Australia: Legendary Pacific Coast
Your Australia tailor-made holiday includes:
- International flights
- 14 nights in 4–5* hotels
- 10 days car hire
- Sydney Captain’s Club dinner cruise
- Hunter Valley Picnic Amongst the Vines experience
- Airport transfers in Sydney
Your Australia travel itinerary:
Days 1 - 2: Sydney
Fly from the UK to Sydney
Days 3 - 4: Sydney
There’s so much to see and do in sunny Sydney, you could stay for weeks, but don’t leave before taking the ferry to Manly, viewing, touring or taking in a performance at the iconic Opera House or signing up for a surfing lesson on Bondi Beach. You can also wander the peaceful botanical gardens in search of flying foxes, sip a cappuccino in one of Darling Harbour’s lively cafés, or perhaps climb the impressive arches of the famous 'Coathanger', otherwise known as Sydney Harbour Bridge. Don’t forget that your Journey includes a romantic evening dinner cruise, allowing you to discover the twinkling lights of Sydney’s glittering harbour by night.
Day 7: Killcare
Pick up your car, wind down the windows and feel the fresh sea air as you take the scenic route to the glorious Central Coast, where you’ll stay a stone’s throw away from the secluded beaches of Killcare. Located among the heathlands and cliffs of the spectacular Bouddi Peninsula, Killcare has nature right on its doorstep, with two separate wildlife reserves within easy distance. So get out and explore the sand dunes, mangroved shorelines, oyster farms and fishing villages, perhaps partaking in a bit of surfing or paddle boarding while you’re at it. For something more offbeat there’s even a historic movie theatre at Avoca Beach screening art-house films.
Days 8 - 9: Hunter Valley
Just a couple of hours from Sydney, endless rolling hills and sweeping vineyards make up the lush Hunter Valley where you’ll follow the boutique wine and food trail, sampling the excellent Sémillon and Shiraz as you go. What could be better than a balmy afternoon lazing in the warm sun, glass of wine in hand and with a stomach full from tasting local olives, cheeses and handmade chocolates? Bliss! But it’s not just about the wine – you can explore this stunning region by hot-air balloon, take carriage rides, play golf, go horse riding and a whole lot more.
Day 10: Port Stephens
Search for marine life in Port Stephens, the ‘dolphin capital of Australia’. Take morning tea at the Inner Lighthouse, practise your golf, tennis, scuba diving or fishing skills, ride the sand dunes or hike the trails of nearby Tomaree National Park. Surrounded by deserted beaches, national parks and fishing villages, this is the perfect place to explore on foot. Walk around the galleries and craft markets, hire a jet ski, snorkel or scuba dive in the warm seas, or take a look at the rare and exquisite shells in the quirky Shell Museum. And, if you’re here between May and July, you may just see the migrating whales passing by.
Day 11: Port Macquarie
Catch a wave or two in laid-back Port Macquarie, where the warm weather and carefree coffee culture attracts surfers, holidaymakers and beach-goers alike. Port Macquarie marks the beginning of the subtropics, with warm weather, blue seas and palm trees galore. With whale watching, surfing and water skiing just some of the water sports on offer, and horse riding, sky diving or hang gliding to be found away from the ocean, there are all sorts of things to do here. No visit is complete without popping into the adorable Koala Hospital, where sick and injured koalas are nursed back to health before being released into the wild.
Day 12: Coffs Harbour
Wander the beaches and markets of Coffs Harbour, surrounded by acres of leafy parklands. Look out for the hard-to-miss Big Banana, a symbol of the town’s main economy. Wildlife encounters, action sports and numerous water activities make this a popular spot for families and day trippers, but there’s something for everyone here. Even nature enthusiasts will be satisfied, as they can search for wedge-tailed shearwaters on Muttonbird Island, explore the greenhouses and forests of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden or head to the golden sands of Jetty Beach.
Days 13 - 14: Byron Bay
Endless beaches and copious outdoor and water-based activities make Australia’s easternmost town a great leisure spot, so stop by fun-loving Byron Bay and take a stroll along the scenic coastline. Choose from any number of thrilling pastimes, such as surfing, diving, skydiving and whale watching, or just chill out on the beach or explore the farmers’ market. Take it easy and live the barefoot lifestyle on the gorgeous sweep of golden sands and absorb the hippie vibe of this so-laid-back-it’s-horizontal town.
