Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, theme parks, golden beaches, cross to NSW, Tweed Valley Way , Byron Bay, lighthouse. Self-Drive Tour with Hotels Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Brisbane. Themes include: Queensland, New South Wales, Departs from Brisbane, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Brisbane. + Show more
5 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Gold Coast hotel (luxury upgrades available)
2 nights good standard Byron Bay hotel (luxury upgrades available)
Queensland Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
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Indulge in the uber laid-back delights of Byron Bay where the Aussie hippy lifestyle began and the most easterly point of Australia on a Self-Drive holiday to Byron Bay and Gold Coast. Explore fertile Tweed Valley way, the Gold Coast hinterland and world's largest sub-tropical rain forest or take the biggest 'free fall' in the world in Dreamworld and experience world famous surf beaches of the Gold Coast, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads and Surfers Paradise.
Self-Drive Tour from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
DAY 1 Brisbane - Gold Coast
Take time today over breakfast, and then take the Pacific Motorway to The Gold Coast, including Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Miami and Burleigh Heads.
Today you could visit a famous Rum Distillery at Beenleigh, Ormeau, Pimpama, Coomera, Oxenford, Sanctuary Cove, Helensvale, experience the Gold Coast entertainment and tourism centre, see breathtaking natural scenery or experience the man-made thrills at the theme parks: Dreamworld (Australia's largest theme park, The Giant Drop is the tallest free-fall in the world, Big Brother House and more), Sea World (the marine mammal park, oceanarium and theme park, promotes conservation of sea-life), Movie World, Wet'n'Wild, Water World, visit a casino or a National Park. Perhaps see Binna Burra and Green Mountain in Lamington National Park (the world’s largest subtropical rainforest) or rise to great heights in the World Heritage listed Springbrook National Park (1000 meters above sea level, waterfalls and mountain scenery). Direct driving 80km (1 hour)
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DAY 2 Discover Gold Coast
Get into the hedonistic lifestyle of sun, sea and me in the mecca of the Gold Coast playgrounds, with nightlife, restaurants, bars, the Broadbeach Casino, or hit some 35 beautiful beaches, great golf courses, amazing theme parks, Movie World, Australian Outback Spectacular, Whitewater World, Wet'n'Wild, Dreamworld, Big Brother House, Ripley's Believe it or Not Gallery and the Haunted House and enjoy the Surfers Paradise hub where it all started in the 1930's when the first big Surfers Paradise hotel was built. Or take it easy walking, fishing or cycling on car-less, peaceful South Stradbroke Island. Climb the amazing Q1 Observation Deck or climb to greater heights with a scenic flight over the Gold Coast then take in the real life style of the hinterland of the Gold Coast with quaint townships, fresh local produce, rainforest covered mountain ranges, waterfalls and National Parks. Take care to swim on patrolled beaches and between the flags.
Broad Beach (casino, boutiques, chic cafes, fine sandy beach), Southport (beach, shops, hospitals), Main Beach (great surf beach, whale watching in season, helitours, skydiving, jetboating or cruising, top marque luxury and home to the Palazzo Versace with a backdrop of natural bush), Surfers Paradise (all the glitz and glamour, the real main beach for brash tourist attractions), Mermaid Beach and Miami (beaches, with restaurants and motels), Burleigh Heads (great beach for surfers and families and fancy dining, koalas, kangaroos, birds, snakes, crocodiles at Currumbin Wildlife Park), Palm Beach (quieter residential area), Currumbin, Tugun and Bilinga - Kirra, Coolangatta and Tweed Head (just in Queensland on the NSW boarder, good, popular beaches, entertainment areas and famed Sunday Sessions), on the Gold Coast hinterland is Tamborine Mountain (hand crafted jams, choccies and fudge, distillery) Springbrook National Park (ancient, remnant volcanic shield Springbrook Plateau, Purling Brook Falls, wide coastal vistas from Canyon Lookout, caves, gorges, waterfalls and wildlife), Canungra (vineyards, horse rides), Lamington National Park (bush walking, tree top canopy walk), Tropical Fruit World, Fruit plantation orchard, with tour, shows, tasting
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DAY 3 Gold Coast - Byron Bay
Drive the Tweed Valley Way with amazing views passing sugar cane fields, verdant green hills and dales of the Tweed Valley, the surfer's delights of Tweeds Heads, Coolangatta and Kingscliff and then walk to the most easterly point in Australia and the Cape Byron Lighthouse, or in season watch whales in the Bay.
