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Sunshine Coast Nature Discovery Package

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Discover the Brisbane highlights and cruise along the river before setting off on your road trip to the Sunshine Coast. Spend a relaxing day in the resort town of Noosa and soak up the relaxed vibes of this popular summer destination. One of Australia's most unique landscapes, K'gari (pronounced gah-ree), is right on your doorstep from Hervey Bay. Here you'll experience majestic remnants of ancient tall-growth rainforest, pristine waters and unique wildlife. Stop by the cool coastal town of Mooloolaba and visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo before returning to Brisbane to continue your Australian adventure.

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Self Drive Tour

This suggested tour costs from AUD$2,271 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Brisbane, finishes in Brisbane

6 days/5 nights


 Rental car included

 Viewed 7 times in the last 7 days

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Sunshine Coast Nature Discovery Package - 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.

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.

90 Minute Sight Seeing Cruise with River City Cruises

Cruising along the beautiful Brisbane River, sit back and relax as your skipper takes you along the calm waterways. Aboard the boat, you will get a complimentary Devonshire tea, with a tea or coffee to enjoy along the ride. Throughout your tour enjoy the sights of the city including the Riverside precincts, Kangaroo Point, homes of the rich and famous, historical landmarks, and much much more.

Your accommodation: The Manor Apartment Hotel

The Manor Apartment Hotel is a Heritage listed building with contemporary style hotel rooms as well as One and Two Bedroom Apartments overlooking Queen Street Mall, Post Office Square, Anzac Square and Cathedral Square.

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Sunshine Coast Nature Discovery Package - Day 2
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.

Collect your rental car from the Brisbane City depot

Head to the Brisbane CBD depot today to collect your chosen rental car, and continue your journey.

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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Play, Taste and Discover Bundle with The Ginger Factory

Experience it all! Enjoy a guided factory tour, take as many Overboard boat rides as you would like, watch the Bee Show and ride the Ginger Train all day. Hear the story of how ginger is grown, harvested and turned into a delicious range of Buderim Ginger products and finish the day with tasting all the different products The Ginger Factory has to offer. 

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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Sunshine Coast Nature Discovery Package - Day 3
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

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.

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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Sunshine Coast Nature Discovery Package - Day 4
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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Sunshine Coast Nature Discovery Package - Day 5
Hervey Bay to Mooloolaba

Today's drive is just over 200 km; take a leisurely approach, as it should take only a couple of hours. From Hervey Bay, drive south via Bruce Hwy towards Maryborough. This town has rich historical roots, which can be seen in its architecture. There are beautiful botanical gardens in Queen's Park, featuring lush lawns, flower beds, and beautiful tall trees. You can also visit Memorial Park and Museum or have a picnic in the park. After your stop, continue towards Gympie. The town is famous for its gold mining history. You can visit the Heritage Museum, which features artefacts from the gold era, or even experience the heritage rail ride with Mary Valley Rattler. After that, continue driving on M1 towards your destination, Mooloolaba. There are plenty of places to shop and dine along the beachfront esplanade, full of outdoor cafes, juice bars, alfresco restaurants, and fashion boutiques. If you're a fan of seafood, Mooloolaba is also one of the busiest seafood ports on the eastern seaboard. The wharf is a hive of daily activity, with trawlers bringing in freshly caught swordfish, Mooloolaba prawns, lobsters, and spanner crabs.

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.


Located in the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba is adorned for its white beaches and sparkling blue waters. During whale migration, Mooloolaba is a popular departure location for scenic humpback experiences. Visit Sea Life Sunshine Coast to get a closer look at the marine mammals that reside in the nearing Pacific Ocean including sharks, jellyfish, turtles, and seals. Cafes, restaurants, and shops dot the esplanade, satisfying the foodies and making for the perfect location to explore after a day spent on the sand.

Your accommodation: Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort

Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort is located in a coveted position along the famous "Sunshine Strip". Just footsteps from the sand and a short distance to Alexandra Headland's most popular attractions, this family-friendly resort is the perfect destination for your next Sunshine Coast beach getaway!

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 209 kms / 130 miles : 2.5 hours

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Sunshine Coast Nature Discovery Package - Day 6
Mooloolaba to Brisbane

Today's drive is about 100 km, but with the stops along the way, it might take you a couple of hours. From Mooloolaba, head south and follow the Sunshine Motorway. You will be 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. You'll also get a great view of the Glass House Mountains just after Beerwah, and there are plenty of opportunities here to get out and stretch your legs. Your destination, Brisbane, is the largest city and the capital of Queensland and has been built around the Brisbane River, which winds its way through the middle of the city.

Return your vehicle to Brisbane Airport

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

Farewell from Brisbane

Farewell Brisbane today. If there is more of Australia or New Zealand you would like to explore, talk to your sales consultant about planning your next stop!

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 67 kms / 41 miles : 0.8 hours

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