BEST OF QUEENSLAND
Routing: Brisbane to Cairns
Duration: 16 Days
From AUD$2,208.00 per person, based on standard double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 15 nights’ accommodation, 15 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car, lightbreakfast in Mission Beach, Great Beach Drive 4WD tour and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$2,647.00 per person, based on superior double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 15 nights’ accommodation, 15 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car, light breakfast in Mission Beach, Great Beach Drive 4WD tour and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$2,934.00 per person, based on boutique double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 15 nights’ accommodation, 15 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car, continental breakfast in Hervey Bay, Airlie Beach & Mission Beach, Tropical Breakfast in Townsville, Great Beach Drive 4WD tour and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
DAY 01: Brisbane to Noosa (142 km)
Departing Brisbane for Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, you will drive along the M1. This is a short drive so you have time to stop at the Australia Zoo (own expense) along the way and spend a half day with a few of Australia’s natives, before arriving in the relaxed beach side town of Noosa.
DAY 02: Noosa
Today enjoy a full day 4WD tour beach drive. Experience some of the best
beaches Australia has to offer with kilometres of golden sand. Learn how the aboriginals used the world famous Coloured Sands for painting and decorating boomerangs. Exclusive drive access will take you to the Lighthouse at Double Island Point for breathtaking 360 degree views across the Pacific Ocean and scenic surrounds of the Great Sandy National Park.
DAY 03: Noosa to Hervey Bay (184 km)
Depart Noosa and head north on the Bruce Highway, you will pass the town of Gympie, famous for their Gympie Muster. Continue north and arrive into Hervey Bay with some time to take in the beauty of this small seaside town and gateway to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, at 123 kilometres long, and a haven for nature lovers.
DAY 04: Hervey Bay
Today is at your leisure to explore the natural beauty of Fraser Island or relax in Hervey Bay
DAY 05: Hervey Bay to Agnes Water (234 km)
Travel along the Isis Highway towards Agnes Water. This will take you through the historic town of Bundaberg, the home of Bundaberg Rum. Lush green cane fields line the roads as you arrive into the quaint Agnes Waters town of 1770 (Seventeen Seventy). Take a walk along the serene 7kms of beach and enjoy one of the 267 days of sunshine!
DAY 06: Agnes Water to Rockhampton (225 km)
Explore the Eurimbula National Park before continuing north through the rural community of Calliope and Gladstone, one of Australia’s busiest harbour before arriving into Rockhampton, which marks the exact line of the Tropic of Capricorn.
DAY 07: Rockhampton to Airlie Beach (481 km)
Depart Rockhampton and return to the Bruce Highway travelling north towards Marlborough and onto Mackay. Just outside of Mackay detour to the Cape Hillsborough National Park; where the rainforest meets the reef. The headland area contains several good walking trails. Continue onto Proserpine and turn off to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays, Queensland’s pristine 74 islands. It is a cosmopolitan and vibrant town filled with palm-fringed beaches and waterfront parks.
DAY 08: Airlie Beach
Today is at your leisure to enjoy the beautiful Whitsundays and what better way to do this than with a full day Whitehaven Beach and Three Island Cruise (own expense).
DAY 09: Airlie Beach to Townsville (273 km)
Depart Airlie Beach and travel north towards Townsville, detour to the beautiful country town of Bowen and the twin towns of Home Hill and Ayr. Townsville is a modern, tropical city and the administrative capital of North Queensland. A visit to the Great Barrier Reef Wonderland is recommended; it houses the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. This evening join in with the locals for a walk along the waterfront esplanade, known as “The Strand”.
DAY 10: Townsville to Mt Surprise (Undara National Park – 418 km)
An early start, this morning leave Townsville travelling inland to Charters Towers which is bursting with living history of the gold rush day of the 1800’s, before continuing to Undara National Park. Arrive at Undara Volcanic National Park by mid-afternoon and take a walk to the One Hundred Mile Wetland to view the array of birdlife before enjoying the evening campfire activity conducted by a Savannah Guide.
DAY 11: Undara Lava Tubes
The Undara Lava Tubes were formed 190,000 years ago and is the largest Lava Tube systems on earth. Today meet your Savannah Guide for a fascinating Volcano Valley tour followed by an evening Wildlife at Sunset Tour.
DAY 12: Mt Surprise to Mission Beach (276 km)
Leaving Undara Lava Tubes, travel through the heart of the Forty Mile Scrub National Park – part of the Undara lava Fields. Continue east on the Kennedy Highway to Innot Hot Springs, famous for its unique natural thermal mineral springs before arriving into Ravenshoe. The Visitor Centre is worth a visit, as is Windy Hill, one of Queensland’s largest wind farms. From Ravenshoe, travel through the rich wet tropics rainforest of Johnstone River Valley to the spectacular Millaa Millaa Falls along the Palmerston Highway, to Innisfail. Continue onto the Bruce highway before arriving at your next stop Mission Beach.
DAY 13: Mission Beach
With a day at leisure in Mission Beach the activities are endless, visit the Reef, Dunk Island or try some fishing. For the adventurers you can Sea Kayak, White Water Raft or go Parachuting (all at own expense) and with 100 of kilometres of rainforest walking track you will wish you had another day to do it all.
DAY 14: Mission Beach to Port Douglas (204 km)
Depart Mission Beach for Port Douglas along the Bruce Highway. At Silkwood take the Old Bruce Highway scenic drive through Mena Creek to visit the intriguing Paronella Park. Continue onto South Johnstone, an historic sugar town, before reaching Innisfail, which is home to the Australian Sugar Museum and many Art Deco buildings. Detour near Babinda to explore the natural wonders of the Wooroonooran National Park, including The Boulders. Travel through Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy the scenic coastal drive before arriving into Port Douglas, famous for its “Four Mile Beach” and marina lined with boutiques and harbour side cafés.
DAY 15: Port Douglas
Today is at leisure. With the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest to the North and the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef to the East; the number of activities is endless.
DAY 16: Port Douglas to Cairns (67 km)
Heading south the drive along the coast is one of the most scenic drives in Australia. Be sure to stop at “Rex Lookout” for spectacular views along the coast. It is worth taking a short detour to stop and look around the delightful resort of Palm Cove before continuing along the Captain Cook Highway into Cairns. It is also possible to detour to Kuranda – the “Village in the Rainforest”.
Your journey has now come to an end, drop your car off at the airport or city today by the same time as it was picked up on Day 1 to avoid any additional charges.
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