In a sentence: Often referred to as the beating heart of the Sunshine Coast, this vibrant river-meets-coast location pits visitors with arm’s reach of experiences ranging from adventurous to sedate.
The drive: A 100km journey northwards along the Bruce Highway 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 drive 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 Garden City Holiday Park.