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Pacific Coast Explorer Self Drive: 9 Days

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 922

Drive the Pacific Coast and get to know its many highlights travelling from Brisbane to Cairns with stops at Fraser Island and Rockhampton, the Whitsundays, Townsville and Mission Beach.


From Brisbane to tropical Cairns, the Queensland coast offers fabulous beaches and stunning hinterland, waiting to be explored. This 9 day drive takes you from the family-oriented South East to the tropical north, creating the perfect Queensland adventure.

Drive past the mysterious Glass House Mountains to the SunshineCoast, home to the charming arts and crafts town of Montville, and gateway to Fraser Island. The traditional Aboriginal owners of the island called it K’gari, meaning paradise. And that it is, particularly for those who love a destination rich with wildlife, natural beauty and history. Or just relax on the beach, doing just as little as possible. Take an evening spotlight tour with a ranger to meet some of the native animals.

At the tip of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands are a favourite destination for Queenslanders. A visit to Whitehaven Beach – voted the world’s best – is a must. Then head north through Townsville to Mission Beach, where you can pick up a water taxi and cruise across to DunkIsland.

Your final destination is Cairns, your ideal base for exploring the surrounding rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.


At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.
Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 922

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Day 1

Brisbane

Collect your car and overnight in Brisbane.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Novotel Brisbane Hotel

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    Novotel Brisbane Hotel



    Novotel Brisbane is conveniently located next to Central Station and the central business district, with Queen Street Mall, the Treasury Casino, Southbank, and the Riverside boardwalk all within walking distance. A premium accommodation with 296 contemporary guest rooms and suites, comprehensive conference and leisure facilities ...

    Novotel Brisbane is conveniently located next to Central Station and the central business district, with Queen Street Mall, the Treasury Casino, Southbank, and the Riverside boardwalk all within walking distance. A premium accommodation with 296 contemporary guest rooms and suites, comprehensive conference and leisure facilities right in the heart of Brisbane.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Brisbane to Fraser Island 330km (205 miles) 4 hours

Drive past the Glass House Mountains to Montville with its delightful craft shops, then on to Hervey Bay where you park your car. Transfer by catamaran to Fraser Island.

Duration2 Nights
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Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island

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    Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island



    Queensland's Fraser Island offers up an ever-changing dune scape as the worlds largest sand island. This World Heritage-listed national park, which sits within the Great Sandy Biosphere and adjoins the Great Sandy Marine Park, offers a unique blend of action and adventure versus relaxation and ...

    Queensland's Fraser Island offers up an ever-changing dune scape as the worlds largest sand island. This World Heritage-listed national park, which sits within the Great Sandy Biosphere and adjoins the Great Sandy Marine Park, offers a unique blend of action and adventure versus relaxation and total immersion in nature. The natural diversity of this island paradise - sub-tropical rainforest, stunning dune lakes, arid dunes, fresh-water creeks and the seaside - makes it a must-see on any Australian east coast itinerary.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Fraser Island

Today is at leisure. The resort offers 4WD tours around the san dunes and guided walks to choose from or just relax and enjoy this beautiful World Heritage listed island, an ecologist's paradise.

Day 4

Fraser Island to Rockhampton 400 km (248 miles) 5 hours

Travel north to the sugar town of Childers and its interesting Pharmaceutical Museum. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn at Rockhampton and continue to your farmstay.

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Henderson Park Farm Retreat Barmoya

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    Henderson Park Farm Retreat Barmoya



    Henderson Park is a family owned working cattle property. Set on the banks of beautiful Hedlow Creek, Henderson Park Farm Retreat is perfect for the individual, family, group or function looking for somewhere private with modern facilities and a relaxed ambience.

    Henderson Park is a family owned working cattle property. Set on the banks of beautiful Hedlow Creek, Henderson Park Farm Retreat is perfect for the individual, family, group or function looking for somewhere private with modern facilities and a relaxed ambience.

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    • Laundry facilities

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Day 5

Rockhampton to the Whitsundays 488 km (305 miles) 6 hours

After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a taste of the farm life with your hosts before travelling north to MacKay and continuing to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.

Duration2 Nights
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Airlie Beach Hotel

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    Airlie Beach Hotel



    The Airlie Beach Hotel first opened in December 1968 as a beachside holiday pub for residents of nearby Proserpine and surrounding cane farming districts. The hotel is now owned and operated by a private family company which purchased the site in 1982. There are 80 ...

    The Airlie Beach Hotel first opened in December 1968 as a beachside holiday pub for residents of nearby Proserpine and surrounding cane farming districts. The hotel is now owned and operated by a private family company which purchased the site in 1982. There are 80 rooms, 56 hotel rooms, four self-contained suites and 20 refurbished motel rooms.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tour Desk
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

The Whitsundays

Today you may want to enjoy the facilities of the resort or take a day trip to one of the beautiful Whitsunday Passage Islands. Visit Whitehaven Beach and walk on 6 km of sweeping, pure white silica sands - voted the world's best beach.

Duration2 Days
Day 7

The Whitsundays to Townsville 286 km (147 miles) 3 hours

Fossick for gemstones at the Home Hill Gallery enroute to Townsville, gateway to Queensland's tropical north. The "Strand" is Townsville's fantastic beachfront promenade, with restaurants, cafes, a water park and picnic areas. Visit the aquarium or take a drive up the winding road to Castle Hill for spectacular views of the city. You can also visit Magnetic Island, which is only a 20 minute ferry ride away.

Duration1 Night
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Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville

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    Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville



    Nicknamed 'the Sugar Shaker', Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville is Townsville's tallest building, overlooking scenic Magnetic Island and Castle Hill. The local business and shopping district are within walking distance as well as award winning dining, nightlife, and entertainment. There is a choice of 200 guest ...

    Nicknamed 'the Sugar Shaker', Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville is Townsville's tallest building, overlooking scenic Magnetic Island and Castle Hill. The local business and shopping district are within walking distance as well as award winning dining, nightlife, and entertainment. There is a choice of 200 guest rooms, suites and executive rooms.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Townsville to Mission Beach 235 km (147 miles) 3 hours

This morning spend more time in the Townsville area or leave early for your journey to Mission Beach. From Mission Beach you can pick up a water taxi and cruise across to beautiful Dunk Island or explore the national park area fringing the 14 miles of unspoiled beaches.

Duration1 Night
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Castaways on Mission Beach

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    Castaways on Mission Beach



    Castaways on Mission Beach is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest, the resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Resort features include a restaurant and cocktail bar, day ...

    Castaways on Mission Beach is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest, the resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Resort features include a restaurant and cocktail bar, day spa and a beautiful swimming pool with ocean views. With direct access to a 14 km long white sandy beach, Castaways on Mission Beach is your perfect choice!

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 9

Mission Beach to Cairns 140 km (88 miles) 2 hours

Depart Mission Beach for Cairns. Visit Paranella Park and see a Spanish castle and gardens. Further along the highway stop at the Atherton Tablelands and visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtin Fig Tree, a spectacular rainforest wilderness.

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DEPARTURES:

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Hertz Group C car rental for 9 days with unlimited kilometres, mandatory vehicle insurance
  • Goway's Co-Pilot Kit including maps

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Park fees unless stated

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates will apply, Limited seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability.  Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request – please inquire. 

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