The Sydney to Byron Bay road trip involves some high-adrenaline options like surfing with dolphins as well as some quieter options like a camel ride on the beach. The one theme that links this trip together is nature. Even the restaurants listed below pull their inspiration and ingredients from the local flora and fauna. Whether it is the beautiful vistas of the coast and the rainforest or any of the animal encounters, this trip is for the nature lovers of all ages.
Sydney to Port StephensIf you leave Sydney bright and early, then The Little Nel near Port Stephens - about two-and-a-half hours away - is the perfect breakfast stop. After breakfast, venture out to the sand dunes or take a camel ride on the beach.
Port Stephens to South West RocksThe final leg of the day brings you to South West Rocks for the night - around a 3 and a half hour drive. Get yourself some fish and chips and head down to the beach with a picnic blanket.
South West Rocks to BellingenAn hour north and you are in gorgeous Bellingen. The main street of Bellingen is Hyde Street and it is lined with beautifully preserved shop fronts. There is an array of cafes to choose from for breakfast. Once you have explored the main street head to one of the swimming holes. Try either the Bellingen or the Never Never rivers.
Bellingen to YambaTwo hours north of Bellingen you’ll hit Yamba. Like much of Australia’s coastlines, it is known for good surfing. Watch the dolphins, who can often be seen sharing a wave with the surfers. Before you head further north the next day, 10 minutes from Yamba is Angourie Beach - a national Surfing Reserve and a piece of paradise you must see.
Stunning coastal cabins offering 1 to 3 bedroom cabins located right on the riverside.
Just 10 minutes from the main village, Rockpool Motor inn is a great overnight stop.
Moby Dick offers waterfront accommodation overlooking the beautiful Clarence River.
Head for the sand dunes for an amazing experience. A great way to end your stop at Port Stephens.
Camp overnight right on the foot of Mount Warning National Park followed by a dawn Mount Warning climb.
Crystal Gardens is a magical sanctuary just a short scenic journey into Byron Bay’s hinterland. Stand between two of the tallest crystals on earth.
If you leave Sydney bright and early, then The Little Nel near Port Stephens is the perfect breakfast stop.
A short ride from Byron Bay, Harvest Newrybar restaurant showcases the diversity of the wonderful local region.
Three Blue Ducks run the restaurant, cafe and produce store at The Farm Byron Bay .
If you are lucky to be in Bellingen on a Wednesday afternoon, you must visit the Bellingen Farmers and Producers Markets.
Situated at the eastern end of the marina, Corner Secrets offer a wide range of labels for bags, accessories, skin care, fragrances and body products.
Beautiful Baby and Kids boutique located by the gorgeous seaside of Yamba on the North Coast of NSW.