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Brisbane to Fraser Island Adventure Drive
5 Days  / 450 Kilometres

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Brisbane to Fraser Island Adventure Drive takes you off the Bruce Highway to explore the back roads of the hinterland via the surf beaches of the Sunshine Coast, inland to explore the Noosa River everglades, Great Sandy Strait, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and on to your final destination, Fraser Island. Driving north from Brisbane there is an amazing array of iconic tourist attractions, this drive takes you on an adventure where you can experience some of the natural wonders of the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast.

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This drive is suitable for car or four wheel drive and is mainly on good sealed roads, however there are one or two minor unsealed roads so check routes and conditions before you leave. Let the adventure begin!

30 kilometres north of Brisbane, just off the Bruce Highway, your first wayside stop is Wild Horse Mountain Lookout. Be prepared for a 700 metre walk on paved path to the summit but the 360 degree panoramic view will make it all worthwhile.

Then onto the Sunshine Coast via Caloundra, Maroochydore and Noosa. From there leave the bustle and head toward Boreen Point on the Noosa River, where you can windsurf in amazing conditions or kayak, bushwalk or just relax and watch the kangaroos and birdlife while camping on the shores of Lake Cootharaba, From Boreen Point turn off to Elanda Point and enjoy a picturesque drive to Wolvi, then north east towards the Great Sandy Straits towns of Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach. Backtrack and turn off to the river-port city of Maryborough. On the way you can explore the quaint fishing villages of Poona, Maaroom, Boonooroo and Tuan.

You will find Maryborough delightful, well-preserved, full of heritage and history, art and culture, and worthy of further exploration. 35 kilometres north of Maryborough lies Hervey Bay, playground of the Humpback whale, with 11 kilometres of Esplanade, Hervey Bay is a city bursting with luxury and budget accommodation, quality restaurants, beachside cafes and water sports of every kind. Travel the short trip to River Heads to catch the ferry to unique World-Heritage listed Fraser Island.

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Journey Routes


  • Boreen Point - Rainbow Beach

    From Boreen Point you can visit Elanda Point Camping and Adventure Grounds where you can hire canoes, kayaks motor boats and even go on a guided canoe safari. There is a huge range of activities on offer. When camping in the Cooloola National Park you must make a booking with the National Park Service. Cost is AUD5.00 per person per night. There are toilets only in the Cooloola National Park. There are a couple of options to which way to go. From Elanda Point you can head north toward Gympie 40 kilometres) via Wolvi over Yellow Bridge. Note there is a few kilometres of unsealed road, a steep unsealed incline for 1.5 kilometres (a bit rough but a car can do it - slowly) and about 10 kilometres of good unsealed road. Always check road conditions before setting out. This an adventure through natural rainforest and stunning rural landscapes and you may even spot a koala. There is a hall, amenities and large playground at Wolvi. You can also go to Pomona via Kin Kin (19 kilometres) and then head north from Kin Kin via Tin Can Bay Road.
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  • Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay

    Nestled between World-heritage listed Fraser Island and the natural beauty of Cooloola National Park, Rainbow Beach is just under one and half hours drive from Noosa and has some of the most amazing natural wonders of the world. Explore the coloured sands of Rainbow and let the view from the massive Carlo Sand Blow take your breath away. You can also skydive, para-glide, four wheel driving on the beach or scuba dive in one of Australia's top diving destinations - Double Island Point. You can catch a barge ride to Fraser Island or wait to catch the barge from River Heads near Hervey Bay where your journey ends. Rainbow Beach has a bustling shopping precinct, a country style pub which serves great meals and accommodation ranging from camping to resort style apartments. You can also take a short detour to Tin Can Bay, (90 minutes south of Hervey Bay) a fishing and boating paradise, just off the southern tip of Fraser Island. Here you can feed the wild dolphins next to the boat ramp between 0700 and 0800. Poona, Tuan, Maaroom, Boonooroo and Tinannbar are also worthy of dropping in for a look around, fish or kayak.
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  • Hervey Bay to Fraser Island via River Heads

