Sydney To Sunshine Coast Road Trip: 7 Places To Stop Along The Way
If you’re driving up from Sydney to Sunshine Coast and unsure where to stay or what to do, we’re here to help you plan your trip! There are some awesome places to stay on the way up from Sydney to Noosa, so we’re going to tell you all about our hidden gems and why you need to stop over at them.
Looking for a Sydney to Noosa tour?
If you’d prefer to do a Sydney to Cairns hop on hop off bus rather than drive yourself, Check out a great tour here.
Sydney to Sunshine Coast map
1. Explore Port Stephens
2.5 hour drive from Sydney
Sydney to Port Stephens takes roughly 2.5 to 3 hours to get to but there’s so many things to do in Port Stephens that you’ll be able to cram in loads before you’ve even got to the Sunshine Coast.
We recommend spending at least two nights in Port Stephens and do the following activities.
Hire a tinnie and explore the harbour which is twice the size of Sydney Harbour. Here you’ll be able to see loads of dolphins in the water.
Watch our video as we climb to the top of Mount Tomaree!
Climb up to the top of Mount Tomaree. It looks worse than it is but it only takes 15 minutes or so. It’s a well maintained path with various staircases and platforms leading to the top.
Byron Bay is a given that it would be odd if you didn’t stop by on your road trip up to the Sunshine Coast.
There’s so much to do in Byron Bay that we recommend going to Wategos Beach for a swim, The Farm for lunch and the Byron Beach Hotel for a sunset drink. And if you get up early enough, go climb up the hill to the Lighthouse for sunrise.
If you’re heading up the East Coast of Australia or just not sure where to stay in Sunshine Coast, we recommend spending a few days on the coastal town of Mooloolaba. This family based holiday destination has something for everyone.
We recommend spending your time swimming with humpback whales or with seals, hang out in a salt cave or jump on a boat for a seafood lunch cruise here.
How long should I stay in Mooloolaba?
We recommend staying at least two or three nights in Mooloolaba to make the most of this lovely Aussie beach town.
We recommend you either opting for airbnb or going for one of our top picks below!
Not sure whether to stay in Noosa, Mooloolaba or Glasshouse Mountains?
If you don’t want to move around too much when you visit Sunshine Coast and want to base yourself in one area, check out our post about what’s best for you out of Noosa, Mooloolaba or Glass House Mountains here. We openly talk about the pros and cons to staying in all three places on the Sunshine Coast.
Sydney to Sunshine Coast
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