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Lighthouse view, Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

Itinerary: Byron Bay

Immerse yourself in Byron's beautiful beaches, ocean adventures and relaxed lifestyle on this 3-day escape. To start your journey of coastal discovery, head to Cape Byron State Conservation Area. This is your chance to see all of Byron's big coastal attractions - from the heritage lighthouse on Australia's easternmost cape to the white beaches which boast some of the country's best surf breaks.

3 days
5 locations
The view looking north from the spur. Photo:John Yurasek

Itinerary: Central Coast

Journey 2 hours north of Sydney and you’ll discover remote beaches, incredible waterfalls and kangaroo inhabited campgrounds. Don’t miss this introduction to the secluded beaches, breathtaking walking tracks and fresh-air adventures of the Central Coast.

3 days
3 locations
Smoky Cape Lighthouse Cottages, Hat Head National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/NSW Government

Itinerary: Mid-north coast magic

Discover the often overlooked treasures of the mid-north coast on this relaxed itinerary from Port Macquarie, a holiday town around 400km north of Sydney. There’s a rare tract of coastal rainforest, magical dive spots and countless idyllic bays and beaches from which to swim, surf, paddle and fish.

2 days
5 locations
Whale watching off North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: OEH.

Itinerary: Whale watching

Pack your binoculars to experience the majesty and grandeur of these oceanic giants. This epic 6-day drive showcases the best places to whale watch all along the NSW coastline. Humpback whales and southern right whales sail north for warmer waters throughout June and into July, and return southwards from around September to November.

6 days
11 locations
Evans lookout, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath/NSW Government