A spectacular Port Stephens area is abundant with magnificent beaches, short hill-walks leading to stunning lookouts and, what is more, you can quite easily spot wild koalas. We were really unlucky with the weather but it was the middle of the winter after all.
On the north of the bay you can find such tranquil and picturesque places like Seal Rocks. This spot is perfect for surfing or just a lazy picnic. As you drive up the road you will enter the charming town of Forster. Don’t miss the fantastic views from the Bennetts Head spreading on a remarkable beach.
Next you can take a detour inland to Barrington Tops and its ancient Godwanna Rainforest or to Ellenborough Falls. Road to this place is partially unsealed but the view of 160 meter waterfall is surely worth a little dust. You can also hike through the lush rainforest to the bottom of the fall. The hike is steep and the path is narrow but it is a really great adventure.
Further up north you can stop in one of many holiday towns such as Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour or Nambucca Heads. You can kayak at Bongil Bongil National Park, enjoy spectacular inlet of Nambucca river or birdwatch and bushwalk in Dorrigo National Park. Over there is also a nice route that leads you to the cave behind a waterfall, pretty cool.
Probably the last touristy stop on your way before entering Queensland will be – Bayron Bay. Cape Byron is the easternmost point of continental Australia. You can hike it for some amazing views of the bay and the lighthouse. The town beneath is very popular and quite crowded. It’s a very hippie spot too. There are tarrot readers, farseers, spiritual healers, yoga instructors etc behind every corner. Once your zen is restored you are good to head further north to Queensland.