In the past months I've been traveling with my small campervan along the south and eastcoast of the Australian mainland as well as Tasmania. On this journey I've seen many many beautiful places in Australia and gained experiences, which I'd like to share with you guys. As winter is coming in Australia, most of the backpackers and other travelers are more likely to travel in the warmer northern parts of the country. For this reason, I'm going to write the blog posts in reverse chronological order to my actual route and start with my most recent trips in the north and go further south afterwards. The blog posts are a mixture of travel guide, route planner, tourist information and personal experiences in order to give you a guide for your future travels through Australia. Besides those posts about the actual traveling, I'll also publish some articles on how to buy and sell a car in Australia as well as working as a backpacker without being ripped off.
Driving through Queensland
The trip from Brisbane to Cairns was supposed to be the last part of my road trip along the eastcoast, before going back to Germany after 7 months of traveling through Southeast Asia and Australia. A couple of hours after Maria cought the flight back home, I’ve hit the road again with my new travel mate Rapahelle for the last part of my roadtrip. We drove from Brisbane more than 2000 kilometers north through the Sunshine State Queensland up to Cape Tribulation in the tropical rain forest and back to the final destination Cairns. The distances between the cities in Queensland are significantly bigger compared to the other parts in Australia, where I drove through so far. Along the straight and never ending roads are now many signs in order to remind you of taking a break to refresh. Mostly they express it a bit more harshly with sentences such as „Rest or R.I.P“, „Rest and survive“, „retrieve and survive“, „Rest and survive this drive“. Besides those signs you also find funny signs with sentences such as „Papa, are we there yet?“, „Still a long way to go kids!“, „Mama, I gotta pee“. Another way to keep drivers awake are trivia games. They work like this: One sign asks a question such as „What’s the biggest living thing in the world?“ and some kilometers later comes a sign with the answer „The Great Barrier Reef“.
Noosa Heads National Park
The first stop on the way was the Noosa national park about 100 kilometer North of Brisbane. The Noosa National Park is a paradise for hikers. A couple of well sign posted hiking tracks show you the way directly along the beach, the cliffs and the forest. On that day we had two aims: Rapahelle hasn‘t seen a wild koala before and I haven’t seen sea turtle in my life. We could tick both aims from our bucket list during a 3-hours walk along the coastline of the national park. We saw a koala far up in the tree top after not even half an hour. On the further way we saw a group of dolphins just a couple of meters off the shore playing and spinning. Only a few meters further was the so called Hells Gate, where turtles can be spotted quite often… also on that day. Only a couple of minutes after we arrived at the cliffs, we saw the first turtle coming to the surface and just a few minutes later the next one.Even though we've been about 50 meters away from the turtles, we could seen them very well, as they are huge! Turtles are snorkelers and must go to the surface to breath every once in a while. They come to the surface for breathing and go diving again after a deep breath. When they are on the surface, they look very helpless, as the waves skid them quite a lot. You even have the feeling that you must jump in the water in order to help them. Noosa also has beautiful beaches, which invite you for swimming and surfing. The water here is already quite warm and not yet full of stingers (Box Jelly Fishs), sharks and crocodiles. Who travels from south to north, should definitely take the time to enjoy the sea here. Further up north, the shore is more and more marshy lands and caution crocodiles, caution sharks and caution stingers makes you loosing the pleasure of going for a swim.
Fraser Island Trips from Noosa
It is possible to book guided tours to the famous sand island Fraser Island. However, Noosa Heads is from my point of view not the right place to start a Fraser Island Trip. It's still quite far away from the island and that's why you would waste too much time in a bus to get to the Fraser Island ferry. And then again you would spend less time on the island and also pay more money compared to tours from towns closer to Fraser Island. Better options are Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay.
Parking in Noosa Heads
The parkings right at the beaches are all time limited parkings for two or three hours. But there is a pretty big parking without time restriction about 100 meters away from the beach. Unfortunately, this parking is mostly absolutely full, but the public streets a bit away from the beach are also good for parking and without restrictions.
Free Camping in Noosa Heads
There is no official free campsite in Noosa Heads directly. The next official free campsite is about 30 kilometers south west of Noosa Heads at the Belli Park Rest Area or the Bridges Browns Creek Rest Area at the Bruce Highway. Nevertheless, when you are traveling with a campervan, you can also stay on a parking at David Low Way just outside the touristy Sunrise Beach. There are no “No Camping” -signs and many campers are there at night and the rangers seem to be fine with that.
Backpacker, Male, 25 years old, graduated from University, living in Germany, recently travelled through Australia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand,…