Sydney to Brisbane Drive: 14 Iconic Road Trip Stops

Are you planning a road trip from Sydney to Brisbane? Here’s a comprehensive guide that delves into travel details and highlights the must-visit spots along the way between these iconic Australian cities.

Taking in roughly 1,000 kilometres of spectacular Pacific coastline, the drive from Sydney to Brisbane is a renowned journey along Australia’s east coast, connecting two vibrant cities packed with activities and experiences.

Yet, the real allure lies in the treasures dotted between these urban hubs: untouched national parks, pristine beaches, laid-back surf towns, and abundant wildlife.

Having travelled this path numerous times, we’ve always found something new. Here is all our recommended stop on a Sydney to Brisbane Road Trip, including where to stay, what to do, and a few extras if you have more time up your sleeve.

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Sydney to Brisbane Road Trip: Quick Facts

  • Distance Covered: 1303km
  • Recommended Road Trip Time: 14-days
  • Trip Highlights:
  • Stop 1: Sydney & Blue Mountains
  • Stop 3: Hunter Valley
  • Stop 7: South West Rocks
  • Stop 12: Byron Bay
  • Stop 13: Gold Coast
  • And no need to worry, if you are looking to do this journey in reverse, this itinerary can be done as a Brisbane to Sydney drive too.

14 Best Places to Stop on a Sydney to Brisbane Road Trip

Below, we’ve outlined some essential stops to add to your Sydney to Brisbane drive itinerary. While you can decide the duration of each visit, spending 1-2 days at each location will give you a genuine feel of the place.

Chloe Scorgie Passport Down under at Taronga Zoo in Sydney
I checked out the view from Taronga Zoo!

1. Sydney & Blue Mountains

1 hr | 60 km I Stay length: 2 nights

Before you pack up your vehicle and head out on your trip, make sure you spend a few days exploring Sydney first.

The city is packed with attractions, from the iconic Opera House to secluded beaches, including some au naturel options.

You don’t need a car in Sydney as public transport is convenient to get around here, plus parking in Sydney is a nightmare. I recommend booking a hotel with parking or renting out your car after your Sydney visit and using the bus to see all the sights.

If bustling cities aren’t quite your vibe, the serene Blue Mountains National Park is only a short drive out of the city.

The Blue Mountains National Park is 11,400 km2 and is comprised of several smaller villages, therefore there is only so much you can cover in a short amount of time, so I highly recommend visiting Katoomba – it has the best lookout points. 

I recommend staying overnight to allow you to embark on a couple of scenic walks before you head off out of Sydney.

My Recommendations

Nobby's Lighthouse Walk Newcastle Beach
Nobby’s Lighthouse Walk, Newcastle Beach

2. Newcastle

2 hrs | 160 km I Stay length: Half-Day

Suggested Activities

Get an early start to avoid the peak hour traffic and head north from Sydney to Newcastle along the M1 Pacific Highway.

The more time I have spent exploring Newcastle, the more I can see why it was rated as one of Lonely Planet’s must-see destinations in 2011. The beaches are stunning, there are numerous playparks for the little ones, scenic coastal walking trails and the Insta-worthy Bogey Hole Ocean Pool.

I wouldn’t say it’s a must to stay overnight in Newcastle since you’re just kicking off your road trip (the fantastic live music scene at night might persuade you otherwise). But taking a few hours to stretch your legs on the Bathers Way, which links Nobbys Beach and Merewether Beach is worth it.

Bathers Way also connects to the late 19th-century Fort Scratchley and offers regular sightings of migrating whales between May and November. You’ll find free parking at all the beaches, so plenty of time to grab some lunch before heading off to the next stop. 

I recommend trying one of Newcastle’s fish and chip shops for lunch, home to some of the best fish and chips I have ever tasted (that’s a big thing coming from a Scottish gal!). For breakfast, Neighbours Cafe on Market Street was possibly the best-tasting breakfast of the entire trip!

Passing through on a Sunday? Stop by the Newcastle City Farmers Market at the Newcastle Showground and grab some fresh local snacks for the road!

Port Stephens is just slightly north of Newcastle, a coastal destination best known for Stockton Sand Dunes and a great place for whale watching. Nelson Bay is the main town and a great spot for dinner options. 

❗️Being 2.5 hours north of Sydney, Port Stephens is a popular weekend getaway destination for Sydneysiders, so it is a lot busier on the weekends than if you visit midweek.

