Back on the road again heading north up the coast with Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour as the stopovers on the way to Byron. There are tons of small beaches that litter the coast on the drive and will tempt you for staying longer in the small towns in between.
Most of our time is spent taking the tourist drive turnoffs and stopping at the numerous lookouts and beaches along the way. Nothing like getting a quick swim in on the way. Port Macquarie doesn’t have much to offer for backpacker accommodations surprisingly. There are a few options, of which the YHA is the best, but still nothing to boast about.
On the road from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour, I recommend heading inland if time permits through Bellingen to the Dorrigo National Park. There are a number of waterfalls that line the trip as well as a Skywalk at the
Rainforest information center that will take you out over the rainforest for views to the valley below. (Unfortunately when we were there it was rainy and foggy and we could barely see the end of the walkway! But I am sure it is beautiful nonetheless.) We finally arrive in Coffs Harbour around 6pm, a full 8 hours after leaving Port Macquarie even though its only about a 3 hour drive direct. The YHA here is one of the best we have stayed in so far. It’s a brand new building, with a swimming pool, BBQ’s, free parking and tons of other extras. There is lots to see and do in Coff’s from surfing to jetskiing to horseback riding, go-karting and more. You could easily spend several days here, but we are leaving tomorrow so we can get to Byron Bay to celebrate Andrew’s 28th birthday.