A bus tour from Hunter Valley to Byron Bay should be high up on your list of travel experiences in Australia.
Travel through the gateway city to the Hunter Valley, Cessnock, to get to Kurri Kurri then onto Raymond Terrace where the tour joins the Pacific Highway.
The trip to the twinned towns of Forster and Tuncurry via Smiths Lake can be quite windy but is very pretty and you will take in one of the longest pre-stressed concrete bridges in the southern hemisphere.
After leaving Port Macquarie the tour travels north to Kempsey and Nambucca Heads to arrive at Coffs Harbour. A scenic detour can also be taken, by leaving the Pacific Highway at Kempsey and travelling towards the coast through the town of Gladstone to reach the quiet holiday town of Hat Head.
Travelling north along the coast through parts of Hat Head National Park to reach the popular fishing and holiday resort of South West Rocks. You may also wish to visit the ruins of Trial Bay Gaol, which date back to the early convict settlement days. Smoky Cape Lighthouse, the highest in New South Wales, has terrific views and is well worth seeing. From South West Rocks, the tour returns to the Pacific Highway and continues to Coffs Harbour.
The tour departs Coffs Harbour via South Grafton and Maclean then takes a detour to the popular surfing/beach/fishing resort of Yamba. Back on the Pacific Highway to Maclean and travel via the town of Woodburn to Ballina then travel along the coast road through the pretty resort town of Lennox Head to reach Byron Bay.
Lennox Head is one of those small townships which is characterised by a large and beautiful headland to the south and a long “seven-mile” beach. The Pat Morton Lookout offers excellent views from Lennox Head across the beach and south to Rocky Point and Skenners Head.
Bryon Bay is a mix of cultures and lifestyles “where the sun first hits the sand” with summer temperatures dominated by a cooling offshore breeze.