A caravanning or camping road trip from the Sunshine Coast to the Fraser Coast will encompass world-class beaches, stunning rural hinterland, abundant wildlife and unmatched natural beauty. You could spend a week in this part of southern Queensland or a lifetime!
About an hour north of Brisbane, it’s worth touring through the Glasshouse Mountains and perhaps even taking the 55-kilometre Blackall Range Tourist Drive, one of the most scenic drives in Australia offering views all the way back to the coast. Don’t miss the quaint and unique village of Montville, first settled in 1887, with its myriad art galleries, pottery studios, craft cottages, and gift and antique shops.
Heading north, the coast road out of Mooloolaba will take you through the little town of Coolum. Coolum’s claim to fame is Mount Coolum – the second largest rock in the world! It’s only a short hike to the top for the 360-degree views, but it’s very steep, so you’ll want to be fit to try it. Coolum is also a golfing mecca if that’s more your pace.
Tin Can Bay
From Noosa you’ll head back out to the highway, so aim for Eumundi. The Original Eumundi Markets is a must-see for original artworks, sculptures, furniture, handmade toys, homewares, skincare, fashion and jewellery. Foodies won’t be disappointed either, with a vast range of fresh produce and heaps of tantalising food stalls.
Maryborough is a city steeped in history with beautifully preserved colonial streets, and the original wharf district is now home to vintage restaurants, pubs, museums and art galleries. Perhaps enjoy a picnic in the delightful Queens Park with its fernery, waterfall, historic rotunda and model railway.
At this point, the luckiest among us will be heading north for even longer adventures into central and northern Queensland. And as for the rest of us, we can take Highway One back to Brisbane with the unforgettable memories of another wonderful caravanning road trip.