Travelling to Brisbane from Sydney by car is a wonderful journey that takes you up the east coast of Australia, bringing you through the sights and attractions of the coastal towns rich in beaches, food, wine, attractions and scenery. When travelling long distances, make sure you know what to do in the case of a problem with your vehicle. Especially if you have the headlights on; remember to turn them off! You might find yourself needing some roadside assistance for replacing a car battery or even having a flat tire.

Use Google Maps and make a list of all the stopovers you’ll be doing, and take into account how long and how far you’ll be driving, as well as where you’ll be able to fill up your petrol along the way. Here’s a rough guide on the main attractions to see and things to do on your incredible drive, with the rest being entirely up to you:

Port Stephens

This stopover takes about two and a half hours drive from Sydney, and consists of lots of marine parks and beaches where occasionally you can observe dolphins and humpback whales along the coast. Popular beaches in Port Stephens are Birubi Point, Fingal beach and One Mile Beach.

Port Macquarie

From Port Stephens to Port Macquarie, it takes about three and a half hours drive. Myall Lakes National Park boasts amazing views and there are lots of nice waterways such as the Forster and Tuncurry. Make a visit to the lighthouse around Manning Valley for 360 views all around before reaching town where you can then visit the Koala Hospital and Wildlife Park. Port Macquarie is actually known as the Koala Capital of Australia!

Coffs Harbour

A two hour drive from Port Macquarie, this stop features a great iconic ‘big thing’ in Australia known as the Big Banana, situated at Coffs Harbour’s Big Banana Fun Park which now consists of a new water park. This is the perfect place to cool down after a long drive, and the kids’ll love it too. There are plenty beaches around such as Gallows, Park Beach and Diggers Beach. Whale watching is a popular attraction over here too. Nearby towns such as Dorrigo also make for wonderful views.

Byron Bay

Located on the North Coast of NSW, Main Beach and Wategos Beach are great stops in the Byron Bay area with heaps of delicious food joints as well as natural attractions such as the World Heritage Listed rainforest in the region, and Cape Byron Marine Park for the oceanic elements. While you’re there, check out some of the events in Byron Bay!

Gold Coast

A one and a half hour drive from Byron Bay will bring you to the Gold Coast, known for being a place of perfect sunny subtropical climate, theme parks, beaches to surf, rainforest areas and also its lively nightlife.

Hit the surf at the iconic Surfers Paradise beach, and let loose at all the theme parks and world-renowned beaches in this paradise. When you’re satisfied with everything, there’s just one hour left of the road to Brisbane.


The final pitstop of the race (well, not really a race when you can take your time admiring the views) where you can now relax and pamper yourself in the CBD and its surrounding areas. Choose from exploring South Bank’s culture and galleries, climbing the Story Bridge, visiting the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and much more! Further out from Brisbane is Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim, which are abundant with waterfalls and mountains – perfect areas for hiking. If you’d rather sit back and relax, make a trip to Moreton Island to swim with the dolphins and tan on the beach.

Road trips, caravanning and camping getaways are always fun compared to being confined to a tour – you get to choose where you want to go, how long you want to stay, and do everything at your own pace. Sydney to Brisbane is a simple and relaxed one that is well worth it!

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