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Sydney to Coffs Harbour Road Trip

Leave the hustle and bustle of Sydney and head north along New South Wale’s east coast for iconic landmarks, spectacular lookouts, beachside havens and tranquil rainforests.

Big Banana
On this trip, campers can admire the peaks of the Great Dividing Range, as they explore some of the region’s most photogenic and delicious stops. With a little planning, campers can witness a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise, kayak or canoe along pristine seas, grab a photo at the Big Banana and sample scones and tea at a stunning country farm. For those bringing the kids along, the Big Banana Fun Park and BIG 4 Holiday Park are sure to keep everyone on their toes.



Day 1: Sydney Apollo Branch to Govetts Leap

Distance: 115km

Travel time: 2 hours

An ideal first night destination to take a break from driving and capture the sunrise right outside your door, Govetts Leap lookout showcases spectacular views of the Blue Mountains.


Day 2: Govetts Leap to Coffs Harbour

Distance: 615km

Travel time: 6 hours 30 minutes

Head north to Coffs Harbour for a stay at the BIG 4 Holiday Park. Here, enjoy the neighbouring main beach and coastal creek reserve, the resort-style pool or head out for a daily dose of surfing, diving, SUP boarding, kayaking or fishing. Nearby, grab a photo at the Big Banana – Australia’s original and most iconic Big Thing, and visit the Big Banana Fun Park featuring the largest Giant Slide in the country.


Day 3: Coffs Harbour to Sawtell

Distance: 13km

Travel time: 15 minutes

Just 15 minutes’ drive from Coffs Harbour lies the seaside sanctuary of Sawtell. Located almost centrally between Brisbane and Sydney, campers can enjoy sporting and water activities or explore First Avenue’s shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Alternatively, grab some fish and chips and head to the Sawtell Lookout.


Small child sitting in campervan seat looking out of the window



Day 4: Sawtell to Blackmans Point

Distance: 140km

Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Next, grab a bucket and head south to Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries to pick some plump tomatoes and strawberries. After, enjoy a meal or brewed Devonshire Teas with farmhouse scones and cakes at Café Red.  


Mother holding young daughter in the air and embracing her on seating area in campervan


Day 5: Blackmans Point to Sydney

Distance: 393km

Travel time: 4 hours

Head back to Sydney today for an easy drop off at the Sydney Apollo Branch



Big Banana Fun Park

Located in Coffs Harbour, The Big Banana Fun Park is the largest theme park between Sydney and the Gold Coast. Experience laser tag, a 4D ride simulator, tobogganing, ice skating, mini golf, water activities and Australia’s largest Giant Slide.

Ricardoes Tomatoes

A perfect refreshment and replenishment stopover, Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries showcases row upon row of white igloo-style greenhouses surrounded by spectacular countryside. Pick tomatoes and strawberries from the Jack and the Beanstalk-style vines, with strawberries at shoulder height for everyone in the family to reach. 

Govetts Leap Lookout

One of the most famous lookouts in Australia, Govetts Leap Lookout showcases spectacular views of the Blue Mountains. If not mesmerised by 180 metre drop of the Govetts Leap waterfall, campers will be transfixed by sweeping views of the Gross Valley.


Experience the small haven of Sawtell, showcasing idyllic beaches, trendy cafes and a magnificent national park. Keep the family entertained with kayaking, fishing, surfing and bushwalking or visit Bongil Bongil National Park to meet resident koalas.


Where to stay

Reflections Holiday Parks Coffs Harbour

Clog Barn Holiday Park

Sapphire Beach Holiday Park

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