Along the East Coast – NSW to Queensland
We rented a car and made our way north along the east coast. Paul organised the trip itinerary. We took our time and took 4 days to get to Brisbane.
First stop was Australian Reptile Park just 60 minutes from Sydney. We enjoyed our time at this hands-on zoo.
Afterwards we took the scenic route through New Castle and stayed in Nelson Bay, NSW for 2 nights. We were there over the Easter long weekend. On Good Friday most places were closed and anything that was open was charging a 15%-20% holiday surcharge.
Since we missed out on some winter tobogganing this year we made our way to Toboggan Hill Park . It had lots of activities for families to partake. We went on a tractor train ride, walked through a maze, mini-putting and of course the toboggan ride (which Paul and Atticus did 5 times).
Third night we stayed at Port McQuarie, NSW. It is a great coastal town nestled in along Hasting River and the Pacific Ocean. The weather was getting more humid and warm as we headed north, temperatures were around 23-25 C. We walked around the town in the evening and found a nice restaurant that catered to kids for dinner then had ice cream for our walk back to the hotel.
Crossing the state line NSW to Queensland
Easter Sunday, Atticus woke up to a few chocolates and gifts from the Easter Bunny. Next stop, Gold Coast, Queensland which is a 6 hour drive.
Here we are stopping at Coffs Harbour to stretch our legs and walk along the water. We ventured up to Mutton Island Nature Reserve to enjoy some great views.
Fourth night we stayed at Surfer’s Paradise in Gold Coast, Queensland. We stayed on the 33rd floor in a hotel situated in the centre of Surfer’s Paradise. The street performers’ festival was happening and the streets were lined up with people from all over the world. It had a great vibe and was pretty touristy. Great for young people to party it up.
Next destination is Brisbane, Queensland.