Southern Queensland boasts the perfect combination of rainforest, wildlife and beach and with so much on offer, you can easily fill a few weeks enjoying an unforgettable array of experiences. The Sunshine and Fraser Coasts can be seamlessly combined in a neat little self-drive – a few days in each creates the ideal balance of activity, rest and relaxation!
Dissected by the Brisbane River, Brisbane is a collection of urban villages offering an eclectic mix of experiences combined with a superb dining scene. Brisbane is the international gateway airport for southern Queensland. You can easily pick up a car and enjoy the 90-minute drive north to the Sunshine Coast. The hinterland is only a 25-minute drive inland from Noosa while the Fraser Coast is just 2 hours further north.
This fashionable and buzzing gem of a town has been luring beach lovers for years with its casual vibe, stunning beaches, vibrant dining scene and rich surf history! The street side cafés of Hastings Street, Noosa’s famous main thoroughfare, are social hot spots for locals and visitors alike and a quick latte at any one of them, will soon introduce you to the town’s seductive joie de vivre! Go stand up paddle boarding, jet-skiing and kayaking or try catching waves with one of Noosa’s home-grown surf experts!
Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Introduce a few days of serenity to your Southern Queensland journey with a stay in one of the hinterland villages such as Maleny or Montville. Charm personified, they are the gateway to the rainforest-clad Glasshouse Mountains where you can climb, abseil, bushwalk or simply take a picnic and enjoy the spectacular views.
The world’s largest sand island is so much more than a mere desert island! It is carpeted with rainforest, freshwater lakes and creeks that spill onto golden beaches. Cruise or fly over to the island, go exploring by 4WD with a local expert, join a whale watching cruise or even take a flightseeing tour. Strictly four-wheel-drive territory only, you will trade the city freeways for Fraser’s very own sandy highway, Seventy-Five Mile Beach, which runs along the island’s eastern ‘surf’ coast.
Lamington National Park
The World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park, easily combined with Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, is a sub-tropical rainforest of crystal-clear creeks, cascading waterfalls and for those who love a view, jaw-dropping panoramas of the coastline. Lamington National Park is a two hour drive from Brisbane.
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