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Sydney, Pretty Beach, Port Macquarie, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Main Range National Park / Australian East Coast Explorer

Take to the open road on this self-drive, travelling up Australia’s much admired eastern coastline with its miles of golden beaches, world class coastal resorts and inviting South Pacific Ocean. A full tour of Sydney provides an exciting introduction to this vast country before your self-drive begins with Pretty Beach, located on the Bouddi Peninsula and just off the fringe of Bouddi National Park. The seaside theme continues, with Port Macquarie boasting fourteen beautiful beaches and an attractive township. Next follows vibrant Byron Bay with its eclectic mix of bohemia and sophistication and the contrasting Gold Coast. Journey’s end is on a high in the tranquil Main Range National Park.

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Including all economy international flights, accommodation, private transfers, car hire and meals as specified. Meal basis: B Breakfast, FI Fully Inclusive. Suggested activities are not included. This itinerary is only a suggestion - our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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Nights 12

Sydney, Pretty Beach, Port Macquarie, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Main Range National Park /Itinerary

Australian East Coast Explorer

12nights

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Fly to Sydney

Fly to Sydney from London Heathrow.

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Sydney

Sydney

On arrival you will met by a representative and transferred by private car to Four Seasons Sydney for a three night stay in a Deluxe Harbour View Room.(B)

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

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Sydney

Sydney

Join a small group for an escorted sightseeing tour of Sydney. Travel through the historic Rocks area; witness the birth place of Sydney and explore the convict built cottages, pubs and first church in Australia. Cross the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of Australia's most recognised landmarks before heading through the leafy northern suburbs to the seaside town of Manly. A visit to the botanical gardens, Parliament House and Hyde Park Barracks is also included. After lunch return to the city passing through some of Sydney's famous beachside locations. (B,L)

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Sydney

Sydney

Today is at leisure for independent exploration - contact our reservation specialists for special experiences - climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for panoramic views, take a surfing lesson at Bondi or Manly Beach, visit the Opera House for evening dinner and a performance or enjoy a day excursion to the Hunter Valley. (B)

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Pretty Beach, Bouddi Peninsula

Pretty Beach, Bouddi Peninsula

Today, leave the city behind, the open road is yours as you commence your self-drive experience. Make your way to Pretty Beach, approximately two hour drive away. Pretty Beach is located on the tip of the Bouddi Peninsula National Park, pristine waters await as well as many nearby walking trails to choose from. Pretty Beach House comprises luxury accommodation for a maximum of 8 guests at a time, with 4 exclusive pavilions, Italian style cuisine at Stefano Manfredi's restaurant and rebalancing treatments at Bouddi Spa. (FB)

Pretty Beach House

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Pretty Beach, Bouddi Peninsula

Pretty Beach, Bouddi Peninsula

Bouddi National Park has recorded 100 Aboriginal sites but many are likely to exist. Exploration is recommended in a search to find rock engravings, grinding grooves, rock shelters with art (drawings and paintings), middens and other archeological deposits. Today could also be spent admiring the spectacular coastline views. (FB)

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie

Take a leisurely three and a half hour drive up the Pacific Highway to Port Macquarie for an overnight stay at Sails Resort. This coastal beauty features 86 stunning guest rooms and suites that overlook the marina. Its stylish and contemporary design has been inspired by its breathtaking bay side location offering guests the chance to retreat, relax and rejuvenate with all the coast life essentials within arm's reach. (B)

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay

Depart Port Macquarie for a four and a half hour drive to Byron Bay; a melting pot of surf, culture and hedonistic indulgence. The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa will play the perfect host for two nights. (B)

The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay

Spend a day at leisure for independent exploration. Head for one of the many surfing beaches, take a cycle ride to the Cape Byron Lighthouse. The town is also popular with festivals, events and the famous farmers markets. (B)

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Leave the laid back atmosphere of Byron Bay and drive towards the Gold Coast, a two hour drive away. The Gold Coast buzzes with waterside restaurants, designer shopping, championship golf courses, endless surf beaches and world class amusement parks. Whilst here spend two nights at the opulent Palazzo Versace. (B)

Palazzo Versace

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Today is at leisure in the Gold Coast - contact our reservation specialist for suggestions - join a day on the Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island, visit one of the many amusement parks - Seaworld, Warner Bros, Movieworld or spend an afternoon at Sanctuary Cove with it's waterfront marine village. (B)

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Main Range National Park

Main Range National Park

Retreat to the scenic beauty of the Main Range National Park for a two night stay at Spicers Peak Lodge. Located two hours drive south west of Brisbane and surrounded by World Heritage listed Main Range National Park, Spicers Peak Lodge offers luxury accommodation and a fine food and wine experience. With only ten suites, a stay at Spicers Peak Lodge offers an intimate and relaxing experience at one of South East Queensland's most beautiful wilderness areas. Includes all meals, selected beverages and complimentary activities. (FB)

Spicers Peak Lodge

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Main Range National Park

Main Range National Park

Enjoy a day of outdoor pursuits - bushwalking, mountain biking, wine tasting or be pampered with a massage in the spa. By night, after indulging on gourmet food and wine, relax by the fire or take in a spot of star gazing in the clear mountain skies. (FB)

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Return to London Heathrow

Depart Spicers Peak Lodge and drive to Brisbane Airport for your return flight to London Heathrow.

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