Brisbane to Cairns Road Trip

Pacific Coast Way Road Trip, QLD

10-14 Day Journey

Everyone knows that Queensland is the state of sunshine, warm weather, and incredible beaches. We have the perfect road trip along the Pacific Coast which offers that and so much more! Take a break and let us do the planning for you on this 10-14 day journey.

Starting from the South East of Queensland all the way up to the Tropical North discover lush National Parks, rainforests and a stunning coastline which includes the famous Great Barrier Reef. The excitement of knowing that each day will be different will be just the beginning for what’s sure to be a memorable holiday.

Starting off on the Sunshine Coast

What better way to start your trip than escaping to the wide-open spaces that the Sunshine Coast has to offer! A coastline which stretches across 100km and home to pristine beaches and spectacular rural hinterlands. It’s perfect for an action-packed getaway or finding your own stretch of sand on Mooloolaba Beach. Take an easy 20-minute stroll from Mooloolaba Beach to Alexandra Headland where you will find the most picturesque views. Go on a hike, take a cruise, visit the underwater wonderworld or enjoy a refreshing drink in the hustle and bustle of the busy streets, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Be close to all the action and come say G’DAY to us at one of our parks in the area.

Nearest G'day Parks:
Landsborough Pines 
Alex Beach Cabins & Tourist Park 

Sunshine Coast to Noosa – 30 Minutes

Only 30 minutes down the road and you’ll arrive at Noosa Caravan Park which is situated in the heart of Noosa Heads. This park is an idyllic place to drop your bag and take a load off before exploring this tourist hot spot. With an array of local attractions, ranging from the natural beauty of pristine beaches, tranquil rainforests and of course well renowned Hastings Street, bustling with some of the world’s best restaurants and cafes. For boaties, the local ramp is just 800m away, so you’ll easily be able to launch your boat to head out and enjoy the beautiful blue waters surrounding Noosa. Regardless of the style of holiday you’re looking for, Noosa offers the perfect escape.

Nearest G'day Park:
Noosa Caravan Park 

Noosa to Hervey Bay – 2.5 hours

Visit Australia’s premier Whale Watching destination, Hervey Bay, just two and a half hours from Noosa and watch these gentle giants frolic around right in front of your eyes. If you are visiting between July and October a Whale watching tour is a must, not only can you see these majestic creatures up close, you can even swim along side them and see how big they truly are. Explore a little further and get off the beaten track through the rugged bush land, or visit the jaw dropping Lake Mckenzie, or simply soak up the sunshine on the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island or K’gari. With several parks in this region the options are endless.

Nearest G'day Parks:
Discovery Parks - Fraser Street, Hervey Bay
Fraser Coast Tourist Park 
Ingenia Hervey Bay
Rainbow Beach Holiday Village 
Tin Can Bay Tourist Park

Hervey Bay to Bundaberg – 1.5 hours

Next stop is only an hour and a half away, the sunny Southern Great Barrier Reef region of Bundaberg! Australia’s most famous Bundaberg rum distillery is must do for all tourist, especially spirit lovers. Tours and tastings are offered daily, and there is also an opportunity to blend you own. Other terrific experiences include the intimate Turtle encounter, swim with the Manta Rays at Lady Elliot Island, snorkel and dive on the Great Barrier Reef, or visit the Bert Hinkler Museum. On top of that, there are National Parks, scenic drives, fabulous fishing, food and drink experiences, plus galleries, museums, shopping and exceptional eateries to tempt you. Bundaberg is a destination that deserves ‘top-of-list’ status.

Nearest G'day Park:
Glenlodge Caravan Village

Bundaberg to Gladstone – 2.5 hours

Moving along the Southern Great Barrier Reef, two and a half hours drive from Bundaberg is the town of Gladstone. The perfect oasis filled with multi-coloured sunsets and year-round warm climates. Snorkel through the crystal-clear waters where there is an array of marine life and coral and leave footprints in the white sand alongside those made by turtles. Make your way down the coastline to Tannum Sands and find a water-sports paradise with stand up paddle-boarding, jet-skis, wind surfers and more! Or sit back and put your feet up under the shade of the trees dotted along the shore for those holidaymakers. If you’re searching for true relaxation, this region this is the place to stop and unwind.

