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Australia's East Coast: Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns

Visit Australia's East Coast

Introduction

Driving from Sydney to the reefs and rainforests of north Queensland is one of the most popular ways to discover Australia. The section from Sydney to Brisbane, known as ‘The Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Route', is the country's top tourism drive. A typical East Coast trip might pass through the lakes and sleepy coastal towns of the New South Wales South Coast, the harbour city of Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the wineries of the Hunter Valley, the subtropical surfing towns along the New South Wales North Coast, Queensland's buzzing capital Brisbane and surrounding Gold and Sunshine coasts, and on through the Fraser Island Coast and Whitsundays to Cairns and Port Douglas.

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Australia’s East Coast: Sydney to Byron Bay

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,610 pp

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Be charmed by Sydney before discovering the stunning beaches, coastal towns and lush hinterland of New South Wales' East Coast as you wind your way north.

Sydney to Byron Bay in style

18-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,470 pp

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Enjoy a luxury road trip from Sydney to Byron Bay, pausing at the mist-shrouded Blue Mountains, dolphin-rich Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley’s world-famous vineyards.

Australia by Rail

13-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £3,365 pp

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Special offer – Save up to £150 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

Travel across Australia’s vast outback as you journey coast-to-coast from Perth to Sydney on this luxury rail journey aboard the Indian Pacific.

Highlights of New South Wales

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,310 pp

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New South Wales offers a plethora of attractions. Explore them all on this self-drive that visits Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and Killcare.

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Top itineraries in Australia's East Coast: Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns

Sydney, Uluru & the Great Barrier Reef

15-day tailor-made journey from £2,730 pp incl. flights

Discover the city sophistication of Sydney, the monolithic beauty and Aboriginal culture of Uluru and the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia and New Zealand Discoverer

21-day tailor-made journey from £4,500 pp incl. flights

This 21-day tailor-made itinerary combines the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. You'll explore New Zealand's world-famous glaciers and remote fjords with a self-drive before discovering Australia's sacred Ayers Rock, stunning beaches and delightful waterside cities.

Sydney, Beaches & The Blue Mountains

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,285 pp incl. flights

Take to the open road as you explore the Idyllic New South Wales coast and the spectacular Blue Mountains, between luxury stays in central Sydney and ultra-trendy Double Bay.

Australia’s East Coast: Sydney to Byron Bay

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,610 pp

Special
offer

Flight offer – Save up to £90 pp
Book by: 20 June 2018

Be charmed by Sydney before discovering the stunning beaches, coastal towns and lush hinterland of New South Wales' East Coast as you wind your way north.

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Top places to stay in Australia's East Coast: Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns

Shangri-La, Sydney

Contemporary hotel

Shangri-La, Sydney offers fine facilities and finer dining set back from Sydney harbour. Its location gives it superb access to both the waterfront and the city centre.

Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef

Contemporary lodge

Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 resorts in the world, Lizard Island is a spectacular and secluded island escape that is the ultimate in understated luxury.

Qualia, Great Barrier Reef

Accommodation

Situated on the northern tip of Hamilton Island in Queensland’s idyllic Whitsundays, qualia is one of Australia’s finest luxury resorts. You don’t have to take our word for it – in 2012 it was voted the Best Resort in the World in the Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards.

Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim

Accommodation

At Spicers Peak, warm, muted colours of natural materials such as stone and timber blend seamlessly into its green surrounds as the lodge offers luxury accommodation in an imitable location.

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Where to go in Australia's East Coast: Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns

Sydney

Sydney is blessed with the one of the world’s most iconic harbours. But, look beyond its historic Rocks District, city icons and foodie scene and you’ll find the Australian outdoors obsession in harbourfront parklands, mountain day trips and countless inviting beaches.

Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

Australia's northeast is a tropical paradise. Chief among its unique natural attractions is its wildlife-filled ancient rainforests and the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. Here you'll find an otherworldly underwater realm of spectacular coral and colourful marine life.

Fraser Coast

Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, located roughly 300 km north of Brisbane, off the coast from whale-watching hotspot Hervey Bay.

Australia's Sunshine Coast

Just north of Brisbane and you'll find the relaxing towns and coastline of the Sunshine Coast. From the surf beaches and esplanades of Caloundra, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba to the cosmopolitan café culture of Noosa, the region is arguably the most beautiful holiday area in Queensland.

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