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Brisbane to Fraser Island Adventure Drive

Multiple Locations

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

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.

Explore Caloundra, Maroochydore and Noosa - where you can find great food and beautiful beaches. Drive to Boreen Point where you can hire a kayak or windsurf to enjoy Lake Cootharaba. From Boreen Point turn off to Elanda Point and enjoy a picturesque drive to Wolvi, then north east towards Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach.

On your way to the river-port city of Maryborough you'll have a chance to stop at some quaint fishing villages. Then cruise north to Hervey Bay.

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

Journey Details

Duration
120 Hours
Distance
450 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Off Road Driving
  • Swimming

Other Information

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Full Itinerary

Brisbane to Boreen Point

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.

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Route Details

Route Type
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience
Mode of Travel
Car

Suggested Stops

- Boreen Point
- Boreen Point Campground
- Wild Horse Mountain Lookout
Boreen Point - Rainbow Beach

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.

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Route Details

Route Type
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Mode of Travel
Car

Suggested Stops

- Boreen Point
- Boreen Point Campground
- Elanda Point Camping Ground
Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay

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.

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Route Details

Route Type
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Mode of Travel
Car

Suggested Stops

- Maaroom
- Poona
- Rainbow Beach
- Tin Can Bay
- Tinnanbar
Hervey Bay to Fraser Island via River Heads

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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Route Details

Route Type
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Mode of Travel
4x4

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Eurong Beach Resort

Fraser Island, Fraser Coast Area
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From AU$118 - 270
Eurong Beach Resort, located north of the Sunshine Coast, offers easy access to Fraser Island's famous Seventy-Five Mile Beach, its lakes and rainforests. This makes it the perfect base from which to explore the island.

Amore On Buderim Rainforest Cabins

Buderim, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$200 - 325
Amore On Buderim is a boutique retreat for couples who are seeking that perfect romantic getaway or simply somewhere to escape for a few days. They are centrally located on the Sunshine Coast and only eight minutes from beautiful Mooloolaba Beach.
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From AU$150 - 300
Blackwattle Farm is situated on 20 acres of farmland at the base of the beautiful Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast. It is only 10 minutes to Australia Zoo, 20 minutes from the beaches and hinterland.

The Palms Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
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From AU$30 - 129
The Palms is one of Hervey Bay’s leading destinations offering modern accommodation in the heart of Hervey Bay, Queensland. The relaxed atmosphere of The Palms is only 300 metres from the Charlton Esplanade, beach front – the hub of Hervey Bay’s wide variety of restaurants, cafe’s and shops and, the beautiful Torquay Beach, where the warm, clear and pristine waters of Hervey Bay offer safe swimming all year round.

Boat Harbour Resort

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
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From AU$115 - 170
Hervey Bay's Boat Harbour Resort is the ideal accommodation choice when staying on the Fraser Coast. Hervey Bay is the Whale Watching Capital of the world and the Gateway to Fraser Island. Book your accommodation with Boat Harbour Resort and enjoy all the activities and aspect of Hervey Bay, Fraser Island and the Fraser Coast.

Spicers Balfour Hotel

New Farm, Brisbane Area
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From AU$249 - 429
From the outside, Spicers Balfour Hotel resembles many of the large and beautiful classic Queenslander homes found in its neighbourhood, the fashionable inner-city Brisbane suburb of New Farm. But inside it holds a secret that sets it apart from the other luxury hotels in Brisbane.

Alex Beach Cabins and Tourist Park

Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast Area
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From AU$105 - 170
Alex Beach Tourist Park is only 200 metre walk from the beach or for those who just want to lay back and relax by their heated swimming pool. They have 73 Holiday Homes, Villas and Cabins available to suit any budget, and eight ensuite and 42 powered caravan sites in their 2.

Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge

Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast Area
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From AU$128 - 240
The Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge provides eco-friendly accommodation in the heart of the Glasshouse Mountains. The remarkable Glasshouse Mountains are a series of steep sided volcanic plugs over 25 million years old.

Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park

Caloundra, Sunshine Coast Area
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From AU$40 - 153
Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park is located on the beachfront at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. Caloundra is situated at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast and is only one hour north of Brisbane Airport.

Hervey Bay Caravan Park

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$35 - 132
Hervey Bay Caravan Park, situated beside the Urangan Bowls Club, is well known and loved by its patrons for offering safe, secure, peaceful, attractive surroundings and a friendly atmosphere - being positioned with reserve and lakes on three boundaries enhances the quiet lifestyle available at the park.
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