Queensland's Great South East (Brisbane to Hervey Bay) 6 nights
7 days/6 nights Brisbane - Sunshine Coast - Fraser Island - Hervey Bay.
Price from £1189 per person
A self drive tour taking in many iconic Queensland locations. It includes 7 days car rental with Hertz Australia (Intermediate Automatic), 6 nights 'boutique' accommodation, meals indicated and daily driving notes. Price includes car pick up from downtown depot - supplements may apply from airport.
Brisbane – Sunshine Coast – Fraser Island – Hervey Bay
Prices depend on seasonality and are per person share twin
DAY 1 BRISBANE – MALENY (NM)
Pick up your Hertz Intermediate Automatic rental car at the Brisbane City Depot or Brisbane Airport Depot and commence your drive via the Bruce Highway to Maleny.
MALENY - The unique rural community of Maleny is perched high above the Sunshine Coast beaches on the Blackall Range between Brisbane and Noosa and also overlooks South-East Queensland's amazing Glasshouse Mountains. It is an area of spectacular views and stands of lush rain forest. Maleny was initially a timber region with virtually all of the Cedar, Beech & Hoop Pine being felled to provide furniture and construction timber for SE Queensland and the UK. Once clearing had been achieved it quickly became a dairy farming area and supported the surrounding areas for many years with all their milk-based products. Maleny is now better known for its tourist activities and its diverse population! The area is a craft paradise and is home to many nationally recognised artists and art galleries. It is also an area of extreme interest to the eco-tourist.
OVERNIGHT: Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny (2 nights)
DAY 2 SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND (NM)
Full day at your leisure in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to explore the area. Maybe visit the towns of Montville and Mapleton both of which are tourist attractions in their own right!
MONTVILLE was first settled in 1887 and is today known by some as the creative heart of the Sunshine Coast. This charming village perched on the Blackall Range is home to a range of quality art galleries that exhibit, and sometimes produce, works of great interest to all art lovers. Shoppers also love the many craft shops, fashion boutiques and gift shops that exhibit a staggering range of affordable, locally made items. Close to Montville is the Kondalilla National Park. Kondalilla is aboriginal for 'rushing waters' and is home to scenic walks and spectacular waterfalls. It is ideal for a picnic, a swim, or just to escape into the cool rainforest.
DAY 3 MALENY – MOOLOOLABA (NM)
Depart Maleny and commence your drive to Mooloolaba via the Bruce Highway.
Mooloolaba continues to boast one of the coast's best beaches, with its north-east aspect ensuring protection from the elements. Mooloolaba is a favourite family destination, with shady parklands, picnic areas and playgrounds for the kids. During the past 10 years Mooloolaba has become one of Australia's most vibrant and exciting beachfront developments, the bustling Esplanade is filled with luxury resorts, designer shops, trendy cafes and al-fresco restaurants enticing thousands of visitors to the popular strip each year.
OVERNIGHT: Oceans Mooloolaba (2 nights)
DAY 4 MOOLOOLABA
Full day at your leisure to explore Mooloolaba and the Sunshine Coast.
NOOSA - One of Australia’s iconic seaside destinations, Noosa is a stylish beach resort with an international vibe. Hastings Street is a stylish cosmopolitan hub of beachfront resorts, cafes, delis, designer shops and al-fresco restaurants. The gourmet scene is world class; ingredients are fresh from the farms and ocean. Noosa's Main Beach is one of the few north-facing beaches in Australia. Calm conditions make it a great spot for families and those learning to surf. The area's rare natural beauty and sustainable approach earned recognition by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as an official Biosphere Reserve. And nature is only a short stroll away from the beach at Noosa National Park which is abundant with Australian native wildlife such as koalas, goannas and bush turkeys. The pristine Noosa River meanders through a series of lakes to the scenic Noosa Everglades and can be experienced by kayak or on a river cruise.
DAY 5 MOOLOOLABA- HERVEY BAY – FRASER ISLAND (NM)
GYMPIE is the main entrance into the delights of Cooloola Beach, Great Sandy National Park and the glories of Fraser Island. At the Deep Creek Gold Fossicking Park you can explore an old gold mining site and pick, shovel or pan for gold.
MARYBOROUGH is one of Queensland’s oldest cities and was first settled in 1843. Many European immigrants arrived in the town during the second half of the nineteenth century. The splendid old houses have given Maryborough its reputation as one of the most beautiful historic towns in Queensland. This can be appreciated by following the Heritage Walk, which takes in 28 historic buildings in the central business district.
HERVEY BAY is full of history, beauty and attractions centred round sheltered waters and some 14 kilometres of golden beaches. Hervey Bay offers a colourful concentration of lifestyles and its waters are home to turtles, dolphins and dugongs. It is the whale watching capital of the world and the gateway to Fraser Island.
FRASER ISLAND is a unique part of the Fraser Coast region, and its unusual formation of sand and rainforest make it a special source of adventure for visitors to explore. Although well known amongst fishermen and 4WD enthusiasts, it is the history and Aboriginal culture that gives Fraser Island its individual character, expressed through wonderful coloured sand cliffs, unique fresh water lakes and diverse flora and wildlife.
OVERNIGHT: Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island (2 nights)
DAY 6 FRASER ISLAND (NM)
Meet your guide at the Kingfisher Bay Resort reception to discuss your day's itinerary, for your full day 4WD tour. With approximately 1500 kilometres of tracks on Fraser Island to explore the day is yours to discover beautiful lakes and magical wilderness. Highlights of the day may include uninterrupted views of dunes, beach and sea from Indian Head, drive along spectacular Seventy-Five Mile beach and stop to swim in the fresh waters of Eli Creek and swim in the clear blue water of Lake McKenzie. A picnic lunch will be served in a private secluded part of Fraser Island. Tour concludes at approximately 4.30pm, at Kingfisher Bay Resort.
DAY 7 FRASER ISLAND – HERVEY BAY AIRPORT (NM)
Transfer by boat and coach to Hervey Bay airport for your onward flight.