Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours is the only dedicated Noosa to Rainbow Beach tour operator. We run one-day and overnight tours right on the beautiful stretch of beaches between Noosa and Rainbow Beach – that’s right – our driving tours take place on the sand, not the bitumen.

Accessible only by 4×4, experience constant changing scenery in this once in a lifetime experience with views and locations that will take your breath away and have you wondering why you didn’t do it sooner, and when can you do it again!

This stretch of stunning sandy beaches features two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves side-by-side, with the Great Sandy Biosphere and Noosa Biosphere offering a unique combination of both beach and bushland.

Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours are Advanced Eco Certified and are the only tour operators with direct and extended vehicle access to protected Double Island Point Lighthouse, as well as the only operators who hold interactive coloured sand presentations as part of their tours.

Rainbow Beach is famous for its stunning coloured sands, which were once used by the Gubbi Gubbi people for their artwork and boomerang decoration. Other highlights include the secluded and serene Honeymoon Bay, Red Canyon overlooking Teewah Beach, pristine rainforest and the memorable Lighthouse at Double Island Point.

From start to finish, our tour itineraries offer freedom to explore, to stay a little longer, and to make the most of this unique experience. Our local and knowlegeable guides take you to the best-kept secrets of this coastline.

Our modern fleet of air-conditioned 4WD wagons and 11-seater 4WD buses offer a personalised experience, were you will spend more time out than inside the vehicles with freedom to explore, relax and experience the stunning locations.

Our local guides know the Great Beach Sand Highway like the back of their hands, and they love to share their knowledge. This interactive tour allows for guests to ask questions, and request stops for more time to explore.

All Tours Include Stops to Explore

  • 40 Mile Beach
  • World-famous coloured sands of Rainbow Beach
  • Double Island Point Lighthouse
  • Red Canyon
  • Honeymoon Bay
  • Natural Rainforest
  • Rainbow Beach

All Tours Include

  • Pick-up and drop off from designated Sunshine Coast accommodation
  • Transport in an air conditioned 4WD wagon or 4×4 WD mini-bus
  • Tour guide
  • Coloured sands demonstration
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • National Park and ferry fees

What To Bring

We provide the vehicles, local tour guides and all the knowledge. All you need to do is remember to pack:

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • A sense of adventure!

Please Note:

Safety is a priority on all our tours and our vehicles are equipped for wheelchairs, as well as babies over 6 months, with booster seats available on request. Baby seats will need to be provided by guests.

Click through to discover all the details of our One-Day Great Beach Drive Tour, and Overnight Rainbow Beach Escape.

We also offer Private Charter Tours for full-day and overnight tours for those looking for more freedom, and an escape to remember.

Our Tours

This eight-hour tour travels more than 70km of iconic beaches with our vehicles travelling right on the sand, so you can soak in the scenery and wildlife, such as dolphins, manta rays, turtles, soldier crabs, birdlife, and whales (whale season is June-October).

Extend your trip and break the 70km tour across two days with an overnight stay in a gorgeous suite at Rainbow Ocean Palms. Guests have the freedom to stay a little longer at any of the stops, such as the Lighthouse at Double Island Point or Honeymoon Bay.

Want a little more freedom, and a more personalized experience? We also offer private charters for our one-day tour, as well as the overnight escape.You and our group set the pace and decide how long to stay at each of the stops.