Forget about Route 66 or La Route Des Grandes Alpes; the Australian Pacific Coast Drive is one experience you have to see for yourself.
If you’re touring Australia, the drive from Sydney to Brisbane will offer you some of the best views in the world, with plenty of adventures along the way. Here are just some of the highlights you can look forward to during your trip.
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Experience spectacular Sydney
Perhaps Australia’s most famous city, you’ll need to take a few days before you set off on your trip to make the most of it. Enjoy some of the highlights of Sydney such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, while also taking some time to explore the city’s incredible beaches. It’s a beautiful city with a lot to offer – the perfect place for you to begin your trip.
Get up close with koalas
One of the first stops along your route is Port Macquarie, where you’ll find the famous Koala Hospital. While you won’t be able to hold or touch a koala (it’s illegal in New South Wales), you will get the opportunity to see many of them, as well as find out about the fantastic conservation work being done at the hospital to protect them. A lovely experience with one of Australia’s most treasured animals, this stop is a must for your trip.
Enjoy not one, but 48 national parks
While you will get to explore and enjoy hundreds of miles of striking coastlines, you’ll also pass through several national parks en route along the Pacific Coast drive. Make a point to stop at Bouddi National Park along your journey, a stunning sight to see combining rainforest and marine life to offer a unique experience as you make your way through the Central Coast.
Stop and enjoy the water
The great thing about the Pacific Coast Drive is that you can take it all at your own pace, giving you plenty of time to stop and enjoy the water. One top recommendation is to visit Nelson’s Lagoon, which you’ll find in Mimosa Rocks National Park. It’s a secluded spot where you can enjoy stand up paddle board experiences and other water adventures to help you make the most of your trip. If you can enjoy a spot of sailing along your journey, it does come highly recommended, and there’ll be ample opportunities to enjoy the Australian coast along the way.
Soak up the sun in Byron Bay
Byron Bay is one of the world’s best-known beach towns, ideal for surfing and enjoying the sun by day and a thriving nightlife after dark. Laid back, relaxed and offering some amazing experiences, you’ll have plenty of incredible things to do in Byron Bay. Time your visit right and you could encounter a festival during your stay, adding to the party atmosphere and giving you the chance to let your hair down.
The drive from Sydney to Brisbane offers some truly incredible sights that you won’t forget. Plan your journey in advance and make sure you tick off as many on your list as possible to help you make the most of your amazing Australian adventure.