Byron Bay is one of the most “mystical” places in Australia – with its superb beaches, great hinterland and a super relaxed lifestyle, Byron is one of the most famous travel destinations.
Byron is only 950 KM away from Sydney (ok ONLY 950 km but considering the size of Australia not a lot at all) and if you are in a rush you can get there under 10 hours but you would be missing out on a lot of great places….
This national park should be your first stop out of Sydney – it’s about a 45 to 60 min drive from the city centre & the second oldest national park of Australia. No matter if you are into hiking, water sports, fishing, biking or just kick back for a couple of beers & a barbie it is an awesome experience.
Stop 2 Central Coast - Hunter Valley
What can we say – nature nature nature! The Central Coast offers you lots of great spots to spend a couple of night – we recommend to check out Petonga, Umina, Terrigal, Shelly Beach or the Entrance. One of the best camp ground spots is at the Umina Ocean Beach Holiday Park – check out these views! Your campervan spot will be right on the beach – amazing!
Once you had enough from the best to forget to stop for a couple of days at the Hunter Valley – the wine paradise of NSW (2.5 hrs from Sydney/1.5 hrs from Central Coast). Check out the Hunter Valley Wine Tourist site.
Stop 3Port Stephens
Around 3 hours from Sydney Port Stephens is famous for its whale watching & dolphin tours and also a must stop 4WD & sand boarding fans (massive sand tunes!). Port Stephens consists of a several little bays and really is a little paradise – definitely check out Shoal bay and Fingal Bay, our #1 recommendation! Fingal Beach consists of a beach that connects to an island only during low tight – who is brave enough!
Stop 4Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie (only two hours from Port Stephens and around 5 hours from Sydney) is known for its golden beaches, great wildlife & magnificent rainforest. There is also a famous car park right at the beach – reserve a spot for dawn! And hey – if you bored check out the “52 Things to Do” Port Macquarie website.
Stop 5Coffs Harbour
Port Macquarie (around 7 hours from Sydney) is probably most famous for its BIG BANANA. We don’t know of any tourist who hasn’t take a quick snap of the famous landmark! But Coffs Harbour has some much more to offer – you might even call it a little adventure sports city – white water rafting, sky dives, surfing – it will get your heart pumping! It even offers camel riding….and don’t forget to check out the Forest Sky Pier!
From Coffs Harbour you looking at another 3 hours to Byron Bay, your final destination! Of course there are plenty of other exciting stop along the way – feel free to share them with us.
If you want to read more of our Sydney adventures, come and explore our dedicated Sydney Road Trip section. Happy Exploring!