Sydney to Byron
Round trip from Sydney to Byron Bay and return! An awesome 7 day trip, with highlights such as wine tasting in the Hunter Valley and amazing destinations such as Barrington Tops National Park, a riverside camp by a Marine Reserve, Spot X surf camp and Australia’s coolest surf town Byron Bay.
- All transport including on the Loka bus between Sydney and Byron Bay return,
- Guidance from local guide and access to Loka web app,
- Wine tasting Hunter Valley,
- Barrington Tops National Park,
- Koala hospital visit, Port Macquarie,
- Kangaroo spotting, Emerald Beach
- Canoeing, River Retrea
- Angourie Blue Pools, Yamba
- Byron Bay orientation drive
These are all the places that we travel to on the Loka Nat Travel Pass – our overnight stops are highlighted in bold, however you can hop off at any other location.
Sydney / Hunter Valley / Barrington Tops National Park / Spot X Surf Camp / River Retreat / Yamba / Byron Bay / Spot X / Sydney
Travel Day: Sydney — Barrington Tops (Special Stop)
MEET: outside Wake Up hostel at 8am or outside Nomads (if confirmed) at 8.10am
We depart the big city and head to the Hunter Valley wine area for a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then travel through the backcountry to our stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area). We stay in our own private lodge overlooking the Barrington River. You have the option to ride an inner tube down a scenic part of the river (additional cost), then in the evening have a few drinks and relax in the hot tub.
SLEEP: $60 for dinner, dorm bed and breakfast at Twistops Retreat.
Travel Day: Barrington Tops — Spot X Surf Camp
MEET: at the lodge
In the morning you can go mountain biking (additional cost) or go for a walk around the scenic property. We then head north, with a break to visit a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas, and at a nature reserve to spot wild kangaroos hopping along the incredible coastline. We arrive at our waterfront accommodation at Spot X in the early evening.
SLEEP: $60 for dinner, dorm bed and breakfast at Spot X
Travel Day: Spot X Surf Camp — River Retreat (Special Stop)
MEET: at Loka bus
We have the morning at leisure at Spot X. You can relax on the beach or we recommend taking part in a group surf lesson (additional cost) or hopping off to do a Surf & Stay. In the afternoon we travel to our River Retreat and go for a guided canoeing trip, spotting wildlife along the way. In the evening have an Aussie BBQ, learn how to cook some damper and toast marshmallows around the campfire. We sleep in wilderness cabins or in swags under the stars.
SLEEP: $50 for dorm bed/swag, dinner and breakfast at River Retreat.
Travel Day: River Retreat — Byron Bay
MEET: At camp
We leave our camp early, hop in our bus and head up towards Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town. We stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way for lunch where you can have a walk around or a swim in the Angourie Blue Pool. We have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings.
SLEEP: Your choice of Byron accom, you can book through the Loka web app.
Free Day in Byron Bay
Explore, learn to surf, party, do a dolphin kayak trip, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional costs), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point.
SLEEP: Your choice of Byron accom, you can book via the Loka web app.
Travel Day: Byron Bay (via Spot X) – Sydney
MEET: at the main bus stop on Jonson St or Arts Factory hostel (please confirm).
We travel to Sydney via Spot X Surf Camp. Hop off if you want to do some more surfing or just hang by the beach. We then express down to Sydney getting in early evening with drop offs to selected Sydney central hostels.
SLEEP: Your choice of Sydney accom. We drop off outside Wake Up (by Central Station) and Nomads.
Note: You can break your journey at any of the stops through any of the travel days and just connect with a later Loka bus or rail departure (guided or unguided). You can book your own accommodation or your guide will book it for you, you will usually get a bed-only option (averaging $32 per person per night), or a twin/double option (averaging $100 per room).
*This itinerary and prices are valid until October 31st 2018, however are subject to change.
NEED TO KNOW
+ Passes are valid for up to 12 months from your date of departure. You can hop on and off anywhere at any of our overnight stops and key activity stops for the total validity of the pass. You have up to 12 months from your date of purchase to start your Loka pass.
+ Travel is in our own 24 seat mini coaches between Sydney and Byron Bay return.
+ Our guides travel on all routes on the set departure days. You can travel on the train on other days without a guide, however you can only access our unique transfers and activities when travelling with the guide.
+ There is a minimum of 2 departures per week (up to 5 in summer) over all routes. For specific departure days and times please see our timetable below.
This is our current timetable, please feel free to email us if you have any questions about your itinerary.