My Recommendations

  • STAY: We stayed at The Lucky Hotel, which is central and a short 4-minute stroll to the beach. It has live music at the weekend so it can be noisy. If you are looking for a family-friendly hotel you might want to book Noah’s on The Beach instead.
Hunter Valley Garden Gazebo 1
Hunter Valley Gardens in May

3. Hunter Valley

1 hr | 65km I Stay length: 2 nights

From Newcastle, head inland to the town of Pokolbin – your starting point for a recommended two-day exploring the magnificent Hunter Valley, one of my favourite regions in Australia. 

It’s Australia’s oldest wine-growing region, with many of the vineyards that were planted in the 19th century still being run by the same family.

With over 150 wineries, it’s hard to know where to start, so I recommend Tulloch Wines. They’ve got mystery wine tastings, perfect for couples who enjoy a friendly competition. You can bring the kids along for their own tasting featuring milkshakes and marshmallows or kombucha and chocolates for the older ones!

Rest assured, The Hunter offers more than just world-class wines, with a range of activities for non-wine drinkers as well. Hunter Valley Gardens, with its lush intercontinental landscapes, and children’s storybook garden is a worthwhile visit!

Right next door is the Hunter Valley shopping plaza, which is worth a visit if you have the time. They have a Christmas shop all year round!

Things to do in Hunter Valley with Kids Christmas Shop
In Hunter Valley, it is Christmas all year round!

For somewhere to eat, Nineteen, on The Vintage Estate offers a good variety of lunch and dinner options. If you want somewhere special, we went to Chateau Elan which has fantastic steak, and the staff are helpful when it comes to pairing wine with food.

My Recommendations

  • STAY: We stayed at the Grand Mercure The Vintage in Polkolbin and it was exceptional. Think kangaroos on the lawn, peaceful walks and a round of golf for good measure.
Newcastle Beaches Seals Rock, NSW

4. Seal Rocks

2 hrs | 172km I Stay length: Half-day

Suggested Activities
  • Whale watching from Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse
  • Go 4WD on Lighthouse Beach
  • Whale and Dolphin Watch at Treachery Head
  • Swim at Number One Beach

Bidding adieu to Hunter Valley is always tough, but the journey north to Seal Rocks brings a slice of that serene vibe along.

Nestled near Forster and close to Myall Lakes National Park, Seal Rocks is a quaint fishing village.

While it’s a tranquil spot without a bustling itinerary, it’s a worthy pitstop on your journey.

Opt for a brisk walk to Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, It’s one of the best spots for seeing whales during their annual migration, as well as being a historic landmark in its own right. You can also see dolphins at Treachery Head.

If you don’t fancy walking, a picnic on Number One Beach is a good idea – there is a grass verge where you can sit and watch the waves.

Below the lighthouse are the Lighthouse Keepers’ quarters and outbuildings that have been refurbished into accommodation for visitors.

I would recommend spending half a day at Seal Rock before heading up to Pacific Palms

My Recommendations

  • STAY: If you have dreamed of staying in a lighthouse, now is your chance! Stay at Seal Rocks Lighthouse Cottages. Whilst you wouldn’t actually be sleeping inside the incredible lighthouse, the historic lighthouse keeper’s cottages are the next best thing.

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a beach in Booti Booti National Park Australia

5. Pacific Palms & Blueys Beach

20 mins | 23km I Stay length: 1-2 nights

Suggested Activities
  • Snorkel at Blueys Beach
  • Hike through Booti Booti National Park
  • Shopping on Boomerang Drive
  • Pacific Palms Farmer Market (last Sunday of the month)

Encompassing some of the most beautiful beaches in New South Wales, this sun-drenched region lies in the heart of the Barrington Coast and is a must-visit on your Sydney to Brisbane drive.

We spent a day or two enjoying the coastal lifestyle on offer at Elizabeth Beach, Blueys Beach and Boomerang Beach which are all great surfing and snorkelling spots.

The main shopping and dining area in Pacific Palms is Boomerang Drive in Blueys Beach.

Venture a bit north, and you’ll hit Booti Booti National Park. This place is so beautiful offering a blend of beaches, rainforests, and headlands across an 8km span – ideal for hiking, taking a dip, or birdwatching.

