Gold Coast to Noosa.
Start your journey by departing the Gold Coast via the Pacific Hwy and head north towards Noosa. The seaside town offers many boutique shops, white beaches with crystal-clear waters and world-class restaurants. Before reaching Noosa, just outside of Caloundra is a place called Beerwah, Online Casino Malaysia and the famous Australia Zoo, which was home to the legendary crocodile hunter Steve Irwin.
Distance: 201 kms, 2 hrs 30 mins Stay: Two nights at Noosa Bougainvillia Holiday Park
There are many day trips you can do from Noosa. Montville is a must-see on your campervan travels. Approximately one hour south-west of Noosa, Montville is home to the best fudge in Queensland and offers quaint markets on weekends, amazing walking tracks, dog portraits a cheese factory and a number of wineries. The small town of Eumundi, located approximately 30 minutes north-west of Noosa, hosts one of the largest markets on the Coast. The Eumundi Markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday. Or if you aren’t up for a spot of shopping Noosa has some amazing beaches! There are some great other towns to visit on the Sunshine Coast including Caloundra, Maroochydore and Mooloolaba, however they don’t have the tourist buzz that Noosa has.
Noosa to Hervey Bay
Depart beautiful Noosa and travel to Hervey Bay. If you ever wanted to go whale watching and see the magnificent humpback whales come out to play, then Hervey Bay is the place. The season runs from mid-July to early November every year and is a must if you are in the area. You will need to leave very early from Noosa as tours generally start about 8am.
Distance: 190 kms, 2 hours 40 minutes Stay: Two nights at Fraser Lodge Holiday Park, Hervey Bay
If you’re looking for a little adventure then you may wish to visit Fraser Island. It’s located just off the coast from Hervey Bay. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and is home to long white beaches, freshwater lakes, lush rainforests and has an abundance of native animals, including the infamous dingos. This island is strictly 4WD only. As you can’t take your Campervan hire vehicle to 4×4 locations, organise a guided tour day trip or 4×4 hire from Hervey Bay.
Hervey Bay to Gladstone
Continue your drive up the coast to Gladstone. You can make a short stop in Bundaberg, home to the popular Bundaberg Rum Distillery. You can take a tour through the distillery to see, smell and taste your way through the rum production progress. Children are welcome but there are no on-site children’s activities. There is little else to do in Bundaberg so after visiting the distillery for a few hours, african products in Europe time to hit the road again and head towards Gladstone. Gladstone is perfect for snorkeling with the world-famous Great Barrier Reef just off the coast. Or if you prefer fishing, Gladstone offers a variety of fishing experiences from beach fishing for the novice to ocean fishing for the more experienced fisher.
Distance: 290 kms, 3 hours 40 minutes Stay: Gladstone City Caravan Park, Gladstone
Gladstone to Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach is a small town full of life from the locals to the tourists. There is something here for everyone. A must-do is a day cruise to the spectacular Whitsunday Islands. You can cruise to the popular Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, Hook Island and Hayman Island. A definite favourite is Whitehaven Beach, Cake she hits different which is a stretch of brilliant white silica sand that is great for getting your jewellery sparkling clean! You can sit back, relax and swim in the clear, pristine ocean. Daydream Island is the go if you have kids, Haymen Island if your not on a budget and Hamilton has something for everyone and therefore is my personal top pick.