Best 45 Attractions between Sydney & Brisbane

If you are in Sydney, you can go to Brisbane, then don’t miss these pretty attractions. Although it’s a journey for backpackers and short-distance tourists, it is a journey to enjoy the beautiful seascape, so it’s worth planning a road trip.

The most impressive thing about my road trip experience is Byron Bay in the easternmost part. It is the most classic attraction in Australia. When you get to the lighthouse, it is like the sense of accomplishment of “conquest.”

By the way, the eastern and western ends of mainland of Australia are the easiest to reach and easy to come by car, so you can include this attraction in your plan.

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There are more attractions worth joining; let’s check this attractions list:

Palm Beach

Palm Beach NSW Australia

Palm Beach is a suburb in the Northern Beaches region of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia. Palm Beach locates 41 kilometers north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Northern Beaches Council.

It is an excellent place to relax, and I loved swimming in the ocean rock pool. But unfortunately, it’s a more residential place, and a parking charge applies in almost all areas surrounding this beach.

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West Head lookout

West Head Lookout NSW Australia

You can sit spot with dramatic coastal views & a walking path with Aboriginal rock art & carvings.

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Long Jetty Foreshore Reserve

Long Jetty NSW Australia

The Entrance Heritage Walk is a well-laid-out, scenic walk with ample directions. This walk is relatively easy and not strenuous.

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Pelican Feeding

Pelican Feeding NSW Australia

Pelicans flock to this waterfront spot for a daily feeding show by a professional staff.

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Norah Head Lighthouse

Norah Head Lighthouse NSW Australia

What a great place if you love the ocean. Beautiful views. Just breathtaking.

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Susan Gilmore Beach

Susan Gilmore Beach NSW Australia

It’s the nearest beach and weekend drive place for people who live in New England or North West. I was here in winter and strongly felt the perfect weekend location to be with your family with lovely scenic views. The view from the top of the cliff is amazing. Great location!

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Bogey Hole

Bogey Hole NSW Australia

Beautiful spot. Fun to grab the rail and wait for the waves to hit you. Not for little children. Changes depending on the tide and swell.

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Newcastle Memorial Walk

Newcastle Memorial Walk NSW Australia

It’s a Scenic, commemorative pathway featuring cliffside ocean views & artwork dedicated to WWI soldiers.

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Strzelecki Lookout

Strzelecki Lookout NSW Australia

Beautiful and recommended to start a walk, either down to Bar Beach or the other way to Newcastle beach.

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Fort Scratchley

Fort Scratchley NSW Australia

1800s fortress featuring military history exhibits, tunnel tours (fee) & daily cannon firings.

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Nobbys Beach

Nobbys Beach NSW Australia

Located on the Bathers Way coastal walk, this sandy beach has lifeguards, changing rooms & BBQs.

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Nobbys Lighthouse

Nobbys Lighthouse NSW Australia

It’s an active 19th-century lighthouse providing beach access & sweeping harbor & city views.

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The Obelisk

The Obelisk NSW Australia

If you want a good view of Newcastle at night, come here. It’s beautiful. Bring a friend if possible. It doesn’t disappoint.

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Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral NSW Australia

Historic church with grand Gothic Revival architecture, a memorial garden & daily services.

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Foreshore Park

Foreshore Park NSW Australia

The urban park offers a shaded playground & restrooms, plus a picnic shelter, walking paths & benches.

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Anna Bay 4WD SandBoarding

Anna Bay 4WD SandBoarding NSW Australia

I saw a sandboard in animation first, But I saw natural sand. It’s unbelievable! Even if it’s hard to walk up to a sandhill, It’s fantastic when boarding.

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Anna Bay Camel Riding Tour

Anna Bay Camel Riding Tour NSW Australia

Here you can book a tour of camel riding that makes you feel as fun as a camel tour at Uluru if you couldn’t go there.

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Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley NSW Australia

The Hunter Valley, north of Sydney in New South Wales, is Australia’s central wine region, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s. Known for varietals such as Semillon and Shiraz, it’s home to numerous wineries, including world-renowned brands and family-run boutique operations. Most are located south of the Hunter River and offer cellar door wine tastings and vineyard tours.

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Hunter Distillery

Hunter Distillery Hunter Valley NSW Australia

Lots of flavors Lots on offer mixed with a range of flavors. All organic. Taste test in small test tubes. I picked up the honey version. Flavors seem good as sips, but I think it’d be full-on any more than that.

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Hunter Valley Gardens

Hunter Valley Gardens NSW Australia

It’s a beautiful, tranquil place with lovely gardens (paid entry), decorated with hundreds of thousands of fairy lights and big and small decorations throughout the parks on Christmas.

Also, an artificial snow fun park in winter. You can also visit the outside shops, buy chocolates, sweets, souvenirs, have a picnic on the grass, or sit at one of the tables provided.

For the wine lover, visit the different vineyards and their outlets that also sell chocolate, cheese, and other things—a must-go place when visiting the Hunter Valley.

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Hunter Valley Zoo

Hunter Valley Zoo NSW Australia

Modest, upbeat zoo with picnic areas & popular feeding encounters with animals like kangaroos.

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The Big Golden Guitar

The Big Golden Guitar NSW Australia

It’s a massive outdoor sculpture marking a country music & gift shop with an attached coffee cafe.

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Ebor Falls

Ebor Falls NSW Australia

Brilliant quick pit stop for a picnic on the long journey from Sydney to Adelaide. Clean pit latrines and ample parking spaces. Only 1km from the. Therefore, the main highway is not too much deviation from the route. Scenic and serene. I would recommend a stop here.