    After kicking back in Hervey Bay, it is time to venture to World Heritage listed Fraser Island, one of the natural wonders of the world. Your visit will take you to unforgettable places such as Central Station, home to more than 100 people in the 1920's timber logging days. Central Station is set in rainforest and showcases its history along with several forest walks to peaceful Wanggoolba Creek and Basin Lake. Magnificent Lake McKenzie, edged by pure silica sand, is one of the best known freshwater lakes and a popular swimming spot with visitors. To see one of the world's rare dune lakes visit Lake Wabby. The Butchulla indigenous people believe The Cathedrals - iconic cliffs of coloured sands - were permanently stained when the gods brushed up against them. Eli Creek pumps four million litres of water into the ocean every hour and is the largest freshwater creek along the eastern side of the island and a great water playground! You can join other tourists in Champagne Pools where waves crash over the rocks and stop to have your photo taken at the Maheno wreck.
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  • Brisbane to Boreen Point

    The first stop on your adventure is Wild Horse Mountain Lookout, 30 kilometres north of Brisbane just off the Bruce Highway at exit 171. Here you can walk 700 metres to the summit and enjoy the 360 degree panoramic view from the excellent lookout. This paved walk is steep so take it easy. Rejoin the Bruce Highway, head north and turn right to Caloundra and follow the coast all the way along to Noosa Heads. On this journey you will pass iconic tourist attractions, stunning surf beaches, cafes, art galleries, and more - there for you to explore and enjoy, so the journey will be as long or as short as you wish. From Noosa you will turn off at Tewantin to Boreen Point, on Lake Cootharaba, following the signs. Nestled lakeside, Boreen Point has excellent camping facilities among Mother Natures best. Kick back, windsurf the windswept lake, take canoe guided tours, fish, sail or stroll lakeside. Here can be your first nights stay at camping spots or holiday accommodation. You can visit Elanda Point Camping ground which is surrounded by wildlife and birdlife and is the beginning of the Noosa Everglades, a stunning spot to explore.
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Journey Details

Duration5 Days Itinerary TypeLand
Water
Distance450 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of Travel4x4
Car
Motorcycle
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - 1

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Canoeing
    Canoeing
  • Crabbing
    Crabbing
  • Cruising
    Cruising
  • Cycling
    Cycling
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Golfing
    Golfing
  • Kayaking
    Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
    Mountain Biking
  • Off Road Driving
    Off Road Driving
  • Swimming
    Swimming
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided


Other Information


Visit our Driving Safety and Advice page for more information or the RACQ website for the latest road conditions.

Brisbane to Fraser Island Adventure Drive Full Itinerary


Boreen Point - Rainbow Beach

From Boreen Point you can visit Elanda Point Camping and Adventure Grounds where you can hire canoes, kayaks motor boats and even go on a guided canoe safari. There is a huge range of activities on offer.

When camping in the Cooloola National Park you must make a booking with the National Park Service. Cost is AUD5.00 per person per night. There are toilets only in the Cooloola National Park.

There are a couple of options to which way to go. From Elanda Point you can head north toward Gympie 40 kilometres) via Wolvi over Yellow Bridge. Note there is a few kilometres of unsealed road, a steep unsealed incline for 1.5 kilometres (a bit rough but a car can do it - slowly) and about 10 kilometres of good unsealed road. Always check road conditions before setting out.

This an adventure through natural rainforest and stunning rural landscapes and you may even spot a koala. There is a hall, amenities and large playground at Wolvi. You can also go to Pomona via Kin Kin (19 kilometres) and then head north from Kin Kin via Tin Can Bay Road.



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Boreen Point watersports mecca
Boreen Point watersports mecca
There is a store for supplies
There is a store for supplies
Backdrop to the Glasshouse Mountains
Backdrop to the Glasshouse Mountains
Great family fun or adventures for teenagers its all there
Great family fun or adventures for teenagers its all there


Route Details

Duration:
1 Hr 44 Mins
Distance:
122 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Elanda Point Camping Ground
- Boreen Point Campground
- Boreen Point

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay

Nestled between World-heritage listed Fraser Island and the natural beauty of Cooloola National Park, Rainbow Beach is just under one and half hours drive from Noosa and has some of the most amazing natural wonders of the world. Explore the coloured sands of Rainbow and let the view from the massive Carlo Sand Blow take your breath away. You can also skydive, para-glide, four wheel driving on the beach or scuba dive in one of Australia's top diving destinations - Double Island Point. You can catch a barge ride to Fraser Island or wait to catch the barge from River Heads near Hervey Bay where your journey ends.

