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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
From US$ 140.79
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The Great Beach Drive: 4WD Tour Between Noosa and Rainbow Beach
From US$ 140.79
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.
Reviews (21)
1 - 5 of 16 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago
Amazing tour - not to be missed!

This is a wonderful tour which truly showcases the beauty of the Sunshine Coast. Craig was an incredible host and guide! He made our adventure more than could have been expected. He was very knowledgeable as well as personable and provided a day long of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank travelerashley15
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cyclone Oma didn’t stop us !!

We had expected to be told that a drive along the beach was not going to happen as a result of Oma but our driver Craig had other ideas. After a stop in the rainforest for morning tea and a little wait for the tide...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Beckster2903
Reviewed 20 December 2018

We were very privileged to have Craig as our guide. He is a walking "Google" He showed us the great outdoors. In fact we were on a "private" tour as there were only 2 of us on that tour. There is so much to appreciate...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HedyTan
Reviewed 10 December 2018
Best day of our trip to the Sunshine Coast

Had the most amazing day with Great Beach Drive. We had 5 days on the Sunshine Coast and this was definitely the highlight. We has a pick up form our hotel and transport was in a plush 4WD vehicle with the super friendly Steve. Conversation...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Miranda E
Reviewed 25 October 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 JudyC464
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24 December 2018|
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Response from Frequenttraveller008 | Property representative |
Hi Bubblinky, We do offer a Rainbow Beach - Noosa - Rainbow Beach full day tour on a Private Charter basis only with a maximum 4 adults, 2 children in a 4x4 WD wagon. Alternatively, our sister company Surf and Sand Safaris... More