Australia Beaches and Sydney Vacation

Go off the beaten track and explore fabulous Australia beaches with a self-driving itinerary. Then, head to Sydney and see the city like a local with unique experiences.

We planned this Australia Beaches and Sydney Vacation for a couple celebrating their 10th anniversary. They were returning to Australia for the third time and wanted to do something different, so we sent them to some of the country’s best uncrowded beaches and planned unique experiences in Sydney.

They began their Australia Beaches and Sydney Vacation in Noosa, a fabulous resort town on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. They self-drove to a luxurious resort with prime beach access, and spent their first day relaxing on the beach and exploring the fine dining and shopping on offer. The next day, they took an overnight 4WD tour of the area’s spectacular, secluded beaches, with plenty of time to stay longer at their favorite stops.

After 3 nights in the Noosa area, they drove to Spicers Peak Lodge, a luxury lodge in the Scenic Rim that offers the ultimate outdoor escape. Here, they went hiking in the forests and mountainous landscapes of the property with expert guides and enjoyed delicious meals each night made with fresh ingredients from the farm. They also decided to drive out to some of the wonderful wineries located in the Scenic Rim.

Next on their Australia Beaches and Sydney Vacation, they drove to the sumptuous Halcyon House. They spent 3 nights at this beachside hotel on the east coast, exploring Cabarina Beach by bicycle and driving out to some of Australia’s best uncrowded beaches for world-class diving.

The last stop on their Australia Beaches and Sydney Vacation was Australia’s capital: cosmopolitan Sydney. Here, they stayed at QT Sydney, which offers quirky interiors and a perfect downtown location. Having been to Sydney before, they wanted plenty of leisure time to delve into city life. However, we also planned some unique experiences for them: a magnificent lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour and a small bar walking tour that gave them a taste of the city’s best small bars, plus a local take on Sydney history and culture.

At last, their Australia Beaches and Sydney Vacation came to an end. They took a private transfer to the airport to begin their trip home.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival in Brisbane, pick up your rental car and head to Noosa, a luxurious resort town on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Settle into your fabulous accommodations, then head to the beach!
Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

Day 2
Enjoy an overnight 4WD tour along the coast to see all of the wonderful beaches of this area. Your small-group vehicle will drive right on the sand, so you can soak in all the scenery and wildlife. You also have the freedom to spend extra time at any of the stops. Enjoy lunch at the Rainbow Beach Surf Club and stay overnight in a luxurious hotel on the coast.
Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort

Day 3
Enjoy a leisurely morning on the beach before being picked up in the afternoon to begin the journey back to Noosa, where you can spend the rest of the day as you please.
Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

Day 4 – 6
Today, drive to Spicers Peak Lodge, located in the aptly named Scenic Rim. Your stay here is entirely at leisure. In the vast wilderness surrounding the lodge, you can explore on foot, on mountain bike, or on a 4WD tour. Short excursions will bring you to plenty of other gorgeous hiking locations or award-winning wineries.
Spicers Peak Lodge

Day 7 – 9
Take a leisurely drive to the luxurious Halcyon House, your home for the next 3 nights. Here, you can use complimentary bicycles from the hotel or enjoy a picnic on the beach. There are also countless uncrowded beaches nearby that are ideal for surfing, snorkeling, diving, and dolphin watching.
Halcyon House

Day 10
It’s off to Sydney! Drive to the airport and drop off your car before flying to Sydney. Upon arrival, enjoy a private transfer to your hotel. With quirky and comfortable rooms and a prime downtown location, QT Sydney is perfect for a unique Sydney experience.
QT Sydney

Day 11
Spend the morning sightseeing, then head to Sydney Harbour for a fabulous lunch cruise. Indulge in a gourmet lunch or lunch buffet while cruising the harbour, all with the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as your backdrop.
QT Sydney

Day 12
The day is yours to spend at your leisure. This evening, join a small group for a walking tour of Sydney, where you’ll learn about the history and culture of the city from a truly local perspective. See local hangouts and hidden gems, stopping along the way for hors d’ouvres and cocktails at 3 fabulous small bars.
QT Sydney

Day 13
Today marks the end of your Australia Beaches and Sydney Vacation. Enjoy a private transfer to the airport, where you’ll begin your journey home.

About this vacation
Cost Per Person

Does not include the cost of airfare

Based on
13 day stay
2 travelers