Driving from Sydney to Brisbane is one of Australia’s most popular and well known drives. This famous 900 km road trip that spans along the beautiful Pacific East Coast of Australia , that’s around 10 hours of non-stop driving. But where’s the fun in that?!
There is so much to see on this drive you could do it in a couple of days or stretch it out over a week or two – the choice is yours! Here is a suggested road trip itinerary with ideas for places to stop and top things you should see and do on the way!
Head north from the city of Sydney and drive for a couple of hours up the Central Coast, passing through the picturesque Berowra Valley National Park. When you’ve been on the road for around 2.5 hours you’ll find yourself approaching picturesque Port Stephens.
Port Stephens covers over 126,000 square meters of water, that’s two and half times the size of Sydney Harbour, which makes this the perfect spot to go out sailing, snorkeling or whale watching (in the Winter Season). There are also lots of coffee shops and restaurants for a lunch stop or coffee break.
Stop 2Port Stephens to Port Macquarie
Time: 2 hours 15 mins
Distance: 218 km
When you’re ready to hit the road pack up the campervan and continue north on the Pacific Highway towards Port Macquarie. If you have the time to spare then we recommend that you take the scenic route by turning off the highway and driving along the coast, passing some stunning spots such as Myall Lakes National Park, Blueys and Boomerang Beaches.
Port Macquarie is a the perfect destination to park up and hit the beach. So grab a flat white and soak up the laid back Aussie beach town vibes. There are lots of great campsites here with full facilities, which make this the perfect place to park up and stay put for a few nights.
Stop 3Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour
Time: 1 hour 40 mins drive time
Distance: 153 km
From Port Macquarie you’re going to make your way to Coffs Harbour. Coffs has some excellent beaches and we recommend you visit; Gallows, Park Beach, Sapphire, Emerald and Sawtell Beach. Other things to do in and around Coffs Harbour include; the Forest Sky Pier, Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, a segway tour or kayaking.
If you’re driving through Coffs Harbour in your hired campervan make sure that you stop at the Giant Banana, a well known photo stop for backpackers.
Stop 4Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Time: 2 hours 45 mins
Distance: 230 km
Wind your way through small towns such as Grafton and the seaside of village of Yamba to the world famous Byron Bay. If you’re driving through Grafton in October then make sure your phone is charged and ready to take some pics, this town is renowned for its Jacaranda trees which will be in full bloom in October.
After the three hour drive north get ready to hit up Byron. This laid back town is known around the world for it’s surfing beaches, local produce and hippie vibes. Park up and get ready to relax!
Stop 5Byron to Brisbane
Time: 2 hours
Distance: 160 km
When you’re done with Byron Bay (and trust us, it will be hard to leave), it’s only a two hour drive to the city of Brisbane. Get onto the M1 and work you way north via the Gold Coast. If you’re keen to do some more exploring before you arrive in the city then make sure you check out Tamborine Mountain to the south west of the city and try the treetop walk through the rainforest.