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The Pacific Coast from Brisbane to Port Douglas is one of the most spectacular in the world. Buckle up and get ready for the road trip of a lifetime. Discover spectacular beaches and laid back coastal towns, as well as ticking off the Queensland must-do’s; the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands and the Daintree Rainforest. Spend your first few days getting to know Queensland’s capital Brisbane. Your first stop is Rainbow Beach, a beautiful beach side town surrounded by stunning natural beauty including the Great Sandy National Park. The next stop on your drive is Hervey Bay, gateway for K’gari (Fraser Island), it is also one of the best places to spot whales in Australia from July to November. After a night in Yeppoon continue onto Airlie Beach, the gateway for the Whitsunday Islands. Don’t miss your chance to walk along the pure white sands of Whitehaven Beach. Enjoy the gorgeous beaches and laid back vibes of Mission Beach and Port Douglas before ending your trip in Cape Tribulation, home to the world’s oldest rainforest and where the reef and rainforest famously meet.You can tailor this entire itinerary to suit you. Please speak to your Travel Expert for options.
Drive north from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach. This is heavenly sub-tropical, coastal town situated on the Great Beach Drive, is an aquatic lovers playground. Rainbow Beach, is a major entry point to the 41,000 hectare Cooloola National Park. Spend two nights at the Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort, luxury apartments are designed to make your stay at the picturesque Rainbow Beach as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
Overnight: Rainbow Ocean Palms resort
From Rainbow Beach drive to Hervey Bay. As well as being the gateway to the World-Heritage listed Fraser Island, Hervey Bay is renowned as the best place in Australia, if not the world, for whale watching encounters (July –November). If you are travelling in Whale Season you cannot miss taking a cruise to witness these incredible creatures rest, play and nurture their young in the sheltered waters of Hervey Bay. You have two nights in Hervey Bay so you have plenty of time for a K’gari (Fraser Island) day trip too.
Overnight: Mantra Hervey Bay Fraser Coast
It’s a bit of a drive from Hervey Bay to Airlie Beach so we’ve included a night in the town of Yeppoon to break up the journey. Meander down Yeppoon’s main street or stroll the esplanade to browse beach-chic boutiques and surf stores and keep an eye out for one of the many new street art murals adorning local walls. Overnight at Salt, situated on Yeppoon’s magnificent Main Beach, offering unsurpassed ocean views from every luxurious apartment.
Overnight: Salt Yeppoon
Arrive into Airlie Beach and settle into Coral Sea Marina Resort. Spend a couple of days here exploring the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and soaking up the sunshine. There are a multitude of excursions on offer but you can’t beat a cruise to see the iconic Whitehaven Beach and snorkelling in the pristine turquoise water. If you want to get a whole different perspective of the reef you could even take a scenic flight.
Overnight: Coral Sea Marina Resort
It’s a fairly long drive today but you can travel at your own leisure. And the destination, Mission Beach, is worth the long journey. Nature takes centre stage at Mission Beach with its long unspoilt beaches, lush rainforest and multitude of marine life. This easy going destination is perfect for relaxation or discovering adrenaline pumping outdoor activities. You will spend two nights at Castaways Resort & Spa located on the beachfront.
Overnight: Castaways Resort and Spa
Your next stop is Port Douglas. Check into Villa San Michelle a boutique Mediterranean style apartment hotel. The property enjoys the best location in Port Douglas on vibrant Macrossan Street. Shops, cafes and award winning restaurants are right on your doorstep and the magical Four Mile Beach and the Reef Marina are just a 5 minute stroll away. Your next 2 days are to be spent at leisure. We recommend booking a snorkelling trip to the Great Barrier Reef.
Overnight: Villa San Michele
Your final stop on this epic journey is Cape Tribulation, home to one of the world’s oldest rainforests, The Daintree, and a multitude of stunning beaches. It’s up here where you could be lucky enough to spot a Cassowary in the wild and some crocs basking on the river beds. Spend two nights at Mist at Cape Tribulation, a light, airy, modern and fresh accommodation offering expansive views to the rainforest.
Overnight: Mist at Cape Tribulation
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