Drives

Swapping the bustle of Brisbane city for a countryside encounter is easy. With dynamic landscapes only a short drive in every direction, the hard part is deciding which way to go. Hit the road and take your pick from rolling green hills, spectacular lakes, idyllic islands, foodie trails and charming towns.

  • Follow the changing landscape west and you'll find yourself in the Scenic Rim, Brisbane's world-heritage listed backyard.
  • For a road trip sure to satisfy your taste buds, follow the foodie trail to Southern Queensland Country’s freshest produce.
  • You won’t want to be designated driver on a wine tasting through the Granite Belt – take things at your own pace on a self-drive trail sure to delight even the most discerning palette.
  • Journey through time and discover the history of Queensland’s provincial towns – be charmed by handsome heritage buildings in Ipswich, venture to the wild west in Warwick or take a stroll along the Dalby Heritage Trail.
  • Cruise on over to the coastal towns and idyllic islands of Moreton Bay, home to beautiful bayside villages and two of the world's largest sand islands.
  • Set your GPS towards the rolling hills and green open spaces of the Country Valleys and explore sleepy towns and pristine lakes that make it hard to believe you’re only an hour away from the lights of the big city.
  • Take the scenic route and explore a wealth of natural wonders that lie right on Brisbane’s doorstep; from prehistoric boulders at Girraween National Park, to the dramatic peaks of the Great Dividing Range and the world-heritage rainforest in Lamington National Park.
  • It only takes 35 minutes behind the wheel to uncover unique experiences in Logan, from meditation at traditional Buddhist temples, to bustling Sunday markets packed with produce from Asia, Africa and Europe.

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Nature and Foodies Trail

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Travel through the spectacular Scenic Rim region to Stanthorpe, heart of the Granite Belt. Explore the many bush trails, and stunning landscapes of Girraween National Park. Sample an amazing array of local produce and meet the makers.

North Stradbroke Island Four Wheel Drive Adventure Drive Itinerary

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Located on Brisbane's doorstep, North Stradbroke Island - that's Straddie to the locals - will spoil you with some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in Australia. The island is one of the country's natural treasures and the largest of Moreton Bay's islands, covering 27,530 hectares.

Brisbane to Birdsville 4WD Adventure Drive

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You've got the four-wheel-drive and you've got the spirit of adventure; let that lead you on the outback trip of a lifetime through southern Queensland to some of Australia's most remote and iconic outback townships.

Pacific Coast Way

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The Pacific Coast Way links coastal havens, hinterland towns, and major cities all along the east coast, from the Gold Coast to Cairns. The Pacific Coast is a 'big' drive. Take your time: the real journey hides just out of sight, ready to be discovered off the highway.

Cross Country to Outback

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Travel from Country to Outback on this adventure-filled one way drive from Brisbane to Mount Isa. Meet local producers on the Granite Belt Food and Wine Trail. Explore the many bush walks of Girraween National Park.

Drovers and Pioneers Trail

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The Drovers and Pioneers Trail includes a mix of sealed and unsealed roads therefore a Four Wheel Drive vehicle is recommended. Begin your journey in Mount Isa city in Queensland's vast North West Outback then follow the Diamantina Development Road through spectacular outback scenery en route to Boulia, capital of the Channel Country.

Border Range Loop Drive

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Leave the bustle of the city behind as you set off on a three-day drive along the Border Range Loop. This scenic route will take you from Brisbane to Ipswich and across the Great Dividing Range to Warwick before heading to the villages of Tamborine Mountain.

Mt Coot-tha Tourist Drive

Toowong, Brisbane Area
The Mt Coot-tha Scenic Drive takes a circuitous route through the Mount Coot-tha Forest and Brisbane Forest Park, beginning at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium before winding past picturesque barbecue and picnic sites to the city's premier lookout.

Gourmet Country and Outback Stories

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Travel southwest from Brisbane to the Granite Belt, Queensland’s premier food and wine region. Detour along The Falls Scenic Drive to the beautiful Queen Mary Falls and follow the Strange Bird Wine Trail to Stanthorpe.

Tamborine-Lamington Circuit

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Only a short drive from the Gold Coast are some of the world's best preserved stands of sub-tropical rainforests in Lamington National Park. From Nerang, head south-west into Lamington National Park.
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