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Driving Distances: Sydney - Brisbane 939 km
The hardest thing about planning a trip along the coast between Sydney and Brisbane, is deciding where to go and what to see along the way. You can be assured that you will find some of the best surfing beaches and National Parks in Australia. There are some fantastic beach side, holiday resort towns up the coast, with Byron Bay attracting tourists from all over the world. With this trip you need to be flexible, just in case you want to stay longer in one particular place. Hiring a RV, Campervan or Motorhome will give you this flexibility. Your standard of accommodation remains the same throughout and you only unpack once.
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Sydney is Australia's largest capital city and best known internationally for: its World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, its magnificent harbour, and for Bondi Beach. Of course there is much, much, more to this fabulous city. So-much-so, that we could devote a whole website on Sydney alone. Because of Sydney's congested traffic, we recommend that you spend a couple of days in or close to the City before picking up your vehicle, or picking up your vehicle and staying a couple of nights on Sydney's northern beaches and catching public transport into the City.
Manly to Palm Beach. Although Bondi Beach is Sydney's most famous, the northern beaches from Manly to Palm Beach are more beautiful. Manly is a great place to start. From Manly you can take a short drive up to North Head and look out over, what many people describe as: "the most magnificent harbour in the world". From Manly you can catch a ferry into the city. This is a wonderful and most relaxing way to experience Sydney Harbour and to view the Opera House and the City. Manly has two beaches: a protected harbour beach and the ocean beach, separated by great cafes and restaurants, AND the best fish'n'chip shops. There are 13, beautiful, golden, sandy beaches within 28 kilometres between Manly and Palm Beach; a beach lover's paradise in summer. Palm Beach is also the filming location for the popular television series: "Home and Away". Apart from the beach, it's a beautiful drive around the peninsula and into the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The West Head Lookout has superb views out over the Hawkesbury River, Pittwater; and Bobbin Head is a popular place for picnickers. Holiday Parks are scarce in Sydney; however there is an excellent 4 star park nestled between the Narrabeen lake and beach.
The Central Coast.

Gosford to Newcastle. Just over an hour's drive north of Sydney the Central Coast has everything to offer the holiday traveler. For a start there are plenty of holiday parks, in great locations; some next to beaches and lakes. Whatever your holiday likes are: fishing, swimming, surfing, sun-baking, bushwalking; or just lazing about, the Central Coast has it all. It's well worth a drive to Patonga in the Brisbane Water National Park. On the other side of the Hawkesbury River to Palm Beach, Patonga is a pretty little place with a sheltered beach, beautiful surrounds and a lovely camping area. Nearby is Pearl Beach which is an exclusive retreat for Sydney-siders. It has a lovely beach with bush surrounds and is a great place to stop for a swim or for a coffee. There are many popular and beautiful beaches and towns up the coast including The Entrance, where Tuggerah Lake connects to the sea. This is a very popular holiday town and is famous for the daily pelican feeding, where hundreds of these beautiful birds waddle up the shore to be fed. It's also a good place for you to have a feed.
Newcastle & Lake Macquarie.

Newcastle. Traveling further up the Central Coast and driving through the elevated southern suburbs of Newcastle, the views over the city are distinctly industrial; however looks are deceiving. With beautiful beaches, great restaurants, bars, outdoor cafés and art galleries, Newcastle is going through a metamorphosis, swapping its industrial image for a vibrant, cosmopolitan one. An alternative route to Newcastle is via Lake Macquarie; a body of water, four times the size of Sydney Harbour. It is an undiscovered tourism gem; the locals probably prefer it that way. There's nothing overly sophisticated about the towns and villages that dot the foreshore; however there is a wonderful sense of relaxation where afternoon sleeps seem perfect. Wangi Wangi is such a place. Situated at the end on a long, narrow peninsula, which juts out into the middle of the lake, the Wangi Point Flora and Fauna Reserve is a beautiful place to camp and to explore the foreshore, walk out to Wangi Point and maybe see a Koala
Depending on how much time you have available, will determine how many and which side trips you take. You could, for instance, skip the Central Coast and Newcastle, and drive from Sydney to Glouster or Forster for your first night stop.
Gloucester, Barrington Tops National Park & Forster.

Gloucester is a charming country town sitting in a picturesque river valley with a backdrop of impressive hills known as the 'Bucketts'. 5kms out of town, on the scenic Bucketts Way, is Mograni Lookout. With excellent views of Gloucester Vale it's a lovely place to stop for a picnic. Gloucester is the gateway town to the magnificient Barrington Tops National Park. The only drawback to visiting this World Heritage Listed park, is that all access roads are unsealed. You can take a number of tours out of Glouster: white water kayaking and canoeing, horse riding, mountain biking; and 4wd tours exploring unspoilt wilderness areas, streams, waterfalls, forests, soaring cliffs and breathtaking lookouts. From Gloucester you can head to the coast and the pretty coastal town of Forster and Tuncurry. This area has everything for a laid-back coastal holiday with fabulous beaches on one side and Wallis lake on the other. Fishing, water-sports, lazy days on the beach and eating oysters are the most popular pastimes.
Mid North Coast.

