Stray Nat Pass- Sydney- Byron Bay- Sydney

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Stray Nat Pass- Sydney- Byron Bay- Sydney

529.00 595.00

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Meet Nat.

If you’re looking to explore the best of New South Wales and get off the beaten track, Nat’s for you.

We’re going full circle, starting and finishing in Sydney with plenty of adventures jammed in the middle.

Canoe down rivers, enjoy scenic beers in a hot tub and party in Byron Bay – this trip has something for everyone.

You also have the flexibility to break your journey to do the things you want to along the way.  Book additional activities and accommodation through your Loka guide or the Loka app. 

Our own fun, local guides travel with you on our buses and on public transport, to give you the best advice, commentary and local knowledge. 

Unique, authentic experiences hunted out by us, our customers and locals over our routes — all established and supported in a sustainable manner. 

Passes are valid for 12 months. 

Minimum length: 7 days

Recommended length: 10+ days

What's included

All transport on the Loka bus
Guidance from local guide and access to Loka web app,
Wine tasting Hunter Valley
Barrington Tops National Park
Koala hospital visit
Beach time at Spot X Surf Camp
Canoeing experience
Angourie Blue Pools visit
Byron orientation drive

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Day 1 : Travel Day: Sydney — Barrington Tops (Special Stop)

MEET: outside Wake Up hostel at 8am or outside Nomads (if confirmed) at 8.10am We depart the big city and head to the Hunter Valley wine area for a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then travel through the backcountry to our stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area). We stay in our own private lodge overlooking the Barrington River. You have the option to ride an inner tube down a scenic part of the river (additional cost), then in the evening have a few drinks and relax in the hot tub. SLEEP: $60 for dinner, dorm bed and breakfast at Twistops Retreat.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 2 : Travel Day: Barrington Tops — Spot X Surf Camp

MEET: at the lodge In the morning you can go mountain biking (additional cost) or go for a walk around the scenic property. We then head north, with a break to visit a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas, and at a nature reserve to spot wild kangaroos hopping along the incredible coastline. We arrive at our waterfront accommodation at Spot X in the early evening. SLEEP: $60 for dinner, dorm bed and breakfast at Spot X  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 3 : Travel Day: Spot X Surf Camp — River Retreat (Special Stop)

MEET: at Loka bus We have the morning at leisure at Spot X. You can relax on the beach or we recommend taking part in a group surf lesson (additional cost) or hopping off to do a Surf & Stay. In the afternoon we travel to our River Retreat and go for a guided canoeing trip, spotting wildlife along the way. In the evening have an Aussie BBQ, learn how to cook some damper and toast marshmallows around the campfire. We sleep in wilderness cabins or in swags under the stars. SLEEP: $50 for dorm bed/swag, dinner and breakfast at River Retreat.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 4 : Travel Day: River Retreat — Byron Bay

MEET: At camp We leave our camp early, hop in our bus and head up towards Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town. We stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way for lunch where you can have a walk around or a swim in the Angourie Blue Pool. We have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings. SLEEP: Your choice of Byron accom, you can book through the Loka web app.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 5 : Free Day in Byron Bay

Explore, learn to surf, party, do a dolphin kayak trip, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional costs), 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. SLEEP: Your choice of Byron accom, you can book via the Loka web app.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 6 : Travel Day: Byron Bay (via Spot X) - Sydney

MEET: at the main bus stop on Jonson St or Arts Factory hostel (please confirm). We travel to Sydney via Spot X Surf Camp. Hop off if you want to do some more surfing or just hang by the beach. We then express down to Sydney getting in early evening with drop offs to selected Sydney central hostels. SLEEP: Your choice of Sydney accom. We drop off outside Wake Up (by Central Station) and Nomads. Note: You can break your journey at any of the stops through any of the travel days and just connect with a later Loka 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 $32 per person per night), or a twin/double option (averaging $100 per room). *This itinerary and prices are valid until October 31st 2018, however are subject to change.  

Meal(s) included : None


The Nat pass includes all transport over that route, in our own buses, in one direction, once as well as some local activities. Accommodation or meals are not included (as all passes are flexible and you choose where you stay and for how long).  You can choose from a range of bed options in most stops ranging from hostel shared dorm rooms at about $32 per person per night, to ensuited basic motel rooms from about $100. The exceptions are our Barrington Tops Farmstay and River Retreat, for which there is a set price for each activity:

Barrington Tops National Park
Special lodge stay, we do a bush walk to take in the incredible wildlife (there are kangaroos and a variety of birds) and scenery of this World Heritage Listed Area.
Bed and meals = $60.
Tubing = $30.
Mountain biking = $13.

River Retreat
Have a guided kayaking trip, spotting wildlife along the way.  In the evening have a few drinks, traditional Aussie BBQ and toast marshmallows around the campfire.  
Camping/cabins, bed and meals = $50.

Luggage Limit

Backpack or small/medium suitcase (up to 15kg)

What to bring

A backpack or small/medium suitcase (up to 15kg) filled with...
Your clothes – mainly light but also at least one warm item
Swimsuit / Towel
Bug repellent
Sunblock / Hat
Day pack
Water bottle
Waterproof jacket (shell)