Where Can You Drive
With a Noosa Car Rentals self-drive hire car, the Sunshine Coast and South-east Queensland becomes your holiday playground.
You can travel anywhere within a 300km radius of Noosa, which will take you south to Brisbane and Surfers Paradise, north to Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Bargara or west to Kingaroy and southwest to Toowoomba.
Hires of 4 days or more come with unlimited kilometres within that 300km limit. For shorter hires, our generous free daily mileage allowance of 200km accumulates each day of the hire so, say on a 3-day hire, you could take the family to DreamWorld, MovieWorld, Sea World or Wet & Wild on the Gold Coast (a round trip of about 500 km) and still have 100km available for trips around the Sunshine Coast.
Here are some of the favourite places our customers drive to:
Apollonian Hotel at Boreen Point by the shores of Lake Cootharaba. Just a 20 to 25 minute drive north of Noosa this truly historic hotel has become famous for its wood-fired roasts at Sunday lunchtime
Australia Zoo. Steve Irwin’s creation gets bigger and better every year. It’s only a 40-minute drive south from Noosa – half that time from Maroochydore and Mooloolaba – on the Steve Irwin Way that links the Bruce highway with Beerwah. There’s so much to see allow a full day.
Eumundi Markets are world famous and only a 20-minute drive from Noosa and not much more from Maroochydore, Mooloolaba or any Sunshine Coast resort. The main market days are Wednesday and Saturday and it pays to get there by 10am.
Ginger Factory at Yandina, just off the Bruce Highway between Eumundi and Nambour. Fun for the family but a serious destination for serious foodies.
Golfers can have a ball on the Sunshine Coast. A number of Australia’s top-rated courses are just a short drive away. At Coolum there’s the Palmer Golf Resort, home of the Australian PGA, and just down the road, the Twin Waters course. Closer to Noosa, in fact just minutes away, is Noosa Springs and the Tewantin-Noosa course and then, just a little further down the Coast Pelican Waters, Caloundra, Headland and Horton Park.
Kenilworth, an easy 45-minutes drive from Noosa takes you into the lush low Hinterland and the opportunity to taste a wonderful range of specialty cheeses at the local cheese factory.
Maroochydore has developed into the Coast’s main commercial centre and at the Sunshine Plaza, the Coast’s largest shopping centre, you find Myer, Target and all the big-name boutique stores found in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. All this, and just a 25-minute drive from Noosa.
Montville and Maleny are hinterland towns set high in the Blackall Ranges. After wandering through the quaint art and craft shops that have made Montville famous, lunch is a must at a restaurant or cafe that provides panoramic views of the whole Sunshine Coast. Drive on to Maleny with more breathtaking views of the Coast and the Glasshouse Mountains and drop into the Maleny Cheese Factory for a fascinating tasting session.
Mooloolaba has its fine surf beach but if you continue on down the Spit from the Mooloolaba Wharf with its shops, bars and restaurants, you come to the local fisheries and their dockside cafes which offer the freshest fish and prawns on the Coast.
Spirit House at Yandina is possibly the Coast’s most revered and awarded restaurant and it’s also renowned for its cooking classes. It’s less than 30 minutes’ drive from most parts of the Coast but bookings are essential.
Tin Can Bay, which is out on the coast from Gympie, is where dolphins come to feed each day
Underwater World (just south of Maroochydore at Mooloolaba Wharf) is a favourite for families, especially if the weather has turned sour,
2-day hires or more
Brisbane – It’s 150km away so it takes a minimum 2-day hire. The river restaurants, South Bank and the City Mall are a must. If you have a credit card at the ready, the DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) stores in the Brisbane Airport precinct are also definitely worth a visit.
Hervey Bay is about a 2½ hour drive from Noosa, or nearly 200km. This is your stepping off point for tours to world-heritage listed Fraser Island and it’s where the whales come to play as winter gives way to spring. It’s also your base for a flying visit to Lady Elliott Island to become entranced by the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef at its most southern point.
3-day hires or more
Gold Coast theme parks. South-east Queensland’s superb highway and motorway system puts DreamWorld, MovieWorld, SeaWorld and Wet & Wild little more than 2 hours away from the Sunshine Coast. It’s a round trip of about 500km so you’ll need at least a 3-day hire to meet your km allocation but they can be done in a day and save you additional accommodation costs.