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Sydney road trip itinerary

Find the ultimate road trip itinerary from Sydney, complete with accommodation and activities.

Sydney is the ideal starting line for a number of iconic Aussie road trips. From there you can travel to tropical North Queensland, journey inland to Canberra, venture to Melbourne and from there cruise along the Great Ocean Road bound for Adelaide.

We've summed up some of the best road trip itineraries below, including all the need-to-know details from what type of car you need and where to stay to where to stop and what to do.


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Recommended itineraries based on length

7-day Sydney to Canberra itinerary

Sydney-Canberra overview

  • Distance: 514km
  • Highlights and attractions: Kangaroo Valley, Jervis Bay
  • Landscape: Coastal
  • Recommended vehicle type: Economy or mid-sized

Day Itinerary
Day 1

Distance: 120km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Sydney to Kiama
Day 2

Distance: 44km

Approx. drive time: 45 minutes

Kiama to Kangaroo Valley
Days 3 and 4

Distance: 60km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour

Kangaroo Valley to Jervis Bay
Day 5

Distance: 141km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Jervis Bay to Batemans Bay
Days 6 and 7

Distance: 149km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours

Batemans Bay to Canberra
Kiama: Terralong Terrace Apartments
Kiama: Terralong Terrace Apartments

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Kangaroo Valley: Crystal Creek Meadows Luxury Cottages & Spa Retreat Kangaroo Valley
Kangaroo Valley: Crystal Creek Meadows Luxury Cottages & Spa Retreat Kangaroo Valley

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Jervis Bay: Dolphin Shores Hotel
Jervis Bay: Dolphin Shores Hotel

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Batemans Bay: The Esplanade Hotel Batemans Bay
Batemans Bay: The Esplanade Hotel Batemans Bay

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13-day Sydney to Melbourne itinerary

Itinerary overview

  • Distance: 1,298km
  • Highlights and attractions: Royal National Park, Jervis Bay, Mimosa Rocks National Park, Gippsland Lakes, Phillip Island, Mornington Peninsula
  • Landscape: Coastal
  • Recommended vehicle type: Economy or mid-sized

Day Itinerary
Days 1 and 2

Distance: 0km

Approx. drive time: 0

Sydney
Day 3

Distance: 129km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours

Sydney to Kiama
Day 4

Distance: 72km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour

Kiama to Jervis Bay
Day 5

Distance: 141km

Approx. drive time: 2.5 hours

Jervis Bay to Batemans Bay
Day 6

Distance: 202km

Approx. drive time: 3 hours

Batemans Bay to Eden
Day 7

Distance: 274km

Approx. drive time: 3 hours

Eden to Bairnsdale
Day 8

Distance: 192km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Bairnsdale to Foster
Day 9

Distance: 211km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours and 50 minutes

Foster to Phillip Island
Days 10 and 11

Distance: 0km

Approx. drive time: 0

Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula
Days 12 and 13

Distance: 77km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour

Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne
The Esplanade Motel Batemans Bay
The Esplanade Motel Batemans Bay

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14-day Sydney to Gold Coast itinerary

Itinerary overview

  • Distance: 1,181km
  • Highlights and attractions: Sydney, Blue Mountains National Park, Hunter Valley, Byron Bay
  • Landscape: Coastal, mountains
  • Recommended vehicle type: Economy or mid-sized

Day Itinerary
Days 1 and 2

Distance: 0km

Approx. drive time: 0

Sydney
Day 3

Distance: 102km

Approx. drive time: 1.5 hours

Sydney to Blue Mountains
Days 4 and 5

Distance: 272km

Approx. drive time: 3 hours

Blue Mountains to Hunter Valley
Day 5

Distance: 141km

Approx. drive time: 2.5 hours

Jervis Bay to Batemans Bay
Days 6 and 7

Distance: 73km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour

Hunter Valley to Newcastle
Day 8

Distance: 249km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours and 45 minutes

Newcastle to Port Macquarie
Day 9

Distance: 152km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour
Days 10 and 11

Distance: 239km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Days 12 to 14

Distance: 94km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Byron Bay to Gold Coast
Big Windmill Corporate & Family Motel
Big Windmill Corporate & Family Motel

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Byron Quarter Holiday Apartments
Byron Quarter Holiday Apartments

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18-day Sydney to Brisbane itinerary

Itinerary overview

  • Distance: 1,177km
  • Highlights and attractions: Sydney, Hunter Valley, Byron Bay, Nelson Bay
  • Landscape: Coastal
  • Recommended vehicle type: Economy or mid-sized

For an 18-day trip from Sydney to Brisbane, you can easily extend the 14-day itinerary above by adding an overnight stop in Nelson Bay (between Newcastle and Port Macquarie), Yamba (between Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay) and then staying in Brisbane for 2 nights.

