Gold Coast – Brisbane – Noosa – Fraser Island – Bundaberg
3 days drive
Drive from the surf beaches, thrilling theme parks and lush hinterland of the Gold Coast to the vibrant capital of Brisbane. Cruise down the Brisbane River, climb the Story Bridge and satisfy your culture cravings in South Bank. Soak up sunny sophistication on Noosa’s Hastings Street or meet koalas in the coastal rainforest of Noosa National Park. Watch whales from Hervey Bay and explore the sandy attractions of Fraser island by four wheel drive. End your journey in Bundaberg, a historic sugar and rum city where you can walk endless beaches and dive from the southernmost coral isles of the Great Barrier Reef.
Spend the day soaking up the beaches, shopping and irrepressible energy of the Gold Coast. Ride the world-class waves of Broadbeach, Kirra and Main Beach. Or lie on the golden sand of Surfers Paradise, where afterwards you can trawl the shops, cafes and restaurants of lively Cavill Avenue. Snorkel or dive the wreck of the Scottish Prince off Main Beach or explore the artificial reef just off Narrow Neck. Inland you’ll find the waterfalls, rock pools and sub-tropical rainforest of Tamborine Mountain, Lamington and Springbrook National Parks. For theme park thrills, swim with dolphins and cuddle seals at Sea World, watch movies being made at Warner Bros Movie World and survive the mother of all tidal waves at Dreamworld. Once you’ve dosed up on fun, do the hour drive to the sophisticated sub-tropical capital of Brisbane.
Soak up Brisbane’s relaxed outdoor lifestyle going biking in the City Botanic Gardens, cruising down the Brisbane River or lazing next to the lagoons of South Bank. Visit the Queensland Cultural Centre or explore Fortitude Valley’s cafes and boutiques. For an adrenalin-pumping view of the city and its surrounds, you can do a bridge climb, abseil down Kangaroo Point Cliffs or coast over in a hot air balloon. Then head north for the jet-setting glamour of Noosa. Explore the boutiques, bistros and beachfront apartments of Hastings Street and stroll the scenic boardwalk. Weave your way between beach and bush on one of the many walking trails in Noosa National Park, pausing at lookouts with panoramic views. Noosa also offers great fishing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, surfing and sailing. Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and wake to see koalas and exotic birdlife in the trees near your accommodation.
Back on the road, you’ll pass through the gold rush town of Gympie and Maryborough, Queensland's oldest provincial city. Watch whales from Hervey Bay or catch a boat to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island just north of Rainbow Beach. You can extend your stay on the world’s largest sand island with a few nights in a resort or cabin or camping on the beach. Hire a four wheel drive or join a tour to see the island’s attractions, from beautiful Lake McKenzie to the rainforest of near Central Station and the coloured cliffs of the Cathedrals.
Cross back to the mainland and continue your journey to Bundaberg, a historic sugar cane city and gateway to the southern Great Barrier Reef. Wander past gracious colonial buildings and cruise down the Burnett River. Watch sea turtles hatch at Mon Repos, snorkel and dive the coral reefs and cays of Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot Islands and frolic on the friendly sands of Bargara Beach. Swim or fish at Elliot Heads, dive from Coral Cove and Innes Park or spot kangaroos in Woodgate Beach, just some of the attractions along Bundaberg’s pristine 140-kilmotre long coastline.