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.
Top attractions in Noosa
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: BIG4 Ingenia Noosa.
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.
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 Warwick.
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.
Top attractions in and around Maroochydore
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.
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.
Top attractions in Toowoomba
What’s nearby: Rainforest-clad Ravensbourne National Park has ‘daytrip must’ written all over it.
Stay at: BIG4 Toowoomba.