For a unique and once in a lifetime family holiday, New South Wales is high on our list.
From vibrant Sydney where kids can get a dose of culture, to the stunning Blue Mountains and Wolgan Valley where you can enjoy the great outdoors, and the beaches of Byron Bay, New South Wales is a playground of activity and adventure for all ages.
Day 1: Arrival
Flying with our preferred airline partner Qantas, you will arrive into Sydney in the morning where you will be met by a Lightfoot Travel representative and transferred to your hotel. After freshening up after your flight. you will be met by your guide and taken around some of Sydney’s highlights, including the historic Rocks precinct, the Opera House and the Botanical Gardens. Continue through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross and into Rushcutters bay where you will have lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Australia’s premier yacht club.
From here continue onto Bondi Beach, Sydney’s most famous beach, where you will have some time to soak up the atmosphere and relax.
End your day with a private cruise around Sydney Harbour and a delicious afternoon tea onboard.
Stay: The Langham, Sydney
Day 2: Sydney – Blue Mountains
Head to the Blue Mountains this morning, stopping at Featherdale Wildlife Park enroute. Arriving early to beat the crowds, you will be able to get up close and personal with Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies and Wombats, always a hit with the kids!
Continue west towards the Blue Mountains National Park. On the way you will be taken to a little known hidden clearing to enjoy some home style morning tea. Your guide will also help you seek out the wild kangaroos and birdlife that frequent this part of the National Park. The next stop is Kings Tableland, famous for its breathtaking views over the Jamison Valley. You will see firsthand the ruggedness and beauty that the Blue Mountains are famous for. The final stop of the day is Wolgan Valley where you will spend the next two nights.
Day 3: Wolgan Valley
Australia’s first conservation-led wilderness establishment, the One and Only Wolgan Valley is set amidst 4000 acres of the rugged Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and there is plenty to keep people of all ages entertained.
Accompanied by the knowledgeable Field Guides, children can explore and go in search of resident kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and birdlife. Other activities include archery, kite making, learning Bush Arts & Crafts, horse riding, and even taking part in the Junior Ranger Program. Meanwhile adults can relax in the spa, play tennis or enjoy activities such as nature walks, fly-fishing and mountain biking. All in all, Wolgan Valley is a great place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
Day 4: Wolgan Valley - Hunter Valley
Today you’ll me bet at your hotel and driven to Hunter Valley, a stunning drive passing the quaint old townships of Mt. Victoria, Richmond and Windsor. Crossing the river by ferry you’ll arrive at the historic village of St Albans, famous for its old sandstone buildings and Australia’s oldest pub.
After lunch you will pass through the village of Wollombi, established by convicts some 200 years ago, and enter into the Hunter Valley over the Great Dividing Range at Mt View.
Stay: Spicers Vineyards Estate
Day 5: Hunter Valley
Your day starts in the Hunter Valley with a stop at Ivanhoe wines. Stephen being a fifth generation Drayton has had the knowledge of vineyards and winemaking handed down from father to son for over 140 years. With his valuable experience in the vineyard and winery, Stephen and his wife Tracy continue the Ivanhoe tradition. The cellar door is a modern day replica of the original Ivanhoe homestead with an underground cellar housing the museum wines. The majority of the vineyard on Ivanhoe is over 40 years old. You will sample a range of their best.
At the foothills of the Broken Back Range enjoy a two course lunch, featuring a selection of fine local produce before returning to your hotel in the Hunter Valley.
Even though the rolling vineyards, found for miles around, remain one of the area’s top attractions, wine tasting may not be suitable for families with younger children. Spicers Vineyards Estate offers various activities for families, including horse riding, mountain biking and walking trails.
Stay: Spicers Vineyards Estate
Day 6: Newcastle, Forster
After a leisurely breakfast depart the Hunter Valley and make the short drive to Newcastle, the second largest NSW centre. Once a colony for Great Britain’s worst-behaved convicts, today Newcastle is one of the top ten cities in the world. Spend some time exploring the boutique shops, or take the kids to the beach.
You will then head two hours north along the Pacific Highway to Forster, a small coastal town home to great beaches, cafes and boutiques. Jump in a kayak and explore the lakes, enjoy the fresh air on a scenic coastal walk or spend some time tasting the local produce. We recommend Sotos Cafe for some relaxed café style lunch with fantastic coffee.
Stay: Beaches International
Day 7: South West Rocks, Coffs Harbour
This morning you will be driven to South West Rocks, approximately two hours away, South West Rocks is famous for its great beaches so make the most of them. Frolic in the surf or lie on the sand and work on your tan, then head to the tuck shop for a burger and chips.
Afterwards head further north along the Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour is a favourite on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Enjoy a brief stop at the Big Banana and take some obligatory tourist shots before enjoying a choc coated banana!
Stay: Liapari Beach House
Day 8: Byron Bay
We recommend breakfast at the Water Surf Art Cafe before jumping back in the car for the three hour drive on the Pacific Highway to Byron Bay.
When in Byron there are a few must-dos: the first being the beach. Walk from the centre of town to the lighthouse and then back across the beach for a dip. If you’re a surfer, or wanting to learn, you may want to borrow a board and catch some waves.
Stay: Byron at Byron
Day 9: Yamba, Fort Macquarie
Today drive back down the coast to Yamba, just over 90 minutes away. Yamba is a small town that survives on tourism from travellers who seek sun, surf and sun, all year long. Adopt this mantra for yourself and spend the morning relaxing on the beach.
Find some lunch at locals’ favourite, Beachwood Café, before driving to Port Macquarie. Beach after beach after beach, Port Macquarie is a coastal town with superb beaches. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphin and whales.
Stay: Sails Resort
Day 10: Return to Sydney
Today is the final day of the trip, which means that it’s time to head back to Sydney for the three ½ hour journey along the Pacific Highway. To break up the drive, be sure to stop in at Harrigan’s Irish Pub, situated in the small town of Harrington.
Connect with your return flight home, or extend your time in Sydney and explore more of this fantastic city,
|Day 1:||Arrival||The Langham, Sydney|
|Day 2:||Sydney – Blue Mountains||Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley|
|Day 3:||Wolgan Valley||Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley|
|Day 4:||Wolgan Valley - Hunter Valley||Spicers Vineyards Estate|
|Day 5:||Hunter Valley||Spicers Vineyards Estate|
|Day 6:||Newcastle, Forster||Beaches International|
|Day 7:||South West Rocks, Coffs Harbour||Liapari Beach House|
|Day 8:||Byron Bay||Byron at Byron|
|Day 9:||Yamba, Fort Macquarie||Sails Resort|
|Day 10:||Return to Sydney|
- All flights flying with our preferred partner, Qantas
- 24-hour emergency contact
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)
From USD 4,346 per person based on a family of four guests travelling
Notes on our prices
- This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
- Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
- Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
- This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.