The Pacific Coast Highway has long stretches of road that is undivided and every type of vehicle travels this road between the two cities. Private automobiles, vans, trucks and buses often travel over 100 km/h on the long deserted stretches of road. For this reason, it is important for drivers to be alert and not drive when they feel tired or long after dark.
For those who find a car hire in Sydney, the first day takes them to Hunter Valley, which is one of the top wine producing areas in Australia. Nelson Bay and Port Stephens is next. Nelson Head Light is an unusual lighthouse that was built in 1875 and is worth seeing. If the season is right, this is a good place for whale and dolphin watching.
Coffs Harbour is next along the route and is famous for banana growing as well as beautiful beaches. The Big Banana is a theme park with thrilling rides and everything banana. The Muttonbird Island reserve is a protected area where visitors can walk on designated paths and see the fascinating birds in their natural habitat.
After Coffs Harbour, the road heads inland to Grafton. This is approximately two thirds of the way from Sydney to Brisbane. Grafton is famous for its Jacaranda trees as well as for award-winning country music stars. The gorgeous trees bloom in October and November when there is a Jacaranda festival.
On to Ballina on the Far North Coast where many people enjoy retirement. Considered the fastest growing area in Australia, it is a great place for fishing and has wonderful beaches for a holiday destination. It boasts the world’s largest prawn statue.
The Gold Coast is next. It is two towns, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta combined on the border of New South Wales and Queensland. It is possible to by-pass this area, but not recommended. This is one of the top tourist destinations in Australia and has a lot to offer visitors. It is the theme-park capital of Australia with Dreamworld, Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, WhiteWater World, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, David Flea Wildlife Park and more.
The Observation deck on the Q1 building is the second highest in the southern hemisphere and gives views from Brisbane to Byron Bay. It is one of the highest apartment buildings in the world. Surfers Paradise is also nearby as are many other clean, beautiful beaches. The Metre Maids wear bikinis in Surfers Paradise, and help people avoid parking tickets.
The highway through the Gold Coast has been renamed the Gold Coast Highway. From here the road trip continues to the city centre of Brisbane. Travellers can visit the many sites in Brisbane including the South Bank Parklands, Botanic Garden, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and much more. Steve Irwin’s home base, the Australia Zoo is also in Brisbane.