Nearest G'day Parks:
Captain Cook Holiday Village
Discovery Parks - Tannum Sands

Gladstone to Rockhampton/Yeppoon – 1.5 hours

Rockhampton is your next stop, just a quick drive down the coast from Gladstone. A region that offers a modern riverside setting and is home to Australia’s second largest river system, Fitzroy Basin. Begin your adventure with a drive to the peak of Mount Archer for spectacular panoramic views or get up close and personal with crocodiles at Koorana Crocodile Park. Take a trip to the unforgettable Capricorn Coast and a cruise to Great Keppel Island is a must. Getting there is half the fun – coral viewing, fish feeding, snorkelling and swimming. When you arrive, enjoy a bush walk or just soak in the magnificence of Keppel Bay. Head down to the seaside town of Yeppoon, just north of Rockhampton and sit on the harbour for dinner and sundowners whilst overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Nearest G'day Parks:
Discovery Parks - Coolwaters Yeppoon
Discovery Parks - Rockhampton 
Fisherman’s Beach Holiday Park
Great Keppel Island Hideaway
Southside Holiday Village

Yeppoon to Airlie Beach – 5.5 hours

Pack some snacks for the next drive as we are heading all the way up to Airlie Beach, five and a half hours from Yeppoon. Airlie Beach is known as the gateway for the Whitsundays. It is however, a worthy destination in its own right. A tropical paradise in the rainforest of Conway National Park and the mainland hub of the Whitsundays. There is no shortage of incredible tours surrounding this island, from snorkelling and boat rides to rainforest tours and walking trails it is no wonder this is on most people’s bucket lists. Most day trips on the water include a visit to world famous Whitehaven Beach, named the 2nd best beach in the entire world. Watch the sun set with a drink in hand while you reminisce on the adventures you’ve had so far.

Nearest G'day Parks:
Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach
Island Gateway Holiday Park

Airlie Beach to Townsville – 3 hours

Placed in the dry tropics and a sailing trip away from the koalas of Magnetic Island, Townsville is a magnificent town among the palms. The town is your oyster with a holiday itinerary that will leave a sparkle in your eye. Try wreck diving at SS Yongala, follow the city’s street art trail, or go on a bush-to-beach bareback horse riding tour around Horseshoe Bay. The once quiet coastal town has now combined into a modern city making it the ideal place to discover and appreciate the abundance of nature.

Nearest G'day Parks:
Coral Coast Tourist Park 
Discovery Parks - Towsnville
Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway Townsville
Rollingstone Beach Front Resort 
Townsville Tourist & Lifestyle Village 


Queensland evokes thoughts of beautiful sunny weather and a laid back lifestyle, the ideal combo to indulge in pure holiday bliss and exactly what Cairns has to offer. Some of the must do’s whilst visiting Cairns include the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Kuranda Village. Breathe in the salt air while you explore infinite tropical islands or visit one of the best kept secret of the area, Lake Placid and surrounds. With crystal clear waters, a tropical rainforest environment and situated right near the World Heritage area of the Barron River Gorge National Park, Lake Placid is the perfect choice for those looking for a more peaceful location. From the fun and excitement of Cairns city, through to the peace and tropical tranquillity of Lake Placid, you have everything you need to end this holiday of a lifetime with a bang!

Nearest G'day Parks:
First City Caravilla
Lake Placid Tourist Park

The Southern Great Barrier Reef prides itself on the quintessential Queensland holiday, so why not hit the road and experience this unforgettable journey.

