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Brisbane to The Whitsundays

Distance
1268km

How
Car or Camper

Where
Brisbane to Airlie Beach

Date
Year round

The ultimate Brisbane to The Whitsundays road trip itinerary, follow the Bruce Highway north along Queensland’s tropical Pacific coast and taking in the best places to stop including AgnesWater and Hervey Bay! Here’s your perfect Brisbane to The Whitsundays itinerary including a couple of must do’s on your way!

Day

DAY 1

Brisbane to Agnes Water

Jump on the A1 (Bruce Highway) leaving Brisbane and then the State Route 57 toHervey Bay. Hervey Bay is a beautiful seaside town that makes for excellent whale watching, swimming and wandering around in the open salty air. Grab a bite to eat and stroll the esplanade before you hop back in the car to continue your journey.

The first leg of your journey ends in the small, twin villages of Agnes Water and The Town of 1770 (the first place in Queensland where Captain Cook came ashore back in the year 1770). These slow-paced seaside towns are renowned as the southern most jumping-off point for reef tours and the northernmost surfing beach in Australia.

With beachfront accommodation and friendly locals, this is the perfect place to break up your journey.

DAY 2

Agnes Water to Yeppoon

Yeppoon is situated 38 kilometres northeast of Rockhampton and is the gateway to Great Keppel Island and the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Wander down Yeppoon’s main street or stroll the esplanade to browse beach-chic boutique sand surf stores and keep an eye out for one of the many street art murals. There is a wide range of restaurants, cafés and clubs catering to all tastes and budgets. The Yeppoon Lagoon is the perfect place to relax, the 2500 square-metre resort-style lagoon pool is located right on the beachfront and includes a swim-up infinity edge with stunning views over the Keppel Islands.

DAY 3

Yeppoon to Airlie Beach

Make your way onto the Bruce Highway and follow the road until you reach Proserpine, then head to the coast to finish your trip in Airlie Beach.

Now that you have arrived in The Whitsundays, check out our local itineraries for inspiration. The stunning natural landscapes of the coast and islands are dotted with secluded beaches and cascading waterfalls, a rich tapestry of hinterland through to the vibrant great barrier reef. The Whitsundays is a feast for the senses. There’s so much to do, you’ll just have to work out how to fit it all in!