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Surfer's to Cairn's Road Trip !

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1. Posted by Deaneop (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


In the early stages of planning a trip to Surfers Paradise for the new years celebration's just wondering if anybody has any comment's or tips on what to expect ?

The main reason for this post is that im planning on driving from Surfer's to Cairn's to check out the barrier reef, Anybody done this or know how much time i should allow for the trip as i know its in the region of 700 miles going to bee stopping over night so any suggestions on places to stop and see or any decent motel's/Hotel's/Hostel's on the way were we could spend the night ?

Thank's and i look forwared to any replie's


Dean , London living in Auckland

2. Posted by nick5466 (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Here is a list of stops and times it takes from each place. These stops are the most common when travelling up the east coast

Sydney to Surf Camp 600 km 7 hours
Surf Camp to Byron Bay 250 km 3 hours
Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise 120km 1 hour 30 mins
Surfers Paradise to Brisbane 80 km 1 hour
Brisbane to Mooloolaba 98 km 1 hour 15 min
Mooloolaba to Noosa 42 km 45 min
Noosa to Rainbow Beach 143 km 2 hours 30 min
Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay 126 km 2
Hervey Bay to Fingerboard Roadhouse 250 km 3 hours
Fingerboard Roadhouse to Kroombit 222 km 3 hours 15 min
Kroombit to Rockhampton 250km 3 hours
Rockhampton to Airlie Beach 700km 7 hours
Airlie Beach to Townsville 286 km 4 hours 30 min
Townsville to Mission Beach 240 km 4 hours 30 min
Mission Beach to Innisfail 52 km 30 mins
Innisfail to Cairns 270 km 3 hours 30 mins

If you check out some tour companies websites, some times they give you an outline of what they do in each place they stop at, if you after some ideas of what to do?
I would reccomend at least 20 days to do the trip maybe longer. It depends if your going to go on the tours to fraser island and the whitsundays. Its entirely up to you.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 22, 2007, at 6:41 PM by nick5466 ]