Day 01: Brisbane to Fraser Island (165 km)
After collecting the vehicle and leaving Brisbane, you have a choice of two itineraries today – either via the coast, taking in the beaches along the Gold Coast, then travel along the Northern New South Wales coast through the towns of Kingscliff, Casuarina and Pottsville Beach, before joining the Pacific Highway again to reach Bryon Bay. Alternatively, you can travel via the scenic, rainforest hinterland, travelling from Nerang to Murwillumbah, via the Numinbah Valley, stopping at the beautiful Natural Bridge. For both routes, it is then on through Brunswick Heads, continuing south to Byron Bay. Byron Bay attracts surfers from near and far to Wategos Beach, on Cape Byron – its northerly aspect makes it one of the best beaches for surfboard riding on the East Coast of Australia. Nearby, Cape Byron is the most easterly point on the Australian Coast.