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12 days of non-stop beauty driving along New South Wales’ cruisy coastline

12
Days
1,714
Kms
9
Stops
150+
beaches

Buckle up, relax and enjoy 12 days of non-stop beauty driving along New South Wales’ cruisy coastline and iconic small-town destinations.

Gather your family and friends, it’s time to hit the road and discover New South Wales together. This road trip transports you from the heart of Sydney’s culture to the best of Australian wine country and some of our finest beaches. You’ll cover 1741 km of rambling country-to-coast roads, connecting you to unique hinterland beauty and seaside charm.

Every day is an opportunity for fun and relaxation, whether you’re exploring South West Rock’s famous fishing spots, canoeing down the Bellingen River or hiding away with a glass of shiraz in the Hunter. This trip is a sure-fire way to tick off your New South Wales bucket list. Visit world-heritage listed parks, kayak with dolphins and enjoy local hospitality—fresh from the farm and sea—every stop along the way. Make your way from Sydney to Byron Bay in 12 days—or set your own pace. Mosey from beach town to beach town and make lasting memories with the ones you love.

Day 1: Apollo Sydney Branch–Hunter Valley (244 km, 3 hours 21 minutes)

After soaking in the city sights of Sydney (don’t forget the Bronte Rock Pool!) pick up your #ApolloCamper and let’s get moving. Just under 4 hours on the road and you’ll find yourself among the 150+ wineries in the Hunter Valley.

Day 2: Hunter Valley

Early mornings are worth it for a birds eye view of the Hunter Valley! Float with the sun and experience the vibrant landscape from above on a hot air balloon. Once back on ground, spend your day exploring a couple of the Hunter Valley’s 150+ wineries and restaurants.

 

Hunter Valley Winery, New South Wales. Image Credit: Destination NSW

 

Day 3: Hunter Valley–South West Rocks (311 km, 3 hours 54 minutes)

4 hours on the road today with South West Rocks as your destination? Yes please! Literally known as an “idyllic seaside escape”, get ready for a day by the water or, if you’re keen to get closer to underwater life, hire some scuba gear and explore the incredible diving locations this region has to offer!

Day 4: South West Rocks–Yamba (232 km, 2 hours 39 minutes)

Another day to keep heading north. Today, after a just over 2.5 hour drive, you’ll be entering Yamba, a New South Wales town known for its incredible beaches, epic fishing and even a dolphin sighting or two!

Day 5: Yamba

Spend your fifth day on your NSW road trip however you like, but don’t mind us recommending that you should hit up at least one of the eleven beaches in Yamba. If you’re up for it - sign up for a surfing class and hang ten on some waves.

 

Surfer at Turners Beach, Yamba, New South Wales. Image Credit: Destination NSW

 

Day 6: Yamba­–Byron Bay (124 km, 1 hour 45 minutes)

After a short 2 hour drive from Yamba, arrive in Byron Bay! Tick off a few must do Byron Bay activities like Australia’s most easterly point, relaxing on the beach and don’t forget that photo‑in‑front‑of‑light‑house shot.

Day 7: Byron Bay

With views as dreamy as this, you’ll be in for a glorious day at Byron Bay. Be sure to soak up every moment in this famous NSW town. If you’re here between June and November, keep your eye out for humpback whales.

 

Byron Bay Lighthouse, New South Wales. Image Credit: Destination NSW

 

Day 8: Byron Bay–Coffs Harbour (234 km, 2 hour 45 minutes)

Time to turn your #ApolloCamper around and head back south towards Sydney. A quick 2 hour 45 minute drive later and you’ll be welcomed into the seaside Coffs Harbour by some of the coolest locals around - local kangaroos soaking up the sun!

Day 9: Coffs Harbour

The day is yours to explore! Did you know Coffs Harbour is home to the Big Banana, the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park AND the world‑heritage listed Dorrigo National Park. If you’re a cartoon lover, Coffs Harbour is home to the National Cartoon Gallery - Australia’s only gallery dedicated solely to cartoons.

 

Big Banana, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. Image Credit: Destination NSW

 

Day 10: Coffs Harbour–Bellingen (35 km, 30 minutes)

Probably the shortest day on the road you’ll experience on any road trip today‘s road trip time is only 30 minutes (yep, you read that right!) Leave Coffs Harbour to your happy memories, today we’re off to Bellingen! While you’re here make sure you dine at the over 120 year old pub on Hyde Street and sample Bello’s local beer at a Bellingen Brewery & Co

 

Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen. Image Credit Destination NSW

 

Day 11: Bellingen–Seal Rocks (283 km, 3 hours 12 minutes)

Have we saved the best for last? That’s for you to decide, Seal Rocks is famous for wild and remote beaches as well as a beautiful lighthouse with great views and is a must do on any NSW road trip!

Day 12: Seal Rocks–Apollo Sydney Branch (278 km, 3 hours 11 minutes)

Enjoy your last few hours (about 3 of them!) in your #ApolloCamper before bidding farewell in Sydney. There’s always something happening in Sydney, so make sure you take advantage of your last day in one of Australia’s most famous cities.

 

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