Brisbane to Fraser Island Adventure Drive

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area

Explore the back roads, cruise past surf beaches and discover the beauty of the Noosa River Everglades. This drive will take you through some of the Sunshine Coast's most iconic towns before heading to Maryborough, Hervey Bay and on to your final destination, the magnificent Fraser Island.

The majority of the roads on this drive are sealed which means it's an adventure suitable for cars as well as four wheel drive vehicles however there are a few rough patches along the way so be sure to check conditions before you set off.

Wild Horse Mountain Lookout can be found 30 kilometres north of Brisbane, just off the Bruce Highway and is well worth checking out. You'll have to walk a little to get to the lookout but you won't be disappointed with the 360 degree panoramic views at the top.

Explore the Sunshine Coast towns of Caloundra, Maroochydore and Noosa - where you can find great food, beautiful beaches and lots of activities for the family. For some peace and quiet, drive to Boreen Point on the Noosa River, where you can hire a kayak or windsurf to enjoy Lake Cootharaba with all its birdlife. From Boreen Point turn off to Elanda Point and enjoy a picturesque drive to Wolvi, then north east towards the towns of Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach.

On your way to the river-port city of Maryborough you'll have a chance to stop in the quaint fishing villages of Poona, Maaroom, Boonooroo and Tuan. Then cruise north to Hervey Bay - best known as the place there the whales 'come to play'. The town has a great selection of accommodation as well as beachside cafes, restaurants and gift shops.

It's then just a short drive to River Heads to catch the ferry to the unique World Heritage listed Fraser Island.

Journey Details

5 Days
Itinerary Type
One Way
Mode of Travel
450 Kilometres
Itinerary Route
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance


  • Animal Viewing
  • Art and Craft
  • Birdwatching
  • Bush Tucker
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Crabbing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing - Beach
  • Fishing - Deep Sea
  • Fishing - Estuary
  • Fishing - Fly
  • Fishing - Game
  • Golfing
  • Guided Walks
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Kayaking
  • Off Road Driving
  • Scenic Flights
  • Seakayaking
  • Swimming
  • Wilderness Walking
  • Wind Surfing
227 Maryborough Hervey Bay Road
Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area

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Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$27.00 - 139.00
Multi award winning, Fraser Coast Tourist Park, offers excellent facilities and unrivalled guest service. Central and easy to find, only 200 metres to the beach, or walk to the shops, entertainment and restaurants. Hervey Bay 100 per cent tourist park offers a therapeutic heated mineral pool and spa. Site accommodation includes lush grass and slab, and they will 'put your van on site' if required. They also offer well-equipped Superior, Deluxe and Studio Cabins. Shared and private Backpacker rooms are also available. From their tour desk, book any of the great tours on offer in and around Hervey Bay, including Fraser Island and whale watching. Accommodation and tour packages are available. They look forward to greeting you, and making your stay with them an enjoyable and memorable one.

Australiana Top Tourist Park

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
  • Free WiFi
  • Deals
From AU$37.00 - 154.00
Choosing where to go for your next holiday raises a common dilemma. Do you go for peace and quiet, or do you go where the action is? Well, now the two don't have to be mutually exclusive. Hervey Bay is one of the up and coming holiday destinations. With plenty of water-based activities like fishing, wakeboarding and whale watching, it's easy to see why so many tourists are choosing to travel there. Australiana Top Tourist Park is central to everything in Hervey Bay. Attend the Hervey Bay Whale Festival in August or go scuba diving to see the wonders that lie beneath. After getting tuckered out by the action, enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee or a meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants available after taking a peaceful walk along the beach. The best part is knowing that you will be able to enjoy a relaxing stay in a lush, green park, with all the facilities you could need. Book your Australiana Holiday Park accommodation and enjoy Queensland like you never have before.

Emeraldene Inn and Eco-Lodge

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
  • Free WiFi
  • Deals
From AU$75.00 - 140.00
The Emeraldene Inn and Eco-Lodge is located in the peaceful Pialba region of Hervey Bay and offers impeccably presented accommodations hidden within two acres of natural bushland and landscaped gardens. This modern and eco-friendly boutique resort presents 14 oversized and self-contained ground floor rooms all with balconies overlooking the lush gardens. Pristine in condition, the Emeraldene Inn and Eco-Lodge is family owned and operated, and is renowned for providing true Australian hospitality with friendly, personalised service and reliable local advice. Facilities include a huge 12 metre pool set amongst the trees, a guest barbecue and entertaining area, guest laundry, wireless internet and extra parking for boats and trailers. A comprehensive tour booking and information desk is available and can ticket all tours including Fraser Island, Lady Elliot Island and Whale Watching tours (seasonal) with complimentary transfers. The Emeraldene Inn is close to all attractions in Hervey Bay, yet far enough away from the busy Esplanade to feel like your own island oasis, making it the perfect base to relax and explore the magnificent Fraser Coast.

Best Western Ambassador Motor Lodge Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$115.00 - 190.00
Stay at this centrally located Hervey Bay motel situated in front of a lovely sandy beach, and a short stroll from the major shopping precinct and several tourist attractions. Located directly opposite the beach, the Best Western Ambassador Motor Lodge is the most ideally situated Hervey Bay accommodation. It's a great base for exploring Hervey Bay and Fraser Island, because all major tour operators pick up and set down at the motel's front door. Guests staying at the Best Western Ambassador Motor Lodge will enjoy large, comfortable accommodation with queen-size beds, free cable television and air conditioning. There's free undercover parking, and you can relax any time by the spa pool in the tropical garden. They will feed you so well in their licensed, a la carte restaurant (open Monday to Thursday) that you will probably never want to eat out! For superior customer service and an idyllic location in Hervey Bay, make a reservation at the Best Western Ambassador Motor Lodge today!

