Roadtrip Sydney to Byron, NSW

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Roadtrip Sydney to Byron – NSW. A Coastal Adventure

Get set to cruise along scenic coastlines on a roadtrip from Sydney to Byron NSW. You’ll soak in the beauty of the Aussie East Coast, with stunning beaches and quaint beach towns and even delve into the lush hinterland gems like Clunes along the way. Experience the beauty of the Australian East Coast as you traverse through picturesque landscapes, from stunning beaches to lush hinterlands. Whether you’re up for some chill vibes or seeking adventure, this trip’s got it all. So, grab your gear and let’s hit the road to uncover the coastal wonders from Sydney to Byron Bay!

Day 1 Sydney to Newcastle:

  • Distance: Approx. 160 km
  • Drive time: Approx. 2 hrs 10 min
  • Welcome to Newcastle – Head to Newcastle Beach for a laid-back day of soaking up the sun or catching some waves – it’s a local favorite for a reason. Explore Fort Scratchley historic military site and panoramic views of the coastline or walk the Newcastle Memorial Walk with a tribute to fallen soldiers. Stroll along vibrant streets, you’ll notice a fusion of historic charm and modern energy. Feeling hungry? Try Newcastle’s cafe scene – a brewed cup at Three Monkeys, delicious seasonal dishes at Autumn Rooms, or a vegan journey at Momo Wholefoods. At the end of the day, soak in the trendy vibes at The Edwards with a cocktail in hand.

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Newcastle to Hawks Nest

  • Distance: Approx. 80 km
  • Drive time: Approx. 1 hr
  • Welcome to Hawks Nest – a coastal town with hidden gems and stunning beaches: Jimmys Beach, Bennetts Beach, and Winda Woppa Reserve offer different vibes for swimming, sunbathing, or a relaxing walk. Nature lovers will enjoy Myall Lakes National Park for its diverse ecosystems and abundant birdlife. For history and culture, visit Hawks Nest Golf Club for a sports game and stunning views, or try sandboarding on the dunes for some adventure. Hawks Nest has some fantastic cafes and eateries. Try The Benchmark on Booner for brunch or Mumm’s Cafe for tasty treats. Travellarks accommodation on the north coast is renowned for its quality, comfort, and strategic locations that are meticulously selected to provide guests with a memorable stay, complete with modern amenities, attentive service, and opportunities to immerse oneself in the local culture and natural beauty of the north coast.

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Day 3 Hawks Nest to Port Macquarie:

  • Distance: Approx. 190 km
  • Drive time: Approx. 2 hrs
  • Welcome to Port Macquarie – not just a pretty face – it’s got some seriously tasty eats too! Get your seafood fix at spots like The Stunned Mullet and opt for the Beach House and Grill for a chill vibe with killer views. You can jump on a Hastings River for dolphin spotting and a bit of local history. Or, visit the Rainforest Centre tours. Feeling brave? Take a helicopter ride for a bird’s-eye view! Pay a visit to adorable koalas at the Koala Hospital. And for history buffs, head to the Tacking Point Lighthouse – one of the oldest in Australia. Climb up, soak in the views, and snap some Insta-worthy pics while you’re at it. And if you’re into art, make sure to swing by the Glasshouse. It’s not just a fancy name – it’s a cultural hub with galleries, theatres, and even a regional art gallery. Soak up some local creativity and maybe even catch a live performance while you’re there. Hungry? Try The Stunned Mullet.

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Day 5 Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour

  • Distance: Approx. 154 km
  • Drive time: Approx. 1 hr and 40 min
  • Welcome to Coffs Harbour – land of the the iconic Big Banana! It’s not just a giant fruit, but a symbol of fun. Enjoy rides and activities at the Banana Fun Park. Feeling more adventurous? Try skydiving with Coffs Coast Skydivers for an unforgettable thrill or for a more relaxed vibe, stroll through the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, spot koalas, and enjoy the serenity. Don’t miss swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, a unique experience supporting conservation. And when hunger strikes, hit up Dark Arts Cafe and Bar or Palates for  top-notch brews and bites. For more awesome meals, head to Urban Expresso Lounge or Twenty 46.

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Coffs Harbour to Mullaway

  • Distance: Approx. 30 km
  • Drive time: Approx. 24 min
  • Welcome to Mullaway –  where everyday is laid back! Start by soaking up the sun on Mullaway Beach and have breaky or brunch at Bluebottles or Ground Earth. Enjoy under the sea? Dive deeper into the underwater wonders of Solitary Islands Marine Park with a guided snorkeling tour from Byron Bay. Lace up your hiking boots for a rainforest trek through lush wilderness, or join a fishing charter to reel in your catch of the day. Feeling adventurous? Take surfing lessons or join a fishing charter or whale watching cruise or delve into the rich indigenous culture of Mullaway with an Aboriginal cultural tour. In Mullaway, make fabulous memories here as it’s a great pit stop between Sydney and Byron, staying at Travellarks handpicked accommodation.

