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Brisbane Return via the Outback
14 to 16 days
The complete Queensland experience! Beautiful hinterland, the big skies of the outback, the Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands and Fraser Island. The ultimate Queensland Tour!

Brisbane to Cairns
8 to 11 days
The perfect Winter tour. Gorgeous coastline, Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands & rainforest all with great driving.

Brisbane to Melbourne
14 days
Brisbane to Sydney and Sydney to Melbourne - the best biking route in Australia. Alpine mountains, vineyards, rainforest and a finale on the Great Ocean Road - stunning.

Brisbane to Sydney
6 days
Incredible high country scenery, twisting roads, vineyards and beautiful coastline on one of the best short routes in Australia.
Brisbane Return via the Outback and Cairns
Brisbane Return via the Outback & Cairns

An incredible tour combining the best of the Queensland outback, the coast, the inland mountains, rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Two optional days will have you visiting the Whitsundays and Fraser Island. Something to suit every taste!

14 to 16 day tour (Up to 2 optional days for excursions)

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Winter is a perfect time of year for this tour. Warm sunny days without the humidity of Summer make it a great time to visit. There's a huge amount to see on this trip. You can either drive each day or leave a few days spare to see some of the highlights such as Fraser Island, the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef that can only be seen via a separate excursion.

From the start point on the Sunshine Coast there's great roads and scenery both along the coast and through the beautiful hinterland.

You'll move west to the mountain city of Toowoomba clinging to the escarpment. From here your outback adventure begins! Prepare yourself for a few long days as you'll average around 600km a day. The amazing outback scenery, friendly people, country towns and leisurely cruising along sweeping open roads make up for it though! You'll stay in the hotel where Waltzing Matilda was first performed before driving back towards the coast for an overnight stop at Townsville.

Next, you'll head north to Port Douglas where the Great Barrier Reef is within easy reach via a short boat trip. You'll have a day spare in Port Douglas to visit the reef if you wish.

After a day exploring Cape Tribulation and Atherton Tablelands you'll head south along the coast again. At Airlie Beach there is the option to extend the tour by a day and visit the spectacular Whitsunday Islands. Further south you can search for the elusive platypus in Eungella National Park and have some informative walks in the forest with the rangers.

Continuing south to the lovely coastal town of Rainbow Beach there's the option to extend the tour and take a 4WD tour of the spectacular Fraser Island.

In summary, an amazing tour with great roads, fantastic scenery, rainforests, superb coastlines and friendly small towns in which to spend your evenings! Read more details below...

Sunshine Coast - this area has one of the most spectacular hinterlands in the country with rainforests, waterfalls, pineapple plantations and the beautiful Glass House Mountains.

You'll rise up the escarpment to the Great Dividing Range and visit the quaint hill top villages around Maleny beofre continuing south towards the Glass House Mountains. If you are quick you can also squeeze in the late Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. The Sunshine Coast also has a lovely coastline and upmarket coastal resorts. Added to the hinterland it makes for a great first day on the tour.

Toowoomba - A picturesque mountain city clinging to the edge of the Great Dividing Range escarpment at an altitude of seven hundred meters above sea-level, the city has breathtaking views of Table Top Mountain and the Lockyer Valley region across the east. Known as Queensland's Garden City it is a great place to spend the evening after your first day's drive.

Roma and the Outback Loop - If you enjoy the odd longer day on the road, laid back cruising and the beer cold at the end of the day, you'll love this section of the tour. Some 600km days await but the outback scenery, friendly locals and atmospheric small towns make the distance melt. Your tour takes you past Queensland's oldest winery (est 1863) and the Big Rig, a museum of oil and gas exploration. There's also the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame & Outback Heritage Centre, the founding place of Qantas Airways at Qantas Founders Outback Museum and the Waltzing Matilda Centre, a museum dedicated to the famous song. You'll even stay in the historic hotel where the song was first performed. You'll pass by lovely Carnarvon Gorge National Park on the way - who said there was nothing to do in the Outback!?

Port Douglas - a beautiful small tropical town with great restaurants and bars. It's the nearest port to the Great Barrier Reef and so a popular optional excursion is to take a fast boat out to the reef to snorkel for the day (+AU$170 approx per person). An unforgettable experience.

Milla Milla Falls - they don't get more picturesque than that! Atherton Tablelands - superb rolling green scenery with some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Australia on the Waterfall Circuit. Visit the 500 year old Curtain Fig Tree and enjoy the roads in this undulating region of rainforest and farming.

Daintree Rainforest - the oldest rainforest on earth! An Information Centre takes you on a tour of the densely tangled forest via boardwalks and a tower that allows you to get deep into the canopy and find out all about the birds, plant, animal and insect life at each level of the jungle. The small, tightly twisting roads are good fun, but take your time and enjoy the views.

Cape Tribulation - the coconut lined beach here backs straight on to the rainforest. There aren't many places on earth you can sit and listen to bird and insect sounds of the rainforest whilst taking a picnic on the beach! Captain Cook beached his damaged ship The Endeavour here to make repairs and hence the name 'Cape Tribulation'.

 



The beautiful setting at Cape Tribulation

Eungella NP - walk the rainforest in search of the famous Platypus. There are some lovely walking trails through this area and the Rangers are on hand to help you discover more about the original aboriginal inhabitants, bush tucker and the flora and fauna of the forest.

Whitehaven Beach - just stunningWhitsunday Islands - this is a beautiful series of paradise islands just off of the atmospheric coastal town of Airlie Beach.

Many people stay for a second optional night and take a cruise around some of the most perfect coral islands in the world (+AU$140 approx per person). Visit the stunning Whitehaven Beach and snorkel in protected bays over teaming coral gardens. In the evenings enjoy the lively pubs and restaurants of the town centre.

Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island - Rainbow Beach is a lovely small coastal 'town' next to the rainbow coloured sands of the beach but it is best known as a gateway to the spectacular Fraser Island. Add an extra day to the tour, stay two nights and take a 4WD tour to the largest sand island in the world (around +AU$159 per person). Many people consider this one of the highlights of their trip as you take the eastern beach (the 'main road'!) north to rainforests, crystal clear freshwater lakes, shipwrecks on the beach and huge sand dunes. Take a flight over the island as an option for about AU$70. You'll take off and land on the beach and it's a great experience for the relatively low cost.

Lake MacKenzie on Fraser Island