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Brisbane is Australia’s prime riverside city and the capital city of Queensland, the country’s adored sunshine state. Often overlooked in favour for its more “exciting” counterparts, it’s fair to say that Brisbane could be one of the most underrated parts of the country. Not only does it have a cool arts scene and pleasant climate, the city is awash with things to do. For those doing an Aussie road-trip, picking up a campervan hire in Brisbane is a great choice. From here, you’ll have the freedom to explore the Sunshine Coast or even go further afield to Sydney or Cairns. With your campervan in toe, the East Coast is your oyster!
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Important facts Why you should hire a campervan in Brisbane
There’s a huge range of motorhomes for hire in Brisbane. Share a Camper features campervans that will suit any taste and budget so you’ll be sure to find something for you and your crew. You can spend your days touring Australia in a funky Volkswagen camper or a luxurious, high-class motorhome. The choice is completely yours and this service gives you the freedom to customise your trip down to a tee.
Brisbane is in an ideal location for anyone looking to discover the best of Australia by campervan. The East Coast is lined with white sand beaches, islands and an abundance of nature as well as vibrant cities. No matter which direction you decide to go, you can indulge your inner nature lover by marvelling at some of the country’s most iconic wildlife. With kangaroos hopping about on Hamilton Island and koalas climbing around Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, meeting some of Australia’s most famous residents will definitely be on the agenda!
The city’s central location has the added benefit of being at the root of some of the country’s most famous drives. It seems that all roads lead to Brisbane when you’re planning an Australia road-trip so it should come as no surprise that this is a well-beaten area, ideal for both first-time campers and novices alike. You’ll find a huge selection of campsites to choose almost everywhere you go as well as all the amenities that you’ll need for your trip. Whether you’re in the market for a boutique glamping experience or simply need a place to sleep, there are plenty of places to park up your Brisbane RV hire.
One of the main highlights of a Brisbane campervan hire trip is the Sunshine Coast - and for good reason, too. There’s so much to explore on this world-famous route with beaches aplenty.
However, that’s not to say that you should restrict your trip to just this region. Driving North towards Cairns will take you past one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Great Barrier Reef. If you really want to have a quintessential Australia trip then snorkelling over these colourful corals is a bucket-list activity not to be missed. Driving South of Brisbane will take you to Sydney, Australia’s largest city boasting iconic sights such as The Sydney Opera House and The Harbour Bridge. Plus, the journey there is an adventure in itself with lots of world-class surfing along the way!
Before you head out on your journey, though, you’ll want to spend a few days exploring Brisbane. The city is made up of a series of interesting riverside villages that are waiting to be explored. Within them, you’ll find quirky bars and cafes and a buzzing art’s scene along with architecture dating back to the city’s beginnings.
Visitors to the city have plenty to keep them entertained. One of the main highlights of the city is the Gallery of Modern Art which features pieces by critically acclaimed Australian artists from over the past 50 years. Best of all, this art gallery is free to visit so whether you’re a self-proclaimed art buff or are just looking to kill some time, you can do so without breaking the bank. The nearby Queensland Art Gallery features earlier works and is also free to visit!
The West End of Brisbane is the bohemian edge of town and a nice place to aimlessly explore. By day, you can stroll along past artisanal cafes and independent shops and, by night, enjoy live local music and craft beers at one of the neighbourhood’s many bars.
Another spot not to miss is the Brisbane Powerhouse; once a derelict power station, this industrial space now acts as a contemporary arts centre. It’s perched right on the river’s edge and offers unrivalled views of the city. You can release your inner foodie at one of the restaurants within it or catch a visual arts, comedy or music performance. If you’re around in the warm summer months, don’t miss the chance to grab a blanket and catch a movie at the Moonlight Cinema.
One of the best ways, however, to enjoy the riverside city is from the river itself. There are several companies offering guided tour up Brisbane River’s banks but thrifty travellers should take a ride on the CityHopper ferry which is completely free and hits all the main tourist spots. If you want to view the city from a vantage point then the Brisbane wheel sits at almost 60m high and is a fun activity to do with the family around sunset time.
