Getting There & Away
From the end of Moorindil St in Tewantin, cash-only Noosa North Shore Ferries shuttle across the river to Noosa North Shore. If you have a 4WD, you can drive along the beach to Rainbow Beach (and on up to Inskip Point to the Fraser Island ferry) – but avoid driving the two hours either side of high tide (check the tide times!). You will also need a vehicle permit (www.npsr.qld.gov.au; per day/week/month $12.15/30.65/48.25). You can buy a permit at the QPWS Great Sandy Information Centre though it's always best to purchase it online ahead of time.
The Great Beach Drive is technically a gazetted road, meaning that the usual road rules apply, including speed limits: 80km/h on the beach, 50km/h along beach camping areas.