The Big Pa­cific Coast Tour­ing Route

See many of Aus­tralia’s ‘Big Things’ on the Pa­cific Coast Tour­ing Route from Syd­ney to Cairns


Aus­tralia is a big coun­try with a fond­ness for Big Things - su­per-sized sculp­tures com­mem­o­rat­ing every­thing from prawns and pineap­ples to na­tive an­i­mals. You'll find them all along the spec­tac­u­lar Pa­cific Coast Tour­ing Route, which stretches all the way from Syd­ney to Cairns. Weave through the Hunter Val­ley, By­ron Bay, the glit­ter­ing Gold Coast and see the World Heritage-listed won­ders of Fraser Is­land and Great Bar­rier Reef. Stop to snap the Big Ba­nana, a gi­ant gum­boot, a her­culean pel­i­can and many more larger-than-life mon­u­ments along the way. Whether you con­sider them high­way art or just hu­mor­ous, the Big Things are worth spot­ting on this stun­ning 13 day Aus­tralian road trip that brings you from Syd­ney, Cen­tral Coast, Hunter Val­ley, Port Stephens, Coffs

Har­bour, By­ron Bay, Gold Coast, Bris­bane, Fraser Is­land, Bund­aberg, Rock­hamp­ton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.

While there are many stops worth mak­ing along the way, here are a few un­miss­able ones:

Take a Dip with Dol­phins

The beau­ti­ful beaches of Nel­son Bay in Port Stephens await you just a two-anda-half-hour drive from Syd­ney. This is a dream des­ti­na­tion for those who love wa­ter sports. Get your fill of aquatic ac­tiv­i­ties, be it swim­ming, surf­ing, snorkelling or div­ing.

Sand­board­ing on the Dunes

While in Port Stephens, be sure to visit The Worimi Con­ser­va­tion Lands, the largest sand dune sys­tem in Aus­tralia cov­er­ing 4,200 hectares. This sprawl­ing land­scape in­cludes 1,800 hectares of forests as well as 32 kilo­me­tres of beach — and the ever-shift­ing sand dunes that can reach up to 40 me­tres in height.

Say Hello to a Koala!

If you love cute crea­tures, drop by the Koala Hos­pi­tal in Port Mac­quarie. Vis­i­tors are wel­come to walk the grounds and ob­serve the koalas un­der care. Join the Walk and Talk Tour at 3pm to watch the koalas be­ing fed and see for your­self how th­ese furry crea­tures are be­ing cared for.

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Syd­ney, NSW

Gold Coast Queens­land

Cape By­ron Light­house, By­ron Bay, NSW

Big Ba­nana, Coffs Har­bour, NSW

Whit­sun­day Is­land; White­haven Beach

Hinch­in­brook Is­land, Co­ral Sea, QLD

Whale Watch­ing, Her­vey Bay, QLD

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