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Road Tripping Australia
Niseko Military Leave is now accepting Expression of Interest enrolments for our 2022 ‘Aussie Road Trip’ camping adventure down the east coast of Australia from the Gold Coast to Sydney.
Registering now gives you no obligation to pay or attend but it does guarantee you priority enrolment, should we get this trip off the ground.
Currently Australia is locked up tighter than a bullfrog’s butt to international tourism, but like all storms, Covid will pass and we here at Niseko ML dare to dream that quarantine-free travel between Japan and Australia may be on the cards by early 2022. Maybe even in time to replace our worn out pants.
To register your no-obligation interest, just click on the ‘Book Now’ tab above.
You can see the detailed itinerary under the ‘Trip Outline’ tab to the right but in a nutshell this trip involves chartering a 50 seater bus for 10 nights and making our way slowly down the coast from the sunny Gold Coast to striking Sydney .
We then tour the stunning Blue Mountains and fly out of Sydney back to Japan.
After surfing the east of coast of Australia for 25 years before moving to Japan, Brent is confident that we can share an experience that you will not see offered by regular tour operators.
Early Autumn in Australia
March to May really is best time to visit the east coast of Australia. With the water temperature making comfortable swimming and surfing, but without the sting of a hot summer sun. In short, there is really is no better time to be road trippin’ down the east coast of Australia.
It’s been a dream of Brent’s, the founder of Niseko Military Leave, to be able to share the secrets of a great Aussie camping road trip – taking in some of Australia’s best beaches and secret spots along the way – and we think we can offer something genuinely life changing and memorable.
A camping road trip has several advantages.
Firstly camping allows us to keep the cost of a trip to Australia well within the budgets of military personal and their families, but there is more than that.
Camping allows you to be amongst the Australian wildlife (who may be secretly plotting your death) and to stay as close to the beach as possible. You can literally jump right out of your tent to either swim or surf at what we consider to be the best and cleanest beaches in the world.
Secondly if you have ever done a camping road trip you know it’s something special!
You become part of journey. It’s chance to really connect with the land you are travelling in and also the people you are travelling with. You will meet other Australian campers and whilst you may not understand a word they say, you will share a bond with them to.
Day 1-2 We kick this trip off with an arrival into the Gold Coast airport and then a short drive down to beautiful Byron Bay, arguably Australia’s best-known backpacking beach and party town.
There we will spend two nights allowing you to slow down, adjust to the Australian life and hopefully catch up on any lost sleep. Surfers in the group may be lucky enough to ride ‘The Pass’ one of the longest sandbar points in the world when it’s in good form.
Our time in Byron will also be spent with an Aboriginal elder from the Bundjalung people. The custodians and traditional owners of the land. The will perform a ‘Welcome to Country’ ritual and also teach some of the history of the land and its people.
Day 3-5 sees us departing Byron Bay and making our way down to Yamba.
This sleepy old fishing village makes for lesser crowds and also features one of the best pubs in Australia, perched up on the cliffs looking down on some great swimming and surfing spots. The campground is conveniently located in the heart of town, allowing you to browse the shops and cafes with ease.
Day 5-7 and the group will depart for South West Rocks.
This lesser-known spot is amazing for its wildlife and swimming beaches. It’s very common for kangaroos to come right up to your tents on dusk, so definitely a great experience. South West Rocks also features an historic jail built by the very convicts it was set to imprison and gives a great insight into the hardships of early European settlers.
Day 8 We arrive in Sydney itself. You will have the chance to wander around the Opera House, see the Harbour Bridge and light up the town.
Day 9 For the first time we leave the coast and head inland to visit the Blue Mountains. Here we can see the jaw-dropping Gross Valley and the tourist’s favourite: The Three Sisters.
We also may have time for an optional side trip to Jenolan Caves where you can see some amazing limestone caves that are some of the largest cave systems in the world. Kids are always blown away by this and it makes a welcome change from the beachside camping.
Day 10 and the group will return to Sydney from the Blue Mountains for your return flight back to Japan.
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