Queensland’s Great Beach Drive is an off-the-beaten-track journey from Noosa to Rainbow Beach dipping onto Fraser Island and ending in Hervey Bay. Weave through the Great Sandy National Park of the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts and absorb the magic of the scenery.
Where To Begin
Your road trip starts on the car ferry with Noosa North Shore Ferries from Tewantin to Teewah Beach. The ferry costs $7 and operates seven days a week.
Teewah Beach to Double Island Point
This sandy stretch of white-washed road stretches for 50km to Double Island Point. Make camp beachfront or pause in Double Island Point for a picnic and a two kilometre return walk up the headland to the lighthouse. Be sure to be on the lookout for whales and dolphins along the way!
Multi-hued sand hemmed in by the surf on one side and rainbow-coloured cliffs on the other give the name to Rainbow Beach. Try surfing Double Island Point’s longest break, jump on horseback for a trot along the water’s edge or throw a line and see if you can catch your night’s dinner.
Fraser Island is a World Heritage site and it’s the only place in the world where tall rainforests grow on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres. Drive the iconic 75 Mile Beach and try to spot breaching whales from July to November. Or take a load off by taking flight on Air Fraser Island for unbeatable views or floating down Eli Creek on an inflatable tube.
Catch the ferry from either Kingfisher Bay or Wanggoolba Creek to River Head for an epic ending to your Great Beach Drive at Hervey Bay. Join the folks from Hervey Bay Whale Watch on the Quick Cat II to see whales and their newborn calves from July to November.
To end with a view, take in the sunset at Scarness beach jetty.