Elizabeth Beach Aerial Morning Seascape
Elizabeth Beach Aerial Morning Seascape

The best walk is the Booti Hill Lakeside walking track which runs along both the ocean and the lake. It starts at Ruins campground, crosses the stunning Seven Mile Beach and climbs the northern side of Booti Hill. There are rest spots along the way, and we also stopped at Elizabeth for a swim.

We didn’t eat out here much but The Pacific Palms Recreation Club (AKA The Recky) do great quality cheap meals. Spice Monkey in Forester do amazing sushimi!

The Pacific Palms Market is held every 4th Sunday of the month at Elizabeth Beach. This is one of my favourite markets because they have pony rides for the kids!

My Recommendations

  • STAY: We stayed at Moby’s Beachside Retreat near Boomerang Beach, it has a swimming pool, gym and cafe onsite so was perfect for our family of 3!
KoalaHosital NSW

6. Port Macquarie

1.5 hrs | 133km I Stay length: 1-2 nights

Suggested Activities

Port Macquarie is up next, and one of its standout attractions is the Koala Hospital. Entry is free, and while you can’t hold a koala, it’s beautiful to see how they are cared for. Conveniently, there’s a good coffee spot (Roto Cafe) nearby for a quick refuel.

Another free attraction I found worthwhile was the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, part of the National Park. The café there served a memorable smashed avo, so if you haven’t tried one yet, now is your chance.

If you’re travelling with children, I recommend a visit to Shelly Beach. It is located near the Sea Acres National Park it has a great rock pool area.

if you’re in Port Macquarie for a couple of days, consider the 10km coastal walk. It covers all of Port Macquarie’s beautiful beaches and finishes off at the Tacking Point Lighthouse.

If you are after something to eat, I highly recommend the Beechwood Hotel it is a traditional Aussie pub with a lively atmosphere and generous portion sizes! 

My Recommendations

South West Rocks on the Sydney to Brisbane Drive
Little Bay, South West Rocks

7. South West Rocks

1 hr | 87km I Stay length: 1-2 nights

Suggested Activities

Taking a brief 20-minute detour from the Legendary Pacific Coast Drive will lead you to South West Rocks.

Famed for its picturesque Norfolk pines, it is a small pocket of tranquillity at the mouth of the Macleay River.

Over a couple of days, you can easily experience the town’s surfing and swimming beaches or enjoy a leisurely paddle along the calm waters of Back Creek, which is a popular area to try stand-up paddle boarding.

For divers, the Fish Rock Cave is not to be missed, with this 125-metre-long cave providing a breeding ground for grey nurse sharks. You can join a dive tour with the South West Rocks Dive Centre.

Trial Bay Gaol Arakoon Kempsey Shire New South Wales Australia
Trial Bay Gaol, South West Rocks

Perched on the cliffs is Trial Bay Gaol, perfect if you are into history. They have a few different tours available including a nighttime tour and kids tour. The Trial Bay Gaol campground is right next to it and has beautiful views. 

Just slightly south, the Smoky Cape Walking track will lead you along the coastline of Arakoon National Park to Smoky Cape Lighthouse – one of the oldest lighthouses in Australia.

If you are spending a few more days here, make the short trip northwest to Yarriabini National Park and immerse yourself in the dense rainforest, a perfect area for a walk or a bike ride and a picnic.

My Recommendations

Best thing to do in Nambucca Heads V Wall

8. Nambucca Heads

40 mins| 61km I Stay length: Half-day

Suggested Activities

A short 45-minute drive will take you to Nambucca Heads, it’s often overlooked which is why it makes such a good stop in my opinion – whilst still having plenty of things to do. It has that authentic town vibe rather than being touristy even though it’s among the most scenic spots on the coast.

You won’t find shops filled with tourist tat here, the shops are more geared towards the locals which is so refreshing if you don’t need another magnet for your fridge! There is no real nightlife either, just plenty of relaxed vibes.

Nambucca comes in two halves; the town centre is perched atop the hill, and down by the waterfront, where the Nambucca River meets the sea, you’ll find a caravan park, a pub, and a few holiday units.

Nambucca Heads, Two Halfs
Nambucca Heads, lower town.

Due to its unique layout, dining options might feel limited, especially if trekking up the hill to the few takeaways on the main street isn’t appealing. The places I do recommend are:

  • Hemingway’s Bar and Grill near the old Pacific Highway (a favourite for locals)
  • The V-Wall Tav is great for drinks at sunset, the steak here is good, and we enjoyed the local oysters.
  • Wharf Street Café has great coffee and brunch options and the most fresh fish you’ll ever taste!

