The Coastal Experience
Days 1 and 2: Begin at Wollongong. Follow the coastline and it will reveal beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea Cliff Bridge. (Recommended stay: 2 days)
Day 3 and 4: Drive through the Wyrrabalong National Park and experience a variety of beaches and forest. (Recommended stay: 1 to 2 days)
Day 4 and 5: Learn about the local Aboriginal culture while on a quad bike on the Stockton Sand Dunes. (Recommended stay: 1 day)
Day 6: From beaches to forest, make camp and enjoy Mother Nature at its best in Myall Lakes. (Recommended stay: 1 to 2 days)
Days 7, 8 and 9: Visit the stunning Gibraltar Range National Park. (Recommended stay: 2 to 3 days)
A week of endless natural beauty
The New South Wales coastline features views of outstanding beauty from ocean vistas to the National Parks that follow it. We've put together a trip for the driving enthusiasts.
Let's begin our route just outside of the coastal city Wollongong in Shell Harbour, where you can visit the national surfing reserve 'The Farm' and watch pros surf the 1.5 metre (average) waves. As you get closer to Sydney, the coast reveals the famous Sea Cliff Bridge with stunning views looking out to sea and rolling hilltops. Why not try finding your own secret beach spot away from the crowds or visit one of the quaint coastal villages? We recommend spending up to two days exploring this route.
After stopping off in Sydney, the A49 Scenic Route continues to take you along the breathtakingly beautiful coastline with highlights such as the Norah Head Lighthouse. Indulge in some rugby or Australian football and watch a game in Gosford. As you drive through Norah Head, you'll see Soldiers Beach soaking in sun and local surfers.
Passing through Newcastle towards Williamtown, take a journey through ancient Aboriginal campsites, going from bushland to sand on quadbikes on the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. Through Williamtown and further up the coast, enter the Myall Lakes National Park: the most visited park in New South Wales. The park hosts many fantastic spots for picnics and camping, whether you want to see the sun set over the ocean or relax around a fire by the lakes.
The last stop of our journey takes you to the Gibraltar Range National Park north of Coffs Harbour on a rainforest adventure just an hour from the shores. Come prepared for the Gibraltar/Washpool World Heritage Walk, as it takes you to remote locations through 45km of stunning wilderness in untouched Australian rainforest. There's also plenty of great camping spots for those wanting to get even more in touch with nature.
To return to Sydney, you can either drive or fly back from Coffs Harbour.
This coastal trip will gain you access to some outstandingly beautiful beaches and wilderness in New South Wales.
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