Discover highlights of coastal New South Wales with a diverse, full-day detour from the Gold Coast. After pickup at your hotel in the morning, soak up the scenery and listen to your driver-guide’s narration on the approximately 1-hour drive south along a coastal highway. On the way, pop in at the Bangalow Heritage House Museum for morning tea and cake on the wraparound veranda of this 1920s estate.
Continue on to the rocky outcropping of Cape Byron, and visit the historic lighthouse that’s been keeping watch over Australia’s easternmost point here since 1899. Access the nearby town center of Byron Bay via a scenic 2-mile (3-km) walk along a coastal trail, or hop back in the minivan for a ride.
Once in town, enjoy 2 to 3 hours of leisure time to explore this relaxed, artistic enclave, home to many music festivals. Shop for handmade souvenirs at unique markets and boutiques, and enjoy lunch at one of many charming cafés and pubs (own expense). Head to the water to experience Byron Bay’s famous stretches of beach, where you can stroll on the sand, take a dip in the ocean or snorkel with gear rented from a local shop (not included).
After reconnecting with your guide, drive back toward the Gold Coast through the lovely Tweed and Currumbin valleys, passing Mt Warning and the sugarcane plantations of Tomewin along the way. Stop in Murwillumbah to learn about the area’s UNESCO credentials at the Rainforest World Heritage Centre before continuing on to the Gold Coast, where your tour concludes in the late afternoon.