75 Mile Beach
If you love the beach, then this road trip is for you. Buckle up for a journey featuring panoramic ocean views and make some tracks along the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island.
Maroochydore, Noosa Heads, Rainbow Beach, 75 Mile Beach
|Travel time||4 hours 21 minutes|
|Time of year to go||All year round|
|Best bakery||Ed's Beach Bakery, Rainbow Beach|
|Highlights||75 Mile Beach, Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, Maheno Shipwreck, Lake Wabby, Central Station.|
|RACQ safety tip||Know the tide times, avoid high tide, avoid driving through water and take breaks every two hours.|
Maroochydore to Noosa Heads, 36km
(via Sunshine Motorway/State Route 70)
There’s no shortage of scenery when you drive along the coastline between Maroochydore and Noosa Heads. The view is almost distracting, with subtropical beaches, quirky beachside communities and tanned surfers all searching for the perfect swell. Wind down the window and enjoy the salty breeze as you drive through Yaroomba, Coolum Beach and Peregian beach on your way to Noosa.
Noosa is the perfect spot to take a break from the car, as it’s surrounded by stunning beaches, lakes and lush hinterland. You can’t go past Hastings Street, the main thoroughfare dotted with resorts, cafes, designer shops, bars and alfresco dining. It’s also right next to Noosa Main Beach, the perfect place to cool off and have a swim.
Noosa Heads to Rainbow Beach, 135km
(via Tin Can Bay Rd)
Rainbow Beach is not that far from Noosa. It’s a stunning coastal town which is the gateway to Fraser Island. This is the perfect place to refuel, devour a meat pie from Ed’s Beach Bakery and find a shady spot for a driver reviver stop. Preparation is key when planning your off-road drive along 75 Mile Beach, so don’t forget to let down your tyres before hitting the sand at Inskip Point. Pack plenty of fresh water, food, extra fuel and a recovery kit – just in case you get bogged. Remember you may not have reception on your phone once you access Fraser Island, so use a UHF or satellite phone for emergencies. You will feel instantly relaxed once your reach the island.
75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island, 120km
(via Fraser Island)
It’s not hard to guess how this location got its name. Someone measured the beach and realised it was 75 miles long, which is 120km along the east coast of Fraser Island. It’s the perfect stretch of sand to enjoy beach driving and stunning, unspoiled natural attractions. Depending on the tides, you can either drive directly onto the beach highway from the ferry and travel around Hook Point. Alternatively, if the tide is too high, you can take the inland track and access the beach just before Dilli Village. Both tracks will lead you to paradise.
As Fraser Island is home to 100 fresh water lakes, sand dunes and rainforest, there’s plenty of natural attractions to see along the way. Have a swim at Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby or Eli Creek, take a walk through the lush rainforest at Central Station or climb to the top of Indian Head for a photo. Maheno Shipwreck, just north of Happy Valley, is the perfect spot for a selfie, especially at sunset. There are endless choices for campsites across the island, so if you feel like spending a night under the stars, make sure you book. Make sure you also get any necessary permits. If the thought of camping makes you cringe, then you can stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort to soak up the resort lifestyle.
This road trip is the perfect getaway for a long weekend. However, once you get there, you may not won’t want to leave.
Road trip essentials
- Map of Fraser Island, as you may not have reception on your phone.
- Adequate vehicle recovery kit.
- Vehicle permit for Fraser Island.
- Tyre pressure gauge and a pump to reinflate tyres.
- First-aid kit.
- Drinking water.
- Sunscreen and sun protective clothing.
- Sufficient fuel (know where you can refuel).
- Camping gear, including food supplies and water.
Tips for beach driving
- Lower your tyre pressure.
- Be aware of the tide times.
- Avoid driving through the water.
- Be prepared to get bogged.
- Keep momentum.
- Slow down when passing campers.
Images by Tourism and Events Queensland & Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Taking your own road trip?
RACQ can help you on your way, whether it’s providing maps and guides for your journey, car hire, discounted motorhome hire with Apollo Motorhome Holidays, insurance or roadside assistance so you’re covered 24/7 on your trip.