Drive Round Oz - Self Drive tours around Australia - Best Advice, Best Tours, the Best

SELF DRIVE TOURS > Cairns to Sydney

Select a state to view interesting and valuable advice and information Self drive tours in Tasmania Self drive tours from Perth Self drive tours from Cairns Self drive tours from Brisbane Self drive tours from Sydney Self drive tours from Melbourne


  • Great accommodation in nice 3.5 to 4 star B&Bs / motels / hotels

  • Google Maps links showing you the exact route to take for each day’s drive

  • Official hard copy road maps of the states you’ll be passing through

  • A thorough and very detailed itinerary document incorporating:

  • Daily trip sections
    The background to each area
    Places of interest and where to visit
Click here to view an example itinerary

Please note: We don't include the car in the prices as there are so many choices. You can either book your own car or we'd be pleased to do it for you.


Cairns to Brisbane
11 days
Gorgeous coastline combined with great inland riding, and two vibrant cities

Cairns to Melbourne
28 days
The ultimate east coast ride

Cairns to Sydney
17 days
The best biking on the east coast plus the Snowy Mountains and all capped off with the Great Ocean Road
Cairns to Sydney
Cairns to Sydney

The ultimate east coast drive. All the best parts with 4 rest days in idyllic areas to dive on the reef, relax on the beach and explore the rainforest. Heaven!

17 day tour - 4,200km (inc. 3 'rest' days)

AU$ 2,917 BOOK NOW

Includes: 16 nights accommodation plus:
This tour allows for a full day trip to Fraser Island, a cruise in the Whitsunday Islands and an optional excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.

Terms & Conditions for this tour

Sydney's Harbour Bridge at nightThis has to be the ultimate Australian road tour. Where else can you pass the oldest rainforest on the planet, the Great Barrier Reef, some of the best beaches on earth, superb high country (the hinterland), the most famous Australian vineyards and the Sydney Opera House?

Simply put, this 4,200km tour is spectacular...

Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef from Port DouglasCairns - the holiday capital of northern Queensland. This is where you'll finish the trip and celebrate a wonderful experience at one of the many bars and restaurants in town!

Port Douglas - a beautiful small tropical town with great restaurants and bars. It's the nearest port to the Great Barrier Reef and so ideal for taking a fast catamaran cruise out to the reef to snorkel for the day (+AU$155 p.p.). An unforgettable experience.

The beautiful setting at Cape Tribulation

Milla Milla Falls - they don't get more picturesque than that!Cape Tribulation - the coconut lined beach here backs straight on to the rainforest. There aren't many places on earth you can sit and listen to bird and insect sounds of the rainforest whilst taking a picnic on the beach! Captain Cook beached his damaged ship The Endeavour here to make repairs and hence the name 'Cape Tribulation'.

Daintree Rainforest - the oldest rainforest on earth. Visit the very helpful Information Centre that takes you on a tour of the densely tangled forest via boardwalks and a tower that allows you to get deep into the canopy and find out all about the birds, plant, animal and insect life at each level of the jungle. The small, tightly twisting roads are good fun to drive too but take your time and enjoy the views.

Atherton Tablelands - superb rolling green scenery with some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Australia on the Waterfall Circuit. Visit the 500 year old Curtain Fig Tree and enjoy the roads in this undulating region of rainforest and farming.

Whitehaven Beach - just stunningWhitsunday Islands - this is a beautiful series of paradise islands just off of the small coastal town of Airlie Beach where you'll

With the spare day take a cruise (+AU$135 p.p.) around some of the most perfect coral islands in the world. Visit the stunning Whitehaven Beach and snorkel in protected bays over teaming coral gardens. In the evenings enjoy the lively pubs and restaurants of the town centre.

Eungella NP - walk the rainforest in search of the famous Platypus. There are some lovely walking trails through this area and the Rangers are on hand to help you discover more about the original aboriginal inhabitants, bush tucker and the flora and fauna of the forest.

Fraser Island - stay at Rainbow Beach for two nights and take a 4WD tour on the spare day (+AU$169 p.p.) to the largest sand island in the world. Many people consider this one of the highlights of their trip as you take the eastern beach (the 'main road'!) north to rainforests, crystal clear freshwater lakes, shipwrecks on the beach and huge sand dunes. Take a flight over the island as an option for about AU$70. You'll take off and land on the beach and it's a great experience for the relatively low cost.

Lake MacKenzie on Fraser Island

Sunshine Coast - this area as one of the most spectacular hinterlands in the country with rainforests, waterfalls, pineapple plantations and the beautiful Glass House Mountains. Add a lovely coastline and upmarket coastal resorts and it makes for a great day's drive.

Byron Bay beach, the road to the Hunter Valley and Ebor Falls on the Waterfall Way

Brisbane - the bustling capital of Queensland with a great river, shops, nightlife and beautiful botanical gardens. It's an ideal place to explore for the evening before heading north.

Gold Coast - Australia's most visited holiday destination. Great beaches, all the top theme parks, busy nightlife and a surprisingly beautiful hinterland. If you want it busy you've got it, if you prefer the views then you can have them too!

Point Lookout with stunning views across New England National ParkByron Bay - Yet another spectacular back road winds through northern NSW to Australia's most easterly point at Byron Bay. There are beautiful beaches, a lively and friendly small town and a lovely hinterland. Once a centre for 'alternative lifestylers' it has a unique atmosphere. You can relax on the beach, visit the famous lighthouse and enjoy the atmosphere in town at one of the many good restaurants.

Waterfall Way - The Waterfall Way is simply breathtaking with dense rainforest, countless waterfalls, huge views over New England National Park and one of the best roads in the country down to a lovely country own at the base of the Great Dividing Range . This is where you'll stay the night. It's not a long day on the road but there's so much to see on the way it takes all day. If you arrive earlier than expected there's the 'Promised Land' circuit to drive which takes you through a beautiful single track country lane past crystal clear streams where you can stop for a refreshing swim on a hot afternoon!

New England - Another incredibly scenic and winding back road takes you through New England to Armidale. Famous for its deciduous trees in Autumn and unusually seasonal due to its height it has some of the most scenic roads in Australia nearby. A good choice of restaurants and country town feel mean it's a nice town in which to spend the evening before driving to the Hunter Valley the following day.

Hunter Valley - The heart of Australia's wine production. Drive along a stunning, winding back road past the views and gorges of the Wollemi National Park to the vineyards, restaurants and wineries of the Hunter Valley. The overnight stay is a short taxi ride from the most famous restaurants and wineries of the region. Arrive early and go on a wine tasting tour or save it for a relaxed evening out amongst the vines!

Sydney's Harbour Bridge at nightBlue Mountains - incredible scenery with huge waterfalls, the second largest canyon on earth, cable car rides and lovely walks. See the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and a host of other scenic lookouts before driving a circular route back around the mountains. Stay at a lovely B&B with friendly hosts and incredible views over the Hawkesbury River.

Sydney - The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, ferry boats to Manly... it's one of the most scenic and interesting cities in the world. A great place to end any tour with so much to see and do. Top public transport means you won't need to drive while you're here. Why not let us organise a few extra nights' accommodation for you at a superb city centre hotel?