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The Coastal Brisbane to Cairns Tour

Estimated Travel Period: 7 Days, about 22 hours
Estimated Travel Distance: 1,752 kms

Best Time To Travel

The weather is at its most pleasant during the dry season (April to October), and it is also a great time to see migrating whales. Temperatures can still be pretty intense, so bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Know what to pack with our Camping Checklist.

Queensland is known for its gorgeous beaches and the stunning islands across its coast. Our coastal tour takes you to the beautiful towns that can be found between Brisbane and Cairns. Traveling to Australia for the first time? Know the Road Rules.
The itinerary makes use of sealed roads, so any standard 2WD motorhome will work for this trip. MyDriveHoliday can help you find great motorhomes for hire in Brisbane and Cairns, all of which come from top Australian brands.


Day 1 Brisbane to Sunshine Coast

Estimated Travel Period: about 1 hour 15 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:94 kms

There are plenty of beaches in Sunshine Coast,  from Noosa to Maroochydore, Coolum, Moloolaba and Caloundra. 


Day 2 Sunshine Coast to Bundaberg

Estimated Travel Period: about 3 hours 35 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:292 kms

The 'Southern Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef' is only a short drive away from the Mon Repos Conservation Park and the Burrum Coast National Park.

Day 3 Bundaberg to Rockhampton

Estimated Travel Period: about 3 hours 50 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:288 kms

Find ancient plant specimens in the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and get an amazing view of the city from the Mount Archer National Park.

Travel Tip

Motorhomes and caravan parks get booked out very quickly during the peak season so start looking early (at least 2-3 months prior to your trip) and take advantage of early bird discounts! Book a motorhome in Brisbane now and simply click on the caravan park's name to get prices and availability.

Day 4 Rockhampton to Mackay

Estimated Travel Period: about 3 hours 55 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:335 kms

Go for a swim in Harbour Beach or explore the Bluewater Trail, and learn about arts and culture at Artspace Mackay.

Day 5 Mackay to Bowen

Estimated Travel Period: about 2 hours 20 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:192 kms

Go swimming (or fishing or surfing) at Queens Beach. Watch the sunset over Gloucester Island from one of Bowen's eight beaches.

Day 6 Bowen to Townsville

Estimated Travel Period: about 2 hours 40 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:203 kms

There are plenty of koalas, wombats and kangaroos to meet at the Billabong Sanctuary. Find out about the HMS Pandora's history at the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Day 7 Townsville to Cairns

Estimated Travel Period: about 4 hours 30 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:348 kms

Immerse yourself in the local culture in the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and have family fun at the Cairns Esplanade.

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