The Great Beach Drive, located in Queensland’s stunning Australia’s Nature Coast, provides a road trip like no other. Offering the experience of driving on some of the world’s most stunning beaches, through some of the most idyllic National Parks and World Heritage listed areas, this is truly a once in a lifetime drive holiday experience.
The Great Beach Drive connects the Sunshine Coast with the World Heritage listed Fraser Island (K’Gari) and the Fraser Coast – forming a large part of the Australia’s Nature Coast.
This region is home to an abundance of wildlife including kangaroos, whales, turtles, dingoes, dugongs, platypus and the world’s largest variety of bird species.
The drive route, approximately 380 kilometres long, also travels through landscape steeped in culture and etched in Australian history, covering two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, a World Heritage Marine Park and the largest sand island in the world.
Day 1 - Noosa to Rainbow Beach
Before your departure, please contact the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to arrange your permits, and also receive a safety briefing, tide information and an up to date beach condition report.
Pick up your 4WD and take the vehicle ferry from Noosa to Noosa North Shore, the southern gateway to the Great Beach Drive and take the third sand exit onto one of the most exhilarating highways in the world.
You are now entering the Great Sandy Biosphere so stop for a picnic morning tea at the coloured sands at Teewah.
Continue north to Inskip Point via Leisha Track (be sure to check tide times before proceeding any further) to Rainbow Beach where you will camp in style for the evening.
Camping packages are available that include complete set up and pack down of your campsite (pitch and pack), camping permits and everything needed to cook, sleep and eat with. Watch the sunset from your tent and enjoy a night under the stars!
Day 2 - Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island
Before your departure, please contact the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to arrange your permits, and to also receive a safety briefing, tide information and an up to date beach condition report. You should also confirm your barge transfer with Manta Ray Barges.
Leave your tent behind and travel to Inskip Point, where you will catch the Manta Ray Barge across to Hook Point, the southern end of Fraser Island (K’Gari).
Spend the day driving north along 75 Mile Beach and exploring some of Fraser Island’s (K’Gari’s) stunning natural and cultural attractions, including the Maheno Shipwreck, Eli Creek, Lake Wabby, Indian Head and the Champagne Pools. Do not swim in the ocean off Fraser Island’s eastern beach.
Whilst on 75 Mile Beach, take the opportunity to see some of Fraser Island’s more remote inland lakes and sand blows from the air with a scenic flight. Airplanes on Fraser Island use 75 Mile Beach as their runway, allowing you to experience the thrill of taking off and landing on the beach.
After your day of exploring, check into your accommodation on 75 Mile Beach on the east coast of Fraser Island, of which there are plenty of options to choose from.
Day 3 - Fraser Island to Hervey Bay
Depart your accommodation and continue on the Great Beach Drive taking the inland track west towards Kingfisher Bay. On your way across the island, stop at Central Station which was once home to a community of more than 100 people in the 1920’s logging era. At Central Station you can explore Fraser Island (K’Gari) rainforest along a boardwalk that fringes the silently flowing and crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek.
From Central Station, drive to the magnificent Lake McKenzie, one of Fraser Island’s (K’Gari’s) most popular freshwater lakes. With its powder white sand and crystal clear water, Lake McKenzie is truly a once in a lifetime swimming location.
Continue to Kingfisher Bay to catch the Fraser Island Barge to River Heads on the mainland and drive into Hervey Bay on Queensland’s Fraser Coast.
Hervey Bay is a water sports mecca, so spend the afternoon on the water stand up paddle boarding, or embark on a jetski tour or kayak adventure! To see off the day, enjoy a Champagne Sunset Sail courtesy of one of the many boat tour operators that operate from the Urangan Boat Harbour.
Stay overnight in Hervey Bay at one of the many accommodation options available.