Take the car ferry across the river from Tewantin and you’re about 15 minutes from the spectacular wilderness of Noosa North Shore, the gateway to Cooloola National Park. Here you’ll find long endless stretches of white sand dwarfed by majestic dunes and stunning coastline. Noosa North Shore is a destination in its own right, popular for catching waves, fishing, swimming, horse riding or just lazing on your own piece of pristine paradise.
Heading north you can drive along a 40 kilometre stretch of open beach all the way to Double Island Point. Sculpted over time by the sand, wind and water the Cooloola landscape is the largest remnant of coastal vegetation on the southern Queensland’s mainland. Cooloola National Park is home to prolific flora and fauna. You won’t need to drive far to find Teewah Village, a small secluded North Shore community with sandy tracks, no street lights, power lines or crowds. This secluded beach destination is home to the Teewah Coloured Sands. Allow time here to appreciate the colourful palette created by nature that dates back to the Ice Age. Teewah’s sands stretch inland from the beach for around 17 km with some of the 72 colours forming cliffs that rise some 600 feet.
Continue your drive to the base of the headland known as Double Island Point, named by Captain Cook because from out at sea it appears to be two separate islands. Double Island Point is where many Noosa locals come to holiday. Its historic lighthouse offers spectacular ocean views and you can regularly see dolphins, whales, turtles, sharks and sting rays swimming by.
If you are looking for a little off-road adventure close to Noosa, or some serious escapism further afield, Get Around Noosa 4WD Hire is the perfect place to start. If you like the freedom of a self-drive experience, our comfortable, well-maintained 4WD vehicles are the best way to discover the magic of places like Noosa’s stunning North Shore, Cooloola National Park, Teewah Coloured Sands, Double Island Point, Rainbow Beach, and World Heritage Listed Fraser Island at your own pace.
We can provide itineraries, travel advice, even camping equipment for longer stays – everything you’ll need for the perfect getaway. Noosa is the gateway to so many of natures wonders. Follow our suggested itineraries or create your own.
An easy day trip from Noosa you’ll find the tranquil bayside township of Tin Can Bay, one of the few places in the world where you can feed and interact with a wild dolphin colony. Most mornings around 7.30 am you’ll find a dolphin family ready to greet you at the Norman Point boat ramp.
If you’re feeling energetic why not explore the foreshore between Norman Point and Crab Creek on foot or by bike? Take in picturesque views stretching across the inlet on this four kilometre mostly flat stretch, which winds its way through mangroves, over bridges and past playgrounds and picnic spots. There’s plenty to do on the water as well. Hire a canoe and paddle around the protected waters keeping an eye out for the dugongs. An environmental walkway also offers the ideal vantage point to view the local flora and fauna, including prolific birdlife without disturbing their natural habitat.
A short half hour drive will bring you to another picturesque coastal village, Rainbow Beach. The lifesaving club or Rainbow Beach Hotel are both great spots for a cold one or to feed a hungry family and Ed’s Beach Bakery is also hard to walk past. Take a dip at the patrolled beach, discover hidden rock pools and see for yourself why the town is so aptly named ‘Rainbow’ beach. The astonishing 72 colours of the Coloured Sands boast cliffs towering 200 metres above the beach.
Make sure you allow time to take in the spectacle that is Carlo Sandblow, a unique “moonscape” sand mass that covers over 15 hectares and overlooks the towering coloured sands. From the top of Cooloola Drive, a walking track passes through woodlands to the expansive natural sand blow with stunning 360 degree views.
Walk on the wild side in world heritage wonder
Technically you can drive to Fraser Island and back in a day, but you’d miss so much. Our recommendation is to take two to three days or longer and explore this truly unique natural treasure – the largest sand island in the world.
World Heritage Listed Fraser Island offers year round attractions all within 4WD access along its spectacular 75-mile beach. Start your adventure with a walk beneath the rainforest canopy under the giant pre-historic ferns and palms and explore inland sand tracks through native bush and towering hardwood forests. Make time to laze away in the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie or Lake Birrabeen with turquoise waters and famed white sand and don’t miss floating down Eli Creek – sheer magic. Recharge in nature’s jacuzzi at the Champagne Pools just north of Indian Head along 75-mile beach and visit the Fraser Island’s most famous shipwreck, the SS Maheno. Lake Wabby is also a must see. Relatively close to the ocean side of Fraser Island, its deep green waters are bordered by a giant sand dune. It is worth setting the alarm to see the red, brown, yellow and orange hues of The Cathedrals in the early morning light. These coloured sand cliffs have been sculpted by the wind and rain blowing in off the Pacific Ocean. Fraser Island offers a range of accommodation and dining options to suit budgets and tastes.
Depending on your schedule, you can travel along the ‘sand highway’ from Noosa North Shore to Double Island Point (around 60 kilometres) then on to Inskip Point and to access the car ferry to Hook Point, or you can travel inland via the Bruce Highway to Gympie, then take the Tin Can Bay Road, and continue to Rainbow Beach. At Rainbow Beach, turn off to Inskip Point, around 15 minutes north of Rainbow Beach.