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Newcastle - 2hrs from Sydney.
Newcastle is only approx 2 hours from Sydney. It is located in the heart of the Hunter Region and bordered by a stunning coastline with beautiful beaches. This city is NSW second largest city and it has certainly come along way, and is now a vibrant and interesting city to visit with some absolutely gorgeous beaches.
www.noahsonthebeach.com.au -for accommodation
If visiting Newcastle then make the effort to see Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley. You can do a loop from Sydney to Sydney via these regions. This can be done in 3 days.
- Wine Tasting
Whale watching - Port Stephens.
Situated only 2.5 hours drive north from Sydney, Port Stephens is an outstanding holiday destination. Covering over 126 square meters of water, two and half times the size of Sydney Harbour. Port Stephens, offers gorgeous and stunning unspoiled waters and over 26 golden beaches and eco-diverse Marine and National Parks this area is really a must do if visiting Australia.
Port Stephens offers a unique diversity of activities for travellers, from snorkelling, diving in marine parks to discovering koalas in their natural habitat, to cruising the waters to observe the resident bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales on their migratory journey up the coast(June to November).
Stockton Beach and its sand dunes are truly one of nature’s masterpieces. Explore the sand dunes on a 4WD adventurer tour www.sandsafaris.com.au or camel, horse or sand buggy.
The most popular beaches are Birubi Point, Fingal Beach and One Mile Beach, for calmer waters Little Beach and the foreshores of Nelson Bay are good family spots.
Drive Sydney to Port Stephens on F3 highway then Pacific Hwy. Approx 2.5 hours.
Coaches depart from Sydney daily www.pscoaches.com.au.
Regular flights run daily from Sydney airport to Newcastle Williamtown airport and coaches connect from here to Port Stephens.
Whale and Dolphin cruises operated from Nelson Bay daily at the Cruise Terminal d'Albora Marina
- Whale Watching
- National/State Park
Bite the Desert Dust of Port Stephens
This is a triple definite 'must-do' for those with extra cash and thrill-lovers. With various tours offered by Sand Safaris, URL Below, I recommend the Quad Bike Adventure Shipwreck Discovery Tour, which I would say is EXCEPTIONALLY WONDERFUL !!
Given a brief crashcourse, not literally, though, my friends and I was soon breezing through the muddy lands, riding through water pools and through the harsh, sandy desert.
Great excitement was when the guide will ride your bike while racing up a near vertical desert slope. Besides gasping your breath, you must hang on tightly.
As told by the strict guides who would be stern in the way you control the Quad Bike, your face will receive a complimentary facial - compliments of the fine grains of the desert sands when you speed your way through.
Discover the story to the makings of the desert and the shipwreck stranded along the coast.
Cameras a must to capture your once-in-a-lifetime moment. Sunglasses will be provided for protection against the sands.
- Adventure Travel
Bangalow & Banglow Markets
If I could live anywhere in Australia I'd live in Bangalow.International tourists & Australians head to the much beloved Byron Bay but forget to visit the rolling hills of Bangalow which is 10 min drive from Byron Bay centre.This little town has a population of around 1200 people.Nothing can prefer you for the beauty of the view as you enter Bangalow ,the winding roads and hill after hill it has all the trademarks of the english countryside.
I was luckily there the month of the markets which are held on the the 4th sunday of every month.On saturday Banglow was rather timid and quiet with a local growers market operating early in the morning with strange and bizaare fruits from south america and local produce.But on sunday the day of the monthly markets it was absolutely transformed into bumper to bumper traffic and city like rage for parking.This is a huge market that cannot be covered in one day ,it has a hippyish & very very 70's vibe original to the area that has now been slightly taken over by urban escapees.I bought some huge organic donuts and an old leather african bag for $15!
- Arts and Culture
- Road Trip
If you want to travel out of...
If you want to travel out of Sydney I recommend heading to the Blue Mountains for bush walking or Gelnworth Valley for horse riding.
If you want to travel further head up to the Far North Coast. The main city is Lismore but the coastal towns around it are not to be missed. If you want suring, empty beaches, fishing or just peace and quiet visit the following towns.
Byron Bay (Good night life, great for tourists)
Yamba & Angourie
You can fly into Ballina or Grafton and a local bus service should get you to most of the areas. These are not frequent so a car is the best idea.
You can catch a train from Sydney central (countrylink) to Grafton and Lismore. It takes about 12 hours and costs around $100 return.
Tnhe Warrambungles, around 5...
Tnhe Warrambungles, around 5 hours North WEst of Sydney, very strange scenery yet its got breathtaking beauty, some strange landscapes.
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