Rainbow Beach has a bustling shopping precinct, a country style pub which serves great meals and accommodation ranging from camping to resort style apartments. You can also take a short detour to Tin Can Bay, (90 minutes south of Hervey Bay) a fishing and boating paradise, just off the southern tip of Fraser Island. Here you can feed the wild dolphins next to the boat ramp between 0700 and 0800. Poona, Tuan, Maaroom, Boonooroo and Tinannbar are also worthy of dropping in for a look around, fish or kayak.



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Awesome sport - paragliding
Awesome sport - paragliding
Soak up the sun and sand on a natural sand blow.
Soak up the sun and sand on a natural sand blow.
Kids just love the ebbing tide to paddle in.
Kids just love the ebbing tide to paddle in.


Route Details

Duration:
1 Hr 55 Mins
Distance:
122 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Poona
- Maaroom
- Tin Can Bay
- Rainbow Beach
- Tinnanbar

Experiences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Hervey Bay to Fraser Island via River Heads

After kicking back in Hervey Bay, it is time to venture to World Heritage listed Fraser Island, one of the natural wonders of the world. Your visit will take you to unforgettable places such as Central Station, home to more than 100 people in the 1920's timber logging days. Central Station is set in rainforest and showcases its history along with several forest walks to peaceful Wanggoolba Creek and Basin Lake. Magnificent Lake McKenzie, edged by pure silica sand, is one of the best known freshwater lakes and a popular swimming spot with visitors. To see one of the world's rare dune lakes visit Lake Wabby. The Butchulla indigenous people believe The Cathedrals - iconic cliffs of coloured sands - were permanently stained when the gods brushed up against them. Eli Creek pumps four million litres of water into the ocean every hour and is the largest freshwater creek along the eastern side of the island and a great water playground! You can join other tourists in Champagne Pools where waves crash over the rocks and stop to have your photo taken at the Maheno wreck.



Photos

Just paddling in the tidal waters is relaxing
Just paddling in the tidal waters is relaxing
Unique stretch of beach on east side of Fraser Island
Unique stretch of beach on east side of Fraser Island
Sand dunes are the building blocks for Fraser Island
Sand dunes are the building blocks for Fraser Island
Resort accommodation on Fraser Island
Resort accommodation on Fraser Island


Route Details

Duration:
2 Days 
Distance:
75 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
4x4
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Brisbane to Boreen Point

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The first stop on your adventure is Wild Horse Mountain Lookout, 30 kilometres north of Brisbane just off the Bruce Highway at exit 171. Here you can walk 700 metres to the summit and enjoy the 360 degree panoramic view from the excellent lookout. This paved walk is steep so take it easy.

Rejoin the Bruce Highway, head north and turn right to Caloundra and follow the coast all the way along to Noosa Heads. On this journey you will pass iconic tourist attractions, stunning surf beaches, cafes, art galleries, and more - there for you to explore and enjoy, so the journey will be as long or as short as you wish.

From Noosa you will turn off at Tewantin to Boreen Point, on Lake Cootharaba, following the signs. Nestled lakeside, Boreen Point has excellent camping facilities among Mother Natures best. Kick back, windsurf the windswept lake, take canoe guided tours, fish, sail or stroll lakeside.

Here can be your first nights stay at camping spots or holiday accommodation. You can visit Elanda Point Camping ground which is surrounded by wildlife and birdlife and is the beginning of the Noosa Everglades, a stunning spot to explore.



