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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Journeys
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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.

Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive

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Follow the brown and white dugong signs along the Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive for a delightful day trip of discovery. Roaming through the scenic hinterland of Mt Cotton, the bayside peninsulas Victoria Point, Cleveland and Wellington Point, and the bayside villages of Manly and Wynnum, the route covers 78 kilometres of the area's most appealing sights and allows you to explore them at your own pace.

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.

Brisbane to Fraser Island Adventure Drive

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The majority of the roads are sealed which means it's an adventure suitable for cars as well as four wheel drives however there are a few rough patches along the way so be sure to check conditions before you start.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bunya Mountains Getaway

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Escape to the picturesque Bunya Mountains National Park, where pristine rainforest and ancient bunya pines await. Relax in your cosy, self-contained chalet, breathe in stunning views and explore the many rainforest walks.

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.
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