Waterfall Way, Tweed Range & Byron Bay [ST-SD32]
13 Days: Waterfall Way, Tweed Range & Byron Bay [ST-SD32]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Sydney (2 Nights), Forster (1), Coffs Harbour (2), Byron Bay (2)
  • Rental Car - For Self-Drive though New South Wales. Base Rate only. Does not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
  • Day Tours are Optional (not included), but can easily be included on request
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person) available on request
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • Additional Accommodation, Sigthseeing Day Tours, International & Domestic Flights are available on request
  • Customize? Tell us what you want & our Travel Experts will design your vacation and give you a no-obligation Quote.
Itinerary Details
(Days 1 to 3) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights in your studio room apartment.

Just 30 minutes from Sydney Airport, your accommodation is conveniently located between Darling Harbour and the Sydney CBD.

The friendly staff at your accommodation can attend to your every need with 24 hour guest reception. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at their signature restaurant.

Relax in a stylish and comfortable haven whilst being in close proximity to shopping at Westfield’s Pitt St Mall and Darling Harbour. Don’t forget to take a stroll down Pitt St towards Circular Quay to take in more of Sydney’s world famous sites- like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included)- Sydney Opera House Tour - 1 Hr

This inspiring tour provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to venture inside one of the world’s most recognised global landmarks.

This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour Cruise Express Pass

On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited full day pass, or take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass, or simply take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

The Harbour Express stops at:
Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.
Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.
Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.
Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.
Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.
Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.

(Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).

(Days 3 to 8) - Rental Car, Sydney to Brisbane via Waterfall Way & Tweed Range

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for five days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

(Days 3 to 8) - Self Drive - Sydney to Brisbane, 4 Days / 3 Nights

Self drive along the east coast from Sydney, New South Wales, to Brisbane.

Day 1: Sydney to Forster (approx 4 hrs)

Today you will depart Sydney and head north along the coast towards Forster, New South Wales. Pass through Woy Woy, stop in and visit the Seaside Village Markets (only on the weekends) or the Bouddi National Park. Lake Macquarie is also on the way, see the blue waters of this salt water lake, and you will understand why tourists visit this spot all year round. Upon reaching Forster, you will notice that this town is dominated by watersports. There is so much to do in this beautiful coastal town. Fishing, dolphin cruises and scuba diving are just a few of the many things you can enjoy here. Main Beach, Pebbly Beach and Burgess Beach are some great places to go lounge in the sand. Try some delicious seafood at one of the many restaurants here. Stay in Forster.

Day 2: Forster to Coffs Harbour (approx 3.5 hrs)

Depart Forster and head further north to Coffs Harbour. Along the way, you will pass through Port Macquarie, which has a stunning history, this is a great place to stop for lunch and enjoy the scenic views of the Pacific Coast. Continue on to Coffs Harbour, where you won’t run out of activities to do. Be sure to see the Big Banana, one of the “big things” in Australia. Pet Porpoise Pool Oceanarium has dolphin and seal shows, Butterfly House is a must see as well as the Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Stay in Coffs Harbour.

Day 3: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay (approx 3 hrs)

Head out to Byron Bay, the most easterly point of Australia. Byron Bay has become a haven for rest and relaxation. Getting away from the grind of city life, people flee to Byron Bay. Artists, designers, craftsmen, and even software engineers now call Byron their home. Go relax on the Main Beach, visit the Cape Byron Headland and Lighthouse or take a ride in a Hot Air Balloon over the beach. The cafes and shops are all local owned and operated. Put up your feet and enjoy this amazing town.

Day 4: Byron Bay to Brisbane (approx 2hrs)

Depart Byron Bay, New South Wales and continue your coastal drive north to Brisbane, Queensland.

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(Days 3 to 4) - 1 Night Accommodation in Forster

Spend 1 night in Forster, New South Wales.

Park your vehicle in the courtyard, breathe in the wonderful clean sea air & set off on a relaxing scenic walk to take in the magnificent sun, surf and white sandy beach just 100 metres away.
Beautiful Wallis Lake and the Town Centre with an abundance of restaurants, cafes, and shops is just around the corner.
Cool down in our swimming pool. Cook yourself a BBQ or relax and enjoy the breeze from your own sunny balcony. Browse through the menu of the on site restaurant – Blue Water Restaurant at Forster International Cuisine or enjoy a movie, sport or discovery on free cable TV.

Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales

(Days 4 to 6) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Coffs Harbour

Travel to your accommodation in Coffs Harbour, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your accommodation includes a queen bed with quilt bed furnishings, sofa, digital LCD TV’s, inverter air conditioning/heating, iron & ironing boards, tea coffee, hot chocolate making facilities, mini bars and work stations.

(Day 5) - Self Drive along Waterfall Way, New South Wales

Take a 1 day self-drive through the beautiful Waterfall Way and its changing landscapes of New South Wales. Begin in Coffs Harbour and continue on to the tablelands of the New England Region.

