This post was first published in 2018 but has been updated in 2020 with the most recent information on a Sydney to Brisbane drive.
If you’re craving a coastal drive, a Sydney to Brisbane road trip (or a Brisbane to Sydney road trip) is one of the most popular and sought-after drives in Australia.
This self drive road trip itinerary is a famous journey spanning 1000 kms along the legendary Pacific Coast of Australia.
The scenic drive from Sydney to Brisbane takes you on an adventure through lush national parks, stunning beaches, rolling green hills of the hinterland, and small yet vibrant off the beaten track towns full of charisma and authentic Australian culture. You’ll never have to wonder “where should I stop between Brisbane and Sydney?” since there is no shortage of compelling things to do along the way.
Having experienced the legendary Sydney to Brisbane drive ourselves a number of times, we can honestly say that it’s the perfect trip for the curious traveler looking to experience Australia past the major sights and attractions.
Whether you only have a few days to explore the Pacific Coast or are lucky enough to have 2-3 weeks, there is a Sydney to Brisbane drive out there for everyone. This is the outline of our suggested stops along the way and can be taken from Sydney to Brisbane by car or vice versa as a drive from Brisbane to Sydney.
Sydney – 2 days to 1 week
The large sprawling cosmopolitan city of Sydney lures in millions to its culture-seeped neighbourhoods, enchanting harbour, pristine beaches, and a buzzing food and entertainment scene. Whether it is your starting point on a Sydney to Brisbane road trip or your finish line on a road trip from Brisbane to Sydney, it will be a welcome stop.
Things to Do in Sydney
- Visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge: Or even better, climb to the summit of the Sydney Harbor Bridge for an incredible panoramic view of the city and possibly the best photo opportunities of your trip. A professional climbing guide will lead you and the rest of your group up to the top of this engineering marvel.
- Take a Darling Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise: It’s the highlight of any drive from Gold Coast to Sydney.
- Tour the Sydney Opera House: It is arguably one of the most famous buildings in the world, with almost enough history as it has rooms. Your tour guide will show you the stories, the history, and the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Sign up for a 2-hour Beginner Surf Lesson at Bondi: It’s the best way to see Bondi Beach like the locals do. You’ll be riding your first wave by the end of the lesson.
- Jump on a Hop On/Hop Off Bus Tour: If you only have a day, consider seeing the highlights with a bus tour. With 2 available routes and over 30 stops included in the price of the ticket, it’s the easiest and fastest way to see the best of Sydney.
- Hop aboard a Sydney Whale Watching Cruise: The catamaran sails out into the Pacific to see native sea life, from orcas to dolphins to seals. You’ll even listen to whale song with a microphone. If you time it right, you might even get to see humpback whales numbering in the hundreds during their migration.
Where to Stay in Sydney
If you’re not sure what neighbourhood to stay in, check out our guide to places to stay and neighbourhoods in Sydney. These are some of our favourite hotels in Sydney.
- Cambridge Hotel: Located in Surry Hills, just a few kilometres away from Darling Harbour. This mid-range hotel has 149 rooms that feature modern decor, great amenities, and has respectable sustainability practices.
- Sir Stamford Hotel: This stunning 5-star hotel is located right on Sydney Harbour. It has a rooftop swimming pool with harbour views and is also a TripAdvisor GreenLeader on the Gold Level.
- Sydney Harbour YHA: It’s no secret that we love YHA Hostels. This award-winning hostel has unbelievable harbour views, clean and inviting common spaces, and follows a huge list of sustainability measures.
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Lake Macquarie – 1 day
Sydney to Lake Macquarie Drive: 126 kilometres // 1 hour 40 minutes
Lake Macquarie is Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lagoon that covers an area of 110 km. It’s an impressive and beautifully tranquil body of water, peppered with sailboats all around its perimeter, and it’s a perfect Sydney to Gold Coast drive stopover.
