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Sydney to Brisbane One Way Campervan Rental

Planning a campervan road trip from Sydney to Brisbane? Did you know you can rent a campervan one way? Compare vehicles from several campervan hire companies offering one way rentals from Sydney to Brisbane.

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Sydney to Brisbane One Way Itinerary

This road trip from Sydney to Brisbane will see you travelling approximately 1,000 km along Australia's east coast

Part 1: Sydney to the Blue Mountains

Distance: 60-100 km

Estimated driving time: 1-1.5h

Things to see:

  • Blue Mountains
  • Opera House
  • Harbour Bridge
  • Bondi Beach

Part 2: Blue Mountains to Hunter Valley

Distance: 250-300 km

Estimated driving time: 3.5-4h

Attractions along the way:

  • Barrington Tops National Park
  • Wineries

Part 3: Hunter Valley to Port Macquarie

Distance: 240 km

Estimated driving time: 3-3.5h

Things to see on the way:

  • Koala Hospital
  • Tacking Point Lighthouse
  • Lighthouse Beach

Part 4: Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour

Distance: 150-170 km

Estimated driving time: 1.5-2h

Popular Attractions:

  • The Big Banana
  • Dorrigo National Park
  • Muttonbird Island
  • Butterfly House

Part 5: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay

Distance 230-250km

Estimated driving time: 2.5-3h

Things to see:

  • Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • Tallow Beach
  • Arakwal National Park

Part 6: Byron Bay to the Gold Coast

Distance: 100km

Estimated driving time: 1.5-2h

Popular attractions:

  • Surfers Paradise
  • Theme Parks
  • Whale Watching
  • Springbrook National Park

Part 7: Gold Coast to Brisbane

Distance: 80-100km

Estimated driving time: 1-1.5h

Things to see:

  • Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
  • South bank
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Queen Street Mall

Popular Attractions Along the Way

Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are located west of Sydney in NSW, Australia. The mountains, which are part of a national park, are located in an area offering many outdoor activities.

There are numerous hiking trails in the area, with some offering the opportunity to see the famous Three Sisters, an unusual rock formation that is considered a popular tourist attraction.

Queen Street Mall

With an opening day of 1982 – just in time for the Commonwealth Games that year – Queen Street Mall is Brisbane’s premier shopping lifestyle precinct. Over 700 retailers make their home along the 500-metre mall, including the flagship stores of many major brands.

The Mall includes six major shopping centres, heritage-listed arcades, numerous eateries, a bowling alley, a cinema, and the Treasury Casino.

Hunter Valley

Located north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is a famous wine region in Australia. The region is home to many outdoor activities, including golf courses, cycle tracks and hiking trails. Many of the wineries in the area offer guided tours as well as tastings.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Set right on Brisbane River, Lone Pine is fifteen minutes from Brisbane’s CBD and is the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in Australia. 130 koalas make their home at Lone Pine, as well as Tasmanian Devils, snakes, echidnas, wombats, platypuses, and dingoes.

Kangaroos, wallabies, and emus free range and there are opportunities to cuddle, photo, and feed certain animals. Koala talks are held twice daily and there are also several shows with lorikeets, raptors, sheep dogs, and more.

Springbrook National Park

Located just a short distance from Gold Coast City in the Hinterland is Springbrook National Park. The park is a great place to see beautiful rainforest scenery and stunning waterfalls. There are also opportunities for camping, making it a perfect stop on your road trip throughout Queensland.

Surfers Paradise

Located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Surfers Paradise is a seaside neighbourhood famous for its beaches, skyscrapers and lively nightlife. The area is home to many of the Gold Coast's best restaurants and cafes, with many of the high-rise buildings offering spectacular views of the surrounding seaside.

Theme Parks

The Gold Coast is home to some of Australia's best theme parks. Just a short distance from each other, you’ll find Warner Brothers Movie World, Dreamworld and Seaworld as well as two water parks: Wet and Wild and White Water World. The companies offer multiday passes, giving you the opportunity to visit multiple parks over a few days.

Whale Watching

Every year between May and November, whales migrate along the east coast of Australia. The Gold Coast is a popular place to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Many companies offer guided tours or cruises.

Cultural Precinct/South Bank

A fixture on Brisbane’s South Bank, just across the Brisbane River from the CBD, the Brisbane Cultural Precinct is comprised of the Queensland Cultural Centre (QCC) as well as other museums, eateries, gardens, and pedestrian areas.

The cultural centre, which contains the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), the State Library, and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, is an architecturally significant example of 1970’s modernism, and several of its buildings are Heritage-listed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any one-way rental fees?

Campervan rental companies may charge a one-way rental fee. If there is such a fee we will include it in the rental price listed in our comparison tool.

Can I travel in the opposite direction - from Brisbane to Sydney?

Yes - simply use the search tool at the top of this page to check availability.

What kind of licence do you need to hire a campervan in Sydney?

An Australian resident needs a valid class C (car) licence to hire a camper in Sydney. Rental companies generally won’t do business with drivers holding learners, provisional (Ps), or probationary licences.

If you’ve arrived from overseas, you’ll need an English translation of a comparable car license or an International Driver’s Permit (IDP).

Drivers must be 21 or older to rent a campervan or motorhome. Travellers under 25 can hire a vehicle but must pay a young driver surcharge.

Where can I park overnight in Sydney?

It’s recommended you stay in a holiday park or designated campsite. Free camping is not allowed in the city itself and is only allowed at designated sites throughout Australia. Most caravan parks are located away from the city centre.

Some popular campsites include: NRMA Lakeside Holiday Park, Cattai National Park Campground and Patonga Camping Ground.

If you wish to explore Sydney CBD and other city attractions like Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach or the Opera House, plan ahead. It's best to avoid peak traffic hours and to plan where to park ahead of time, especially if you're in a large motorhome.

Can I pick up a campervan rental around the Northern Beaches?

Currently, all the major motorhome rental brands have their Sydney branch close to Sydney Airport, on the southside.

Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.