The Coastal Brisbane to Sydney Tour

Estimated Travel Period: 7 Days, about 12 hours 50 mins
Estimated Travel Distance: 968 kms

Best Time To Travel

There is great camping weather during the dry season (April to October), as well as an opportunity to see migrating whales. Make sure you've packed your essentials with What To Pack For Your Australian Self-Drive Holiday. This is a popular time for tourists so early bookings are a must. Book a campervan today!

There are so many gorgeous beaches and fun things to do in this coastal itinerary that you may want to extend your visit to at least 2 weeks. The great thing about it is that it can be completed at a leisurely pace in just 7 days or stretched out to a longer period if you want to stay a little longer in the towns.
The itinerary makes use of sealed roads like National Route 1 and the Pacific Highway, so you can use all motorhome sizes and won't need a 4WD. Can't wait to get started? Find great Brisbane campervans for hire from Australia's top brands.
The coastal tour can also be done if you're planning to start your trip from Sydney. Go to Sydney Campervan Hire to find the perfect vehicle for your trip.


Day 1 Brisbane to Southport

Estimated Travel Period: about 55 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:73 kms

The central business district of the Gold Coast is also home to the aptly named beach Surfer's Paradise. Have a picnic or go birdwatching at the Southport Broadwater Parklands.

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Day 2 Southport to Byron Bay

Estimated Travel Period: about 50 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:66.5 kms

Go scuba diving at one of the many beaches, or visit the Minyon Falls in nearby Nightcap National Park. You can also watch out for humpback whales at Julian Rocks just offshore of Byron Bay.

Travel Tip

You'll encounter some toll roads which need an electronic pass or an E-Tag. It's easy to get these online through our Brisbane and Sydney Driving Tips.

Day 3 Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour

Estimated Travel Period: about 3 hours 5 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:236 kms

You'll find the Big Banana, one of Australia's Big Things, in Coffs Harbour.

Day 4 Coffs Harbour to Dorrigo

Estimated Travel Period: 51 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:63.6 kms

There is also no shortage on national parks and state forests in the area, so you may want to stay a day or two.

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Day 5 Dorrigo to Port Macquarie

Estimated Travel Period: about 2 hours 15 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:159 kms

You'll find koalas (as well as kangaroos, wallabies and a snow leopard) at the Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park. Find out how the pioneers lived in the 1800s at Timbertown.

Day 6 Port Macquarie to Newcastle

Estimated Travel Period: about 3 hours 10 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:244 kms

Go fishing at the Cowrie Hole in Nobbys Head, or just sit back and enjoy the view in King Edward Park. Complete your visit with a dip at the Newcastle Ocean Baths.

Day 7 Newcastle to Sydney

Estimated Travel Period: about 2 hours 5 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:160 kms

Spend a day swimming or walking around the Ku Ring Gai Chase National Park. You can also relax and take in the view of the ocean from Palm Beach.

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