Life on the shores of Lake Macquarie is slow paced and drastically different from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. The residents of the area are some of the nicest and friendliest we have met on our road trip from Sydney to Brisbane!
There are dozens of small towns dotted around the lake, each one offering a unique way to take in the beauty of Lake Macquarie. We chose to stop in Toronto, an obvious choice for us, given that we grew up in Toronto, Canada, but there are 19 other stops worth considering.
No matter which town you end up choosing, Lake Macquarie should not be missed on a road trip, Brisbane to Sydney.
Things to Do in Lake Macquarie
- Stroll the Foreshore at Warners Bay: Have a picnic in the park or just relax in the afternoon drinking tea in a lakeside cafe.
- Take a Lake Cruise: It includes a buffet lunch and is a great way to spend the afternoon spotting dolphins and other marine life.
- Visit Caves Beach: Located on the shores of Lake Macquarie, the caves are a delight to explore on your own and the beach is a great place to take a dip.
- Hire a Bike or Kayak: There is no better way to explore the area! This is an excellent activity to split up the Brisbane to Sydney drive time.
- Visit Dobell House: It is the former home and studio of Sir William Dobell, who is one of Australia’s most famous artists.
Where to Stay in Lake Macquarie
- Brighton Apartments: Located in Toronto and just a short walk away from Lake Macquarie, this hotel offers spacious rooms that are comfortable and affordable.
- The Lake Escape: This well-appointed holiday home is located on the shore of Lake Macquarie. It has awesome lake views and free bikes and kayaks for exploring the area in an eco-friendly way.
Hunter Valley – 1-3 days
Lake Macquarie to Hunter Valley Drive: 132 kilometres // 1 hour 56 minutes
When planning your Sydney to Gold Coast drive stopovers, remember that Hunter Valley is not just a stop for wine lovers! It’s a place to sample local produce, get lost in the beautiful Australian countryside, or relax and unwind.
It will pleasantly surprise you with fantastic dining options that are easy on the wallet and delightful on the palate. In fact, some of the best food we had along our Sydney to Gold Coast drive was in Hunter Valley. You will also find lots of entertainment options, and of course, the best wine in Australia! Well, in our opinion, anyway!
If you love discovering new wineries and want to sample a good selection of wines from the region, give yourself at least 2-3 days to explore Hunter Valley on your drive from Brisbane to Sydney.
Things to Do in Hunter Valley
- Take a Full Day Wine Tour: There are lots of restaurants to check out and plenty of wineries to visit. However, they should be explored with a tour so you can learn about the region and it’s wine from an expert.
- Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Flight: See Hunter Valley from above and check off a bucket list item. Even better, kick it up a notch with champagne!
- Enjoy a Picnic Among the Vineyards: This tour includes a museum visit, master class wine tasting and a packed picnic to be enjoyed with your family, friends or beau.
- Enjoy a Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Tasting Tour: You’ll get to experience the best of three of Hunter Valley’s wineries and whether you prefer sweet or savoury, wine or spirits, there will be something for you to enjoy.
Consider Taking a Day Tour from Sydney: If you are short on time, one day is enough to take in the views, enjoy some great food, and appreciate the best this region has to offer.
Where to Stay in Hunter Valley
- H Boutique Hotel: Located in the town of Pokolbin in Hunter Valley, this hotel is set in the foothills of the Brokenback mountain range and promises to give you a totally eco-friendly experience.
- Somewhere Unique: This hotel offers 1 bedroom eco-lux units. Their property is set on 20 acres of bushland and they were the first Hunter Valley accommodation to be recognized by Eco Tourism Australia.
- Donnybrook Retreat: This retreat offers the ultimate glamping experience and operates on the principles of treading lightly on the earth.
Newcastle – 2-3 days
Hunter Valley to Newcastle Drive: 114 kilometres // 1 hour 45 minutes
Our road trip Sydney – Brisbane we only managed to spend 2 days in Newcastle, but this great city really surprised us, so much so that we went as far as to call it Australia’s most underrated city. The locals totally agree and love the fact that Newcastle constantly surprises travelers with all it has to offer.
