We wish to spend a 2-3 nights in Hervey Bay (whale watch and Fraser Island day tours) following a few days in Airlie Beach/Whitsundays and before flying homeward to North America from Brisbane. One option that I have looked at is to fly from Proserpine to Brisbane then pick up rental car and drive north to HB with possibly 1-2 nights stop on Sunshine Coast (?Noosa). Another option might be to pick up rental car in Airlie and drive south to Hervey Bay before continuing the drive southward through Sunshine coast and ending in Brisbane. Does anyone have any thoughts on which choice might be more preferred? What is the drive/scenery like between Airlie and Hervey Bay? I believe the drive is about 9 hours which is probably the same amount of time it would take us to check in for flight in Proserpine from Airlie, fly to Brisbane, pick up rental car and drive to HB. Any thoughts would be appreciated.