Every year Byron Bay gets inundated by festivalgoers who come into town for the annual Splendour in the Grass Festival. Last year over 25,000 people turned out for this event, and the tickets were completely sold out. This year, the festival will take place on the weekend of 24th – 26th July. And with performers like Mark Ronson, Of Monsters and Men, Peking Duck and Florence and the Machine, it’s guaranteed that this year will be equally as popular.
Roadtrippin’ from Sydney to Byron Bay
Let’s be honest, there is absolutely nothing that quite beats a road trip. If you’re going to Splendour in the Grass this year, you should think of hiring a car or van, creating a rocking playlist, inviting some pals and setting out on the wide open road. This really is the best way to get from Sydney to Byron Bay, and you are sure to have some crazy adventures along the way.
Which route should you take?
The most scenic and straightforward route to take is the Pacific Highway that links up Brisbane and Sydney. The route is also known as The Legendary Pacific Coast, and with its awesome views, friendly people and places to stop along the way, that name really does do it justice.
The route is approximately 930 km long, and should take 12 hours to complete. But where’s the fun in driving straight through to your destination? Leave a couple of days early and stop at some of the incredible places along the way, where you will meet friendly people, eat delicious food and see some of the most spectacular views.
The best places to stop along the way
While it is possible to get to Byron Bay in 10-12 hours, you would really be missing out on some gems along the way. There are some really awesome places to stop off at on the way down to your destination, and you should take a few days to cover the distance to ensure that you get to see and do everything that you want.
These are some of the best spots to stop at on the way to Byron Bay:
Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park
This incredibly beautiful national park is the second oldest in Australia and should be one of your first stops along the way. The park is about an hours drive out of Sydney, and there are heaps of activities to do – from hiking to drinking beer at a barbie, and they all come with an awesome view.
Patonga, Umina, Terrigal, and Shelly Beach are just some of the places you should stop on your drive through the Central Coast Region. There are amazing places to stay the night, or you can simply pitch a tent.
This little gem is found about 2.5 hours out of Sydney, and it is the wine capital of NSW. Stop for a night or simply for a wine tour (but if you plan on drinking then it’s definitely best to get a local room!).
Port StephensThis town is mainly known for its whale and dolphin watching, but there is much more to it than that. Huge sand dunes make sand boarding and 4 Wheel Driving an adventure not to miss.
Located about 5 hours out of Sydney, Port Macquarie is renowned for its beautiful beaches, forests and wildlife.
This is an adventure sport hub, and you can do anything from skydiving to white water rafting and surfing. It’s only 3 hours from Byron Bay, and makes a great last stop.
Where to stay in Byron Bay
There are dozens of B&Bs and guesthouses in Byron Bay, but remember to book sooner rather than later as they fill up early over the festival time. The best thing to do is to simply camp in the festival campsite, which keeps you close to all the activities.
There are hundreds of places to stop on the way from Sydney to Byron Bay, and this list only covers a few places. You are sure to find many hidden treasures along the way.