QLD Coast

The Queensland coast stretches from the NSW/Qld Border in the south to Townsville through the sundrenched Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Includes Brisbane, Fraser Island, Surfers Paradise, Rockhampton and Mackay before blending into Far North Queensland.
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Page Updated: 12 Mar 2015

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The Queensland Coast stretches from the NSW/Qld border at Coolangatta/Tweed Heads, through the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and blends into Far North Queensland at Mackay, north of Rockhampton.

The Gold Coast is 100km from the state's capital city, Brisbane. Famous for its fabulous beaches, the Gold Coast enjoys nearly 70km of uninterrupted shoreline and has long been a popular holiday spot. Just offshore is Stradbroke Island and its unspoilt, tranquil beaches set amongst rainforest and banksia areas.

Surfers Paradise is the heart of the Gold Coast with its high-rise luxury resorts and apartments, restaurants, shops, malls and entertainment. However, the lesser known hinterland is a magical world of tropical rainforests, mountain villages and national parks such as the magnificent Lamington Park.

Further north towards Caloundra is the Sunshine Coast area. Again, more sunny days, white sandy beaches, untouched rainforest, national parks and peaceful lakes and mountain towns. The coastal strip includes Caloundra, Maroochydore, Coolum and Noosa. While inland there's historic homesteads, fine wines and cuisine. The Blackall ranges, Bunya Mountains and Cooloola National Park and Glass House Mountains are all magnificent.

Those with a 4WD with adore the run up the Tewantin Beach from Noosa to Rainbow Beach through the Great Sandy National Park and onto famous World Heritage listed Fraser Island from Inskip Point via a vehicular barge.

The alternative is to take the Pacific Highway through Gympie onto Hervey Bay where tours and 4WD rentals will enable you to access Fraser Island from River Heads. Or you can pick up Highway 17, the scenic alternative route which links Ipswich to Rockhampton via rural communities and excellent attractions such as Cania Gorge near Monto.

The Queensland Coast has come a long way since the 1940's when dirt tracks were the only access to these secluded secret locations. Now the coast is for everyone with the permanent population having grown to such a degree that the beach towns have become known as regions.

Go to top Treks

Bribie IslandBribie Island
An short and easy sand drive close to Brisbane that doesn’t a need ferry for access. Camping available.
Conondale RangeConondale Range
This Queensland trek takes in the spectacular Conondale Range - often regarded as the 'hidden treasure' of the Sunshine Coast for its last remaining patch of subtropical rainforest. It's a region of high rainfall, featuring a truly unique ecosystem - not found anywhere in the world.
Cooloola CoastCooloola Coast
The Cooloola Coast, which lies within the Great Sandy National Park, has it all - high sand dunes, vibrant coloured sand cliffs, sweeping beaches, rich coastal vegetation and much more. Find out why this coastal corridor from Noosa to Fraser Island is so popular.
Cooloola WayCooloola Way
Cooloola Way is an unsealed road that lies between Kin Kin-Wolvi Road and Rainbow Beach Road. This inland track parallels the Cooloola Coast, offering 4WDrivers another route to take when heading north from Noosa to Fraser Island.[Feature Story]
Fraser IslandFraser Island
Fraser Island has a rich Aboriginal, forestry and ecological history. Once a very remote and inaccessible sandy island the spot is now one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations. Take your own 4WD or hire one. Only accessible via ferry.
Moreton IslandMoreton Island
Another fantastic day or weekend trek from Queensland's capital city, Brisbane. Only a short trip by ferry and you're surrounded by beautiful beaches, wonderful scenery and great beach driving. A true city escape.

Go to top QLD Coast Weather & Climate

Closest Weather Station

Bundaberg at 02/06:30am EST
Distance from Bundaberg 3.66km SW
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts
13.1°C12.3°C91%11.7°C1016.3hPa0.0mmESE7km/hr
4knots
17km/hr
9knots

Closest Climatic Station

Bundaberg Aero
Distance from Bundaberg 3.66km SW
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C30.229.929.127.424.622.522.023.325.426.928.329.5
Mean Min. °C21.421.419.917.514.111.610.210.913.716.518.820.5
Mean Rain mm177.5161.6114.057.769.051.441.734.937.570.486.4128.9

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