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Weekenders From Brisbane 


With our partners at Nissan, we’re highlighting inviting QLD locations that create the ideal weekend road trip from Brisbane.

Settle in and enjoy the sights. Location: Toowoomba. More below. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.


In a sentence: This Sunshine Coast favourite blends brilliant beaches and other waterways with sprawling hinterland and a vibrant café culture.

The drive: A 135km journey northwards along the Bruce Hwy – with glimpses of the jagged peaks of the Glass House Mountains – before veering either towards the coast or cutting through the hinterland.

Big appeal: Little Cove Beach. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Top attractions in Noosa

  • Noosa Main Beach: Spacious, sheltered, and sparkling.
  • Noosa National Park: Stroll among captivating coastal scenery.
  • Hastings St: Dining and shopping precinct that oozes cool.
  • Noosa River cruise: Enjoy the good life.
  • Noosa Everglades: Kayak among astounding scenery.
  • Noosa Regional Gallery: Plenty of colour and activity within these walls.
  • Noosa Shire Museum: Fascinating local history lesson.

What’s nearby: The gorgeous town of Eumundi is worth the short drive, particularly for its famous markets that are held each Wednesday and Saturday.

Stay at: Noosa North Shore Retreat, Ingenia Holidays Noosa or Ingenia Holidays Noosa North.

Noosa National Park is easy to reach and rich with visual rewards. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.


In a sentence: A pretty riverside city in the Southern Downs region, Warwick possesses a diverse selection of attractions that creates heightened appeal.

The drive: A 155km route that steers in a southwest direction, largely following the Cunningham Hwy and slicing through majestic Main Range National Park.

Wonderful Warwick. Credit: Southern Queensland Country Tourism.

Top attractions in Warwick

  • Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre: Barrel-loads of fun for all.
  • Warwick Art Gallery: A rich Australian landscapes collection is a highlight.
  • Warwick Museum: Well-presented buildings and relics vividly capture past tales.
  • Downs Explorer heritage railway experience: All aboard for family fun via regular rail tours.
  • Self-guided heritage trail: Admire Warwick’s many superb sandstone buildings.
  • Mary Poppins House: Explore a heritage structure once lived in by Mary Poppins’ author, PL Travers.

What’s nearby: Granite Belt Maze, Darling Downs Zoo, Granite Belt wine district, and treasure-packed national parks are among many neighbouring highlights.

Stay at: BIG4 Freedom Lifestyle Holiday Park Warwick.

Girraween National Park is an excellent day-trip destination. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.


In a sentence: Often referred to as the beating heart of the Sunshine Coast, this vibrant river-meets-coast location pits visitors within arm’s reach of experiences ranging from adventurous to sedate.

The drive: A 100km journey northwards along the Bruce Hwy where suburbia soon gives way to the majestic sight of the Glass House Mountains, before steering towards the sea.

The Glass House Mountains will easily catch your gaze. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Top attractions in and around Maroochydore

  • Maroochydore Beach: Among myriad sparkling strips of sand here.
  • Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary: Boardwalk exploration.
  • SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium: Marine life mania!
  • Chambers Island: Surrounded by Maroochy River, accessed via a footbridge.
  • Point Cartwright Lighthouse: Soak up the views.
  • Sunshine Castle: Family fun at Australia’s biggest castle.

What’s nearby: Head to the hinterland and visit attractive small towns, stop by cellar doors, spy waterfalls, and much more.

Stay at: BIG4 Maroochy River or Ingenia Holidays Rivershore.

Maroochydore and its surrounds have an epic coastline. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.


In a sentence: Lauded for its parks and gardens, QLD’s largest inland city blends wide open spaces and classic countryside with modern conveniences.

The drive: After a short tilt south, this 125km path heads in an almost straight line west towards Ipswich and then via various small towns.

The Garden City. Pictured: Laurel Bank Park. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Top attractions in Toowoomba

  • Picnic Point lookout: Vibrant valley vistas.
  • Queens Park: One of oh-so-many botanical beauties in these surrounds.
  • Cobb+Co Museum: Action-packed trip back in time.
  • Street Art Trail: A visual feast.
  • Empire Theatre: Art deco beauty.

What’s nearby: Rainforest-clad Ravensbourne National Park has ‘daytrip must’ written all over it.

Stay at: BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park.

Toowoomba is dotted with striking street art. Credit: Tourism Darling Downs.

Want more? All BIG4 parks in QLD are here.

For more weekend getaway ideas in Queensland, see our full list of weekend getaways and short trips from Brisbane.

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