Scenic Tracks Qld Coastline

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 at 20:13
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I am travelling from Townsville down to Brisbane with my 4wd and since I haven't travelled this part of the country yet, I am looking for route planing advice. A friend of mine is joining and her 4wd experience is very limited, so I would like to keep it to recovery-free tracks and as scenic as possible as she can't help and we are one vehicle only. We will be camping in my rooftop tent along the way.

At the moment the idea is like this...
14.04.Townsville
15. Magnetic
16. Magnetic
17. Magnetic > Alva
18. Yongala Dive > Eungella NP
19.Cape Palmerston
20. Keppel Island or Yeppon
21. Agnes Water/1770
22.Hervey Bay > Fraser
23. Fraser
24. Fraser
25. Fraser
26. Noosa
27. Noosa
28. Brisbane

I heard of some good tracks around Mackay and Yeppon and a beach route from Inskip Point to Noosa.

What other places and tracks can you recommend?

Thanks for the advice.
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 07:35

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 07:35
When coming down through Gin Gin you could take a side trip west to Mt Perry (bitumen) and just before Mt Perry there is the Boolboonda Rail tunnel. Short dirt road takes you through the tunnel and back onto the Mt Perry rd. Well signposted when coming from Gin Gin

Alan
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Reply By: Sigmund - Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 07:43

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 07:43
There's some easy beach driving in Burrum Coast National Park. Camping behind the beach..
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Reply By: Slow one - Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 09:36

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 09:36
Going south about 15k south of Bloomsbury turn right to Cathu State forest and follow that up the mountain. It is a nice run and a good view.
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Reply By: Omaa - Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 10:00

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 10:00
At Nambour turn up towards Montville, Maleny and come down at further along. Great view over the Sunshine Coast as well as all the Glass House Mts. (In a clear day)..
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Follow Up By: Omaa - Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 10:01

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 10:01
You come down o Mapleton at the bottom of the range. All sealed roads.
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Follow Up By: Omaa - Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 10:02

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 10:02
Senior's moments this morning. Australia Zoo is a few ks up the road from Mapleton before getting out onto the Bruce H'way again.
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Follow Up By: Omaa - Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 19:22

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 19:22
Told you that I was having some senior's moments. Where I said Mapleton- that I up the range. The town at the bottom is Landsborough. Realised my stupid comment this afternoon as we drove past Landsborough.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 11:20

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 11:20
Eungella is good, especially on a hot day.Byfield, north of Yeppoon too.

Burrum Heads area, and Hervey Bay........if you like coffee, and crowds.

Childers is a great place to pull up for a while. Agree on Maleny area, some magic scenery there when the weather is good.

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Reply By: RobandFlip - Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 11:21

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 11:21
Hi PGU,
Bowen is a nice spot, the Bruce Highway used to pass through but it is along time since I lived there so not sure if it has been bypassed. Queens Beach at Bowen is nice as is Horseshoe Bay. Happy travels. Cheers Robyn
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Reply By: snow - Monday, Apr 13, 2015 at 12:00

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 at 12:00
Agree on all the other comments but I personally wouldn't bother deviating to Yeppoon. Not a hell of a lot to see there but I would suggest going through Tannum Sands area and yeah 1770/Agnes and then through Hervey Bay - Fraser etc & out to Maleny & so forth.
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Reply By: Louwai - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 12:28

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 12:28
Don't forget to get the relevent permits for the beach drive south from Rainbow to Noosa & also Fraser.
Rainbow to Noosa is a good easy drive. I was there over Easter, mostly in 2WD. Even coming up off the beach through the "soft stuff" was 2WD.

The northern end, Rainbow to Double Is Point, can only be traversed up to a few hrs either side of high tide, unless you don't mind driving through the waves. High tide comes right up to the base of the sand cliffs along that section.
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Reply By: Slow one - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 12:43

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 12:43
I also forgot to mention 5 rocks north of Yeppoon and out from Byfield. it ids s good trip across the and dunes to 5 rocks and there is some good coast line.

I don't know what the track is like after Marcia. If you do decide to go that way see the info centre in Yeppoon as they used to have a mud map. The area around Byfield is also good to explore but I think all the trees will be stripped bare.

Also walk up the hill behind Rosslyn Bay harbour and also walk over to the beach under that hill.
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