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Tropical North Queensland

Pacific Coast Touring Route
14 Days  / 1784 Kilometres

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Description

The Pacific Coast Touring Route links coastal havens, hinterland towns, and major cities all along the east coast, from the Gold Coast to Cairns. The Pacific Coast is a 'big' drive. Take your time: the real journey hides just out of sight, ready to be discovered off the highway.

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From South East Queensland to the Tropical North discover world class resorts, lush farming regions, stunning coastline, and communities that inspire sea changes. Linger near the warm temperate Pacific Ocean, where cocktail hour includes a backdrop of blue waters crashing onto white shorelines. Detour inland and savour the hinterland bounty of fine food and wine, antique stores, and lovingly restored pubs and boutique accommodation. National Parks crammed with waterfalls, rockpools, rare birds and animals transport you a million years away. Meander north to the golden beaches and country heart of regional Queensland. Uncover rainforest studded gorges, gemfields, stunning lakes, and long unbroken sandy white beaches stretching out to the Great Barrier Reef. Slip off the main highway and explore the best Australia has to offer, and good living alongside some of the most pristine, preserved natural beauties. Live the good life on, and off, the Pacific Coast Touring Route.

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Journey Routes


  • Gold Coast to Brisbane

    Welcome to the famous Gold Coast, this is Australia's endless playground of entertainment and adventure. For generations they have been embracing and entertaining their special guests with a promise of big smiles and warm memories in a spectacle of golden beaches, legendary theme parks, iconic rainforests, and lively attractions. Feel the excitement of life in the fun lane, where the sun shines on an unlimited variety of things to see and do all year round. Cuddle a koala, learn to surf, and walk a World Heritage listed rainforest trail in a day full of natural adventure. Scream with excitement on the biggest and best theme park rides, browse the boutiques, or putt your way to a win on a championship golf course. And as the sun sets over this city by the sea, treat yourself to an international stage show, dine on the freshest local produce and take your cocktail beachside as the Gold Coast glimmers through the night. The Gold Coast is a celebrated holiday experience set on one of Australia's most spectacular natural stages. The Gold Coast is famous for fun.
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  • Brisbane to Maroochydore

    Welcome to a city where you are free to be whoever you want to be! Where you can escape to the natural splendour of Moreton Bay and Islands or theScenic Rim and Country Valleys, experience world-class exhibitions at Australia's largest Gallery of Modern Art and indulge in the country's premier live music scene, The Valley... all in one day! You'll love our buzzing urban villages with live music, the coolest cafes and an eclectic array of the finest restaurants. Keep an eye on Brisbane's events' calendar for huge international sporting events, exciting and unique festivals as well as live performances on Queensland's premier shopping precinct, theQueen Street Mall where you can let loose and discover world-class retailers and heritage-listed arcades with over 700 specialty stores. Imagine being right in the heart of the city, surrounded by skyscrapers, as you experience your own river adventure - go kayaking, roller-blading or hold your breath as you abseil 20 metres down the 20 million year old Kangaroo Point Cliffs... there's a memorable Brisbane experience for everyone.
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  • Maroochydore to Gympie

    Maroochydore is the commercial hub at the heart of the Maroochy Region in the centre of the Sunshine Coast. Nestled in between the temperate Pacific Ocean and the Maroochy River, Maroochydore is the gateway to surf beaches and sheltered waterways, National Parks and pristine crown land. Neighboured by Caloundra to the south and Noosa to the north, Maroochydore's broad reach also takes in some of the greatest surf breaks on the coast, including Coolum, Alexandra Headlands and Mooloolaba. Cotton Tree's sheltered beach and waterways are great for the whole family. Enjoy waterfront dining, surf breaks, championship golf courses, antiques and trinkets, at these welcoming beachside communities. The Maroochy region stretches languidly from stunning beaches to encompass the Blackall Range's lush fertile terrain and subtropical rainforest. Where patchwork fields, diverse forests and the distant pacific horizon open up in front of you. Like a sampler of the Sunshine Coast's best, Maroochydore boasts stunning natural assets, a huge range of fresh foods and wildlife attractions, with an angle for every family member.
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  • Gympie to Hervey Bay

