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The Great Beach Drive: 4WD Tour Between Noosa and Rainbow Beach

  • 8-hour 4WD beach tour between Noosa and Rainbow Beach, from the Sunshine Coast
  • Escape the city for a fun 4WD journey between Noosa and Rainbow Beach
  • Exclusive vehicle access takes you on a drive up to Double Island Point Lighthouse for spectacular views
The Great Beach Drive: 4WD Tour Between Noosa and Rainbow Beach
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The Great Beach Drive: 4WD Tour Between Noosa and Rainbow Beach
Soak up the sun, sea and sand of Australia’s famous Sunshine Coast on this 6-hour off-road adventure, including hotel pick-up. Hop on a 4WD and zip along the sands between Noosa and Rainbow Beach. Stop to admire the scenery of the Great Sandy National Park, take in the views from Double Island Point and snap photos of the dramatic Red Canyon and Coloured Sands. After a delicious lunch, cool off with a dip in the Pacific Ocean and get a chance to glimpse dolphins, whales and sea turtles.
What to Expect
Your day starts with pickup from your Sunshine Coast hotel. Travel north in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle to the Cooloola Recreation Area section of Great Sandy National Park.

Enjoy your guide's informative commentary during the drive, which goes off road along the 50-mile (80 km) stretch of sand from Noosa to Rainbow Beach. Stop at the lighthouse at Double Island Point to admire 360-degree views that reach from Noosa to Fraser Island. Your guide also points out Teewah Beach, a lovely salt water lagoon and Honeymoon Bay where you can swim in the protected waters of the bay, or surf on the longest right hand breaks in Australia all year round.

The colorful terrain of Red Canyon and Coloured Sands make for great photo ops. For thousands of years, iron-rich minerals have stained the sand at these two landmarks, yielding a stunning array of yellow, brown and red hues. Aboriginal people used the sands for painting and decorating boomerangs.

Throughout your 8-hour tour, your guide points out the highlights of the region and details its natural and human history. Learn about the Aboriginal peoples of the area, the arrival of Captain James Cook, the lives of lighthouse keepers at Double Island Point Lighthouse and more.

You'll also see the rainforest up close, and you may be able to spot dolphins, turtles and migrating whales (July to November) in the waters of the Coral Sea. Bring swimming gear if you want to take a dip.

Your tour includes lunch at Rainbow Beach Surf Club, entrance fees, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off. The order of the itinerary may change depending on the tides and beach conditions, and one way may be via the Noosa Hinterland route.

At the end of a fun and informative 4WD beach tour, you are dropped off at your hotel.
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1 - 5 of 8 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing experience

We did a half day tour with Greg and it was a wonderful experience. Tour with a local company has its own advantage and it was clearly proved. As it was a small group tour in a 4WD, it was a personalised and also a...More

Thank Tuki1000
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile
Amazing experience

We had such a wonderful morning doing this tour with our guide, Greg. The experience is really personalized as we were only 3 tourists in the car. We just felt like we were visiting the area with a local friend. Greg lived for several years...More

Thank Alice W
Reviewed 4 June 2018
A Wonderful Experience

Absolutely wonderful day, our tour guide Greg arrived promptly He was very interesting and knowledgable and enthusiastic about his job. Started with seeing a Kangaroo before we went on the ferry across to North Shore. We were so lucky to see whales from the Beach...More

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 19 December 2017
Half day Surf and Sand Safari great trip

Nothing is too much trouble for this company which is very professionally run with friendly staff. Pluses include pickup from your accommodation (on time and in a comfortable, clean 4WD vehicle), lots of interesting information and stops, time spent in different spots and activities adapted...More

Thank gecko24
Reviewed 23 November 2017
A different way to see the beach

Husband and I did this tour 10th November on a weekend up at Noosa celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. We loved the day. It was very informative and a fun day. Craig was our driver and was a font of knowledge and so we did...More

Thank Lyn K
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