Enjoy this popular 14 day self- drive tour which takes the coastal scenic route of Queensland, Australia. The tour begins in Brisbane before winding north up the Sunshine Coast via Fraser Island, Whitsunday Islands, Townsville, Mission Beach, further north to Port Douglas before finally dipping south again and ending in the vibrant town of Cairns. There is plenty to see and do along the way as you travel with the wonderful bright colours of the coast line on your right and beautiful changing countryside to your left.

All our accommodation has been carefully sourced however we would suggest a superior level of comfort for a better trip.

Use the given driving times as a guideline and to assist in the planning of your day.

Image: Shoal Beach, NSW © Tourism Australia /Hugh Stewart

Highlights

  • 2 nights on Fraser Island plus a 4WD day tour
  • The Great Barrier Reef for great snorkelling and fishing
  • The Whitsundays for 2 nights
  • Eungella National Park
  • An overnight farmstay for a real Aussie experience
  • Mission Beach
  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Port Douglas
  • Superior Accommodation throughout
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Day 1: Brisbane - Sunshine Coast, approx. 139km (87 miles)

Depart Brisbane and head north towards the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast is the perfect mix of coast and country and the ideal place to relax and unwind. Pristine coastline and lush hinterland, superb cuisine, action and adventure or just the perfect piece of sand on which to sit and ponder.

Accommodation: Sunshine Coast , Sebel Noosa Resort– 1 night

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Days 2 to 3: Sunshine Coast – Fraser Island, approx. 188km (117 miles)

Drive to Hervey Bay and leave the car before catching the catamaran to Fraser Island. The island offers walking tracks, fresh water lakes, long surf beaches, sand dunes, coloured cliffs, rainforest and around 230 species of birds and 25 species of mammals. Enjoy a full-day tour of Fraser Island by 4WD vehicle especially designed to traverse the sand dunes.

Accommodation:Fraser Island , Kingfisher Bay Resort (Superior)– 2 nights

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Day 4: Fraser Island – Barmoya, approx. 400km (248 miles)

Transfer back to Hervey Bay by catamaran, collect your rental vehicle and head north to your towards Rockhampton. Stay at a farmstay for a real Aussie experience.

Accommodation: Henderson Park Homestay (Superior) – 1 night

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Day 5: Barmoya to Eungella, approx. 480km (300 miles)

Depart Raglan and head North to Eungella. Eungella National Park is set within the spectacular Clarke Range which reaches a height of 1280 at the summit of Mt Damrymple. In the Aboriginal language Eungella is pronounced ‘Doon-gell-a, which is actually known as ‘Land where cloud lies over mountains’.

Accommodation: Eungella. Broken River Mountain Resort (Superior)– 1 night

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Days 6 to 7: Eungella - Airlie Beach/ The Whitsundays, approx 160kms (100 miles)

Leaving Eungella continue heading north to Airlie Beach, the centre of the Whitsunday Coast and departure point for many of the Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy the Whitsunday region.

Accommodation: Airlie Beach. Water’s Edge Resort – 2 nights

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Day 8: Airlie Beach to Townsville, approx. 328kms (204 miles)

Continue north to Townsville. Set between rugged coastal hills and the Coral Sea, Townsville is a thriving and progressive city.

Accommodation: Townsville. Holiday Inn, Townsville– 1 night

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Day 9: Townsville to Mission Beach, approx. 237km (147 miles)

Leaving Townsville, continue north to Mission Beach. Mission Beach is a “village” scene, which more than trebles its population in season.

Accommodation: Mission Beach. Castaways Resort and Spa – 1 night

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Days 10 to 11: Mission Beach – Atherton Tablelands, approx. 137km (85 miles)

Departing Mission Beach head North towards the Atherton Tablelands. Atherton Tablelands has World Heritage Rainforests, Waterfalls, National Parks, Crater Lakes and Volcanic formations with a backdrop of rolling green hills.

Accommodation: Atherton Tablelands. Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat– 2 nights

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Days 12 to 13: Atherton Tablelands – Port Douglas , approx. 130km (81 miles)

Continue on to Port Douglas, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Rainforest. Port Douglas is an ideal base for Scuba diving, snorkelling or fishing on the Great Barrier Reef, exploring the Daintree Rainforest and River, or sailing away over the Coral Sea.

Accommodation: Port Douglas, QT Resort – 2 nights

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Day 14: Port Douglas – Cairns, approx. 65km (41 miles)

Departing Port Douglas, head south to Cairns, the hub of the tropical north. This bustling tropical city is located between the sea and the Rainforest Mountains.
Return rental vehicle. Tour ends.

Australia Self Drive Picnic at Shoal Bay Beach, Port Stephens, NSW