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Driving Sydney to Brisbane - advice please

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Dublin
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Driving Sydney to Brisbane - advice please

Planning to leave Sydney on Friday June 22nd and drive to Brisbane arriving Monday afternoon 25th June.

Is this a realistic drive and what stops/ stay overs would be recommended along the way?

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1. Re: Driving Sydney to Brisbane - advice please

yes realistic.

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2. Re: Driving Sydney to Brisbane - advice please

Its totally doable.... best places to stop.

Port Macquarie / Yamba / Coolangatta / Brisbane.

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3. Re: Driving Sydney to Brisbane - advice please

Hi,

As the other have said no problem with the timing. However my recommendations for stops/stay overs would vary with your interests! Do you want to fish, surf, view spectacular locations, delve into history? Do you want to travel the coastal route or inland?

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Hi,

This site is useful in planning your trip :- www.mynrma.com.au/trip-planner.htm

Safe Travels!

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5. Re: Driving Sydney to Brisbane - advice please

Thanks for the advice. The coastal route would be preferable as we would like to see some nice sceanery. Travelling with husband and 3 adult children (late teens early twenties) so some stops that would suit them need to be factored in. Would hiring a motorhome and travelling that way be an adviseable way to do it in preference to hiring a car and booking accommodation en route, might be less expensive?. If so what motorhome hire company is most reliable.

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6. Re: Driving Sydney to Brisbane - advice please

Hi,

A motorhome is usually more expensive than a car and motels by the time you factor in the additional hire costs, insurance and fuel to say nothing of the "cabin fever" with three adult children.

A great misnomer of the coastal route is that whilst it follows the coast it isn't on the coast and you need to divert off the highway to nearly all the coastal towns and villages. In short IMHO it is less scenic than the inland route. You still haven't stated your interest beyound scenery so it is difficult to advise.

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South Pole
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7. Re: Driving Sydney to Brisbane - advice please

stick with the coastal route and do some detours/loops.

i think the monotony of the inland route would drive you and the 'kids' a little crazy. aren't u come here for some beach culture. u can see trees and fields (albeit a bit different looking) at home.

there however is a chance to see a good example of 'inland scenery' from bellingen up to dorrigo.

worth the detour.

and i would really cost out the difference between a camper and a rental car/ overnight accommo scenario. i think the latter might win.

and it's easier driving.

Edited: 23 April 2012, 23:28
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Hi,

Don't bother hiring a motorhome just use a normal sedan car & book your accommodation. There are many apartments which your family could stay in to give you more room..

ie

Port Macquarie - We have stayed at the Observatory & Mantra Apartments both are excellent.

www.wotif.com/search/Advanced…

Yamba -

wotif.com/hotels/australia-nsw-yamba-hotels.…

Coolangatta - Reflection Tower Two,

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9. Re: Driving Sydney to Brisbane - advice please

Sounds like the car and accommodation are a better option. I appreciate all your advice.

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10. Re: Driving Sydney to Brisbane - advice please

You didn't tell me there were five adults in your last post. Forget the backpacker bus then. You need to hire a minvan (Hyundai Imax). They cost little more than a sedan but will comfortably fit five adults and luggage, and are easy to drive. We have four kids, and hire one every time we holiday to get to the airport and back.

The drive time direct is about 12 hours from Sydney to Brisbane. I actually think the New England Hwy (Inland) is a prettier drive than the Pacific Hwy (Coastal). But you can stop off at places like Port Macquarie, Nambucca Heads, Ballina, where the Highway comes closest to the coast for some sight seeing. Here's some timings for you which may assist planning where you stay and for how long.

Syd - Newcastle 2hrs

Newc - Taree 2hrs

Taree - Coffs Barbour 2.5hrs

Coffs - Byron Bay 2hrs

Byron - Brisbane 3hrs

No reason why you can't drive straight through from Sydney to Byron. Leav 8am and arrive around 6pm with a couple of stops along the way.

Now for us Aussies, the beach is very cold this time of year (18-19degC). Byron might not be too bad, Gold Coast will be bearable. Fraser Island is a bit dangerous, with rips and sharks, but a splash around in Eli Creek would be nice. And Cairns might be safe from Box Jellyfish for the month, but sharks and Crocs are another thing. Get out on a reef tour, and snorkle swim and dive all day.