The Sunshine coast is a wild yet safe destination, easy to reach from Brisbane and great for families or couples alike. Perfect in whale season from July to November, when Queensland still basks in tropical heat, this is a wonderful and easy driving holiday for nature, beach and ocean lovers. Easily combined with northern Queensland and the Barrier Reef, and extended drive down the coast to Sydney or further afield in Australia.
Our expert tour specialists can tailor this trip to exactly meet your needs. We make the suggestions but the decision is yours
Fly from the UK to Brisbane, available via stopover points in the Middle East or Asia where a few nights stopover can easily be arranged.
Arrive in Brisbane and relax in and around the city for two nights. Brisbane city is booming, whilst there, get to know where the locals eat and drink in the quirky riverside cafes and bars, head to a nearby art gallery or visit the koala sanctuary.
Drive distance: 106KM / 66 miles
Pick up your hire car and head into the wide expanses of the sunshine coast. Crank up the air-con or get a convertible and enjoy the ocean panoramas over the next few days on one of those amazing ocean drives. Stop for view of the unusual Glass House Mountains and arrive at Caloundra, one of Australia’s fastest growing holiday resorts. With a free day in Caloundra you can kayak or go on a boat trip on the protected waterways of the Pumicestone Passage. Head to Rainbow Beach and experience Teewah Coloured Sands on a jeep tour along the beach or even hang glide over the ocean.
Drive distance: 56KM / 35 miles
Drive a short way up the coast to beautiful Noosa, with a wealth of natural attractions between the ocean, lagoon and lush interior. Spot koalas in Noosa National Park, paddle board on the calm river or learn to surf off the shore. Head to Rainbow Beach and experience Teewah Coloured Sands on a jeep tour along the beach or take a boat cruise along the wilderness of the Noosa Everglades. The two nights included here may not be enough!
Drive distance: 193KM / 120 miles
Head onto Fraser Island, the largest sand island on Earth, with ancient forests, 100 fresh water lakes and an amazing 75-mile beach highway. With an overnight stay on the island, you can enjoy spending the day amid untouched nature and swimming in pristine waters.
Drive distance: 16KM / 10 miles
Your adventure along the Fraser Coast continues, with a short drive to picturesque Hervey Bay. From July to November you can take a boat trip to see migrating humpback whales, a wonderful sight in Queensland’s blue waters. The marine life is fantastic, with dolphin watching cruises, sailing, kayaking and jet ski tours, or see Fraser Island from above on a scenic flight. You can even spend a day on the Barrier Reef, with a flight to Lady Elliot Island. Plenty to see and do during the course of your two night stay.
Drop off the car at Fraser Coast airport for your departure flight via Sydney back to the UK. You can easily extend your drive up to Cairns and the Barrier Reef, or head to the outback to continue your adventure.
'Stylish Boutique, Walking Distance to the Heart of the City'
Spicer’s Balfour is a chic stylish boutique hotel, the exterior is typical Queenslander architecture with distinct rooms. The hotel is located in the fashionable suburb of New Farm just minutes from Brisbane’s city centre. Guest can expect high quality and exceptional service complimented by stunning décor, rooftop bar and a relaxing spa. Guest rooms are eclectic and stylish offering high tech entertainment system and luxury bathroom amenities. Each evening guests are invited to the rooftop bar which overlooks Brisbane’s skyline for complimentary canapés. Spicer’s Balfour is continuously ranked highly with Tripadvisor.
‘Great On-site Facilities’
Oaks Oasis Resort is ranked amongst the best family resorts for kids in Australia, although couples and singles are also more than welcome. Alongside sweeping tropical grounds, it features a water park, swimming pool, putt-putt golf course, sandpit, climbing frame and giant kangaroo jumper.
‘Family Friendly, Short Walk to Hastings Street’
Offering luxurious one, two and three bed self-contained apartments, equipped with kitchen facilities making the apartments feel like a home away from home. The Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa Noosa is a family friendly resort metres away from the beachfront and a short stroll into town. The hotel features one main restaurant, sit back and enjoy the views from the treetops whilst enjoying scrumptious home-grown food.
‘Luxury Resort In The Heart Of A World Heritage Listed Island’
Kingfisher Bay Resort resides amongst a swathe of tree-covered dunes on the World Heritage listed Fraser Island. This untamed wilderness has a rugged natural charm that makes it ideal for boating, fishing, swimming and bush walking. The resort is expansive, with a wealth of activities and events happening at any given time. Native birds and wildlife are easily spotted from the walkways by children who venture with the resort’s kid’s club, the Junior Eco Rangers. The accommodation at the resort is spacious, with two or three bedrooms available making it perfect for all of the family.
‘Stylish Waterfront Hotel’
Famous for its position overlooking the waters where humpback wales frequent, the Mantra Hervey Bay nestles in the marina precinct and enjoys a laid back ambiance. Accommodation at the hotel is effortlessly cosy and welcoming, with a range of exceptional facilities to complement such as a swimming pool, sauna and gym.
Includes all accommodation as shown
Hire car with insurance & GPS
International flights in economy
Meals unless otherwise stated
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