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  • Great accommodation in nice 3.5 to 4 star B&Bs / motels / hotels

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    Places of interest and where to visit
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Please note: We don't include the car in the prices as there are so many choices. You can either book your own car or we'd be pleased to do it for you.

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SYDNEY AREA TOURS VIEW

Sydney to Sydney
4 days
Breathtaking countryside, superb roads, vineyards and beautiful coastline on this round-trip.
Sydney to Sydney Extended
7 days
Discover incredible countryside, twisting roads and beautiful coastline on this 2,180kms round trip from Sydney

SYDNEY TO BRISBANE TOURS VIEW

Sydney to Brisbane 6 days
Discover incredible countryside, twisting roads and beautiful coastline on this 1,538km trip from Sydney to Brisbane
Sydney to Brisbane and Return
10 days
Explore incredible countryside, twisting roads and beautiful coastline on this 2,555km trip from Sydney to Brisbane and back

SYDNEY TO MELBOURNE TOURS VIEW

Sydney to Melbourne
7 days
NSW southern coast, Snowy Mountains, Victoria High Country, Grampians National Park and the Great Ocean Road
Sydney to Melbourne and Return
14 days
There are few tours worldwide that can compete with the scenery & biking roads on this one

Sydney to Tasmania to Melbourne
17 days
All the highlights of Tasmania combined with some spectacular biking roads.

SYDNEY TO CAIRNS TOURS VIEW

Sydney to Cairns
17 days
This has to be the ultimate Australian bike tour

SYDNEY TO PERTH TOURSVIEW

Sydney to Perth
24 days
An amazing once in a lifetime journey through the heart of Australia.
Sydney to Cairns
Sydney to Cairns

The ultimate east coast drive. All the best parts with 4 rest days in idyllic areas to dive on the reef, relax on the beach and explore the rainforest. Heaven!


17 day tour - 4,200km (inc. 3 'rest' days)

AU$ 2,917 BOOK NOW

Includes: 16 nights accommodation plus:
This tour allows for a full day trip to Fraser Island, a cruise in the Whitsunday Islands and an optional excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Sydney's Harbour Bridge at nightThis has to be the ultimate Australian tour. Where else can you pass the Sydney Opera House, the most famous Australian vineyards, superb high country (the hinterland), the best beaches on earth, the Great Barrier Reef and the oldest rainforest on the planet.

Simply put, this 4,200km tour is spectacular...

Sydney - The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, ferry boats to Manly... it's one of the most scenic and interesting cities in the world. A great place to start any tour with so much to see and great public transport.

Blue Mountains - incredible scenery with huge waterfalls, the second largest canyon on earth, cable car rides and lovely walks. See the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and a host of other scenic lookouts before driving a circular route back around the mountains. Stay at a lovely B&B with friendly hosts and incredible views over the Hawkesbury River.

Hunter Valley - The heart of Australia's wine production. Drive along a stunning, winding back road past the views and gorges of the Wollemi National Park to the vineyards, restaurants and wineries of the Hunter Valley. The overnight stay is a short taxi ride from the most famous restaurants and wineries of the region. Arrive early and go on a wine tasting tour or save it for a relaxed evening out amongst the vines!

New England - Another incredibly scenic and winding back road takes you through New England to Armidale. Famous for its deciduous trees in Autumn and unusually seasonal due to its height it has some of the most scenic roads in Australia nearby. A good choice of restaurants and country town feel mean it's a nice town in which to spend the evening before driving along the Waterfall Way the following day.

Point Lookout with stunning views across New England National ParkWaterfall Way - The Waterfall Way is simply breathtaking with dense rainforest, countless waterfalls, huge views over New England National Park and one of the best roads in the country down to a lovely country own at the base of the Great Dividing Range . This is where you'll stay the night. It's not a long day on the road but there's so much to see on the way it takes all day. If you arrive earlier than expected there's the 'Promised Land' circuit to drive which takes you through a beautiful single track country lane past crystal clear streams where you can stop for a refreshing swim on a hot afternoon!

Byron Bay - Yet another spectacular back road winds through northern NSW to Australia's most easterly point at Byron Bay. There are beautiful beaches, a lively and friendly small town and a lovely hinterland. Once a centre for 'alternative lifestylers' it has a unique atmosphere. You can relax on the beach, visit the famous lighthouse and enjoy the atmosphere in town at one of the many good restaurants.

Gold Coast - Australia's most visited holiday destination. Great beaches, all the top theme parks, busy nightlife and a surprisingly beautiful hinterland. If you want it busy you've got it, if you prefer the views then you can have them too!

Brisbane - the bustling capital of Queensland with a great river, shops, nightlife and beautiful botanical gardens. It's an ideal place to explore for the evening before heading north.

Byron Bay beach, the road to the Hunter Valley and Ebor Falls on the Waterfall Way

Sunshine Coast - this area as one of the most spectacular hinterlands in the country with rainforests, waterfalls, pineapple plantations and the beautiful Glass House Mountains. Add a lovely coastline and upmarket coastal resorts and it makes for a great day's drive.

Fraser Island - stay at Rainbow Beach for two nights and take a 4WD tour on the spare day (+AU$169 p.p.) to the largest sand island in the world. Many people consider this one of the highlights of their trip as you take the eastern beach (the 'main road'!) north to rainforests, crystal clear freshwater lakes, shipwrecks on the beach and huge sand dunes. Take a flight over the island as an option for about AU$70. You'll take off and land on the beach and it's a great experience for the relatively low cost.

Lake MacKenzie on Fraser Island

Eungella NP - walk the rainforest in search of the famous Platypus. There are some lovely walking trails through this area and the Rangers are on hand to help you discover more about the original aboriginal inhabitants, bush tucker and the flora and fauna of the forest.

Whitehaven Beach - just stunningWhitsunday Islands - this is a beautiful series of paradise islands just off of the small coastal town of Airlie Beach where you'll stay for two nights.

With the spare day take a cruise (+AU$135 p.p.) around some of the most perfect coral islands in the world. Visit the stunning Whitehaven Beach and snorkel in protected bays over teaming coral gardens. In the evenings enjoy the lively pubs and restaurants of the town centre.


Milla Milla Falls - they don't get more picturesque than that! Atherton Tablelands - superb rolling green scenery with some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Australia on the Waterfall Circuit. Visit the 500 year old Curtain Fig Tree and enjoy the roads in this undulating region of rainforest and farming.

Daintree Rainforest - the oldest rainforest on earth an Information Centre that takes you on a tour of the densely tangled forest via boardwalks and a tower that allows you to get deep into the canopy and find out all about the birds, plant, animal and insect life at each level of the jungle. The small, tightly twisting roads are good fun on a too but take your time and enjoy the views.

Cape Tribulation - the coconut lined beach here backs straight on to the rainforest. There aren't many places on earth you can sit and listen to bird and insect sounds of the rainforest whilst taking a picnic on the beach! Captain Cook beached his damaged ship The Endeavour here to make repairs and hence the name 'Cape Tribulation'.

Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef from Port DouglasPort Douglas - a beautiful small tropical town with great restaurants and bars. It's the nearest port to the Great Barrier Reef and so ideal for taking a fast catamaran cruise out to the reef to snorkel for the day (+AU$155 p.p.). An unforgettable experience.

Cairns
- the holiday capital of northern Queensland. This is where you'll finish the trip and celebrate a wonderful experience at one of the many bars and restaurants in town!

The beautiful setting at Cape Tribulation