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Grand East Discovery Self Drive

Reference WW53462
17 nights from
£2197 pp
1st March 2020
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What's Included

Return flights from the UK
January to December 2020
17 nights
Room Only
Car Hire with one way drop off fees
Transfer from Sydney Airport to hotel
Grand East Discovery Self Drive

Take the ultimate Australian road trip along the beautiful Pacific Coast.

Travelling over 2,500kms, this journey takes you to some of the world's best beaches, stunning coastline and world-class dining options.

we've extended your stays in both Sydney and Cairns to allow to the perfect mix of sightseeing and relaxation.

Why You'll Love this

Explore the sights of Australia's most iconic city, Sydney
See Kangaroos in the Blue Mountains
Expereince the road trip of a lifetime, along Australia's beautiful Pacific Coast
Taste fine wines and beautiful food in the Hunter Valley
Relax on stunning beaches in Byron Bay and Airlie Beach
Expereince the outback in Queensland
end your adventure in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
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Depart the UK and fly overnight to Sydney, arriving the next day

Arrive in Sydney and take your included transfer to your hotel for the next 3 nights.

Overnight in Sydney.

Free time to enjoy Sydney under your own steam.

We highly recommend the Bondi Beach & Sydney city tour.

Overnight in Sydney.

Today pick up your car and depart Sydney for the picturesque Blue Mountains, cross over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and drive through the trendy suburbs of Sydney before hitting the highway.

Make the time to stop at the Featherdale Wildlife Park (own expense) to meet the local animals.

Have your photo taken with a koala, kangaroo or emu and a quite bite to eat before heading up into the hills.

Overnight in the Blue Mountains

Today is at your leisure, take a trip to Scenic World and ride the Scenic Railway, the steepest incline railway in the world. Or take the Cable Way over the forest and enjoy the spectacular view.

Overnight in the Blue Mountains.

Following the highway north, today you are heading out of the Blue Mountains, towards the Hunter Valley.

The Hunter Valley is a world-renowned wine region, filled with luscious gardens, vineyards and friendly cellar doors.

Pick up a few bottles of local wine to enjoy over dinner and take a walk through the extensive Hunter Valley gardens where you might just find yourself in the middle of a fairy tale.

Overnight in the Hunter Valley.

Depart Hunter Valley and travel on towards Newcastle.

Stop for lunch and a stretch of your legs at Taree, the centre of the Manning River district before continuing North on to Port Macquarie, one of the oldest towns in New South Wales.

Overnight in Port Macquarie.

Travel north to Kempsey, on the way to Coffs Harbour, the capital of the Holiday Coast.

The highway follows the coast to the seaside town of Woolgoolga then turns inland towards Grafton.  Travel to Woodburn and on to Ballina and then a further 35 kilometres to Byron Bay.

Nearby Cape Byron is the most easterly point on the Australian coast and also has Australia's most powerful lighthouse.

Byron Bay, renown for its beaches, makes it an ideal spot for a stroll, picnic, and swim or surf.

Overnight in Byron Bay.

Departing Byron Bay travel north to Brunswick Heads and then on to Murwillumbah.

From here there is a choice of routes to get to the Gold Coast and into Queensland.

Surfers Paradise is Australia's holiday Mecca, with a vast array of apartments and hotels stretching for 36 kilometres from Tweed Heads to Southport along the many beaches.

Overnight on the Gold Coast

This morning spend at leisure relaxing on one of the magnificent beaches or exploring the Gold Coast area.

Visit Australia's most well-known theme parks: Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet n Wild and Dream World.

From Surfers Paradise it's only a 90-minute drive along the Pacific Motorway to Brisbane.

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and Australia’s third-largest city.

Overnight in Brisbane

It's time to head inland today and experience some of the typical Queensland outback countrysides, with lush grazing country, historic country towns and superb Australian panoramas. 

It's about 6 hours to drive to Taroom.

Overnight in Taroom

Travel north, the road now takes you back through the outback towards the coast.

Travel north along Leichhardt Highway via Theodore and Biloela.

Turn north on the Burnett Highway and travel to Mount Morgan and then it is a 30-minute drive into Rockhampton.

On the way into Rockhampton, there is a large spire at Curtis Park on the main highway and this marks the exact line of the Tropic of Capricorn.

Overnight in Yeppoon

Depart Yeppoon and return to the Bruce Highway travelling north towards Marlborough (120 kilometres) and onto Mackay.

Continue north to Proserpine and then to Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour.

Airlie Beach is one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations and gateway to the seventy-two islands of the Whitsundays.

Overnight in Airlie Beach

Spend the day at leisure to enjoy what the beautiful Whitsunday’s has to offer.

We suggest you take a sailing trip to spend the day on one of the many beautiful Whitsunday Islands.

There are many operators offering different cruise and island combinations for you to choose from.

Overnight in Airlie Beach

Continue your journey north, leading you into the Tropical north and the city of Townsville.
Townsville is a modern, tropical city and the administrative capital of North Queensland.
A visit to the Great Barrier Reef Wonderland is recommended; it houses the world's largest living coral reef aquarium.
This evening join in with the locals for a walk along the waterfront esplanade, known as “The Strand”. 
Overnight in Townsville

Today your journey takes you to the far North, into the heart of the tropics and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef - Cairns and Palm Cove.

Pass through Ingham and Tully, the wettest place in Australia.

Travel via Innisfail to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest region and the rugged outback of the Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Overnight in Carins

Spend a full day at leisure in Cairns or why not take an optional catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef.

Overnight in Cairns

Drive back to Cairns airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.