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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
From $142.95
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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Reviews (17)
1 - 5 of 12 reviews
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile
Dont Miss This

Did the all day tour with Craig. Fantastic trip with great views in the National Park. Picked up from Mooloolaba time dependant on tide times. As the tide was high it was 8.15a. Craig informed us on information about the Sunshine Coast area and all...More

Thank Judy C
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile
Helen and Glen

We had a great day traveling with Craig, as a bonus we had the thrill of watching the whales and a pod of dolphins. I highly recommend this day trip 😊

1  Thank Helen S
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile
Half Good

First half of the day was nice enough - beach drive, morning tea, lighthouse and coloured sands, plus set lunch at Rainbow Beach, but nothing after that but a drive home. Much more detail and history needed and maybe a walk through the forest. Ok,...More

Thank Peter D
Frequenttraveller008, Sales & Marketing Manager at Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Dear Peter D, Thank you for taking the time to and effort to post your Great Beach Drive 4WD Tour experience on Trip Advisor. Naturally we are disappointed that our tour did not meet your expectations on this occasion. We are particularly concerned with your...More

Reviewed August 3, 2018
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

1  Thank Tuki1000
Reviewed June 12, 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

1  Thank AliceW2414
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