    As the heritage and cultural centre of the Cooloola Region, Gympie boasts a tradition that few areas in Queensland can offer. Gympie offers the warm hospitality of a country town with all the modern conveniences. Known as the 'Town that Saved Queensland', Gympie's proud heritage began in 1867 with the discovery of gold by prospector James Nash at the site now occupied by the Town Hall. At the time, Queensland was facing bankruptcy due to drought and the fall in wool prices. However, Nash made the five day journey down the Mary River from Maryborough and, after digging up 75 ounces of gold in six days, staked his claim. The Gympie Gold Rush was on, injecting the boost to the Queensland economy that enabled the colony to survive. A short drive to Mary Valley, the Cooloola and Sunshine Coasts, Gympie is central to a relaxing lifestyle with great attractions, markets, events and festivals. Located 40-kilometres south-west of Gympie is the beautiful and normally peaceful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park which every year plays host to the Gympie Music Muster.
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  • Hervey Bay to Bundaberg

    Hervey Bay is one of Queensland's best natural holiday destinations offering the world's closest whale watching encounters with humpback whales as well as easy access to World Heritage Lister Fraser Island; the world's largest sand island and Lady Elliot Island; the first coral cay on World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Its safe sheltered waters make it an aquatic paradise perfect for year round swimming, diving, sailing, water sports and fishing. Dotted along the Hervey Bay Esplanade are cosmopolitan and alfresco cafes, shops, parklands, picnic areas, playgrounds, piers and a vibrant marina. In perfect, stinger-free water enjoy kayaking, yachting, diving, water and jet skiing, wind surfing and snorkelling. Boating and fishing enthusiasts enjoy estuary, beach, jetty, reef and game fishing. Join a tour or charter your own vessel, yacht or houseboat. Enjoy a bicycle ride along the picturesque foreshore, visit places such as the Orchid House within the beautiful Botanical Gardens, the Marina area or one of the many restaurants and cafes situated along the Esplanade. Visitors to Hervey Bay can choose from a range of accommodation styles, catering for all tastes and budgets. Several of the accommodation houses, attractions and general facilities are also accessible for people with disabilities.
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Journey Details

Duration14 Days Itinerary TypeLand
Distance1784 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of Travel4x4
Car
Caravan
Motorcycle
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - 1

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
    Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Cycle
    Cycle
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Sailing
    Sailing
  • Scuba-Diving
    Scuba-Diving
  • Surfing
    Surfing
  • Train Ride
    Train Ride
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided
  • Whale Watching
    Whale Watching


Other Information


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

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Gold Coast to Brisbane

Welcome to the famous Gold Coast, this is Australia's endless playground of entertainment and adventure. For generations they have been embracing and entertaining their special guests with a promise of big smiles and warm memories in a spectacle of golden beaches, legendary theme parks, iconic rainforests, and lively attractions. Feel the excitement of life in the fun lane, where the sun shines on an unlimited variety of things to see and do all year round. Cuddle a koala, learn to surf, and walk a World Heritage listed rainforest trail in a day full of natural adventure. Scream with excitement on the biggest and best theme park rides, browse the boutiques, or putt your way to a win on a championship golf course. And as the sun sets over this city by the sea, treat yourself to an international stage show, dine on the freshest local produce and take your cocktail beachside as the Gold Coast glimmers through the night. The Gold Coast is a celebrated holiday experience set on one of Australia's most spectacular natural stages. The Gold Coast is famous for fun.



