See the world's biggest sand island and experience 4WDing along the Great Beach Drive, next to the highway that runs parallelly next to the shore. Head to the world's whale capital, Hervey Bay anytime between July and October and you might get lucky to swim with the giants. Then go to Tin Can Bay to feed wild dolphins and head to Rainbow Beach, where you can watch the sunset at Carlo Sandblow. If you have some extra time, scuba dive at Wolf Rock Dive.
Packed with shipwrecks from the old days, this sand paradise toned with many shades of white and turquoise is one of the top destinations in Australia, and for a good reason. Especially the crystal clear Lake McKenzie hidden in the midst of the island will secure a calm place to take refuge from busy towns by the coast. You can observe wild dingoes or dig for shellfish to spend your time leisurely.
For 4Wders the most appealing place to rally on will be Seventy-Five Mile Beach, the longesr beach in the world, where it's easy to feel like you're cruising on a sandy highway. Avoid it during long weekends and school holidays and stick to an early morning on a regular weekday, when you can can more likely call it your private playground.
Distance: 82,3 km Approx travel time: 3 hours 7 minutes
After Fraser Island, it is time to catch the ferry to Hervery Bay, where the epic whale watching is possible between July and November. You can jump on a whale-watching boat through various operating companies and spot the enormous humpback whales making their annual trip to north.
You can bike around, paddleboard or kayak in the waters of the bay or visit botanical gardens, galleries and theatres.
Distance: 39 km Approx travel time: 1 h 15 min
After the drive on Cooloola Coast Road all the way through Great Sandy National Park, finding solitary spots won't be much of a trouble. The majestic dunes and wide ocean with cliffs from where to admire the powerful waves, welcome you to continue your drive along the beach. Here you will be able to enjoy the advantages of the four wheel vehicle once more.
Continue to Wolf Rock Dive Site and Carlo Sand Blow. The first mentioned is considered to be one of the best diving spots of the country, whereas Carlo provides a dashing sunrise resembling an Arabic desert. In the day time you might also want to engage in some of the extreme sports that Rainbow Beach is so ideal for. Do not forget to take your camera with you!
Distance: 102 km Approx travel time: 1 h 14 min
Drive through Tuan State Forest to Tin Can Bay. You can stop at Maryborough, where Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary allows you to feed and interact with very friendly and approachable kangaroos for as long as you please.
Tin Can Bay itself is known for the wild Australian humpback dolphins, who are used to be hand fed by humans and tend to return to the Norman Point boat ramp all over again, hungry and sociable. In September the town hosts a Seafood festival - a perfect opportunity to enjoy the fresh yield of the coast.