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Explore the Sunshine Coast Tour

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Australia is home to some of the most unique landscapes in the world, including the famous K'gari (pronounced gah-ree). Experience its white-sand beaches including Lake Mckenzie, incredible blue waters, Lake Wabby, Champagne Pools, Maheno Shipwreck, and see rainforests growing on sand dunes. Explore the Brisbane city sights, and enjoy the scenic drive through the Glass Mountains on your return from the Sunshine Coast.

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Self Drive Tour

This suggested tour costs from AUD$2,290 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Brisbane, finishes in Brisbane

7 days/6 nights

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 Rental car included

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Explore the Sunshine Coast Tour - Day 1
Private transfer Brisbane Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver and delivered to your Brisbane accommodation.

Arrive into Brisbane

Brisbane is the third-largest city in Australia and is the capital of Queensland, the "Sunshine State". It is set along the Brisbane River and was the traditional home to the Jagera and Turrbal Aboriginal mobs before Europeans founded a convict colony in what is now the central business district in 1824.
Modern-day Brisbane is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia and has a rich, culturally diverse population. There is no shortage of attractions to visit and explore. Across the river from the CBD, South Bank is home to the city's Cultural Centre with world-class galleries and entertainment. Just an hour from the city, discover Brisbane’s stunning natural surrounds including the Scenic Rim and Somerset World Heritage rainforests, lookouts and majestic mountain peaks, while Moreton Island and Redlands Coast offer pristine waters, wildlife experiences, diving and snorkelling.

Twilight Climb with Story Bridge Adventure

Experience Brisbane like no other than climbing the Story Bridge during twilight. As the sun begins its descent, the sky is painted with vibrant colors, the city lights are sparkling and the city is beginning to undertake the transition from day to night. As you reach the summit you will be greeted with stunning views of the CBD, as you are climbing around, your guide will provide knowledgeable information about the bridge and the surroundings.

Your accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Immerse yourself in this grand historic building suitably in the center of Brisbane. The Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane is heritage-listed and artfully restored with a classic yet contemporary design. Located on George Street, the ground floor lobby space celebrates the building’s Art Deco origins. A stone’s throw from Queen Street Mall and Queen’s Wharf, or a brief stroll will find you in amongst buzzing Southbank’s cool bars, restaurants and parklands. The building has a wonderful and rich history. Initially built to accommodate the Queensland Government Savings Bank, it opened in 1922.

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Explore the Sunshine Coast Tour - Day 2
Explore Brisbane

Brisbane is a hub of activities and attractions. With its unique blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty, Brisbane offers something for everybody. Starting the day early, one could begin by exploring the South Bank Parklands, a sprawling riverside precinct filled with lush gardens, walking paths, and stunning views of the city skyline. Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Brisbane River, visit the iconic Wheel of Brisbane for a panoramic view, or enjoy a relaxing breakfast at one of the charming riverside cafes. Next, consider delving into the cultural scene by visiting the Queensland Cultural Centre, which houses the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Art enthusiasts can immerse themselves in a diverse range of local and international artworks, while history buffs can explore the Queensland Museum or the Museum of Brisbane. For a taste of the city's history, a visit to the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park is a must. The Story Bridge Adventure Climb offers breathtaking views of the city from its summit, and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs provide a perfect spot for picnics. Afterwards, make your way to the vibrant Fortitude Valley, known for its trendy boutiques, bustling markets, and eclectic mix of cafes and restaurants. Explore the Brunswick Street Mall, discover unique fashion finds, and indulge in a delicious lunch at one of the local eateries. To complete the day, a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is highly recommended. As the world's oldest and largest koala sanctuary, visitors can cuddle koalas, hand-feed kangaroos, and get up close to a variety of Australian wildlife.