Photos

Gold Coast - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Gold Coast - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Gold Coast - Dreamworld
Gold Coast - Dreamworld
Gold Coast - Movie World
Gold Coast - Movie World
Gold Coast - Surfers Paradise
Gold Coast - Surfers Paradise


Route Details

Distance:
75 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Island
    Island
  • Indulgence/Luxury
    Indulgence/Luxury
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Market
    Market
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
    Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest
  • Shopping
    Shopping
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Brisbane to Maroochydore

Welcome to a city where you are free to be whoever you want to be! Where you can escape to the natural splendour of Moreton Bay and Islands or theScenic Rim and Country Valleys, experience world-class exhibitions at Australia's largest Gallery of Modern Art and indulge in the country's premier live music scene, The Valley... all in one day! You'll love our buzzing urban villages with live music, the coolest cafes and an eclectic array of the finest restaurants. Keep an eye on Brisbane's events' calendar for huge international sporting events, exciting and unique festivals as well as live performances on Queensland's premier shopping precinct, theQueen Street Mall where you can let loose and discover world-class retailers and heritage-listed arcades with over 700 specialty stores. Imagine being right in the heart of the city, surrounded by skyscrapers, as you experience your own river adventure - go kayaking, roller-blading or hold your breath as you abseil 20 metres down the 20 million year old Kangaroo Point Cliffs... there's a memorable Brisbane experience for everyone.



Photos

Brisbane - Botanical Gardens
Brisbane - Botanical Gardens
Brisbane - River Cruises
Brisbane - River Cruises
Brisbane - Southbank by night
Brisbane - Southbank by night
Brisbane - Story Bridge climb
Brisbane - Story Bridge climb


Route Details

Distance:
103 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Science and Technology
    Science and Technology
  • Shopping
    Shopping
  • Sport
    Sport
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife
  • Rail
    Rail
  • Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
    Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Market
    Market
  • Indulgence/Luxury
    Indulgence/Luxury
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Health and Wellbeing
    Health and Wellbeing
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Cycle
    Cycle
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • The Arts
    The Arts


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Maroochydore to Gympie

Maroochydore is the commercial hub at the heart of the Maroochy Region in the centre of the Sunshine Coast. Nestled in between the temperate Pacific Ocean and the Maroochy River, Maroochydore is the gateway to surf beaches and sheltered waterways, National Parks and pristine crown land. Neighboured by Caloundra to the south and Noosa to the north, Maroochydore's broad reach also takes in some of the greatest surf breaks on the coast, including Coolum, Alexandra Headlands and Mooloolaba. Cotton Tree's sheltered beach and waterways are great for the whole family. Enjoy waterfront dining, surf breaks, championship golf courses, antiques and trinkets, at these welcoming beachside communities. The Maroochy region stretches languidly from stunning beaches to encompass the Blackall Range's lush fertile terrain and subtropical rainforest. Where patchwork fields, diverse forests and the distant pacific horizon open up in front of you. Like a sampler of the Sunshine Coast's best, Maroochydore boasts stunning natural assets, a huge range of fresh foods and wildlife attractions, with an angle for every family member.



Photos

Maroochydore - Eumundi Markets
Maroochydore - Eumundi Markets
Montville
Montville
Twin Waters
Twin Waters
Underwater World
Underwater World


Route Details

Distance:
80 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • The Arts
    The Arts
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cycle
    Cycle
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Health and Wellbeing
    Health and Wellbeing
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Market
    Market
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
    Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
  • Science and Technology
    Science and Technology


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Gympie to Hervey Bay

As the heritage and cultural centre of the Cooloola Region, Gympie boasts a tradition that few areas in Queensland can offer. Gympie offers the warm hospitality of a country town with all the modern conveniences. Known as the 'Town that Saved Queensland', Gympie's proud heritage began in 1867 with the discovery of gold by prospector James Nash at the site now occupied by the Town Hall. At the time, Queensland was facing bankruptcy due to drought and the fall in wool prices. However, Nash made the five day journey down the Mary River from Maryborough and, after digging up 75 ounces of gold in six days, staked his claim. The Gympie Gold Rush was on, injecting the boost to the Queensland economy that enabled the colony to survive. A short drive to Mary Valley, the Cooloola and Sunshine Coasts, Gympie is central to a relaxing lifestyle with great attractions, markets, events and festivals. Located 40-kilometres south-west of Gympie is the beautiful and normally peaceful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park which every year plays host to the Gympie Music Muster.



