Bruce Highway, Glass House Mountains, Big Pineapple, Australia Zoo, Noosa, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Coolum. Self-Drive Tour with Hotels Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Gold Coast. Themes include: Queensland, Departs from Gold Coast, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Gold Coast. + Show more
3 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard hotel (luxury upgrades available)
Queensland Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary.
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DAY 1 Gold Coast to Sunshine Coast
Say goodbye to the 35 famous beaches of the Gold Coast, maybe choose the high road north via the Gold Coast Hinterland and the Tamborine Mountain, 45 km inland, before hitting the Tweed Valley Way, with vistas of sugar cane fields, verdant green hills and dales of the Tweed Valley en-route to Brisbane. Keeping to the Bruce Highway, see the Glass House Mountains rising in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, with Mount Beerwah 556m above sea level, then have your camera ready as you pass the unique Ettomogah Pub and see the famous “Big Pineapple”. There is plenty to explore en route to Maroochydore and Noosa and the splendid Sunshine Coast.
Fill your day today with so many unique things to do and so much to see; Perhaps choose to visit the quaint townships and villages of the high on the plateaux of the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland, maybe explore parts of Tamborine Mountain National Park, (cascading waterfalls, Curtis Falls, Witches Falls, Cameron Falls and Cedar Creek Falls and the fabled Tamborine Mountain, (breathtaking scenery and the mountain top communities, set in the rainforest, cottage industries, making fudge, chocolate and interesting crafts); Eagle Heights (perfect destination for home made-take-home treats and jams),spend time in North Tamborine (Tamborine Mountain Distillery, where local organically grown fruits are used to make liqueurs, schnapps and spirits), see Mount Tamborine, and head north, perhaps inspecting the famous Beenleigh Rum Distillery and by-passing Brisbane, then passing the Glass House Mountains rising in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, with Mount Beerwah 556m above sea level, have your camera ready as you pass the unique quaint/quirky Ettomogah Pub and see the famous “Big Pineapple”. There is plenty to explore en route to Maroochydore and Noosa on to the iconic Sunshine Coast ready for a full day tomorrow. Direct driving 200km (2.5 hour)
Overnight Sunshine Coast
DAY 2 Discover Sunshine Coast
Resting languidly on Laguna Bay with a chic cafe society and uber chic boutiques, year round swimming, horse-riding, boating, and relaxed resort style living besides the Noosa River and the Noosa National Park with surf beaches and protected coves surrounded by coastal scenery. Noosa and Coolum are renowned for the up market lifestyle enjoyed by the super-rich on the Sunshine Coast. Play some rounds on a splendid private golf course, fly over the waves on a surf kite, paddle a kayak, take camel safaris, experience wild dingos and the natural splendour of the Great Sandy National Park, the beaches, lakes and moving sand dunes on the world’s largest sand island - Fraser Island, with a 4WD tour or get above it all on a scenic flight. Along the coastal ribbon of the Sunshine Coast, pay homage to the late Steve Irwin, the world famous 'Crocodile Hunter' at the Australia Zoo or simply see and be seen on Hastings Street in Noosa. Families will love the sun, fun and beaches of Maroochydore, Coolum, Mooloolaba and Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, the Glass House Mountains rising in the west and the tastes and treasures of the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast in the mountain townships of Montville and Maleny. The Sunshine Coast is blessed with many Australian Surf Life Saving Clubs, so always swim on a patrolled beach, between the flags.
Upmarket Noosa (beaches, river, enjoy the good-life and the unique taste of Hastings Street), Coolum (beaches and the beautiful world class golf resort owned by Clive Palmer, Queensland’s famous richest man), Beerwah (Beerwah State Forests, the big mower, Australia Zoo), Bli Bli (wetlands and fairy castle), Buderim (Buderim Ginger Factory, Mini-theme park, Cane Train ride through forest), Caloundra, Coolum (beaches, world class golf and family fun), Flaxton (pretty mountain village, orchards, Devonshire teas, galleries, arts, crafts), Kawana and Kawana Waters (canoeing, kayaking, dragon boat racing outrigging), Kenilworth (Kenilworth State Forest) , Landsborough, Maleny, Mapleton, Maroochydore, Montville (Kondalilla National Park, subtropical rainforest, 90m tall Kondalilla Falls, lookouts), Mooloolaba (patrolled beach, Esplanade with al fresco cafes and boutiques, Mooloolaba Surf Club), Mudjimba, Nambour, Noosa (river, beaches, coastal paths, upmarket eateries and boutiques), Palmview (Aussie World, Ettamogah Pub), Yandina.
Overnight Sunshine Coast
DAY 3 Sunshine Coast - Gold Coast
Picking up the Bruce Highway, driving south past Brisbane and with much to explore en route from Noosa and Maroochydore, have your camera ready as you reach the quirky “Big Pineapple” and the unique Ettamogah Pub and rising in the west, in the hinterland, south of Beerwah, see the Glass House Mountains and Mount Beerwah 556m above sea level. Pass Beenleigh and on to the wonders of the Gold Coast and the hinterland of the Gold Coast with high plateau and happy villages waiting to welcome you, or choosing which of the world famous Gold Coast beaches to hit the surf be might be more your bag - the choice is yours to make!
Today you could play on some amazing beaches or play a round on an amazing Sunshine Coast golf course in Coolum, owned by the richest man in Queensland; Maybe take in the sights of the fertile region known as the Fruit Bowl of Queensland or visit Eumundi Markets (open Wednesdays and Saturdays, Australia's biggest art, crafts and produce markets in historical Eumundi town); or take the opportunity to indulge in a tour of the wineries. Maybe visit Blackall Range (mountain range behind Sunshine Coast, numerous lookouts toward coast), see the “Big Pineapple” (a pineapple standing 16m tall), Macadamia Nut Factory (ride in a Nut Mobile or a train around plantation and small animal farm), Bli Bli, Sunshine Castle, taste fresh Queensland honey at Superbee Honey Factory. Discover the Queensland Air Museum (large display of historic aircraft), Mooloolaba, Underwater World (marine mammal park, oceanarium and wildlife sanctuary), Buderim, Caloundra, Opals Down Under, the House of Herbs, The Big Kart Track, Elimbah, Caboolture Historical Village, Burpengary, Brighton, Alma Park Zoo, Strathpine and the iconic Australia Zoo. Perhaps visit the Rum Distillery at Beenleigh, Ormeau, Pimpama, Coomera, Oxenford, Sanctuary Cove, Helensvale, see breathtaking natural scenery or experience the man-made thrills at the theme parks, Dreamworld (Australia's largest theme park, The Giant Drop is the tallest free-fall in the world, Big Brother House and more), Sea World (the marine mammal park, oceanarium and theme park, promotes conservation of sea-life), Movie World, Wet'n'Wild, Water World, visit a casino or a National Park. Perhaps see Binna Burra and Green Mountain in Lamington National Park (the world's largest subtropical rainforest) or rise to great heights in the World Heritage listed Springbrook National Park (1000 meters above sea level, waterfalls and mountain scenery). Direct driving 200km (2.5 hour)
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