Brisbane <> Cairns


Experience one of Australia's biggest attractions - from the magnificent World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef to a paradise of 74 pristine Islands and the oldest, still living rainforest in the world.
On this epic 2300 km journey you will explore and encounter nature in it's pure beauty, feed wild living dolphins in Tin Can Bay, 4WD drive the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, see turtels at Mon Repos, near Bundaberg. Park your Camper in Airlie Beach and jump on a sailing adventure at the gateway to the Whitsundays and one of the world's top rated beaches, Whitehaven Beach. The crystal clear waters around the islands let you dive in and snorkel, to encounter anything from little clown-fishes up to humpback whales in whale season. Further north you can explore Magnetic Island before you reach the stunning Cape Tribulation, there the rainforest meets the Reef! On the end of this epic journey relax on one of the several day trips for a last dive and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.
Day 1 - Brisbane to Noosa

After the pickup of your new adventure home on wheels, give yourself some time to get familiar with the vehicle before
leaving the depot. Leave Brisbane and head direction north to the Sunshine Coast on the Bruce Highway.
You will pass several small beach communities, like Coolum Beach if you chose to use the seaside roads.
You can stop at the famous Australia Zoo just outside of Caloundra, which used to be home to the legendary
crocodile hunter Steve Irwin.

Distance: 145 km, 2 hours

Stay: Noosa Bougainvillia Holiday Park or the YHA Hostel provides campervan parking

Day 2 - Noosa

With a laidback vibe this sub-tropical paradise invites for a stroll in Hastings Street with elegant boutiques,
bistros and beachfront apartments. If you want more than just shopping head out into the beautiful National Parks,
hire a kayak and explore the Everglades or just grab a surfboard and head to the beautiful beaches.

Day 3 - Noosa to Rainbow Beach

On the way to Rainbow Beach take a quick 40 km detour to Tin Can Bay, a small settlement with an attraction
hardly known to tourists. Stop at the little cafe at the ocean, order a cappuccino or a cup of tea and a bucket of fish.
That's right, it is one of the few places where you actually can feed wild living dolphins while you enjoy your breakfast.
When you arrive in Rainbow Beach, it seems like there is not much, but it is one of the places to start your awesome
4WD drive adventure on the world's largest sand island: Fraser Island.

Distance: 138 km, 2 hours

Stay: Rainbow Beach Holiday Village, Fraser's on Rainbow, Dingos

Day 4 - Fraser Adventure

Several tour operators use Rainbow Beach as start and finish point for their tours for a simple reason, it is just a stone throw away.
You can chose between guided 1 day tours or a full on self drive adventure up to 3 days. Just please, don't try to use your camper...
You want to know more about some of the Fraser Island tour options? No problem just ask us!

Day 5 - Fraser to Agnes Water/ Town of 1770

Enjoy the cruise towards the next destination: Agnes Water/ Town of 1770. On the way you can stop at several places
like Hervey Bay and Bundaberg. Hervey Bay is one of the other places to head on to Fraser Islands and in whale season,
from late July to November, several whale watching tours depart from this little town.
On your journey you will pass Bundaberg, famous for its rum distillery, and Mon Repos. Mon Repos Conservation Park
is the largest loggerhead turtle rookery in the South Pacific and the turtles come ashore from November to March.

Distance: 362 km, 5 hours

Stay: 1770 Camping Ground

Day 6 - Agnes Water/ Town of 1770

This 2 settlement township got his name from Capt. James Cook, which set foot on this beautiful beach in 1770.
After you settle down in this laidback, sleepy town you easily can understand why he came here in the first place.
If you never tried surfing before, this is the last spot on your way north to give it a go. Further north the Great Barrier Reef
stops the swell and there are no more options to get the surfboard pictures for your facebook album.
In the afternoon we recommend to join the only biker gang left in Queensland and to ride your own mini 'Harley' style chopper.
Got interested in the activities of this hidden paradise? Just ask us!

