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Are you driven to hit the road and explore The Legendary Pacific Coast from Sydney to Byron Bay? Then read on as we wind through the scenic landscape and discover what’s on offer.  Of course, all this driving is tiring work, so don’t forget to book a stay at the First Sun Holiday Park! Click here to visit our Accommodation page or click here to visit our Accommodation Specials page!

Road Trip – Sydney to Byron Bay by Car

So you’ve hired the camper van, strapped your caravan to the 4WD or jumped in the car with the kids and are set to explore the east coast of NSW. Well…you’re in for a treat! This adventure truly does have something for everyone, whether it’s getting out in the wild (or admiring it over the top of a latte), surfing up the coast, taking in some culinary delights, backpacking or discovering the local arts and indigenous culture.

With so much on offer, we have created the below recommended highlights:

National Parks

Get back to nature and experience ancient rainforests, majestic waterfalls, pristine beaches, bush covered headlands, aboriginal heritage sites and endless walking tracks by visiting some of the 48 national parks and 12 state forests between Sydney and Byron Bay.

Our picks includes Cape Byron National Park in Byron Bay which offers some of the best vantage points to watch the migrating Humpback whales during the winter months, not to mention the stunning coastal and hinterland views. Nightcap National Park in Northern NSW is also well worth the visit and home to the awe-inspiring Minyon Falls. And what’s more, the park is a short 30 min drive from Byron Bay and First Sun Holiday Park. Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast offers visitors the opportunity to explore important historical aboriginal sites, go swimming, enjoy some fishing or camp by the beach. Arrawarra Headland in Coffs Harbour, which is a favourite with swimmers and surfers, rewards visitors with incredible views over Solitary Islands Marine Park and finally Bundjalung National Park which stretches from Iluka to Evans Head and offers adventure seekers river canoeing, mountain biking or Ten Mile Beach.

To find out more visit:

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

http://pacificcoast.com.au/trails-and-itineraries/national-parks-and-nature-trails

Food Trail

Whatever your style – cafe hopping, fine dining, fish & chips by the beach, traditional aboriginal fare, wineries, surf clubs, farmers markets, coffee stops, boutique local beers – The Legendary Pacific Coast has it all! There are so many good cafes and restaurants along the way and more than 40 farmers markets, offering visitors a real taste of the region.

With so much to choose from, we recommend heading to The Legendary Pacific Coast website for their downloadable guides. To find out more visit http://pacificcoast.com.au/trails-and-itineraries/food-wine-farmers-gate-journey or read our many local dining guides including our ‘Locals Guide To Byron‘, ‘Dining On A Budget‘ and our ‘Local Byron Bay Dining Guide‘.

Surfing Safari

There is arguably no better surfing safari road trip in Australia than from Sydney to Byron Bay! Australia has some of the best waves in the world, and most are located along the east coast of NSW.

Some of the highlights include Tallow Beach First Sun Park which is located on our doorstop and is one of Byron Bay’s best surfing beaches. At either end of Tallow Beach is two of the best point breaks in Australia – Broken Head and The Pass – offering fantastic left and right breaks. Wategoes Beach Byron Bay is another ‘must do’ surfing beach and the ultimate long board haven, as well as being one of the most picturesque beaches in the world. The famous Byron Bay Lighthouse rises out of the rainforest which comes right down to the beach meeting the crystal clear ocean waters. Sheltered from northerlies, this glamorous beach is a favourite celeb hangout! Other favourite breaks include Newcastle, Crescent Head, Port Macquarie, Lennox Head and Ballina. To get a full list of surfing hot spots visit:

http://pacificcoast.com.au/trails-and-itineraries/legendary-surfing-safari

Backpacking

You haven’t backpacked in Australia until you’ve visited the East Coast of NSW. Where do we start? Everything from dolphin and whale watching, stunning national parks, some of the country’s best music festivals, surfing, beaches, diving, kayaking, bush walking and some great nightlife. Highlights include the Splendour in the Grass music festival held in Byron Bay, Walkabout Wildlife Park at Calga, the Akoostik music festival at Wingham, Chinese Junk Boat ride at Port Stephens, learn to surf at Port Macquarie, a ‘selfie’ at the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, kayak with dolphins in Byron Bay, a visit to the historical hippie town of Nimbin, diving at Julian Rocks in Byron Bay and snuggling up to a Koala at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary! Get inspired and visit The Legendary Pacific Coast website for more ideas including working holidays http://pacificcoast.com.au/trails-and-itineraries/backpacker-working-holiday-trail

