Queensland is road trip country with plenty of wide open roads to explore, under big blue skies. With the natural gems our state provides, there’s no better reason and never a more opportune time to take the family on a scenic adventure, than the upcoming holidays.
With that being said, we have done the hard yards for you and gained expert insights from Caravanning Queensland on the top 3 roads that are best travelled this Christmas, as well as some good-to-know tips and tricks for safe journeys.
- Pacific Coast Way – Brisbane to Cairns (1,808 km)
Although it’s a mammoth route, this trip is an absolute must as it passes almost every beach along the coast line.
With a total estimated travel time of about 21 hours, this coastal route contains plenty of sights to see that the kids will love. From whale watching at Hervey Bay, to trecking the butterfly walk in Seventeen Seventy, the possibilities of adventure on this road trip are endless.
With a trip as large as this one, Caravanning Queensland recommends taking regular breaks every couple of hours as a rule of thumb, to ensure you stay alert. With so many hotspots along the way and great accommodation stops, visit www.caravanqld.com.au/find-a-caravan-park/ to plan your journey.
- Southern Country Way – Brisbane to Stanthorpe (279km)
Wander down south to a country escape, through the mountainous roads on the way to Stanthorpe! A shorter route that can be taken advantage of on the weekends, the charming wineries along the way will provide the ultimate escape for couples and families who love their wine and cheese.
After a shocking bushfire and drought season, many mistakenly believe the Scenic Rim and Granit Belt regions are mostly closed for business, but such is not the case! On the contrary, these historic towns are relying heavily on continued tourism to keep the much-loved regions, thriving.
Caravanning Queensland recommends you plan overnight stays so you can properly indulge in the wine- tasting activities. If you’re touring in a caravan, head to www.caravanqld.com.au/find-a-caravan-park/ to book your stay.
- Sunshine Coast Hinterland (Brisbane to Montville – 140km) and Gold Coast Hinterland
(Surfers Paradise to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat – 109km)
Too difficult to decide who to give third place to, both northern and southern hinterland routes have made the list as they are both great roads to travel when looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
With each hinterland route only taking about 2.5 hours to complete, you could be daring and do both in one long weekend! If the family are feeling like exploring lush rainforest, the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a stunning eco-adventure that you won’t want to miss. Wanting a more laid-back vibe? Head north through the Glasshouse Mountains and arrive at Woodford Folk Festival, held every Christmas / New Year. It’s a fun, family-friendly event filled with music, arts and crafts and good times for all.
The experts at Caravanning Queensland say always check ahead for weather conditions, and always watch for motor/cyclists coming around the bends.
With the top routes covered for your Christmas travels, why not stop in at Caravanning Queensland’s Let’s Go Brisbane Caravan and Outdoor Show to stock up on all the latest caravan and camping items for your trip! The show will be rolling into the Brisbane Showgrounds from Thursday, October 31 to Sunday, November 3, with gates open from 9:30am to 5:00pm daily.
Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for concession, with accompanied school-aged children free. For tickets or further information, please visit http://bit.ly/LetsGoBrisbane.
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