Newcastle is full of culture, history, and stunning landscapes while boasting a charismatic funky atmosphere and a developing artistic side. Oh, and did we mention, it’s super laid back and easygoing too? While driving Brisbane to Sydney or vice versa, on a Brisbane to Sydney roadtrip your only regret with Newcastle would be if you bypassed it.
Stay for at least 2 days, but if you can spare it, stay longer; we promise you won’t get bored!
Things to Do in Newcastle
- Visit the Beaches: Go sunbathing, surfing, or swimming. Nobbys Beach, Bar Beach, and Newcastle Beach were some of our favourites!
- Stay for a Sunset: Stroll along the Esplanade to experience one of Newcastle’s iconic sunsets from the clifftop.
- Take a Harbour and Coast Sight-Seeing Tour: Enjoy over 2 hours on this eco-cruise, seeing Hunter Coast, Caves Beach, and Catherine Hill Bay. You’ll experience 360-degree views to see dolphins, seabirds, turtles, whales, and tons of local landmarks.
- Enjoy a Hidden Gems Pub Walk: If you’re looking for a laid-back time, this walking tour is for you. Get to know some of the history of Newcastle along with the history and science behind beer, as you visit Newcastle’s hidden gems, from pubs to bars to taverns.
- Enjoy a Newcastle True Crime Tour: As one of Australia’s oldest settlements, Newcastle has quite the gritty history, and you can explore some of the most historic sites as you get the details. This is a really unique tour, for the true crime lover inside everyone!
Places to Stay in Newcastle
- Crown of Darby Newcastle: Located right on Darby Street, this hotel offers serviced apartments that are modern, elegant and surrounded by specialty restaurants, bars, and boutique shopping.
- Novotel Beach Hotel: Located next to the beach, this hotel is comfortable and modern. It is also part of the Accor Planet 21 program which supports initiatives to promote environmental protection and the fight against sexual exploitation amongst other things.
Nelson Bay – 1-2 days
Newcastle to Nelson Bay Drive: 61 kilometers // 55 minutes
When it comes to places to stop between Sydney and Brisbane, you have to remember Nelson Bay. It’s the perfect spot to relax and visit national parks on the long road trip from Sydney to Brisbane.
Things to Do in Nelson Bay
- Join a Wild Dolphin Cruise and Swim with Dolphins in the Wild: If you want to watch dolphins from the deck of a catamaran and take in the sun and the sea spray, then this day trip won’t disappoint you. Or if you want an experience like nothing else, then you can hop into a wetsuit and get into the water with wild dolphins, watching them from the safety of the net attached to the ship. Always ensure you choose an ethical eco-certified dolphin swim operator, to ensure that your entertainment does not harm the wildlife.
- Visit One Mile Beach: Spend a few days sunbathing on this beautiful beach
- Go Sandboarding and 4×4 driving at Stockton Sand Dunes: Visit the largest sand dunes at Stockton Beach in Port Stephens for an exhilarating experience.
- Walk to the Top of Tomaree Summit: This hike, in Tomaree National Park, is only 1- 1.5 hours return trip but offers up incredible views of Port Stephen and the North Coast.
Where to Stay in Nelson Bay
- Mantra Aqua Resort: Located in Nelson Bay, this resort focuses on minimising their environmental impact and features 2 and 3 bedroom self-contained apartments. Each arranged around a lagoon-style solar heated pool and spa.
- Wanderers Retreat: This award-winning resort offers units for 2-9 people and strives to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. It is set in a lush rainforest setting and with a pool.
Port Macquarie – 1-2 days
Nelson Bay to Port Macquarie Drive: 249 kilometres // 2 hours 42 minutes
Port Macquarie is another pleasant surprise while driving from Sydney to Brisbane that’s definitely worth a day or two of your road trip itinerary. It’s a small town of fewer than 50,000 people, but one that offers a vast number of activities for all types of travelers.
