Livin' it up on the Pacific Coast

Livin' it up on the Pacific Coast

New South Wales, set against the Pacific Coast, is a surprising mix of gourmet food, breathtaking scenery and frolicking fun.

Sitting on the coastline between Sydney and Brisbane, the 930km stretch has something for all kinds of travellers, be they families, young singles, or new couples.

A slow drive would be one way to soak in the sights the Pacific coastline has to offer.

An almost continuous line of surf beaches, national parks and a hinterland of rolling green hills and rustic villages make this a great drive.

Starting from Sydney, a drive lasting about three days will take you along the Central Coast, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens.

Jalelah Abu Baker susses out some highlights. Also, look out for the next special on June 18. 

Pelican Parade

An hour's drive north of Sydney, Central Coast is known for its natural waterways, sparkling beaches and lush countryside. One of the most popular activities there is pelican feeding.

Held at 3.30pm daily at The Entrance, a town, every day of the year, rain or shine, it attracts tens of thousands of families annually. The feeding sessions are accompanied by a commentary about the pelicans, as well as other birds, marine life and interesting facts about the area. Other activities visitors can look forward to in Central Coast include whale watching, horse riding and visiting the Australian Reptile Park.

Aerial Delight

After a drive through Newcastle, you will find yourself in Australia's oldest wine region, Hunter Valley. You can go on an aerial adventure in a hot-air balloon to marvel at rolling hills, and follow up with a sampling of the region's flagship semillion and shiraz at any of its 120 wineries.

You can buy straight from the cellar doors in Lovedale, a boutique wine-producing area, and taste handcrafted wines in Broke, a tranquil village surrounded by olive groves and the Yellow Rock escarpment.

Fun with dolphins

Popularly known as the Blue Water Paradise or the Dolphin Capital of Australia, Port Stephens is home to more than 160 bottlenose dolphins. Get closer to the dolphins on the DolphinWatch cruise, which also promises wet fun on the boomnet ride. The region is also known for its beautiful beaches, scenic waterways, mountain-top lookouts and fresh, local seafood.

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