Sydney to Brisbane

Jump on the Share Bus from to travel from Sydney to Brisbane in a really fun way. Travel with a bunch of other backpackers between two iconic cities, with beautiful places in between.

How it works

We’re not a tour – we’re a shared rental! That means it works a little differently. The people joining the trip share the driving, camping, trip planning and experience. This way of travelling offers a more flexible and self-guided trip. It’s also more affordable than a tour. However, you get everything you could need for a camping road trip plus an awesome group of travel mates! Additionally, you get to share the long drive .

About the route

You’ll see some really famous beaches, while also staying in National Parks where you can see the rainforest. Swim, surf, kayak and hike throughout nature as you travel along the coastline, stopping at beaches and amazing locations. You’ll see Newcastle, Coff’s Harbor, Port Macquarie as well as all the beautiful nature around. Try out surfing on the Gold Coast, and spend a few days in hippy Byron Bay and maybe even join in a drum circle. Finally, on the last day head into Brisbane to celebrate your arrival with your new trip family.

Expect to get fit with lots of hiking, snorkelling and exercise as you appreciate the natural sights. This is a no-frills adventure – you’ll be setting up your own tents, cooking your own dinner and sharing your tent with one or two other people. The target age group is 18-35.

Things to note

Please note this is a minibus rental, not a guided tour. You rent a seat on the bus. We provide a recommended itinerary to help guide you. You are all sharing the driving, cooking and trip planning (but you have a comprehensive guidebook to help) You will rent your seat as either a ‘driver’ or ‘non-driver’. Non-drivers must never drive. Drivers can share driving and must be aged 21+ Once you book you will be given a full guide with free activities, paid activities, recommended campsites to visit, as well as recommended sights to see. Please bring your own water bottle, sunscreen and torch. Be prepared for the tough weather! Please limit luggage to 20kg and two bags.

Trip Highlights

  • See wombats, penguins, koalas, kangaroos
  • Explore national parks, climb mountains, see some of the whitest beaches in the world
  • Travel through small beachy seaside towns, and have the whole beach to yourselves
  • Start and finish in Australia’s most famous cities


General inclusions

  • Your Toyota Hiace Minibus, to drive to the places you choose (but not on 4WD roads!)
  • Fully equipped trailer with everything you need for camping, cooking, and fun
  • Consumables such as: toilet paper, oil, salt and pepper, gas, bin bags
  • Recommended itinerary (but you have freedom!)
  • Fuel consumption for unlimited km
  • Comprehensive insurance with roadside assistance

Trip-specific inclusions

  • National Park Entries
  • Snorkelling gear


  • Accommodation: although you can choose to stay at plenty of free camps, or budget pay camps
  • Food: We will give you all the equipment you need to cook what you like!
  • Sleeping bag: bring your own for hygiene reasons
  • Guide: it’s just you and fellow “rentees” driving this minibus. Enjoy!

Recommended itinerary

Day 01 Newcastle

Do a big group food shop and then head to Newcastle. There are a few nice beaches around here, on the Central Coast. In Newcastle itself are the natural ‘ocean baths’ (free!) and the ‘Bogeyhole’ which are a lot of fun. Go on the coastal walk, or enjoy a little beach time; then set up camp for the night.

Day 02 Port Macquarie

Journey up to Port Macquarie to visit a town which is surrounded by both beaches AND rainforests. You can choose to spend some time in town, go for a hike, or check out the place where rainforest meets the beach at Sea Acres National Park. It’s the unofficial capital of bodyboarding, so try it out!

Day 03 Dorrigo National Park and Coffs Harbor

Its time to explore the rainforest a little more at Dorrigo. Expect to see some beautiful rainforest and waterfalls. When you’re in the mood for more beaches head in to Coffs Harbor and take a photo with the ‘Big Banana’. If you like you can get a head start on the next day and camp near Grafton on the river.

Day 04 Grafton/Yamba

This is in the Clarence Valley. There’s some great river camps near Grafton, and you can spend a little bit of time exploring the colonial town. Yamba is the next stop; which is a beautiful coastal location with a nice beach and the ‘Angourie Pools’ which you can ‘cliff jump’ into (at your own risk)

Day 05/06 Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a hippy coastal town, known for its beaches, surfing and diving. So spend some time beachside. Watch the sunrise from Byron Bay lighthouse, visit the drum circle that performs nightly, or try surfing and spotting dolphins at the pass

Day 07 Gold Coast to Brisbane

Spend the morning on the Gold Coast, and maybe stop by Surfer’s Paradise. Roll into Brisbane by the evening, and celebrate the end of your trip with your new mates.

Trip details

Sydney to Brisbane

Trip length: 7 days

Early bird: $488 (6+ weeks before Start Date)
Full fee: $520

Start Dates:


Discounts are available:

  • if you book more than 6 weeks in advance
  • for groups of friends travelling together
  • if you want to stay on the Share Bus for more than one trip

Please send us an email for details and to ask for your discount eligibility.

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