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    Take an East Coast Road Trip - Byron Bay Style

    Say goodbye to 2015 and roll into 2016 with a road trip! Summer is the perfect opportunity to discover all that Australia's east coast has to offer and what better way to bring in 2016 than with a road trip from Sydney to Byron and everything in-between. Hiring a car gives you the option to cruise the coast in a convertible or see the sights in an SUV, families can fit many in a minivan or easy economy options for those on a budget. Sunshine, swimmers, sunscreen, check! Make sure you've got an awesome road trip playlist ready and you're on your way. Start your road trip in Sydney with a hearty breakfast overlooking Bondi Beach, Australia's most iconic beach and the perfect location to start your journey. Take in the scenery, breathe in the fresh air, and be the envy of everyone with awesome picture opportunities!

    Sydney to the Central Coast

    Known as the legendary Pacific Coast, the 780 kilometres of Pacific Highway between Sydney and Byron Bay is breathtaking. Head out of Bondi and past Sydney's leafy northern suburbs towards the Central Coast, the first stop on your summer road trip with plenty to see and do. Feed pelicans and enjoy the water playground at the Entrance. Visit Tuggerah Lake to enjoy water activities such as water skiing, sailing and rowing. Those who don't wish to get wet ride can ride a bike around the shore. Dine at one of Terrigal's many oceanfront cafes or shop at one of the unique boutiques. Next stop is Port Stephens, a holiday haven with over 26 beaches to choose from. Drive up to the Nelson Head Lighthouse for panoramic views over Nelson Bay. A short distance from the lighthouse is the Nelson Bay marina. Here you have the opportunity to go snorkelling, kayaking or even early morning dolphin watching in the nearby waters. Head north to Forster, a small coastal town filled with beaches, boutiques and cafes. Explore the lakes, enjoy the fresh air, or take some time to chat to the locals and enjoy the fresh produce.

    Byron Bay Beach

    Port Stephens to Port Macquarie

    Continue towards Coffs Harbour and stop at Port Macquarie for a seaside lunch break. Whilst you are there examine the mini murals painted by tourists along the breakwater or ride a camel along Lighthouse Beach. It won't be long before you arrive in the scenic resort town of Coffs Harbour, surrounded by lush green national parks and home of Australia's iconic Big Banana. Take a photo with the Big Banana or get up close and personal to nature in the tranquil Butterfly House, an indoor tropical habitat to over 300 butterflies.

    Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay

    You're on the home stretch, Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay - Australia's most easterly point and the last stop on your new year's summer road trip. New Year's Eve is an exciting time in Byron Bay as many tourists and locals alike flock to the area to celebrate the biggest party of the year! For festival lovers, The Falls Music and Arts Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate with some of the biggest local and international artists. Byron Bay's main town comes to life with entertainment, markets, live music, rides and more and there are plenty of bars and clubs holding special events. Finally, nurse your hangover on New Year's Day with yoga and meditation classes held on Main Beach.

    Music Festival Crowd

    Sounds like the perfect plan? Look no further, Auto Europe can help you ring in the New Year with the perfect rental! Contact us on 1300 656 601 or book online on our booking engine.

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