The stretch of coast between Brisbane to Byron Bay is beautiful, with plenty of spots for sun-seekers, culture vultures and foodies to pull over and explore. It’s one of the most scenic routes in Australia, too, thanks to the Pacific Highway and the many beaches, attractions, and charming towns along the way. Whether you’re road-tripping between Sydney and Brisbane, or planning a getaway, make your trip memorable with a stay at one of these stunning spots.
This hotel is as bespoke as it is boutique. It has a storied history – the Art Deco building was a medical centre in the 1920s before becoming a hotel in 1998. Much of the décor hasn’t changed - think ornate wood panelling, lifts with grill doors, and four-poster beds – but Ovolo's takeover means rock n' roll theme in the most stylish way.
73 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill
The Johnson is bright and playful, and shines a spotlight on the work of abstract artist Michael Johnson. Each suite is spacious and beautifully designed, and adorned with art, wood and marble finishes, and mod cons like TVs and blackout curtains. The 50-metre pool deck is where the action is – elevated over the city, it features a gym, BBQ area, and loungers made for leisurely afternoons.
477 Boundary Street, Spring Hill
On your Sydney to Brisbane road trip, there's no doubt you'll be looking for a surfer-chic stay on the Gold Coast. QT's quirky high-rise hotel is a destination in itself, with a stylish pool (settle in early to nab a tropical yellow lounger), scooters and retro bikes for hire, and modern, vibrantly decorated rooms. Spend the day at SpaQ – we recommend the hammam treatments – before feasting at the market-style Bazaar.
7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Ruffles may as well be called ‘rancho relaxo.’ The adults-only resort is tucked away in a eucalyptus forest by Mount Tambourine, and offers stunning views of the coast. It’s made up of suites and villas, including three treehouse villas that feature a fireplace, two private decks, and a solar-heated plunge pool. Spend your days meandering along mountain trails, getting pampered or doing absolutely nothing.
423 Ruffles Road, Willow Vale
Halfway between the glittery Gold Coast and bohemian Byron Bay, Halcyon Beach is a gorgeous hideaway and one of Australia’s most unique boutique stays. Taking cues from the Hamptons, Palm Springs and Capri, the 21 rooms are a visually pleasing mix of textiles, art and furniture, and no two are the same. Many have balconies overlooking the pool and the peaceful, palm tree-fringed beach. Trust us, you'll be wanting to book in a stay here on your Sydney to Brisbane road trip.
21 Cypress Crescent, Cabarita Beach
Inspired by New York’s Bowery district, Byron’s newest boutique hotel is also one of its most beautiful. There are 14 bright and airy suites, plus a barn, cottage and family house suitable for bigger groups. The minimalistic interiors feature whitewashed walls, art, rugs, rain showers and brassy accents for the perfect blend of Byron and Manhattan cool. They’re elegant yet laidback.
28 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay
When Sydneysiders Kim Amos and Steve Eakin made the move to Byron, they took over a collection of cottages and turned them into Caribbean-style guesthouses. The houses have everything you need to live like a local: balconies, communal, well-stocked kitchens, lush gardens, a lap pool and plenty of room to roam. Try to book the kitschy American Airstream Trailer – it’s a treat.
13 Marvell Street, Byron Bay
The Sydney to Brisbane road trip is a right of passage for Australian's and backpackers alike, and these are the beautiful stays that are bringing a real stylish edge to the trip. Looking for inspo on your travels, check out our Luxurious Boutique Retreats in Byron Bay and for when you arrive in Brisbane, take a few days (or more) to check out what the Sunshine's State capital has to offer. Spoiler alert, it's a sun-loving, foodie and cultural hub. Check it out in our round-up of Things to do in Brisbane.