Self Drive

If you're not keen on flying, Queensland’s wide open spaces make it ideal for exploration by car. The roads are high quality and well-signed so getting here is easy.

Driving is a great way to experience the changing landscape and rich variety of the Australian landscape on your way to Queensland. Remember that Queensland is a huge state, so you won’t run out of destinations, diversions and things to see and do.

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Self Drive Driving Times

Sydney to Brisbane: 9 hours 
Melbourne to Brisbane: 21 hours 
Adelaide to Brisbane: 25 hours 
Darwin to Brisbane: 35-40 hours

The drive from Melbourne is ideally covered over two days (minimum), and Sydney to Brisbane can be driven in about nine hours.

View our Queensland Road Distances Table below which shows the distances between popular destinations throughout Queensland.

Queensland Driving Distances Chart


Self Drive Suggested Routes

  • From Melbourne or Sydney, take the coastal Pacific Highway (1); the more inland New England Highway (15) through NSW; or the inland A32 from Adelaide which also goes through NSW. 
  • If you have time up your sleeve, you can continue taking the coastal route (the Bruce Highway, A1) all the way north to Cairns. The highway is scenic, comfortable to drive and offers plenty of attractions along the way; but you’ll need to allow two to three days for the journey from Brisbane.
  • For an alternative entry into Queensland, drive up from New South Wales via the New England Highway (15) through the Southern Downs. This will take you through Warwick and Toowoomba, towns rich in pioneer history. From here you can continue north to the vineyards of the Granite Belt and South Burnett regions. 
  • South East Queensland is well-connected with freeways and distributor roads, from the Gold Coast all the way up to the Sunshine Coast.
  • Serious outback travellers heading east from the Northern Territory can enter Queensland via Mount Isa on the Barkly Highway (A2); or drive up from South Australia via the Birdsville Track (an old stock route and now a dirt track) and on to Longreach. You might want to consider taking a four-wheel drive vehicle though!

Like anywhere in the world, make sure you plan your journey and make time for stops both during the day and overnight. Please consult the safety driving information to find out more.

The RACQ also has a helpful trip planner.

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Britz Campervans and 4WD Cairns

Cairns North, Cairns Area
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Whether you're after an exciting family adventure or an intimate break for two, Britz Campervans and 4WD has the right vehicle for you. Britz campervan has the widest range of vehicles in Australia to suit your holiday needs and budget including four wheel drives for those who really want to get off the beaten track.

Britz Campervans and 4WD Brisbane

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Whether you're after an exciting family adventure or an intimate break for two, Britz Campervans and 4WD has the right vehicle for you. Britz campervan has the widest range of vehicles in Australia to suit your holiday needs and budget including four wheel drives for those who really want to get off the beaten track.

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Gallivanting Oz assists with campervan hire and motorhome rental in Australia, as well as escorted motorhome tours. They know Australia; they know the vehicles and believe in good old fashioned service.

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Avis is the leading car rental company in Australia, operating at more than 240 conveniently located rental facilities, including all major airports. With a long history of innovation in the car rental industry, their 'We Try Harder' approach to service makes Avis one of the world's best-known car rental brands.

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Whether you are taking the family on a camping trip to enjoy the nature and wildlife on Fraser Island, a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a group of friends planning an off-road adventure, Fraser Magic 4WD Hire can help.

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Cairns, Cairns Area
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Apollo Motorhome Holidays has been helping guests make unforgettable holiday memories for 34 years. They offer a wide range of quality campervans, motorhomes and 4WDs throughout Australia, NZ, USA and Germany.

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Apollo Motorhome Holidays has been helping guests make unforgettable holiday memories for 34 years. They offer a wide range of quality campervans, motorhomes, caravans and 4WDs throughout Australia, NZ, USA and Germany.

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Cairns North, Cairns Area
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Mighty Campers is part of Australasia's biggest campervan company. At Mighty they help travellers kick start stories by providing the best value, low cost campervans that are simple to use. Combined with an easy self-service check in process that gets you on the road faster, convenient branch locations and 24 hour roadside assistance, they've got you covered.

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Cairns North, Cairns Area
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The maui experience is all about indulging yourself on a journey of discovery and authentic experiences in comfort and style. Indulge by taking the scenic route. Stay longer, because you can, and learn more about the world around you.

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Camperman Australia is an East Coast based campervan hire company with a depot network including Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Camperman provides independent travellers the opportunity to explore Australia from any of their eight depot locations on the East coast.
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