Port Macquarie is a large, sprawling coastal town mid-way up the New South Wales north coast. The size of the town is indicative of it's popularity as a favoured holiday destination, with its many beautiful beaches, river and mild all-year-round climate. 'Port' has many excellent facilities including clubs, cafes and restaurants catering for the locals and tourists alike. The most vibrant part of the town is at the riverfront where a beautifully restored, three masted, topsail schooner; the Alma Doepel, adorns the dock.
South West Rocks is another delightful coastal town. The road to the coast, along the Macleay River, is a pleasant drive through lush dairy farms and fields with crops swaying in the breeze. The town is located on Trial Bay and has not been affected by mainstream tourism. The Trial Bay Gaol, which was built in the 1880s to house low-security prisoners, has been beautifully preserved and well worth a visit. Next to the goal, with a prime waterfront position, is a pretty little holiday park with superb views.
Another pleasant drive, is inland from the coast along the beautiful Bellinger River to Bellingen. A sure sign of a town's charm and character, is the number of performance artists, painters, sculptors and craftspeople who choose to live here. The atmosphere in town is very laid-back. Having a chat over an espresso seems to be the main pastime. The Old Butter Factory houses a number of interesting art and crafts shops specialising in leather, pottery, woodcraft, glass and country crafts.
West of Bellingen, up on the range, and overlooking the Bellinger Valley, is Dorrigo National Park. Dorrigo's renowned boardwalks make its rainforests, on the edge of the Great Escarpment, one of Australia's most accessible World Heritage areas. The informative Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, is the starting point for some short and spectacular walks. Dangar Falls, 2 km north of Dorrigo, is a lovely place for a picnic. After lunch, visit the amazing railway display in the Dorrigo Steam Railway and Museum.
Back down on the coast, Coffs Harbour is the next major town/city heading north. Surrounded by scenic hills, covered by banana plantations, 'Coffs' has all the services and amenities expected of any large town. With increases in population, 'Coffs' has lost some of it's holiday charm; but this can still be found in the superb beaches just to the north of town. Only 10min north of 'Coffs' is the magnificient estuary, beach and headland of Moonee Beach and it's wonderfully tranquil and leafy holiday park.
Far North Coast.

As the name implies, Maclean is a quaint little 'Scottish'- influenced town on the banks of the mighty Clarence River. The telegraph poles are colourfully decorated with various Scottish Clans' tartains. It's a great place to get out of your vehicle, stretch your legs and have a walk around the town. A short drive to the coast, Yamba is a very popular, vibrant holiday destination, boasting an all-year-round "ideal climate", great beaches, a marina, lots of cafes, a broad river and a splendid lighthouse and views.
Although Ballina is a large service town on the far north coast, with a steadily increasing population, it still maintains a pleasant, relaxed holiday atmosphere. Of note is the large, modern RSL Club, where you can have a very good, inexpensive meal, overlooking the Richmond River. A little further north is the famous surfing destination and quiet holiday retreat of Lennox Head. For the experienced surfboard rider, Lennox has one of the longest and biggest warm water point breaks in Australia.
Byron Bay to Brisbane.


Byron Bay. There is a handful of places in Australia that are considered as iconic Australian tourist destinations. Byron Bay, with its magnificient beaches, is one of those places. You feel like you are on holidays as soon as you drive into Byron. This 'laid-back' town is an eclectic mix of 'the rich', backpackers from all parts of the world; mums, dads and families, all soaking up the sun and Byron Bay's wonderful atmosphere. The lighthouse is a great place to visit and perhaps get a glimpse of migrating whales.
The 'Tweed'. Inland from Byron, in the hinterland, is the quaint historic village of Bangalow. With its colonial architecture and heritage shop fronts, the town is a popular place for its restaurants, cafes, crafts, arts, galleries and markets. Heading north and down the range, are magnificent views from Byron to the Queensland border. This is picturesque country with views of Mt Warning, over the Tweed River and sugar cane. Just in from Murwillumbah is Mt Warning National Park. It's worth a visit and a picnic.
The Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise are World famous, mainly due to the magnificent golden sand beach that stretches 65 km from Southport to Coolangatta. Any wonder that the Gold Coast is Australia's number 1 tourist attraction. Tedder Avenue, at Main Beach, is the culinary centre with many fine restaurants. And for family fun, Seaworld, Movieworld and Dreamworld are world-class attractions. For a bird's-eye view of the Gold Coast, Q1 offers spectacular views, some 300m high in the sky.
Lamington National Park. West of the Gold Coast, up in the hinterland range, is this remarkable World Heritage area, compromising 20,600 hectares of protected flora and fauna. It is a privilege to be able to experience such preserved areas as this. Bushwalking along the many tracks in the Park, through sub-tropical rainforests, is a wonderful experience. Lamington has it all for the nature lover: an incredible variety of wildlife, exotic plants, spectacular scenery, waterfalls, fresh air and tranquility.
Mount Tamborine. You will feel on-top-of-the-world as you drive along the Mt Tamborine escarpment. The western side is a favorite spot for hang gliders and the views are breathtaking. Tamborine village is a good place to stop for scones and jam, and to browse through the arts and crafts shops. On the eastern escarpment are the most amazing views of the Gold Coast. (Care must be taken coming down off Mt Tamborine. It's very steep and you should obey the signs and use low gears. Take it easy!)
Brisbane is often referred to as 'The River City', as it is build around the meandering Brisbane River. Over recent years, many new buildings have been constructed giving the city a modern look. It is a youthful city, as many overseas students study and live in or close to the city. The most enjoyable way to get around is by 'Rivercat'. One of Brisbane's main attractions is 'Southbank' with its huge man made beach and lagoon; restaurants, cafes, pubs, shopping, and great markets on the weekends. For most, this will be the end of your trip. For others you might like to extend your trip north of Brisbane. For information on additional trips out from Brisbane, 'click' here
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