Visit Byron and the Gold Coast
WHAT TO KNOW
- Five-day itinerary
- Explore Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and Lamington National Park with this action-packed itinerary, offering the best of beach, city and rainforest activities
- Gold Coast Airport is located in Coolangatta, a 45‑minute drive north of Byron Bay and 30 minutes south of Surfers Paradise
DAY 1: FOLLOW THE GOURMET TRAIL IN BYRON BAY
Once you’ve landed at Gold Coast Airport, it’s a 45‑minute drive south to the coastal town of Byron Bay, where you’ll check in to the Elements of Byron beachside resort. Set on 22 hectares on the shores of Belongil Beach, this exclusive retreat offers 103 freestanding villas and a range of unique event spaces. After you’ve dropped off your bags, join a culinary tour with Taste Byron Bay. Chef Terase Davidson will guide you to gourmet hotspots in Byron Bay and the surrounding hinterland, introducing you to producers, farmers and chefs, and sharing tastes along the way. Once you’ve collected a basketful of local ingredients, Terase will hold a cooking class, followed by lunch.
Encourage creative thinking, confidence and team spirit with the Corporate Art program at Byron Bay Art Studio. Led by artist and motivational speaker Irena Kirpichnikova, this three-hour session allows your team members to create their own masterpieces, which they can then take home. The studio caters for groups of between 10 and more than 100.
Host a welcome dinner tonight at Beach Byron Bay, a restaurant with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a menu of contemporary seafood dishes matched with Australian wines. After you’ve finished dinner, take a 10-minute walk along the waterfront to the iconic Beach Hotel for a nightcap and live music.
DAY 2: SEA KAYAKING AND HORSERIDING IN BYRON
Enjoy breakfast in Graze Restaurant, overlooking the resort pool, then head to the beach for a three-hour sea kayaking tour with Go Sea Kayak. You may even get to paddle alongside some of the 100 bottlenose dolphins that call the Cape Byron Marine Park home. From June to November, keep an eye out for humpback whales as they migrate along the coast.
Return to Elements of Byron for a casual poolside lunch at Barefoot Kiosk, which can host 60 people for a seated lunch or 150 for a cocktail function. Next, it’s time to saddle up for a 90-minute ride with Zephyr Horses, meandering through the forest and along the beach.
As night falls, you can enjoy pre-dinner drinks around the fire pit on the beach, before sitting down for a Taste of the Hinterland dinner at Graze Restaurant, with matched Australian wines.
DAY 3: YOGA, SPA SESSIONS AND A STARLIGHT DINNER
Begin your day with a yoga session on the beach at sunrise, before breakfast at Graze Restaurant. Board a Rotorwing Helicopter for a one-hour scenic flight to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, taking a lap above the Cape Byron Bay Lighthouse and along the coast before cruising over the hinterland. Located in the Lamington National Park, this idyllic retreat has 48 eco-friendly villas.
Host a relaxed barbecue lunch at Gran’s Kitchen & Gran’s Pantry while soaking up the views of the Gold Coast Hinterland. Then, it’s time for a treatment at the Lost World Spa. After your massage or facial, visit the steam room or take a dip in the infinity pool.
For a memorable evening in the rainforest, hike to the Moonlight Crag Lookout on the edge of the escarpment, where you can sip drinks as the sun sets over the mountain ranges. Next, take your seat for a degustation dinner under the stars. While walking back to the hotel with your team, look out for possums, glow worms and other nocturnal creatures that call the forest home. End the evening by gathering around the fire pit at Corroboree Ring to hear stories from the Aboriginal Dreamtime.
DAY 4: WINE TASTING, SHOPPING AND FINE DINING
Travel 45 minutes by road to Canungra Valley Vineyards, where you can try traditional grape stomping before enjoying a wine tasting and picnic breakfast by the creek. From here, it’s a 50-minute drive to Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.
Lunch today is at one of the Gold Coast’s top restaurants, Rick Shores, which boasts an enviable position on the beachfront at Burleigh Heads. The sun-drenched 140-seat eatery offers a contemporary Asian menu that’s designed to share, so ask the kitchen to create a bespoke banquet for your group. After lunch, travel 15 minutes by road to Pacific Fair at Broadbeach for a personalised shopping experience and consultation with a stylist. Once you’ve shopped for luxury labels and local designs, jump onto the back of a Harley-Davidson for a thrilling 15-minute ride to Rhapsody Resort, where you can enjoy a cocktail and 270-degree views from the rooftop on level 41.
Tonight’s dinner is at Balthazar Wine & Dining at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, a five-minute drive south. This sophisticated private dining room can accommodate up to 18 people and offers a choice of 15 degustation menus and 500 wines. If your team fancies a nightcap, stop by the Walrus Social House at Watermark Hotel & Spa, before checking in to the Palazzo Versace hotel, which is a 15‑minute drive north. This lavish resort offers 200 guest rooms and 72 condominiums decorated with Versace furnishings.
DAY 5: THRILLING ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS
Embrace the warm weather with an alfresco breakfast served in the gold cabanas that surround Palazzo Versace’s 65-metre swimming pool. Or book the Imperial Suite for a private brunch in a luxurious setting, with views over the pool and the Gold Coast Broadwater. For an action-packed morning in Surfers Paradise, visit iFLY Gold Coast for an indoor skydiving session. Follow this with the 90-minute SkyPoint Climb, which takes you 270 metres above sea level to the top of the Q1 building, the second-highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere.
After your climb, refuel with lunch at Seventy7 Café + Bar on the SkyPoint Observation Deck. Next, travel to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, a 30-minute drive south, where your team can cuddle koalas, handfeed kangaroos, tackle the Tree Top Challenge course or cruise over the crocodile enclosure on a zip line.
Host a gala dinner at Kurrawa Terrace for your last night on the Gold Coast. Overlooking the waves at Broadbeach, this unique space – which can seat up to 120 people – offers a blank canvas for your event. Start with barefoot drinks on the sand before sitting down to a meal in a custom marquee.