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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 Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park! Click here to visit our Beachfront 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 Suffolk Beachfront 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 Suffolk 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.

Pacific Coast

Byron Bay Winter Surfing Safari

With no summer crowds, off-season accommodation rates and mild ocean temperatures of 22 degrees, Winter is the perfect time to grab your mates and head to Byron Bay on a surfing safari.

Byron Bay’s surf breaks are amongst the best in the world and Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park is located right behind the sand dunes of one of Byron Bay’s best – beautiful Tallow Beach. The section of Tallow Beach adjoining us is between two of the best point breaks in Australia – Broken Head and The Pass – and offers fantastic left and right breaks, with mostly ‘rights’ due to the south swell. During winter the waves are rarely crowded and are perfect for all types of boards.

Byron Bay is just one of the many loved surf breaks in the region. In fact the Northern Rivers offers more than 300km’s of coastline to explore. It’s a great destination for surfers, but also for people who love to fish, enjoy exploring rugged headlands or take pleasure in watching the magnificent winter migrating whales and dolphins!

Byron Bay also boosts some of Australia’s best board designers and manufacturers. While you’re in Byron Bay, why not check out some of these legendary board makers:

McTavish Surfboards

Founded by surf industry pioneer Bob McTavish, McTavish Surfboards have been in production non-stop since 1962. The McTavish range is broad, from affordable boards to start out on, up to high end collectables made from balsa, and other exotic materials. With over 45 years of experience, the McTavish team is working hard on innovation and design, to lead the next decade of surfboard development.

Address: 91 Centennial Cct, Byron Bay

Emery Surfboards

Alan Emery grew up surfing the famed right handers of the Lennox Point and the surrounding epic waves of the northern NSW area. Any spare time that Al had out of the water was spent learning all aspects of shaping, design and the production process within the surfboard industry. This, along with the dedication and drive that is put into the quality surfboard shapes and design, has made Emery Surfboards a significant force within the surfboard industry not only in Australia but also overseas.

Address:5/19 Tasman Way, Byron Bay

Maddog

From its beginnings as a surf board shaping business in the 1970′s, under the watchful eye or John Morgan, Maddog has evolved into one of Australia’s leading surfboard brands. Maddog gained recognition as surfers all along the east coast of Australia started riding the boards made in the Byron Bay factory. Determination, hard work and inspiration from the idyllic surrounds of Byron Bayare the components that have allowed the continuing evolution and success of Maddog.

Address: Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay

Bear Surfboards Australia

Bear Surfboards has been established for over 20 years, producing quality handmade surfboards. Every step is taken to ensure that your surfboard is made with the best quality materials and the highest quality of workmanship. Every single board is handmade from start to finish, and the quality of the finished product speaks for itself.

Address:1/29 Acacia Street, Byron Bay

Can’t surf? No problem. There are some great surf schools in Byron Bay to show you the ropes with professional instructors, board hire and of course winter wetsuits.

Style Surfing Byron Bay

The team at Style Surfing Byron Bay have been surfing the area since the 70′s and instructing since the early 80′s. They are one of only 4 surf schools in Byron Bay licensed to teach surfing on Byron Bay beaches, including The Pass, Clarkes Beach, Watego Beach, The Wreck & Belongil Beach. They will have you surfing with style in no time. www.stylesurfingbyronbay.com. Click here to read their Byron Surfing Guide.

BlackDog Surfing

BlackDog Surf School offer a highly personalised service with an instructor to student ratio of 1 to 5 to ensure a lot of individual attention! They guarantee you will stand up on your 1st lesson or come again free! www.blackdogsurfing.com

Byron Bay Surf School

Byron Bay Surf School has only the finest instructors working on the beaches each day, who are qualified in all aspects of surf teaching, surf rescue and first aid. Each coach is carefully selected for their love of surfing and the energy and enthusiasm with which they provide the team and their students. www.byronbaysurfschool.com

You won’t find better Byron Bay surf accommodation than Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park. Much loved by surfers for our absolute beachfront location, affordable prices, clean, modern facilities, and relaxed coastal vibe many of our regulars return several times a year as they follow the breaks up and down the coast. Our Byron Bay surf accommodation options include:

Beat the summer crowds and book your Byron Bay surf accommodation now.

Call us on +61 2 6685 3353.

Finally – big congratulations to Betty Moinet who won a free weekend stay at Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park by putting her name in the box at reception. Betty and her family will be celebrating her daughters 12th Birthday with a weekend stay in one of our safari style tents.