If you’re on a tight budget, Nambucca Heads is one of the few spots on the east coast of Australia where you can secure a room with a view without breaking the bank.

We stopped here for half a day on this road trip to Brisbane and then headed to Bellingen.

My Recommendations

  • STAY: If you are considering camping, The White Albatross caravan park, one of five in Nambucca, boasts the prime location between the river mouth and the ocean beach. You are almost guaranteed a spot that offers stunning views. If Camping is not your thing then Forest View Bungalow is worth checking out – plus it has great reviews!
Waterfall at Dorrigo National Park
Waterfall at Dorrigo National Park

9. Bellingen

30 mins | 37km I Stay length: 2 days

Suggested Activities
  • Visit the old Butter Factory
  • Swim in the Never Never River
  • Hike through Dorrigo National Park
  • Stay at the Promised Land Retreat

Slightly further north you can make a stop inland at the bohemian town of Bellingen.

There are some cute antique and independent shops dotted around. If you go to the old butter factory, you’ll find a lovely café and a shopping arcade with local arts and craft shops.

The Never Never River and Promised Land is a popular spot for swimming, but if you want something a bit more secluded we found Capararo and Tallowood Bridges to be a bit more relaxed.

Dorrigo National park is a 40-minuite drive from Belligen.  It’s a great place to take a walk through the rainforest and spot waterfalls and native birds.

If you fancy driving 45 minutes further you’ll come across Cathedral Rock National Park which is a bit more like uncharted territory with not many signs or directions but great for people who want to go off the beaten track.

My Recommendations

Australian coastal walk and sand beach at Coffs Harbour, Australia
Coastal walk and sand beach at Coffs Harbour, Australia

10. Coffs Harbour

30 mins | 35km I Stay length: 1 night

Suggested Activities
  • Mutton Bird Island Walk
  • Let the kids learn at the Butterfly House
  • Get a picture with the Big Banana (otherwise you can’t say you’ve been to Coffs!)

From Bellingen, drive 40 minutes to Coffs Harbour, the halfway point on the Sydney to Brisbane drive.

If you are up for a walk with the reward of stunning coastal views, Mutton Bird Island is your go-to. The walk itself is 1.5km return climb to the top is relatively easy and the panoramic views over Solitary Island is beautiful and the perfect stop for whale watching (May to November)

Butterfly House is a great learning experience for the kids, with the opportunity to stroll amongst hundreds of live butterflies in an indoor rainforest setting. They also have a newly built dinosaur forest with life-sized interactive dinosaurs.

The Big Banana Fun Park Coffs Harbour, New South Wales Australia
The Big Banana Fun Park Coffs Harbour, New South Wales Australia

Of course, before you leave you’ll need to visit the Big Banana, otherwise, your mates simply won’t believe you have been to Coffs. It’s an impressive landmark, but the adjacent water park is the park’s main draw. Just buy some choco-banana snacks before you leave because they are ridiculously good!

The sailing club is a great place to grab a meal and a beer, with a drive out to the beachside town of Sawtell a great place for a coffee stop.

My Recommendations

  • STAY: We loved our stay at Pacific Bay Resort, they have excellent pool facilities and it is right next to the beach!
Things to do in Yamba Visitors Guide

11. Yamba

1.5 hrs | 133km I Stay length: 1 night

Suggested Activities
  • Walk along Yamba Breakwall
  • Picnic beside Yamba Lighthouse
  • Visit Sanctus Brewery Co
  • See the Angourie Blue and Green Pools
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  • Further details on the activities above can be found in this Yamba Ultimate Guide

Yamba, which lies where the Clarence River flows into the Pacific Ocean. What was once a sleepy fishing town is now a popular beachside destination that seamlessly blends the old with the new. Some people described it as Byron Bay 30 years ago and yep, I totally get that vibe!

Even if you’ve seen enough beautiful beaches and ocean pools to last a lifetime, there are plenty of great things to do that don’t involve sand and surf.

In the town, there is a charming old movie cinema, and some chilled-out cafes and restaurants.

Be sure to try the local Yamba prawns, which are served at fish and chip shops and restaurants around town. The Yamba Tavern is a great place to watch the sunset while eating.

Whilst technically not in Yamba, take a short 8-minute drive out to Angourie to visit green and blue pools as well as the Angourie natural Rockpool.

