9 Night Drive Brisbane to Hamilton Island | The Whitsundays, QLD - The Whitsundays QLD
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10 Day / 9 Night Suggested Drive Itinerary

Combine two of Australia’s most iconic World Heritage-listed sites on a spectacular coastal drive.

DAY 1: BRISBANE TO FRASER ISLAND (4hrs drive + 50min ferry) | DAY 1&2: FRASER ISLAND

Take a leisurely 4-hour drive to River Heads, then board the River Heads Ferry to Fraser Island. On the first two nights, we suggest you immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Fraser Island by staying at Kingfisher Bay Resort.

There are so many great and immersive activities to keep the family occupied including 4WD tours, bush tucker talk and taste classes, day spa, beach sports, campfires, stargazing, night walk adventures, and more.

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DAY 3: FRASER ISLAND TO YEPPOON (50min ferry + 5hrs drive)

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

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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 year-round babysitting and childminding services and get some much needed time to yourself.

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DAY 9: 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.

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DAY 10: ROCKHAMPTON TO BRISBANE (7.5hrs drive)

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.

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