In our opinion, Port Macquarie is truly a nature lovers paradise. It is home to 17 different beaches, each one unique and striking in their own way. If you’re looking to let your inner beach bum out, then Port Macquarie is a necessary stop on your Sydney to Gold Coast road trip.
So kick back and give yourself a few days to explore and take in everything that this town has to offer, or you’ll be kicking yourself that you didn’t later on. Port Macquarie is officially one of our favourite towns on this Sydney to Brisbane drive itinerary!
To give you some perspective on how far you have come, the drive from Sydney to Port Macquarie is nearly 400 kilometers – so you’re about a quarter of the way to Brisbane.
Things to Do in Port Macquarie
- Enjoy a Eco River Cruise with Dolphin Spotting: If you’re in the mood for a laid back day but you don’t want to just lounge around your hotel, then this slow and gentle tour up the Hastings River and Limeburners Creek will scratch that itch. The accommodations are comfortable, the pace is easy, and you’ll be able to spot all sorts of wildlife as you cruise along.
- Join a Speed Boat Ocean Cruise: This activity will get your blood pumping and you’ll spot dolphins and marine life along the way.
- Give Surfing a Go: There are a number of great breaks in Port Macquarie for all levels and abilities. If you’re a newbie surfer, hit up one of the surf schools in town for a lesson.
- Explore the Rock Pools: Spend an afternoon lounging in the rock pools, it is a highlight of a road trip to Gold Coast from Sydney.
- Go Kayaking along the Hastings River: This an activity we highly recommend! There are a few kayak rentals in town.
- Enjoy a Coastal Walk: The Town Green to Lighthouse Beach walk is 9 kilometres. If you have time for it, you’ll be treated to awesome coastal views.
Places to Stay in Port Macquarie
- Mantra the Observatory Hotel: Located a stone’s throw away from the Town Beach, in 2015 this hotel was selected as the Winner of United Nations World Environment Day Awards. Thereby making it a great choice for an eco-conscious traveler.
- Diamond Waters Treehouses: Located just south of Port Macquarie, this hotel is committed to sustainable business practices. They offer accommodation in their unique and comfortable treehouses.
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Coffs Harbour – 1-2 days
Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour Drive: 152 kilometres // 1 hour 36 minutes
Coffs and us…well, we didn’t really get along. Maybe it was the rain, maybe it was the lack of our enthusiasm to go beyond the Big Banana Amusement Park and discover the lesser known sights in Coffs Harbour, but this town really fell flat for us on our Gold Coast to Sydney drive. We left without seeing much.
Should you skip it? Probably not. After all, Coffs Harbour is one of the most popular holiday destinations along the Pacific Coast, claiming to have everything from World Heritage National Parks and sandy beaches to beach camel rides and vodka tastings.
If the vibe agrees with you, stay for a few days. Otherwise, spend a day checking out a few activities and move on. There’s still so much to see along the Sydney to Brisbane drive.
Things to Do in Coffs Harbour
- Visit the Big Banana Amusement Park: For family-friendly activities and to snap a picture with the Big Banana itself head to this iconic theme park.
- Take a 1-Hour to Segway Tour: This is a fun and alternative way to experience the Coffs Harbour and its beautiful coastline.
- Explore the Gondwana Rainforest: Take a tour to visit Dorrigo National Park but don’t leave without a visit to Danger Falls. On the way back to Coffs Harbour visit local wineries and produce shops.
- Take a Tour through Ururga Wetlands: Get close to Australian wildlife, go kayaking or stand up paddleboarding and stroll the Forest Sky Pier for stunning views.
- Take a Sunset Guided Walk: The guided walk on the Solitary Island Coast. Then, your evening will be topped off with a sunset picnic at the Great Dividing Ranges.
