LEGENDARY PACIFIC COAST
Australia is teeming with regions that will take your breath away, entice you with great food and entertainment, or make your heart pound with adventure activities. If you’re looking for something a little different and love taking to the open road, the Legendary Pacific Coast is one of Australia’s leading tourist drives.
The drive takes you from Sydney in the south to Brisbane in the north through some absolutely stunning regions. From the Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, you will have the chance to embrace surf beaches and discover intimate hide aways, stop in at the largest coastal saltwater lake in Australia, visit some of the country’s best wineries and take a walk through gorgeous colonial towns, and enjoy a picnic on the beach, go for a surf or stop in at a salt water ocean bath for a refreshing dip.
Travel further north to Port Stephens, the Great Lakes, Manning Valley and Port Macquarie; through classic coastal country to quiet seaside towns, visit the dolphin capital of Australia and come face to face with hundreds of bottle nosed dolphins, enjoy a walk or 4WD tour on the largest moving coastal sand dune system in the country, and see where the Hastings River meets the sea while exploring the beaches, parks and riverways.
Further to the McLeay River, Nambucca Heads and Coffs Harbour. See the legendary Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Trial Bay Gaol; camp out under the stars, catch your own fish and experience ocean life with a diving experience, visit a historic town in the hinterland, enjoy some shopping or take a cruise in Coffs Harbour and, if you’re up for it, ride a camel on the beach for something different and exciting. Visit Woolgoolga, home to the largest regional Sikh/Punjabi population in Australia, which was settled by Europeans in the 1870s, and before this was home to the Gumbaingirr Aboriginal tribe. It was an early centre of Sikh migration for families who arrived before the White Australia Policy was introduced.
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