Wonders of Australia: A 15-Day Muslim-Friendly Road Trip Guide

By Nur Qa'riah | 09, Jun, 2023
Wonders of Australia: A 15-Day Muslim-Friendly Road Trip Guide

Australia is a spectacular destination filled with beautiful sights and is a land like no other. I went on a road trip in Australia and this could be a great guide for anyone that plans to visit Australia! Starting from Sydney, this road trip will bring you through Port Stephens, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, and ending off at Brisbane.

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Day 1: Landing and Exploring Sydney

From Singapore, we took a direct late night flight to Sydney so that once we arrived in Sydney, we had a full day to explore. Upon landing you can take public transport or opt for the taxi to your accommodations.

Public Transportation in Sydney

As a city center, it is easy to travel around using the public transport in Sydney. Opal cards can be purchased at convenience stores or newsagents. You can check for the nearest Opal card retailer through their official site. Opal cards can be used for the metro, train, bus, light rail, and ferry (yes, the ferry is part of their public transport).

Do note that with an Adult Opal card, you never pay more than AUD16.80 a day. For more information, you can check Transport NSW - Opal.

Food: Ikhwan Cafe Sydney

Our first agenda after checking in was to grab an early lunch. Located near Darling Harbour, you can enjoy a delicious Malaysian meal at Ikhwan Cafe Sydney. The cafe space feels like a slice of Asia within the busy streets of Sydney.

Halal-status: Muslim-owned

Cuisine: Malaysian

Address: Shop 2/1-27 Murray St, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia

Opening Hours: 11am - 8pm (Daily)

Price point: $$


Sydney Fish Market

For our second stop, we browsed through the many stalls at Sydney Fish Market and admired the views at the alfresco area overlooking the waters.

Address: Corner Pyrmont Bridge Rd &, Bank St, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia

Opening Hours: 7am - 4pm (Daily)


Paddy’s Market
Paddy's Market

Afterwards, we prepared ourselves for a little shopping. Located on L2 of the light rail network, enjoy shopping at Paddy’s Market which is full of internationally renowned brands along with other local shops.

Address: 9/13 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm (Wed - Sun, Closed Mon - Tues)


Food: No. 1 Halal Beef Noodles and Kebab
NO1 Halal Beef and Noodles

After all that walking we decided to fill our tummies with a yummy meal at No. 1 Halal Beef Noodles and Kebab.

Halal-status: Muslim-owned

Cuisine: Chinese

Address: 8 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

Opening Hours: 12pm— 10pm (Daily except Friday) | 5pm—10pm (Friday)

Price point: $$

Circular Quay

And our final stop for the day, we took the bus to the colorful port that makes it the perfect spot for boat watching and people watching. If you’re visiting in May to June, be sure to check out if Vivid Sydney is happening and enjoy the beautiful light walk.

Address: Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


Day 2: Exploring the highlights of Sydney

Bondi Beach

We started off day 2 with a walk along the beach and admiring the famous Graffiti Wall along Bondi Beach. We also enjoyed the short walk towards the cliff tops to admire the Bondi Icebergs Pool.

Address: Queen Elizabeth Drive, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Auburn Gallipolli Mosque
Auburn Gallipolli Mosque

Located within the suburban neighborhood of Auburn, Sydney, you can stop by the beautiful Ottoman-style mosque, Auburn Gallipoli Mosque, for your prayers. The mosque is spacious with separate ablution spaces for men and women. I feel absolutely in love with the architectural design and decoration. The mosque also holds guided tours if you would like to learn more about the mosque.

Address: 15/19 Gelibolu Parade, Auburn NSW 2144, Australia

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Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island

Home to 11 historic sites, you will find yourself immersed in the stories that Cocktaoo Island has to offer you. Admission is free so you simply enjoy a few hours exploring the island. The best way to get here is by the public ferry (F3, F8) which you can pay with the Opal card.

Ferry trip: We left Cockatoo Island around sunset timing and the view on the ferry while making our way back to Circular Quay, going past the Sydney Opera House was truly an experience.