If you’re looking to spend your time in Australia surrounded by nature then you’ll be glad to hear that Brisbane is by no means a concrete jungle boasting plenty of outdoor spaces for you to enjoy. Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens sit at the foot of its tallest mountain, Mount Coot-tha and features a huge variety of subtropical plants. For those looking to enjoy the outdoors without going too far from the city’s CBD then this green space offers a great escape. In addition to this, visitors can find rock climbing, kayaking, cycling paths and riverside walks all within the city’s boundaries.
There really is something for everyone in Brisbane. Whether you want to spend your days in the city marvelling at art, exploring nature or simply discovering some new restaurants and breweries, there is plenty to keep you entertained.
Plus, your Brisbane campervan hire is the best base for exploring the city and beyond. With food, transport and accommodation on the same set of four wheels, this is travel and convenience at its very best.
Arriving in Brisbane for your RV holiday
If you're flying into Brisbane, you'll arrive at Brisbane Airport, just 17 km outside of the CBD. Depending on your host, it may be possible to arrange to pick up your campervan rental in Brisbane as soon as you touch down.
If not, the city is easy to reach via public transport. The AirTrain is considered to be the most economical and convenient option. Services leave every half an hour at non-peak times and every 15 minutes at peak times. The service runs between 5 am and 10 pm and tickets cost just $18 one-way or $34 return with savings for booking advanced tickets online. The train will have you in the CBD in 23 minutes.
Regardless of where you decide to meet your host- be it at the arrivals terminal, the heart of the city, or a suburb, make sure to factor in enough time to complete the Vehicle Handover form. It'sinn both your own and your host's best interests to fill out this form as accurately and thoroughly as possible.
Picking up and Dropping off your Camper
On the last day of your road-trip, it's not unlikely that you'll be rushing to get back to drop off your vehicle on time. We recommend leaving early on your last day to give yourself time for any last-minute pit stops and to take account of the busy Brisbane traffic!
Finally, you and the owner should fill in the post-hire vehicle inspection form. If there has been any damage to the care, report it to ShareaCamper as soon as possible.
Don't forget to factor in 45 minutes to fill in the vehicle handover report. This form takes into account the pre-hire condition of the vehicle and will be used in the case of disputes. It's in your own best interest to fill this out as thoroughly as possible. Spend as much time as you like checking for signs of wear and tear and ensure that all information is on the form before you set off.
Our system gives you and your host the flexibility to pick up your Brisbane campervan hire whenever fits into your schedules. Make sure to give your host plenty of notice about when you'll be arriving and when you might like to arrange the pick-up and drop off.
If you're new to the city and picking up your car from the host's home, they'll be able to help you out with transport recommendations. If you're a local and driving your own car to pick up the vehicle, your host will be able to advise the best place for you to park your own car while you're away. If they have no parking recommendations, it might be best to have a trusted friend drive the car home on your behalf.
Campervans in Brisbane: A City Motorhome Guide
The main entry for international visitors to Brisbane is the city’s International Airport. Just 18 km from the city, visitors don’t need to worry about spending a long time commuting to their final destination in Brisbane- especially with the introduction of the AirTrain, a round the clock service which whizzes passengers to the CBD in just 23 minutes.
When you arrive into the city, it’s easy to get from A to B using the comprehensive public transport system with trains, buses and ferries operating 7 days a week. The star of the show is the CityHopper which the public can use to sail along the Brisbane River for free. In addition to this, a late-night service is run until 5 am on Friday and Saturday nights meaning you can get home safely if you decide to take advantage of Brisbane’s buzzing nightlife!
To use the city’s public transport system, you’ll first need to purchase a go card which you’ll scan to get on and off the bus. This card saves visitors money when compared with buying paper tickets and can also be used in Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Food and Drink
Brisbane has an innovative food and drink scene which is largely influenced both by its vast Asian population and the creative spirit of the city. You’ll find options to suit every taste and every budget whether you’re looking for gourmet burgers and craft beers, 5-star dining or fresh sushi.