Choose your parks

Alex Beach Cabins and Tourist Park
QLD Alexandra Headland
Dogs Allowed
Fancy a holiday on the Sunshine Coast? You don’t need to ask me twice! There’s nothing better than a holiday in the sun, staying in a cabin, caravan or tent. Located just 200 metres from the beautiful surf beach, there’s plenty for you to do at Alex Beach Cabin and Tourist Park, whether it’s enjoying some relaxation or taking in the attractions of the Sunshine Coast, our holiday park is the perfect destination to explore the Sunshine Coast.
Barrier Reef Tourist Park
QLD Edmonton Cairns
Dogs Allowed
Barrier Reef Tourist Park is a modern, clean caravan park, set on lush tropical landscaped grounds in Cairns; sunny Queensland. Located on the southern approach to Cairns and 15 minutes from the city centre, the park enjoys a stunning mountain backdrop and lush tropical grounds. Offering a range of accommodation options (including dog friendly) and park facilities featuring sparkling swimming pool, BBQs and camp kitchen, relaxation and fun is guaranteed.
Captain Cook Holiday Village
QLD Seventeen Seventy
No Dogs Allowed
Seventeen Seventy (aka 1770) is a charming beach town with a famous history and prime location as the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Captain Cook Holiday Village blends beach holidaying with a natural bush setting, and provides the perfect place for enjoying this slice of tropical paradise. With accommodation to suit all holidaymakers, beach access and a fantastic onsite eatery, it’s a fantastic place to base your next Queensland escape.
Coral Coast Tourist Park, in Townsville, Qld, is a friendly destination for travellers to the Top End, hosting a weekly meet and greet BBQ during the dry season. The park is the perfect base for exploring the Top End, including the underwater viewing tunnel for the internationally acclaimed Great Barrier Reef. It has a range of comfy, clean accommodation from ensuite units, to self-contained cabins with fully equipped kitchens and shady camp-sites. There’s a swimming pool and wading pool for the littlies, library and tv room with Foxtel. The park provides sparkling clean amenities and a well-equipped laundry.
Tropical sun, spectacular wildlife and great accommodation are all part of the package at Discovery Parks – Airlie Beach. Situated in a natural amphitheatre, just minutes from the Whitsunday Coast and bordering on to the Conway National Park, Discovery Parks – Airlie Beach is your number one choice for a resort-style holiday in a traditional caravan park setting. Choose from one of the comfortable cabins or authentic, thatched roof villas, or relax in your own caravan or tent. Discovery Parks – Airlie Beach has a range of facilities to suit every member of the family, and is just minutes away from a cruise to Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays.
If you’re looking for a fun filled holiday surrounded by tropical splendour and plenty of activities for all the family, then look no further than Discovery Parks – Coolwaters Yeppoon. Situated right on the coast at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, surrounded by tropical bushland, Discovery Parks – Coolwaters Yeppoon is the perfect location whether you’re travelling as a couple, in a group or on holiday with the kids. With a range of accommodation on offer and a huge number of facilities guaranteed to keep every member of the family happy, get ready for a holiday to remember at Discovery Parks – Coolwaters Yeppoon.
Imagine sitting back beneath the shade of tropical palms, listening to the kids laughing as they splash around the swimming pool, and feeling the warmth of the Queensland sun on your face. This is exactly what you’ll find at Discovery Parks – Fraser Street, Hervey Bay. Outstanding accommodation options range from luxury safari tents, villas and cabins to spacious camping and caravan sites cabins.
Discovery Parks - Rockhampton
QLD Norman Gardens, Rockhampton
Dogs Allowed
Imagine a holiday with almost guaranteed sunshine, stunning scenery and accommodation which is truly a home away from home. This image of perfection is precisely what you’ll discover at Discovery Parks – Rockhampton in Central Queensland. Situated right in the heart of North Rockhampton, close to the Fitzroy River and with breathtaking views of Mount Archer nearby, Discovery Parks – Rockhampton is the perfect location for a tropical getaway. With facilities to keep the kids happy for days, as well as endless things to see and do in the area, you couldn’t ask for more.
