The south east coast has some of the most iconic gems in Australia. For those who love the waves and the crisp salty air, why not enjoy a scenic drive from the glitzy city lights of Melbourne to the laid back beachside vibes of Byron Bay? These seaside spots are a superb way to break up the drive.
Lakes Entrance, Victoria
Approximately 4 hours from the city of Melbourne, where the Gippsland Lake meets the southern ocean, this fishing town’s main attraction is the seafood, it’s named one of the seafood capitals of Australia after all. If you’re an avid fisher, this place will be great to hunt and gather your own food, or if not, the town has a variety of fresh seafood eateries such as Miriam’s Restaurant that offer that oceanic taste.
Eden, New South Wales
After you’ve filled your bellies on some of the best seafood on the east coast, why not set your course on your next stop. Feast your eyes on the largest animals, not only in the ocean, but in the entire world. Eden is a popular spot to go whale watching, especially between September and December.
Hyam’s Beach , New South Wales
Moving up to the Jervis Bay region, Hyam’s Beach is a patrolled beach great for snorkelling and enjoying some of Australia’s whitest sand and pristine blue water.
Kiama, New South Wales
Time to enjoy some natural wonders, and by natural wonders, we mean natural blow holes. Grab some fish and chips and take a walk from the bay to the blow hole and lighthouse. Then a dip in the ocean pool awash with seaside dwellers. You’ll be all energized and ready for the rest of your journey through Sydney and en route to Byron Bay.
Royal National Park, New South Wales
Located just outside Sydney, on the coastal drive from Wollongong to Sydney, Royal National Park provides a plenty for the wild and nature-seeking traveller, from taking a bushwalk to the iconic Wedding Cake Rock, or enjoying the picturesque Wattamolla Falls, both located within the national park. If the tide allows it, the figure eight pools are a real wonder, Instagram opportunities abound.
Avoca Beach, New South Wales
The Central Coast offers not only rocky headlands and vibrant beaches, but also a thriving surf culture. Avoca Beach provides all this and then some, with stunning cliff face views. Grab a coffee from Like Minds and walk up to the headland for stunning views of the central coastline.
Urunga, New South Wales
You’re now on the home stretch to Byron Bay. Coffs Harbour is about halfway between Sydney and Byron Bay, and nestled within the harbour’s region is the small town of Urunga, where the river meets the beach. A great place for kayaking and boating during the day, followed by an ice cold bev along the Urunga boardwalk for sunset.
Yamba, New South Wales
The last stop before Byron Bay, Yamba is at the mouth of the Clarence River, it has a great beach to accommodate a sun baking or surf stop . Great little town to go deep sea fishing, which is quite popular among tourists and locals and to enjoy a picnic at the nearby Angourie Blue Pool.
Time to kick the feet up, as long as you’re in the passenger seat.. An hour and a half to go and you will then arrive in the heart of Byron Bay. Make the most of your long travel time and see every hidden gem along the way.
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