Do you want to discover the Pacific Ocean Coastline from The Gold Coast to Sydney but you or one of your travelling companion’s requires limited mobility access on accommodation? Well this BIG4 Holiday Parks travel itinerary may be just what you need to conquer the Pacific Coast.
***When booking your reduced or limited mobility accommodation, please phone the individual Parks and discuss your requirements to make sure they have accommodation available that will suit your needs.***
Heading south from the Gold Coast along the Pacific Ocean coastline to the Central Coast, this scenic drive takes you through some of the most striking landscapes in NSW. An almost continuous line of surf beaches, national parks and a hinterland of rolling green hills and friendly villages make this a great drive. There are plenty of attractions, adventures and fun for the whole family. The North Coast has some of the best, and most well-known, beaches in Australia at Byron Bay, Lennox Head, the Mid North Coast with Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, Port Stephens and Newcastle.
Whale watching is popular at many locations along the North Coast. During their northern migration, most whales come within 3km of the NSW coast so you can see them from headlands and lookouts in national parks. Some popular spots on the North Coast are Cape Byron State Conservation Area, Bundjalung National Park (Iluka Bluff), Yuraygir National Park (Angourie Point), Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve (Coffs Harbour), Hat Head National Park (Smoky Head), Tomaree National Park (Tomaree Head at Port Stephens) and Wyrrabalong National Park (Crackneck Lookout).
The attractions of the Gold Coast bring smiles to people of all ages and stages. From the iconic Surfers Paradise beach to the sophisticated dining precincts of Main Beach and Broadbeach and out to the lush, green Hinterland, there’s a new experience waiting for you at every turn on the Gold Coast. Theme parks, world-renowned beaches and year-round sunshine are just a few of the reasons to visit the Gold Coast, a destination which is as scenic and peaceful as it is fast paced and active. Enjoy the Gold Coast and stay at BIG4 NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Park – which boasts two types of accommodation, the ‘Deluxe Studio Unit’ (sleeps 2) and the ‘Pandanus Villa’ (sleeps 4-6) or BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park – which offers wheelchair friendly ‘Motel Rooms’ (sleeps 3).
GOLD COAST to HASTINGS POINT – 48km
Hastings Point is the smallest coastal settlement of New South Wales Tweed Shire; the “Jewel of the Tweed”, surrounded by national park, the hamlet is nestled between the ocean on its east and a beautiful but delicate estuary on its west. It is the entrance for the now nationally recognised “Green Cauldron” and is identified without doubt as one of the unique seaside locations in Australia. You will love exploring this beautiful seaside town while staying in a ‘Holiday Lodge’ (sleeps 5) at BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort.
HASTINGS POINT to BALLINA – 69km
At the mouth of the Richmond River is the town of Ballina, home of the Big Prawn. The streets are lined with stylish restaurants and cafes where you can sample fresh local seafood and cuisine. The town is absolutely brimming with things to do and see. You can visit the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum, discover treasure troves of antique and curios, art and craft shops and markets; browse the boutiques, stroll the magnificent Kerry Saxby river walk and bike paths, or take your pick of fun activities for the kids. While in Ballina, stay at BIG4 Ballina Headlands Holiday Park in a ‘Deluxe Disabled Access Cabin’ (sleeps 4).
BALLINA to CASINO – 63km
Casino is a thriving rural centre in the heart of rich agricultural country. It’s set in lush pastures on the banks of the Richmond River. It is a pleasant, easy-going town which has a number of historic buildings that make fascinating viewing. Casino developed as a service centre for the surrounding grazing country, and the town has become known as “The Beef Capital”. Be sure not to miss the Platypus Pool, below Irving Bridge, and the Casino Miniature Railway or Casino Folk Museum.Rest your weary bones at BIG4 Casino Resort in a ‘Disabled Standard Cabin’ (sleeps 2).
