The Great Sunshine Way Touring Route
Drive from the Gold Coast to Bundaberg along Queensland’s subtropical Great Sunshine Way and see some of the state’s most beautiful scenery. Enjoy sophisticated beach lifestyle and get close to wildlife.
Gold Coast to Brisbane
Take a detour from the Gold Coast to Brisbane into the hinterland and explore the rainforest hikes and waterfalls throughout Tamborine, Lamington and Springbrook national parks. Among the more popular trails is the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, made up of several shorter walks. O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk encompasses nine suspension bridges and allows you to walk through a canopy of flowering trees, vines, ferns and native birds.
Brisbane to Noosa
Wake up early to climb the Story Bridge and see the sun rise over the city. From the top you can see panoramic views of the river out to Moreton Bay in the east and green hills of the Scenic Rim in the west. Enjoy some breakfast before heading on your way to Noosa.
Make a stop at the beach or head straight to Noosa National Park. The three hour coastal track follows the headland through gorgeous scenery overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Keep a lookout for dolphins and whales between May and November.
Noosa to Bundaberg
185km away is the whale watching capital of the world, Hervey Bay. About 10,000 humpback whales visit every year on their annual migration.
South of Hervey Bay in River Heads, catch a ferry to Fraser Island where you can 4WD over sand dunes, swim at Lake McKenzie and hike the Cathedral Cliffs. Or visit Bundaberg 110km north to tour the famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery and to find the largest loggerhead turtle rookery in the South Pacific.
This article was originally published in Australia.com