Trip North – Sydney – Lake Macquarie – Nelson Bay – Fingal Bay – Karuah – Port Macquarie – Gleniffer – Sawtell – Coffs Harbour – Yamba – Ballina – Byron Bay
Trip South – Tenterfield – Evans Head – Angourie – Tuncurry – Newcastle – Palm Beach – Bilgola Beach – Blue Mountains – Wollongong – Jervis Bay – Batemans Bay – Merimbula – Eden
Near the start of April, we made our way towards South Coast NSW. From Wollongong we stopped in Jervis Bay, Batemans Bay, Merimbula & Eden – before crossing the border into Victoria.
Passing through Wollongong
Hyams Beach at Jervis Bay – holds the Guinness World Record for whitest sand in the world!
Sitting on the world’s whitest sand
Sitting on the rocks at Huskisson
Having breakfast by the Clyde River in Batemans Bay
Surf Beach at Batemans Bay
Enjoying an afternoon at the amazing Bar Beach in Merimbula
Admiring the colourful rocks
Taking a selfie!
Resting on a tree branch, overlooking Bar Beach
Lindsey photographing a small shell
Fun at the rock pools in Eden, last stop before crossing the border!
We spent a day exploring the beautiful and scenic Blue Mountains National Park
Gazing out over the stunning mountains at Wentworth Falls lookout
View of the falls
Finding our way about the Leura Cascades walking trail
Stopping for a picture by the cascades
Capturing the beautiful scenery
The famous Three Sisters at Echo Point
Getting a closer look through the binoculars at Govett’s Leap
We took the opportunity to visit Palm Beach, in the northern suburbs of Sydney – otherwise known as ‘Summer Bay’, used in the filming of popular Aussie soap opera, Home & Away
Taking pictures in front of the Summer Bay Surf Club!
The beach behind us is often used for filming
Admiring the view from Bilgola Beach lookout the following morning
By mid March 2014, we crossed the border back into New South Wales, after spending a few months in Queensland, and began to head back down the east coast again – ready for our next big road trip!
We spent a couple of days in Byron Bay and enjoyed a trip to Cape Byron, the most easterly point of mainland Australia
Relaxing in the sun at the caravan park in Byron Bay
At Belongil Beach watching the surfers
Driving up to the lighthouse at Cape Byron
Cape Byron lighthouse, near the easternmost point of the mainland
We also stopped in Ballina to see the Big Prawn!
Big Prawn at Ballina
Chilling out on the beach before hitting the road again
Coffs Harbour was worth a quick stop, and we couldn’t leave without getting a picture of the Big Banana!
Sunbathing by the jetty at Coffs Harbour
Seeing our first of Australia’s iconic “big things” – the Big Banana!
We continued up the east coast in our campervan, after leaving Sydney, and stopped off in Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Karuah, Port Macquarie, Gleniffer & Sawtell.
First stop of our road trip – Lake Macquarie. Getting a picture with the black swans in the background
Beautiful cove at Nelson Bay in Port Stephens
Stopping for dinner on the beach at Fingal Bay
Making sand castles!
Driving past Nambucca River at Karuah
Overnight spot at Flynns Beach, Port Macquarie
Time for a little bit of sightseeing in Port Macquarie
Visiting the koala hospital
Getting a snap of the sleepy koala in the tree
Rock pools at Never Never Creek on the way to Gleniffer
Hitting the road again!
Stopping to admire the coastal view at Sawtell
The beginning of our travels around Australia in October 2013. We spent a week in the state capital of Sydney, exploring the city and amazing beaches, including the iconic Bondi Beach!
Getting a picture by the lifeguard at Bondi Beach
Cycling the Bondi to Coogee coastal route
The ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ event took place while we were there
Admiring the sea view across to Bondi
Cycling past more scupltures
Stopping for a rest at Tamarara Beach
Watching the swimmers and surfers
Exploring the rock caves
Made it to Coogee Beach
Watching the lifeguards
A day sightseeing in the city – St Mary’s Cathedral
Overlooking Sydney Harbour
The spectacular Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge