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Brisbane to Sydney road trip itinerary

 

AUTHOR: PETRINA DARRAH

The Pacific Highway is a highlight reel of Australian beaches and aquatic activities. Driving from Brisbane to Sydney is a distance of about 900 kilometres, which translates into 12 hours driving time, roughly two weeks of adventure, and countless moments spent absorbing the beauty of beaches, sunrises, and the uncomplicated life on the east coast of Australia.

Here's where to stop, stay, and play when you road trip from Brisbane to Sydney with a JUCY Australia campervan hire

ESSENTIAL DETAILS

Brisbane to Sydney drive time: 10 hours.

Number of days needed: 12-14 days

How to get from Brisbane to Sydney: Get a cheap campervan rental from Brisbane to Sydney. You'll have more freedom to find campgrounds near the beach and wake up next to the view. You'll probably follow the Pacific Highway (A1) most of the way but we recommend taking plenty of detours and smaller roads as well - follow your curiosity!

Top sights to see on the way:

BRISBANE TO GOLD COAST

75 km - 1 hour

The Gold Coast is flashy, beautiful, and fun. Stop here for a night or two to take in some of the big-ticket tourist items in Australia.

WHAT TO DO IN THE GOLD COAST
WHERE TO STAY IN THE GOLD COAST

The entire Gold Coast is adorned with gorgeous beaches, so you have a vast array of options when it comes to choosing a place to stay. We recommend basing yourself at Ingenia Holidays Kingscliff, a holiday park with a range of accommodation options. It's an excellent base for exploring the coast, as it's set among 10 acres of subtropical gardens and near to some of the more secret - that means quieter - Gold Coast beaches.

red panda in currumbin animal sanctuary gold coast

GOLD COAST TO BYRON BAY

95 km - 1 hour 15 minutes

Fun fact - Byron Bay is the easternmost point of Australia. It's also the boho capital of Australia - you'll love the creative, welcoming vibe. There are plenty of beachy activities to take advantage of, as well as creative markets where you can find some of the best local produce or unique souvenirs.

WHAT TO DO IN BYRON BAY
WHERE TO STAY IN BYRON BAY

The First Sun Holiday Park is right by the beach and close to the centre of town. It's a comfortable and convenient place to park up for a night or two.

fresh fruits and vegetables from byron bay farmers market

BYRON BAY TO MINNIE WATER

230 km - 2 hours 30 minutes

The tiny coastal town of Minnie Water is a calm place to stopover for a night when driving the Pacific Highway. Surrounded by Yuraygir National Park, the village comes alive in spring when many of the 120 species of wildflower in the area come into bloom. It's a quiet place to get away from the Pacific Highway for a night.

WHAT TO DO IN MINNIE WATER
WHERE TO STAY IN MINNIE WATER

Illaroo Campground has an excellent price to beauty ratio. This is an exceptionally scenic campsite, which is quiet, scenic, and just a stone's throw from the beach.

MINNIE WATER TO NAMBUCCA HEADS

150 km - 2 hours

Nambucca Heads is something of a hidden gem. With a chilled country feel, it's the perfect place to stop for a surf break. There's plenty of natural beauty to enjoy, from deserted beaches to the glittering estuary and the nearby rainforest.

WHAT TO DO IN NAMBUCCA HEADS
WHERE TO STAY IN NAMBUCCA HEADS

The Ingenia White Albatross Resort is set around a peaceful tidal lagoon. From here you can explore Nambucca's sun-drenched headlands via a river cruise, swim, or other water activity.

jucy campervan driving pacific coast highway

MINNIE WATER TO PORT MACQUARIE

250 km - 3 hours

Port Macquarie is a pleasant mix of cosmopolitan and naturally beautiful. You can explore the gorgeous beaches in the area by day and the local bars by night.

WHAT TO DO IN PORT MACQUARIE
WHERE TO STAY IN PORT MACQUARIE

One of the top spots to stay in Port Macquarie is just 20 minutes south of the town. The Big4 Bonny Hills Holiday Park is perched right on the edge of the beautiful Rainbow Beach. Bonny Hills is more relaxed than Port Macquarie, so you can enjoy a laid-back beach holiday while still being within easy driving distance of the town.

lighthouse byron bay at sunset

PORT MACQUARIE TO PORT STEPHENS

250 km - 2 hours 40 minutes

Port Stephens is another laid back beach region and one of the last places to stop on the road trip from Brisbane to Sydney.

WHAT TO DO IN PORT STEPHENS
WHERE TO STAY IN PORT STEPHENS

Close to yet another stunning Australian beach is Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach. This campground is perched right on the edge of the water. This prime location in Port Stephens makes this a desirable campground and an excellent base for exploring the surrounding bays and nature reserves.

PORT STEPHENS TO SYDNEY

215 km - 3 hours

From Port Stephens, you can cruise south through Newcastle and the Central Coast before arriving in Sydney.

WHAT TO DO ON THE CENTRAL COAST
WHERE TO STAY IN SYDNEY

If you're dropping off or picking up your vehicle in Sydney, you need a comfortable place to stay. Whether it's the end of a long road trip and you need to recuperate, or you're just gearing up to set off, Ingenia Sydney Hills is a great spot away from the stress of the city. Only an hour's drive from the CBD, this campground is a great base for exploring Sydney's beaches, or even the Blue Mountains.

couple sit in front of opera house

MORE BRISBANE ROAD TRIPS

Can't get enough of travelling Australia's east coast? Check out these Brisbane campervire or car rental road trip itineraries as well.

YOU'LL HAVE 10 TIMES THE FUN ON THE ROAD WITH A JUCY CAMPERVAN! BOOK TODAY.

Petrina Darrah is a freelance travel writer from New Zealand. Check out more of her work at petrinadarrah.com

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