Whether it’s the school holidays or a long weekend away, road trips are practically a national pastime. If you’re looking for getaways to Sydney, we’ve got a few road trips that should be on every Aussie’s bucket list. From the incredible East Coast to the High Country, all roads lead to Sydney on these tours.

See the East Coast on a Surfari

The road from Sydney to Brisbane is paved with gold … and the Gold Coast is just one of the areas that makes this a must-do road trip. Kooks and pros alike love catching waves in Surfers Paradise. Stop in Byron Bay and spy strangely named creatures like the wompoo fruit dove. And oenophiles will have nothing to “wine” about during a day at Hunter Valley’s best vineyards. But why take the wheel yourself? Sign up for the 5-Day Brisbane to Sydney Surfari Tour and really enjoy the scenery.

Take a Wild Ride Through the Whitsunday Islands

We know, we know – the Whitsundays are almost 2,000km away! But when you take the time for this incredible road trip, it’s a holiday you’ll never forget. Practise your cutbacks in surfing haven Crescent Head, take in the glitz and glamour of Gold Coast, and make a day trip out to world’s largest sandy atoll, Fraser Island. The experts at Topdeck Travel turn it into a 12-day adventure on the Tour from the Whitsunday Islands to Sydney.

Wind Your Way Through the High Country

Making your way from Melbourne to Sydney is an epic road trip no matter how you slice it. But add in the fact that you’ll pass by the Australian Alps (the highest mountains on the continent!), and you know you can’t miss this. Hike to the famous Masons Falls in Kinglake National Park, then channel your inner Ned Kelly in the old gold-mining town of Beechworth. In Canberra, take in the beautiful Parliament House, National Museum of Australia, and National Gallery. The 2-Day Australian High Country Tour will ensure you see it all, with a professional guide to tell you its tales of mystery and intrigue.

Go Your Own Way

Whether you want splurge on a rental car with a bit of zip and cruise your way here with the top down, or take one of the many trains that criss-cross Australia’s eastern territories, it’s easy to get to Sydney on your own. Once you’re here, ditch the wheels and pick up a cocktail instead. The Sydney Harbour Cocktail Cruise is a great way to see the sights from a new perspective. Or you can hop in a different sort of car – a sidecar. On the Private Best of Sydney Motorcycle Sidecar Tour, you’ll still feel the wind in your hair, but you won’t be responsible for the driving.

It’s time to go big or go home. In our opinion, you should definitely choose going big – home is so overdone. Expedia.com.au has plenty of Sydney hotel deals for you to get away for a day, a week, or even longer. Hey, it’s your life. We’re just here to help you live it to the fullest.