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Three nights on the road from the Gold Coast to Bundaberg

Three nights on the road from the Gold Coast to Bundaberg

If you’re suffering from wanderlust and are craving some sun and surf, follow this route along the Gold Coast, travelling up north along the east coast into Bundaberg.

Gold Coast to Brisbane

Begin your journey in the bustling beach hub of the Gold Coast. This renowned coastal attraction, lined with long, sandy shorelines and characterised by a bustling night-life, is the perfect place to begin experiencing all of Queensland’s subtropical wonders. For those who relish basking in the sun and splashing about, start your morning off at Surfers Paradise to rejuvenate and refresh your mind.

Since the north of Brisbane is only an hour away, take a detour into the peaceful inland of the Gold Coast’s hinterland to explore the rainforests and waterfalls among the Gold Coast’s national parks – such as Tweed Range, Tamborine Mountain and Lamington National Park. A popular trail worth exploring is the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk – a 54-kilometre trek comprised of several mini trails intended for shorter exploration.

Brisbane to Noosa Heads

If you have a wandering spirit, head out for a gourmet brunch in the pulsing city centre of Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s trendy arts and cafe hub. There, you’ll find exotic bistros ranging from Middle Eastern to North African, plus all-day breakfast spots that source produce from sustainable farmers.

Once you’ve satisfied your tastebuds, jump back on the road and make your way north to Noosa Heads, and arrive at the heart of the city, Hastings Street. Along this bustling street, lined with manicured trees and lush foliage, explore the designer boutiques, beachfront restaurants and cafes, boardwalk bars, daytime spas, galleries and the buzzing farmers’ markets.

Noosa Heads to Bundaberg

Nearing the end of your journey, head north into the gold rush towns of Gympie and Maryborough, winding your way through the whale watching capital of the world, Hervey Bay. Finish your adventure – as well as the afternoon – by driving 20 minutes south-east from Hervey Bay, trekking Queensland’s Fraser Coast region, until you arrive in River Heads (to park your vehicle), before hopping onto the ferry for a 50-minute ride to the sandy shores of Fraser Island.

Back on the mainland, continue north, heading through the animated sugarcane fields all the way through to Australia’s rum-producing town, Bundaberg. Here, you’ll get a taste of the town’s sweet and citrus flavours by exploring the iconic Bundaberg Rum Distillery, which offers guided tours, tastings and rum-blending concoctions.

Read more about the journey in the Summer 2022–2023 edition of Caravanning Australia!

Image: Noosa (C) Tourism and Events Queensland

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