourced produce along with quality wines and craft beer this region offers. If you are a seafood lover be sure to try the freshest of oysters at Holberts Oyster Farm, a real treat! Once again there is no shortage of fun to be had in the water but how about enjoy some fun that is offered land. Quad-biking is a hot tourist attraction however if that is too adventurous for you try horse riding through the region’s parklands spread across the scenic shorelines. The wide stretch of golden beaches is unforgettable so breath in that salty air before its time to get going.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab the crew or just you and get on the road and explore at your own pace.