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travlr

Fraser Island or Coffs Harbour

by travlr »

Hi, we are traveling to Australia in July with 2 kids and are planning to do Sydney and Cairns. We have a few days in between and wanted to spend time in Fraser Island and/or Cairns. We are arriving into Brisbane from Cairns and have 4 days including the day of arrival (we get it at 8am in the morning, so have the entire day) and leave from Coffs Harbour to Sydney on the 5th day. We were wondering if we should fly from Brisbane to Hervey Bay immediately and then ferry onto Fraser Island and spend 3 nights there and then fly from Hervey Bay back to Brisbane /drive down to coffs Harbour on the 4th day to leave the next day to Sydney or just drive to Noosa and do a day trip into Fraser island. Which would be nicer? this is our anniversary trip and would like it to be relaxing and beautiful

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mquartz

RE: Fraser Island or Coffs Harbour

by mquartz »

On arrival in Brisbane at 8AM you can fly Qantas to Hervey Bay and spend the next few days on the island. That would be nice and relaxing. 

Cheaper: Drive from Brisbane airport to Hervey Bay, about 4 hours.

Drive or fly back to Brisbane, and fly (1 hr, not many direct flights) or drive (a good 4 hrs) to Coffs Harbour. 

Then drive (6 hrs) or fly to Sydney.

But if Coffs Harbour is not a must, skip it and make life easy - stay around the gorgeous Fraser Island-Sunshine Coast-Noosa area, then fly Brisbane to Sydney. 

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travlr

RE: Fraser Island or Coffs Harbour

by travlr »

Thanks for the suggestions...we already booked the flight from Coffs Harbour to Sydney, so need to get there. 

we are thinking of driving from Brisbane to Noosa heads and the next day, do a day trip of Fraser Island from Noosa. Would that be a good experience?

After that, we will drive down from Noosa heads to Surfers Paradise, stay there for a night before heading on over to Coffs Harbour. Would that work? Anything to not miss in the drive from Noosa -> Coffs?

 

 

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mquartz

RE: Fraser Island or Coffs Harbour

by mquartz »

Noosa and Fraser are fine! Surfer's is a different story - some love it, I don't, too cheap and crass, too much concrete and bad food and bad behavior. However, drive up to Mt Tamborine for the night, now that's nice!

Not meaning to harp on the topic, but how much would it cost to change the flights? If it meant that you could stay around the Sunshine Coast and fly from Brisbane, rather than having to do the drive to Coffs Harbour (nothing special about that) on a one-way rental, I'd prefer it. Do the numbers. Good luck.

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