More beef awaits after you cross the Tropic of Capricorn, GPS set for Langmorn Station, where the Creed family will welcome you with afternoon tea and a tour of the immense (and historic) cattle property - the original family homestead was built in 1873. The Creeds love nothing more than a good yarn about life on the land.
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 on your Fraser Island tour and skid 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)
Australia's most easterly point is the stuff that postcards were made for, as you'll discover when you reach the Cape Byron Lighthouse, standing proud over the Pacific Ocean. Dolphins are a common sight year round, and they're joined by whales during migration. Keep your eyes peeled all the way to Coffs Harbour on the mid-North Coast of New South Wales.
This pocket of paradise has some of the state's most impressive beaches. Follow the breeze (and lead of locals) to the beach for a dazzling end of day sunset. (B/D) Stay: BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort
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