📍 If you are visiting on a Wednesday, go to the Yamba farmers and produce market between 7 am to 11 am, it was recommended to me by a local and was a great place to pick up high-quality bakery goods.

My Recommendations

  • STAY: The Yamba YHA is a great spot to stay! Shanes’s $10 buck tour has become somewhat iconic so if you are staying here – you must do the tour!
An ariel view of Byron Bay

12. Byron Bay

1.5 hrs | 127km I Stay length: 2 nights

Suggested Activities

One of Australia’s most popular destinations, Byron Bay is an essential stop on any Sydney to Brisbane drive. Surrounded by rainforest, it has garnered a reputation for its legendary surf and wellness lifestyle.

While many are quick to comment “It’s not what it used to be”, the hippie and boho essence remains intact. They’ve always been there, but now they are simply accompanied by a wave of designers, influencers, and celebrities like Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon.

With its shift from a hippie haven to a more upscale Boho Chic vibe, Byron retains its allure, especially for surf and scuba enthusiasts.

A busy Byron Bay Beach on a summers afternoon.

Byron is truly blessed with beaches. Main, Clarkes, and Wategos beaches are monitored all year. Belongil Beach has dog-friendly sections, while Little Wategos, the easternmost Australian beach, is a short walk from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Speaking of which, the 3.7km Cape Byron walking track offers a blend of rainforest, beaches, grasslands, and clifftops, leading to the iconic lighthouse.

As for dining, we tried both the Balcony Bar and Oyster Co. for a seafood dinner and The Roadhouse for pizza on another night, and I would happily visit them again! 

My Recommendations

  • Victorias at Wategos offers accommodation with views over the garden, outdoor pool or Cape Byron Lighthouse. It’s great for surfing as it is right next to Wategos beach!
  • Aloha Byron Bay offers a serene escape with its saltwater pool and sunny terrace, only a leisurely 10-minute stroll from the beach—complete with a private balcony,
  • Elements of Byron private villas, beachfront location and lagoon pool
Views of Surfers Paradise from Surfers Aquarius
Views of Surfers Paradise from Surfers Aquarius

13. Gold Coast

1hr 15mins | 92km I Stay length: 3-4 nights

Suggested Activities

As you transition from New South Wales into Queensland, the Gold Coast greets you with its 70km stretch of sand and skyscrapers, marking the final stretch before reaching Brisbane.

The Gold Coast has everything you could possibly want and areas such as Surfers, with its lively atmosphere, felt so different from the tranquil Burleigh Head. We also recommend visiting Coolangatta, Currumbin and Broadbeach which have lots of things to do.

We had 4 nights here, and we felt we barely scratched the surface. Our highlights were:

Miami Marketta Front
Miami Marketta for Street Food
  • Miami Marketta: For street food on the first night. They have a cute little gin bar and it is kid-friendly. They are open every Wednesday, Friday and Sat from 5pm-10pm. They have the biggest Lamington in Australia to buy!
  • Movie World Theme Park: We spent a day at Movie World during the off-peak season, enjoying short queues for rides. While the gift shops were reasonably priced, the food was typical theme park overpriced junk (recommend a picnic!). They have a dedicated kids section great for kids 3 and over! The other theme parks are Sea World, Dream World, and Wet n Wild.
  • Surfers Paradise River Cruise: We loved sailing past waterside mansions in Mermaid Waters, and daydreaming about living in those million-dollar homes right on the water’s edge. The tour takes you right up to the Imperial Hotel (formerly Palazzo Versace).

And if you happen to be there at the right time, the Burleigh Head markets on the last Sunday of the month are some of the best markets on the East Coast!

On the food front, Surfers was a mixed bag. Breakfast by the beach, while scenic, did dent our wallet – $80 for the two adults (and we were being modest with our orders) the service wasn’t great either.

Surfers Paradise RSL
Surfers Paradise RSL

But The RSL Club in Surfers was a pleasant surprise, the Pizza was so good that we decided to go back and have breakfast on our last day. The club overlooks the beach in Surfers Paradise and it made us not want to leave!