Just near the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef you’ll discover the cosy coastal village of Tannum Sands. Perfect for a relaxing family holiday, Discovery Parks – Tannum Sands is the ideal place to stay when visiting the region known for great fishing, unique nature and stunning beaches. With modern, cool and spacious cabins available, as well as roomy sites for the caravan or tent beneath shady palms and native trees, you can settle in for an idyllic getaway at Discovery Parks – Tannum Sands.
Discovery Parks - Townsville
QLD Wulguru Townsville
Dogs Allowed
If you’re looking for the perfect escape to a North Queensland tropical paradise, then look no further than Discovery Parks – Townsville. Situated in the famous town of Townsville which boasts gorgeous beaches, plenty of activities and endless tropical sunshine, Discovery Parks – Townsville is an ideal location your next holiday. With a huge range of accommodation available, as well as plenty of onsite facilities, get prepared for your dream holiday at Discovery Parks – Townsville, North Queensland.
First City Caravilla
QLD Earlville Cairns
No Dogs Allowed
A holiday park in the heart of Cairns, convenience meets comfort at First City Caravilla. Ideally located as a base for exploring this tropical city, local beaches, and Far North Queensland icons like the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, the park is set on tropical gardens complete with sparkling swimming pool. Caravan park facilities include powered and unpowered sites, camp kitchen and laundry, with a range of comfortable holiday cabins also available.
Located in the small coastal town of Emu Park, Fisherman’s Beach Holiday Park is the perfect location for a tropical beach holiday. With direct beach access and walking distance to town, the park is ideally located for exploring Queensland’s Capricorn Coast and Keppel Islands. Offering quality caravan and camping options and comfortable cabins, your beach accommodation needs are sorted.
Fraser Coast Holiday Park
QLD Hervey Bay
Dogs Allowed
The award-winning Fraser Coast Holiday Park is the place to stay for your Hervey Bay holiday. The park offers a wide range of comfortable accommodation, from caravan sites, superior and deluxe cabins to budget rooms. Relax in the sparkling in-ground pool and heated mineral spa. Gather in the amazing camp kitchen with its pizza oven and BBQs, enjoy meals from Pop Ferdani’s Italian cafe on site, or stroll to nearby cafes and restaurants. The Tour Desk can help you make the most of your time in Hervey Bay and the park is so close to the ocean, you can hear the waves rolling in.
Glenlodge Caravan Village rests on the outskirts of Bundaberg approximately four hours north of Brisbane. This quiet holiday park is set over ten acres, only five kilometres from the centre of town and close to famous attractions like the Bundaberg rum distillery. Cabin accommodation at Glenlodge Caravan Village is designed to pamper couples. The ensuite cabins are beautifully appointed, well-equipped, and self-contained. Caravan sites are roomy and shaded, with a choice of powered, ensuite, and drive-through. Enjoy the swimming pool beneath the shelter of its overhead sails. Bundaberg itself is a terrific base to explore islands of the Great Barrier Reef, national parks, Lady Elliot Island and more.
Great Keppel Island Hideaway
QLD Great Keppel Island
No Dogs Allowed
On Queensland’s Capricorn Coast, Great Keppel Island Hideaway offers affordable resort accommodation in cabins catering for 2-6 people. Cabins lie amongst the island’s sub-tropical gardens, each with air-conditioning, an outside area with paving or decking, and cool breezes throughout most of the year. Take a seat on your veranda and enjoy the sunset over the mainland with a cocktail or two. Three beachfront cabins face onto Putney Beach overlooking beautiful Middle Island. The onsite bistro and bar is fully-licensed for lunch and dinner throughout the day, with views of the white sand and crystal-clear waters of Keppel Bay. Nearby, enjoy island bushwalking tracks and whale watching in the winter months. There are 17 beaches to explore. Or stay in, soak up the Queensland sunshine with a cool drink and a good book. Switch off your phone and enjoy a total digital detox. At Great Keppel Island Hideaway, you can be as energetic as you like.
