ON THE GREAT BEACH DRIVE

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Published on January 04, 2020 with No Comments

Discover an adventure of a lifetime in Queensland. Traverse through an awe-inspiring coastline on this six-day driving trip that is full of nature’s wonders, beachside culture and loads of sun and sand.

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Offering the experience of driving on some of the world’s most stunning beaches, through some of the most idyllic national parks and World Heritage, the Great Beach Drive – located in Queensland’s stunning Nature Coast – provides a road trip like no other. If there’s a trip you have to do this year, it is this lifetime drive holiday experience. At approximately 380 kilometres long, you’ll travel through landscape steeped in culture and etched in Australian history, covering two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, a World Heritage Marine Park, and the largest sand island in the world. Ready, set, let’s drive!

DAY 1: NOOSA HEADS TO RAINBOW BEACH
For this road trip it’s best to hire a 4WD vehicle as you will be driving through some rough terrains. Your trip starts from the Sunshine Coast and you’ll be heading north to Noosa North Shore. Cross the Noosa River on the vehicle ferry and Tewantin, and disembark at Noosa North Shore – a treat for the kids! Commence your drive and enter the Great Sandy Biosphere. Make sure to stretch your legs at Teewah and enjoy the spectacular coloured sands.

Continue to Double Island Point. Here, pay the lighthouse a visit for views overlooking the bay and on to Fraser Island. If you’re a certified diver, you don’t want to miss the chance to scuba dive at World Rock, a marine reserve well known for its population of endangered grey nurse sharks. Take the Leisha Track (be sure to check tide times!) onto the picturesque Rainbow Beach where you’ll call it a night.

DAY 2: RAINBOW BEACH TO FRASER ISLAND
You have two options today – to spend the entire day at Rainbow Beach where you can enjoy activities like horseback riding and beach fishing, or you can continue with your drive to Fraser Island. If you’re doing the latter, travel to Inskip Point and take the barge to the southern end of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Enjoy the thrill of driving on Fraser Island’s 75 Mile Beach towards Eurong where you can have lunch at one of the many quaint restaurants.

Explore more of the stunning east coast of Fraser Island by driving further north and stop at Lake Wabby, Eli Creek, the SS Maheno shipwreck and Indian Head. If time permits before checking in for the day, head to the stunning Champagne Pools, a perfect swimming location.

DAY 3: FRASER ISLAND
Continue on the Great Beach Drive by taking the inland track west towards Kingfisher Bay. Stop at Central Station to explore Fraser Island’s rainforest along a broadwalk that fringes the silently flowing and crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek. From Central Station, drive to Lake McKenzie, one of Fraser Island’s most popular freshwater lakes with powder white sand and crystal clear water to take a dip or simply enjoy the view. Continue driving through the rainforest until you reach Kingfisher Bay to check into your accommodation for the night.

DAY 4: FRASER ISLAND
Depart Kingfisher Bay by vehicle barge to River Heads and drive to Hervey Bay, the whale watching capital of Australia. Best time for whale watching is between July and November where there are a range of whale watching options for you to get close to these majestic animals. You can also enjoy other water activities such as paddle boarding, kite surfing lessons, kayaking, sailing and jetskiing, or the 16 kilometres of Esplanade parklands. Stay overnight and make sure to sample delicious Hervey Bay seafood.

DAY 5: MARYBOROUGH
You can choose to continue your day at Hervey Bay or drive into the town of Maryborough, the home of the creator of Mary Poppins, PL Travers. Take the Magical Mary tour to step back in time and learn all about Maryborough’s rich history. Return to Hervey Bay and stay overnight.

DAY 6: TIN CAN BAY TO NOOSA
Time to head home but not without stopping along these fantastic spots first. Rise and shine early to head to Tin Can Bay to hand-feed the dolphins that are there 8am onwards. View the wildlife at Tinnanbar with sea turtles hatching between November and March each year. See if you can spot a dugong!

Drive back to Rainbow Beach and then onto your final beach drive through the Leisha Track to Double Island Point. Enjoy the 80 kilometre drive through the Great Sandy Biosphere back to Noosa North Shore. Made it back in time to Noosa? Join one of the many operators offering a sunset cruise. Sit back and relax after a long week of driving.

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