This stretch of coastline has some of Australia's most diverse beachscapes, from cosmopolitan beach towns to the world's largest sand island.
Suggested route & duration
Suggested duration: 8 nights Brisbane round-trip
• Brisbane 2 nights
• Noosa 2 nights
• Hervey Bay 1 night
• Fraser Island 2 nights
• Noosa 1 night
About this independent tour
Australia's Nature Coast Self Drive is a suggested self-drive itinerary.
BRISBANE There’s plenty to keep you occupied during a two-night stay in Brisbane. This youthful city has fantastic shopping down at the Queen Street Mall, with six shopping centres. Then venture to the South Bank on the southern banks of the Brisbane River and discover 17 hectares of parklands, stunning river views, top-notch restaurants and bars and a year-round calendar of events.
NOOSA Charming Noosa is home to popular beaches and a vibrant café culture. It’s low-rise and relaxed; a world away from nearby Surfers Paradise. Take time to explore Noosa National Park, with its rainforest trails that lead to pretty beaches. Having use of a car around Noosa also gives you the option to venture to attractions such as waterparks, wildlife sanctuaries and Australia Zoo. There’s also the option to travel along the Great Beach Drive, on some of the world’s most stunning beaches, through idyllic National Parks and World Heritage-listed areas – unless you’ve hired a 4x4 vehicle, you’ll need to book a place on a guided tour.
FRASER ISLAND After spending the night in Hervey Bay, leave your car and take the ferry across to Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island. Unique Fraser Island has World Heritage status protecting its unique ecosystem. Attractions here include the Maheno shipwreck, Eli Creek, beautiful Lake McKenzie with its sparkling blue waters and the glorious deep green Lake Wabby. It’s also worth heading inland to the rainforest in search of wild dingoes.
Tailor your tour
This itinerary is completely flexible, so you can choose your own number of nights and accommodation, add excursions and extend your holiday. If you can extend your trip, it's worth spending a few days up in the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands. If you're travelling from mid-July to early November, we highly recommend staying 3 nights on Fraser Island – this is whale-watching season and it's worth giving yourself every chance possible of seeing these incredible creatures.