Having decided to spend the festive season in Sydney and Melbourne, our next journey was to drive all the way down to Sydney from Cairns. We set off on the ~2500km drive on a Monday morning, and arrived in Sydney by the Friday evening. We could have done this faster, but chose to spend two nights in one of our favourite east coast destinations; Byron Bay.
We had a few other brief stops along the way; the beautiful Josephine Waterfalls, which had we not been driving all day would have been the perfect location for a swim. A ‘luxury’ night in Mackay back in a cabin at MyCow – a bit of privacy for the same price as a large dorm gains a lot of bonus points in a backpackers book! A quick shopping trip at Riot to stock up on some arts & crafts (travelling essentials for us), and of course, burgers for lunch at the wonderful Moo Moo Cafe in Mooball.
After a brief visit to Nimbin to look around, we headed to Byron Bay and returned to The Arts Factory, this time staying in the Wagon. This was essentially a tent style structure, covered in tarpaulin, but fitted out with bunk beds, a light and a couple of plug sockets. It wasn’t bad, but I much preferred the Lakeside Cottage we stayed in on our last visit. As it rained, the tarpaulin unfortunately didn’t hold up so well to the elements. Reliving our Byron Bay experience from a few months earlier, we headed out for another Wednesday night at Woody’s. We had to wait what felt like a lifetime to get in, and were pushed and shoved around upon arrival as it was so busy, but as soon as we got into the night we all had a fabulous time, and ended the night with a stroll to the beach for a wee chat.
The driving days from Cairns to Sydney were all long ones, travelling for around 10-12 hours every day. However by splitting the driving between three people, and making various pit stops to stock up on snacks, it really wasn’t that bad at all. If necessary to just to get from A-B, the drive could be done in three days. The only thing to bear in mind is the time of day you are arriving in Sydney. We unfortunately didn’t think it through and arrived during rush hour. This, combined with us being stingy and not wanting to go through toll roads resulted in us spending around two hours just to travel the last ~20km.