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      Day 1

      117 mi3 mi

      Hiking in the Bush and the Coolest Coastal City

      Departing from Sydney, today’s part of the journey will help you get back to nature with a bush walk in Brisbane Water National Park and a swim in one of Newcastle’s ocean pools. Newcastle has previously won the title of ‘the coolest coastal city’, partly because of its trendy hospitality scene.

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      It's time to depart for your Aussie east coast road trip. Let's hit the open road and start driving north towards the city of Newcastle.
      47.8 mi1 hr 10 min
      Staples Lookout
      10:155 min

      Staples Lookout

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      Start the day with a bushwalk, which is the Australian term for a hike. One of my favourite bushwalks just outside of Sydney is in Brisbane Water National Park. Drive to the viewpoint, Staples Lookout, where there is a car park.
      The beginning of the trail, Tommos Loop Firetrail, is 350 metres south of the car park.

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