From World Heritage–listed tropical rainforests, to award-winning beaches and islands, the Pacific Coast Way is Queensland’s ultimate seven-day road trip.
Gold Coast to Brisbane
Boasting 70 kilometres of pristine coastline, be sure to take advantage and spend a day (or two!) relaxing on one of the Gold Coast’s spectacular beaches. If you’re looking to stretch your legs and take in some beautiful scenery, take a walk along the peaceful Tallebudgera Creek, where a 1.5-kilometre track weaves through mangrove forests and myriad bird species are on display for keen birdwatchers.
The Sunshine Coast
The next stop along this epic adventure drive is the Sunshine Coast, located 105 kilometres north of Brisbane. Known for its popular surfing spots and rural hinterlands, the Sunshine Coast is a spectacular part of the Pacific Coast Way. Be sure to visit the Glass House Mountains; with its stunning 11 peaks, there’s a lot on offer in its surrounding areas, including the Blackall Range Tourist Drive.
Located in the Shire of Livingstone, Yeppoon is renowned for its tropical climate and beaches. Right on Main Beach, Yeppoon Lagoon is not only fun to say, but it also provides a free luxury resort–style infinity pool experience! Wade through the still water and relax with island views all around.
With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, the second-last stop on this epic road trip is Townsville. While the city itself is worthy of exploration, one of its biggest drawcards is its proximity to Magnetic Island, which is just a 20-minute ferry ride away. Head to Magnetic Island to soak up the beautiful beaches and rolling landscape.
Cairns (and the Great Barrier Reef)
Located on the east coast of Far North Queensland, Cairns is considered the gateway to the Tropical North, and is the home of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
To read more about the Pacific Coast Way, check out the Autumn 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!
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