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
via rural communities and excellent attractions such as Cania Gorge near Monto.
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.