This scenic self drive offers spectacular scenery from national parks and lush rainforests to the abundant countryside and wide open plains. This 2 ½ hour drive begins on the east coast at Coffs Harbour and snakes it’s way inland through Bellingen and Dorrigo, ending in Armidale. Along the way there is plenty of cafes, local produce markets and national parks. There are multiple “high spots” which offer great viewing of breathtaking waterfalls. Here is a list of things to see and do along the Waterfall Way: 1. Dorrigo Skywalk: There are elevated boardwalks in the treetops of Dorrigo National Park which offer a spectacular vantage point of the rainforest and wildlife. 2. Downhill Adventure: On a sealed mountain road take an exhilarating downhill mountain bike ride for the ultimate adventure. Pick up and drop off in Coffs Harbour. 3. Solitary Islands Marine Park: If you love the water, this is the place for you. Diving, snorkeling, beaches, birdwatching, fishing, surfing, scenic helicopter rides and seasonal whale watching are just a few of the exciting activities available to you at the Solitary Islands Marine Park. 4. Bongil Bongil National Park: Just south of Coffs Harbour is a place where rainforest meets the beach. Perfect location for family friendly activities. If you’re feeling adventurous maybe try kayaking or white water rafting. 5. Helicopter Ride: The Flight of the Seven Gorges is a very popular flight that explores and showcases the amazing and rugged gorges in Australia. This ride includes Wollomombi Gorge, home to the highest waterfalls in New South Wales! Based out of Armidale. 6. Summer Snorkelling: December to April is the best time of year to hop on a sail boat and go snorkeling. You might even spot sea turtles and sub-tropical fish. 7. Skydive: Spend just 2 hours of your day and you can go on one of the most exciting adventures you can do, skydive! This tandem skydive will even include a video of your jump! 8. Rodeo: An hour drive south of Armidale is the town of Walcha, home of the Walcha Golden Gate Rodeo. This rodeo has been so successful it has been running for over 48 years every January. 9. Cathedral Rock: To experience the beautify and tranquility of mother nature stop in Cathedral Rock National Park. Giant boulders and huge granite towers make a wonderful backdrop to the abundant variety of wildlife which call this park their home. Spot grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, birdlife, and a vast variety of plants in this boggy heathland. 10. Fine Dining: Visit the amazing award winning Jaaning Tree restaurant, where you will find a combination of Asian an Indigenous flavors paired with international wines. Please enquire if you would like to include any of these activities in your itinerary.
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(Days 6 to 8) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Byron Bay

Stay 2 nights in beautiful Byron Bay.

Your relaxing vacation accommodation is located in the world famous Byron Bay in New South Wales.
Here you can expect private surrounds with a central swimming pool, spa and a barbeque area far removed from the busy heart of Byron Bay. If you want to laze on the beach or hit the waves, the beach is just a 350 metre walk away.
Our contemporary studio rooms and suites offer affordable Byron Bay accommodation and all have their own courtyard or balcony where you can enjoy the temperate northern NSW climate. All balconies face different ways to deliver a sense of privacy.
You can treat your taste-buds to the many eateries in town, do some seaside shopping, learn to surf, whale watch off Cape Byron during whale watching season or even hang-glide high above the most easterly point of Australia.

(Day 7) - Self Drive, Tweed Range Scenic Route

This spectacular 1 day self drive will take you along the Tweed Range scenic route and into the Border Ranges National Park. This is a self-drive filled with panoramic views, waterfalls, gleaming streams, and rocky ridges of New South Wales.

This scenic drive will allow you to see the deep green rainforests, spectacular views of Mt Warning, birdwatching, a Red Cedar believed to be 1000 years old, and so much more! Take your time, get out of the car and go for short walks within Border Ranges National Park (see full list of walks below). Try some local produce at a roadside fruit stall and take a picnic to Antarctic Beech picnic area or Brindle Creek. Don’t miss the Pinnacle Walk, this is truly a highlight of this self drive, to stand on the edge of this great caldera and experience the awe and wonder of Australia’s wildlife. Short Walks within Border Ranges National Park: The Pinnacle Lookout – 0.1 miles, 10min, easy Palm Forest Walk – 1 mile, 1hr, easy Helmholtsia Loop – 0.75 miles, 1hr, easy Red Cedar Loop – 0.5 miles, 30min, easy Falcorostrum Loop – .5 miles, 30min, easy Bar Mountain Circuit – 2 miles, 3hrs, medium (home to ancient Antarctic Beech trees) Brindle Creek Walk – 3miles one way, 3hrs, medium Rosewood Loop – 3 miles, 3hrs, medium

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Customize your Self Drive to Regional New South Wales via Waterfall Way & Tweed Range?

Remember, this road trip is fully customizable. Combine it with other destinations, add accommodation, sigthseeing tours and flights (international &/or domestic).

Just let us know what you want and our Travel Experts will design your complete itinerary with a ‘no-obligation’ quote.

Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $1,108 $1,916 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $2,002 $2,810 Nov 1 2019 - Sep 17 2020
USA Departures: 03JAN-28JUN, 24JUL-17SEP, 01NOV-05DEC. EXP OCT 17
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $3,043 $3,851 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2019 and 1MAY-8JUN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $3,250 $4,058 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2019, 22SEP-8DEC 2019 and 1FEB-30APR 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $3,768 $4,576 Peak: 9DEC 2019 - 31JAN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $6,020 $6,828 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $7,628 $8,436 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.