5 Incredible Road Trip Destinations Near Brisbane

Time to slap on the sunscreen and stock up on snacks, because we’re off to see the sights. From tranquil seaside to pure wine paradise, there’s all sorts of stuff to enjoy outside Brisbane. Just make sure the tank’s full!

Sunshine Beach

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Image credit: Visit Sunshine Beach

2 hours

“Sunshine.” “Beach.” Two of the best words in the English dictionary, if you ask us. And when you put them together, you have the perfect destination for a short summer road trip. This usually uncrowded beach is great for a lazy day out, with golden sands and clear waters where you can swim, surf and sunbathe ‘til you can’t swim, surf or sunbathe no more. You might even catch sight of a few dolphins or whales off the coast!

There’s plenty of shops and cafes nearby, and Embassy XO is a real yum cha treat. Mooshka is another one to look out for, especially if you’re partial to pizza and wine. And really, who isn’t?

Springbrook

1.5 hours

Springbrook is a breath-taking expanse of mountainous rainforest, and it’s well worth the drive out of town. The national park here is one of the best in the country, and gives you everything you could possibly desire from an expedition into the Australian wilderness. Cliffs, valleys, waterfalls and wildlife abound, and all of it will leave you stunned.

If it also leaves you feeling a bit peckish, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. The Springbrook General Store And Cafe should see you thoroughly satisfied, but make sure you leave room for a trip to The Fudge Shop!

Granite Belt

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Image credit: Australian Traveller

3 hours

Ahh, wine country! The Granite Belt is one of Queensland’s most famous grape-growing regions, and the vineyards here stretch on for miles like a lush, juicy forest. There’s no end of cellar doors to visit, and plenty of natural splendour to bask in as well. Donnelly’s Castle is a rocky marvel, and there’s lots of good hiking, cycling, fishing and camping to be found. So no matter what you’re into, you can trust that the Granite Belt will have something to tickle your fancy!

Trying to highlight just a couple of wineries here is practically impossible, but Castle Glen Cellars and Twisted Gum Wines are certainly up there.

Noosa

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Image credit: Tourism Sunshine Coast

2 hours

We couldn’t decide if we fancied the beach or some countryside next, so we decided to pick a place with both. Cheers, Noosa! On the sandy side of things, Noosa’s Main Beach and Peregian Beach are both lovely. Further inland lies the Noosa National Park, where you’ll find colourful birds, sprawling lakes and plenty of walking trails. Also, don’t forget to climb Laguna Lookout for some incredible views.

Feeling peckish? Try the dreamy French pastries at Le Bon Delice, or enter light lunch heaven at Grind Cafe.

Byron Bay

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Image credit: Australia.com

2 hours

Pristine beaches, world-class surfing and fresh, local produce are just three of the awesome things that await you at Byron Bay. This is the quintessential Australian seaside experience, and the friendly locals are always happy to meet new faces. Go paddle boarding, snorkelling or scuba diving off the coast, or stroll along the Lighthouse Trail and take in the gorgeous scenery.

Remember that fresh, local produce we mentioned? You’ll find it crafted into delicious delicacies at The Farm. Treehouse Bar On Belongil is another winner, especially if you’re a fan of mussels (seriously, give them a try).

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