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by Chloe Doyle (subscribe)
Twenty-five year old girl living in Yamba, NSW. I am in love with nature, music, food and animals so you'll see a lot of that here 🌿 See @chloeoliviad on Instagram for more photos from where I've adventured. 🚐⛰
Published July 29th 2016
A list of places of interest for your journey
6 Must See Places Along the Legendary Pacific Drive from Northern NSW to Sydney

If you ever find yourself looking for a coastal adventure or have to trek the distance from Sydney to Brisbane (or vice versa), I have the perfect must-do list of places to visit to make your road trip as enjoyable as possible. I'm originally from south-east Queensland and since moving to Sydney have done this trip countless times, after seeing the beautiful, sometimes quirky; small towns, beaches and scenery my state of mind has shifted from daunting the 10-hour journey to loving every moment of it and counting down to the next trip. Before we get down to it I feel there are a few safety measures I should disclose before taking on this trip. It is a saying we go by on most roads and highways and that is 'Stop. Revive. Survive'. In accordance to this, I have done my research to make sure that the time interval between destinations does not exceed more than 2.5 hours. The next tip is to ensure you have a reliable vehicle. Maintain water, oil and coolant and be sure to have it checked prior and after your trip. Last but not least is always be attentive to the roads, other cars, wildlife, weather conditions and anything else that you may encounter along your trip.

First stop: Fingal Heads!

A beautiful and small little town, Fingal has notable things to see and do. The lighthouse has incredible views of the coastline and from there you can walk directly down to the beach. The main beach has a lovely view of a small little island not too far out from the shore, and if you happen to be here at sunrise or sunset; an amazing spectacle of flocks of birds inhabit this island and come back to land very often.

Legendary Pacific Drive: Fingal to Sydney.
Fingal Heads lookout

Byron Bay

Legendary Pacific Drive: Fingal to Sydney.
Most easterly point of mainland Australia

One of the most popular spots in northern NSW, Byron Bay is a hotspot for holidayers, surfers, scuba divers and beach lovers. There is plenty of things to do and see in Byron other than just the beach. You have the lighthouse perched up on the headland which gives access to a short walk and you will be standing on the easternmost point of Australia. Plus it is a shoppers and foodie heaven with hip cafés, restaurants and boutiques guaranteed to suit everyone's needs. For more on Byron and it's surroundings check out this article: Byron Bay and Nimbin Road Trip


Legendary Pacific Drive: Fingal to Sydney.
Yamba - headland next to Pippi Beach

Approximately an hour and a half driving south of Byron you will find quite easily my favourite place in Australia, that is Yamba. It is a fairly small town with beautiful beaches perfect for snorkelling, swimming and surfing. There are heaps of gorgeous walks on the hinterlands, a giant jump rock in nearby Angourie, friendly cafés and classic fish and chips stores to fuel a jam-packed day in Yamba.

Legendary Pacific Drive: Fingal to Sydney.
Angourie lookout

Coffs Harbour
Legendary Pacific Drive: Fingal to Sydney.
Learnt in Coffs Harbour - cows really love bananas!

Big C-town is a very popular holiday makers area for tourists and Australians alike. You have the Big Banana, a sight to see and get your picture taken next to it! The beautiful beaches in Coffs offer plenty of activities and a recommendation I can give would be Boambee beach. You can 4WD along this beach, bring your dog and you have the best of both worlds with a classic wave beach and also a flat section if you travel along the sand for a little bit. When I was there it was a dog lovers heaven. Every dog, all different sizes, age and breeds were loving the friendly atmosphere of Boambee from other people and dogs of course.

Legendary Pacific Drive: Fingal to Sydney.
The Big Banana

Port Macquarie
Legendary Pacific Drive: Fingal to Sydney.
Tacking Point Lighthouse. Courtesy of Wikimedia

Known as the 'port of plenty', Port Macquarie is a great escape from the city now that we're getting closer to Sydney. There are so many things to do in Port Macquarie but to keep it short and sweet here are my top recommendations. First would be the Tacking Point lighthouse built in 1879 that has amazing views of the coastline. The second is Sea Acres Rainforest Centre. It is one of the largest and most diverse coastal rainforests that has a 1.3km elevated boardwalk to pace through and enjoy the sights. Why not when you've finished the walk then have a bite to eat at the Rainforest Cafe!

Port Stephens

Legendary Pacific Drive: Fingal to Sydney.
Top of the rocks at Box Beach, Port Stephens

Last but definitely not least is Port Stephens, north of Newcastle, this town is an aquatic heaven. There are so many beautiful beaches, walks, cafés and pubs to experience in Port Stephens. The best walk by far is the Mount Tomaree hike to the summit. You have the chance to see Whales, Dolphins and the famous beaches known as Zenith, Box and Wreck beach. This place is also home to one of the most magnificent marine playgrounds in Australia and it is the Great Lakes Marine Park. It is a massive 98,000-hectare area where whatever your preference is; snorkel, dive, swim, fish or boat, you can do it all here.

The Legendary Pacific Drive is a 10-hour journey of incredible coastlines, marine playgrounds and beautiful walks for all to enjoy. So why not give it a go? If you have any other places not mentioned above, please feel free to leave a comment on where to go as I'm sure there'll be plenty more opportunities to keep me (and hopefully you) exploring our beautiful backyard!
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Your Comment
by J.D.Wen (score: 2|368) 1775 days ago
Congratulations on the silver award Chloe. :-)
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8098) 1791 days ago
I like your positive approach to making long driving trips fun; and the important reminder to plan a stop every couple of hours.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4206) 1790 days ago
Thanks Jenny! And instead of just a rest then get straight back into driving why not spend some time exploring :)
by Chloe Doyle (score: 3|1422) 1790 days ago
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