Day 6 - Agnes Water/ Town of 1770 to Airlie Beach

After the relaxing day(s) start your engine and head to Airlie Beach.
On this 700 km stretch you find a lot of places to stop, relax and brake up the long ride. If you are interested in some
beautiful, untouched nature we can recommend to stop at Emu Park, north of Gladstone.
Another good option is the Eungella National Park, just north-west of Mackay. Bushwalking is great at Eungella,
with more than 20 kilometres of walking tracks, scenic lookouts and interesting plants and animals.
From the viewing platform at Broken River visitors often see platypus diving to feed.

Distance: 707 km, 8.5 hours

Stay: Nomads Camper Ground, BIG4 Airlie Cove Resort

Day 7 - Airlie Beach

The Whitsundays region is famous for its beautiful islands and the Great Barrier Reef around the globe.
With one of the top rated beaches, the stunning Whitehaven Beach and the beauty of the world's largest coral reef,
the Whitsundays are the perfect spot to park your campervan and step on one of the several sailing adventures!
Several tour operators provide sailing trips for every taste, from a fast packed 1 day rafting tour to a 3 day sailing and
diving trip around the pristine islands. If you made it all around the globe to this truly magnificent paradise we highly
recommend a overnight sailing tour to experience an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.
You want to set sail and get your scuba gear on? Just ask us!

Day 8 - Airlie Beach to Mission Beach

After shacking of the sea-legs, set off to Mission Beach. The journey will bring you pass Ayr, one of the best spots to
put your scuba dive gear back on and explore one of the top shipwreck dives around the globe, the S.S. Yongala.

Distance: 515 km, 6 hours

Stay: Mission Beach Caravan Park

Day 9 - Mission Beach

Mission Beach is a relaxed beachfront town with more than 14 km of magnificent golden sandy beaches.
Here two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest form a natural environment
like nowhere else on earth. Mission Beach offers a range of activities from extreme adventures, like white water rafting
and skydiving to an indulgent tropical escape on the beach and the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 10 - Mission Beach to Cape Tribulation

If you brought some time for your adventure trip we recommend to turn off the highway at Innisfall and to drive around
Cairns through the Atherton Tablelands. The winding roads in these highlands passing the spectacular
Josephine and Dinner Falls, the Crawfords Lookout, a platypus viewing platform and the refreshing lake Eacham.

Distance: 320 km, 5 hours

Stay: Cape Tribulation Camping Ground

Day 11 - Cape Tribulation

From the moment you arrive in this breathtaking paradise you will feel the magic, to be in the oldest living rainforest
in the world and to spot the Great Barrier Reef from underneath the forest canopy. Enjoy a river cruise on the Daintree River
and spot the resident crocodiles that inhabit the area. Hike along the rainforest walk to the stunning views of the Alexandra Lookout
and meet the indigenous locals at Mossman George. The fascinating beauty of the thick, untouched rainforest and the sandy,
white beaches invites you to yet another memorable evening with your travel mates and a BBQ in your home on wheels.

Day 11 - Cape Tribulation to Cairns

Spend a leisurely day driving down the cost on the last stretch to the finishing line in Cairns. Take in the views of more
stunning beaches, beautiful Rainforest and Port Douglas. Your epic journey ends in the relaxed tourist town Cairns.
The gateway to Queensland’s tropical north, Cairns is a stylish city, which is also renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate
and laid back ambience. With islands and reefs on its doorstep, from Cairns you can swim, snorkel, dive and sail
the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. For more information about snorkel and dive trips in Cairns just ask us!

Distance: 140 km, 2.5 hours

Stay: Cairns Holiday Park

Allow yourself extra days for the Fraser Island and Whitsunday Islands tours and extra days of rest.
For this journey we recommend a 20 day campervan hire, to enjoy the journey and to give yourself extra time.

Enjoy the ride, stay safe and remember: DO IT YOUR WAY!

Your Camperjourney.com Team.

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