Relax and unwind among eight acres of sub-tropical gardens at Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay. This caravan park offers a fantastic range of Queensland accommodation to suit all groups and budgets including cabins, villas, powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites. This is Australia’s premier whale watching destination and a popular departure point for Fraser Island. Stay a while and enjoy the many attractions and water activities the beautiful Hervey Bay has to offer. If you’d prefer to be even more laidback, stay by the park’s own in-ground pool and spa, protected by vast shade sails. Children will adore the water features. They can also head to the park’s playground, with cool pirate ship, interactive spider game and giant bouncing pillow. Free Wi-Fi is accessible across the entire grounds. Gather for your meals at the onsite BBQs and camp kitchen. There’s also a kiosk, and staff on hand to help with tour bookings.
Not far from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Ingenia Holidays Landsborough is a holiday and caravan park on tropical grounds sitting right next door to famous Australia Zoo and 15 minutes from the beaches and coast. Offering a range of immaculate villa and cabin accommodation, as well as tent, caravan and campervans sites – all are welcome at Ingenia Holidays Landsborough. Families enjoy the larger villas, while couples on a romantic getaway appreciate the Daintree and Possum villas with stunning outlooks and veranda nestled among the trees. Tour desk staff can help you experience the most of the region – the beaches, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, hiking trails and more. A beach holiday one day, a hiking holiday the next – there is something for everyone.
Ingenia Holidays Noosa North
QLD Tewantin, Noosa Heads
Dogs Allowed Seasonally
The ever-popular Sunshine Coast is a magnet for holiday makers seeking a classic Queensland getaway that combines world-class beaches with a tropical climate and access to pristine wilderness. Noosa is at the heart of this incredible region and Ingenia Holidays Noosa North offers guests affordable caravan and cabin accommodation in an ideal location. Regardless of the style of holiday you’re looking for, Noosa offers the perfect escape. Known for its fantastic surf breaks, a lovely coastal trail also runs north past the beaches of Noosa National Park. South of Noosa, you’ll find the Noosa Everglades and lovely Lake Cootharaba.
Situated on 14 lush acres, Lake Placid Rainforest Retreat is a fantastic choice of accommodation when visiting Cairns or Lake Placid itself. Choose from a range of immaculately presented and modern cabins, such as the elegant Cassowary and Kingfisher Cottages, both with huge covered private outdoor areas. For couples, the Acacia Bungalows offer pristine accommodation surrounded by leafy vegetation. There’s plenty of room for caravans and tents, and guests enjoy the lagoon-style saltwater swimming pool. You’re only a short journey from the Cairns centre, or onto the Great Barrier Reef. With crystal clear waters, a tropical rainforest environment, and near the World Heritage area of the Barron River Gorge National Park, Lake Placid is ideal for those looking for more peaceful accommodation while enjoying this popular region.
Rainbow Beach Holiday Village
QLD Rainbow Beach
No Dogs Allowed
Pristine beaches, sun, surf, fishing, and swimming are all waiting for you at Rainbow Beach Holiday Village, Queensland. Located three hours north of Brisbane, Rainbow Beach Holiday Village is a beautiful tropical holiday park right in the heart of Rainbow Beach. The tranquil, well-maintained family park is situated on the edge of Queensland’s beautiful Cooloola National Park, and overlooks a 9 km stretch of patrolled surf beach. It’s also the perfect jumping off point to explore world-heritage listed Fraser Island, just across the waters of Great Sandy Straight.
Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway Townsville, just 10 minutes south of Townsville, offers great cabin, caravan and camping accommodation nestled amongst beautiful native trees. Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway Townsville is a great base from which to explore all that the region has to offer, and also provides guests access to great facilities onsite, including a cinema, swimming pool, BBQs and camp kitchen and friendly community managers to help make your stay a memorable one.