Outside of the city, don’t miss the chance to sample the Cabarnet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Chardonnay of Granite Belt and South Burnett- two gastronomic destinations well worth adding to your trip itinerary.
For a taste of the Orient, Sono Japanese Restaurant offers up authentic Japanese Cuisine in the heart of the CDB. The food is very reasonably priced, especially considering its central Brisbane location. Most people come for the sushi, the plentiful sake menu and the unbeaten ambience with waiting staff dressed in traditional Japanese clothing. Their sister restaurant in Portside Wharf is equally as popular.
For exceptional Roman food and an extensive selection of expertly chosen wines, a meal at 1889 Enoteca is an experience in itself. All of the pasta is made on-site by hand offering you one of the most authentic Italian meals you’ll find outside of the peninsula. If you want to treat yourself while in Brisbane, this is the place to do it.
If the weather is kind to you on your trip to Brisbane, then a trip to the Riverbar & Kitchen should definitely be on your itinerary. Not only do they have an enviable location perched on the edge of the Brisbane River, they also boast a massive outdoor seating area in the heart of the CBD. Most come here for the cold beers and gorgeous city scape.
If you like your drink with a view then head to Elixir, a rooftop bar in the heart of the CBD. Boasting a sophisticated atmosphere and a creative drinks menu, this is the perfect place for sundowners in the city: particularly if you’re looking for a memorable space to mingle with friends, family or loved ones.
Sports and Recreation
When it comes to sports in Australia, you can be guaranteed a passionate crowd no matter where you go and Brisbane is no exception. With a packed calendar of events and a buzzing atmosphere, this is a true sporting city. If you pick up your campervan hire in Brisbane in time for one of the city’s big sporting events, you’ll be glad to know that tickets are easily accessible. What’s more, most stadiums are located near the city centre, meaning you don’t need to worry about parking for your camper while you enjoy the game.
Brisbane’s Cricket Ground, known locally as The Gabba, is one of the city’s major sports stadiums. As well as hosting The Ashes and other cricketing events, you can also catch the Brisbane Lions playing here during the Australian Football League.
Rugby League has a huge following in Brisbane and the local team, Brisbane Broncos, play home games at Suncorp Stadium. Brisbane Roar, an A-League football team also play from this stadium and attract a large crowd of loyal fans.
If you visit in January, you can catch the Brisbane International Tennis event where world champions bring in the new year. This is held at Queensland Tennis Centre at the beginning of the month and lasts 1 week.
Events and Festivals
Despite being overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne on the world stage, Brisbane is quite the cultural hub and features festivals big and small throughout the year; particularly in the Spring months.
The city’s annual festival is one of Australia’s premier Arts festivals featuring an impressive array of productions. It takes place in September, the beginning of Brisbane’s spring which is one of the most pleasant times to visit the city. If your camper holiday coincides with this festival, you’ll be sure to have a good time!
Foodies shouldn’t miss the Brisbane Food and Wine Expo, a 3-day event featuring a plethora of gourmet food and fine wines. Chefs travel from all over the country every July to offer tastings, masterclasses and pop-up restaurants to a loyal crowd of attendees. Festivalgoers can also enjoy free wine appreciation classes and the chance to sip on sparkling wine and sample oysters in the Oyster Bar.
Since its beginnings in 1992, BIFF has become one of Australia’s most respected film festivals. Lasting for 18 days, it’s held in August every year and features documentaries and films by directors from all around the world.
For a spot of Aussie humour, the comedy festival held over 4 weeks each Autumn features both new and established comedians from Australia and beyond. On the vast programme, you’ll find a repertoire of shows to suit all tastes with over 60 comedians playing across 2 major venues. It’s held at Brisbane Powerhouse and in the 8 years since its inception, has attracted a loyal crowd and received a stellar reputation within the city.