Today you could visit Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast entertainment and tourism centre, Australia's iconic coastal tourist destination), Burleigh Heads (between Coolangatta and Surfers paradise, breathtaking scenery, Burleigh Heads National Park, international surfing tournaments), Coolangatta (the southernmost suburb of Gold Coast, on the state border of Queensland and New South Wales), David Fleay Wildlife Park, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Superbee Honeyworld, Currumbin Creek to enjoy some stand up paddle boarding, see Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse, Tweed Heads, The Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Banora Point, Chinderah, Kingscliff, Bogangar, Hastings Point, Pottsville, Crabbes Creek, or Ocean Shores, ride a long board off Wategos beach, surf off The Pass, Belongil Beach, or at Main Beach, in front of the town, snorkel out to a wreck or enjoy a meal at any of the prime spots in Byron Bay. Direct driving 88km (1.05 hour)
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DAY 4 Discover Byron Bay
The easy lifestyle from its early days - when the alternative hippy culture came to Byron Bay in the late 1960's - is alive and well in Byron with yoga centres, day spas, new age products, timber furniture, hand made jewellery and craft skills being nurtured at the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Precinct. The Byron Bay ambience, great weather and excellent beaches drew the surfers. The different town beaches, with great breaks to suit the learner or the pro and good value surf shops keep the surfers coming to the seriously laid back township. Learn to surf with lessons from a pro, take a world famous Whale Watching Tour during the whale migration season, put on a wet suit and dive in the warm waters, or pick up a rod and reel in the catch from Seven Mile Beach. History has its place at Byron too with Cape Byron the rim of a massive ancient volcano and the Cape Byron Lighthouse (1901) on the National Estate Register and the most easterly point of mainland Australia. Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse, take a tour then take the trail through coastal rainforest and banksia forest, gain an appreciation of Indigenous life at Palm Valley or take a coastal walk in the Arakwal National Park, for brilliant vantage points to discover the migration of whales and dolphins and turtles in season
Laid back Byron Bay (festivals, surfing, whale watching, dolphin spotting, coastal walks, Indigenous experiences, beach fishing, arts and crafts), Byron Bay beaches - Byron Main Beach (smaller waves close to shore), The Pass Beach (easy ride out, great long boarding - wide rollers), Watego's Beach (where the cult of longboarders gather), Tallow's Beach (south of the headland, long beach bigger surf) - 2,200,000 candle power Cape Byron Lighthouse (historic lighthouse tours, cafe, walk track), Broken Head Nature Reserve (Two Sisters Rocks), Brunswick Head Nature Reserve, Julian Rocks Nature Reserve, Cape Byron Headland Reserve (reputedly one of the most beautiful places in the world, rainforests, stunning cliffs, brilliant vistas, Arakwal National Park (taking in Tallow Beach), Boat Harbour Nature Reserve (walking track, viewing platform, Wilson River, Coopers Creek, remnant pilings of historic wharf from riverboat era), Broken Head Nature Reserve, Mooball National Park (subtropical rainforest, rare endangered fauna - long-nosed potoroo, marbled frogmouth, red-legged pademelon, Stephen's banded snake and the giant barred frog), World Heritage Listed Mount Warning National Park (eroded remnant central plug of an ancient volcano. Views of Tweed Valley), Nightcap National Park (100m tall waterfall Minyon Falls), Tyagarah Nature Reserve (secluded 8 km beach, birdwatching, fishing).
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DAY 5 Byron Bay - Brisbane
Say goodbye to the whales in the bay (in season) and the 35 famous beaches of the Gold Coast, perhaps take the high road to the Gold Coast hinterland and the Tamborine Mountain, 45 km inland, before hitting the Tweed Valley Way, with vistas of sugar cane fields, verdant green hills and dales of the Tweed Valley en-route to Brisbane.
Perhaps visit the Lamington National Park to see Australia's biggest remnant subtropical rainforest, steep cliffs and deep valleys of the McPherson Range, or take the Nerang route and time today to visit the charmingly beautiful Gold Coast hinterland; Explore Tamborine Mountain National Park, high on the plateau (cascading waterfalls, Witches Falls, Curtis Falls, Cameron Falls and Cedar Creek Falls see Tamborine Mountain, (breathtaking scenery and the mountain top community, set in the rainforest, cottage industries, making fudge, chocolate and interesting crafts), explore North Tamborine (Tamborine Mountain Distillery, using organically grown produce to make liqueurs, schnapps and spirits), Mount Tamborine, and Eagle Heights (perfect for home made treats and jams to take home), head north, perhaps inspecting the famous Beenleigh Rum Distillery en-route to Brisbane. Direct driving 88km (1.05 hour)
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