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Sydney to Brisbane drive

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Sydney to Brisbane road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sydney to Brisbane. If you're planning a road trip to Brisbane, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Sydney
drive for about 2 hours

11:05 am  Newcastle (Australia)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:05 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:33 pm  Forster
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:33 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:50 pm  Port Macquarie
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:50 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:00 pm  Coffs Harbour
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Coffs Harbour
drive for about 1 hour

11:12 am  Grafton
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:12 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:08 pm  Byron Bay
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:08 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:29 pm  Gold Coast
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:29 pm
drive for about 1 hour

6:39 pm  arrive in Brisbane
eat at Alfred & Constance

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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Sydney to Brisbane questions

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Sydney, Australia.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?

Newcastle (Australia)  (9 answers)
Forster  (2 answers)
Port Macquarie  (5 answers)
Coffs Harbour  (7 answers)
Byron Bay  (33 answers)
    questions about Byron Bay:
        Best Activities in Byron Bay?
Gold Coast  (48 answers)
    questions about Gold Coast:
        What are fun things to do with a family on Australia's Gold Coast?
        Favorites hikes and activities along the Gold Coast

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Brisbane, Australia.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

Where's the best place to eat in Brisbane?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Alfred & Constance, which was mentioned 2 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Cloudland  (2 mentions)
Black Hide Steakhouse  (2 mentions)
Breakfast Creek Hotel  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Brisbane? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Brisbane?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

South Bank Parkland  (12 mentions)
Chinatown  (4 mentions)
Queen Street Mall  (3 mentions)
The Barracks  (3 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Brisbane. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Brisbane?  (7 answers)

profile  Juliana from Las Vegas asked:
Best things to do in Brisbane for someone who loves the water and outdoors?  (6 answers)

profile  Isabella from Florence asked:
Best way to see Brisbane on a budget?  (4 answers)

profile  Leah from Los Angeles asked:
Must-sees unique to Brisbane?  (2 answers)

profile  Adam from Southampton asked:
Looking for the cheapest place to stay in or 2 hours south of Brisbane  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Brisbane.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Brisbane to Sydney drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Sydney to Brisbane. Or get a full Sydney to Brisbane flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Sydney well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Sydney!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 579 miles
driving time of 10 hours, 43 minutes
Brisbane is the same time as Sydney
159 Sydney travel answers
9 Newcastle (Australia) travel answers
2 Forster travel answers
5 Port Macquarie travel answers
7 Coffs Harbour travel answers
33 Byron Bay travel answers
48 Gold Coast travel answers
68 Brisbane travel answers

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