Places to Stay in Coffs Harbour
- ibis Budget Coffs Harbour: This hotel is part of the Planet 21 Sustainable Development program and offers comfortable, basic rooms in the heart of Coffs Harbour.
- BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort: This award-winning resort is located on Diggers Beach in Coffs Harbour. While it has a long way to go when it comes to sustainability it offers comfortable modern accommodation on a beautiful property.
Woolgoolga – 2-3 days
Coffs Harbour to Woolgoolga Drive: 26 kilometres // 21 minutes
This stop isn’t about Woolgoolga town at all, although we are sure it is lovely in its own way. This is your chance to visit Arrawarra Beach on your Brisbane to Sydney road trip. Also, known as Spot X the location of Australia’s famous Mojo Surf Camp.
It was here back in 2010 that Oksana first surfed her first wave to shore, overwhelmed by the feeling of excitement and sheer disbelief in her own abilities.
It’s a great place to meet other travelers, incredibly social, laid back, and is literally everything you ever pictured Australia to be.
You’ll spend your mornings working on your surfing skills, afternoons lazing around in a hammock, and evenings sharing a meal/drinks and travel stories over a campfire with new travel buddies. The days will fly by on your Brisbane to Sydney drive, so budget accordingly.
Yamba – 1 day
Woolgoola to Yamba Drive: 112 kilometres // 1 hour 20 minutes
Until recently we had never even heard of Yamba, but, boy, were we glad that we discovered it! Yamba is a sleepy fishing town with beautiful beaches, fantastic surf spots, and a laid-back atmosphere. It’s another secret gem on the Pacific Coast that’s definitely worth a stop on your Sydney to Brisbane drive.
Things to Do in Yamba
- Visit Yamba Ice Creamery: It was the highlight of our stop and gave us a chance to indulge in the best ice cream in Australia. (As voted by us!)
- Visit the Yamba Lighthouse: The two self-guided Yamba Historical Walks bypass Yamba Lighthouse.
- Explore the Beaches: Yamba, Pippi, and Turners Beach are the most popular beaches in Yamba and they deserve a visit.
- Visit Angourie Pools: This is the best way to refresh on a hot summer day or when you’ve been cooped up in the car for too long. Take a dip in the natural swimming pools.
Places to Stay in Yamba
- Clubyamba Luxury Holiday Village: Located just a few blocks away from the beach in Yamba, the hotel is locally owned and known for its peaceful garden setting.
- Yamba YHA: They are committed to operating sustainability and offer centrally located backpacker accommodation.
Byron Bay – 2-3 days
Yamba to Byron Bay Drive: 125 kilometres // 1 hour 39 minutes
Byron Bay is one of the top destinations in Australia, and we won’t be the only ones to add it to your “must visit” list. It’s one of the best beach towns in Australia (maybe even the best) with an amazing vibe, great restaurants, boutique shopping, fantastic beaches, and everything in between. It is a must stop for anyone driving from Gold Coast to Sydney.
We love Byron. We fell in love in Byron and we got engaged in Byron. Byron will always be a very special place for us.
It’s a town we can go back to again and again without ever getting tired of its charm and appeal. We suggest you plan to spend at least 2-3 days in Byron, but we won’t be surprised if you end up hanging around for a LOT longer.
Things to Do in Byron Bay
- Take a Mount Warning sunrise walk: Byron is synonymous with love for us, but if you also want to capture some romance, a camping experience with a Mount Warning sunrise walk will be perfect.
- Indulge in a Brewery and Distillery Tour: It is the perfect way to soak in the alternative culture of Byron Bay.
- Enjoy a Sea Kayak Tour with Dolphins & Turtles: It’s a magical experience kayaking alongside dolphins. If you don’t manage to spot at least spot a dolphin, turtle, or whale, you can paddle out again with the guide for free.
- Go Tandem Skydiving: You can appreciate the sights from 15,000 feet up, and enjoy a full minute of freefall on a 20-minute tandem dive.
