Brisbane to Melbourne road trip

You will be spoiled for choice if you choose to do a road trip from Brisbane to Melbourne. You have the choice to drive along the coast and stop in locations that capture your attention.

Because there is so much choice, you will need to decide in advance what kind of experience you want to enjoy.

Will it be either of the following?

  • Enjoying nature
  • Spending time at the beach
  • Enjoying the nightlife
  • Enjoying scenic drives
  • Enjoying activities
  • Enjoying the local social events

There’s heaps to do. But because the distances tend to be quite far away, you will find that you will be strapped for time due to the need to drive to the different locations. And with the trip from Brisbane to Melbourne, you will have at least 18h worth of driving time ahead of you.

Nonetheless, there are a few places that you should checkout between Brisbane and Melbourne.

Scenic drive to the Gold Coast via Tambourine Mountain

This will require you to either go down the Pacific Highway or through the back roads to experience Tambourine Mountain’s forests, market culture, wineries, hidden waterholes and scenic views.

Drive from Tambourine Mountain to Main Beach.

From there, head towards the Gold Coast’s Main Beach, where you will be able to spend time at the beach and have a barbecue. You can go further down to Surfers Paradise, where they will have beach volleyball and restaurants and clubs nearby.

Drive south down the Gold Coast Highway.

There are several places where you can stop and enjoy the local experience. Simply choose a spot that you fancy. We suggest checking out Tullebudgera, Burleigh Heads, and Palm Beach.

Stop at Byron Bay.

You will enjoy this laid back town with its pristine beaches and backpacker culture. Have a swim and grab some food. Choose to stay the night if you fancy.

Drive straight to Sydney

This will be a long-ish stint. You can make short stops at Port Macquarie and Newcastle.

Plan to spend some time in Sydney and hit up iconic locations from Bondi Beach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Drive through the Blue Mountains

If you have the time, try to pass through the Blue Mountains.

Detour through Canberra.

Make the most of the trip by venturing to Australia’s capital, which has its own sense of culture and richness.

Continue towards Melbourne via Shepparton.

You will be able to go through the Hinterland and enjoy the sights of the Southern land.