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Trip List by Niec

North Coast Hinterland and Sunshine Coast Beaches from Brisbane , Queensland

13 Nov 2009  Take you pick where to stay, where to go
4.5 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

A nice Countryside and/or Beachside driving holiday

  • 1. Brisbane
    Brisbane, Queensland

    Brisbane has a vast sprawling suburbia, a pleasant atmosphere along the city river waterfront, with rides on the City Cat. See my review of Brisbane views from the City Cat of the waterfront. The Casino is on William Street just before the freeway coming into town and overlooking the Brisbane River.Across from the city on the riverfront is Southbank, which has a pleasant walk, restaurants, a beach like swimming pool with sandy edges and a Friday night market. Next door is the Performing Arts centre and across the road is South Brisbane Railway Station.
    Riverside in the city has markets on the weekend.
    Not far from the city is Lone Pine, a zoo which includes koalas, kangaroos etc and Mount Cootha which has a souvenir shop, restaurant and cafe which overlooks Brisbane.
    Brisbane is well situated central to the great Sunshine Coast (north coast beaches) by about 2 hours drive and approx. same distance to the Gold Coast beaches south.
    Our Moreton Bayside suburbs are Manly, Wynnum and further south Cleveland, Wellington Point and Victoria Point. Cleveland has water taxis and car ferrries across to North Stradbroke Island, a popular summer camping, fishing and beachside stay for Brisbanites as well as those from the Gold Coast

  • 2. Glass House Mountains
    Glass House Mountains, Queensland

    Driving north along Highway 1 from Brisbane veer off after Caboolture to Glass House Mountains. This is a very small village skirting these mountains sighted by Captain cook from the ocean. There are walks around the mountains and it is a pineapple growing area.

  • 3. Maleny
    Maleny, Sunshine Coast

    After Beerwah and Landsborough arrive in Maleny. This is a pretty little country town that works on the co-op method. Some interesting shops, few cafes and nice bakery here. In the back street there are great views down over the Glass House Mountains and inland and further along the street is Mary Cairncross Reserve with walks.

  • 4. Montville
    Montville, Sunshine Coast

    Montville is further up on the range and has nice views back down to the northern beaches. It has arts, crafts, curio shops, restaurants, B & B's and is a bit cooler than the coast in summer.

  • 5. Kenilworth
    Kenilworth, Sunshine Coast

    Once you leave Montville you drive down into the pretty Obi Obi Valley and into this small village. Here there is a cheese tasting factory and also where you can get a nice ice cream.

  • 6. Imbil

    This is an alternative to driving from Kenilworth to Eumundi. I will pick the alternative to Eumundi back up after Gympie
    Drive this route to Imbil which is a small country town in the Mary Valley. Recently with our long droughts here in Queensland this valley was to be flooded with back water from an intended dam. Fortunately, for the locals and the near extinct lungfish it was not to be and the valley is now saved for those who work it and look after it. Imbil is a lunch stop over on the "Valley Rattler" which is a historic steam train day tour from Gympie which I have also been on and will do a review shortly. It arrives there and a bit of a show is put on for the benefit of the train travellers at the railway station across from the old pub shown on the website I included. A small market is held on the Sunday when the train arrives also. There are a couple of buskers in the street for extra atmosphere.

  • 7. Kandanga

    A very small country village which in the height of the threat of the dam being built was in the centre of protests, which had the locals at the railway station picketing and selling items, booklets, mugs and getting petitions signed. That is now longer necessary and the beautiful Mary Valley is now saved.

  • 8. Gympie
    Gympie, Gympie Region

    Gympie is quite a pretty little town and especially when the Jacaranda trees are in flower in October. The main town street has a nice ambience. This is where the "Valley Rattler" historic steam train leaves to go on a return day tour out through the Mary Valley as far as Imbil. It is a long day but a nice change if time. See my review. From Gympie it is possible to drive the 58 km out to Tin Can Bay and then Inskip Point which is across from the southern end of Fraser Island and from the point a car ferry runs across to Fraser Island. A 4WD is required to drive onto this southern end of the island though. The main point to leave for Fraser Island is Hervey Bay.

  • 9. Pomona
    Pomona, Sunshine Coast

    A small village which is known for the "King of the Mountain Race" held in July when people come from far and wide to run up the 400 odd metre high Mount Cooroora, while those with sense sit in the pub and enjoy a cold glass of beer! Over the railway line is a quaint old Picture Theatre.

  • 10. Eumundi
    Eumundi, Sunshine Coast

    This is also the option to drive from Kenilworth to Eumundi instead of heading to Gympie.
    This is a typical small Queensland town which has very well known markets held on Wednesday's and Saturdays. Be aware it is very hot here in the height of summer. The old Queenslander Pub over the road may offer some respite and a bit of entertainment on the Saturday. This market has food, arts crafts, curios, buskers etc.
    Held on Wed 8am>1pm and Sat 6.30>2pm

  • 11. Noosa
    Noosa, Sunshine Coast

    This is a well liked and oft visited beach town of the north coast. Hastings Street it's main street is full of eateries, shops and is just across from the beach. A tight packed area and at times hard to find a parking spot. There is a pleasant walk out around the point at the beach. Plenty of acccommodation here.

  • 12. Coolum Beach
    Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast

    This is a family orientated and quieter beach to Noosa and the surf club sits out over the water. Plenty of accommodation along this stretch and has a few shops. If heading back to the Highway 1 from here can cut back to Yandina.

  • 13. Maroochydore
    Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast

    Maroochydore while having highrisers it is not as popular as the next few beaches. It is handy to them and is based around the Maroochy River also. Has shopping centre and picnic areas.

  • 14. Alexandra Headland
    Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast

    This is a nice beachside area, has a surf club, plenty of units, apartments to rent and some with views over the ocean. It abuts Mooloolaba the next beach area.

  • 15. Mooloolaba
    Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast

    Mooloolaba is very popular and has a nice shopping area with outdoor eateries, fish & chips shop and surf club over looking the beach where there is usually entertainment and reasonably priced meals. People from the southern states and New Zealand flock here and accommodation may be hard to come by at last minute in summer. Book ahead if ocean views are required.

  • 16. Caloundra
    Caloundra, Sunshine Coast

    About a half hour drive south of Moolooaba, we finally arrived at our last destination before returning to Brisbane. This is more a family orientated beach area and although there are many units being built, I think kids have more fun here and there are areas for them along the main town beach plus still water swimming. The ships cut the corner here to go into the Port of Brisbane and so they are always sighted on the horizon. Pumistone Passage which runs south in front of Bribie Island is a fishing spot and at times you may see pelicans being hand fed around there. Bullock Street the main street has a market on Sunday 8am> 1pm. See my review of Caloundra also.
    Brisbane Airport is about an hour or so away depending on traffic. The city a bit longer.

  • 17. Australia Zoo
    Australia Zoo, Beerwah, Sunshine Coast

    This is just south from Caloundra turn off back onto highway 1 towards Brisbane and near Beerwah and is off the main road. It may take a half day or so to really appreciate the zoo.