NAT PASS

SYDNEY TO BYRON BAY – RETURN TO SYDNEY

STARTS Sydney
VIA Byron Bay
ENDS Sydney
DEPARTS Tue, Fri & Sun
7 days +
$595 AUD

Hey I’m Nat!

We’re going full circle on this one as we start and end in Sydney, ticking off all the treats New South Wales has to throw at us!

Canoe down rivers, enjoy beers in the hot tub, Aussie BBQ’s and beaches to your heart’s content. Sounds stressful right? Let’s do this!

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The Route…
Check out our map to see where you’ll be heading on this epic adventure! There’s 773 Kilometres between Sydney and Byron and we have plenty to show you along the way…

 

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I’m so pleased I chose to travel with Loka, it made my whole Australia experience more enjoyable and a lot easier as the guides sorted everything out for you!

Cath Stevens

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Sydney - Barrington Tops

Barrington Tops - Spot X

Spot X - River Retreat

River Retreat - Byron Bay

Free day in Byron Bay

Byron Bay - Sydney (via Spot x)

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 THE IMPORTANT STUFF

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Your Loka pass has heaps of inclusions, from wildlife spotting to wine tasting!  You’ll be guided the whole route by some of our awesome local guides. Not only will these legends be your friends but they will also give you a hand in booking anything you need to on the way up!

Between A and B you'll be travelling by bus. By buying the Nat pass you'll no longer have to worry about your transport all the way up the coast as we've got you covered! This gives you extra chance to relax and enjoy all our included activities:

  • 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 Retreat
  • Angourie Blue Pools, Yamba
  • Byron Bay orientation drive

If you're looking to book your bucket list adventures like a skydive, you can use our web app to book your spot in time for when you arrive! You can also sort all your accommodation as you travel on the road... handy huh!

EXTRA ACTIVITIES

Want to do it all?  Whether you’re looking to book a skydive, Fraser Island tour, a Whitsundays trip or a scuba diving experience around the reef we can help you out!

Not only can you book these experiences either through us or the Loka web app, but you’ll be getting special Loka rates too – Champion!  For more info on what you can book, just click here…

Alternatively, if you don’t want the added hassle of booking your activities as you go, contact us about some of our package options.  Book all your activities at once and save money and worry!  Email us here.

NAT ITINERARY

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.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Accommodation and food are not included in your Loka pass. You can book your accommodation through our web-app along the way. We hold spots in our preferred locations so you’re guaranteed a bed.

Additional activities such as Whitsundays and Fraser Island are not included, you can book these through our web app or email us and we can help book them for you.

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.

TIMETABLES

This is our current timetable, please feel free to email us if you have any questions about your itinerary.

 

 WHY CHOOSE LOKA?

WE’RE FLEXIBLE

You’re in charge of your experience. Hop-on and off your chosen route whenever you like, for as long as you like. Ultimate flexibility and fun – it really couldn’t be easier. 

WE’RE SUPPORTIVE

We’re with you every step of the way, both on call and through our guides. The East Coast is an amazing place and we want to make sure you have the adventure of a lifetime. 

WE’RE DIFFERENT 

We take you to places that you would never otherwise see. Tick off your bucket list destinations up the East Coast as well as our special, unique spots along the way. 

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