The first option for your Brisbane to Sydney Road Trip is to show the kids the East Coast.
Day 1 Brisbane – Yamba
Pick up the imoova van from Brisbane and head down to Dreamworld for the day. Let the kids use up all their energy running around and screaming. When the young ones are yawning and (hopefully only a little) sunkissed, jump back in the van and drive to Yamba. You might want to grab a photo with the Big Prawn in Ballina on the way. If you manage to get there in time, head out to Yamba point to watch the sunset. There are many campgrounds in Yamba – Blue Dolphin has a waterpark which is always fun.
Day 2 Yamba – Port Macquarie
Have a morning swim at Yamba beach before driving 2 hours down to Coffs Harbour. On the way in, let the kids learn Australia’s absolutely fascinating banana history and go inside a giant banana! Maybe they’ll get so sick of bananas they’ll stop leaving peels in the back seat drink holders. Stop in at the Harbour for some fish and chips that your kids and their new seagull friends will enjoy. Drive another 2 hours down to gorgeous Port Macquarie, where you can stay the night at Breakwall Tourist Park, which is right on the back of Town Beach.
Day 3 Port Macquarie – Terrigal Beach
Go for another morning dip at Flynns Beach or do one of the many beach walks in Sea Acres Nature Reserve. If you can get a table, and the kids deserve a treat, grab breakfast at local favourite Pancake Place. Make sure to get a few snaps at Tacking Point lighthouse before you head out- but don’t let your camera blow away. There are plenty of options for stopovers on this area of the coast. Fingal Bay is beautiful, but a little out of the way and Newcastle is a hive of activity and a good place to find that well-deserved coffee. We would recommend spending night 3 at Terrigal Beach for a more relaxed end to the trip.
Day 4 Terrigal Beach – Sydney
Get your morning surf in at Terrigal beach and let the kids chase around their seagull friends again, before you drive the last leg into Sydney and drop off the van. Now you’re free to explore all Sydney has to offer! On the list of must dos would be: Taronga Zoo, Powerhouse Museum, Bondi to Bronte walk, ferry crossing to Manly or Luna Park at sunset. Go wild.
Alternatively, ditch the kids for a calmer weekend getaway.
Day 1 Brisbane – South West Rocks
Leave Brisbane early and make it down to Byron Bay for lunch. If you’re an organic foodie, check out Three Blue Ducks Restaurant, which sources organic produce from their farm. You can even do a farm tour. Go for a quick swim and have a look at Cape Byron Lighthouse before driving to South West Rocks. We would recommend staying the night at Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park. Have some freshly shucked oysters from one of the best oyster farms in New South Wales.
Day 2 South West Rocks – Hunter Valley
Drive inland from South West Rocks to Pokolbin in the Hunter region on your quest for the most beautiful of wines and finest of foods. The Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin are stunning- and I know I said I wouldn’t mention the kids, but there is a fun kids area here as well. You will probably want to spend the night here, as you might not feel like driving after all that wine. There are a number of beautiful and romantic retreats to choose from in the Valley. Take your time and allow the atmosphere to soak in.
Day 3 Hunter Valley – Sydney
Bid farewell to the mountain views and make your way to Sydney to drop off your vehicle. Sydney of course is very high fashion compared to Brisbane, but after all that money you dropped on wine yesterday, you could probably go for some money saving deals the Outlet Centre Birkenhead Point on your way into Sydney. Once you’re there you can finally see all you want, eat all you want, shop all you want and drink all you want.