1. Byron Bay: The Farm and Lighthouse with Lunch & Tastings
Setting off from the Gold Coast in the morning, cruise down through the rolling green farmlands of the Tweed Valley towards the iconic northern New South Wales beach town of Byron Bay. After taking in the sweeping views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, keep your eyes peeled for migrating whales between June and October. Opt to take a refreshing dip at nearby Wategos Beach, home to some of Australia’s priciest real estate. Visit hip hilltop cafe Top Shop, a local institution for a caffeine hit before heading to The Farm. This lush, working farm on the fringe of Byron is anchored by the lauded Three Blue Ducks restaurant, where you'll tuck into an incredible lunch showcasing produce harvested just meters from the table. Take a stroll around the property to meet the Highland cows, purchase some homegrown sunflowers at the on-site florist, or perhaps grab an ice cream at Baylato, before making a move to Stone and Wood to sample the famed Byron Bay brewery’s multi-award-winning beers. Enjoy a tasting at one of Byron’s boutique distilleries set in a lush rainforest. Cape Byron Distillery specializes in gin (with whisky on the way), while Lord Byron Distillery produces rum, vodka, gin, and more. Hear stories of sustainability just as epic as their boozy offerings at both venues before returning to the Gold Coast.