Brisbane Street's Beach - suggestion

A South Bank icon, Streets Beach is a must-visit while you’re in Brisbane. It is Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach, and it boasts a sparkling lagoon surrounded by white, sandy beaches and sub-tropical plants. It is the perfect antidote to the corporate bustle of the CBD across the river. Streets Beach, with its pristine powder white sand, lifeguards, and permanent huddle of sun-kissed bathers, offers a great spot to cool down and escape the heat. South Bank is also home to a host of free-to-use, public barbeque spots, so why not plan a full day out and make the most of what's on offer in the city's parklands? Streets Beach, Aquativity, and the Boat Pool are free to use and are patrolled by qualified lifeguards all year round.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Full Day Tamborine Mountain Wine Tour with The Vino Bus - Lunch Included

Jump on board your mini-bus and begin the wine adventure as you travel through the picturesque landscapes of the mountains and the rainforest. Depending on the weather there may also be an opportunity for a scenic stop, perfect for that group photo on tour. Throughout your journey, your knowledgeable guide will tour you around 3 award-winning wineries and the Tamborine Mountain Distillery. At each inclusive tasting your guide will provide informative details about the wines and vineyard production techniques. During the day you will also get to enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch and plenty of snacks and water to keep you going.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Greater Brisbane Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight with Floating Images

Picture yourself tucked into a big wicker basket, the heat of flames occasionally dancing above and a gentle breeze taking you on a sky-high adventure. Admire breathtaking views as night turns to day and a patchwork landscape gently unfolds before your eyes. Spend a morning drifting majestically and effortlessly over the stunning South-East Queensland countryside in a small balloon. The views, feeling of weightlessness, and freedom make this unique experience one that will never be forgotten.

Your accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Immerse yourself in this grand historic building suitably in the center of Brisbane. The Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane is heritage-listed and artfully restored with a classic yet contemporary design. Located on George Street, the ground floor lobby space celebrates the building’s Art Deco origins. A stone’s throw from Queen Street Mall and Queen’s Wharf, or a brief stroll will find you in amongst buzzing Southbank’s cool bars, restaurants and parklands. The building has a wonderful and rich history. Initially built to accommodate the Queensland Government Savings Bank, it opened in 1922.

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Explore the Sunshine Coast Tour - Day 3
Choose your style of rental vehicle

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. From economy hatchbacks to SUVs, we can help you decide on a car suitable for this leg of your trip. Insurance can often be included with a small excess or deductible.

Brisbane to Noosa

Head north out of Brisbane and through the Glass House Mountains. Passing through Beerburrum State Forest you can take a detour to Beerwah, home of Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo, where you can see over one hundred different species including crocodiles, Tasmanian devils, koalas, wombats and dingoes.
Continuing north through the Sunshine Coast, you will turn towards the coast at Eumundi - if you are driving through on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, stop in at the Eumundi markets for local food, arts and crafts.
From Eumundi, it's just 25 minutes to your destination, the beautiful coastal town of Noosa.

Serenity Cruise with Habitat Noosa

Explore deep into the tranquil waters of Australia's only everglades in the Noosa River system, within the sand dunes of the Cooloola National Park. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this diverse ecosystem which showcases ancient landscapes and spectacular photo opportunities. The cruise will take you on a journey through the southern end of the everglades system whilst your guides provide expert commentary on the fauna, flora and rich history of the region. Throughout the afternoon you will also get to enjoy a glass of beer or bubbles whilst gliding through the reflective waterways as the sun begins to set.

Your accommodation: Rimini Holiday Apartments Noosaville

This intimate and friendly resort is tucked on a quiet street just 50 metres from the pristine sands and turquoise waters of the beautiful Noosa River. The central location means you’re only moments away from cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and convenience stores. Self-contained apartments offer kitchen and laundry facilities, as well as private balconies.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 122 kms / 76 miles : 1.5 hours

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Explore the Sunshine Coast Tour - Day 4
Noosa to Hervey Bay

Begin the journey by travelling towards Eumundi, famous for its markets which operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. From here, you will head North West on a ride through Queensland inland. First stop could be Gympie, the small town known for its gold field. Here you will find a number of historic buildings and the vintage Mary Valley Rattler Train to explore the area. Continue through towards the Fraser Coast and make another stop in Maryborough. The Longtime Botanic Garden by the river with its flower beds and grassy laws is a perfect place to have a snack or if time allows you can head towards the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary before heading to the coast and Hervey Bay. Your final stop is a perfect place for whale watching and boating, but also the perfect gateway to the "well worth a visit"-Island K'gari.