Photos

Gold Mining & Historical Museum
Gold Mining & Historical Museum
Gympie - Valley Rattler Steam Train
Gympie - Valley Rattler Steam Train


Route Details

Distance:
121 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rail
    Rail
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Hervey Bay to Bundaberg

Hervey Bay is one of Queensland's best natural holiday destinations offering the world's closest whale watching encounters with humpback whales as well as easy access to World Heritage Lister Fraser Island; the world's largest sand island and Lady Elliot Island; the first coral cay on World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Its safe sheltered waters make it an aquatic paradise perfect for year round swimming, diving, sailing, water sports and fishing. Dotted along the Hervey Bay Esplanade are cosmopolitan and alfresco cafes, shops, parklands, picnic areas, playgrounds, piers and a vibrant marina. In perfect, stinger-free water enjoy kayaking, yachting, diving, water and jet skiing, wind surfing and snorkelling. Boating and fishing enthusiasts enjoy estuary, beach, jetty, reef and game fishing. Join a tour or charter your own vessel, yacht or houseboat. Enjoy a bicycle ride along the picturesque foreshore, visit places such as the Orchid House within the beautiful Botanical Gardens, the Marina area or one of the many restaurants and cafes situated along the Esplanade. Visitors to Hervey Bay can choose from a range of accommodation styles, catering for all tastes and budgets. Several of the accommodation houses, attractions and general facilities are also accessible for people with disabilities.



Photos

Hervey Bay - Whale Watching 2
Hervey Bay - Whale Watching 2
Hervey Bay - Whale Watching
Hervey Bay - Whale Watching
Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay


Route Details

Distance:
122 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Cycle
    Cycle
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Reef
    Reef
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Bundaberg to Gin Gin

Bundaberg is a modern, progressive city servicing a district population of 112,000. Bundaberg was named in 1867 by combining "Bunda" (the name of an aboriginal elder) and "berg" (Saxon word for town). Nowadays, the more familiar 'Bundy' is used. Encounter natural phenomenon, discover museums and galleries, taste rural experiences - plan your visit to the Bundaberg and the North Burnett region now. With the Great Barrier Reef just off our shores, ancient mariners (the turtles) returning annually to nest at Mon Repos Beach and with plenty of things to see and do - both natural and man-made, there's something for everyone. The entire region really is a great place to visit.



Photos

Bundaberg Barrel
Bundaberg Barrel
Hinkler Hall of Aviation
Hinkler Hall of Aviation
Lady Elliot Island
Lady Elliot Island
Bundaberg - Mon Repos Turtle Rookery
Bundaberg - Mon Repos Turtle Rookery


Route Details

Distance:
53 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Reef
    Reef
  • Shopping
    Shopping
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Gin Gin to Gladstone

The perfect spot to break any journey, the township of Gin Gin is known by many as 'halfway to everywhere' because of its central location for travellers heading north, south, east or west. With a laid-back country atmosphere, shaded picnic areas and garden lined streets you will feel more than welcome in Gin Gin - voted friendliest town in Queensland 2003. A reminder of Queenslands pioneering past can be found in the hisitoric buildings in town and through the collections at the Gin Gin Museum. Explore the surrounding countryside where vineyards and olive groves are emerging as new horticultural industries. Enjoy panoramic drives on unsealed roads through surrounding national parks or try some fishing, camping and watersports at Monduran Lake. Delve into history and acquaint yourself with the tales of James McPherson - the Wild Scotsman - and Queenslands only fair dinkum bushranger. Locals hold a festival each year that includes a re-enactment of his capture. It is said that the cave in which McPherson avoided capture can still be found, less than a hundred metres from the main road - if you know where to look that is.



