Destinations Destinations
Mon Repos Conservation Park, Townsville, Tully River, Brisbane, Noosa, Fraser Island, Eungella National Park, Rockhampton, Agnes Water, Whitsundays, Cairns
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Beach, Water Sports, National Parks, Overland
Physical Level Physical Level

The Gold Coast route from Brisbane to Cairns offer so much more than just backpacking options. Try surfing in the resort town of Noosa, before sailing out the Fraser Island (the world’s largest sand island) and exploring the natural cove of Champagne Pools. Back on the mainland, take the short drive to Mon Repos near Bundaberg to watch turtles hatch and watch out for kangaroos and platypus on a Eungella National Park bushwalk. As you continue north, try sailing on the Whitsunday Islands, scuba diving on the world-famous Yongala Wreck near Townsville and white water rafting on the Tully River near Mission Beach. If all this activity hasn’t worn you out, end by snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip from Cairns.

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Scuba dive on the Yongala Wreck near Townsville

Scuba dive on the Yongala Wreck near Townsville

The SS Yongala is a 110m passenger ship that sank 1911 during a tropical cyclone. The wreck was found in 1958 and is considered one of the best dive sites in the world, offering views of the ship itself and marine life like manta rays, sea turtles, barracudas, sharks and even humpback whales.

Go white-water rafting on the Tully River near Mission Beach
Tully River

Go white-water rafting on the Tully River near Mission Beach

Get your heart pumping by going white-water rafting on the world-class rapid of Tully River. This exhilarating – if wet – experience will take you through the jungle-like rainforests of the Cassowary Coast.

Watch turtles hatch at Mon Repos, near Bundaberg
Mon Repos Conservation Park

Watch turtles hatch at Mon Repos, near Bundaberg

Head Bundaberg and the Mon Repos Conservation Park to see Loggerhead turtles laying eggs between November and January and hatching from January to March. Only 1 in 1,000 will make it to adulthood.

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