10 Things To Do Between BRISBANE and SYDNEY

Packing up the car, pointing it north and hitting the road? It’s almost tradition, like an Aussie right of passage.

Sometimes, though, it’s not all about the destination. The journey can be just as good. Here are 10 great things to do between Brisbane and Sydney to make your trip all the sweeter. The itinerary below is in geographical order from Sydney to Brisbane below. Starting with…

things to do between Brisbane and sydney

Nelson Bay

It’s always a beautiful time of year on this first stop of the Sydney to Brisbane adventure. The gorgeous beaches and all the water sport possibilities. The incredible 4200 hectares of sand dunes that make up the Worimi Conservation Lands. The view from Mount Tomaree summit. And the range of restaurants and cafes to cater to every taste and need.

Nelson Bay is an ideal choice because it’s an easy drive (less than three hours) but a whole different mindset. It makes for a very cruisey start to our list of best things to do between Brisbane and Sydney. Back in the car now and set a course for…

Fingal Island, Port Stephens Lighthouse View from Mt Tomaree


Yamba is a coastal town that’s also at the mouth of the Clarence River and it’s a favourite spot amongst those who are interested in getting slightly off the beaten track. Yamba has a real ‘village’ atmosphere to it that will definitely appeal to the kind of holiday makers who don’t want to follow the crowds.

While in Yamba, definitely check out Pippi Beach. It’s perfect for families with gentle waves and sand and plenty of rock areas for exploration.

The Brisbane to Sydney roadtrip has so far been off to a very relaxing start! Things are about to take a turn for the silly at…

Macadamia Castle

Head north out of Yamba, pass Ballina and follow the signs to Macadamia Castle. This is the next on the list of the best things to do between Brisbane and Sydney and a bit of a change of pace from the last two stops.

Macadamia Castle has to be seen to be believed. It’s seriously a whole day’s outing all by itself! There’s a café, an animal park (with native animals and a petting zoo of farmyard babies), a huge treehouse playground, educational activities and shops. Oh! And macadamias! All of this is housed inside a huge castle. It’s pretty amazing and a bit of a must see on any list of ‘things to do between Brisbane and Sydney’ roadtrip. Next stop…

Byron Bay

What Brisbane to Sydney drive is complete without a stop in iconic Byron Bay?

Byron Bay’s world famous beaches and counter culture (and Chris Hemsworth, hello) make this an ideal destination and one of the best things to do between Brisbane and Sydney.

The best tip for travellers? Hands down it’s scuba diving or snorkelling at Julian Rocks. Grey nurse sharks, sea turtles and over 500 species of fish. There are plenty of companies offering guided tours and lessons so research is key. Failing that, swimming is an option year round at any of a number of fabulous beaches.

The Big Banana

The Big Banana is so quintessentially Australian that it definitely deserves a spot in any top ten list. Eat in the café, tour the grounds and kick back at one of the (un)natural wonders of Australia.

See what all the fuss is about and get a photo taken right in front of The Big B itself. Ba-na-na-na-na-na!

Coffs Harbour Big Banana

Tweed Heads

A stop in at Tweed Heads is just before Maroon territory now so ensure any NSW blues are well hidden.

A visit to Tweed Heads is a must for a long Sydney to Brisbane road trip. It’s got the kind of easy going pace one might expect from a beach town with that added bit of Gold Coast sass. The gorgeous Kingscliff Beach is our pick, particularly if interested in calm and relaxation.

Mt Tamborine

Head inland and up the hinterland to the spectacular Mt Tamborine region. There’s an absolute plethora of awesome things to do – hikes, art galleries, a huge range of quality restaurants. There’s even an adventure park at Thunderbird Park – complete with high ropes courses and rooftop climbs. It’s a must see.

Surfers Paradise

Did somebody say party?! Surfers Paradise is the party capital of Australia and it’s not hard to see why. It’s definitely one of the best things to do between Brisbane and Sydney – night or day!

A huge range of pubs and clubs to choose from or, for a slower pace, plenty of family-friendly attractions. Infinity and Ripley’s Odditorium are particularly popular with the under 18 crowd! Something for everyone.

The journey up the eastern coast is nearly complete. What’s that out the window?

Wet n Wild

The Sydney to Brisbane trip is nearly complete so a stop at one of the Gold Coast theme parks is mandatory. Wet n Wild is a favourite for a number of reasons.

They’re constantly updating the slides and attractions. There are death-defying drops, whacky whirlpools or a nice lagoon where troubles just seem to float away.

The food at Wet n Wild is that old-fashioned, theme park fare of hot dogs, chips and milkshakes.

But save room. The last item on this list of things to do between Brisbane and Sydney is a visit to…

Yatala Pies

This is a Queensland icon. Yatala Pies has been around for over 130 years. And, come hell or high water, they’ve proven that they have staying power.

Purchasing a hot, delicious pie just before beginning the very last little leg of the drive into Brisbane (particularly after all that swimming) promotes a perfect QLD mindset. Relaxed, calm and ever so slightly sleepy.

Things to do between Brisbane and Sydney

This was an example of a coastal road trip with a slight inland sojourn to Mt Tamborine. If road trips are of particular interest, there are plenty more mapped out right here.




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