Photos

Gin Gin - Lake Monduran
Gin Gin - Lake Monduran


Route Details

Distance:
167 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Gladstone to Rockhampton

The lush harbourside City of Gladstone is truly one of a kind. With a unique mix of attractions that beckon visitors from far and wide, as gateway to yet more natural assets in the surrounding hinterland and ocean, and possessing a thriving harbour backbone, Gladstone is a unique destination. From the water's edge through to the rugged country fringes, Gladstone offers galleries, gardens and heritage sites, well-stocked lakes and parks. Relax at Spinnaker Park's beach and picnic area overlooking the stunning marina. Learn about Gladstone's industrial backbone on the Giants of Industry tour. Make your way up Auckland Hill and take in the stunning

panoramic views over the city and Port Curtis. If you don't fancy catching your own dinner, take advantage of the industry that has grown up around Gladstone's incredible array and quality of seafood. Gladstone Marina's resident fishing boats bring in succulent king prawns, sweet reef fish, tender scallops, beautiful bugs and oysters and of course the prized Gladstone Mud Crab. Flex your appetites for stunning natural beauty and sumptuous foods in the laid back atmosphere of this port side town.



Photos

Gladstone - Cedar Gallery
Gladstone - Cedar Gallery
Gladstone - Heron Island 2
Gladstone - Heron Island 2
Gladstone - Heron Island
Gladstone - Heron Island


Route Details

Distance:
109 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Cycle
    Cycle
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Industry/Mining/Agriculture
    Industry/Mining/Agriculture
  • Island
    Island
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Reef
    Reef


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Rockhampton to Mackay

Next up is the Beef Capital of Australia - Rockhampton - where the city, coast, and country all meet in one gracious city. On Sundays, ride on a Purrey Steam Train at the Archer Park Station and Steam Tram Museum. Open Sunday to Friday, view the large collection of railway memorabilia and for a greater insight into life around here from 1850 to 1950 visit the Rockhampton Heritage Village. Walk along Quay Street, - a 'historical streetscape' - with glorious sandstone buildings and original delicate wrought iron lace work featured on many. For sightseeing, a leisurely stroll through the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo should be included in your itinerary. The mighty Fitzroy flows right through town so you can enjoy barramundi fishing from within the city limits or for a little more excitement catch a live bull ride at the Great Western Hotel.



Photos

Archer Park
Archer Park
Koorana Crocodile Farm
Koorana Crocodile Farm
Rockhampton Zoo
Rockhampton Zoo
Fitzroy River
Fitzroy River


Route Details

Distance:
335 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Island
    Island
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Market
    Market
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
    Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
  • Rail
    Rail
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest
  • Reef
    Reef
  • Shopping
    Shopping
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Mackay to Airlie Beach

Endless sandy beaches, ancient reefs teeming with life off untouched Great Barrier Reef islands, the tranquillity of lush tropical rainforest and the warmth of the rugged golden hinterland, welcome to the Mackay Isaac Region! Whether you're seeking a fun family holiday or a quiet escape for two, in this part of Queensland you'll find a holiday experience to suit every taste, budget and interest. Enjoy the year-round, near perfect climate where a laid back lifestyle comes together with a cosmopolitan culture. Our vibrant urban landscape with its dining and arts, is perfectly complimented by a diverse range of real Aussie experiences on land and sea waiting for you to experience.



Photos

Mackay - Artspace
Mackay - Artspace
Mackay - Eimeo
Mackay - Eimeo
Mackay - Marina
Mackay - Marina


Route Details

Distance:
150 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cycle
    Cycle
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
    Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
  • Rail
    Rail
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Airlie Beach to Bowen

Airlie Beach provides the ideal mainland base for holiday fun and adventure in the Whitsundays, where accommodation styles are as varied as the accents that can heard in the Main Street. Airlie Beach's diverse range of accommodation is the perfect spot for watching stunning sunsets over the islands and launching your holiday activities on the water and throughout the coast. Airlie Beach boasts a broad array of accommodation from stylish resort hotels on the water's edge and apartments on the hillside overlooking the panorama of beach, bay and islands, to bed and breakfast options, motels, camping and caravan parks as well as a host of backpacker accommodation. The town easily achieves the perfect balance between all of these styles, with all accommodation houses taking maximum advantage of the stunning views, and the village atmosphere unifying travellers of all budgets together in the same relaxed, holiday feel. Airlie Beach is the main launching pad for activities and adventures in the Whitsundays, and feels just as tropical as staying on an island, but with the conveniences of modern life like supermarkets, banks, restaurants and shopping.



