Some of the best places can only be found by car, with a big map blocking the wind screen, your best friend munching on chips in the back and some great music on the radio. While road trips can be done via bus or taxi, having your own hire car in Brisbane can make it more personal, enjoyable and often a lot cheaper! One such place that is more easily accessible via a hire car from Brisbane is Noosa. Below is a five day road trip which will take you from the car rental depot, up to the Sunshine Coast suburb of Noosa and back again.

Day 1 – Brisbane to Noosa

After you have picked up your car from the hire company, head up the motorway to the Sunshine Coast. Brisbane to Noosa takes less than 2 hours, passing through a variety of beautiful beachside towns including Maroochydore and Coolum Beach. Noosa is known for its golden beaches, subtropical climate and sophisticated charm, offering the beach on the edge of a wide range of shops and restaurants to fill your day easily.

Day 2 – Noosa to Blackall Range
Start the day early and head on up the mountains behind Noosa to Blackall Range. This area hosts a range of pretty towns like Mapleton and Montville, offering spectacular views, a wide range of art galleries and a number of easy walking paths. Carry on to Mary Cairncross Park for the best views of the Glass House Mountains or, if you are feeling lively, visit Kondalilla Falls, an opulent rainforest national park for hiking.

Day 3 – Noosa to Rainbow Beach
Drive north again to get to the Cooloola National Park and Reserve and enjoy a river cruise through the everglades. Allow up to 4 hours for the cruise. Tin Can Bay is also worth a look if you are early enough, as you may be lucky to see dolphins who frequent the seas in the early mornings.

Day 4 – Rainbow Beach to Mooloolaba
Head back down towards Brisbane again and stop off at Mooloolaba, another beachside town. In this area you can enjoy many family activities including Underwater World, The Ginger Factory at Yandina, the Big Cart Track and the Big Pineapple. You can also spend some time by the beach or buy some souvenirs along the boulevard.

Day 5 – Mooloolaba to Brisbane
Return to Brisbane and explore the state capital, dropping off your Brisbane car hire at the end of the trip.

So, why not take a trip along the coast of south east Queensland on your next holiday to the sunshine state? Car hire company Alpha Car Hire has a depot in Brisbane offering vehicles for every budget and every party size. So hop in a comfortable and reliable car and have an amazing time in your Sunshine Coast road trip!