You’ve heard of Sydney and Brisbane, but did you know that the stretch of coast that links them up has a name? Let us introduce you to the Legendary Pacific Coast. Legendary by name, legendary by nature, literally. From deserted beaches to the backdrop of rainforests and National Parks, your eyes are in for a treat.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Say goodbye to your Sydney-shaped comfort blanket and head north to Australia’s second oldest National Park. You’ll never have time to explore all 37,000 acres of it but you can try as you trek through the rainforest and whizz your way through the many mountain biking trails. Just looking to chill? Resolute Beach’s 60 metre strip of sand and calm waters was made for your Tropical House playlist.
Home to the iconic Skillion, you can’t visit the seaside town of Terrigal without exploring this Lagoon Reserve. Apart from being a great spot to get your paddleboard on, the bridge that joins Wamby to Terrigal gives you insane views out to the Haven. Make sure you squeeze in a visit to the Terrigal Pub -its the local’s favourite, and locals are never wrong.
Holding no connection to Geordie Shore, Australia’s Newcastle is a little less “Why aye, man!” and a little more “Wine region, man!”. ‘Newie’ as it’s also known, is a two-hour scenic drive from Sydney and with a population of just under 300,000 makes it the perfect spot for some quiet time away from all those tourists.
If you’re visiting during the weekend, try and catch the Newcastle City Farmers Market, a meeting point for artisans: jewellery makers, painters, photographers and toy makers gather to sell their crafts. If you do want to get mortal like Gaz and Charlotte from G Shore, check out The Blind Monk in Hamilton where they source beers and ciders from local breweries. Bosh bosh.
Famous for its resident bottlenose dolphins, crystal-clear blue waters, and towering sand dunes, you can’t hit up the Pacific coast without saying hello to Flipper and his friends. His friend being the humpback whale, who can also be spotted here during their annual migration between May and November.
Dine by the waterfront and taste the freshly caught seafood by Nelsons Bay and Tea Gardens. Beer lovers should pop by Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. where you can get your craft beer kicks. We recommend the Whale Ale – it’s whaley nice.
Yamba might just be Australia’s best-kept secret. With a nice mix of old and new, it has that bohemian charm that would make Byron Bay jealous. Heard of the surf brand Billabong? The owner Gordan Merchant calls Yamba his home. Nat Young is just one of many famous surfers who are lucky to live here, most likely because it’s so quiet so you are not fighting for waves.
Famous for its seafood, you can’t visit Yamba without making a stop at Wato’s fish and chips on the corner for some of the most deliciously crispy calamari rings around. Make sure to save a night to sit on the deck at the Yamba Tavern and watch the sky wash over from orange to pink hues.