Photos

Boathaven Beach
Boathaven Beach
Conway National Park
Conway National Park
Heart Reef
Heart Reef
Lagoon
Lagoon


Route Details

Distance:
80 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
    Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
  • Reef
    Reef
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Bowen to Home Hill

Bowen is one of the many charming towns on the Whitsunday Coast, with eight award winning, palm fringed beaches, beautiful bays and a warm tropical climate. Situated in the northern region of the Whitsundays on the shores of Edgecumbe Bay, it is a picturesque seaside town that offers a beachcomber's paradise. The Front Beach foreshore in Bowen has recently been redeveloped with fun family activities in mind. With some of the best fringing reefs of the Queensland coast lying just a few metres offshore, the area attracts snorkellers and divers keen to explore the colourful coral gardens. When heading north from Airlie Beach and Proserpine to Bowen, keep an eye out for the Big Mango, on the Bruce Highway just before you enter the town of Bowen. The Mango marks the Bowen Information Centre, a knowledgeable, friendly place to book all your Bowen accommodation and activities and an excellent source of information if you are planning to continue further north on your journey.



Photos

Bowen - Beaches
Bowen - Beaches
Bowen - Big Mango
Bowen - Big Mango
Bowen - Horseshoe Bay
Bowen - Horseshoe Bay


Route Details

Distance:
104 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Rail
    Rail


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Home Hill to Townsville

They call it the bountiful Burdekin, and this incredible area is part of the great winterless north. The shire of Burdekin is virtually drought proof because of the Burdekin Falls Dam, and horticulture and agriculture flourish in the area. Visit Ayr and Home Hill, separated by the Burdekin River and accessible across the famous Silver Link - a 1000m long bridge that is one of the longest of its kind in Australia. Try fishing and crabbing, go diving at the intriguing Yongala wreck and do some birdwatching. Then see the attractions within the towns of Ayr and Home Hill, including a butterfly and insect display, a rock shop and murals. Then head for Alva Beach where you can do some lazy fishing ... or learn the adrenaline sport of kiteboarding!



Photos

Home Hill - Bridge
Home Hill - Bridge


Route Details

Distance:
100 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • The Arts
    The Arts
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Industry/Mining/Agriculture
    Industry/Mining/Agriculture


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Townsville to Ingham

"The Townsville region in North Queensland, Australia is a bustling and vibrant destination boasting diversity in landscape, an enviable lifestyle and experiences to suit every holiday.

Whether you prefer barra fishing in the Burdekin or Hinchinbrook, snorkelling fringing reefs around Magnetic Island, scuba diving wrecks or the Great Barrier Reef, bird watching at the surrounding wetlands, skydiving The Strand in Townsville or taking a wagon ride in Charters Towers, you will find it all in North Queensland. With reef, rainforest, outback and wetlands all within an hour or two of Townsville, North Queensland's capital, it's hard to go past this region for your next getaway."



