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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.

Special offers in Australia's East Coast: Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns

Highlights of New South Wales

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,170 pp incl. flights

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Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £235 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

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.

Sydney to Byron Bay in style

18-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,275 pp incl. flights

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Free car hire offer – Save up to £290 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’s East Coast: Sydney to Byron Bay

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,480 pp incl. flights

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Free car hire

Flight & Free car hire offer – Save up to £300 pp
Book by: 30 September 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.

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,620 pp incl. flights

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Free car hire

Flight & free car hire offer – Save up to £305 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Discover the dramatic coastline between Sydney and Melbourne and enjoy penguin parades on beautiful island reserves and a luxury bush camp stay in Jervis Bay.

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

Highlights of New South Wales

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,170 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £235 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

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.

Sydney to Byron Bay in style

18-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,275 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £290 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

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’s East Coast: Sydney to Byron Bay

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,480 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Flight & Free car hire offer – Save up to £300 pp
Book by: 30 September 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.

Sydney, Beaches & The Blue Mountains

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

Free car hire

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.

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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.

Ovolo 1888, Darling Harbour

Contemporary hotel

Ovolo 1888 is one of Sydney’s most unique hotels. The modern rooms are stylishly decorated in bold colours that belie the hotel’s friendly, boutique atmosphere.

Lily Pily Country House, Bellingen

Small & intimate hotel

Lily Pily is no ordinary B&B. Cutting a perfect balance between modern and eco-living, the house’s stunning architecture is second only to its beautiful locale.

Harbour Rocks, Sydney

Contemporary hotel

For those looking for luxury heritage in a city-centre location, the recently renovated Harbour Rocks Hotel is ideal.

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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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  • The Best Beaches in the Whitsundays

    The 74 islands at the centre of the Great Barrier Reef are fast becoming the choice destination for travellers, with a host of fine resorts, facilities and an abundance of natural beauty. We reveal the best beaches on the Whitsundays to help you plan which one to visit.

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