8 Night Drive Brisbane to Hamilton Island | The Whitsundays, QLD - The Whitsundays QLD
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If you are keen to escape and have a few more days than usual up your sleeve, our team has researched a great self- drive route to Hamilton Island. Avoid the airports and take the scenic route!

This suggested round trip from Brisbane gives you the chance to see some of Queensland’s most beautiful coastal sites. The drive is broken up into 9 leisurely days with 4 stopovers at Town of 1770, Yeppoon, Hamilton Island, and Rockhampton.

DRIVE TO HAMILTON ISLAND | 9 Day / 8 Night Suggested Drive Itinerary

Enjoy a spectacular coastal drive exploring the southern Great Barrier Reef and the Capricorn Region through to the beautiful Whitsundays. 

DAY 1: BRISBANE TO TOWN OF 1770 (6hrs drive)

Kick start the 9-day adventure at Town of 1770, a picturesque seaside village surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay. Enjoy spectacular beaches and scenic vistas in every direction.


DAY 2: TOWN OF 1770 TO YEPPOON (4hrs drive)

Yeppoon is the Southern Great Barrier Reef’s hidden gem with its classic seaside village blend of boutiques and recreation activities.

Yeppoon’s popular boulevard offers a state of the art waterpark facility plus an expansive list of local attractions, providing endless fun for children and families. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from.


DAY 4: YEPPOON TO HAMILTON ISLAND (5.5hrs drive + 1hr ferry) | DAY 4-8: HAMILTON ISLAND

Drive to Airlie Beach and board the Cruise Whitsundays ferry to tropical Hamilton Island. Perfectly located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy beautiful weather, unique flora, and fauna, sailing, fine food and wine, and more.

With over 65 tours and activities, there’s something for everyone. Try our homemade gelato at the Pizzeria, visit the wildlife park, play some mini-golf, or take on the walking trails and be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Plus, take advantage of our year-round babysitting and childminding services and get some much needed time to yourself.


DAY 8: HAMILTON ISLAND TO ROCKHAMPTON (1hr ferry +5.5hrs drive)

More and more travellers are becoming attracted to Rockhampton for its beauty and cultural heritage. We think this is the perfect place to stopover before your return back to Brisbane.

Take the kids to the Capricorn Caves, visit the Dreamtime Cultural Centre and explore the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural displays or meet some furry friends at the Rockhampton Zoo.



Make the most of a 7-8 hour drive back to Brisbane by stopping at some great towns along the way including Gladstone, Bundaberg, Gympie, or the Sunshine Coast.

If you’d like to tick off another one of the “Big things around Australia”, The Big Pineapple is a short detour off the highway at Woombye. Much like the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, the once pineapple plantation has been redeveloped to be a tourist destination in its own right with a train, zoo, and a treetop adventure park to entertain the whole family.


Looking for more drive itineraries for your road trip 👉 www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au/drive-itineraries

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