If you’ve got some time to spare, exploring the New South Wales coastline by road is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. There’s many places everyone already has on their must-see lists, but we’ve found some fabulous spots that fly under the radar of most travellers.
You’ll want more than a night at each of the stopovers on this 760km journey from Sydney to Brunswick Heads. So put the radio on, grab a good book (for when you’re not the designated driver) and settle in for some stunning scenery.
Sydney to Hawks Nest (3 hours)
Call into this holiday haven north of Port Stephens for the first leg of your journey. Reflections Holiday Park Hawks Nest is quiet, simple and beautiful. Great for an authentic beach holiday. You’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
A stroll from Hawks Nest and a short drive to Tea Gardens you can have it all but feel miles away from everything. You can even take a flatwater ferry ride across to Nelson Bay.
Across from the park you’ll find a pub and some shops if you’re in need of a little retail therapy.
While you’re here keep an eye out for the local dolphins and any passing whales during their migration. Enjoy a short stroll to the patrolled Bennetts Beach. A great for fishing enthusiasts, drop a line and see what’s biting. You’ll be able to have a round or two at Hawks Nest’s championship-rated golf course or go for a quiet kayak across the waters of the Myall Lakes.
Hawks Nest to North Haven (1 hour and 50 minutes)
As you head north pull into North Haven and make the most of the wide-open spaces in this nature-lovers utopia. Tucked between Camden Head and Laurieton, the park is an easy drive from Port Macquarie making it a great base for visiting the Greater Port Macquarie region.
Stroll to nearby Grants Beach and make the most of the natural surroundings. Fish the river or the beach, go for a swim, surf or paddle. There’s a golf course next door too if you’ve got time for a round or two.
If wine floats your boat, be sure to visit award-winning Cassegrain Winery for some wine tasting backed by a 30-year heritage of French grape growing and winemaking traditions.
You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to explore the adjacent Dooragan National Park. Challenge yourself to a trek up North Brother Mountain or bring the bike for some pedal powered sightseeing.
North Haven to Red Rock (2 hours and 20 minutes)
Reflections Holiday Parks Red Rock is the perfect place to focus on the important stuff, time with loved ones, laughter and relaxation. You’ll be able to sit back and enjoy it all in this coastal paradise.
There’s kilometres of undeveloped coastline and clear water. When you look up at the night sky you’ll be awed by the brilliant stars. The quaint little town of Red Rock will have you enjoy a good old-fashioned beach holiday. There’s no malls and traffic lights here.
You can spend your days fishing, strolling the beaches, swimming, kayaking or riding a bike. Surfing and snorkelling are popular here too. But you won’t feel like you need to do more than sit in a comfy spot with a good book.
Red Rock to Evans Head (1 hour and 30 minutes)
10 minutes off the Pacific Highway, you can’t go past Reflections Holiday Parks Evans Head without calling in, at least for a little while. The village of Evans Head is close to Ballina and Byron Bay so you can enjoy everything on offer.
Fish the beach or sandy river flats, take the surfboard out for a spin or kayak the crystal clear waters of the Evans River. A great base for exploring the nearby national parks a stop here will be reinvigorating for every traveller. You’re also near the town’s hotels if you feel like reconnecting with humanity.
Stay in a cabin or on a powered or unpowered site in this big beautiful park and make the most of the park’s facilities including BBQ areas and a camp kitchen.
Evans Head to Brunswick Heads, Terrace Reserve, Massy Greene and Ferry Reserve (50 minutes)
You’re almost as far north as it gets on the NSW Far North Coast when you arrive at Brunswick Heads. This holiday town won’t take long to charm you. With great spots to kayak, swim, whale watch, surf and fish you’ll hardly spend a minute inside. There’s also the Brunswick Hotel or one of the many cafes to have a meal at.
At Reflections Holiday Parks Ferry Reserve enjoy things at a slower pace, like the waters Brunswick River that pass by the park. For easy access to the river be it for fishing, kayaking or boating use the nearby boat ramp. Or stick to dry land and enjoy a picnic at one of the many picnic spots or explore on the nearby trails.
Where the grass is greener, Reflections Holiday Parks Massy Greene offers a riverside retreat that’ll have you switching off from everyday life. You’re close to everything here- The Brunswick River, beaches, creeks, parks and reserves. A hub for happy holiday makers you’ll enjoy fishing, swimming and kayaking from this park.
Reflections Holiday Parks Terrace Reserve is a seaside sanctuary located in the heart of Brunswick Heads. Stunning and peaceful you’ll be relaxed in no time, if you haven’t finished that book yet- now is your chance. You won’t need to move the car again as you spend your days strolling along the beach, doing some snorkelling and getting the surfboard out while within walking distance of everything.
