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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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.

15 Day Outback Legends

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Pack up the car and head out west to take on the 15 day Outback Legends self drive. This journey will take you through iconic Outback Queensland towns that offer experiences and adventure for every member of the family.

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.

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.

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.

Gourmet Country Escape

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Travel through the pretty Scenic Rim town of Boonah and follow the Falls Scenic Drive to Queen Mary Falls. Stay overnight in a beautiful cottage with stunning views over the Condamine Gorge then follow the Strange Bird Wine trail to Stanthorpe in Queensland’s Granite Belt Food and Wine region.

Overlander's Way

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From the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and pristine beaches of north Queensland to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland and into the Northern Territory, the Overlander's Way will take you through architecturally rich historic towns, dinosaur centres and to the home of some of the world's most quirky events;

Warrego Way

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'Travel west young man' was an adage used in the past to entice folks into the outback - a world full of adventure and mystery. Today, travel west and your journey will still be filled with adventure but luckily, you don't have to take the rutted bush tracks of the past.

WWI Memorial Journey - Brisbane to Warwick

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The Brisbane to Warwick journey provides the opportunity to visit war memorials in Logan and the northern Gold Coast before taking country roads to the regional towns of Beaudesert and Boonah. From Boonah in the Scenic Rim, head to Maroon, and then through the Moogerah Peaks to the Cunningham Highway and on to Warwick.

Adventure Way, Queensland

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Retrace the tracks of Cobb & Co, as you traverse the unique and fascinating Adventure Way. Bitumen roads now replace the rutted tracks once taken by horse drawn coaches of all but the last 150 km, enabling even those in a two-wheel drive to experience the richness of this route.
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