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Sunshine Coast & Fraser Island Travel Guide

With a name like 'Sunshine Coast' this region immediately pulls you in, and it lives up to it's name. This stretch of coastline starting just one hour north of Brisbane and boasts beautiful beaches, laid-back coastal towns, surfing, and of course, plenty of sunshine. Much like it's counterpart the Fraser Coast, which is home to the well-known paradise that is Fraser Island. If you can pull yourself away from the tanning, lazing or 4WD treks around Fraser, you'll be rewarded with some hidden Queensland treasures - like canoeing the Noosa Everglades, or camping out in the wilderness of places like Inskip Point.

Top places to visit on the Sunshine Coast

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Fraser Island

Easily accessible from Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay, Fraser Island will no doubt be one of the top 3 experiences for any traveller who ventures to Australia. Camping under the milkyway, chilling in the Champagne Pools, floating down a creek, and taking a 4WD for a spin across the beach. The activities are endless, and the beauty is awe inspiring - just have a look at pictures of Lake McKenzie!
Person laying on towel on Noosa beach with a surfboard next to her


An idyllic coastal town which is an easy stop off on your way down the East Coast, Noosa is an Instagram dream. From it's beautiful beaches and hidden bays dotted along a coastal hiking route, to it's turquoise waters and it's subtropical rainforest... it's everything you expect (and more) from an Aussie beach break.
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach

This little place could be easily over-looked when you are going to or from your amazing Fraser Island trip, but we're here to tell you that it shouldn't be, and that you should use it as your base! Be sure to check out the Carlo Sand Blow, which is a 'sand dune phenomenon' that stretches for 15 hectares, and overlooks the coloured sands - perfect for a sunset viewing!

Sunshine Coast & Fraser Island tours

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Cool Dingo Fraser Island Tour

If you're looking for a hassle-free way to explore Fraser Island, then this fully guided three-day tour is just the ticket. You will check out stunning Lake McKenzie, trek through tropical rainforests, hit the sandy 75-mile beach and discover shipwrecks.
Stairs leading to the beach on Fraser Island

Fraser Explorer Tour

Swim in the beautiful Lake McKenzie, walk through ancient rainforest and discover the Maheno Shipwreck. Enjoy two full days of 4WD touring, meals and accommodation at the Eurong Beach Resort.
2 people canoeing through the wetlands of Noosa River

Bar B Canoe

Your adventure kicks off with a river cruise through the lakes and wetlands of Noosa River to the start of the Everglades. Enjoy morning tea, then paddle upstream in your canoe through amazing scenery and sub-tropical rainforest to re-join your tour group. Enjoy an authentic Aussie BBQ lunch before paddling back to Noosa.
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Girl on tour through Noosa Everglades

Noosa Everglades Canoe Discovery

Camp under the stars, falling asleep to the sounds of the bush. Tap into your inner explorer. Canoe through wetlands independently and see the wildlife. You'll experience complete independence paddling upstream through ancient landscapes and sub-tropical rainforest. Enjoy restful evenings of riverside camping under starry skies.

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