Travel 2 Australia & New Zealand 2018/19

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Explore the many famous independent wineries in the scenic Hunter Valley • Get in touch with your green side with a visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens • Enjoy swimming, dune boarding and dolphin watching cruises in Port Stephens • Discover hidden towns and off-the- beaten-track beach resorts as you drive the beautiful NSW coast • Hang out with the surfers, the hippies and the new-age therapists in characterful Byron Bay • Satisfy your inner thrill-seeker at the theme parks on the Gold Coast • Enjoy the lively nightlife in Surfers Paradise COASTAL NEW SOUTH WAL ES

7 day Sydney to The Gold Coast Hunter Valley • Port Stephens • Coffs Harbour • Byron Bay • Gold Coast

OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING EXCURSIONS Make the most of your self-drive holiday by pre-booking some of our optional sightseeing excursions: • Hunter Gatherer’s Tour in Hunter Valley, from £103 per person • Byron Bay Surfing Lesson, from £40 per person

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Day 1: Sydney - Hunter Valley (150km/ 93 miles/ 2.5 hours) Collect your car and head north across the Sydney Harbour Bridge towards the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s oldest and most important wine regions. You’ll have plenty of time in the afternoon to begin your exploration of the region’s many vineyards; an activity which can be enjoyed by car, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage. Standard: Hunter Valley Resort; Superior: Crowne Plaza Resort Hunter Valley; Deluxe: Chateau Elan Hunter Valley (2 nights) Day 2: Hunter Valley Enjoy a full day at leisure for further exploration of Hunter Valley’s wineries, or pre-book our gourmet Hunter Gatherer’s Tour to uncover the best local produce and wines. You could also visit the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens, or travel to the industrial port of Newcastle to explore its historic Victorian architecture. Day 3: Hunter Valley - Port Stephens (82km/ 51 miles/ 1.5 hours) Travel east to Port Stephens, where the wide bay extends some 25kms inland and its calm waters and numerous coves are ideal for swimming, fishing and watersports. Dolphin cruises are available year-round, or you can relax on Stockton Beach which LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

coast of New South Wales, and the mountains of the Great Dividing Range seem to fall almost directly into the Pacific Ocean. Standard: Breakfree Aanuka Beach; Superior & Deluxe: Ramada Resort Coffs Harbour Day 5: Coffs Harbour - Byron Bay (250km/ 155 miles/ 3.5 hours) Drive inland through Grafton, on the banks of the Clarence River, before reaching the coast once again at Ballina. Byron Bay is a popular stop on the backpacker and surfing circuits and there is the chance today for you to pre-book a surfing lesson with a local professional. Standard: Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments (King Bedroom); Superior: Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments (1 Bedroom Studio); Deluxe: The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa Day 6: Byron Bay - Gold Coast (112km/ 70 miles/ 1.5 hours) The popular holiday playground of the Gold Coast stretches northwards through the resorts of Coolangatta and Broadbeach towards Surfers Paradise. The fantastic beach is a great place to learn to surf, plus there’s shopping, a vibrant nightlife and nearby theme parks including Warner Bros. Movie World, Dream World and Wet ‘n’ Wild. (B*) Standard: Mantra Sun City; Superior: Mantra Legends; Deluxe: Peppers Broadbeach *Standard only Day 7: Gold Coast - Brisbane (78km/ 49 miles/ 1 hour) Head north to Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, where your self-drive holiday comes to an end. Note: Your car is booked until the following day, but must be returned by the same time it was picked up on Day 1 to avoid additional charges. PRICES INCLUDE • 6 nights’ hotel accommodation on room-only basis (unless specified otherwise) • Avis car rental for the tour duration • Self-drive kit, including maps and instructions

boasts huge sand dunes. (B*) Standard: Hotel Nelson; Superior: Oaks Pacific Blue; Deluxe: Anchorage Port Stephens *Deluxe only Day 4: Port Stephens - Coffs Harbour (405km/ 252 miles/ 5 hours) In the morning, travel north along the Lakes Way, a scenic route through Myall Lakes National Park. Head north past Port Macquarie, which has a lovely setting at the mouth of the Hastings River. Coffs Harbour marks the start of the sub-tropical northern

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