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Sydney to Brisbane Road Trip

The road trip from Sydney to Brisbane is a popular route if you have a rental car and are looking to experience the Australian east coast. This 12 hour drive will take you past beautiful coastal scenery and many interesting towns. VroomVroomVroom would like to share some ideas on how you can make the most of your trip Down Under. 

Explore the nooks and crannies of the Pacific Highway

Bar Beach and Merewether

Head north on the Pacific Highway to start your journey to Brisbane. As you leave the iconic skyline of Sydney in the distance, you will find many interesting stops to explore along the way. 

One of the first famous stops is the mighty Hawkesbury River, fenced by three national parks flowing into the scenic Broken Bay. If you have limited time to spend in the area, try to visit Ku-Ring-Gai Chase, one of the most popular parks in the region, full of lovely walks and interesting Aboriginal paintings. Fishing and sailing are popular activities at Broken Bay itself. 

Another popular stop nearby is Terrigal. This is a popular holiday destinations among Australians, and it is easy to see why. With protected harbours and great beaches for surfing, you will find plenty to do in this coastal town.

Experience the Central Coast

As you make your way deeper into Australia's popular Central Coast region, be sure to stop in at Newcastle. The city boasts five great beaches, with the most popular being Nobbys Beach. Newcastle also has a thriving music scene, a huge student population and beautiful colonial buildings. If you're looking for some good dining options, head to Darby Street. 

An hours drive from Newcastle is Port Stephens. See if you can spot a dolphin here, with a population of bottle-nosed dolphins often lingering near the coast. There are also charter vessels available. Further along the highway you can enjoy towns like Port Macquarie and Nambucca Heads, as well as visiting the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour

Visit a few of the local pubs in north-east New South Wales

The north east corner of New South Wales is home to interesting towns like Bangalow, Mullumbimby, and of course Byron Bay. Stop in at unique towns like Mooball, where telephone poles and service stations are painted with dairy cow patterns, or experience the alternative vibes of Nimbin. 

Surfers Paradise

The area is home to rolling hills, pretty beaches, rainforests, spectacular bushwalks and a chilled out atmosphere that will make you consider investing in a comby and a digeridoo. The local pub scene is also worth checking out. A few great options include the Byron Bay beach Hotel, the Nimbin Hotel and the Tumbulgum Tavern.

Drive the final stretch into sunny Brisbane

Driving past Tweed Heads, you will eventually find yourself in the vibrant Gold Coast. A popular destination for tourists is Surfers Paradise, where there are plenty of opportunities to spend money like Jupiter's Casino. Experience the lively nightlife along Orchid Road, and try not to spend too much money and end up making your way to Brisbane penniless. 

When you reach Queensland's capital city, explore Southbank, the West End, walk along the Brisbane River and try some of the great local restaurants. For a chic suburb, head to Bulimba, or try Milton for good food. Rosalie is a great option for delicatessens and innovative cuisine, and for boutique shopping explore Fortitude Valley.

Have you taken on the long road trip between Sydney and Brisbane? If you have any suggestions of places to stop along the way, please let us know in the comment section below.