Coolangatta is a surf, dive and swimming mecca. Kirra reef is just 300 metres off the shore and its aquatic life changes every time you visit - Manta rays, schools of fish, soft corals, octopus, and anemones are common sights. For wildlife lovers, a visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a must. Here you can feed colorful Rainbow Lorikeets.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Tweed Heads you can climb the headland to Fingal Lighthouse for a view of the coast. Visit the Tweed Heads Historical site to stroll the Walk on Water Walking Track, a boardwalk onto the water. Learn about Aboriginal culture at the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. It is a museum and art exhibit run by the area’s Aboriginal community who sometimes perform traditional dance in the performance area.
Fingal Lighthouse. Photo: EA Photography
Cudgen Creek to Cudgen Lake through the every changing landscapes of the Tweed valley. Watersports Guru at Kingscliff can provide you with the gear and even pick you up from Cudgen Lake if you want to make it a one way trip.
40 minutes west of Duranbah, rainforest clad Wollumbin (formerly known as Mount Warning) rises dramatically from the world heritage listed Wollumbin National Park. The mountain was the central vent of an ancient volcano.
Wollumbin (Mount Warning). Photo: Quentin Chester
Nimbin[/a> is a colourful hippie town packed with vegetarian and organic food, psychedelic kombi vans, alternative healing, art, and everything intriguing and quirky. There is so much to see and do here. To help you out we’ve made a list of our top picks.
Nimbin. Photo: Visit NSW
Nightcap National Park[/a> has great views of the region from Minyon Falls Lookout. There are also many beautiful walks and picnic areas here. If you wish to spend more time exploring the national parks, or the towns of Nimbin and Lismore, you might like to stay at the Whian Whian State Conservation Area camping site, which is campervan friendly.
Nightcap National Park. Photo: Destination NSW
Byron Bay has such a big reputation that when you get here you may wonder what all the fuss is about. Yes, the beaches are gorgeous, but so are many others. The thing that sets Byron Bay apart is its vibe. Surfers, hippies, artists, writers and socially responsible entrepreneurs merge into something rather unique and addictive. We think the video below captures it nicely.
Byron Bay is low-rise, funky, laid back – a far cry from the glitz and high-rise buildings of the Gold Coast. But it can get crowded at times. There’s plenty to do here. Everything you could possibly imagine – hot air ballooning, meditation retreats, horse riding, mountain biking, walking the Cape Byron track to the lighthouse, kayaking with dolphins, whale watching, yoga retreats, surf lessons, festivals and community markets. But you may find yourself whiling away the hours juggling fire on the beach at night, playing bongo drums, or lazing in a hammock.
There are quite a few campervan parks in Byron Bay. We recommend you book ahead so you can get the one you want.
Gold Coast to Sydney: an overview
Part 1: Brisbane - Gold Coast | 3 days
Part 2: Gold Coast - Byron Bay | 200 km | 3 days
Part 3: Byron Bay - Dorrigo National Park | 373 km | 3 days
Part 4: Dorrigo National Park - Myall Lakes | 362 km | 3 days
Part 5: Myall Lakes - Hunter Valley | 208 km | 2 days
Part 6: Hunter Valley - Sydney | 165 km or 388 km | 1 - 4 days
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