Coopers Creek, Daintree Rainforest, QLD © Tourism Australia

Coopers Creek, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland © Tourism Australia

16-day family road trip: Gold Coast to Cairns

16-day family road trip: Gold Coast to Cairns

SkyPoint Climb, Gold Coast, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

SkyPoint Climb, Gold Coast, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Top tip

Beach Bikes specialises in family bookings with a convenient drop-off and pick up service, but be sure to book in advance.

Dreamworld, Gold Coast, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Dreamworld, Gold Coast, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Wild dolphin feeding at Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island, QLD © Brisbane Marketing

Wild dolphin feeding at Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island, Queensland © Brisbane Marketing

Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Noosa, Sunshine Coast, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

When to go

If you’re there on a Wednesday or Saturday, check out the quirky and colourful iconic Eumundi Markets, a 20-minute drive from Noosa Main Beach.

Hervey Bay Whale Watching, Hervey Bay, QLD © Matthew Taylor, Tourism and Events Queensland

Hervey Bay Whale Watching, Hervey Bay, Queensland © Matthew Taylor, Tourism and Events Queensland

Family looking at S.S. Maheno on K’gari, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

S.S. Maheno, K’gari (Fraser Island), Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Did you know?

Stretching more than 120 kilometres, K’gari is the largest sand island in the world.

1770, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

1770, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Fun fact

Town of 1770 got its name from being the site of Captain Cook’s first landing in Queensland in, you guessed it, the year 1770.

Dreamtime Cultural Centre, Rockhampton, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Dreamtime Cultural Centre, Rockhampton, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Capricorn Caves, Rockhampton, QLD © Capricorn Caves

Capricorn Caves, Rockhampton, Queensland © Capricorn Caves

Snorkelling in Manta Ray Bay, Hook Island, Whitsundays, Queensland © Ocean Rafting

Hook Island, Whitsundays, Queensland © Ocean Rafting

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Encounter underwater art on the Great Barrier Reef

Reef HQ, Townsville, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Reef HQ, Townsville, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Travellers looking at a crocodile at the Cairns Zoom Wildlife Dome, Cairns, QLD © Cairns Zoom Wildlife Dome

Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome, Cairns, Queensland © Cairns Zoom Wildlife Dome

Daintree Discovery Centre, Cow Bay, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Daintree Discovery Centre, Cow Bay, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Ocean Safari, Mackay Reef, QLD © Tourism Australia

Ocean Safari, Mackay Reef, Queensland © Tourism Australia