Holidays,  Travel

Coastal Road Trip from Brisbane to Sydney

Sydney Harbour

With the summer holidays fast approaching, I thought you might like a little holiday inspiration. If you are keen on the idea of a road trip along the coast road from Brisbane to Sydney (or vice versa), here are a few of the less obvious places that I believe are worth a visit.

Although we’ve only been living down under for 5 years, our family has travelled fairly extensively around eastern Australia. We’ve taken full advantage of each school holiday to undertake a new adventure.  Whilst I don’t profess to be an expert by any means, I thought you might be inspired by some of the places we have visited.

Now if you’re short of time, or if you really want to, you CAN drive from Brisbane to Sydney in one day, I know many people do.

Family Road trip to Sydney

Surprisingly, much of the main road between these two cities looks more like this and can be very slow in places.

The drive itself can be long and at times tedious (not much of a holiday in itself).

As our family likes to do things a little different from the normearlier this year we decided to take a more leisurely approach to our trip from Brisbane to Sydney.  On this occasion we decided to take the coast road and stop at some of the less obvious places along the way.

Road Trip Brisbane to Sydney

Our first stop was Iluka Conservation Reserve

(between Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour).

Family Road trip to Sydney

I think the pictures say it all – one of so many beautiful beaches in eastern Australia.

Family Road Trip to Sydney

We then drove on to Shoal Bay for an overnight stop and weren’t disappointed.

Here we were treated to the most amazing sunset!

Needless to say I took a heap of photos, but you’ll be pleased to hear I won’t bore you with them all.

Roadtrip to Sydney

If you’re looking for wildlife, I can highly recommend a visit to Emerald Beach and Moonee Beach Nature Reserve.

We found these chaps up on the headland above the beach and enjoyed watching the sunset with them.

Sunrise in Australia on road trip to Sydney

We couldn’t resist getting up early to see them again at sunrise.

Family Road trip to Sydney from Brisbane

No trip would be complete without pelicans. We found these amazing birds at Shoal Bay.

They were very obliging and sat pretty much motionless whilst I snapped away.

There are, of course, plenty of other places to visit along the coast between Brisbane and Sydney.

The more obvious ones are places like Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and hinterland to name but a few.

All I’m saying is that if you’ve got the time, there are some beautiful and lesser known spots to brighten up your journey too.

Where are your favourite places on the road from Brisbane to Sydney?

P.S. If  you’d prefer a trip to the Australian Outback you can read more about our adventures here.