Brisbane to Glen Innes: A self-drive itinerary
- Day 1 - Brisbane to Girraween National Park
- Day 2 - Girraween National Park to Glen Innes
- Day 3 - Glen Innes to Grafton
- Day 4 - Grafton to Byron Bay
- Day 5 - Byron Bay to Brisbane
Brisbane to Girraween National Park
Driving Time: 3hrs Distance: 254km
Slip into the drivers’ seat of your Cosy Camper and head southeast, stopping for a coffee or a bite to eat at Glengallan Homestead. Join the New England Highway at Warwick and let your Mercedes campervan do the work on the pleasant drive south to Girraween National Park, located on the border of Queensland and NSW. Get settled in the Castle Rock or Bald Rock Creek campgrounds and explore the park, which features granite outcrops, impossibly balanced boulders, and dazzling wildflower displays in spring.
Girraween National Park to Glen Innes
Driving Time: 1hr Distance: 131km
Continue south into NSW’s leafy New England region. 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 Glen Innes, a delightful town famous for its grand heritage architecture and prolific sapphire fields. Shop for rare books and antiques, discover the area’s Celtic heritage or try your hand at fossicking for gemstones.
Visit the intriguing Stonewoman Aboriginal Area.
Stonewoman Aboriginal Area
Glen Innes to Grafton
Driving Time: 2hrs Distance: 164km
Drive east to the World Heritage–listed Washpool National Park. Washpool is a paradise for nature lovers, boasting deep gorges, crystal-clear streams and a huge expanse of ancient Gondwana rainforest. Amble through the coachwood trees and giant red cedars, keeping your eyes peeled for rare animals like the parma wallaby, long-nosed potoroo, spotted-tail quoll and powerful owl.
Once you’ve had your fill of natural beauty, continue to Grafton, a stately town on the Clarence River renowned for its elegant 19th-century buildings.
Grafton to Byron Bay
Driving Time: 2hrs Distance: 164km
Head for the coast and drive north to Byron Bay, one of Australia’s most iconic beach towns. Spend the day enjoying Byron’s stunning beaches and laid-back luxury, making sure you work up an appetite for dinner at one of the town’s excellent restaurants.
If you feel like going further afield, take an afternoon trip to Nimbin, an alternative lifestyle village with a wonderful arts scene and Australia’s only hemp embassy.
- Take in the views from Cape Byron lighthouse – Australia’s most easterly point
- Unwind with one of Byron’s famous massages or spa treatments
- Relax on renowned beaches: Main Beach, Clarkes, Wategos and Little Wategos
- Learn about (and taste) sustainable produce at The Farm
- Pick up a bargain at vibrant markets
- Visit Nimbin Artists Gallery and the Blue Knob Gallery
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
Take a sunrise yoga class or enjoy a sleep-in and a casual beachfront breakfast. Then it’s time to head back towards Brisbane via the Gold Coast Hinterland. Explore the rainforests and waterfalls of Springbrook National Park, skywalk through the rainforest canopy or take an underground tour of the Mt Tamborine Glow-Worm Caves. Get a last glimpse of the rainforest from the Best of All Lookout before returning to Brisbane with a bag full of unforgettable memories.
Beautiful lookouts: Best of All Lookout, Canyon Lookout.
Purling Brook Falls.
Purling Brook Falls
Wander Springbrook’s walking tracks.