Brisbane to Armidale: A self-drive itinerary
- Day 1 - Brisbane to Sundown National Park
- Day 2 - Sundown National Park to Armidale
- Day 3 - Armidale to Coffs Harbour
- Day 4 - Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
- Day 5 - Byron Bay to Brisbane
Brisbane to Sundown National Park
Driving Time: 3hrs Distance: 299km
Pick up your Cosy Camper and travel southeast from Brisbane towards Warwick, perhaps stopping to visit the heritage-listed Glengallan Homestead, which dates back to 1864. Turn south onto the New England highway and enjoy a relaxed drive to the Sundown National Park. Boasting sharp ridges, spectacular gorges, historical mining sites and a variety of woodland birds, the park offers a choice of campgrounds and walking trails for all fitness levels.
Sundown National Park to Armidale
Driving Time: 3hrs Distance: 259km
Cross the border into NSW and the lush New England region. You can climb Australia’s largest granite monolith at Bald Rock National Park, or visit the hall in Tenterfield where Sir Henry Parkes first proposed uniting Australia’s colonies into a single federation.
Drive on to Armidale, a historical farming centre whose grand cathedrals and glorious autumn leaves give it a real European feel.
Get a deeper insight into indigenous art and culture at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place.
Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place
Check out the excellent collection at the New England Regional Art Museum.
New England Regional Art Museum
Armidale to Coffs Harbour
Driving Time: 2hrs Distance: 190km
The Waterfall Way from Armidale to Coffs Harbour is one of Australia’s most spectacular drives, passing seven national parks, three of which contain World Heritage–listed Gondwana rainforests.
The majority of the waterfalls are in Dorrigo National Park (which also boasts an elevated ‘Skywalk’ through the treetops) but you’ll also find plenty of cascades in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and Guy Fawkes National Park. You might like to spend the night in Bellingen – a small, leafy town with a rich arts scene – or push on to the end of the Waterfall Way at Coffs Harbour.
Sample Bellingen’s organic produce, locally brewed beer and outstanding coffee.
Visit the historical Hillgrove mining village.
Hillgrove Mining Village
Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Driving Time: 3hrs Distance: 241km
Do a spot of early-morning bird watching on Muttonbird Island before driving north to Woolgoolga, a superb surf village with a large Sikh community and fortnightly Bollywood Beach Market. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales in Yamba, or stop off for a swim at Evans Head, a charming seaside village with white-sand beaches.
Continue on to Byron Bay and enjoy a massage or a walk to the lighthouse before hitting the town’s world-class restaurants and bars.
- Grab a sari at the Bollywood Beach Market
- Learn from a former champ at the Yamba-Angourie Surf School
- Watch the whale migration from May to November
- Take a dip in the Angourie Blue Pool
- Drink in the views from Cape Byron lighthouse – Australia’s most easterly point
- Relax with one of Byron’s famous massages or spa treatments
Enjoy views from the Cape Byron lighthouse – Australia’s most easterly point.
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Relax with a Byron Bay massage or spa treatment.
Byron Bay to Brisbane
Driving Time: 2hrs Distance: 166km
Start the day with a yoga class or lazy breakfast before returning to Brisbane via the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland. Explore the walking trails of Springbrook National Park, take the suspension bridge across Purling Brook Falls and get up close to the rainforest canopy on the Tamborine Skywalk. Try a local brew at the Fortitude Brewing Company or journey underground through magical glow-worm caves before dropping off your Cosy Camper with a smile still on your face.
Beautiful lookouts: Best of All Lookout, Canyon Lookout.
Purling Brook Falls.
Purling Brook Falls
Wander Springbrook’s walking tracks.