Photos

Townsville - Billabong Sanctuary
Townsville - Billabong Sanctuary
Townsville - Castle Hill Lookout
Townsville - Castle Hill Lookout
Townsville - Magnetic Island
Townsville - Magnetic Island
Townsville - Museum of Tropical Qld
Townsville - Museum of Tropical Qld


Route Details

Distance:
120 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Health and Wellbeing
    Health and Wellbeing
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Island
    Island
  • Indulgence/Luxury
    Indulgence/Luxury
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Market
    Market
  • Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
    Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
  • Rail
    Rail
  • Reef
    Reef
  • Science and Technology
    Science and Technology
  • Shopping
    Shopping
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Ingham to Cardwell

Located 110 kilometres north of Townsville and 220 kilometres south of Cairns, the country township of Ingham is located in the heart of the tropics. It is the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage-listed rainforests of Tropical North Queensland. West of Ingham is Australia's highest sheer drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls, at 305 metres. North-east of Ingham is the majestic Hinchinbrook Island. The region has no less than six recreational National Parks, State Forests and islands, making it a very special part of the North Queensland region. 800 metres south of the town centre is Tyto Wetlands Information Centre, showcasing the spectacular birdlife and natural attractions of the region. Within easy walking distance of the centre is Tyto Wetlands - a ""Birdwatcher's Paradise"". The wetlands are home to more than 230 different species, including the Eastern Grass Owl. Hundreds of Agile Wallabies also appear at the Wetlands in the afternoon and early morning, certainly adding to the wildlife experience. The township of Ingham, known for its large Italian community, celebrates the Australian-Italian Festival in July- a feast of Italian wine, cuisine, music and culture.



Photos

Ingham - Hinchinbrook Island
Ingham - Hinchinbrook Island
Ingham - Tyto Wetlands
Ingham - Tyto Wetlands
Ingham - Wallaman Falls
Ingham - Wallaman Falls


Route Details

Distance:
54 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Industry/Mining/Agriculture
    Industry/Mining/Agriculture
  • Island
    Island
  • Rail
    Rail


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Cardwell to Mission Beach

Cardwell is located halfway between Townsville and Cairns, enjoying an all year round Summer climate. Settled in 1864 makes Cardwell the first settlement north of Bowen and the only town in the world where two heritage listed areas adjoin. Cardwell prides itself on being a sought after fishing and boating destination with a state of the art Marina and public boat ramp. With only a short boat ride away from The Hinchinbrook Island - the largest island National Park in Australia, makes Cardwell the perfect gateway destination. With an array of waterfalls, National Parks, State Forests, crystal clear swimming holes and adventurous bush walking tracks, Cardwell is the ideal location to indulge in the assortment of leisurely activities.



Photos

Cardwell - Blencoe Falls
Cardwell - Blencoe Falls
Cardwell - Five Mile Swimming Hole
Cardwell - Five Mile Swimming Hole
Cardwell - Hinchinbrook Island
Cardwell - Hinchinbrook Island
Cardwell - Port Hinchinbrook
Cardwell - Port Hinchinbrook


Route Details

Distance:
70 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Mission Beach to Cairns

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A paradise of golden sandy beaches is what you will discover in Mission Beach. Being one of the few places in Australia where the World Heritage Wet Tropics rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef connect, visitors can lose themselves in its natural diversity. Relaxation is what Mission Beach knows best, with beachfront day spas or one of the many professional beauty salons. Finally it's on to Cairns - Nestled on the coast of Far North Queensland, the city is tucked between the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea and the lush rolling downs of the Atherton Tableland to the west. There is something here for every visitor to enjoy ... adrenaline-charged adventures like diving, white water rafting and bungy jumping or more gentle pursuits like birdwatching, hiking, gourmet restaurants or just sitting under a palm tree sipping a cocktail. Cairns offers visitors fabulous accommodation choices - everything from five star resorts to backpacker accommodation or camping grounds - along with temperate weather, sunny skies and sea breezes ... where else can you enjoy an international band one day and total isolation on a tropical island the next?



Photos

Mission Beach - Paronella Park
Mission Beach - Paronella Park
Cairns - Kuranda Skyrail
Cairns - Kuranda Skyrail
Cairns - Esplanade Lagoon Pool
Cairns - Esplanade Lagoon Pool
Cairns - Green Island
Cairns - Green Island


Route Details

Distance:
140 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest
  • Reef
    Reef
  • Shopping
    Shopping
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



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