Queensland Coastal Drive
This 11 night, 12 day tour takes you along the beautiful Queensland coastline starting in Brisbane and travelling north to Cairns with highlights including a stay on beautiful Fraser Island and a cruise on the Great Barrier Reef.
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.
Itinerary in Brief
- Glasshouse Mountains,1 Night
- Fraser Island, 2 Nights
- Agnes Water, 1 Night
- Rosslyn, 2 Nights
- Mackay & The Great Barrier Reef, 1 Night
- Airlie Beach, 2 Nights
- Townsville, 1 Night
- Cairns, 1 Night
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. Stay overnight at the Glasshouse Mountains Eco Lodge.
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. Stay at the Kingfisher Bay Resort for 2 nights including breakfast and lunch.
Day 3: Fraser Island Tour
Highlights include Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek, Pile Valleys 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.
Day 4: Fraser Island – Agnes Water (155 miles)
Take the morning catamaran back to Urangan Harbour and travel north towards Bundaberg. Perhaps take a late afternoon cruise at Agnes Water. Stay overnight at the Town of 1770 Beach Shacks hotel, including breakfast.
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. Stay 2 nights at Rosslyn Bay Resort.
Day 6: Rosslyn
Relax at your resort or perhaps take in the views of the Keppel Islands; or perhaps take an optional boat trip and explore them.
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. Stay overnight at the Clarion Mackay Marina Hotel.
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. 2 nights staying at the Coral Sea Resort including breakfast and lunch.
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.
Day 10: Airlie Beach – Townsville (173 miles)
Head north via Bowen to Townsville, gateway to tropical North Queensland. Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Townsville including breakfast.
Day 11: Townsville – Cairns (220 miles)
Tale time in Townsville before your journey to Cairns. Stay overnight at The Pacific Hotel Cairns.
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.
- Flights from London Heathrow (various airlines)
- 11 nights accommodation
- Meals on days shown
- 12 days Hertz group S car rental with MAX cover and unlimited mileage
- Return transfers from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island
- Full day tour of Fraser Island
- Full day Reefworld cruise including snorkelling
- Travelling in May or September