Here's a short itinerary with these added cities.

Day Itinerary
Days 1 and 2

Distance: 0km

Approx. drive time: 0

Sydney
Day 3

Distance: 102km

Approx. drive time: 1.5 hours

Sydney to Blue Mountains
Days 4 and 5

Distance: 272km

Approx. drive time: 3 hours

Blue Mountains to Hunter Valley
Days 6 and 7

Distance: 73km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour

Hunter Valley to Newcastle
Days 6 and 7

Distance: 73km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour

Hunter Valley to Newcastle
Day 8

Distance: 60km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour

Newcastle to Nelson Bay
Day 9

Distance: 249km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours and 45 minutes

Nelson Bay to Port Macquarie
Day 10

Distance: 152km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour
Day 11

Distance: 138km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour and 40 minutes

Coffs Harbour to Yamba
Days 12 and 13

Distance: 124km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour and 40 minutes

Yamba to Byron Bay
Days 14 to 16

Distance: 94km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour

Byron Bay to Gold Coast
Days 17 and 18

Distance: 78km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour

Gold Coast to Brisbane
Big Windmill Corporate & Family Motel
Big Windmill Corporate & Family Motel

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Byron Quarter Holiday Apartments
Byron Quarter Holiday Apartments

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21-day Sydney to Adelaide itinerary

Itinerary overview

  • Distance: 2,686km
  • Highlights and attractions: Royal National Park, Jervis Bay, Phillip Island, Great Ocean Road, Mount Gambier, Kangaroo Island
  • Landscape: Coastal, wine country
  • Recommended vehicle type: Economy or mid-sized

Day Itinerary
Days 1 and 2

Distance: 0km

Approx. drive time: 0

Sydney
Day 3

Distance: 129km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours

Sydney to Kiama
Day 4

Distance: 72km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour

Kiama to Jervis Bay
Day 5

Distance: 141km

Approx. drive time: 2.5 hours

Jervis Bay to Batemans Bay
Day 6

Distance: 202km

Approx. drive time: 3 hours

Batemans Bay to Eden
Day 7

Distance: 274km

Approx. drive time: 3 hours

Eden to Bairnsdale
Day 8

Distance: 192km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Bairnsdale to Foster
Day 9

Distance: 211km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours and 50 minutes

Foster to Phillip Island
Days 10 and 11

Distance: 0km

Approx. drive time: 0

Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula
Days 12 and 13

Distance: 77km

Approx. drive time: 1 hour

Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne
Day 14

Distance: 142km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours

Melbourne to Lorne
Day 15

Distance: 246km

Approx. drive time: 3 hours and 45 minutes

Lorne to Port Fairy
Day 16

Distance: 219km

Approx. drive time: 2.5 hours

Port Fairy to Coonawarra
Day 17

Distance: 401km

Approx. drive time: 4 hours and 20 minutes

Coonawarra to Victor Harbor
Days 18 and 19

Distance: 170km

Approx. drive time: 3 hours

Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island
Days 20 and 21

Distance: 210km

Approx. drive time: 3 hours and 40 minutes

Kangaroo Island to Adelaide
The Esplanade Motel Batemans Bay
The Esplanade Motel Batemans Bay

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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

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21-day Sydney to Cairns itinerary

Itinerary overview

  • Distance: 2,868km
  • Highlights and attractions: Sydney, Byron Bay, Stradbroke Island, Fraser Island, Magnetic Island, the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest
  • Landscape: Coastal, mountains, forested national parks
  • Recommended vehicle type: Economy or mid-sized (SUV with 4WD needed if driving on Fraser Island)

Day Itinerary
Days 1 to 3

Distance: 0km

Approx drive time: 0 hours

Sydney
Days 4 and 5

Distance: 764km

Approx drive time: 8 hours, 30 minutes

Sydney to Byron Bay
Days 6 and 7

Distance: 166km

Approx drive time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Byron Bay to Brisbane
Days 8 to 10

Distance: 288km

Approx drive time: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Brisbane to Sunshine Coast/Noosa Heads
Days 11 and 12

Distance: 0km (if doing a tour)

Approx drive time: 0 hours

Noosa Heads to Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island
Day 13

Distance: 322km

Approx drive time: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Rainbow Beach to town of Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water
Days 14 to 16

Distance: 706km

Approx drive time: 7 hours, 45 minutes

Agnes Water to Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands
Days 17 and 18

Distance: 275km

Approx drive time: 3 hours

Airlie Beach to Townsville and Magnetic Island
Days 19 to 21

Distance: 347km

Approx drive time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Townsville to Cairns
Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA
Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA

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Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside
Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside

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