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.
The first stop on your adventure is Wild Horse Mountain Lookout, 30 kilometres north of Brisbane just off the Bruce Highway at exit 171. Here you can walk 700 metres to the summit and enjoy the 360 degree panoramic view from the excellent lookout. This paved walk is steep so take it easy.
Rejoin the Bruce Highway, head north and turn right to Caloundra and follow the coast all the way along to Noosa Heads. On this journey you will pass iconic tourist attractions, stunning surf beaches, cafes, art galleries, and more - there for you to explore and enjoy, so the journey will be as long or as short as you wish.
From Noosa you will turn off at Tewantin to Boreen Point, on Lake Cootharaba, following the signs. Nestled lakeside, Boreen Point has excellent camping facilities among Mother Natures best. Kick back, windsurf the windswept lake, take canoe guided tours, fish, sail or stroll lakeside.
Here can be your first nights stay at camping spots or holiday accommodation. You can visit Elanda Point Camping ground which is surrounded by wildlife and birdlife and is the beginning of the Noosa Everglades, a stunning spot to explore.
From Boreen Point you can visit Elanda Point Camping and Adventure Grounds where you can hire canoes, kayaks motor boats and even go on a guided canoe safari. There is a huge range of activities on offer.
When camping in the Cooloola National Park you must make a booking with the National Park Service. Cost is AUD5.00 per person per night. There are toilets only in the Cooloola National Park.
There are a couple of options to which way to go. From Elanda Point you can head north toward Gympie 40 kilometres) via Wolvi over Yellow Bridge. Note there is a few kilometres of unsealed road, a steep unsealed incline for 1.5 kilometres (a bit rough but a car can do it - slowly) and about 10 kilometres of good unsealed road. Always check road conditions before setting out.
This an adventure through natural rainforest and stunning rural landscapes and you may even spot a koala. There is a hall, amenities and large playground at Wolvi. You can also go to Pomona via Kin Kin (19 kilometres) and then head north from Kin Kin via Tin Can Bay Road.
Nestled between World-heritage listed Fraser Island and the natural beauty of Cooloola National Park, Rainbow Beach is just under one and half hours drive from Noosa and has some of the most amazing natural wonders of the world. Explore the coloured sands of Rainbow and let the view from the massive Carlo Sand Blow take your breath away. You can also skydive, para-glide, four wheel driving on the beach or scuba dive in one of Australia's top diving destinations - Double Island Point. You can catch a barge ride to Fraser Island or wait to catch the barge from River Heads near Hervey Bay where your journey ends.
Rainbow Beach has a bustling shopping precinct, a country style pub which serves great meals and accommodation ranging from camping to resort style apartments. You can also take a short detour to Tin Can Bay, (90 minutes south of Hervey Bay) a fishing and boating paradise, just off the southern tip of Fraser Island. Here you can feed the wild dolphins next to the boat ramp between 0700 and 0800. Poona, Tuan, Maaroom, Boonooroo and Tinannbar are also worthy of dropping in for a look around, fish or kayak.
After kicking back in Hervey Bay, it is time to venture to World Heritage listed Fraser Island, one of the natural wonders of the world. Your visit will take you to unforgettable places such as Central Station, home to more than 100 people in the 1920's timber logging days. Central Station is set in rainforest and showcases its history along with several forest walks to peaceful Wanggoolba Creek and Basin Lake. Magnificent Lake McKenzie, edged by pure silica sand, is one of the best known freshwater lakes and a popular swimming spot with visitors. To see one of the world's rare dune lakes visit Lake Wabby. The Butchulla indigenous people believe The Cathedrals - iconic cliffs of coloured sands - were permanently stained when the gods brushed up against them. Eli Creek pumps four million litres of water into the ocean every hour and is the largest freshwater creek along the eastern side of the island and a great water playground! You can join other tourists in Champagne Pools where waves crash over the rocks and stop to have your photo taken at the Maheno wreck.
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