Taste wine in the Hunter Valley, stay overnight at a sheep station and learn techniques from the locals, pan for gold, learn to surf in famous Byron Bay
Tour description provided by G Adventures
Think Australia’s out of your league since you’re short on time and cash? Nope! This quick and economical Sydney-to-Brisbane jaunt squeezes tons of excitement into a short time frame at a price that fits any budget. Learn to surf and sip Australia’s viticultural bounty on the coast, then move inland to the Outback to try your hand at panning for gold and sheep shearing. It’s Oz in a flash for a fraction of the cost.
Day 1 Sydney
Arrive in Sydney at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area, the Opera House and visit the Botanical Gardens.
Please note: if you have pre-booked the Sydney Bridge Climb and the Byron Bay Skydiving your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Bridge Climb (Day 1 - Sydney) and Skydiving (Day 6 - Byron Bay). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section.
Day 2 Nundle Sheep Station (1B,1D)
Depart in the morning, drive to the famous wine region of the Hunter Valley for an included wine tasting and talk on the history of wine-making in the area. Afterwards, head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night. At the sheep station you'll have a unique opportunity to meet old sheep shearer and experience a shearing demonstration and talk on sheep farming in the area. At the end of the day enjoy a lamb dinner with the locals before sleeping in the historic shearer's quarters.
The sheep station is quite remote and there is usually no reception for mobile phones.
Estimated travel time: 6 hours
Travel distance: 380 km
Day 3 Bingara (1B,1D)
After breakfast, drive to the Country and Western music capital of Australia, Tamworth, also home to a giant guitar. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning. At the end of the day, bed down at a hotel on a working farm.
Opt to go horseback riding or swim in a local watering hole.
Estimated travel time: 3 hours
Travel distance: 210 km
Day 4 Yamba (1B)
Travel through the rainforest to the coastal town of Yamba, stopping en route at Mile Creek, where you'll learn a bit about Aboriginal culture and the significance of the site to the Aborigines.
Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members.
Estimated travel time: 5 hours
Travel distances: 380 km
Day 5-6 Byron Bay (2B)
After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. There is plenty of free time to experience this hippie surfing town. Options abound—walk out to the lighthouse on the most easterly point of Australia where there is a chance to see whales swimming off the shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson. Accommodation in Byron Bay is in a unique and exclusive section of an old hippy commune, embracing nature and a peaceful way of life.
Day 6 is yours to explore—start it off with an included yoga lesson, walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. If you'd like to get your adrenaline pumping, go skydiving, try sea kayaking or go on a dolphin watch.
Estimated travel time: 2 hours
Travel distance: 128 km
Day 7 Brisbane (1B)
This morning head out of the relatively undeveloped area of Byron to Australia's most developed surf beach area 'The Gold Coast'. Famous for its stunning beaches, bronzed locals and meter maids who wear bikinis. We stay for a few hours to let you take it all in before heading an hour further up the road to Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. Tour ends upon arrival in Brisbane, please book onward travel after 8:00pm.
Estimated travel time: 4 hours
Travel distance: 288 km