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Sydney to Brisbane

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An interesting coastal drive between two iconic cities on the east coast of Australia.

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Sydney to Brisbane

Australia is a vast continent and virtually impossible to explore in one holiday.  The lengthy distances will often be linked with a flight, but do consider getting behind the wheel and linking some of Australia’s iconic cities by road.  Here is one such itinerary idea:

Day 1: Sydney
Day 4: Hunter Valley
Day 6: Port Stephens
Day 8: Port Macquarie
Day 10: Coffs Harbour
Day 12: Byron Bay
Day 14: Coolangatta
Day 16: Brisbane

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Australia is a vast continent and virtually impossible to explore in one holiday.  The lengthy distances will often be linked with a flight, but do consider getting behind the wheel and linking some of Australia’s iconic cities by road.  Here is one such itinerary idea:

Day 1: Sydney
Arrive into Sydney for a 3 night stay. With its compact city centre and efficient public transport, Sydney is an easily accessible city with many of the main attractions close by. Enjoy a morning harbour cruise, a concert at the Opera House and blow away the cobwebs doing the Bridge Climb. Visit Bondi Beach and watch the surfers on the waves, shop in Paddington’s markets, enjoy a stroll around the Rocks and Circular Quay, or head out to glamorous Double Bay for designer shopping.

Three nights in Sydney

Day 4: Hunter Valley
Collect a hire car this morning and drive north from Sydney and into the Hunter Valley for a 2 night stay. This does take you inland slightly, but is well worth the detour. Renowned for producing award winning fine wines and gourmet dining, the Hunter Valley has developed in recent years to offer a wider range of activities such as hot air balloon flights, golf and horse riding.

Two nights in the Hunter Valley

Day 6: Port Stephens
Head back to the coast and on to Port Stephens for a 2 night stay. Port Stephens is comprised of a scattering of seaside villages with white sandy beaches and a resident population of over 140 bottlenose dolphins. Between late May and July, and between September and November, whales can be found in the area as they migrate north and return south. Explore Tomaree National Park from here.

Two nights in Port Stephens

Day 8: Port Macquarie

Continue north today through the Great Lakes region and the Manning Valley and on to Port Macquarie for a two-night stay. A vibrant town with plenty of shopping, entertainment and dining possibilities, Port Macquarie is also a great base for visiting nearby Camden Haven.

Two nights in Port Macquarie

Day 10: Coffs Harbour
Drive north to Coffs Coast, where the mountains meet the ocean. Coffs Harbour is a bustling town where you can surf the waves and just an hour later be bushwalking in the Dorrigo rainforest, where you can see a number of spectacular waterfalls.

Two nights in Coffs Harbour

Day 12: Byron Bay
Your destination today is the laidback surfer town of Byron Bay. With galleries, boutique shops, cafes and restaurants, Byron Bay attracts an eclectic mix of surfers, backpackers, families and couples.

Two nights in Byron Bay

Day 14: Coolangatta
Leave New South Wales behind today as you drive north into Queensland and the border town of Coolangatta. The Gold Coast is known for stunning beaches and spectacular surf and is also home to a number of theme parks, water parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s Wildnight Adventure evening for something unique.

Two nights in Coolangatta

Day 16: Brisbane
Complete the drive north to Brisbane today, dropping off the hire car on arrival. Dissected by the Brisbane River, this city is an eclectic mix of culture, shopping and the laidback lifestyle that epitomises this part of Queensland. Take a riverfront walk, enjoy a sight-seeing cruise or climb the Story Bridge – one of only three bridge climbs in the world.

En route from Coolangatta to Brisbane, you could opt to add in a stop at Lamington National Park – beautiful rainforest, with opportunities for walking, wildlife watching, zip lining and much more. For a little luxury and relaxation before arriving in Brisbane, stop at Willowvale in the Gold Coast Hinterland for a stay at a luxurious lodge.

Photographs courtesy of Australia and NSW Tourism

ATE 2011 Gold Coast      Ballooning, Hunter      Gold Coast hinterland

 

Lamington NP      Summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge

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You might choose to slot in a couple of nights in the Lake Macquarie area en route to Port Stephens. This is one of the largest saltwater lakes in the southern hemisphere and consists of long stretches of unspoilt coastline and beautiful beaches.

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Cape Town and Garden Route

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This itinerary provides a perfect ‘first time visit’ to South Africa, combining the world class city of Cape Town with the winelands, garden route, coast and wildlife.

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Cape Town and Garden Route

 

This itinerary provides a perfect ‘first time visit’ to South Africa, combining a world class city with the winelands, garden route, coast and wildlife.

Day: 1 Cape Town

Day 4: Hermanus

Day 5: Franschhoek

Day 7: Robertson Valley

Day 9: Oudtshoorn

Day 11: Plettenberg Bay

Day 14: Jefferie’s Bay

Day 16: Safari

Day 19: Port Elizabeth

South Africa - Cape Town

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South Africa is a magnificently diverse country with stunning scenery, incredible wildlife, a fascinating history, interesting people, enviable vinyards and a great food scene.  Couple with this the fact that as it’s located due south of the UK, there is minimal time difference and no jet lag, and South Africa makes for a fantastic holiday destination.

This itinerary provides a perfect ‘first time visit’ to South Africa, combining a world class city with the winelands, garden route, coast and wildlife.

