Summit 2 Sea are lucky enough to call the Sunshine Coast their home, and one of the greatest things about living in the area is the endless opportunities for 4x4 adventures available to them just a short drive away.
REDARC caught up with the guys to find out about some of their favourite short trips which are perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway.
Noosa North Shore
Just a 2 minute ferry from the mainland at Tewantin and you will find yourself driving along one of Queensland's beach highways. Before exiting the bitumen and heading down onto the beach, be sure to pull over and let some air out of your tyres. Teewah Beach is generally a pretty good run with hard compacted sand, however you can never be too careful and by letting your tyres down it can also provide a smoother ride.
Noosa North Shore has some of the best beachfront camp sites (in our opinion) and these start not long after the township of Teewah and run right up the beach to Freshwater track.
- Activities – Surfing, fishing, 4wding, camping, sand duning, hiking, snorkelling, whale watching
- Dogs – Only permitted between 1st & 3rd Cutting
- Permits – Car permits are needed for driving on the beach and if you decide to camp you will also need a camping permit
- Ferry – Tewantin to Noosa North Shore $7 one way
- Fires – Fire bans are often in-place. Check with park rangers prior
- Facilities – No toilets, no running water, large skip bins at certain locations between camping zones.
For us Inskip is only 1.5 – 2hrs North. There are multiple ways we are able to access Inskip Point. Either driving up Noosa North Shore and crossing over to Rainbow Beach or heading out on the Bruce Highway to Gympie and then exiting off towards Rainbow Beach.
For those of you who don't have a 4wd or are after a campsite that is easily accessible this is a fantastic trip for you! Inskip Point has 2wd accessible camping options as well as some 4wd only sites.
We have stayed at both 4wd and 2wd sites, they are both amazing with water views just about everywhere you look. Keep in mind if you are hitting the 4wd only track, be sure to check the track first and remember to let your tyre pressure down because you don't want to end up on the 'I got bogged at Inskip Point' Facebook Page.
- Activities – Fishing, easy beach driving, camping, swimming, watching the sunset
- Dogs – Permitted on leash and must be tied up at your campsite
- Permits – Camping permits and vehicle permits are required when staying at Inskip
- Facilities – Drop toilets throughout camp sites, no running water, no power, skip bins at entrance to each camp site
- Fires – permitted most of the year, check with park rangers
- Drinking water – Fill up station back in town at Rainbow Beach (10 minute drive).
Buderim Water Falls
The perfect Sunday drive! Who doesn't love chasing waterfalls? Buderim is located 90km north of Brisbane. Pack the kids, pack a picnic and jump in the car, these waterfalls are not to be missed. Once you enter the carpark the falls are only a short walk through the beautiful rainforest. There is a circuit track you can follow which will take you right around the waterfalls giving you a view from every angle. There is also a great bridge that allows you to view the waterfall from a different perspective.
- Access - Can be slippery if going after rain, we recommend wearing enclosed non-slip shoes
- Things to take – Water, food, insect repellent, camera
- Facilities – Toilets located near the car park, walking track entrance.
Noosa National Park
For those not familiar with the area, the National Park is located at one end of the famous Hastings Street. The Noosa National Park is a great place to visit for the whole family. You do not need to set aside too much time to be able to see what the park has to offer, although we do recommend spending at least half a day exploring, swimming and walking.
The coastal track that leads you from the start of the park, around the beautiful bays along to the northern end of Sunshine Beach is 10.8km return. The views at every step are breathtaking, if you are lucky you might spot a koala lazing around in a tree or a pod of dolphins cruising through the surf. We love to take a walk through the National Park and it just reminds us that we live in a really special part of the world.
- Activities – Walking, running, animal spotting, swimming, snorkelling, surfing, fishing, picnicking
- Facilities – Toilets are located at the entrance of the park and again a few km into the walk, water fountains are situated through a few spots however it is best to BYO water
- Dogs – Not permitted in the National Park
- Camping – As nice as it would be to wake up to these amazing view, camping is not permitted in the park.
There you have it, a few eye opening experiences just a hop, skip and a jump from the South East of Queensland. And to keep up with the team from Summit 2 Sea you can visit their website or follow their Facebook and Instagram accounts.