Before you go
It’s best practice to check that the car is in working order before you begin your road trip. Make sure you’ve packed the first aid kit and are aware of the weather conditions for the drive.
Remember to share the driving when possible and make the most of the rest stops along the Pacific Highway to stretch your legs and take break.
Highways aren’t always the most exciting places and whilst the trip from Sydney to Hawks Nest is only 2.5 hours, it’s a good excuse to visit some of the attractions on or near the Pacific Highway.
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Moonee Beach Holiday Park
Moonee Beach, NSW
Drift with the tranquil tide at Reflections Holiday Parks Moonee Beach, where the lush green surrounds, neighbouring estuary and fresh ocean breezes seem to magic away the stresses and strife of the daily grind.
Just 10 minutes from Coffs Harbour and a stone’s throw from the fishing and surfing haven of Moonee Beach, this dog-friendly caravan park is a welcoming and serene oasis on the Coffs Coast. Gather some of your nearest and dearest and get back to life’s simple pleasures.
Take the dog for an early morning beach walk. Watch the kids as they paddle in the safe waters of the estuary or hire a kayak for an explore. Get out the fishing rod or challenge your friends to a hit on the tennis court. Then when the sun goes down gather the crew around the campfire, toast a marshmallow or two and prepare to do it all again. Find more fun things to do near Moonee Beach here
Reflections Holiday Parks Moonee Beach boasts plenty of large dog-friendly sites beside the calm waters of Moonee Creek, perfect for your caravan or RV. Set up camp on a powered site, or choose unpowered for more of a bush-camping experience. There are also cabins if you prefer the comforts of home and all visitors appreciate the parks’ facilities and activities.
Reflections Holiday Parks Moonee Beach is also an ideal base for exploring the Coffs Coast. Head to Coffs Harbour for its famous tourist attractions, thriving food and wine scene and unique shopping boutiques, or visit regional gems such as Dorrigo and Bellingen.
*We are proud to say we are dog-friendly! Dogs are currently welcome all year round on selected dog-friendly sites and cabins. Up to 2 dogs can be booked online, by phone, or in park.
Tuncurry Holiday Park
Flat, dog-friendly and with direct access to Nine Mile Beach and the famous Tuncurry Rockpool, Reflections Holiday Parks Tuncurry is an idyllic spot to slow down, chill out and spend time in stunning surrounds.
Whether you’re looking to wet a line in the waterways of Wallis Lake, or simply need some quality beach therapy, Reflections Holiday Parks Tuncurry is a beautiful place to feel the sand between your toes, smell the salt in the air and feel your cares melt away.
Take the dog for a walk on the leash-free Nine Mile Beach. Enjoy breakfast at the Tuncurry Rockpool Café, followed by a swim in its calm blue waters. Jump on a bike and cross the bridge to Forster, or head out onto Wallis Lake and see what’s biting. Clubs, restaurants and supermarkets are all within walking distance so once you’re here it’s easy to stay put. Find more things to do at Tuncurry here.
Tuncurry Beach Holiday Park offers plenty of flat, powered sites, all within easy reach of the park’s facilities and activities, with a dedicated area especially for travellers with pets. Pick either grass or slab and make yourself at home in your tent, caravan or RV. Extra-large sites are also available and there are a range of cabins if you prefer to travel light.
Stay a day, a week or a month. Bring your pup, your partner, or make some pals while you’re here. Explore the broader Great Lakes area, or stay close to home. However you like to holiday, Reflections Holiday Parks Tuncurry is the ideal backdrop for cherished holiday memories.
*We are proud to say we are dog-friendly! Dogs are currently welcome all year round on selected sites and cabins. Up to 2 dogs can be booked online, by phone, or in park.
Byron Bay Holiday Park
Byron Bay, NSW
If you’re looking for a Byron Bay holiday that’s light on commotion, but big on convenience and charm, then Reflections Holiday Parks Byron Bay, previously known as Reflections Clarkes Beach, is the place for you.
An easy 10-minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Byron Bay, Reflections Holiday Parks Byron Bay Holiday Park is a calming oasis, a lush and lovely paradise with direct access to one of the most photographed beaches in Australia.
Enjoy peaceful walks along Clarkes Beach. Bring the board for a surfing session or two, or book a lesson with one of the local surf schools. Dine in award-winning restaurants and cafes, browse quirky boutiques, then visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse and watch for the migrating whales. Find more things to do near Byron Bay here
With everything within walking distance, you won’t need to move your car or van. Just pull up your caravan, put up your tent, and make yourself at home in stunning natural surroundings. A variety of cabins are also available and all visitors enjoy the park’s facilities and activities.
*Unfortunately our park is not dog-friendly. For a full list of dog friendly parks head here.