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Explore the best of Northern Queensland

Are you ready to embark on an adventure that promises breathtaking landscapes, coastal gems and endless sunshine? During the Aussie winter months Northern Queensland is the ultimate destination with amazing beaches, lush rainforests and unique wildlife. It's the perfect drive for those who follow the sun and the fact that the winter months are Queensland's dry season makes it even better!

Join us on a sun-chasing campervan road trip through this tropical paradise and live your sunny van life dreams all the way from Brisbane to Cairns.

Title Image: Tourism and Events Queensland/Jason Charles Hill

Day 1: Brisbane to Noosa Heads

Begin your adventure in the bustling city of Brisbane, where you'll pick up your campervan and hit the road north towards Noosa. Along the way, take in the scenic views of the Sunshine Coast, stopping at charming seaside towns and pristine beaches. If you have time, stop at the iconic Glass House Mountains, park up the campervan and go for a sunset hike. In Noosa, unwind with a leisurely stroll along the iconic Hastings Street, explore the National Park or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of Noosa Main Beach.

Budget Tip for seafood lovers: some of the restaurants in Noosa will do $1 Oysters happy hours!

Surfing at Winch Cove, Noosa National Park, QLDPhoto: Tourism Australia

Day 2: Noosa Heads to Rainbow Beach

Continue your northward road trip with a short drive to Rainbow Beach, a coastal town known for its stunning natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere. Spend your day exploring the colorful sands of Rainbow Beach and taking in panoramic views from the Carlo Sand Blow. If you're a surfer you might even be able to catch some great waves!

Day 3: Rainbow Beach to Agnes Water

For the early birds, head to Tin Can Bay by 8am for the dolphin feeding. As you leave Rainbow Beach behind, the coastal road unfolds before you, offering glimpses of turquoise waters and lush hinterlands. Along the way, make sure to stop at the quaint town of 1770, named after Captain Cook's historic landing and the only town named after a number in Australia. That's the beauty of campervan road trips, just stop along the way to explore little towns!

Continuing your van road trip northward, you'll soon reach Agnes Water, a hidden gem nestled along the Discovery Coast. This charming seaside town is known for its stunning beaches, excellent surf and vibrant local culture. Spend the rest of the day soaking up the sun on the golden sands of Agnes Water Beach, simply relax and unwind from the drive.

Surfer Tip: This is the last spot to go surfing on your campervan road trip up North, make sure you catch some waves!

Bustard Head Lookout, Town of 1770, QLDPhoto: Tourism Australia

Day 4: Agnes Water to Yeppoon

It's time to make up some kilometres today, but that's what campervan road trips are all about! Everyone is eager to get to Airlie Beach, but it is worth it to break up the long drive and add a pit stop in Yeppoon for the night. Relax, you're on a holiday!

This waterside town has plenty to offer and is a popular campervan stop. Stretch those legs and take a stroll to look at the collection of street art decorating this town. If you've had enough of camping cooking and you have some extra dollars, indulge in one of the many restaurants and bars.

Travel tip: See if the Rodeo is on in Rockhampton. It is definitely worth spending the night for it and soaking up some true Ozzie outback culture.

Yeppoon Art Scene, QLDPhoto: Tourism Australia

Day 5-6: Yeppoon to Airlie Beach

Next stop is the popular town of Airlie Beach, the gateway to the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands. Spend your days soaking up the sun on the amazing beaches, snorkeling among vibrant coral reefs and sailing across the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays. Make sure to visit Whitehaven Beach and the Inlet Lookout for the perfect Insta shots. For the ultimate adventure, consider booking a scenic flight over the iconic Heart Reef or diving beneath the waves to explore the vibrant marine life of the Great Barrier Reef.

Airlie Beach also offers a vibrant nightlife scene, if you have time to stay another night you don't have to worry about the hangover. Spend the extra day recovering on a beach and you'll be fresh for the rest of your campervan road trip the next day!

Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLDPhoto: Tourism Australia © Qualia Resort, Ken Butti

Day 7-8: Mission Beach & Cairns

Continue your tropical journey to Mission Beach, a tranquil coastal town nestled between lush rainforest and sunny beaches. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the elusive & prehistoric Cassowary birds that call this region home.

Secret Tip for wildlife lovers: Stop at Etty Bay for the night and you're almost guaranteed to see a Cassowary. It's just off the highway in between Mission Beach & Cairns and it has a cute camping spot to park up your campervan village rental.

Cassowary prehistoric bird, Etty Bay, QLDPhoto: Tourism Australia

Your final destination is Cairns, where you'll discover a vibrant city nestled between the rainforest and the reef. Spend your days exploring the lively Esplanade precinct, indulging in fresh seafood at the local markets, or embarking on an unforgettable adventure to the Great Barrier Reef. Don't miss the opportunity to take a scenic drive along the Captain Cook Highway, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Coral Sea and lush rainforest-clad mountains.

One of Australia's most iconic road trips!

From the pristine beaches of Noosa Heads to the vibrant coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, each destination offers its own unique charm and unforgettable experiences. So pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime!

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