Sunseeker Motel and Holiday Apartments

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$105.00 - 190.00
The Sunseeker Motel is ideally located on the Esplanade in the centre of Hervey Bay's tourist strip opposite the beach and parkland's. The Motel is surrounded by culinary treats such as Indian, Thai, Chinese and some great Pizzas. A Foodworks store is next door with all the essentials if you prefer to just stay in. If all this doesn't satisfy your pallet there are small take-away shops and a new Hotel on the next corner offering cold drinks and great meals. The Motel offers quality 3.5 star spacious accommodation and exceptional personal and friendly service. Guests have the choice of Double/Twin and Family motel style accommodation as well as Deluxe Studio Apartments on the ground floor or self-contained One or Two Bedroom Esplanade Apartments on the first floor. Reverse cycle air conditioning and ceiling fans are installed in all the units. Ten Foxtel channels are available in all units as well as free wi-fi. There is a large swimming pool for guests and a barbecue in their beautiful motel outdoor garden area. Off street parking is provided for boats, trailers, heavy vehicles and guests who book tours through them.

Torquay Terrace Bed and Breakfast

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$125.00 - 185.00
Hervey Bay's newest Bed and Breakfast encompasses "comfort and style". Within 7 minutes walking distance to pristine beaches and restaurants this property is designed with "you" in mind. The rooms are different in style but all have identical comforts with dining tables, refrigerator, kettle, toaster, egg cooker and tea and coffee provisions, flat screen television, DVD player, hairdryer, luxury bathrobes, ironing facilities and we can provide washing facilities if required. Guests can enjoy their continental breakfast delivered in their room or join others in the lovely Whitby breakfast room with its Nespresso Coffee machine and lovely outlook or just listen to the abundant birdlife. For group bookings of the 4 rooms the Whitby room can be utilised as a small meeting room. All rooms are en-suited, but vary from room to room. Two rooms have large bathrooms, shower-recess and twin vanities. The Brighton room has an enormous bathroom complete with spa bath for two, whilst Padstow room also has a full bathroom with shower, twin vanities and a standard bath whilst the other two rooms have smaller en-suites. Three rooms have Queen size beds whilst the fourth Padstow room has two king single beds.

Beachside Motor Inn

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$90.00 - 190.00
The Beachside Motor Inn is situated on the Esplanade in Pialba, Hervey Bay, directly opposite the beach. With the central business district, Returned Services League (RSL) Club, shops and restaurants only 200 metres behind the motel, it makes for a great stay. There is also a water park approximately 300 metres up the road. Its quiet location opposite a safe beach with playgrounds in the area make it popular with families. The motel and family rooms, as well as the two bedroom apartments, are spacious, comfortable and clean and there is a salt water pool and spa as well as a guest laundry. The Beachside Motor Inn can book all tours and activities for you. Let them do all the work and you just relax and enjoy your peaceful getaway!

Scarness Beachfront Tourist Park

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$31.00 - 50.00
Scarness Beachfront Tourist Park in Hervey Bay has absolute beachfront sites; there are no roads between them and the beach. Set amongst towering trees right in the heart of Hervey Bay, it is not your average park. Calm pristine waters front the park with sandy beaches ideal for the kids to play on and safe swimming all year round. Sea-lovers delight in such easy access to every possible aquatic pursuit, from sailing to skiing, swimming to snorkelling, or simply sitting and watching the waves. Stroll across the street and you will have your pick of shops, hotels, cafes and restaurants. You will discover great coffee, a multicultural array of delicious foods and a multitude of ways to have fun. Ideally situated to use as a central base for a variety of day trips, the park offers booking facilities and courtesy bus pick-up for Fraser Island Tours (all year round) and Whale Watch Trips (July-November). If you do nothing else when you come to Hervey Bay, both are eco-adventures not to be missed. It is all there at the Scarness Beachfront Caravan Park - no wonder so many guests keep coming back time and time again.

Pialba Motor Inn

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$110.00 - 260.00
Pialba Motor Inn is set on an acre of beautifully landscaped gardens with a large salt pool and heated Spa. Pialba Motor Inn is conveniently located at the heart of Hervey Bay with Central Business District just a few minutes away. Pialba Motor Inn is your one-stop opportunity to experience magnificent wonders of nature - Fraser Island, Lady Elliot Island and Whale Watching from July through to November. Pialba Motor Inn provides quality accommodation, great short-stay value holidays packages including meals, accommodation, transfers and tours to Fraser Island, whale and dolphin watching. Room service is available for continental and cooked breakfasts or dinner. Tastefully decorated suites have their own private patios that open out to the gardens and pool area. Ample parking is available for large vehicles, boats, buses and for cars to be parked overnight while guests are on tour. Book your tour of the Hervey Bay region at the Reception desk. The staff at Pialba Motor Inn are dedicated to excellence in hospitality and leaders in short stay value packages, come and meet them!

Lisianna Holiday Apartments

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$85.00 - 130.00
Lisianna Holiday Apartments are spacious self-contained two bedroom units all with sea views, opposite the beach and jetty in the centre of the Bay. The apartments are located close to shops and restaurants and tour bookings to Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Islands can be made on site at the tour desk. Television, VCR and DVD players are available in each room. Wi-fi is available for free but is only accessible at the office area. Sorry no pets.
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