Southside Holiday Village
QLD Rockhampton
No Dogs Allowed
Southside Holiday Village, Rockhampton QLD is set in lush grounds with palm trees, lagoons close to beautiful beaches and buzzing Rockhampton. It offers refreshing dips, endless sunny days, and balmy summer nights. The holiday park has a range of accommodation cabins, from open plan villas to budget and dog-friendly cabins. Add beautiful sites for those who tow, tennis court, swimming pool and kids playground – and beautiful beaches nearby and you have the perfect cocktail for a wonderful Top End holiday.
Tasman Holiday Parks - Airlie Beach
QLD Airlie Beach, Whitsundays
Dogs Allowed
Airlie Beach. The Whitsundays. Everyone’s heard of them and everyone wants to stay there, and a fantastic place to stay is at Tasman Holiday Parks - Airlie Beach. Relax in this coastal paradise in one of the many accommodation options. Tropical Villas, Garden Spa Villas, Villas, space for caravans and tents, all at an affordable price. Comfortable family accommodation and plenty to keep the kids entertained, with swimming pool and playground. Children love the daily 4pm bird feeding. Tasman Holiday Parks - Airlie Beach has plenty of amenities for guests, including two camp kitchens and three BBQs. There’s an onsite tour desk to help with your holiday bookings, so you can squeeze the most out of your Queensland holiday.
Tasman Holiday Parks - Hervey Bay
QLD Scarness (Hervey Bay)
Dogs Allowed
Looking out from Tasman Holiday Parks - Hervey Bay at Hervey Bay, you’ll be met with the sight of the famous Fraser Island just off the shore. Situated perfectly to explore the Island as well as enjoy all of the surrounding coastline, filled with water sports, wildlife and plenty of whales, Hervey Bay Tourist Park is the ideal choice for your next family holiday. With modern cabin accommodation, spacious camping sites and lots of tropical sunshine, a holiday at Hervey Bay Tourist Park will be one to remember.
Tasman Holiday Parks - Rollingstone in Townsville, Queensland has everything you need for an idyllic tropical holiday from a resort-style swimming pool, palm-fringed beach and beach café-bar. The resort is a kid’s paradise with jumping pillow, bike track, activity room, basketball hoop and playground. The resort has luxurious Ocean View Spa Villas with kitchen, lounge, dining areas and decks overlooking the golden sands. There are comfortably appointed cabins from 1-3 bedrooms, all with linen and crockery and cutlery and WiFi. There is also a range of caravan and camping sites, including beside the barramundi-filled lake or overlooking the ocean, and some dog-friendly areas.
Tin Can Bay Tourist Park
QLD Tin Can Bay
No Dogs Allowed
If you’re looking for the perfect hideaway, with beautiful beaches, ideal weather and the peace and tranquillity of the tropical Queensland bush, you need look no further than Tin Can Bay Tourist Park. Situated on Tin Can Bay on the Cooloola Coast about 2 .5 hours from Brisbane, Tin Can Bay Caravan and Tourist Park has a range of cabins and tents, including some ensuite sites. Just near World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, it’s a gorgeous part of the world – perfect for fishing, boating, swimming, 4WD-ing, taking photos or relaxing by a lagoon pool with drink and book in hand.
Townsville is the gateway to Queensland’s tropical far north and the Great Barrier Reef. Set in tropical landscaped gardens is 15 minute from the centre of Townsville, Townsville Tourist and Lifestyle Village is a great spot to explore this colourful North Queensland city. Modern, contemporary, and tastefully appointed cabins are nothing short of fabulous as are the spacious and shady powered van sites – the park is dog-friendly too. The park has two sparkling pools and wonderfully clean facilities and is in easy proximity to all that Townsville has on offer, including galleries, restaurants, cafes and tours to the nearby Great Barrier Reef and islands. You can walk along the pint-tinged headland or explore the city’s rich military history and Aboriginal heritage. You can take a 20-minute ferry ride to Magnetic Island with beautiful bays, picturesque walks and wildlife.
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