Sunshine Coast 5 Day Self-Drive
Day 1: Brisbane - Noosa
Brisbane to Noosa is an easy 1 hour, 45 minute drive via the beachside towns of Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Coolum Beach. Noosa has a unique combination of sophisticated charm, subtropical climate, golden beaches and bush clad coves and bays.
Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast
Day 2: Noosa - Blackall Range
Take a drive up to the hills behind Noosa to the Blackall Range and visit the pretty towns of Flaxton, Mapleton and Montville - these areas are home to many artisans and the galleries here feature some of Australia's best-known artists. Carry on to Mary Cairncross Park for the best views of the Glass House Mountains or, if you are feeling energetic, visit Kondalilla Falls, a lush rainforest national park for hiking.
Day 3: Noosa - Rainbow Beach
Leaving early, drive north to the Cooloola National Park and Reserve and take a river cruise through the Everglades here (allow 4 hours for a cruise). Tin Can Bay is worth stopping by on the way as you may be lucky enough to see dolphins particularly in the morning.
Day 4: Noosa
Spend the day in and around Noosa - there are plenty of options within an hour's drive of the town. For families, visit Underwater World and The Ginger Factory at Yandina, the Big Kart Track, the House of Bottles and The Big Pineapple. Noosa River is an excellent place to hire a boat and some fishing tackle and several operators offer full day big game fishing trips at sea. Take a Camel Safari from Tewantin, hire a pontoon boat complete with barbecue and spend the afternoon cruising and swimming along the Noosa river waterways.
Day 5: Noosa - Rainbow Beach
Return to Brisbane and explore the state capital.