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Brisbane to Sydney – road trip with Reflections Holiday Parks

New South Wales is one of the world’s most incredible destinations. It offers amazing scenery, iconic landmarks and of course, beaches. The sublime coastal drive from Brisbane to Sydney is an epic road trip; in our opinion, it’s the best way to see the state.

Our friends at Reflections Holiday Parks have some of the best NSW caravan parks in the most incredible locations. We’ve put together this Brisbane to Sydney travel itinerary to showcase our favourite beaches, hidden treasures and holiday parks to accommodate you in each location. Along the way, you’ll explore beautiful wine regions and stunning coastlines. You’ll also be enchanted by country towns and meet friendly locals. If you have time, you may also venture inland.

Although this Brisbane to Sydney road trip is often completed within a week or so, you’ll have a lot more fun if you take your time. Depending on your schedule and budget, approximately 10 days is ideal. Hire a van from Brisbane (or pack your own) and get started. This drive is pretty cruisy and takes you along the main roads (excluding any inland detours or extra adventures you wish to embark on).

Day 1 – Brisbane to Byron Bay

Distance: 166 km (2 hours)

Kick start your journey in Brisbane. If you like, explore the city sights before heading south to Byron. Byron Bay has a switch-off atmosphere and laid back vibe. Locals love to surf, shop at quirky stores and lounge around cool bars and cafés.

If you’re travelling between June and November, you may catch a glimpse of migrating humpback whales; the best chance of spotting them is from Captain Cook Lookout.

Things to do:

  • Byron Bay Lighthouse walk – enjoy panoramic views of the coastline from the top
  • Local Markets – Byron Bay Markets, Byron Bay Farmer’s Market and Byron Bay Artisan Market (times and days may differ each month)
  • Snorkel at Julian Rocks

Byron Bay Holiday Park

Day 2 – Byron Bay to Evans Head

Distance: 68 km (1 hour)

Wake up nice and early, stroll along the beach and enjoy coffee at a local café before heading south to Evans Head. This seaside town is surrounded by stunning natural beauty and is home to fantastic attractions.

From the sparkling Evans River to Jerusalem Creek, the water activities are endless. Enjoy spectacular coastal views from various lookouts. You also might see koalas while exploring the national park walks. Have your camera ready!

Things to do:

  • Razorback Lookout
  • Canoe/kayak along Evans River
  • Visit F111 Museum

Evans Head Holiday Park

Day 4 – Evans Head to Red Rock

Distance: 150 km (2 hours)

Evans Head is renowned for its beautiful beach sunrises. So, if you aren’t sleep deprived, wake up bright and early – it’s worth it! When you’ve seen enough, jump in the car and head toward Red Rock.

This twenty metre high headland is composed of 300 million year old jasper. The jasper gives the rock its red quartz colour, and also its name. You can wander around this ancient formation and take a dip in one of many rock pools. The panoramic coastal views are fantastic.

Things to do:

  • Red Rock Beach
  • Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Little Beach

Red Rock Caravan Park

Day 5 – Red Rock to Moonee Beach

Distance: 27 km (30 minutes)

Today is a short travel day, so spend as much or as little time in Red Rock as you please before hitting the road. Moonee Beach is a wonderful family-friendly location.

The main beach is great for fishing, surfing and swimming, while Moonee Beach Reserve offers shallow water for infants and young children. There are many takeaway shops and cafés scattered around town selling tasty food and drinks.

Things to do:

  • Moonee Beach Nature Reserve
  • Emerald Beach
  • Moonee Markets

Holiday Park Moonee Beach 

Day 6 – Moonee Beach to Urunga

Distance: 44 km (35 minutes)

Good news – today is another short travel day! Urunga has plenty to offer, so allow enough time for a day of exploring. Home to beautiful beaches and a tranquil estuary, Urunga is a peaceful seaside destination.

If you love fishing and boating, you’re in luck. Here you can sink a line off the famous Urunga Boardwalk or hire a tinny for a few hours. If swimming’s more your style, there are plenty of places to do that too. The area is teaming with wildlife, so you’re in for a great Aussie experience.

Things to do:

  • Urunga Boardwalk
  • Waterfall Way
  • Raleigh Vineyard & Winery

Urunga Campervan Park

Day 7 – Urunga to Nambucca Heads

Distance: 20 km (20 minutes)

Nambucca Heads is one of our favourite seaside locations, so we suggest hitting the road first thing. This captivating coastal area on New South Wales’ mid north coast is home to uncrowded beaches and calm estuaries, making it an ideal holiday spot.

Captain Cook lookout will give you sweeping views of the beach and bush. Shelly Beach and Main Beach are great spots for a picnic, swim or leisurely stroll.

Things to do:

  • Captain Cook Lookout
  • Shelly/Main Beach
  • Gaagal Wanggaan National Park

Holiday Park Nambucca Heads

Day 8 – Nambucca Heads to Bonny Hills

Distance: 127 km (1.5 hours)

Nambucca Heads is the perfect place for a morning beach walk and coffee. Once you’re wide awake and refreshed, head toward Bonny Hills, where you’ll find breathtaking views and a laid back attitude.

Bonny Hills boasts beautiful white sand beaches, fantastic surf breaks and incredible views of Rainbow beach. It’s also the ideal base to explore Port Macquarie.

Things to do:

  • Rainbow Beach
  • Queens Lake Nature Reserve
  • Port Macquarie

Bonny Hills Caravan Park

Day 9 – Bonny Hills to Tuncurry

Distance: 99 km (1 hour)

The coastal town of Tuncurry is a great destination for the whole family. After the one hour car ride, you can stretch your legs at one of the local beaches or take a stroll along the Bicentennial walking track.

If you love seafood, there are plenty of great restaurants and fish and chip shops around town, as well as beach cafés. Nature lovers will enjoy Booti Booti National Park – it’s perfect for hiking and bird watching.

Things to do:

  • Booti Booti National Park
  • Nine Mile Beach
  • Bennetts Head

Tuncurry Holiday Park

Day 10 – Tuncurry to Jimmys Beach

Distance: 110 km (1 hour 15 minute drive)

Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s your last day, so make it a good one. Jimmys Beach is known for white sand beaches, calm blue waters and natural beauty.

If you’ve packed comfy shoes we suggest hiking up Mount Yacaaba where you’ll enjoy views to Nelson Bay and Port Stephens. A swim at Jimmys Beach is just as great. There are plenty of food options for everyone, plus parks and attractions for the little ones.

Things to do:

  • Jimmys Beach
  • Mount Yacaaba
  • Myall River

Caravan Park Jimmys Beach

Day 11 – Drop off vehicle at Sydney

That concludes our Brisbane to Sydney travel itinerary. We absolutely love this drive and you will too! Whether beaches tickle your fancy or you prefer communing with nature in the bush, you’ll find the perfect places to stay along the way.

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