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12 day Sunshine State Explorer
Prices From £999

Self Drive Tours
Drive at your own pace and enjoy this coastal adventure that combines Queensland's gorgeous beaches and tropical rainforests with a chance to explore the paradise islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • 11 nights' accommodation on a room-only basis unless specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Boat transfers to/from Fraser
  • Avis car rental for the tour duration
  • Self-drive kit, including maps and instructions
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Day 1: Brisbane - Noosa (160km)

Journey from Southern Queensland to the expansive beaches and colourful bays of Noosa.

  • Standard: Coral Beach Resort Noosa
  • Superior: Peppers Noosa

Day 2: Noosa

Noosa has become known as the most chic resort on the Sunshine Coast. Away from the beachside glamour, perhaps visit Steve Irwins Australia Zoo, or drive to the Glass House Mountains

  • Standard: Coral Beach Noosa Resort
  • Superior: Peppers Noosa

Day 3: Noosa - Hervey Bay - Fraser Island (190km)

Make your way to Hervey Bay, where you'll leave your car to travel as a foot passengers on the ferry crossing to Fraser Island, its huge rainforest-covered dunes reaching a height of 200 meters.

  • Standard: Kingfisher Bay Resort
  • Superior: Kingfisher Bay Resort

Day 4: Fraser Island

Your 4WD tour today will include a stop at Eli Creek for a refreshing swim and a visit to the Maheno Shipwreck. Enjoy a picnic lunch on remote beach stretches and a visit the Pinnacles. Take in the Magnificent views from Indian Head and an exhilarating beach drive on the sandy highway of Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

  • Standard: Kinffisher Bay Resort
  • Superior: Kingfisher Bay Resort

Day 5: Fraser Island - Agnes Water (260km)

Travel back to the mainland by boat and drive to the surfing community of Ahnes Water. Sitting at the cloest point on the mainland to the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef, a variety of cruises are available locally to dicover more.

  • Standard: Sandcastle 1770 Resort
  • Superior: 1770 Lagoons Central Resort & Spa

Day 6: Agnes Water - Mackay (561km)

An escape from the tourist track, Mackay is surrounded by sugar cane fields and national parks, where you can spot platypus and stroll the mangroves.

  • Standard: Mackay Marina Hotel
  • Superior: Mackay Marina Hotel

Days 7 & 8: Mackay - Airlie Beach (150km)

The relaxed town of Airlie beach is the mainland gateway to the beautiful islands of the Whitsundays. Excursions include trips to the great barrier Reef, scenic flights over Whitehaven Beach and crocodile safaris.

  • Standard: Coral Sea Marina Resort
  • Superior: Mantra Boathouse Apartments

Day 9: Airlie Beach - Townsville (275km)

En route to Townsville, relax at one of the secluded beaches or stretch your legs at Lake Ross, a reservoir surrounded by unspoilt, open savannah and teeming with wildlife.

  • Standard: Mercure Townsville
  • Superior: Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville

Days 10 & 11: Townsville - Mission Beach (240km)

Heading towards Mission Beach, discover miles of beach coastline, walk boardwalks searching for the elusive Cassowary or take a Great Barrier Reef trip.

  • Standard: Castaway Resort at Mission Beach
  • Superior:Castaway Resort at Mission Beach

Day 12: Mission Beach - Cairns (140km)

On your way to Cairns, detour inland to the Atherton Tablelands, a fertile farming region boasting waterfalls, wildlife lake cruises and charming small towns. Your tour concludes on arrival in Cairns.

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