The next part of our epic road trip took us across from Tenant Creek, Northern Territory through quiet northern Queensland to the stunning east coast. The first stop we made was Townsville, although the weather wasn’t the best we thought it was a great city with lots to do. Climbing up Castle Hill is definitely recommended the view from the top is amazing.
As we began to move down the coast the weather got progressively worse, so we bypassed many places we had hoped to stop unfortunately in a bit of a rush to get back to Sydney. Further down the east coast we met some friends who recommended a visit to Rainbow Beach. We loved it so much instead of staying one night we stayed for three, but wished it could have been longer. Although you have to pay for camping permits, it is well worth it, we got to camp right by the beach, such an incredible spot!
The first day we spent exploring the numerous off road lanes, before having great fun driving along the sandy beach and walking up to a lovely lighthouse to take in the view.
On day two we decided to head over to Fraser Island, we walked onto the ferry instead of paying to take the car across but managed to explore much of the huge island anyway. We also had an encounter with the native wildlife, while sitting on the beach I turned around just in time to see a dingo trying to make off with one of our backpacks, we jumped up to chase it but luckily it quickly gave up and ran off.
The next day we reluctantly said goodbye to Rainbow beach to continue our trip south. Our next much awaited destination was the Glasshouse Mountains for more Green lane off-roading! The striking mountains are incredible to see especially next to each other at the panoramic lookout.
There is lots to do around the Glasshouse with hiking trails all over the place and of course the renowned Green lanes, the reason we were here. We spent the next day trying out every lane we could find which was going great until….
But after an hour or so shoving branches under the wheels we got it out to our relief with no need for a tow. Getting straight to back to more exploring.
After the Glasshouse we headed back on the road and soon entered New South Wales where our Road Trip began. This trip has been the most incredible 6 weeks of my life so far and although we thoroughly explored everywhere we went there are still so many places I want to visit and revisit, so am glad to say it won’t be the last of my epic Australian road trips!