National Parks to Visit
As a country boasting over 500 national parks, Australia has a lot more to offer guests than just its urban spaces. After getting your fix of city life, it’s time to get out and explore Australia’s natural beauty with your Brisbane campervan hire.
To camp in Queensland National Parks, you’re required to pay a fee and have a permit. Always check ahead to ensure that there is a designated campsite at your chosen national park and book your space in advance to avoid disappointment. You can read more information here.
Situated on the outskirts of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Marine Park is easily accessible for those looking to escape the city on a short trip. The park features numerous islands, white sand beaches and coral reefs. It’s also possible to see a wide range of marine life here including bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales and sea turtles.
As one of the world’s largest remaining eucalyptus forests, the opportunities to spot koala bears in their natural habitat are rife in Venman Bushland National Park. It’s located 40 km South of Brisbane, making it a nice stop off for those bound for Gold Coast.
Lamington National Park is famous for being the home to Gondwana Rainforests, the largest stretch of subtropical rainforest in the world. It features waterfalls, walking paths and vantage points that look out onto a vast expanse of lush greenness.
Things to Do
Brisbane is a pleasant city filled with plenty of cultural things to do and see. These are some popular experiences to have before setting off on your motorhome holiday.
Art buffs shouldn’t miss the chance to visit Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane’s most important art museum which features collections from a huge range of Australian artists from over the past 50 years. After taking some time to appreciate the art, explore some of the other spaces in the Queensland Cultural Centre, including the Queensland Museum and the State Library.
Once an industrial power station, Brisbane Powerhouse is now an exciting contemporary arts centre on the Brisbane River. The venue has a packed events calendar featuring musicians, comedians and live theatre. There’s sure to be something on while you’re visiting the city for your RV holiday. If not, enjoy the city views with a delicious, ice-cold drink at the riverside bar.
South Bank Parklands is a prime natural spot in the heart of the city offering 17 hectares of parkland for you to relax and unwind in. Here you can enjoy the many walking paths and swimming facilities on offer or even take a spin on the Brisbane Wheel! What’s more, the views from South Bank Parklands are firmly unrivalled and Street’s Beach is one of the most unique places in Australia to take a dip, being the country’s only man-made beach.
Listed as a heritage site, The City Botanic Gardens are a gorgeous green space that you will love relaxing in. They feature a wide variety of both native and non-native plants making visiting an interesting experience for any budding horticulturists. If you’re fingers aren’t so green then simply enjoy picnicking and meandering around Brisbane’s favourite meeting point.
Not just a method of transportation, Brisbane’s free CityHopper ferry stops at all the main attractions on the edge of the river’s banks. Brisbane River is the focal part of the city and a boat tour along it is a classical thing to do during your time here. Best of all, it’s completely free meaning that you don’t need to blow the bank to enjoy the best of the city.
Think you need to escape to the bush to meet koalas? Think again. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is located just 12 km away from Brisbane’s CDB and boasts a wide selection of Australian wildlife including over 130 koalas. Visitors even have the chance to hold the koalas and hand feed the kangaroos- a true Aussie experience!
Other Accommodation Options
If you want to explore the best of the city before jumping in your campervan, there are plenty of accommodation options for every budget. This unexpected city has a lot to offer tourists so don’t miss out on the chance to explore it!
Those looking to be in the heart of Brisbane should consider staying in the City Centre. Here, you’ll be close to the city’s best cultural attractions as well as fantastic shopping and restaurants. Choose your stay wisely and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views out to the city’s glistening skyline.
Oaks 212 Margaret features serviced self-catering apartments for independent travellers looking for a touch of luxury. Overlooking the City Botanic Gardens, guests can marvel at the cityscape from their private balcony before preparing dinner in their fully fitted kitchen. The on-site swimming pool is a great place to cool down after a long day of sightseeing.
Ibis Brisbane offers clean, comfortable accommodation to travellers looking for unbeatable value on a budget. Most rooms have city views and all feature comfortable beds, air-conditioning and tea & coffee making facilities. There’s also a delicious buffet breakfast on offer every day for an increased rate.
