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5 weeks in oz march 2013

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My husband and I are travelling out 1st march 2013 and beginning our trip in brisbane (cheapest fair London heathrow to brisbane with malsysia airlines). The first half of the trip will include brisbane, whitsundays and then up to cairns/ Great Barrier Reef. The next part will be down to sydney then Melbourne where we are staying with friends. I need help with first part of the trip as I'm having trouble deciding on the best route, ideas of places to stay, what not to miss etc, we are open to internal flights as well as car hire. we will be in Queensland for approx 2 and half weeks


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Sorry I'm new to this not sure why I posted in the Melbourne forum!

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Hi Jemma!

W did a similar trip spending 3 weeks driving from Port Douglas (north of Cairns) - Brisbane in late March - April 2010

Highlights were Port Douglas and the rainforest tour with Tony tours. Also the wildlife sanctuary is fantastic.

We did a few diving trips from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef - was great - although I much prefer Port Douglas over Cairns.

We drove on to Townsville for spending a few days camping at Magnetic island - saw Koalas in the wild and had a great time.

We did the Whitesunday - liveboard cruise for 3 days divetrip.

Other areas we visited is:

Agnes water and Town of 1770 - really quiet and peaceful.

Fraser island - 4W self-drive - camping - amazing!

Rainbow beach - enjoyed the surfing here.

Rockhamton - nothing special - for us it was simply a place to spend the night after a day of driving.

We spend some time in the towns only a few hours north of Brisbane before heading to Brisbane. I would highly recommend Noosa - beautiful beach, nice walks and again, Koalas in the wild :) Also great for surfing.

Brisbane - we enjoyed three days here - great shopping and nightlife:)

You´ll spend a few days driving, but all in all you can divide it up a fair bit. We had an amazing time in Australia :)

Send me a message if you have any questions . I´d be happy to help.


Edited: 23 November 2012, 18:16
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Hi Heidi

wow thanks for that, sounds fantastic and dont mind driving.

Silly question, but when you camped how bad were the creepy crawlies? Im not a total wimp but i would be a bit nervous!

Also, how was the weather when you were there.

kind regards


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I'm scared of spiders to put it mildly.. And I must admit I spent a few minutes scanning the tent roof with a torch before putting my face outside if I had to go to the toilet in the middle of the night - however, it went sooo much better than expected - you'll be absoluely fine! The weather was amazing for about 90% of the time - although we did have occational heavy downpurs north of port douglas (it's the rainforest after all!). You'll have such a great time driving - it gives so much freedom, although I would recommend booking some of the accomodation/tours beforehand, rent a GPS with the car, - and do a fair bit of research regarding driving distance and what the areas you plan to visit so that you have a basic idea how long you want to spend in each area. If you book idea and have done the research bit - you'll save so much time spent at travel agencies (full of backpackerd) and you'll avoid disapppintment. Also - planning is half the fun! Would recommend bringing a small 2 pp tent - we really enjoyed it - although we did spent most nights indoor:)

Have fun planning! Don't worry about the weather - it will be so warm you won't mind a few showers - after all you have 5 weeks!

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Hi from a Brisbanite.

Think Jeldajenta summed it all up pretty well, most of the sites are those she listed en route.I'd forego Rockhampton if possible as it is very hot there and just a big country town although there is Yeppoon out from it on a one way in and out road and it is on the coast maybe OK for a stop over if time. You can drive practically non stop to Mackay (south of Cairns) in 24 hours...so you have plenty of time to do this trip.

I'd consider driving up dropping the car and flight to Sydney as you probably wouldn't want to spend time doing the long drag back south.

I'd consider doing a couple of nights in Brisbane and a couple around the Gold Coast. You can even drive into the northern beaches of New South Wales, namely Kingscliff, Cabarita Beach and Hastings Point which are just over the border and not far from the Gold Coast (ends at the border).They are nice quiet beaches and have lovely views. Byron Bay is a bit further down and popular also.

While at the Gold Coast there are boat trips from Marina Mirage at the top end of the Gold Coast (Main Beach end). Then there is the drive up to Tamborine Mountain which has views to the hinterland and the Gold Coast, arts and crafts, restaurants, wine tasting etc, Springbrook which has walks and waterfalls and mainly country area, Binaburra Lodge which has day walks in the bush with a guide.These are all possible by day out. Gold Coast is littered with beaches, shopping centres, dining places, service clubs and a casino. Like a surburban crawl as it is a city in itself. Under two hours from Brisbane by car and on a four lane freeway.

North of Brisbane is the Sunshine Coast. More beaches but fewer and also popular and starts at Caloundra where you can drive the beachside road (off the highway north) thru Mooloolaba and Alexandra Heads, Maroochydore, Coolum beaches all the way to Noosa beach. I prefer this area to the Gold Coast as it is not as overdeveloped with skyscrapers but then it doesn't have as many shopping centres either .Also it has Australia Zoo just off the highway before you turn into Caloundra at Beerwah.

Inland from here you have Maleny, Montville and Kenilworth. These are our country type towns but Montville is known for it's arts and crafts, Maleny also and Kenilworth is down in the Obi Obi Valley and extremely small with cheese tasting, perhaps forego this one but pretty valley...They can be reached on the way up to the Sunshine Coast with a turn off the highway around the Glass House Mountains, which you'd have a good view of in the back street in Maleny. You can make your way back across the highway into the Sunshine Coast. Plot your course for this.

This could take a day to get you up to Noosa from Brisbane as it is about 2hrs to the Sunshine Coast alone.Depends on where you stay of course.

Then I'd take on the drive north, if time Fraser Island if interested ( can be done as a day cruise from Hervey Bay) and spend most of the rest of the time at the top end, around Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas.

Fly out to Sydney.

I have a review of the southern beaches namely Kingscliff.


Tamborine Mt




This is a trip list of a drive from Brisbane to Noosa and back to Brisbane.

I'd head as far as Kenilworth and then on to Noosa as 6,7 and 8 is a diversion of my usual route and I'd only head into Eumundi if interested in the markets...and by the time you got there they'd probably be almost over if you wanted to spend time in the previous villages...I have headed this way just for the markets in the early am at times.


Hope this helps.

Remember to plot you course north as stated. You can always stay in motels en route as we have them everywhere but I'd sus them out online first once you kmake your mind up for a stopover. I've even stayed in apartments for a couple of nights along the Sunshine Coast if off season as some will book them.

Enjoy our state...the Sunshine State...we still get rain..

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