Explore Hervey Bay - Free Day

Hervey Bay is the world's first "World Whale Heritage Site" – a recognition awarded for the region’s commitment to conservation and protection. Here, you can witness migratory humpback whales playfully salute with their flippers and nurture their young calves in the calm protected waters from July to October every year. Expect up-close natural encounters and look these gentle giants straight in the eye from the platform of a whale watching tour boat, or while snorkelling. 
The town also serves as the gateway to K'gari / Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, and if you're willing to venture a little further, you can take a day trip to Lady Elliot Island, a true coral cay island located on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Half Day Whale Watching Encounter with Tasman Venture

Offered from July to October each year, you can enjoy a tranquil cruise through the Great Sandy Strait, along the remote pristine western side of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island to Australia’s ultimate humpback whale playground. Be on the lookout for Humpback whales and experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with these majestic creatures as they frolic in the calm, clear waters off Fraser Island.  Immerse yourself with these gentle giants from the purpose designed vessel’s large decks, including the famous water level viewing platform and underwater viewing windows.

Your accommodation: Ramada Encore by Wyndham Whale Cove Hervey Bay

The hotel provides family-friendly apartment- style accommodation and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and a lagoon pool with a heated spa. It has a great location, just 300 meters from the Urangan beach and Marina, where you will find a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and shops.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 185 kms / 115 miles : 2.3 hours

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Explore the Sunshine Coast Tour - Day 5
K'gari (Fraser Island) Explorer Day Trip with K'gari Explorer Tours - Lunch Included

Led by an experienced local guide, you’ll see the island’s iconic sights on a curated itinerary of highlights. You'll be transported on a custom designed 4WD bus, which is airconditioned for your comfort and fitted with panoramic windows.
Highlights include Lake McKenzie, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a revitalising swim in the crystal clear blue waters and relax on the picture-perfect sandy white beaches. You'll also visit 75 Mile Beach, driving along this golden beach highway, you may spot birds of prey flying above or humpback whales as they migrate past (between July – November). Enjoy a photo stop at the rusting wreck of the Maheno Shipwreck, washed ashore during an out-of-season cyclone in 1935 – it’s one of Fraser Island’s most recognisable sites. Drive along Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

Your accommodation: Ramada Encore by Wyndham Whale Cove Hervey Bay

The hotel provides family-friendly apartment- style accommodation and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and a lagoon pool with a heated spa. It has a great location, just 300 meters from the Urangan beach and Marina, where you will find a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Meals included: Lunch

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Explore the Sunshine Coast Tour - Day 6
Hervey Bay to Brisbane via the Glass House Mountains

Head south on the Bruce Highway passing through Maryborough and Gympie as you head towards the Glass House Mountains. Stop in at the Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre to learn about the history of the 11 ranges of the Glass House Mountains, and maybe even find some inspiration for a short walk or longer hike on your way back to Brisbane.
Once you're done exploring the Glass House Mountains, jump onto the Bruce Highway and follow it all the way to Brisbane.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - One Day Admission Pass for Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo, one hour north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, was made famous by the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. The 110-acre zoo is the most interactive conservation destination on the planet where you can get up close to animals including koalas, wombats, and kangaroos! Watch a saltwater crocodile strike from the water’s edge in the daily Wildlife Warriors show, and explore the world’s busiest Wildlife Hospital, where you can watch vets saving endangered Australian animals.

Your accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Immerse yourself in this grand historic building suitably in the center of Brisbane. The Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane is heritage-listed and artfully restored with a classic yet contemporary design. Located on George Street, the ground floor lobby space celebrates the building’s Art Deco origins. A stone’s throw from Queen Street Mall and Queen’s Wharf, or a brief stroll will find you in amongst buzzing Southbank’s cool bars, restaurants and parklands. The building has a wonderful and rich history. Initially built to accommodate the Queensland Government Savings Bank, it opened in 1922.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 286 kms / 178 miles : 3.6 hours

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Explore the Sunshine Coast Tour - Day 7
Return your vehicle to Brisbane Airport

Explore more of Brisbane before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

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