Spring Hill is an inner-city Brisbane suburb conveniently located 2 km away from the CBD. Want to experience local life will still being within easy reach of the city? This is the place for you!
Soho Brisbane is a homely and comfortable accommodation choice in the Spring Hill area. Rooms are quiet and thoughtfully decorated in a boastful location just 5 minutes away from the CBD.
If you’re looking to stay in one of the more trendy and vibrant parts of the city, West End is a great choice. This is the city’s main artistic and cultural hub with a huge selection of eclectic shopping and quirky bars and restaurants. This lively and bohemian area will allow you to enjoy a local side of life while still being within easy reach of the city’s main tourist attractions.
Gonow Family Backpacker Hostel serves up some of the city’s cheapest beds in a clean, safe, secure environment. For budget travellers, this hostel offers unbeatable value for money with free WiFi and a light daily breakfast. There’s also a cosy barbeque area and balcony for you to socialise and swap tips with other travellers.
West End Central Apartments features stylish modern apartments with all the amenities travellers need. With free WiFi and a fully fitted kitchen as well as a gym, pool and sauna, this is a great place to recharge your battery before hitting the road. Plus, if you’re travelling with a car or campervan you’ll be pleased to hear that parking is completely free for all guests here!
Caravan Parks and Campgrounds
Brisbane is a city well accustomed to road-trippers and has a huge selection of caravan parks and campgrounds for you to choose from. After you pick up your RV rental in Brisbane, enjoy relaxing in one of the following places before setting off on your road-trip.
Those on their way South, or just looking to exploring the inland region of Queensland, should consider Beaudesert Caravan and Tourist Park. It’s 60 minutes away from Brisbane so offers travellers a true escape from the city in a peaceful and tranquil setting. Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain are both located nearby.
Brisbane Holiday Village is just 15 minutes away from the city’s CBD meaning that you can enjoy the best of the city from the comfort of your caravan. This park has plenty to keep you and your whole family entertained, too, including a swimming pool, mini golf course, bike path and restaurant.
Conveniently located next to the Southern Gateway to Brisbane City, Brisbane Gateway Resort is an excellent choice for families looking to spend some time relaxing before their road-trip. Guests can enjoy the sparkling salt water swimming pool on-site or simply entertain the kids in the adventure playground. Plus, since it’s only an 18-minute drive to the city centre you can easily explore the city by day and escape to the sanctuary of your caravan by night.
Whether you come to Brisbane for the culture, nature or the scenery, the city is a fantastic choice for an Australian RV holiday. After picking up your RV rental, you have a great selection of driving routes to choose from including the iconic Gold Coast or trip further afield to Sydney or Cairns.
Best Time of Year for Motorhome Holidays in Brisbane
If you're coming from the Northern Hemisphere for your Brisbane motorhome hire, don't forget that Australia has completely different seasons from what you're used to. Summer in Brisbane is sweltering but the shoulder seasons brings warm but pleasant weather, perfect for road-trips.
Summer runs from October to March with December and January being the peak months. With the weather sizzling, beach bums will love cooling down in the ocean or explore North Stradbroke Island. Just make sure that your campervan has either air conditioning, a fan or some awning escape under during the hottest times of the day.
Winter runs from April to September but Brisbane still enjoys a relatively mild weather with temperatures between 11 and 21 degrees Celsius. If you’re coming to Australia in the Winter then this is undoubtedly one of the most pleasant regions to explore. While the weather won’t be warm enough to swim in the ocean, it won’t be so cold that you’ll need to worry about central heating either.
Brisbane: The Ultimate Guide to Motorhome Road-trips
Driving Tips for your Brisbane Road-trip
- Avoid driving through the night and try to keep off the roads at night and dusk. It’s common for animals to come out at this time and you don’t want to ruin a good camper holiday by hitting a kangaroo!
- If you know that you’re going to be driving in a lot of harsh conditions, a 4WD might be the best option for your trip.
