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Take some time and you’ll find so much to enjoy in Regional NSW. Whatever getaway you choose, you’ll discover something new every day.
Ballina and Byron Bay
Getaways to the Northern Rivers region deliver on the emotional sentiment of recharging and reconnection. The natural landscape and relaxing way of life offer a variety of escapes from the sandy white beaches, kayaking and dolphins, diving with turtles. Immerse in the indescribable beauty of the Hinterland in Byron, tantalise your tastebuds with the locally sourced produce or take a walk on the Cape Byron Walking Track – no matter what journey you choose, you’re sure to relax and unwind in no time.
Coffs Harbour is packed with family-friendly attractions including beaches, water sports, adventure sports, indoor attractions, restaurants and cafés. The city and surrounding towns such as Bellingen, Nambucca Heads and Dorrigo, feature a huge choice of accommodation, from motels to glossy resorts and small, exclusive boutique retreats. A footpath along the breakwater, which forms the northern arm of the harbour, leads to dome-shaped Muttonbird Island. Every evening between November and April, muttonbirds return to their hillside burrows on the island after spending the day fishing at sea.
Perched between a working harbour and beautiful beaches, Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, bursting with energy and creativity. The emerging food scene here is evident in the great restaurants, bars and outdoor cafés around the city. Darby Street, in Cooks Hill is a bohemian strip with eclectic boutiques, bookshops and cafés. Discover the Bogey Hole at Newcastle Beach, a hand-hewn ocean rock pool carved out of a cliff face by convicts in the 19th century. Be sure to walk the Bathers Way, a 5-km coastal walk from Nobbys Light House to Merewether and swim in the Merewether Ocean Baths, the largest in the southern hemisphere. Finally, you can see a variety of bird species plus koalas, kangaroos and wombats at Blackbutt Reserve.
Amidst a stunning coastline of rocky headlands and neighbouring the banks of the Hastings River estuary, is the vibrant and unspoilt town of Port Macquarie.The city has a five-star array of beaches from Port Macquarie Beach to Town Beach at the very front of the city centre to the 16km golden swathe of North Beach. You can enjoy wildlife spotting – whales, dolphins and koalas or just hit the beach for a paddle or surf before sampling one of the award-winning local wines. Thanks to its idyllic climate and setting, the area attracts artists who contribute to a thriving arts scene.
With more than 120 wineries, the Hunter Valley produces some terrific wines, loved at home and abroad, including a crisp semillon and ripe shiraz. A Hunter Valley getaway offers a true taste of the good life where you'll enjoy stylish boutique accommodation, welcoming guesthouses, B&Bs and spa retreats. Fine restaurants can be found in many towns such as Pokolbin, Wollombi, Broke, Lovedale and Maitland. Wine and food buffs can join a winery tour, stock up on local olive oil, cheese, coffee and smokehouse products. Relax at a day spa or if you'd like to enjoy the great outdoors, try a game of golf, hot-air balloon ride or shop for antiques and local artworks, you'll find plenty of options in the Hunter Valley.
*Ballina Byron, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie departing Sydney. Newcastle departing Brisbane. All fares are subject to availability and may vary until ticketed and are for economy travel. Fare price is based on a Saver Fare. Seats are limited and may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are correct as at 17 September 2012 and are subject to change. Fares are one way on the internet, or $15 more by phone. Change/cancel fees apply. The applicable change or cancel fee will be the fee published on our website on the date you request the change. Name changes and refunds are not permitted. A credit/debit card surcharge of $4.50 per person one way is applicable for all flights within Australia. Checked baggage charges apply to all Saver Fares. Baggage fees vary by route. Pre-pay $12 for Tier 1 flights, or $15 for Tier 2 flights online for 1 piece of checked baggage per person per one way flight, or pay $40 at the airport for the same allowance. For information on Tier 1 and Tier 2 flights, please go to the 'Checked Baggage' section on our website. Baggage fee not payable by Velocity Platinum, Gold and Silver Members. Baggage limits and excess baggage fees apply. Visit www.virginaustralia.com for more information.
^Ballina Byron and Port Macquarie holidays departing Sydney. Hunter Valley holidays departing Brisbane. Fares are with Virgin Australia. Price is based on an economy Saver Fare and is non-refundable. Seats are limited and may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Package price is per person twin share and is correct as at 10 September 2012. Packages on sale until 30 September 2012 unless sold out prior, for travel 8 October – 14 December 2012. During some periods air and hotel pricing may not be available and/or surcharges may apply. Prices are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until the booking is completed and confirmed. Full payment is required at the time of booking and packages are non-refundable. Cancellation or amendment fees will apply. Prices based on direct route, including taxes, levies and other government charges which may vary and are subject to change. Seasonal surcharges may apply. Package pricing is based on double occupancy, per person, per package. Package pricing is based on web bookings or $30 AUD more per person by phone, capped at 4 people per booking. A 2% credit card fee applies to the total package price. Prices based on lead-in room, additional rooms available at extra cost. Checked baggage charges apply. Pre Pay $12 for Tier 1 flights or $15 for Tier 2 flights online for 1 piece of checked baggage up to 23kgs per person per one way flight, or pay $40 at the airport for the same allowance. Velocity Platinum, Gold and Silver Members are exempt from these charges. Baggage limits and excess baggage fees may apply. Visit www.virginaustralia.com/holidays for more information.