Address: Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, NSW

Opening hours: 24 hours

Strand Arcade

Located within the heart of Sydney’s CBD, is this beautiful Victorian-style retail arcade. Admire the architectural design and look through the boutique shops.

Address: 412-414 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Opening Hours: 9am - 5.30pm (Mon - Wed, Fri), 9am - 9pm (Thu), 9am - 4pm (Sat), 11am - 4pm (Sun)



Day 3: Transfer to Port Stephens

Sultan Fatih Mosque
Sultan Fatih Mosque

A beautiful mosque located in Newcastle City, with a separate ablution and prayer space. On the way to Port Stephens from Sydney, you can take short stop for prayers at Sultan Fatih Mosque. If you are driving like we did, you can park in the open car park across the mosque.

Address: 5 Victoria St, Mayfield NSW 2304, Australia

Gan Gan Lookout

Catch a beautiful view of the sea from the highest and most accessible lookout at Port Stephen.

Address: Lily Hill Rd, Nelson Bay NSW 2315, Australia

Opening Hours: 24 hours


Day 4: Full day in Port Stephens

Whale watching

While you’re at a renowned whale watching destination located right in the middle of the Humpback Highway, be sure to join the informative commentary tour and cruise that includes bonus dolphin and outer island cruising!


Stockton Beach

Located at Stockton Beach, go on an exciting adventure of sandboarding and explore the sand dunes of the largest coastal sand dunes! We booked a tour with the Port Stephens 4WD tour and the guide was really knowledgeable and encouraging (climbing the sand dunes was definitely harder than it seemed).

Address: Lower car park, James Paterson Street, Anna Bay 2316

Opening Hours: 10am - 3.30pm (Daily)



Day 5: Transfer to Coffs Harbour

Tomaree Head Summit
Tomaree Head Summit

Hike the track to the summit of Tomaree Head to enjoy an unparalleled view of idyllic Port Stephens and its coastline. Start your track from the carpark located at the far end of Shoal Bay. It’s a rather long hike if you’re not used to high altitude and rather steep steps but the view is definitely worth the hike.

Address: Shoal Bay Road

Toboggan Hill Park

A simple fun park that features a toboggan run and a pavilion filled with nostalgic coin operated games and amusements. 

Address: 16 Aquatic Cl, Nelson Bay NSW 2315, Australia

Opening Hours: 10am - 3pm (Wed - Fri), 10am - 4pm (Sat - Sun), Closed Mon - Tues



Day 6: Transfer to Byron Bay

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

Home to thousands of shearwater (also known as Muttonbirds), stroll along the break wall and catch a glimpse of a dolphin, sea turtle or stingray.

Address: 32 Marina Dr, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450, Australia

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Dolphin Marine Conservation Park

Get up close and learn more about marine animals at Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, a rescue and rehabilitation center for sick and injured marine animals.

Address: 65 Orlando St, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450, Australia

Opening Hours: 10am - 2pm (Daily)


Day 7: Exploring Byron Bay

Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Lighthouse

Located at the end of Cape Byron Walking Track, the Cape Byron Lighthouse is a great spot to view the ocean and coastline, as well as a whale watching destination. 

Address: Cape Byron Walking Track, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

Opening hours: 10am - 4pm (Daily)

Glow worm hunting - Abandoned Rail Tunnel

There are many guided tours in Byron Bay that allow you to experience the scenic and magical sights of glow worms. But if you're adventurous and would like to explore an abandoned railway to spot the glow worms, you can try this spot just outside of Byron Bay. (It will be quite a walk so be sure to wear your comfortable shoes.)


The Wreck

A surf spot located at Byron Bay, The Wreck is between the shores of Belongil Beach and the Main Beach Car Park. You can catch the remains of a local boat the Wollongbar that sank in 1922 as well as a stunning sunset.

Address: Unnamed Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

Food: Zaza Kebabs

Located along the street side, you can grab a seat along the pavement or takeaway the food. The food is reasonably priced with good sized portions.