- Take a 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Flight: Appreciate the truly panoramic view of Byron Bay from a hot air balloon with a professional pilot.
- Take a Surfing Lesson: If you haven’t stood up on a board yet, Byron Bay is the perfect place to start.
- Go on a Wildlife Safari: Enjoy a full day of spotting Aussie animals in their natural habitat with a local tour guide. You’re guaranteed to see kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, and fly foxes. Or for something a little more unique, try a guided Platypus Spotting Walk to these elusive creatures.
Places to Stay in Byron Bay
- Byron Bay Rainforest Resort: Located just a few kilometers away from Tallow Beach, this resort offers 9 spacious and comfortable self-contained cabins. It is known for its sustainable practices focused on nature and wildlife preservation.
- Satara Boutique Hotel: Stay here to slow things down, Satara perfectly captures the quieter side of Byron Bay. They are sustainably minded and offer 4 stylish suites in a tranquil rainforest setting, just ten minutes’ walk from the beach.
- Check out our full list of places to stay in Byron Bay. They will only make your already great trip to Byron, even better.
Gold Coast – 2-3 days
Byron Bay to Gold Coast Drive: 94 kilometres // 1 hour 10 minutes
The city of Gold Coast is an urban area of approximately 35kms that stretches along the coastal suburbs from Paradise Point to Tweed Heads. Gold Coast is home to some of the best beaches in Queensland and a few of the best beaches in all of Australia. It’s a popular area with families, backpackers, and surfing enthusiasts.
Things to Do in Gold Coast
- Visit the Beaches: There are over 30 different beaches in the Gold Coast, each one more beautiful than the other, but for reasons unknown to me, most tourists flock to Surfers Paradise. Don’t! One of our biggest tips for driving from Brisbane to Sydney is to head to the lesser known, more local spots, like Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads or Broadbeach.
- Take a Night Tour of Glow Worm Caves: At Springbrook National Park you can walk through the rainforest at night and see these little star-like bugs do their thing. More than that, you’ll be able to appreciate the way the rainforest comes to life at night, in a way that’s completely different from the daytime.
- Go on a Half-Day Deluxe Whale Watching Cruise: Appreciate humpback whales from the most up-close-and-personal viewing decks you’re going to find on the Gold Coast. The whales are curious and eager to investigate the ship, and tour groups at kept at the optimal size to guarantee good visibility.
- Take a Surf Lesson on the Gold Coast: If you’ve always wanted to surf but never had an opportunity, there’s no place better to learn than the Gold Coast. Over two hours with an instructor, you’ll work your way from paddling in the shallows to standing on a board for the first time.
Places to Stay on the Gold Coast
- The Luxury Eco Rainforest Retreat: Try something different by heading inland, this chalet is situated on 10 acres of tropical rainforest. The property offers organic sheets, toiletries, and an opportunity for eco-friendly living, even if it’s just for a day or two.
- Voco Hotel: This sustainable and stylish option is located in Surfers Paradise. The rooms are modern, well appointed and have great views of the beach.
Detour: Scenic Rim
Gold Coast to Scenic Rim Drive: 110 kilometres // 1 hour 40 minutes
Love hiking? Then don’t miss a chance to take a detour on your Brisbane to Gold Coast drive to experience a part of one of the most extensive subtropical rainforests in the world, the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia! The 50+ rainforests that comprise the Gondwana Rainforests are a World Heritage Site totaling 366,500 hectares stretching from Newcastle to Brisbane.
For a quick and easy way to experience a part of this incredible rainforest network, consider taking a detour to hike the Scenic Rim Trail. It’s a great opportunity to park the car and connect with nature, even if it’s just for a few days!
This 2-day hike is an all-inclusive experience with glamping accommodation, gourmet locally sourced food and fantastic guides who provide great insight into the fauna and flora of this region. We highly recommend you make time for this experience on your Sydney to Brisbane drive.
