This self-drive tour of Southern Queensland promises beautiful coastal vistas as you make your way north from Brisbane, passing through the picturesque towns of the Sunshine Coast to the whale watching capital of Harvey Bay.
- Story Bridge
- Glass House Mountains
- Noosa Farmers' Market
- Eumundi Market
- Hervey Bay Whale Watching
- Fraser Island
- Ettamogah Pub
- 5 nights accommodation
- 6 days car rental (24hr = 1 day rental) with auto transmission unlimited mileage and zero excess, pick-up ex-downtown and FREE GPS
- Admission and/or sightseeing as per itinerary
Brisbane – Queensland’s capital. Climb the iconic Story Bridge and enjoy spectacular views of the city and river. Shop at Queen St Mall and funky precincts such as Fortitude Valley with its groovy fashion outlets, a lively music, culture scene and stylish bars. Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (optional), the world’s largest koala sanctuary.
Travel north to Beerwah, visit Australia Zoo (included). Hand-feed an Asian Elephant (free), cuddle a koala, walk alongside a cheeky cheetah, get up close to a gorgeous lemur, wrap a Burmese Python around your shoulders, watch a massive Saltwater Crocodile launch a strike in the 5,000 seat Crocoseum. Make your way to one of the picturesque mountain villages such as Maleny or Montville, which overlook the stunning Glasshouse Mountains. Explore the galleries, craft shops and art studios. You can also enjoy the mouth-watering local produce, including macadamias, ginger, avocados and cheeses.
Every Sunday, the Noosa Farmers' Market showcases the finest and freshest of regional produce. Browse the hundreds of stalls at the colourful Eumundi Market, held every Wednesday and Saturday. You'll find everything from handmade soaps and oil paintings to gourmet jams and organic fruit. Visit the world’s largest ginger factory at Yandina and sample all kinds of ginger goodies including ginger teas, ginger chocolate and ginger ice cream. Visit trendy Noosa, explore the boutiques that line Hastings Street, dine alfresco at one of the many bistros, and relax at the immaculate beaches.
Drive north to Hervey Bay on Fraser Coast, known as the whale watching capital of Australia, the area is teeming with humpback whales, season July to November.
Catch a ferry (40min) across to the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Join a ranger-guided 4WD tour (included). Explore the island's freshwater lakes, coloured sand dunes, pristine beaches and ancient forest. Fraser Island is also home to all kinds of bird life and wildlife, including dingoes, possums and an array of reptiles.
Return to Brisbane. Enroute stop at Ettamogah Pub, a quirky shaped building and most photographed pub in the world on the side of the Bruce Highway. Aussie World is a family theme park located behind the Ettamogah Pub.
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