Why You Need to Road Trip on Australia's Beach Highway
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Why You Need to Road Trip on Australia's Beach Highway

View along Teewah Beach towards Noosa Heads from Mt Seawah on the Cooloola Great Walk.
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This 40-mile stretch of sand doubles as a road, making it one of the most unique highways in the world. 

The Great Beach Drive in Queensland, Australia is one of the most unique, most scenic roads in the world. Stretching over 40 miles along the Pacific Ocean, cars are permitted to drive on the sandy shores that go from Rainbow Beach to the Noosa North Shore in Queensland.

Ideal for a day trip or overnight, Teewah Beach (another name for The Great Beach Drive) has plenty to offer in terms of sites and attractions, too, like the dazzling cliffs that make up the Teewah Coloured Sands. Here, a natural painting soars 650-feet high, colored by iron oxide and vegetable dyes. And if you visit between July and September, you’ll have a chance to see humpback whales migrating in the waters along Australia’s east coast.

If you need to get out and stretch your legs, the lighthouse at the end of Teewah Beach in Double Island Point is a perfect pit stop. You’ll have to trek over a mile, but the views are worth it. And bonus: it’s also a famous surfing spot.

Truck driving at Teewah colored sands, Queensland, Australia
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Alternatively, hop on a horse for a beach tour. Rainbow Beach Horse Rides offers beach rides, full moon rides, swimming rides, and night rides. Tour groups like Surf and Sand Safaris can help you navigate the coastline by offering day tours on the Cooloola Coast, starting from the resort town of Noosa.

Before you head off, be sure to purchase a daily vehicle access permit. Fees also apply for camping. And be aware of the tides as the water comes all the way up to the cliffs at certain points. Be mindful that the Noosa North Shore area is not open to vehicular traffic and even though it’s not a typical road, normal road rules apply, including a speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour.

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