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour NSW Australia

The City of Coffs Harbour is a local government area in the mid-north coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The area under administration is 1,175 square kilometers, expanded in 2004 to take parts of the former Pristine Waters local government area.

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Forest Sky Pier

Forest Sky Pier Coffs Harbour NSW Australia

This lookout pier is 15 m. high and extends out 21 m. & it offers sweeping views of the mountains & coast.

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The Big Banana Fun Park

The Big Banana Fun Park NSW Australia

This banana-themed amusement park offers waterslides, ice skating, mini-golf & laser tag.

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Dolphin Marine Magic

Dolphin Marine Magic NSW Australia

Waterside aquarium features opportunities to swim with dolphins & seals, plus shows & activities.

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Woolgoolga Lookout

Woolgoolga Lookout NSW Australia

It’s fantastic views of the prominent watery place where fishes live. Friendly tiny islands to look at and fantastical rock pools to explore.

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Lake Ainsworth / Ti Tree Lake

Lake Ainsworth NSW Australia

Tannin and Tea Tree oil make for a refreshing and therapeutic freshwater swim in Lake Ainsworth. Feel the effect on your skin.

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Byron Bay (Most east of Mainland Australia)

Byron Bay (Most east of Mainland Australia)

Byron Bay is a coastal town in the southeastern Australian state of New South Wales. It’s a popular holiday destination known for its beaches, surfing, and scuba diving sites.

Cape Byron State Conservation Park is on a headland with a lighthouse. Humpback whales can spot from headland viewpoints, such as the Captain Cook Lookout, between June and November.

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Byron Bay lighthouse NSW Australia

Captain Cook Memorial & Point Danger (Border QLD/NSW)

Captain Cook Memorial NSW/QLD Australia

This place was across the border of New South Wales & Queensland. Great place to look at the ocean, see Whales, grab a coffee and have a meal at the Dbar Cafe.

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Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park QLD Australia

It’s a huge park with walking tracks & campsites featuring rainforest, a natural bridge & waterfalls.

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast QLD Australia

The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. It’s famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots, and elaborate inland canals and waterways system.

It’s also home to theme parks such as Dreamworld, SeaWorld, and Wet’n’Wild. Inland hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest.

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary QLD Australia

Native animals on display in natural surrounds, plus shows, encounters & a wildlife hospital.

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary QLD Australia

Putt-Putt Golf Mermaid Beach

Putt-Putt Golf Mermaid Beach QLD Australia

Here we had a good round of golf and fun-fill; the best place for kids. Sometimes we wait for the front group to finish and others behind to hurry us along: well-maintained course and reasonable pricing for the whole family. Staff on the day provided an excellent pricing option to save money.

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SkyPoint Observation Deck

SkyPoint Observation Deck QLD Australia

The observation deck & cafe offers scenic views from the area’s highest point, plus nightlife on weekends.

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Surfers Paradise Beach

Surfers Paradise Gold Coast QLD Australia

Surfers Paradise is a seaside resort on Queensland’s Gold Coast in eastern Australia. It’s known for its high-rise skyline and Surfers Paradise Beach, which hosts a famous market several evenings a week. Along Cavill Avenue are shops, cafes, and lively nightclubs. The towering Q1 building, with its SkyPoint observation deck, offers panoramic ocean and city views.

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Sea World

Sea World QLD Australia

it’s an oceanographic theme park with marine animals & polar bears, plus shows, rides & interactive tours.

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Warner Bros. Movie World

Warner Bros. Movie World QLD Australia

It’s a large park with several thrill rides, including rollercoasters and regular live stunt shows.

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North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island QLD Australia

Take a ferry from Stradbroke Ferries in Cleveland.

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North Gorge Walk

North Gorge Walk QLD Australia

A fantastic walk along the coastline with various views to accommodate all beachfront tastes. We saw whales breaching, a sea turtle feeding, a dolphin pod, and several groups of kangaroos — all in only an hour of casual strolling! The hike is easy to moderate for able-bodied folks.

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Several steps and inclines make the walk (past a quick start) inaccessible to those with wheelchairs, walking aids, or difficulty walking distances.

The trail is a 1.2km (almost 1 mile) loop, with the southern entrance higher than the northern. We enjoyed entering the southern side. There are several points where the walkway (largely boardwalk) gives way to bluff tops where you can wander at will.

Be cautious here, as the area is rough and uneven. Unexpected weather and environmental elements have led to deaths. It is safe enough to keep a wise eye on yourself, your surroundings, and your proximity to the edge, but it’s worth it. These are optional areas.

Above all, I cannot recommend it highly enough. I will return!

Moreton Island Tour – Tangalooma Wrecks

Moreton Island Tour - Tangalooma Wrecks QLD Australia

There is an astonishing view of the #tangalooma wreck, a cluster of ships scuttled by the Queensland Government between 1963 and 1984. Coral is now starting to form in and around the wrecks providing a haven for various fish species and sea life.

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Moreton Island Tour – Island Desert

Moreton Island Tour - Island Desert QLD Australia

Sandboarding is tremendous fun, and you probably go faster & further than you expect! You need to be able to walk up significant hills and be prepared to get very sandy. Several people on our trip seemed strangely surprised.

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Moreton Island Tour – Cape Moreton Conservation Park

Moreton Island Tour - Cape Moreton Conservation Park QLD Australia

What a fantastic part of the world. it’s right on our doorstep.

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Moreton Island Tour – Champagne Pools

Moreton Island Tour - Champagne Pools QLD Australia

Nice stretch of beach and good to spend time with family on day-out trips.

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Finally, we arrived at the Gold Coast, an hour’s drive from Brisbane. What a famous place with the most beautiful beaches, and so many people. Gold Coast allows me to relax and sunbathe, as well as beer!

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