Burleigh head markets – last Sunday of the month generally. Great atmosphere and lots of great stalls

My Recommendation

  • STAY: We stayed in Surfers Aquarius on the Beach, which gave us postcard-perfect views over Surfers’ Paradise, it has private beach access, a pool and a kid’s play area.
Gold Coast To Sunshine Coast Brisbane
Brisbane City

14. Brisbane

1 hr | 79km I Stay length: 2 nights

Suggested Activities

Brisbane is the final destination on this Sydney to Brisbane Road Trip. It takes around 1 hour to get there, but we found traffic could be quite slow-moving so I would advise you to leave earlier if you have something planned.

Packed with outstanding museums, vibrant riverfront districts and exceptional restaurants, it’s worthy of a few days of exploration (at least!)

I recommend hiking up to Mount Coot-Tha, it’s located within Brisbane Botanic Gardens and at the top you’ll have breathtaking views of the rainforest and Brisbane CBD.

If you are not able to extend your trip further to the Sunshine Coast to visit Australia Zoo, then Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is your chance to cuddle a koala. Alternatively, this tour picks up from Brisbane and will take you to Australia Zoo, which was made famous by Steve Irwin.

And, after all of the days spent travelling, if you prefer to just relax in a bar, I recommend Sky Room on Wickham Street for cocktails or for a more laid-back occasion head to Bar Barossa on Queen Street, near the Brisbane River.

My Recommendation

The Best Time to Road Trip from Sydney to Brisbane

We took our Sydney to Brisbane Road Trip in September, which in hindsight, felt perfect. It wasn’t quite the peak of summer, so while we weren’t in shorts, we relished the quieter routes. For a balanced experience, consider setting out in the late spring months of September or October.

Venturing between November and February? Brace yourself for sweltering temperatures and a surge in fellow travellers.

Summer in the tropics also signals the onset of heavy downpours. Brisbane might be spared from the intense cyclones seen up north, but the humidity can still be quite overpowering.

How Many Days Are Ideal for a Sydney to Brisbane Drive?

A Sydney to Brisbane drive can be completed in anywhere from one day to one month, although we think that two weeks hits the sweet spot. It’s enough time to really experience what the region has to offer, without getting complacent about seeing “yet another beautiful beach”. 

❗️ If you are short on time, consider driving from Sydney to the Gold Coast in 7 days.

Recommendation: Australia’s public transport system is less than ideal for a big road trip so, the best way to explore the East Coast of Australia is by car. If you are considering renting a car for your Sydney to Brisbane drive, be sure to check out rentalcars.com. They search and compare car rental prices Australia-wide, so you can be sure you’re getting the best possible price.

Sydney to Brisbane by car: Distance, Driving Time & Costs

Sydney to Brisbane drive time: 10 hours (direct).

Recommended road trip: 14-days

Sydney to Brisbane drive distance: 909km (direct) 1303km going to all the stops on the route.

The Sydney to Brisbane drive is 909 kilometres if you follow the Pacific Highway along the coast while the inland route along the New England Highway is slightly longer at 937 kilometres.

If driven non-stop, the journey would take just over 10 hours and cost roughly $115 in petrol for one way(at current fuel prices). The round trip would cost approximately $230. The roads are in good condition and plenty of towns along the way where you can rest and refuel. 

Before you go…

Not ready for the adventure to end? Keep your road trip dreams alive with our comprehensive Gold Coast to Sunshine Coast itinerary which continues up the East Coast of Australia.

Sydney to Brisbane Road. Trip: FAQs

Is the drive from Sydney to Brisbane worth it?

Yes, it is definitely worth driving from Sydney to Brisbane.  If you were to take a flight between these two destinations you would miss out on the stunning scenery and all the great places to stop in between, which can sometimes be better than the big city itself. Particular highlights of the East Coast trip include; Pacific Palms, Byron Bay and Surfers Paradise.

What is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane?

Geographically, Armidale, Australia marks the halfway point between Sydney and Brisbane. However, if you are driving from Sydney to Brisbane along the east coast, Coffs Harbour marks roughly the halfway point between Brisbane and Sydney and is an excellent location for a stop-over.  

How is the Road between Sydney to Brisbane?

The road from Sydney to Brisbane is a relatively straightforward, easy and enjoyable drive. For most of this drive, you will use the highway, with detours now and again for certain attractions. The roads. are well marked out and easy to navigate. As this journey is relatively easy, it is not necessary to have a 4X4 for the drive.

How many days does it take to drive from Brisbane to Sydney?

The route can be done in as little as 10 hours, however, we recommend 14 days is a good amount of time to stop off at all the stops mentioned in this guide.

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