- Day 1: Sydney to Coffs Harbour
- Day 2: Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast
- Day 3: Brisbane
Here’s the ultimate Sydney to Brisbane roadtrip itinerary, taking in Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.
Day 1: Sydney to Coffs Harbour
In just under six hours you can have a refreshing sea change from Sydney’s sprawl by hitting the Pacific Highway for the banana tropics of Coffs Harbour. Aim to head off before peak hour though.
Stretch your legs… Ocean Beach, Umina
An easy 1.5 hours’ drive north of Sydney, NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park is well worth checking out for another weekend away. The resort is ideal for families craving a mix of relaxation and adventure. After you’ve visited the café for a snack and toilet break, stroll along the beach while kids bounce on the jumping pillows.
Detour to refuel… Raymond Terrace
If you’d prefer something more scenic than a highway view at the main fuel stops, divert west a few minutes at Raymond Terrace to visit King Street, which was transformed into Main Street, Wirrawee, for the filming of John Marsden’s Tomorrow, When the War Began. There’s also a great variety of cafés, shops and petrol stations in the main shopping area along the river.
Toilet break… Kew
Two hours up the road from Raymond Terrace is a little town that was bypassed a decade ago, but doesn’t seem to mind. Head along Nancy Bird Walton Drive (named after the pioneering aviator, who was born here) to the Visitor Information Centre, for a rest and photo under the Big Axe.
Afternoon tea and a swim… Valla Beach
A skip north of Nambucca Heads, the Headland Café & General Store on Valla Beach Road is internet-famous for its food, coffee and live music on weekends. If the weather is kind, a quick dip at the beach is definitely in order.
Stay… Darlington Beach, just north of Coffs Harbour
Near Coffs is NRMA Darlington Beach Resort & Holiday Park set among some 45 hectares of lush forest at Arrawarra where wallabies, ducks and possums mingle with guests. Kidz Korner offers loads of fun activities from BMX to art lessons all year round, while parents can relax in a pool, take a hike in nature or play a few games of golf, tennis or bowls. Ask at the front office about Coffs dining such as Carney & Earl’s for American-style burgers, Edelweiss Bavarian for well, German and European dining or Shearwater for seafood and Modern Australian.