Gold Coast to Sydney: 14-Day Campervan Itinerary

Road Tripping Through Coastal Paradise—The Best of Australia's East Coast

If you're looking for an epic adventure along Australia's stunning East Coast, look no further than this 14-day campervan road trip itinerary. Starting from Lamington National Park and ending in Sydney, this itinerary takes you through some of the most beautiful coastal towns, national parks, and wildlife reserves in New South Wales. From hiking to surfing to wildlife watching, there's something for everyone on this unforgettable journey.

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Day 1: Into the Green - Lamington National Park

Welcome to the lush Lamington National Park, nestled in the Gold Coast hinterland. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it hosts a wide variety of wildlife, boasting over 160 bird species and 90 distinct mammals. Stroll along the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, high above the treetops, and keep a lookout for the elusive Albert's Lyrebird. For a truly memorable adventure, explore the O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk, where you'll traverse the rainforest's lush canopy.

Day 2: Sun, Surf, and Sand - Kingscliff

Make a splash in Kingscliff, a quaint seaside town renowned for its beaches, rolling waves, and fresh seafood. Take a rejuvenating swim in the Tweed River's shimmering turquoise waters or venture to Fingal Head to marvel at the imposing basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway. If you're a foodie, be sure to visit the Kingscliff Markets, which offers an array of delicious locally sourced food.

Day 3: The Hippie Scene - Nimbin

It’s time to embrace the laid-back lifestyle of Nimbin—a colourful town known for its hippie vibe and creative community. Wander through the street art and craft markets, and learn about the area's fascinating history of counterculture and activism. For a unique experience, take a guided tour of the Nimbin Candle Factory, where you can learn about the art of candle making and create your own unique candle.

Day 4: Bay Life - Byron Bay

Unwind in the easygoing atmosphere of Byron Bay, a surf town with a thriving arts scene. Head to the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse, the easternmost point of the Australian mainland, to catch breathtaking views of the ocean and coastline. For an adrenaline rush, try hang gliding or skydiving over the stunning Byron Bay landscape.

Day 5: Beaches and Brews - Lennox Head

Discover the picturesque beach town of Lennox Head, which boasts some of the best surf breaks in Australia. Relax on the sandy beaches, or explore the charming boutiques and cafes in the town centre. For beer lovers, check out the Stone & Wood Brewery, which offers a range of locally brewed beers and ales.

Day 6: Discover Coastal Living - Yamba

Yamba is a scenic coastal town at the mouth of the Clarence River and a beloved holiday destination for surfers, fishermen, and families. Stroll along the tranquil walkway of Angourie Point to admire the stunning ocean views or explore the historic Yamba Lighthouse, which dates back to 1879.

Day 7: The Big Banana and Beyond - Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour, a lively coastal city, has plenty to offer its visitors. Begin by capturing a memorable photo with the iconic Big Banana, one of Australia's renowned "big things." For an adrenaline rush, experience white water rafting or kayaking on the Coffs Harbour River. Lastly, treat yourself to mouthwatering fresh seafood at one of the numerous restaurants lining the harbour.

Day 8: Riverfront Relaxation - Nambucca Heads

Nestled at the mouth of the Nambucca River, Nambucca Heads is embraced by gorgeous beaches, waterways, and rainforest reserves—it’s a place where time seems to stand still. Its relaxed and welcoming ambience makes it a favoured holiday spot for families, retirees, and backpackers alike. Check out the scenic boardwalk, which boasts breathtaking views of the river and ocean and for a dose of local maritime history, check out the Nambucca Heads Museum, which showcases the area's captivating heritage.

Day 9: Nature and Adventure - South West Rocks

Plunge into the pristine waters at Fish Rock Cave, one of Australia's top diving spots, or take a guided tour of the historic Trial Bay Gaol, a 19th-century prison offering a glimpse into the country's convict past. The town also hosts various festivals and events throughout the year, like the South West Rocks Festival of the Sun and the Fishrock Dive Festival. Feeling adventurous? Climb up to Smoky Cape Lighthouse and soak in the breathtaking views of the coastline.

Day 10: Koalas and Kangaroos - Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is a beautiful coastal town with plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. Visit the Koala Hospital, which cares for injured and sick koalas, or take a guided tour of the Billabong Zoo, home to a wide range of Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and crocodiles.

Day 11: Lakeside Leisure - Forster

Forster is a chilled coastal town located on the shores of Wallis Lake, where you can unwind on the sandy beaches or venture onto the lake with a kayak or paddleboard to explore the serene waters. For those craving adventure, visit Booti Booti National Park, where you'll find picturesque hiking trails and stunning coastal vistas.

Day 12: Dolphin Watching - Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is a popular vacation spot known for its beautiful beaches and captivating wildlife. Embark on a dolphin-watching cruise and get up close with these playful animals as they frolic and leap alongside the boat. For a touch of local culture, stop by the Tilligerry Habitat, which highlights the area's flora and fauna and offers various educational programs and events.

Day 13: Pelican Feeding - The Entrance

The Entrance is a coastal town located on the shores of Tuggerah Lake. Watch as the friendly pelicans gather at the waterfront for daily feeding or stroll along the picturesque coastal walkway. It’s a fantastic place to try stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking on the lake's calm waters.

Day 14: Coast and City - Manly to Sydney

End your trip in style at Manly Beach, located on Sydney's northern beaches. Take a surf lesson or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, or simply relax on the sandy beach and soak up that last bit of sun. A promenade runs along the coast from Queenscliff to Shelly beach—a perfect snorkelling spot. Manly Corso, lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes, creates a buzzing atmosphere that links to North Head Lookout, which offers panoramic views of the Sydney Harbor and surrounding areas.

Circular Quay in Sydney's CBD is also easily accessible by regular ferries departing from Manly Warf, taking approximately 30 minutes to get you into the city. An epic way to end your 14-day coastal trip. With a cocktail in hand at one of Sydney’s most happening spots—Opera Bar, set underneath the Opera House, which offers live music and spectacular harbour views, there’s no better way to say goodbye to this vibrant city.