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Day 7 Mullaway to Ulmarra

  • Distance: Approx. 63 km
  • Drive time: Approx. 42 min
  • Welcome to Ulmarra – a paradise for angling! The Clarence River is teeming with an abundance of fish species, including Australian bass, flathead, and even the occasional mighty Murray cod. Grab your fishing gear and head out for a day on the water, casting your line from the riverbanks or hire a boat. Even hire a house boat just to relax. Hungry? You can’t go by the Travellarks accommodation and iconic pub – The Ulmarra, serving up cold beers and hearty pub fare since 1906. Chat with friendly locals and soak in the authentic Aussie atmosphere. History buffs will enjoy the Ulmarra Heritage Walk and nature lovers can take to the water with a kayak and paddle past stunning scenery, or explore scenic hiking trails winding through the nearby bushland.

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Day 7 Ulmarra to Yamba

  • Distance: Approx. 50 km
  • Drive time: Approx. 41 min
  • Welcome to Yamba – with some of the most pristine beaches on Australia’s east coast! If you havent’ hit the beach – whether it’s Main Beach for a lazy day or Turners Beach for some awesome surf, then go! And when hunger calls, Yamba serves the freshest seafood – don’t miss the famous Yamba prawns! Try Sandbar, Bean Scene, Beachwood or a cup of brew at Botero Roastery. You can visit to the iconic Yamba Lighthouse for breathtaking ocean views or head out on the Clarence River for fishing, kayaking, or dolphin-spotting tours. And if you’re up for exploring beyond Yamba, join a guided tour to nearby national parks or quaint hinterland towns.

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Yamba to Lennox Head

  • Distance: Approx. 111.5 km
  • Drive time: Approx. 1 hr and 14 min
  • Welcome to Lennox Head – land of sun-soaked beaches and awesome waves. Relax, swim, learn to surf or stroll the Lennox Head Coastal Walk for breathtaking views. Get your adrenaline pumping with cliff diving at Lennox Head Point. Need to refuel? Check out Quattro for great coffee or Pacific Bistro for tasty bites with an ocean view. Add some adventure to your roadtrip with guided underwater tours with snorkelling or scuba diving or paddle along the coast on a kayaking or SUP. Thrill-seekers will love hang gliding or paragliding too! Plus, if you’re visiting during the migration season (typically from May to November), don’t miss the opportunity to embark on a whale watching tour. Lennox Head is a prime spot for spotting majestic humpback whales as they make their way along the coast.

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Lennox Head to Byron Bay Hinterland – Clunes

  • Distance: Approx. 80 km
  • Drive time: Approx. 29 min
  • Welcome to the Byron Hinterland – Clunes – Wake up in your Travellarks handpicked accommodation to picture-perfect rolling hills, rainforests, and panoramic views await roadtrippers and hikers. Enjoy the historic charm of Clunes Village with antique centre, the quirky fun of the Macadamia Castle (celebrating Australia’s beloved macadamia nuts with a mini zoo of kangaroos, koalas, and more). Then there’s the mystical vibes at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens. Don’t forget about the stunning Minyon Falls and rainforest tours and nearby Byron Bay for some beach time! Plus, there’s Bangalow and Newrybar for boutique shopping and delicious eats. Keep an eye out for farm gates selling fresh goodies and hidden gems in Nightcap National Park. Indulge in a farm-to-table experience at The Farm in Ewingsdale, where you can dine at their restaurant, savor treats from the bakery, and even pick your own flowers at the flower shed. Also try Federal Doma – 3/6 Albert street, Federal, The Bank Cafe, Woods in Bangalow, Bangalow Patisserie and Clunes Store and Cellar – Main Street, and Harvest NewryBar for a road tripping breaky or brunch. For chic fashion finds, explore the designer boutiques and others dotted around the Hinterland, offering a curated selection of stylish apparel and accessories.

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Byron Bay Hinterland to Byron Bay

  • Distance: Approx. 30 km
  • Drive time: Approx. 29 min
  • Welcome to Byron Bay – not just about adrenaline! yes, you can hop in a kayak and paddle with dolphins, or get your heart racing with a skydive over the bay. And if you’re up for a hike, head into the hinterland for some lush rainforest trails and epic waterfalls. But Byron, is also a hub for wellness and chill vibes. You can zen out with some yoga, or explore the local markets for handmade goodies and live music. And don’t miss the Cape Byron Lighthouse for epic views and a bit of history. Plus, if you’re around from May to November, keep your eyes peeled for whales cruising by! Feeling hungry? Try Manna Haven, Folk, Yulli’s, Roadhouse, Dip, Bayleaf, Combi, Three Blue Ducks and The balcony Bar and Oysters. Plenty to choose from! For speciality shopping, a must try yum cha is at Red Ginger tea house and don’t miss the Farmers Market and the Beachside Markets.

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This road trip offers a diverse range of attractions and experiences, from city sights to coastal beauty and rural charm, making it a memorable journey through New South Wales staying at Travellarks handpicked accommodation.

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