SHORTLIST

Sydney to Brisbane Adventure

Explore the wilderness, discover wildlife and taste wines on a seven-day adventure from the iconic cityscape of Sydney to Queensland’s capital of Brisbane. Venture through the picturesque Hunter Valley – one of Australia’s most popular winery regions and visit some cute and cuddly koalas in an animal hospital near Port Macquarie. Hang loose in the bustling beachside town of Byron, kayak the Byron Bay Marine Park and learn about First Nations history from local Aboriginal guides. From ancient forests to popular surf hubs, take a laidback road trip that hits all the highlights in just one week.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

START & END POINT TIME & LOCATION
The trip starts at our joining point hotel in Sydney with a Welcome Meeting at 9am. The trip finishes in Brisbane on Day 7 at our finish point hotel. You are free to depart at any time on this day. Accommodation is not included on this day but can be booked on request subject to availability.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement can be booked if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip, subject to availability.

Tour details
Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Price From
$2,295
Number of Days
7
Start Location
Sydney, Australia
End Location
Brisbane, Australia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1: Sydney / Hunter Valley / Cessnock
Welcome to Sydney! Or Warrane, in the language of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which Sydney is now located. Your adventure starts with a welcome meeting at 9 am at the starting point hotel. After, you’ll head out for a walkabout around The Rocks with a local Aboriginal guide. Walk through Hicksons Reserve, Campbells Cove and Cumberland Walk as your guide teaches you about this area's history, land and water use, and spiritual connection with the First Nations peoples. You’ll have amazing views of the harbour along the way, including Sydney Harbour Bridge and the CBD across the water. After your journey into the Dreaming, grab some lunch before heading north to the famous winery region – the beautiful Hunter Valley. Once there, you’ll visit one of the oldest wineries in the valley. Sit down for a wine tasting with a sommelier and listen to the history of the various wines and the winery. Next, head to Cessnock in the heart of the valley, our overnight location for tonight. Perhaps head out for an optional welcome dinner in Cessnock to get to know your fellow travellers.
Day 2: Crowdy Bay National Park / Port Macquarie
Today, you’ll make tracks north along the scenic coastal route. Stop at Crowdy Bay National Park along the way and embark on a scenic hike through forests of heath, paperbark and swamp mahogany at Diamond Head, taking in views of golden beaches and dramatic rock faces. The quartz crystals in the cliffs sparkle in the sun, giving Diamond Head its name. Keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins off the coast as you wind your way by secluded coves, beaches, and mountains, and you may even encounter a mob of kangaroos on your walk. Later, continue your drive to your accommodation just outside of Port Macquarie.
Day 3: Port Macquarie / Dorrigo National Park / Coffs Harbour
This morning, you’ll visit the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, where you’ll meet the volunteers who work there and and learn about how this organisation provides care and treatment for koalas needing rehabilitation. Then, drive to Bellingen, where you might like to grab lunch and enjoy some free time. Continue to Dorrigo National Park via the gorgeous Waterfall Way, known for its lush, sub-tropical rainforest – the last piece of the ancient subcontinent Gondwanaland. Few places on Earth contain so many plants and animals relatively unchanged from their ancestors. Pop into the Rainforest Centre in the park, take a stroll along the skywalk or explore the rainforest with your group.
Day 4: Coffs Harbour / Byron Bay