Day 1: Cape Town

Arguably one of the world’s most beautiful settings with the advantage of Table Mountain as a backdrop – Cape Town has plenty to offer. Visit the Kirstenbosch Gardens, take a cable car to the summit of Table Mountain for panoramic views. Visit also Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so many years – or drive the Cape Peninsula.

Three nights Cape Town

Day 4: Hermanus

Leave the city behind and head to the coast. Hermanus is famous as a destination for whale watching. The bay here provides a winter home to huge numbers of these majestic mammals and can often be seen from the shore, as well as from a cruise. Nearby Gansbaai is a key departure point for shark cage diving.

One night Hermanus

Day 5: Franschhoek

Head inland to the Winelands, through the scenic Franshhoek Pass – your destination is the lovely little town of Franschhoek – a gourmet’s paradise in idyllic surroundings. Rugged mountains surround this little oasis tucked away and waiting to be discovered. Take the wine tram to tour the vineyards surrounding the town.

Two nights Franschhoek

Day 7: Robertson Valley

Continuing east via the Franschhoek Pass to Worcester and into the Robertson Valley – here you find further vineyards, rugged craggy mountain scenery and pretty little towns.

One night Robertson Valley

Day 9: Oudtshoorn

The next stop takes you along the spectacular route 62, passing to the northern side of the mountain range, where the climate becomes arid and dry. Vineyards still nestle in fertile hollows – Calizdorf is particularly famous for its port wine. Take time to explore the Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert and the Cango Caves. This area is also famous for its Ostrich farming – thousands of these lanky and unwieldy flightless birds as far as the eye can see.

Two nights Oudtshoorn

Day 11: Plettenberg Bay

A choice of routes today, crossing the Outeniqua Mountains, and descending again to the coast. This – technically – is the Garden Route. Explore the Tsitsikamma National Park, Natures Valley, Storms River Mouth, and the coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.

Three nights Plettenberg Bay

Day 14: Jeffrey’s Bay

Continue east to the seaside town of Jeffrey’s Bay. Relax and unwind in this laidback surfer town, which is also home to a number of factory stores such as Quiksilver and Billabong.

Two nights Jeffery’s Bay

 Day 16: Safari

Today head to a private game reserve on the Eastern Cape, providing a chance to see some of the incredible wildlife that South Africa has to offer. Many of the reserves are home to all of the Big Five animals, plus plenty of others besides. There are options to suit most budgets and preferences.

Three nights Safari

Day 19: Port Elizabeth

Drive to Port Elizabeth for the onward or homeward journey.

There are plenty of possible extensions to add to this itinerary – consider Kwa Zulu Natal and the Drakensburg Mountains, Swaziland and the Indian Ocean coast, Kruger National Park, or perhaps take a trip up to Victoria Falls – the possibilities are almost endless.

 

Cape Peninsula

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Cape Town - Elephants

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White Lions pumba

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Cape Town - Winelands

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Seeing the rare white lion at Pumba Private Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape provides a unique and exciting wildlife experience.

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Treasures of Thailand

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Thailand generally conjures up images of beautiful white sandy beaches, lush green forests and buzzing, bustling cities. With a combination of these, a fascinating history, interesting culture and friendly people there is a recipe for a fantastic holiday destination. There are plenty of possibilities to consider and this example provides a diverse range of highlights and attractions.

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Treasures of Thailand

This sample itinerary provides a combination of city, countryside and beach to give a great overview of this beautiful country.

Day 1: Bangkok

Day 4: Chiang Mai

Day 6: Hilltribe Country

Day 7: Chiang Rai

Day 9: Beach Stay

Day 15: Depart Beach Stay

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Day 1: Bangkok

Bangkok is a traditional Far Eastern city – a mix of old and new. Take a tour of the Grand Palace, visit the floating markets on the river by longtail speedboat, or explore the markets for a spot of shopping. A day trip from Bangkok can be taken to visit the Bridge over the River Kwai and the JEATH War Museum.

Three nights Bangkok

Day 4: Chiang Mai

Travel by air from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, or if time allows, take an overnight train journey instead. Located in the cultural north of Thailand, Chiang Mai is an old walled city with a plethora of attractions to offer. Tour the local temples, consider an elephant experience in the jungle, enjoy an evening cultural show, or shop at some of the many markets.

Two nights Chiang Mai

Day 6: Hilltribe Country

Today travel by road into Hilltribe Country. Stop at an Orchid Farm en route, or perhaps visit a working elephant camp. Stay close to a traditional hilltribe village, and enjoy a dance performance after dinner.

One night Hilltribe Country

Day 7: Chiang Rai

Continue by road to Chiang Rai for a two night stay. Here, take a longtailed boat cruise through thick jungle, or take a day trip to the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet.

Two nights Chiang Rai

Day 9: Beach Stay

After soaking up the culture in the north of the country, head to one of many Thai beautiful islands for a stay close to the beach. Snorkel, dive, sail or swim. There are areas with lots happening in terms of activities and nightlife, and areas that are quiet and romantic. The choice is yours.

Six nights Beach Stay

Day 15: Depart Thailand

Depart Thailand today for the onward or homeward journey.

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A stay in Hilltribe Country is an unique experience, providing a chance to learn more of the culture and traditions of these fascinating people.

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