TAKE THE LONG WAY

IF ROAD TRIP­PING IS YOUR THING, THE COFFS COAST WON’T DIS­AP­POINT

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - ESCAPE -

While any road trip with my fam­ily usu­ally re­sem­bles a scene from Na­tional Lam­poon, they pro­vide some of the best mem­o­ries. Here’s some scenic drives that will have you hum­ming Hol­i­day Road too:

SOAK UP THE SCENERY A drive up to Sealy Look­out through the ex­ist­ing ba­nana plan­ta­tions is a must. The ocean views are mag­nif­i­cent from the Forest Sky Pier. Pick up some ba­nanas, even some choc-dipped ones, and av­o­ca­dos from one of the many road­side stalls. An­other pop­u­lar view­ing point on the Coffs Coast is the Look At Me Now Head­land where you can take in the views of the Soli­tary Is­lands and their res­i­dent kan­ga­roos.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK If get­ting among na­ture is on your hol­i­day bucket-list you might con­sider the Orara Es­carp­ment. The 52km drive from Sawtell to Ban­ga­lore Falls makes for a de­light­ful day trip, with pic­nic spots, swim­ming holes and walk­ing tracks to ex­plore along the way. This four-wheeldrive route is con­sid­ered medium dif­fi­culty.

BEACH DRIV­ING Four-wheel-drives are per­mit­ted on the 5km stretch of Boam­bee Beach. Classed medium, the beach can be haz­ardous and in­ac­ces­si­ble at high tide.

DO GO CHAS­ING WA­TER­FALLS Wa­ter­fall Way be­tween Bellin­gen and Ebor has pre­vi­ously been voted as one of the top three scenic drives in Aus­tralia. The cruisy 87km each-way drive passes by 10 wa­ter­falls worth the visit.

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