More beef awaits after you cross the Tropic of Capricorn to the Creed family's Langmorn Station. If you've ever wanted to learn about life on the land, this is your chance - the Creeds have endless anecdotes to share over afternoon tea and a tour.
Your next destination involves water. Lots of it. The ferry ride to World Heritage listed K'gari (Fraser Island) is a highlight, particularly during whale migration when these gentle giants come to the calm, protected waters to calve. Alight on the world's largest sand island, and the only place in the world where rainforest grows from the sand. (B) Stay: Kingfisher Bay Resort (2 Nights)
The island also has a really long sand highway. Jump in a 4WD and zip along 75 Mile Beach, all the way up the east coast to the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, calm Eli Creek and the Maheno shipwreck, which offers quite the photo opportunity. Just when you thought the island couldn't get any prettier, Lake McKenzie appears on the horizon, this dazzling patch of blue formed only with rainwater.
It's a hard act to follow, but the ancient rainforest at Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek lives up to the challenge with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees. (B/L)