East Coast Australia road trip with Heron Island

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    Soak up the coastal scenery between Sydney and Brisbane | Travel Nation

    Soak up the coastal scenery between Sydney and Brisbane

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    Drive the open road in your very own motorhome

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    Bondi Beach is the perfect place to surf! | photo credit: James Horan / Destination NSW

    Watch the surfers on Sydney's Bondi Beach

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    Heron Island - your own piece of paradise!

    Heron Island - your own piece of paradise! | photo credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

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    Discover perfect sandbars on Heron Island

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    Discover the spectacular marine life of the Great Barrier Reef

    Discover the spectacular marine life of the Great Barrier Reef | photo credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

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    See kangaroos on the cliffs of Coffs Harbour

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    See incredible sunsets over Heron Island | Travel Nation

    See incredible sunsets over Heron Island

Tailor-made holidays

Duration(in days): 18

From: UK

To: Australia



Inc. International flights (Per person, based on 2 sharing)

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    This 17-day itinerary with luxury campervan hire lets you make an East Coast Australia road trip from Sydney at your own pace and in comfort. Ideal for independent holidaymakers including couples or families, the stay on Heron Island will appeal to keen scuba divers and snorkelers who want to see the Great Barrier Reef for themselves!

    Combining two of the greatest things about Australia, self-driving and island stays, you’ll find everything you need in this break. We’ve included nine days of campervan hire to allow you the freedom to get off the beaten track and explore at your own pace before enjoying four nights on Heron Island. Located on the Great Barrier Reef Heron Island is the perfect jumping off point to explore this region, white sands, crystal clear waters and stunning coral make this a true island paradise!  

    This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

    This holiday includes

    • International flights
    • All transfers
    • Campervan hire
    • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary



    • Explore Australia’s east coast independently by luxury campervan
    • Have the freedom and flexibility to make your itinerary
    • Spend four days on the Great Barrier reef at Heron Island Resort
    • Enjoy island activities like guided island and reef walks or beach picnics





    Itinerary in brief:

    • 3 nights Sydney
    • 9-day Campervan Hire
    • 1 night Brisbane
    • 4 nights Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef


    Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart the UK from your chosen airport.

    Included: International flight

    Day 2: Arrive in Sydney

    To give you time to catch up on your sleep after such a long flight, we’ve included a night at a hotel near Sydney airport, before you collect your campervan the next day.

    If you’re keen to stay in Sydney before hitting the road, we can add more nights here.

    Included: Airport hotel

    Days 3-4: Sydney

    Your days here are free to do as you choose. Wander through Hyde Park, visit local wildlife at the Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour or simply enjoy a drink and soak up the view of the Sydney harbour by the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

    We've included the Burrawa BridgeClimb, where you'll discover the aboriginal history of Sydney as you climb the iconic Harbour Bridge. Burrawa is a local Aboriginal word that means 'above' or 'upwards'. During this spectacular experience, you can admire unrivalled views of the Indigenous landmarks around Sydney Harbour including Bennelong and Barangaroo, while hearing the stories of Australia's First Nations people. Your guide will tell stories about local history from an Aboriginal perspective whilst looking down on the shores where Patyegarang taught William Dawes the language of Sydney.


    Days 5-12: Campervan self-drive from Sydney to Brisbane

    We work with a range of campervan companies with a wide choice of vehicles from 2 to 6 berth so that we can put together a quotation based on the size of your party. Either way, we highly recommend you upgrade to an insurance package that reduces your liability and bond for a stress-free start to your holiday.

    Once you’ve collected your vehicle, the open road beckons, but we can advise on a suggested itinerary if you’d like. Hug the coastline or head inland, the choice is yours!

    Included: Campervan hire

    Day 13: Brisbane

    To save paying for an extra day’s hire, we recommend dropping off the campervan at the Brisbane depot by close of business today. Stay overnight at an airport hotel ready for your flight tomorrow morning.

    Included: Airport hotel

    Days 14-16: Heron Island

    Today you’ll take a flight from Brisbane to Gladstone, followed by a scheduled launch over to Heron Island which takes around 2 hours. If you’d like to upgrade to a spectacular seaplane flight and arrive in style, let us know.

    Heron Island Resort is a coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef. Expect white sands, crystal clear waters, brilliant coral and beautifully coloured marine life - it's a real nature lover's paradise. The resort is a haven of marine colour and relaxation, with magical ocean views from many of the rooms

    Heron offers activities like guided island and reef walks, semi-submersible cruises and beach picnics, and is world famous for its scuba diving and snorkelling.

    If you're a family travelling in school holidays, why not sign up the kids for the Heron Junior Rangers? They'll get to see an excellent variety of marine creatures, and explore the fascinating coral cay forest and woodlands.

    Included: Domestic flight, boat transfer to Heron Island, hotel & daily breakfast

    Day 17: Depart Heron Island

    After breakfast, transfer back to Gladstone, where you will connect with your onward flight.

    Included: Breakfast, transfer to Gladstone, domestic & international flights

    Day 18: Arrive UK


    There are four distinct seasons in Sydney & Southern Queensland Country. Summertime runs between November & February when the weather will be very hot and sunny, Brisbane & the Whitsundays enjoy the sunshine and blue skies at this time. Prices will be at a premium over the Christmas and New Year holidays and availability limited so be sure to book in advance. March-May & Sept-Nov (Autumn & Spring) can be a great time to visit with weather milder and pleasant and crowds fewer.

    Are you looking for more Australia ideas?

    We’re experts in planning tailor-made holidays, so whether you’re looking for a luxury Australia holiday, ideas for a road trip, or multi-stop flights to Australia with stopovers – let us help you with the planning. Our experts can tailor-make precisely the trip you’re looking for - this itinerary is purely a suggestion, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

    What's included
    • International and domestic flights
    • 9 days’ campervan hire
    • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary  
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
    Not included
    • Fully Inclusive insurance package for Campervan
    • Any meals not mentioned
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips and gratuities