Next up is Byron Bay – a laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline, sand and friendly locals. But first, you’ll start your day with a walking tour of Red Rock with a local First Nations guide. Learn about the culture of the Gumbaynggirr people through stories, songs and the uses of native plants. Walk alongside The Solitary Island Marine Park Waterways and connect with Country as you learn more about the Dreaming and sample some local bush food. After, you’ll stop in Yamba where you might like to grab some lunch, before visiting Byron Bay Lighthouse for a unique photo opportunity and the chance to spot some dolphins, whales and other marine life.
Day 5: Byron Bay
Get up early this morning if you want to catch the sunrise – they are pretty ace from Australia's most easterly point – but if you prefer, you can sleep in too! Later this morning hit the water with a guided sea kayaking tour of the Byron Bay Marine Park. See the beauty of the coastline while looking out for dolphins, turtles and whales and learning of the marine biology. The afternoon if free to do as you please so maybe hunt down the best cold-brew coffee from one of Byron’s quirky cafes, learn how to ride the waves with a beginner’s surf lesson, or just hang out on the beach. Tonight, why not grab a drink at one of the local pubs or bars?
Day 6: Springbrook National Park / Gold Coast / Brisbane
This morning, head to The Farm – a collection of micro-businesses on a working farm focusing on growing, feeding and educating through community farming. Maybe grab some breakfast here and pick up a few things to have for lunch later on. Continue to Springbrook National Park and take a short walk to Natural Bridge rock arch which was formed by the force of the waterfall over the basalt cave. This afternoon, head to the famous Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast for some beach time before continuing onto Brisbane where you’ll spend the night.
Day 7: Brisbane
After a group breakfast this morning, your trip comes to an end in Brisbane. If you’d like to stay longer, just speak to your booking agent.
Inclusions
  • Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner.
  • Transport: Private vehicle.
  • Accommodation: Hotel (2 nights), Cabins (4 nights).
  • Hunter Valley - Winery Visit & Wine Tasting.
  • Sydney - The Rocks Dreaming Walking Tour with Aboriginal Guide.
  • Crowdy Bay National Park - Diamond Head Hike.
  • Port Macquarie - Koala Hospital guided tour.
  • Dorrigo National Park - Short Hike.
  • Dorrigo National Park - Rainforest Centre & Skywalk.
  • Coffs Harbour - Red Rock Gumbaynggirr First Nations experience.
  • Byron Bay - Sea Kayaking Tour.
  • Byron Bay - Lighthouse Walk.
  • Springbrook National Park - Natural Bridge.
  • Byron Bay - The Farm visit.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
12 Jul 2024 18 Jul 2024 11 $2,564
26 Jul 2024 01 Aug 2024 13 $2,295
09 Aug 2024 15 Aug 2024 11 $2,448
30 Aug 2024 05 Sep 2024 5 $3,060
13 Sep 2024 19 Sep 2024 2 $2,915
27 Sep 2024 03 Oct 2024 10 $2,915
11 Oct 2024 17 Oct 2024 4 $2,915
25 Oct 2024 31 Oct 2024 7 $3,060
08 Nov 2024 14 Nov 2024 10 $3,060
22 Nov 2024 28 Nov 2024 8 $3,205
06 Dec 2024 12 Dec 2024 12 $3,205
13 Dec 2024 19 Dec 2024 5 $3,205
03 Jan 2025 09 Jan 2025 8 $3,845
17 Jan 2025 23 Jan 2025 9 $3,430
24 Jan 2025 30 Jan 2025 6 $3,205
07 Feb 2025 13 Feb 2025 10 $3,205
14 Feb 2025 20 Feb 2025 11 $3,060
28 Feb 2025 06 Mar 2025 11 $3,060
14 Mar 2025 20 Mar 2025 6 $2,915
21 Mar 2025 27 Mar 2025 16 $2,915
13 Apr 2025 19 Apr 2025 15 $3,260
27 Apr 2025 03 May 2025 15 $3,260
11 May 2025 17 May 2025 16 $3,105
25 May 2025 31 May 2025 16 $3,105
08 Jun 2025 14 Jun 2025 16 $3,105
22 Jun 2025 28 Jun 2025 16 $3,105
06 Jul 2025 12 Jul 2025 16 $3,105
20 Jul 2025 26 Jul 2025 16 $3,105
03 Aug 2025 09 Aug 2025 13 $3,105
17 Aug 2025 23 Aug 2025 16 $3,105
31 Aug 2025 06 Sep 2025 16 $3,105
14 Sep 2025 20 Sep 2025 14 $3,105
28 Sep 2025 04 Oct 2025 16 $3,260
12 Oct 2025 18 Oct 2025 16 $3,260
26 Oct 2025 01 Nov 2025 16 $3,260
09 Nov 2025 15 Nov 2025 16 $3,260
23 Nov 2025 29 Nov 2025 16 $3,415
30 Nov 2025 06 Dec 2025 16 $3,415
07 Dec 2025 13 Dec 2025 16 $3,415
14 Dec 2025 20 Dec 2025 16 $3,415
04 Jan 2026 10 Jan 2026 16 $3,415
11 Jan 2026 17 Jan 2026 16 $3,415
18 Jan 2026 24 Jan 2026 16 $3,415
01 Feb 2026 07 Feb 2026 16 $3,415
08 Feb 2026 14 Feb 2026 16 $3,415
15 Feb 2026 21 Feb 2026 16 $3,415
01 Mar 2026 07 Mar 2026 16 $3,260
15 Mar 2026 21 Mar 2026 16 $3,260
29 Mar 2026 04 Apr 2026 16 $3,260