The Pacific Coast Of Australia in 5 Days – Part 2
Brisbane to Sydney Road Trip Only Gets Better!
Days 4-5 of the Brisbane to Sydney road-trip were some of my favourites. If you missed Days 1-3, read Part 1 right here! And remember, I have only just scratched the surface. There are many wonderful highlights along the way that will create happy holiday memories for you and your family.
The Pacific Coast Of Australia in 5 Days – Part 2
I have broken the 5-day road-trip into two separate posts (see Part 1 here) because there’s a LOT to cover! I took tons of photographs, so think of these pics as the ‘highlight reel’ as it is impossible to include all of them. The posts are a glimpse of each destination with a guide to where to eat, stay and things to do for the whole family to enjoy.
Newcastle is located near the heart of the Hunter Valley wine growing region, bordered by the stunning Australian coastline and home to more gorgeous beach. Situated only 2 hours from Sydney, this vibrant, generified city has moved from working class to a trendy metropolis with flourishing bars, cafes and hip warehouse redevelopments.
Things to Do at Newcastle NSW
Christ Church Cathedral Tower is one of Newcastle’s most iconic buildings. Climb to the top to enjoy the 360-degree uninterrupted views of Newcastle.
Ride your bike to Wharf Road docking station near Queens Wharf Tower to join the Seascapes to Laneways Walking Tour, where you can explore the harbour and walk through the backstreets of Newcastle East. Along the way, you will learn about the war and convict sites and historic Newcastle Ocean Baths on the Tasman Sea.
After an ice cream stop, the tour explores inner-city Newcastle, where you will learn the age of buildings and see how these buildings are used in modern and interesting ways. The tour includes a stop at The Lock Up which once housed the Newcastle police station and cells from 1861 until 1982. Today, The Lock Up has been preserved as a contemporary gallery. The tour finish back at Queen’s Wharf.
If walking tours aren’t your thing head to Dudley Beach. Only locals know about the mini blowhole and rock pool near Dubley Beach. The rock pool and surrounding bushland make for a picturesque setting all year round.
Where to Stay
NRMA Stockton Beach Holiday Park is located just metres from the beach. The park offers a range of beachfront sites and accommodation just a short ferry ride to the city centre. Featuring an excellent patrolled swimming beach along with great fishing and surfing.
45 minutes north of the city of Newcastle, Sand Dune Adventures offers family activities – camel rides, quad bike riding and sand boarding on Stockton Sand Dunes, Williamtown.
Things to Do at Sydney NSW
No visit to Sydney is complete without a sunset cruise on the spectacular harbour. You can purchase a combo ticket that includes a Sydney Harbour Cruise with Taronga Zoo Entry. Take a ferry directly from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo, located in the suburb of Mosman.
This is a great opportunity to see some of Australia’s distinct wildlife and striking views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Advance booking can get you up close with koalas or stay overnight at the ‘Roar & Snore’ glamping site in the zoo.
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Enjoy a day of ferry hopping to explore the famous Sydney beaches and attractions like Wendy Whitley’s Secret Garden near Lavender Bay, North Sydney and Luna Park nearby. Your kids will be spoilt for playground choice, no matter what their age.
At Fairfield Adventure Park this super large park is overflowing with fun and excitement. The flying fox and 11-metre-tall spider web-climbing frame are a big hit as well as the giant swing. Sydney park, St Peters and Blaxland Riverside Park, Homebush will keep your brood happy for hours.
Sydney offers a huge variety of family-friendly eating options. Head to the fresh food markets and take advantage of the great outdoor locations around the city. You’ll find most hotels, restaurants, cafes and pubs cater for kids and some offer great value early-bird deals in the evenings for families.
We all know how important it is to build childhood memories so why not let your hair down and singalong with the kids. Mizuya Japanese Restaurant & Karaoke on George street combines a family-friendly dining experience in one of the 24 private karaoke rooms. You can choose from a selection of 200,000+ songs in 4 different languages. At night, there is a $30 minimum spend plus $3 per person room hire. Friday and Saturday nights are a minimum spend of $45 plus $10 per person. Kids under 4 are free and children from ages 4 to 8 are half price.
It’s an incredible road-trip and I highly recommend everyone sees this part of Australia at least once in their lives. Save your time and energy researching and planning, this itinerary won’t disappoint you or your family. It ticks all the holiday boxes! Safe travels. Click here to read Part 1.