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
Mode of Travel Car
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience
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
Mode of Travel Car
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
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
Mode of Travel Car
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
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
Mode of Travel 4x4
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children

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Currimundi

Currimundi, Sunshine Coast Area
Currimundi is located on the northern boundary of the Caloundra area of the Sunshine Coast. It was named by Sir Leslie Wilson, using the local aboriginal name for the area, Garrimundi or Girrimundi, meaning 'Place of flying foxes'.

Kawana

Kawana, Rockhampton Area
Kawana Waters is home to one of the region’s premier sports and entertainment precincts that includes Stockland Park and the Lake Kawana Community Centre. Both host major events year round. The man-made waterway of Lake Kawana has become popular with a number of sports including kayaking, canoeing, outrigging, dragon boat racing and motorised boats.

Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park

Wurtulla, Sunshine Coast Area
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Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park is a small remnant of wallum heath that covered much of coastal southern Queensland. Thriving on Lake Currimundi’s northern shore, this type of coastal heathland is rich in plant species, which attract birds and insects seeking food and shelter.

Tanawha

Tanawha, Sunshine Coast Area
Take a step back to yesteryear and imagine yourself in the court of King Louis the XIV with a visit to the Sunshine Coast’s very own giant living hedge maze! Located at Tanawha just 10 minutes’ drive inland from Maroochydore, this impressive outdoor maze has been painstakingly sculptured from over 1000 trees and is the only maze of its kind in Australia.

Shelly Beach

Caloundra, Sunshine Coast Area
Shelly Beach in Caloundra is one of the Sunshine Coast’s hidden gems. This lovely stretch of oceanfront is unpatrolled and not suitable for swimming meaning you’ll rarely see a crowd on the shore. In fact, you’ll often have the white sands and oceans views all to yourself!

Palmview

Palmview, Sunshine Coast Area
Centrally located on the Sunshine Coast, Palmview is right on the Bruce Highway and just 10 minutes drive from the golden beaches of beautiful Mooloolaba. The breath-taking Sunshine Coast Hinterland is just 15 minutes up the road and the pristine Mooloolah National Park is right next door.

Landsborough

Landsborough, Sunshine Coast Area
Landsborough, gateway to the Blackall Range and to the Mary Valley, is one of the historic townships of the Sunshine Coast. From 1868, it grew behind the wheels of Cobb and Co. coaches as they followed the tree line blazed by Tom Petrie to Gympie gold, discovered by James Nash in 1867.

Sippy Downs

Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast Area
Bordered on one side by the beautiful Mooloolah River National Park, and on the other by the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast is best known for the system of picture-postcard lakes that pepper the area.
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