Days 15 - 16: Brisbane
Arrive in the Sunshine State of Queensland and your final stop: the shiny modern city of Brisbane, where you can shop ‘til you drop in the numerous shops, funky markets and malls. Top attractions include taking a relaxing river cruise, gazing at the paintings in the Gallery of Modern Art, wandering among the flowers of the Botanic Gardens or hugging a koala at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Don’t forget to explore after dark, when the restaurants and bars come alive, and the bright city lights reflect in the Brisbane River.
Days 17 - 18:
Depart Brisbane and return to the UK
Hotels on this Australia holiday:
- Sydney - 4.5* Swissotel Sydney
- Killcare - 5* Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel
- Hunter Valley - 4.5* Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley Hotel
- Port Stephens - 4.5* Oaks Pacific Blue Resort
- Port Macquarie - 4.5* Mantra Quayside
- Coffs Harbour - 4* BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort
- Byron Bay - 4* Breakfree Eco Beach
- Brisbane - 4.5* Adina Hotel Apartments Brisbane
Here are some of our other holidays to Australia
Perth: Perth - 4* Pensione Hotel Perth4 StarsRead more >>
This functional hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Perth, within easy reach of the popular Esplanade and the Swan River. With just 98 bright and comfortable guest rooms, you are guaranteed a private stay. Relax in the bar with your favourite drink, or take a seat at the independently-owned My Place Bar & Restaurant, which serves tasty cuisine all day.3 Nights from£575 ppBook by 28 Feb 2017
Perth: Perth - 5* Pan Pacific Perth5 StarsRead more >>
A foodie’s paradise, this hotel is conveniently located close to Barrack St Jetty, which is home to a plethora of stylish restaurants. Rooms and suites here boast wondrous views of the famous Swan River and lush gardens of Kings Park. Relax in the outdoor pool, or make use of the complimentary shuttle service and explore the city centre. You can look forward to treats including smoked salmon and caviar sandwiches, and apricot and poppy seed scones during High Tea at Origins Restaurant. Ensure you dine at Montereys Restaurant at least once during your stay. Here, an a la carte menu caters for all tastes, while the Lobby Lounge boasts a host of signature Pacific cocktails. The Pomegranate Mangostini is our favourite.3 Nights from£599 ppBook by 28 Feb 2017
Perth: Perth - 5* Crown Metropol Perth5 StarsRead more >>
With an elegant monochrome design throughout and unrivalled views across the Swan River and its verdant banks, the Crown Metropol Perth is the jewel in the city’s crown. Admire the skyline, river and rolling hills below from the tranquillity of the 9 Lounge at any time of the day, before taking your relaxation to the next level by the pool. Here you can choose six wooden cabanas, each of which comes equipped with a sunbed, plasma TV and mini bar. If you’ve got the whole family in tow, keep the kids entertained at ‘The Hub’, a club for children aged 16 and under, which offers gaming, movies and arts and crafts. And if its rejuvenation you seek, look no further than the ISIKA day spa and its water therapy space; we recommend the 60-minute Stress Fix massage.3 Nights from£619 ppBook by 28 Feb 2017
Sydney: Sydney - 4.5* Parkroyal Darling Harbour4.5 StarsRead more >>
Enjoy being right in the centre of Australia’s vibrant harbour city at Parkroyal Darling Harbour, where rooms and suites provide the perfect sanctuary. Work out in the gym, before tucking into a delicious breakfast spread at Barkers Restaurant. Situated on the original site of Thomas Barker’s steam flourmill, here you will find farmers’ market produce, including Whisk & Pin muselis and artisan breads. After a day of exploring, relax over a signature cocktail at the chic Abode Bistro and Bar, where an innovative menu is offset perfectly with boutique wines and craft beers.3 Nights from£725 ppBook by 28 Feb 2017
Australia: Campervanning near Perthtailor this journeyRead more >>Discover the delights of Western Australia by campervan. Starting in lively Perth, soak up the city sights before choosing to stay close and explore the islands and beaches in and around the city or head further afield to the vineyards, beaches, forests and parks of Australia’s south west. The beauty of this Journey is its freedom: where you go and how long for is entirely up to you.10 Days from£899 ppBook by 28 Feb 2017