Sydney to Brisbane
Plan a road trip from Sydney to Brisbane
Home to everything from modern art galleries to boutique breweries, Brisbane is a multifaceted city that is quickly becoming one of the hottest destinations in Australia. And, with cheap car hires available from all over Sydney, we make it easy to get there. Check out our comprehensive road trip guide and kick-start your trip up the coast with us today.
To start your road trip from Sydney to Brisbane, go beyond the CBD and explore the city's funky inner-western suburbs. Hop between trendy cafés along King Street in Newtown before taking the short drive to Marrickville Bowling Club for some barefoot bowls and a bite to eat.
Central Coast 104 km
After a relaxing day in Sydney's Inner West, hit the road and head north towards the Central Coast. If you're looking for a quiet spot to take a dip, skip the crowds at Avoca and head north to Spoon Bay, which is easily accessible from the Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve.
Hunter Valley 80 km
Nestled between the Central Coast and Port Stephens, the Hunter Valley is New South Wales’ premier wine region and the perfect place to relax away from the coast. Hop between vineyards on a chartered wine tour or, if you plan on driving later in the day, make use of the spittoons and pick up a couple of bottles to enjoy at your next destination.
Port Stephens 93.5 km
From the Hunter, head east to Port Stephens and discover some of the North Coast's top swimming spots. Pick up a kayak and paddle across Shoal Bay Beach before zipping over to Nelson Bay for a bite to eat by the marina. If it happens to be raining while you’re in town, skip the beach and head to Raymond Terrace for a dip in the indoor pool at the Lakeside Leisure Centre.
Coffs Harbour 387 km
Home to The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour is a quirky beach town that's chock-full of character. After you've seen the iconic landmark on the Pacific Highway, make the short trip over to The Clog Barn for a peaceful walk through the Miniature Dutch Village. On a hot day, skip the crowds at Coffs Harbour Beach and head north for a quiet day on the sand at Charlesworth Bay.
Byron Bay 240 km
Byron Bay may be a surfing hotspot, but there’s plenty of relaxing things to do away from the coast. Pick up a cup of coffee from Espressohead and hop between the trendy boutiques and art galleries in town. To cap off the day, head over to 100 Mile Table for a bite to eat in their funky communal dining room.
Gold Coast 93.5 km
Before heading inland to Brisbane, be sure to stop off for a swim on the Gold Coast. Join the locals for a surf at Burleigh Heads or, if you'd rather take it slow, pick up a paddle board and drift down the stream at Tallebudgera Creek.
Brisbane 79.5 km
Your last stop, Brisbane is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. For a memorable end to your trip, catch an Underground Opera performance at one of the hidden venues across town. After the show, take an evening stroll through South Bank before stopping off for a cocktail at Bar Alto for a nightcap by the river.
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