Brisbane to Byron Bay: A self-drive itinerary



  • Day 1 - Brisbane to Gold Coast
  • Day 2 - Gold Coast to Byron Bay
  • Day 3 - Bask in Byron Bay
  • Day 4 - Explore the Region
  • Day 5 - Drive to Brisbane via Gold Coast
Map for Brisbane to Byron Bay: A self-drive itinerary
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Brisbane to Gold Coast

Driving Time: 1hr Distance: 78km

Just over an hour’s drive south of Brisbane and you’ll arrive at the iconic Gold Coast. Wander along magnificent beaches, enjoy superb drinks and dining, get stuck into surf lessons – or just watch the skills of surfers on big swells. From peaceful to fast-paced, there’s a bounty of experiences: paddleboard on beautiful Currumbin Creek, enjoy Main Beach’s restaurants, bars and boutiques, soak in the ‘heart’ of Surfers Paradise, Cavill Avenue, or enjoy a beer perched above the ocean at the breathtaking Currumbin Surf Club.


  • Surf lessons
  • SUP at Currumbin Creek
  • Old-style fun in Currumbin Rock Pools
  • Explore Burleigh Heads National Park
  • Dining and shopping at Main Beach
  • Explore bustling Cavill Avenue


Explore Hervey Bay’s extensive beachfront esplanade.

Beachfront Esplanade

Explore Burleigh Heads National Park.

Burleigh Heads National Park

Explore Surfers Paradise.

Cavill Avenue

Old-style fun in Currumbin Rock Pools.

Currumbin Rockpools

Go stand-up paddleboarding on Currumbin Creek.

Stand-up Paddleboarding

Hang ten with a surf lesson.

Surf Lessons