Tips and Tricks: Road Trip from Sydney to Byron Bay


Originally Published on The Social Girl Traveler by Jen Morilla

There is nothing like a legendary road trip throughout Australia. It’s the thing to do there. Buying or renting a campervan and traveling throughout Oz, visiting the unknown parts and places of Australia. It’s always been a dream of mine to actually travel Australia in a campervan. So when I was given the opportunity to drive a Britz Campervan from Sydney to Byron Bay, I couldn’t pass it up!

It was going to be an epic girls weekend from Sydney to Byron Bay for a short but adventurous celebration, traveling a total of 1550 km (963 miles) in five days. This adventure included figuring out how to power the campervan to putting up clothesline and making new friends.

Oh! Let’s not forget the fact that I am an American and we don’t drive on the left of the road!

Day One: April 21st
Driving Time: 4 hours 17 minutes
Distance: 388 km (241 miles)

We picked up the campervan on a late morning in Mascot, Sydney and made a stop at in Port Stephens for a late lunch/early dinner at Heather Braes Pies. Our final stop was at Port Macquarie, where we stayed at Flynn’s Beach Caravan Park for the night. It was $28 a night for a powered site–lots of property space and the staff was friendly. Also, it was only about a five- to 10-minutes walk from the beach and had plenty of local restaurants and food stores. We arrived around 7:30 pm and had dinner at the local Mexican Restaurant called, Poco Loco. It was pretty decent Mexican food. I love Mexican food. I’ve eaten a lot of it in my day! If I am honest, I wouldn’t give them five stars but they did deserve three to four stars.

Day Two: April 22nd
Driving Time: 4 hours 54 minutes
Distance: 401 km (249 miles)

We woke up early for an early brekky at Fifi’s Coffee and Flynn’s Beach Take Away before we headed off to Byron Bay. We wanted to make it in for a Friday night in Byron Bay as we had some friends playing at a local pub (The Northern). This day consisted of a lot of highway driving, girl tunes and watching my speed!

Day Three-Four: April 23—24th
We spent two amazing days in Byron Bay at the Glen Villa Resorts. This place was perfect! It was only a five-minute walk into the town and about a 10- to 15-minutes walk to the beach. We spent the two days lounging around, watching the waves and soaking up the sun. We also took a hike up to the Byron Bay Lighthouse. This hike is a must-do. We cooked our meals in the camper, and if we weren’t, we went to visit some local spots like Byron Café and Sticky Wicket Bar.

Day Five: April 25th
Driving Time: 9 hours 18 minutes
Distance: 775 km (482 miles)

This day was rough! Although it had to be done, we needed to get back to work the following morning. With that said, we hit the road early morning only stopping for a big brekky at Yamba at the Caperberry Café, which was absolutely delicious!

We arrived late that night in Sydney.


Things to know about Australia highways:
1. Monitor your speed limit; they are super strict.
2. Don’t drive at night. Highways don’t have good lighting or none at all.
3. Watch out for kangaroos. In the States, it’s watch out for deers.
4. Don’t use your cellphones; cops are always around.
5. Don’t drive on an empty tank. The distances between towns or rest areas a far apart. You never really know when you’ll see another petrol station.

Most important things to take away:
1. The drive from Sydney to Byron Bay is beautiful.
2. Do the walk/hike to the Byron Bay Lighthouse at sunset. It’s beautiful.
3. If I could have done it differently, I would have done a whole week, stopped in every town (or most) and really see the little towns while driving up to Byron Bay.
4. Book campsites in advance. You can’t just stop anywhere for the night. You will get a ticket. If you’re going on a busy weekend like we did, book a week in advance. Places book up quickly. You always want to consider distance from the nearest beach and town, powered- or non-powered sites and any extra facilities on the campsites (like showers, kitchens, et cetera).

Lastly, Byron Bay is full of backpackers and campers, which means you won’t be the only one coming in on a camper or living in a van. This is the best part about Byron Bay, the community of hippies and great people!

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