Days 13 - 14: Rockhampton
Distance: 482km / 301 miles
Rockhampton is the heart of the Fitzroy Basin, Australia’s second-largest river system, and bordered by the Berserker Ranges. Known as the Beef City, Rockhampton is a modern throwback to the heydays of Queensland’s colonial past, offering all the cosmopolitan conveniences in a contemporary riverside setting.
Days 15 - 16: Hervey Bay
Distance: 382km / 239 miles
Visit Queensland’s whale hot spot where humpback whales stop to breed and nurse their young, see their playful antics on an optional whale watching tour. You’ll also visit Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world and only place on earth where rainforests grow on sand dunes. Fraser Island is also home to the purest strain of dingoes which can often be seen scavenging around the rainwater lake.
Days 17 - 18: Noosa
Distance: 186km / 116 miles
It takes just over 2 hours to drive to the stylish town of Noosa, so perfect timing for lunch at one of the many restaurants on Hastings Street, or perhaps get a takeaway and eat it with your toes in the sand! After lunch, you could take a stroll along the coastal track to the village of Sunshine Beach or visit Halse Lodge, a heritage-listed Queenslander house which is just off the main strip but still close to the beach.
Days 19 - 20: Byron Bay
Distance: 307km / 192 miles
Home to Australia’s most eastern point and the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse, the region is known for its spectacular beaches, unique shopping and dining experiences, world-class festivals, and vibrant community spirit.
Days 21 - 22: Coffs Harbour
Distance: 232km / 145 miles
The city of Coffs Harbour is at the heart of the spectacular Coffs Coast and not only offers some stunning beaches but also a marine sanctuary, whale watching and a great selection of bushwalking trails, however, it’s probably best known as being the home of the iconic Big Banana amusement park.