Arts & Culture

Soak up the diverse arts and culture of the region including everything from history-packed museums, art galleries, local artisan studios, community markets, quirky cinemas and much more! The Northern Rivers region is well known as the regional arts capital of NSW and attracts some of the finest artists, musicians and performers. Highlights include The Avoca Beach Picture Theatre which has been operating since 1950’s, Newcastle Art Gallery and Museum, Myall Riverside Art Walk at Tea Gardens, Artisans…On The Hill Gallery at Tinonee, The Glasshouse Performing Arts Facility at Port Macquarie, Northern Rivers Community Gallery at Ballina, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore Lantern Festival, Channon Community Markets and the Byron Arts Trail which takes visitors on a journey through the Byron Arts & Industry Estate visiting local fashion designers, jewellery makers and furniture studios. For more inspiration visit http://pacificcoast.com.au/trails-and-itineraries/legendary-culture-heritage-trail

Where ever your adventure takes you, don’t forget to STOP, REVIVE and SURVIVE! There are many ‘Driver Reviver’ stops along the way offering motorists free tea, coffee and biscuits. Remember the most important thing is to get yourself and your loved ones there safely! We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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Byron Bay Beach Holiday

There is nothing more relaxing than a caravan or camping holiday and the atmosphere at the First Sun Holiday Park is one of tranquil relaxation. The quintessential Aussie smell of suntan oil. Wet towels and swimmers drying on tarp ropes. Fishing lines leaning against the vans. Guests, in swimmers and sarongs, reading, sitting, too relaxed to speak. Buckets and spades discarded in annexes whilst everyone has a siesta. Long days in the water, exploring the natural bush setting, going to the shop for a much longed for ice-cream. Nights by lamplight eating BBQ’ed sausages, playing cards, talking and laughing. Caravanning is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance by a younger generation who want to experience that deep family connection that only a caravan or tent can provide.

First Sun Holiday Park fulfils all these expectations and more. With our proximity to the beach, families can come and enjoy a great Aussie beach holiday. And in Byron Bay you are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches! Please find below a list to some of the best local fishing, swimming and surfing secrets. Each beach has its own distinct flavour and all are within easy reach of the park.

The Wreck:

A popular surfing spot, the wreck of the ship ‘Wollongbar’ slipped its mooring to the old pier in 1922 and drifted 30m offshore where it sank. Happily, it landed parallel to the shoreline and created a perfect surf break about 30m long with swells of 1-2m. It is also a fascinating dive spot where you can snorkel amongst the almost intact ship which has attracted swarms of fish and marine life. It is located just off Belongil Beach.

Main Beach:

This is the central Byron Bay beach. Located at the end of Johnson Street, it is usually pretty busy during the summer. Fully patrolled, it provides safe swimming and is handy to all the cafes and shops of Byron. When the surf is pumping, it can get quite crowded in the water. A great beach for people watching. The nearby wreck of the Tassie 11 is a popular spot for snorkle and goggles.

Belongil Beach:

Belongil has an intriguing past. Just over the disused train lines as you leave Byron, or accessed from Main Beach, it was once home to Byron’s only major industry and employer, F J Walker’s meatworks. There was a huge pipe that ran straight into the sea to dispose of the animal waste. The only ones in the water were the Great White Sharks! The meatworks closed in 1983 and the beach has been regenerated into one of our best. The beach stretches from Main Beach to Brunswick Heads in one unbroken sweep. The sharks got the message and it is now ideal for swimming, surfing and walking. A beach where you definitely get the feeling that you are miles from nowhere.

Clarkes Beach:

Seamlessly joining up with Main Beach, this idyllic Byron beach offers swimming perfection and surfing highs. This beach can become quite crowded during the summer months but is another great vantage point for viewing migrating whales in winter. The beach can easily be reached by taking a stroll along the beachfront walking track from the Surf Life Saving Club.

The Pass:

Just along from Clarkes Beach lies the most popular surf break in this area and one of the best in Australia. Early morning sees a flock of wetsuits waxing up and heading out. The beach has a beautiful shady foreshore with huge hoop pines and is ideal for families. Built into the rocky outcrop there is also a fantastic wooden viewing platform called ‘Fisherman’s Lookout’ which offers stunning views over the bay. Get there early and see the intrepid ocean swimmers head out in all weathers for their daily deep water swim to Main Beach.

Watego’s Beach:

Multi-million dollar homes overlook this stunning beach. The famous Byron Bay Lighthouse rises out of the rainforest which comes right down to the beach, the waters of which are crystal clear. Sheltered from northerlies, this glamorous beach is a favourite celeb hangout welcoming guests such as Keith Richards, Russell Crowe, Kylie, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Wear your best bikini, just in case.

Little Watego’s:

This is one of the most picturesque beaches in Byron Bay. The walk down to the beach deters the hordes so it is also one of the most secluded. The Cape Byron Walking Track to the Byron Bay Lighthouse runs along the back of the beach so it is perfect for a swim on the way up or down. In a naturally occurring amphitheatre, this beach is sheltered from the northerlies and is the most easterly swimming spot in Australia!