Queensland is famous for its lush tropical rainforests, idyllic beaches and breathtaking scenery. From the Gold Coast, the theme park capital of Australia, to the world famous Great Barrier Reef, wherever you go in Queensland you will find plenty to see and do.
The locals are friendly and with a near perfect climate of warm summer days and mild winters there is no bad time to considering a driving tour of the State’s picturesque coastal roads. There are some truly awesome coastal drives to uniquely experience.
There are so many different options of roads to take when driving throughout Queensland, but we’ve compiled a list of our favourite itineraries. For example:
Port Douglas to Townsville
Port Douglas – Cairns – Innisfail – Mission Beach – Ingham – Townsville
The Gold Coast Strip
Coolangatta – Broadbeach – Surfers Paradise – Labrador – Sanctuary Cove – Brisbane
A pleasurable drive through some of Queensland’s best loved regions, the Gold Coast strip is packed with features and attractions that are quintessentially ‘Gold Coast’. These include spectacular beaches, adrenaline pumping theme parks and leisure resorts.
Head north from Coolangatta along the Pacific Motorway to the man-made canals of Surfers Paradise. Take your time to stroll along the boardwalk and grab lunch from one of many local restaurants.
Turn right at Oxenford and head along Hope Island Road to Sanctuary Cove, where you can spend the day shopping or even sneak in a few quick rounds of golf at internationally renowned golf courses: The Pines and The Palms.
If it’s excitement that you are seeking, the Gold Coast perhaps best known for its premier theme parks – Sea World, Wet’n’Wild and DreamWorld. Ride the wild roller-coaster and waterslides or just relax with an entertain seal show and meet Australia’s only baby polar bear ‘Henry’.
Back on the Bruce Highway again, make your way through lush stretches of tropical rainforest before arriving at Mission Beach. The beach is a 14 kilometre stretch linked by four beach villages.
Wander through the local boutiques or art galleries or enjoy dinner overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.
After a good night’s rest, head back onto the Bruce Highway for the final leg of the journey to Townsville. On your way, stop by the Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest single drop waterfall.
Note: During the warmer months, cyclones often assault the region and for this reason the best time to travel the North Queensland coast is between April and October.
The Great Sunshine Way
Caloundra –Mooloolaba – Nambour – Marcoola – Peregian Beach – Castaways Beach – Noosa Heads
The two hour journey along Gympie Road and the Bruce Highway from Brisbane’s CBD to Noosa, is one that offers a stack of inviting stopping points, including the World Heritage-Listed Fraser Island.
Located just off Hervey Bay, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and is a place of absolute pristine beauty. If you are travelling through the region in July through to November, ensure you take the opportunity to watch the Humpback Whales on their annual migration north to warmer waters.
Another must see in the popular Australia Zoo. Turn off the Bruce Highway and drive for about 45 minutes along Steve Irwin Way to the zoo’s entrance. Entry is from $59 and here you can hug a Koala and get up close and personal to a huge Saltwater Crocodile.
Using a Campervan
If you are considering exploring the stunning coastal drives of Queensland, a great way to enjoy the trip is by hiring a campervan. Indeed, a campervan, such as the ones though Maui, give you the freedom to stop anywhere that takes your fancy as well as ensuring accommodation and cooking facilities are with you wherever the road takes you.
For a Queensland coastal trip, the Maui Platinum camper is an ideal companion. The camper sleeps up to six people and includes a well equipped kitchen, bathroom facilities including built in shower and a TV and DVD player.
Take the Captain Cook Highway at Port Douglas and wind your way past stunning chains of white sandy beaches and World Heritage-listed rainforests to Cairns. On the way, pull up at Rex Lookout for magical views over the Coral Sea beaches or even get your feet wet at the stunning Four Mile Beach.
Upon arriving in Cairns, take the popular Kuranda Train and Sky Rail Tour. Upgrade to the diamond view Gondola where the gondolas have glass floors offering a complete view of rainforest and Coral Sea, and be sure to book a diving tour of the Great Barrier Reef with Diving Cairns from $202AUD.
From there, jump on the Bruce Highway and head south to Innisfail. Visit the National Heritage Listed, Paronella Park. The jaw-dropping castle built in the 1930’s remains secluded and hidden amongst the palm trees.
Built by one man in the style of a Spanish Castillo, this spectacular site is not only gorgeous but has a fantastic story behind its history.
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