All about the Nat Pass - Sydney to Byron Bay Return

Hop on hop off means you can choose your own adventure on the East Coast.

You can be flexible and stop and stay in towns or destinations for a few days or weeks. Then get back on the tour and go a bit further. You do not have to complete the pass in a fixed time limit or with the same group of people the whole trip. It's up to you how long you take to do this East Coast trip maybe 3 weeks maybe 3 months.

This trip takes in the East Coast from Sydney to Byron Bay so book your pass....start it and then see what happens. Have no plans and just go with the flow. You'll travel with fun, like-minded people, and meet our amazing drivers and guides. It's your choice, your way. Your Sydney to Byron Bay tour departs often with a great mixture of international travellers on board. A perfect chance to make friends, see the East Coast of Australia and take your time to travel.

Nat Pass - Sydney to Byron Bay Return
Tour itinerary - 7 Days

  • Travel Day Sydney to Barrington Tops
    We depart Sydney around 8am and drive to the Hunter Valley wine region for a visit to a vineyard and some wine tasting. We then arrive at Barrington tops National Park, a stunning World Heritage Listed Area. We stay here on the river, where you have the opportunity to try tubing or mountain biking (additional cost). Before our night in the dorm at our private lodge by the river we have a few drinks and relax in the hot tub in the evening.
  • Travel Day Barrington Tops to Spot X Surf Camp
    In the morning we do a bush walk to take in the scenery and wildlife (there are kangaroos, a variety of birds and even platypus!) We then visit a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas and what we can do to help, and then travel on to our waterfront accommodation at the Spot X Surf Camp, arriving in the early evening.
  • Travel Day Spot X Surf Camp to River Retreat
    We have the morning at leisure at Spot X. You can go ocean rafting (included), or choose to take a surf lesson (additional cost). In the afternoon we have some remote exploring. We travel to the Solitary Islands Marine Park where you have the option to go snorkeling or we take a walk on the headlands. We then head into theRiver Retreat – our exclusive tipi camp, on the edge of the park for the night. In the evening have a few drinks and/or play volleyball or petanque. We sleep in beds in a tipi or swags under the stars. Note: in the middle of winter we will stay in a historic country pub.
  • Travel Day River Retreat to Byron Bay
    You will leave the River camp and head towards the hippy town of Byron Bay. We stop in Yamba for a quick swim in the Angourie Blue pool. Tonight you can choose where you would like to stay in Byron using the Loka web App.
  • Travel Day Free Day in Byron Bay
    Explore, learn to surf, party, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional cost), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point. We have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings.
  • Travel Day Byron Bay (via Spot X) to Sydney
    We express bus down to Sydney getting in early evening with drop offs to selected Sydney central hostels.
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Real Aussie Says:
We work with local operators and communities to create sustainable, authentic experiences with positive change for all. You can change your plans and itinerary. You can hop off in and stay longer at any of our stops along the way as you want for up to 12 months. You will meet local Australians and other travellers, be part of our traveller community on and offline. We are continually hunting out and creating our own authentic, off the beaten track, stop-overs and activities that aren’t in the guidebooks or on TripAdvisor. Get the most out of your travels through local guides and Stray Australia’s groundbreaking technology. Our fun and enthusiastic guides get involved with your travel experiences, and our unique technology provides destination info, activity/accommodation booking service, reviews from other travellers and the ability to book yourself on and off the Stray Australia bus/transport. Smaller group sizes on the East Coast mean it’s easier to meet other travellers, you don’t feed herded around and it allows us to include connections to off the beaten track things which can’t be accessed by individuals travelling on public transport or with mainstream travel companies.

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Nat Pass - Sydney to Byron Bay Return Price information AUD per person



Tour code: NAT
Local fees payable
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Departure information


Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays from Sydney.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays from Sydney from January to March.

Minimum Time: 7


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour
  • You can break your journey at any of the stops through any of the travel days and just connect with a later Stray Australia bus or rail departure (guided or unguided). You can book your own accommodation or your guide will book it for you, you will usually get a bed-only option (averaging $28 per person per night), a twin/double option (averaging $100 per room) or where, due to remoteness there is a package price for meals food and activities where applicable.
  • Travel passes are valid for travel in one direction over a route with each travel sector only being able to be used once.
  • Passes are valid for the person whose name they were originally issued in and are non-transferrable.
  • Passes are valid for twelve months from the date of your departure.
  • Travel is in 24 seat mini coaches between Sydney and Noosa, and local bus and train (plus ferry to Magnetic Island) between Noosa and Cairns.
  • Guides travel on all routes on the set departure days – but you can travel on the train on other days without a guide.
  • You can only access the unique transfers and activities when travelling with the guide.
  • There is a minimum of three departures per week over all routes.
  • For specific departure days and times please see the Stray Australia timetable on the pass pages.
  • Accommodation and meals are not included in the pass price.

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