Did you know that the stretch of coast between Sydney and Brisbane had a name? And that the name was awesome? This magnificent part of the world is known as “The Legendary Pacific Coast” (told you), and it’s one pretty amazing road trip with stops including Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.
But, before you start planning your journey, you’ve got to know where to stop for a breather and to have your breath taken away. Read on for 7 amazing experiences on the The Legendary Pacific Coast.
7 amazing experiences on the The Legendary Pacific Coast
Massive Sand Pit
The lovely Port Stephens doesn’t only have a bay twice the size of Sydney’s, it also boasts the Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes). This excellent moonscape of moving dunes has great opportunities for sandboarding and quadbiking, as well as surfing and diving. Those last two are in the sea, not the dunes. Obviously.
Check out the vibrant colours and eclectic ambience of this strange and beautiful back street of Amsterdam…which has somehow found it’s way to the Australian East Coast.
Everyone loves a massive aquatic mammal, and this coastline’s got them in spades. Aim for June – November for your chance to spot the Southern Right and Humpback whales on their annual migration.
Watching the sun rise from the glowing waves at Australia’s most easterly point is certainly one for the mental scrapbook. Definitely worth the effort of the early morning, no matter how much goon you’ve imbibed the night before.
Although this stretch of coast is a mere 570 miles long (about as far as London to Paris and halfway back again) the surfing is legendary. You’ve got Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Yamba, Byron Bay, Kingscliff; the list goes on! And if struggling to stand up on a foam board on the rolling waves 1000s of miles from home doesn’t float your boat, we don’t know what will.
Work for It
If you want to spend some time earning Aussie dollars instead of leaking them like water the minute you step out of your door in the morning (seriously it’s like black magic), then you could do worse than finding a job along The Legendary Pacific Coast. Pick up work (and fruit) at an organic farm, follow the harvest trail or shun the fields and head for the world of hospitality in Gold Coast.
The Gondwana rainforests run up the coast from Newcastle to Brisbane and contain within them parks, reserves, waterfalls, trails, ancient volcanoes, camp sites and really cool, rare ferns. The last one is probably only good if you’re really into ferns.