A road trip from Sydney to Brisbane to explore some of the sights and attractions is well worth considering as part of your Australian adventure as opposed to flying en route to Queensland and the eastern coast.
Along the near 1,000 kilometre distance between these two cities, you can treat yourself to a mixture of dramatic beaches, off the beaten track towns, rolling hills and beautiful national parks.
At either end are two of Australia’s most interesting cities; the iconic Sydney and Brisbane – gateway to Queensland and the Sunshine Coast. You may be travelling north from Sydney as part of a trip up the east coast with a view to staying at one of the various hotels in Brisbane en route or maybe it’s the other way round.
Either way, it’s a great road trip whether you do it yourself by hire car or take a bus.
Australia’s highest populated city and the capital of New South Wales, Sydney features possibly two of the most famous landmarks in the world; the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sydney offers a full range of experiences from high culture, dramatic landscapes and a lively entertainment scene. The iconic Bondi Beach is a surfer’s paradise, and the harbour area should be visited at night at least once to grab some memorable photos.
Heading out of Sydney your first stop may be Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lagoon covering 110 kilometres.
The tranquillity of the area marks a contrast to bustling Sydney, and there are a number of small towns each with their own character dotted around the lake. A stroll on the shore or the park makes a relaxing way to pause on your road trip.
Known as the birthplace of Australian wine it’s also a great place to stop and relax in some wonderful countryside. You could take a one day ‘pit stop’ in the Hunter Valley or, if you fancy extensively sampling the wines and enjoying the excellent eating options, maybe a two or three-day stay would be in order.
Well worth some of your time – a day at least – is this city bristling with superb landscapes, culture and beaches; spend a few hours relaxing on the sandy sweep of Nobby’s Beach.
Fancy a swim with dolphins? It’s possible in this lovely oasis of relaxation – One Mile Beach offers some great sunbathing and you may fancy stretching your legs with a climb up Tomaree Summit (shouldn’t take more than an hour and a half both ways).
A super beach area to practice those surfing skills, socialise with other travellers and relax – maybe in a hammock.
Picturesque laid back fishing village with lovely beaches and the Yamba Ice Creamery to tempt you.
One of Australia’s top destinations, Byron Bay offers wonderful beaches, great cuisine, terrific boutique shopping and more.
You’re now into Queensland and Brisbane is within reach, but first is the city of Gold Coast stretching 35 kilometres and containing some of the best beaches, not only in Queensland but the whole of Australia.
There are more than 30 beaches to choose from although most tourists aim for Surfer’s Paradise – but there are so many other lovely beaches such as Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads to enjoy.
While maybe not as much of a visitor magnet as Sydney, the capital of Queensland and the third-largest city in Australia is worth a stopover at least.
Ride the Wheel of Brisbane to catch a fabulous panoramic view of the city, sample some culture at the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, and visit the relaxing Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. If you fancy more energetic activity, take a trip to Riverlife at Kangaroo Point for some kayaking, abseiling and paddle boarding.
The city has plenty of unique shopping options eschewing the brand names in favour of street markets and unique ‘one off’ shops.
Dining options abound along Gray Street and other areas, and even whale watching is possible in Moreton Bay.
Sydney to Brisbane certainly makes for a highlight of your Australian adventure.