- Australians drive on the left side of the road. If this is different from what you’re used to then be extra cautious until it feels natural.
- If you decide to go on a long rural journey, such as into the outback, stock up on essential supplies, including petrol before setting out.
- Take a break every 2 hours to help increase your concentration and never drive more than 8 to 10 hours in a day.
- Pay attention to the speed limits and be sure to drive within them at all times. Not only will this help protect yourself and others from accidents, it will also save you from being caught by the many speed cameras in Australia and being hit with a fine!
- Make sure you have an international driving license which has been fully translated into English if you are coming from a non-English speaking country.
- Overtaking can be very dangerous, especially in the outback. If you do need to pass a slow-moving truck or caravan, make sure to leave plenty of space.
- Familiarise yourself with the road signs used in Australia before setting off on your adventure!
Things to do on your Road-trip
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, The Great Barrier Reef boasts one of the vastest eco-systems on the planet. Whatever way you choose to enjoy it, witnessing thousands of species of colourful fish, glistening coral and the odd passing turtle will truly take your breath away. Diving and snorkelling are both popular among visitors looking to see the best of reef. Just be sure to research companies before booking and ensure that you make as little impact on this precious marine environment as you can.
The tropical archipelago of the Whitsundays is made up of 74 islands, most of which are completely uninhabited. If you plan to stay overnight, you’ll find tourist resorts on 7 of the islands and opportunities for beach camping on several others. Make sure that you spend some time on Whitsundays Beach, too which, with its fine white sand, is a highlight of this region.
Gold Coast is the undisputed rollercoaster capital of Australia. Here you’ll find huge amusement parks that could easily compete with those in The USA for thrills! The biggest and best of the bunch is Dreamworld which also offers visitors access to WhiteWater World, a high octane water park to cool down in. Other popular theme parks in the area include Warner Brothers Movie World and Wet’n’Wild.
Wine lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to visit Hunters Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region. Famous for its semillon and shiraz, Hunter Valley is home to over 140 wineries and an excellent gastronomic scene. If you’re the designated driver on your Brisbane RV hire then you’ll be glad to hear that there are plenty of opportunities to taste non-alcoholic goodies such as olives, gourmet cheeses and artisanal chocolate in Hunter Valley, too!
Looking to spend some time slowing down? Then definitely plan to spend some time in Byron Bay! This beach town is famous for its surf culture and hippie vibes with many travellers spending much longer here than originally planned. You’ll also finds lots of quirky independent shops, a varied food scene and buzzing night-life.
Australia is world renowned for both its waves and chilled out surf culture and you can experience the best of both in Noosa! The series of beaches in this coastal town have spots to suit surfers of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner or a novice, this is a great place to catch some waves- especially since there is a huge choice of surf schools lining the promenade. If surfing isn’t your thing then there’s still plenty to keep you entertained including scenic coastal trails and plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife.
Lamington National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site, home to Gondwana, one of the world’s largest remaining stretches of tropical rainforest. It boasts 160 km of walking trails from which you can appreciate the lush greenery around you as well as dramatic cliffs and valleys. Don’t miss O’Reilly’s Tree Top Canopy Walk where you can take it all in from the top of a series of rope and plank suspension bridges.
As the world’s largest sand island, it should come as no surprise that Fraser Island is a haven for beach lovers. The star of the show? The 75 Mile Beach, of course. With pristine white sandy and crystal turquoise waters, this is a cliched paradise at its very best. When you get tired of the beach, explore the island’s lush tropical rainforest and natural fresh water pools.
Brisbane to Sydney
The route from Brisbane to Sydney is a tried and tested traveller favourite, boasting some of the country’s best beaches. This famous journey features over 1000 km of stunning coastline meaning you can easily find a stretch of sand to yourself. It’s up to you how long you want to spend on this trip- some manage to get through it in just 1 day while others spend a week or longer. How long do you want to spend on the beach? Well, that’s up to you but, with so much to see, the longer the better, we say!
