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Queensland Coastal Drive



One of the iconic Australian road trips, this itinerary showcases some of the best that the Queensland coast has to offer, as you visit Fraser Island, Airlie Beach and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef on your way from Brisbane to tropical Cairns.]

12 Days
From £1411 Per Person

Excluding international flights

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  1. Day 1

    Brisbane – Glasshouse Mountains (45 miles)

    Collect your car from the downtown Hertz office and head to the Glass House Mountains, an area of steep sided volcanic plugs and natural wonderland.

    Hotel: Glasshouse Mountains Eco Lodge.

  2. Day 2

    Glasshouse Mountains - Fraser Island (144 miles)

    Drive to Hervey Bay, park your car at Urangan Harbour and take the ferry to Fraser Island. The rest of the day is free.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Kingfisher Bay Resort.

  3. Day 3

    Fraser Island Tour

    Highlights include Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek, Pile Valley’s Satinay and Brush Box forests, Seventy-Five Mile Beach, the Maheno shipwreck and the Pinnacles, the fresh waters of Eli Creek and the Stonetool Sand Blow. (B,L)

  4. Day 4

    Fraser Island - Agnes Water (155 miles)

    Take the morning catamaran back to Urangan Harbour and travel north towards Bundaberg. Perhaps you’ll take a late afternoon cruise at Agnes Water. (B)

    Hotel: Town of 1770 Beach Shacks

  5. Day 5

    Agnes - Rosslyn Bay (275 miles)

    Continue to Rosslyn Bay, a jewel on the Capricorn Coast. Protected by a huge volcanic plug from the prevailing winds it offers an excellent beach and sheltered bays and stunning views of the Keppel Islands.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Rosslyn Bay Resort

  6. Day 6


    Relax at your resort or perhaps take in the views of the Keppel Islands; or perhaps take an optional boat trip and explore them.

  7. Day 7

    Rosslyn - Mackay (226 miles)

    Awake to a sunrise that will take your breath away before you bid farewell to Rosslyn and continue north to Mackay and the Whitsundays.

    Hotel: Clarion Mackay Marina

  8. Day 8

    Mackay - Airlie Beach (100 miles)

    Within the exotic perimeters of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach is a prime holiday destination; your hotel is on the oceanfront, just a short stroll from the village.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Coral Sea Resort

  9. Day 9

    Reef Cruise

    Travel aboard a high speed catamaran to Reefworld, situated at Hardy Reef. You can do as much or as little as you like with a range of activities both in and out of the water including snorkelling over the coral gardens. (B,L)

  10. Day 10

    Airlie Beach - Townsville (173 miles)

    Head north via Bowen to Townsville, gateway to tropical North Queensland. (B)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Townsville

  11. Day 11

    Townsville - Cairns (220 miles)

    Time in Townsville before your journey to Cairns.

    Hotel: Grand Chancellor

  12. Day 12

    Depart Cairns

    Return your rental car to the airport before your onward journey. If you would like to see more of the tropical north Queensland area we can make recommendations.

Departs: Daily Year round

  • 11 nights Standard accommodation as shown, based on two sharing
  • Meals on days shown (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch)
  • 12 days Hertz group S car rental with MAX insurance cover and unlimited mileage
  • Return transfers from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island
  • Full day 4WD tour of Fraser Island including lunch
  • Full day Reefworld cruise including snorkelling and lunch
  • Flights to/from Australia
  • Fuel for rental cars, tolls and parking fees
  • Meals other than stated above
  • Sightseeing and attractions not stated above or shown as optional
Queensland Coastal Drive
From £1411 Per Person


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