Drive the Pacific Coast Touring Route

If you’re heading Down Under for adventure, travel, breathtaking scenery and experiences that will stay with you forever more, there’s no better place to start than the infamous East Coast. Famed for its lively backpacker spots, natural beauty and bustling towns, you’ll find few places in the world that offer such a diverse range of sights, attractions and activities. If you have the time available, the best way to travel is by car or camper. There’s no better road trip in the world than the Pacific Coast Touring Route. If you like the sound of beach parties, wildlife, action and adventure and sleeping under the stars, here are some tips to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.


The route

The Pacific Coast Touring Route runs from Cairns in Queensland to Sydney, Australia’s most iconic city. If you chose to drive this stretch, it would take you well over 24 hours; thankfully, there is an abundance of places to stop off and explore on your travels. More than 2,400 kilometres separate these two cities, and you’ll encounter all kinds of experiences before you reach the end of your journey.



There are so many highlights on this track that it’s tough to know where to begin. Starting in the North, there’s no better way to spend your days than snorkelling or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. The Daintree Rainforest is also well worth a visit, and you’ll enjoy warm local hospitality in Cairns centre.


Make your way to Fraser Island to let off some steam and enjoy a wild 4×4 adventure. En route, stop off at Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton. When you’ve had enough of adrenaline-pumping off-roading, get back in the car and make for Brisbane. Here you’ll find galleries, museums and plenty of shops. Take a short bus trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary if you’re in need of a cuddle from Oz’s most famous resident.


Back on the road, head for Byron Bay, a haven for sun-worshippers and a great place to meet fellow travellers and share travel tales.


The final leg will take you to Sydney via the rolling hills of wine-producing region, the Hunter Valley, and the beautiful beaches of Central Coast. When you arrive in Sydney, head for the harbour to see the Opera House and take in the views. If you’ve got a head for heights, climb the Harbour Bridge. Alternatively, you’ll get great views if you take a boat trip to Manly or Watsons Bay. Back on terra firma, check out the bustling artisan markets of The Rocks and enjoy an afternoon at Bondi.