Many of Australia’s best beaches are located along the coastline between Sydney and Cairns. From resort cities such as the Gold Coast, to little towns like Airlie Beach from where you can reach the Great Barrier Reef- there is something for everyone. Find that one beach where you want to stay or explore all of them. There are plenty of distractions along the way to make this a fun drive.

One of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations is the stretch of coastline north of Sydney and into Queensland. There are so many small seaside towns, large resort cities and several of the country’s best beaches that it can be difficult to choose which ones to visit. Why not visit them all? Hire the vehicle of your choice and take a road trip up the coast. You may find that perfect community where you’d like to spend the rest of your holiday, or the call of the road may take you all the way up to Cairns. That’s why we have a range of car hire specials suited to the kind of trip that takes your fancy.

Do you like ‘big’ attractions?

There are plenty of attractions to visit along the way and this part of the country is also renowned for its Big Things, so it’s impossible for the drive to become boring. Hop onto the Pacific Highway from Sydney to Brisbane, about 925 km to the north. Along the way you’ll find, amongst others- the Big Mosquito in Hexham, the Big Oyster in Taree, and the Big Axe in Kew. How about taking a side trip inland to Tamworth, home of the Big Golden Guitar and the Tamworth Country Music Festival, too? One ‘Big Thing’ not to miss during your trip is the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour. It is one of the earliest of Down Under’s quirky, oversized structures.

Theme parks abound

Once you cross the border into Queensland, the first big city is the Gold Coast- home to a wealth of theme parks and the famous area of Surfer’s Paradise. Plan ahead and book your theme park and show tickets online now.

From Brisbane, get onto the Bruce Highway for a drive into tropical Queensland. Stop at the late Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo in Beerwah, and visit another original ‘big thing’- the Big Pineapple in Nambour.

All along the coast to Cairns there are little towns from where to go on excursions to the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s ‘biggest thing’ overall. Hervey Bay, for instance, is the gateway to Fraser Island, one of the southernmost islands along the Reef. Don’t miss the stunning Whitsunday Islands, easily reached by boat or ferry transfer from Airlie Beach.

Even though the highways between Sydney and Cairns are good, hiring one of our 4WD vehicles is your best option, since on some of the Queensland Islands 4WD is the only way to get around. Besides, you need space for your surfboard!