Just out of Brisbane, stretching from the Gold Coast in the South to the Fraser Coast further North, you can experience the exciting variety of Southern Queensland at your own pace. Whether you’ve got a bus pass, rail pass, your own campervan or a Ford Holden that’s done a few miles, this is the perfect place to go exploring. Discover World Heritage-listed national parks, the stunning Sunshine Coast and vibrant Gold Coast and the easy life in Southern Queensland Country. Whatever it is you choose to do, you’ll find that the Great Sunshine Way has more to offer than you ever thought.
From partying at some of the state's most popular venues at Surfers Paradise to off-road driving on the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, and on to camping in the magical Glass House Mountains, the region has it all. Drive along the coast and soak up the laid back glam of Noosa, learn to surf world-class breaks or take the road less travelled to discover the Hinterland.
- Take in the views from Mt. Coot-tha Lookout. Brisbane's never looked more beautiful than from up here.
- Check out a live gig and party 'til dawn in Fortitude Valley, Australia's only dedicated entertainment and nightlife precinct.
- Climb the Story Bridge - one of only three climbable bridges worldwide - and then take the plunge with the world's only bridge abseil.
- Cuddle native Australian wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - but beware, not all of our animals are cute and cuddly!
- Kayak the Brisbane River, rock climb Kangaroo Point or cycle along the river boardwalk.
- Dive, kayak or sail and discover the islands of Brisbane's Moreton Bay Marine Park - just a 45 minute boat ride from the city.
- Take a 4WD adventure on the sand highway by the ocean on Fraser Island's spectacular Seventy-Five Mile Beach.
- Kayak the Noosa Everglades - the only everglades system outside of Florida, it's a well-kept secret worth uncovering.
- Find out how Rainbow Beach got its name and explore the Aboriginal Dreamtime history of the volcanic Glass House Mountains.
- Watch the spectacular show of whale migration in Hervey Bay from July to November each year. Few things beat coming this close to these gentle giants while they dance and 'wave' their way around Queensland's waters.