Halal-staus: Muslim-owned

Cuisine: Turkish

Address: 8/4 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

Opening Hours: 9am - 12pm (Mon), 9am - 12am (Tues), 9am - 3am (Wed - Sun)

Price point: $$


Day 8: Transfer to Gold Coast

In Gold Coast, you can’t miss out on a trip to their iconic amusement parks. Each park is filled with different ride attractions for all ages and types of thrill seekers for you to choose from.

Sea World

As Sea World is more catered to families and the kids, we didn’t need too much time to spend at Sea World. The amusement park has a more laid back atmosphere but if you’re wanting to take their more thrill-seeking rides, you have to note their announcements as it may not be open the whole time.

There’s a room prepared for prayers but there’s no sign indication so you will have to search for it yourself. Located opposite the toilet and lockers near Nickelodean Store and Penguin Encounter, the toilet is also where you can do ablution.

Address: Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217, Australia

Opening Hours: 9.30am - 5pm (Daily)



Day 9: Enjoying Movie World

Movie World

Perhaps the most exciting theme park among the 3, Movie World had the most attractions that we were most looking forward to. The highlights that we got to ride were definitely the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster and Hollywood Stunt Driver 2.

At Movie World, there’s no specific prayer space but they allow you to do your prayers at the Taz Res Stop as it’s the quietest spot in the park and you can use the private space if needed. Ablution will need to be done at any toilet you can find.

Address: Pacific Motorway, Oxenford QLD 4210, Australia

Opening Hours: 9.30am - 5pm (Daily, Ride operations run from 10am - 5pm)



Day 10: Shopping in Gold Coast

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Give a visit to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about Australia’s wonderful and natural beauty, filled with wandering animals in their open animal enclosures.

Address: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD 4223, Australia

Opening Hours: 9am - 4pm (Daily)



Day 11: Chilling at Dream World

Dream World

Enjoy a visit to Dream World with their movie themed rides. I personally enjoyed the Vintage Car Adventure. It was off-season when we visited the park so it was quieter but that also meant shorter queues.

For prayer space, you can check in with their guest services and they will arrange a quiet spot for you to do your prayers. They also had prayer mats that they lent to us.

Address: Dreamworld Pkwy, Coomera QLD 4209, Australia

Opening Hours: 10.30am - 4pm (Mon - Thu), 10am - 5pm (Fri - Sun)



Day 12: Transfer to Brisbane

Mount Coot-Tha The Summit Lookout

Catch the panoramic views of the city at the highest point in Brisbane. Wander around the space and look through the telescopes as you take in the city view.

Address: 1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Dr, Mount Coot-Tha QLD 4066, Australia

Opening Hours: 24 hours


Day 13 to 15: Brisbane

Getting around Brisbane River with CityHopper

The CityHopper is a free inner city ferry service for the Brisbane River that operates at 8 stops (be sure to check the ferry before boarding as the stops also include paid ferries).

Museum of Brisbane / Brisbane Clock Tower

For the art and history lovers, Museum of Brisbane has art and social history exhibitions but the best part of the museum definitely has to be the clock tower tour where you get to ride the old freight elevator and see the mechanics of the clock.

Address: Level 3, Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm (Daily)


Brisbane’s True Crime Night Tour

While most shops will close by evening time, this activity is perfect for anyone who loves true crimes. Operated by crime-writer Jack Sim, publisher of the Murder Trails Series BLOODY BRISBANE Volumes 1 & 2. Uncover the stories of some of the most vicious crimes that once terrorized the streets.

Ticket: AUD35 (Adult), AUD25 (10-17)


Wheel of Brisbane

Located in the heart of Brisbane’s cultural and entertainment area, enjoy the Wheel of Brisbane that includes an audio system that takes you through all the historical landmarks from within the air-conditioned gondolas.

Address: Russell St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm (Sun - Thu), 10am - 11pm (Fri - Sat)

Additionally, you can check out recommendations for the 5 restaurants with the best Halal food in Brisbane here.

Thank you for reading and I hope this serves to help anyone that hopes to visit Australia and explore the many beautiful cities they have!



An explorer to learning new things about the world. Qa'riah enjoys finding quiet and hidden spots in this busy world. Sharing stories and places through HalalTrip is her joy.

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