CASINO to YAMBA – 103 km
Yamba is a bustling holiday resort with a large fishing fleet. It’s built around a headland at the mouth of the Clarence River. Yamba has all the attributes you would expect of a coastal holiday resort town, including great beaches, a marina, and lots of cafes, a broad river and a lighthouse. Better still, according to scientists, Yamba also has one of the best climates you could ever hope to find, with temperate winters and long, warm, summer days. Yamba is especially known for its prawns and oysters. For accommodation, BIG4 Saltwater @ Yamba Holiday Park – has two options, the ‘Figtree Cabin’ (sleeps 6) or the ‘Casuarina Cabin’ (sleeps 4) for your stay.
YAMBA to COFFS HARBOUR – 140km
Almost half way between Brisbane and Sydney lies the beautiful beachside city of Coffs Harbour. Coffs is well-known for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere, its spectacular coastline, and its many attractions and events. The steep hillsides around the town are the perfect backdrop to a major North Coast attraction – the Big Banana, one of the oldest, and most visited, “big things” in Australia. This giant structure modelled on a prize winning banana is probably the most photographed object in Australia. Visit Coffs Harbour and stay in a ‘Gumnut Villa’ (sleeps 8) at BIG4 NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Park or anchor yourself at BIG4 Emerald Beach Holiday Park in the ‘Mobility Cabin’ (sleeps 5).
COFFS HARBOUR to FORSTER-TUNCURRY – 255km
Forster-Tuncurry is the ideal base from which to explore the many delights of the great lakes region. At the Northern tip of the Great Lakes, these twin towns are where Wallis Lake meets the ocean. The twin townships are surrounded by National Parks and feature majestic headlands and long secluded beaches. Boating, fishing, diving, paddling, cruises, whale watching and coastal walks combine with galleries, unique shopping and award-winning restaurants to create an experience rich coastal destination. The ‘2 Bedroom Deluxe Cabin’ (sleeps 5) at BIG4 Forster-Tuncurry Great Lakes Holiday Park has wheelchair access.
FORSTER-TUNCURRY to HUNTER VALLEY – 185km
With more than 120 wineries, the Hunter Valley produces some terrific wines, loved at home and abroad, including the crisp Hunter Semillon and the ripe Hunter Shiraz. While the area is certainly famous for its wineries and wine tours, the Hunter Valley also offers a myriad of experiences and activities. Visitors can expand their skills in cooking and wine classes, relax with a round of golf or pamper yourself for the day at one of the spas located in the region. While exploring the Hunter, stay in the ‘Easy Access Cottage’ (sleeps 6) at BIG4 Valley Vineyard Tourist Park.
HUNTER VALLEY to LAKE MACQUARIE – 46km
The largest coastal saltwater lake in Australia, Lake Macquarie is an aquatic playground, perfect for a relaxing holiday. Lake Macquarie and its excellent ocean beaches as well as nearby Watagan Mountains National Park provide plenty of opportunities for an action and adventure holiday. You can relax at BIG4 Lake Macquarie Monterey Tourist Park in the ‘Parkside Cabin No. 2 –Koomooloo’ (sleeps 4).
LAKE MACQUARIE to UMINA – 74km
Umina Beach is located in the southern coastline of the Central Coast, on the Peninsula. Umina borders Brisbane Waters National Park where you can experience around 12,000ha of spectacular rugged sandstone country including Aboriginal engravings, bushwalking tracks, wildflowers and wildlife. Nearby Mt. Ettalong Lookout offers spectacular panoramic views of Umina and Ettalong as well as south across Broken Bay down to Palm Beach. At BIG4 NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park there are two villas you can choose from. The ‘Sunset Villa’ (sleeps 5) or the ‘Plantation Villa’ (sleeps 4).
UMINA to SYDNEY – 86km
‘There’s no place in the world like Sydney’, a big, friendly city with so much to see and do. There are plenty of fun neighbourhoods to explore, great cafes and bars to discover, trendy galleries and shops to enjoy. While exploring Sydney, you can stay at BIG4 Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park in a ‘Disabled Villa’ (sleeps 4) or a ‘Disabled Studio’ (sleeps 2).
* All accommodation mentioned in this itinerary has reduced or limited mobility access. Please contact the Parks directly to book your accommodation. This information is correct at time of publishing.