Travel Sydney north to Byron Bay and back!  A flexible, guided, social trip with unique experiences.

Stay in Barrington Tops National Park and at our River Retreat, as well as well-known highlights such as wine tasting in Hunter Valley, Spot X and Byron Bay.

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What's Included

The perfect way to explore all the best spots from Sydney to Brisbane that you didn’t even know existed.

From surfing in Spot X to dancing on tabletops in Byron Bay or relaxing in a hot tub overlooking a national park – this trip has something for everyone.

This trip is way off the beaten track so you can see the real Australia.

You have the flexibility to break your journey to do the things you want to along the way.

Our fun, local guides travel with you driving the buses, to give you the best advice and access to the attractions over the routes.

Unique, authentic experiences hunted out by us, our customers and locals over our routes — all established and supported in a sustainable manner.

Passes are valid for 12 months.

Minimum length: 6 days

Recommended length: 8+ days

What’s included

All transport on the bus between Sydney and Brisbane oneway
Guidance from local guide
Wine tasting Hunter Valley
Barrington Tops National Park
Koala hospital visit
Kangaroo spotting, Emerald Beach
Beach time at Spot X Surf Camp
Canoeing, River Retreat
Angourie Blue Pools visit
Danger Point Border Crossing walk
Byron Bay orientation drive

Accommodation Options

Accommodation options available upon request

What to bring?

  • Hat/Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Voucher
  • Swimmer

Itinerary

Day 1 : Travel Day: Sydney — Barrington Tops (Special Stop)
MEET: outside Wake Up hostel at 8am or outside Nomads (if confirmed) at 8.10am We depart the big city and head to the Hunter Valley wine area for a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then travel through the backcountry to our stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area). We stay in our own private lodge overlooking the Barrington River. You have the option to ride an inner tube down a scenic part of the river (additional cost), then in the evening have a few drinks and relax in the hot tub. SLEEP: $60 for dinner, dorm bed and breakfast at Twistops Retreat.
Meal(s) included : None
Day 2 : Travel Day: Barrington Tops — Spot X Surf Camp
MEET: at the lodge. Enjoy breakfast with an incredible view this morning. We then head north, with a break to visit a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas, and at a nature reserve to spot wild kangaroos hopping along the incredible coastline. We arrive at our waterfront accommodation at Spot X in the early evening. SLEEP: $60 for dinner, dorm bed and breakfast at Spot X
Meal(s) included : None
Day 3 : Travel Day: Spot X Surf Camp — River Retreat (Special Stop)
MEET: at Stray bus We have the morning at leisure at Spot X. You can relax on the beach or we recommend taking part in a group surf lesson (additional cost) or hopping off to do a Surf & Stay. In the afternoon we travel to our River Retreat and go for a guided canoeing trip, spotting wildlife along the way. In the evening have an Aussie BBQ, learn how to cook some damper and toast marshmallows around the campfire. We sleep in wilderness cabins or in swags under the stars. SLEEP: $35 for dorm bed or swag at River Retreat.
Meal(s) included : None
Day 4 : Travel Day: River Retreat — Byron Bay
MEET: At camp We leave our camp early, hop in our bus and head up towards Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town. We stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way for lunch where you can have a walk around or a swim in the Angourie Blue Pool. We have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings. SLEEP: Your choice of Byron accom, you can book through the Stray Mate app.
Meal(s) included : None
Day 5 : Free Day in Byron Bay
Explore, learn to surf, party, do a dolphin kayak trip, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional costs), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point. SLEEP: Your choice of Byron accom, you can book via the Stray Mate app.
Meal(s) included : None
Day 6 : Travel Day: Byron Bay (via Gold Coast) – Brisbane
MEET: at the main bus stop on Jonson St or Arts Factory hostel (please confirm) We cruise up to the New South Wales/Queensland border and hop out at Danger Point to stretch our legs and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots Snapper Rocks. We then drive into Surfers Paradise, you may want to get off here to experience the sun, sand, tans and high-rises of Australia’s most developed beach area. We drop you off in Brisbane CBD for the end of your Loka experience. SLEEP: Your choice of Noosa or Rainbow Beach accom, you can book via the Stray Mate app. Note: You can break your journey at any of the stops through any of the travel days and just connect with a later Stray bus or rail departure (guided or unguided). You can book your own accommodation or your guide will book it for you, you will usually get a bed-only option (averaging $32 per person per night), or a twin/double option (averaging $100 per room). *This itinerary and prices are valid until September 30th 2018, however are subject to change.
Meal(s) included : None

Departures / Pick-ups

Departs Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Wednesday departures are only available from January to March.

Departure Time: 8am, but please be waiting outside 15 minutes prior to departure.

Main Departure Address: Wake Up hostel, 509 Pitt St, Sydney CBD

Additional Pick Up Location:  Nomads Westend, 412 Pitt St, Sydney CBD at 8.10am (must be confirmed in advance).

Tour finishes in central Brisbane with drop offs at Nomads, Bunk and Brisbane Central YHA.

Luggage Limit

  • Recommend one reasonably-sized backpack.

Overview

  • Age Recommendation: 4-55 yrs
  • Age Restriction: 4 yrs
  • Fitness Requirement: Moderate fitness and independent mobility required
  • Group Size: 4-24
  • Trip Length: 6 Days

Dietary Requirements

  • Please contact us directly if you have specific dietary needs.

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