Australian Road Trip: Melbourne to Brisbane

If you’re planning an Australian road trip, the Melbourne to Brisbane route is one of the best. You’ll enjoy the beauty of the coastal cities with their delicious foods and rich cultures. Preparing your car for a long drive is one of the most important things before you get on the road. Also, renting a car for a road trip is one of the best options to traverse this beautiful continent at cheaper costs.

Coastal road in Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria, Australia. Melbourne to Brisbane
Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria: Photo by Joshua Hibbert on Unsplash

Melbourne is a city in the southern part of Australia. It’s the capital city of the state of Victoria and home to some of the best museums in the world. The National Sports Museum is Australia’s finest collection of sporting heritage; if you love sports, you’ll enjoy staying in this city.

Melbourne is also home to Laver Arena, where the Australian Open Tennis Finals are played. When you’re ready to leave this spectacular city and travel north to Brisbane, you can hire or rent a car for the rest of your Melbourne to Brisbane road trip.

The Melbourne to Brisbane trip takes about 18 hours if you’re in a hurry. But for those who want to enjoy the architecture and culture of the cities along the way, your trip can take up to ten days. You can first travel from Melbourne to Sydney, then move northwards towards Brisbane.

Purple Grapes on the vine. Melbourne to Brisbane

Fowles Winery

Once you have departed the sporting city of Melbourne, it’s over 880 kilometers to Sydney. You can stop at Fowles Winery, located off the Hume Highway near the town of Avenal. You’ll enjoy great wines and Tuscan-inspired food in their cellar door café that will ignite your appetite.


Found 125 kilometers north of Fowles Winery, you will arrive at this beautiful city faster than you imagine. You can stretch your legs and visit art galleries and parks while in this regional city located in the northeastern part of Victoria.


By now, your Melbourne to Brisbane road trip has entered the New South Wales Territory. Albury has magnificent botanic gardens that are worth seeing. You can visit the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk, located along the Murray River. You’ll appreciate 13 beautiful sculpture designed and created by local Aborigines to demonstrate their culture.


Located three hours north of Albury and two hours away from Sydney, Goulburn is the last stopover before arriving in Sydney. It is Australia’s first inland city and the collection point for the surrounding agricultural towns. The most outstanding feature in this city is the Big Merino Sculpture, which is a 15-meter high monument of a big sheep.

Avoca Beach

Avoca is a city without traffic lights and a unique stop on your Melbourne to Brisbane road trip. It is found along the Central Coast and is home to yellow beaches and markets that will make you enjoy driving around Australia. It is just 90 minutes from Sydney.

People sitting at tables on Nobbys Beach, Newcastle. Melbourne to Brisbane
Nobbys Beach, Newcastle NSW


Newcastle is about an hour from Avoca Beach. You can enjoy rich foods and coffee in this beautiful city and walk along the beaches while having ice cream. Visit Fort Scratchley, which serves as museum and memorial for the World Wars. If you love swimming, you can visit the famous Bogey Hole.

Port Macquarie

About four hours from Port Stephens, Port Macquarie is home to the annual Ironman Triathlon Championship. There are lots of places to eat and drink as you prepare for the rest of your Australian road trip north from Melbourne to Brisbane.

Coffs Harbour

Famously known as Big Banana, this is one of the best places to stop over while traveling by car. It is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. Coffs Harbour has Pets Porpoise Pool, where you can interact and learn more from marine life.

Brisbane skyline, river in foreground. Melbourne to Brisbane
Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane River: Photo by Brisbane Local Marketing on Unsplash


Finally, you have arrived in this northern city. You can visit many more places along the Queensland Coast. Keep on with the spirit of adventure with an Australian road trip.

About Patrick Watt


Patrick Watt is an Australian writer, currently based in Chiang Mai. He researches and writes content for businesses and brands from all over the world since 2010. He is a contributor to many sites such as The Good Men Project and Tweak Your Biz. His interests also include management, startups, travel, and self and human development.

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