Brisbane to Hervey Bay: A self-drive itinerary
- Day 1 - Brisbane to Noosa via Sunshine Coast
- Day 2 - Noosa to Hervey Bay
- Day 3 - Hervey Bay to Brisbane
Brisbane to Noosa via Sunshine Coast
Driving Time: 2hrs Distance: 144km
Grab the keys to your Cosy Camper and hit the road north to the aptly named Sunshine Coast. Poke around charming towns like Maleny, Mapleton and Montville, hike to the top of Mt Coolum or stroll along the path between Golden Beach and Kawana past cliffs and historic sites.
Continue up the coast to Noosa, a chic resort town flanked by subtropical rainforests and brilliant blue waters. Take a cruise on the river or head straight to the beach before spending your evening experiencing Noosa’s sophisticated bars and restaurants.
Hike the rugged the Glasshouse Mountains.
Rub shoulders with Noosa’s elite on fashionable Hastings Street.
Noosa to Hervey Bay
Driving Time: 2hrs Distance: 159km
Wake up to the sounds of the surf before heading to Hervey Bay, the gateway to World Heritage–listed Fraser Island. Campervans aren’t allowed on Fraser Island, but there are plenty of options for a day tour. The island offers pristine rainforests, towering dunes and blissful freshwater lakes only metres from the ocean.
Back in town, you can have a late afternoon swim in the bay or enjoy a cold one in a laid-back beer garden.
- Explore Hervey Bay’s extensive beachfront esplanade
- Watch humpback whales frolic offshore
- Swim in Fraser Island’s freshwater lakes
- Admire the remarkable multi-coloured sands of the Pinnacles
- Cast a line from the foreshore – Hervey Bay has great fishing all year round
Explore Hervey Bay’s extensive beachfront esplanade.
Cast a line from the foreshore – Hervey Bay has great fishing all year round.
Swim in Fraser Island’s freshwater lakes.
Admire the remarkable multi-coloured sands of the Pinnacles.
Watch humpback whales frolic offshore.
Hervey Bay to Brisbane
Driving Time: 3hrs Distance: 289km
Grab a table at a local cafe for breakfast before starting the trip back to Brisbane. Birdwatchers will want to take a detour to Grongah National Park, whose wetlands are home to a diverse variety of waterbirds.
There’s plenty to do on your return journey via the Sunshine Coast – explore Caloundra’s coffee shops and golden beaches, taste artisan cheeses in Maleny or get close up with a croc at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. Crikey!