Following the Pacific Coast Highway, it’s difficult to get lost on this trip- as long as the ocean is to your left, you’re on the right path.
After leaving Brisbane, make way to the Gold Coast after enjoying a quick trip over to Stradbroke Island. The Gold Coast is Australia’s undisputed theme park capital with Dream World, Warner Brother’s Movie World and Wet and Wild all calling this city home. Theme parks not your thing? Then hang out at Surfer’s Paradise instead then!
The next destination will be Byron Bay, New South Wales’ hippie haven with bohemian vibes and spectacular beaches. This is also where you’ll find Cape Byron walking track, a 5.4 km trail through rainforest that will lead you to the iconic Byron Lighthouse. Further south, you’ll find Coffs Harbour, one of the largest towns along this route, popular with travellers for whale watching and fishing tours. On the final stretch to Sydney, you can make one last pitstop into Newcastle where you’ll have your pick of 8 beaches to choose from before making your ascent to Australia’s largest city! If time is on your side, take a detour inland to try the world-famous wines of Hunter Valley.
Brisbane to Cairns
The ultimate Queensland road trip from Brisbane to Cairns will take you on a trip from the riverside capital in the south to the state’s adventure playground in the North. Passing the Great Barrier Reef, this is an iconic trip for good reason!
After leaving Brisbane, you’ll follow the Coastal Road North to Sunshine Coast, which boasts over 100 km of stunning beaches, before reaching Noosa, the premier place for wildlife and relaxation on the East Coast.
Noosa is also a convenient place to access Fraser Island where you can enjoy whale watching or simply bask in the sun’s rays on the 75-mile beach. If that’s not enough beach for you, your next stop will be Yeppoon, a coastal town boasting even more stunning beaches and an unbeatable view out onto nearby tropical islands.
You’ll then drive onto Airlie Beach which is a stop off point for the famous Whitsunday Islands. Whether you decide to explore them by a plush sailboat or a simple passenger ferry, this is an experience not to miss! Before arriving in the adventure capital of Cairns, enjoy a pitstop at Mission Beach, a chilled-out beach town that’s also the gateway for the Great Barrier Reef!
Border Range Loop
A road trip in your Brisbane motorhome hire doesn’t necessarily need to be a beach trip. Queensland is a huge state with plenty of hidden secrets to find. So, for something a bit different, why not go inland? This an area worthy of your attention that often gets neglected by travellers in favour for its beachier neighbours. Whether you do this as an extension of one of the previous road trips or as a trip all of its own, you’ll be sure to have an adventure worth writing home about.
After leaving Brisbane via the Ipswich motorway, you’ll stop in at Ipswich, the state’s oldest city, to marvel over its architecture and cultural heritage. From here, you’ll make your way to Warwick, another impressive historical city, taking in the views from Cunningham’s Gap along the way.
The first stop after leaving Warwick will be Queen Mary Falls; a plunge waterfall that’s one of this area’s most famous attractions. Later you’ll be able to admire more spectacular views from Carr’s Lookout before reaching the villages of Tambourine Mountain where you can enjoy bushwalks as well as local arts and crafts.
On the final stretch to Brisbane, you’ll find Lamington National Park. This park is home to Gondwana Rainforest, the largest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest in the world. While here, don’t miss the chance to walk along O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk which is a series of 9 suspension bridges up to 16 m high letting you appreciate the vastness of the area.
Brisbane is a fantastic place to start your trip but the real adventure starts when you leave the city. If you do decide to rent a motorhome in Brisbane, you have a huge choice of places to visit afterwards. With mountains, wineries, islands and world class beaches, there’s a lot to explore in this part of the country.
Bucket-list checkers visiting Australia are bound to have the Great Barrier Reef on their itinerary and Brisbane is a common starting point for a road-trip to Cairns. Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast are backpacker’s favourite and these well beaten routes are also easily accessible from Brisbane.
Regardless of whether your trip is long or short, you’ll be sure to find a driving itinerary that suits your tastes.
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