Photos

Part of Noosa River system
Part of Noosa River system
Amenities at Boreen Point
Amenities at Boreen Point
Historic Hotel - first licenced 1868
Historic Hotel - first licenced 1868


Route Details

Duration:
1 Hr 57 Mins
Distance:
157 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Wild Horse Mountain Lookout
- Boreen Point
- Boreen Point Campground

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 3



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Driving Directions

1 - Boreen Point - Rainbow Beach
Start from:44 Laguna Street, Boreen Point QLD 4565, Australia
End at:46 Queen Street, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
Distance:156 km
Duration:1 hour 47 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Laguna St toward Hector St
  2. Turn left onto Louis Bazzo Drive
  3. Turn left onto Summit Rd
  4. Turn left onto Yurol Forest Rd
  5. Continue onto Elm St
  6. Slight left onto Myall St
  7. Merge onto M1 via the ramp to Brisbane
  8. Continue onto Gympie Arterial Rd/M3 (signs for Brisbane)
    Continue to follow M3
  9. Continue onto Gympie Rd
  10. Take the ramp on the right to M7
    Toll road
  11. Keep left at the fork to continue toward M7
    Toll road
  12. Keep right at the fork and merge onto M7
    Toll road
  13. Take the exit onto M3
  14. Turn left to stay on M3
  15. Slight left toward North Quay
  16. Continue straight onto North Quay
  17. Slight left to stay on North Quay
  18. Continue onto William St
  19. Turn left onto Elizabeth St
  20. Take the 1st left onto George St
2 - Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay
Start from:46 Queen Street, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
End at:160 Beach Road, Urraween QLD 4655, Australia
Distance:287 km
Duration:3 hours 19 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northwest on George St toward Burnett Ln
  2. Turn right onto Turbot St
  3. Continue onto Wickham St
  4. Turn left onto Gipps St/State Route 15
    Continue to follow State Route 15
  5. Take the ramp to M7
  6. Keep right at the fork and merge onto M7
    Partial toll road
  7. Take the exit toward Gympie Rd
    Toll road
  8. Keep right at the fork to continue toward Gympie Rd
    Partial toll road
  9. Keep right at the fork to continue toward Gympie Rd
  10. Slight right onto Gympie Rd
  11. Continue onto M3 (signs for Sunshine Coast/Nambour)
  12. Continue onto M1
  13. Continue onto National Highway A1 (signs for Gympie/A1)
  14. Slight right onto Gympie Rd (signs for Route 57/Maryborough/Hervey Bay)
  15. Continue onto Ferry St
  16. Turn right onto Kent St
  17. Take the 1st left onto John St
  18. Continue onto Saltwater Creek Rd
  19. Continue onto Hervey Bay Rd
    Go through 1 roundabout
  20. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Boat Harbour Drive
    Go through 1 roundabout
  21. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Beach Rd
3 - Hervey Bay to Fraser Island via River Heads
Start from:160 Beach Road, Urraween QLD 4655, Australia
End at:2 Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach QLD 4581, Australia
Distance:126 km
Duration:1 hour 34 mins
Directions:
  1. Head north toward Bay Drive
  2. Continue straight onto Beach Rd
  3. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Boat Harbour Drive
    Go through 1 roundabout
  4. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Hervey Bay Rd
    Go through 1 roundabout
  5. Continue onto Saltwater Creek Rd
  6. Continue onto John St
  7. Turn left onto Kent St
  8. Turn left onto Tiger St
  9. Continue onto Odessa St
  10. Turn right onto Cambridge St
  11. Continue onto Boonooroo Rd
  12. Continue onto Cooloola Coast Rd
  13. Turn right to stay on Cooloola Coast Rd
  14. Turn left onto Tin Can Bay Rd
  15. Turn right onto Rainbow Beach Rd
    Destination will be on the right
4 - Brisbane to Boreen Point
Start from:2 Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach QLD 4581, Australia
End at:39 Laguna Street, Boreen Point QLD 4565, Australia
Distance:123 km
Duration:1 hour 34 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northeast on Rainbow Beach Rd toward Kirchner Ave
  2. Take the 1st right
  3. Take the 1st right onto Rainbow Beach Rd
  4. Turn left onto Tin Can Bay Rd
  5. Turn left onto Crescent Rd
  6. Continue onto Brisbane Rd
  7. Continue onto National Highway A1
  8. Turn left onto Traveston Rd
  9. Turn left to stay on Traveston Rd
  10. Continue onto King St
    Go through 1 roundabout
  11. Turn left to stay on King St
  12. Continue onto Bridge St
  13. Continue onto Queen St
  14. Continue onto Greenridge Pinbarren Rd
  15. Turn right onto Pomona Kin Kin Rd
  16. Turn left onto Louis Bazzo Drive
  17. Turn right onto Laguna St
    Destination will be on the right




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