Looking to expand your knowledge of what lies between Sydney and Brisbane?
Get ready for a whole lot of beach spam and not much else! The north coast between Sydney and Brisbane is truly a sight to see, and we are excited to let you in on our expertise for the ‘best of the best’ places to visit.
The Central Coast
The Central Coast is the perfect first stop and is only an hour north of Sydney. The surrounding area is picturesque and has a little bit of both coast and country. Worth a visit is the small town of Long Jetty, as well as Avoca Beach, Norah Head Lighthouse, Terrigal Haven and Henry Kendall Cottage. The Central Coast is full of adventure, beaches and good times and will be the perfect first stop on your road trip.
Newcastle is Australia’s seventh-largest city and is bordered by a fantastic coastline. There is a plethora of activities, restaurants and beaches within the area and the location itself is very central to many great places. Situated in the heart of the Hunter region, one could visit the Hunter Valley wine region, the world-heritage listed Barrington Tops rainforest and Australia’s largest saltwater lake, Lake Macquarie. Newcastle also has fantastic walking and biking tracks, so not only will you get to eat to your heart’s content with waterfront views in places like The Wickham Boat Shed, but you can feel guilt-free after exploring one of Newcastle’s many walks!
Port Stephens is more of a small town beach destination, with some amazing natural wonders to boot. Think a Marine Park comprising of 26 beaches, a bay twice the size of Sydney Harbour and monumental sand dunes. Port Stephens is perfect for utilising all the opportunities available, including fishing, surfing, organised quad biking tours, sandboarding and horse or camel riding. There are, of course all the water activities, such as sailing, surfing, boogie-boarding and numerous others.
The town of Coffs Harbour is located four hours from Port Stephens. It is on the edge of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, which is a haven for dolphins, turtles, tropical fish and migrating whales. This makes going on walks in this park particularly spectacular, but really, when you’re in Coffs Harbour, the view from pretty much anywhere is spectacular! It has a heritage-listed jetty, whale-watching from May to November, a Big Banana, and many headlands that offer amazing views.
Does Byron Bay really need an introduction? Home to the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, Byron Bay is known for being a popular coastal town that is the home of surfing, scuba diving and beaches in general. Byron Bay has the beautiful Cape Byron Lighthouse, which works as the focal point for many walks and hikes, all of which feature the famous views of the Byron coast. Byron is also well-known for its eateries, bars and nightlife – so this stop is guaranteed to be a fun one!
The Gold Coast is famed for its long sandy beaches and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. But we can’t mention the Gold Coast without reference to the theme parks: Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet N Wild. This metropolitan city shares fun activities and summer vibes, however, there are also many wildlife experiences available such as snorkelling with turtles, whale and bird watching and exploring glow worm caves.
You’ve made it! Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is the perfect spot to finish your trip, or perhaps start another. Brisbane is a haven of cultural experiences, such as the Queensland Museum, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Notable things to do in Brisbane is the clock tower tour, (which is free Brisbane classic), going for a laneway bar crawl and, of course, visiting their beautiful beaches.