Brisbane – 2-3 days
Gold Coast to Brisbane Drive: 78 kilometres // 58 minutes
DETOUR: Scenic Rim to Brisbane Drive: 98 kilometres // 1 hour 22 minutes
Welcome to the finish line of your Sydney to Brisbane drive. Brisbane may not be as hot and trendy as Sydney or Melbourne, but it has a fair few spots worth checking out.
Things to Do in Brisbane
- Explore Brisbane’s Vibrant Neighbourhoods: Simply mingle with the locals at the South Bank Parklands or in the hippy neighbourhood of West End.
- Get Active Around Brisbane: Explore Brisbane River, check out the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park, go on a hike around Mt Coot-tha.
- Take a Stradbroke Island Day Tour: Take a day trip to the world’s second-largest sand island and its national park, controlled almost entirely by Aboriginal people. Point Lookout is considered the best land-based spot to see whales, and the waters around the island are safe to swim in all year.
- Go on a Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise: It will be a busy day, packed full of whale- and dolphin-watching, a visit to the Moreton Bay Marine Park, and a snorkeling tour of the 14 ships that make up the Tangalooma Wrecks.
- Take a Brisbane River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit: Cruise your way along Brisbane’s waterfront and appreciate your captain’s commentary, until you get to Lone Pine. In the next 3 hours, you’ll get to explore the marsupial sanctuary and even get a picture taken while you hug a koala.
- See the Best of Brisbane with a Segway Tour: If you are fed up with touring by 4 wheels, then hop on two wheels with a segway tour.
If you have had enough of driving, instead jump aboard the Spirit of Queensland train to travel from Brisbane to Cairns in style.
Places to Stay in Brisbane
- Park Regis North Quay Hotel: Located near Roma Street Station, this hotel offers generously sized rooms and apartments. Plus, it has a number of sustainability initiatives, like energy-efficient infrastructure, eco-friendly cleaning materials, and waste management.
- Riverside Hotel: If you’re looking for a clean, modern, and affordable choice on the South Bank, this hotel delivers. It offers rooms, apartments, and suites, and it’s right next to a number of museums and theatres.
- Not sure what neighbourhood to stay in? Check out our guide neighbourhoods in Brisbane.
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Sydney to Brisbane Drive Time & Distance
Total Brisbane to Sydney Distance (and Vice Versa)
Our Sydney to Brisbane distance total was 1295 km. However, if you do a straight shoot and don’t head inland your distance from Brisbane to Sydney will average about 1000 km.
How Many Days For Your Sydney to Brisbane Drive?
Driving from Brisbane to Sydney with enough stopovers to give you a good overview of Australian life and culture can take anywhere between 7- 14 days. Although it is possible to speed through the highlights in just 3-4 days.
Total Sydney to Brisbane Drive Time
All in all, the time we spent on the road traveling Sydney to Brisbane was roughly 15 hrs 34 min.
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Short on Time?
You can’t do much about the Sydney to Brisbane distance. But you can cut down the time it takes to see it all! You can still experience the Sydney to the Gold Coast drive even if you don’t have the luxury of 2-3 weeks or more. Here are our tips for driving from Brisbane to Sydney and all the places in between:
- Pick and choose the stops that interest you the most on your Sydney to Brisbane drive. If you only have 1 week, cut the number of stops by 3. Don’t try to squeeze in everything. It’s not an episode of the Amazing Race.
- Reduce the number of days you spend in each town
- Consider driving in the evenings or early mornings to avoid wasting the day on the road. After all, your Sydney to Brisbane road trip is not about the driving but the stops along the way!
BEFORE YOU GO: DON’T FORGET TRAVEL INSURANCE
We can’t stress enough the importance of travel insurance, especially in a country like Australia. Whether you just plan to explore the cities, do a little bit of hiking, or go extreme (think surfing, scuba diving, or ever skydiving), being protected on your travels is an irreplaceable peace of mind. We learned about the importance of travel insurance the hard way and now we never travel without coverage.