The Best Road Trip Sydney to Byron Bay in 2 Days

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Posted 2023-06-18 by Lesley Mitchellfollow
The road trip from Sydney to Byron Bay has several options, depending on your time. Whilst it is possible to do the entire journey in one day, sometimes it could be more enjoyable to take 2 to 5 days for this journey.

For this article, we will look at doing it in a 2-day road trip beginning in Sydney. As you depart Sydney for your road trip, this journey will take you along with Pacific Highway. It is a beautiful picturesque scenic journey but quite a long one.

Grab a coffee in a sandwich from any of the service stations or cafes as you depart Sydney as it is much easier not to stop for the first couple of hours.

If you are leaving from the CBD, you will cross over the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge and then out through the northern suburbs, once you have got through the thick of the Sydney traffic, I would recommend grabbing a coffee and a snack for the road.

There are many roadside rest stops if you need a toilet along the way and so you don't have to worry about drinking too much coffee or water for the journey.

You will be travelling through some of the most beautiful mountains and rivers that you have seen, including the outskirts of the magnificent Hunter Valley.

Leaving around 9 am, after around 3 1/2 to 4 hours you will be ready for a stop, a stretch of the legs and a snack or lunch.

Moorland Cottage Cafe will be just perfect for your lunch break. Located only around 100 m from the Pacific Highway, it is barely even a detour and one that will certainly be a highlight of your journey. Click here for some more information including the best scones on the coast.

Bellies satisfied, you are ready to continue your journey to Coffs Harbour. This is a really easy journey of around 2 hours drive, straight out the Pacific Highway to Coffs Harbour.

If you left at 9 a.m., arrived at Moreland cottage cafe around 1 p.m., and took an hour for lunch, you should be arriving at Coffs Harbour around 4 p.m. Check into your overnight accommodation and enjoy the afternoon on this beautiful Bay.

There are many choices for dinner and if you go down around the jetty - there is an entire selection of cafes and restaurants, however, I personally recommend the Dark Arts Bar and Cafe .

Enjoy your overnight stop-off. In the morning, you are ready for your journey to Byron Bay. Skip breakfast at your hotel (unless you really want it) and go straight to the Big Banana. It's a bit of a ritual that we have a frozen chocolate-dipped banana for breakfast when here.

They also serve savoury food and great teas and coffees. Where the Big Banana used to be simply an attraction to get people to buy bananas on the side of the road, it is now a fully-fledged theme park.

Visit the Opal shops, a handmade lolly shop, a souvenir shop and the many rides and activities.

Spend as long or as little time as you would like here, anything from 30 minutes up to a full day.

It is the time to complete your journey to Byron Bay. Driving straight up the Pacific Highway, you can do this journey in only 2 1/2 hours. But a couple of stops for a toilet or to stretch your legs and you'll be there in 3 hours.

Breaking this up a little, just after you pass by Ballina, take the turn off to the Macadamia castle . If you want to spend some time here, you can pay an entry fee and go visit and hand feed the animals.

Alternatively, you can just visit the cafe for a snack of many varieties of hot macadamia nuts, the souvenir shop or have a light meal and a cuppa.

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Departing the Macadamia Castle, it is around a 20-minute drive to Byron.

As you enter the hippie haven of Byron Bay, you can feel your stress melting away, with many alternative therapies, great cafes and beautiful beaches.

Enjoy your holiday.

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