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12 Day NSW Pacific Coast

Buckle up, relax and enjoy 12 days of non-stop beauty driving along New South Wales’ cruisy coastline and iconic small-town destinations.

Gather your family and friends, it’s time to hit the road and discover New South Wales together. This road trip transports you from the heart of Sydney’s culture to the best of Australian wine country and some of our finest beaches. You’ll cover 1741 km of rambling country-to-coast roads, connecting you to unique hinterland beauty and seaside charm.

Every day is an opportunity for fun and relaxation, whether you’re exploring South West Rock’s famous fishing spots, canoeing down the Bellingen River or hiding away with a glass of shiraz in the Hunter. This trip is a sure-fire way to tick off your New South Wales bucket list. Visit world-heritage listed parks, kayak with dolphins and enjoy local hospitality—fresh from the farm and sea—every stop along the way.

12
days
1,741
kms
9
Stops
150+
Beaches

Itinerary

Make your way from Sydney to Byron Bay in 12 days—or set your own pace. Mosey from beach town to beach town and make lasting memories with the ones you love.

Day 1: Sydney–Hunter Valley (244 km, 3 h 21 min)

Day 2: Hunter Valley

Day 3: Hunter Valley–South West Rocks (311 km, 3 h 54 min)

Day 4: South West Rocks–Yamba (232 km, 2h 39 min)

Day 5: Yamba

Day 6: Yamba­–Byron Bay (124 km, 1 h 45 min)

Day 7: Byron Bay

Day 8: Byron Bay–Coffs Harbour (234 km, 2 h 45 min)

Day 9: Coffs Harbour

Day 10: Coffs Harbour–Bellingen (35 km, 30 min)

Day 11: Bellingen–Seal Rocks (283 km, 3 h 12 min)

Day 12: Seal Rocks–Sydney (278 km, 3 h 11 min)

Highlights

Hunter Valley Credit: Tourism NSW

Top wine region

Be swept away by the rich vineyards, scenic landscapes and hospitality of the Hunter Valley. Located just two hours north of Sydney, the Hunter is a perfect place for the young and old alike to unwind and explore.

Known as one of Australia’s premier wine regions, it’s worth pulling over and settling in for a hearty meal or two at some of the Hunter’s 150 wineries and restaurants.

 

 

Byron Bay Lighthouse Credit: Tourism NSW

Byron lifestyle

Byron Bay is your northernmost destination and the height of coastal living. Everything about Byron is lush, vibrant and deserving of its world-class fame. Explore boutique stores and cafes in quaint hinterland villages or beach hop from Belongil to Wategos. Stretch your legs on the Cape Byron walking track as you explore rainforests and clifftops. You might even spot dolphins when you reach the lighthouse—Australia’s most easterly point.

 

Man surfing at Yamba Credit: Tourism NSW

Coastal charm

Ready to relax? A good dose of sand, salt and sea will get you there. Take your time wandering through small beach towns like family-friendly South West Rocks or paddle out at one of Yamba’s top surfing beaches. You also won’t want to miss Coffs Harbour—home to the Big Banana, Dolphin Marine Conservation Park and world-heritage listed Dorrigo National Park. There’s always more to discover at every stop, with markets, cafes and shops showcasing the best of New South Wales’ produce and locally made goods.

The Bellingen Brewery Credit: Tourism NSW

Home-grown goodness

If there’s a time to take the scenic drive and indulge in country-town food, it’s now. On your way to Bellingen, keep an eye out for Waterfall Way—a stunning route that guides you through the region’s protected rainforest to cascading waterfalls. Wander through the town where heritage and good taste infuse with everyday life. Dine at the 120-year-old pub on Hyde Street and sample Bello’s local beer at Bellingen Brewery & Co, a converted factory on Church Street.

Places to stay

Caravan parks in New South Wales

NSW Wine Country Credit: Destination NSW

Wine Country Tourist Park

 

Calypso Holiday Park

Calypso Holiday Park

 

Discovery Park Byron Bay

Discovery Holiday Parks
 

Big 4 Coffs Harbour

BIG4 Park Beach Holiday Park
 

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