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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Spectacular National Parks Trail

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Bushwalking among peculiar boulders, swimming in crystal clear rock pools, spotting native kangaroos and wallabies grazing in open fields are experiences in the Spectacular National Parks Trail as well as opportunities for sampling delicious local produce and wines along the way.

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.

9 Day Outback Adventure

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Pack your bags and leave the big smoke behind as you take on the 9 Day self drive Outback Adventure. This journey will take you through iconic south west Outback Queensland towns that offer experiences and adventure for every member of the family.

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.

Cross Country to Outback

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12 day one way itinerary featuring heritage stories, delicious local produce and incredible dinosaur attractions. Highlights of this tour include Girraween National Park and its balancing boulders, the village of Nobby - home to Rudds Pub, the picturesque garden city of Toowoomba and the heritage listed Jondaryan Woolshed.

Southern Food Trail

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Journey south of the Great Dividing Range descending from Toowoomba to the fertile plains of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, 147 kilometres on the Southern Food Trail. Stop at the historic pub in Nobby home to literary great Steele Rudd, and continue past lush green cattle paddocks and rolling hills.

Queensland Public Gallery Trail

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The Queensland gallery network is abuzz with exciting activities and beautiful art. Experience local and national art while you travel from A to B through Queensland’s culturally vibrant cities and towns.

Northern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive

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Driving at your own pace is a great way to explore the beach and bayside peninsulas. All with their own personalities and remarkable settings, the coastal villages offer warm and friendly surroundings, great for relaxing.

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.

National Parks and Artisan Stories

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Drive the “Valley of the Lakes” scenic route, discover well preserved rainforests at Ravensbourne National Park, ancient bunya pines at Bunya Mountains National Park, and Aboriginal rock art at Carnarvon Gorge National Park.
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