Beaches, Reefs & Rainforest
BRISBANE | NOOSA | HERVEY BAY | ROCKHAMPTON | MACKAY | AIRLIE BEACH | TOWNSVILLE | MISSION BEACH | PORT DOUGLAS
Explore the Sunshine State’s glorious beaches, stunning reefs and amazing rainforest on this self-driving tour of Australia from Brisbane to Port Douglas.
- Port Douglas and the Great Barrier reef, for stunning coral gardens
- The Daintree for pristine rainforest and wonderful wildlife
- Stunning beaches lapped by crystal blue waters
- Airlie Beach, gateway to the fabulous Whitsundays
- World heritage listed Fraser Island
Beaches, Reefs & Rainforest
Day 1 - 2 : Brisbane
Arrive into Brisbane and check into your hotel for a two night stay. Enjoy the rest of your time exploring the city.
Hotel for 2 nights: Grand Chancellor
Day 3 : Brisbane - Noosa (100 miles)
Collect your motorhome and take an easy drive to the Sunshine Coast and Noosa.
Day 4 : Noosa - Hervey Bay (118 miles)
Make your way to Hervey Bay for 2 nights, from where you can access World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
Day 5 : Hervey Bay
Perhaps take an optional trip to Fraser Island today. This is strictly 4WD territory and the tour includes the Maheno Shipwreck, to The Pinnacles and coloured sands, magnificent views from Indian Head and an exhilarating beach drive on Seventy-Five Mile Beach.
Day 6 : Hervey Bay - Rockhampton (240 miles)
Drive to Queensland’s reef capital, Rockhampton.
Day 7 : Rockhampton - Mackay (210 miles)
Mackay is surrounded by sugar cane fields and National Parks where you can spot platypus and stroll the mangroves.
Day 8 - 9 : Mackay - Airlie Beach (95 miles)
The relaxed seaside town of Airlie Beach is the mainland gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. A two night stay allows time for an optional excursion- trips include the Great Barrier Reef, scenic flights over Whitehaven Beach and wetlands crocodile safaris.
Day 10 : Airlie Beach - Townsville (171 miles)
En-route to Townsville, relax at one of the secluded beaches or stretch your legs at Lake Ross, a reservoir surrounded by unspoilt open savannah and teeming with wildlife.
Day 11-12 : Townsville - Mission Beach (149 miles)
Heading towards Mission Beach discover miles of stunning beach coastline.
Day 13 : Mission Beach – Port Douglas (164 miles)
Your journey to Port Douglas takes a detour inland to the Atherton Tablelands, a fertile farming region boasting waterfalls, wildlife lake cruises and charming small towns. Be sure to visit charming Kuranda before you head to the coast and Port Douglas for a three night stay.
Day 14-15 : Port Douglas
There’s a range of activities to keep you occupied here, from cruises to the Great Barrier Reef to the Daintree Rainforest, stunning Four Mile beach, wildlife habitats and more. We’ve included a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef so you can snorkel the brilliantly coloured coral gardens of the outer reef.
Day 16 : Port Douglas – Cairns (43 miles)
It’s a stunning drive back along the coast road to Cairns where you leave you motorhome.