Living in the capital city of Queensland, you’re lucky enough to have one of the best public transport systems in Australia.
Nevertheless, you’ll find you’re still going to want a car to make the most of the truly spectacular region in which you live, so you might need some car finance.
Just a hop step and a jump from the Gold Coast, close spectacular endangered rain forests, sub-tropical beauty, you’ll want your own vehicle so that you can grasp the opportunity to experience the rich Australian culture and see the beauty of Queensland.
Here’s our top 7 picks of places you can visit in a weekend:
The Gondawana Rainforests have been listed on the World Heritage List since 1986, it’s one of the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. It’s essential that this region is conserved as it contains unique ecological and biological processes, and is home to more frog, bird, snake and marsupial species than anywhere in Australia, as well as threatened plant and animal species.
Ipswich is only 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, so you could easily check it out on a day trip.
Home of the Queensland Raceways, if the smell of burnt rubber and petrol are your thing, you might time your visit to coincide with one of your favourite motoring events - from rally to drift, motorbikes, and of course V8’s, there’s always something happening at the track.
If you’re more into silent transport, Castle Hill offers 15 graded mountain bike trails, ranging from easy to difficult. If you’re not keen to hurtle along on your bike, there’s historical walking trails you can follow while the ‘kids’ have their fun.
There’s also antiques, art galleries, hot balloon or helicopter rides - we recommended taking to the air between September and November when you’ll see the purple flowering Jacarandas from the sky.
When you need refreshment, stop by the 4 Hearts Pumpyard Bar & Brewery, located in a 100 yr old heritage listed building of the Ipswich CBD. With burgers, pizza, souvlaki and even beer ice cream, you’ll be ready to
This is a perfect place for a weekend getaway, and only 60 minutes drive from Brisbane.
If you’ve got an SUV, you can explore the 4wd tracks in Lockyer National Park in dry weather.
Otherwise, we recommend the fishing and watersports on Lake Dyer, checking out the German culture at Das Neumann Haus, where you’ll find free wifi and lunch, birdwatching on Lake Apex or the historic Spring Bluff , a heritage site with beautifully manicured, award winning gardens, particularly gorgeous in September.
Before you leave, be sure to hunt down some roadside produce stalls so you can bring some in season produce home. Here’s a list to start with.
If you have a young family, Moreton Bay is an ideal place to visit, only 30 minutes from Brisbane.
Every day at the Redcliffe Visitor Information Centre, volunteers feed the local pelicans with a bucket of fresh fish at 10am. The pelicans will start gathering an hour before to take advantage of an easy feed.
It’s a lovely way to start the day, and once the pelicans move on, there’s an all-abilities playground to explore, a Liberty Swing overlooking the bay, a fully fenced boat-themed playground, bbq’s, a boat ramp and a place to swim.
If you want to hit the beach and relax, there’s some quieter, family friendly beaches you can visit too.
Between June and October you can witness the migration of the humpback whales - if you’ve more than a day and some time to really relax, Moreton Island has lots of options. If you stay at the Tangalooma Island Resort, you’ll have the chance to to feed the bottlenose dolphins for free while you’re on the island.
210 km southwest of Brisbane lies Queensland’s only sizeable wine region - it’s the only area cool enough to grow grapes, and orchard fruit like apples, pears, plums and peaches.
Girraween National Park nearby is a great place to take photographs of the spring wildflowers and see the massive balancing granite boulders typical of the area.
You’ll want to take a weekend to swing by a couple of wineries - try Raven’s Croft for superb reds and a top notch Verdelho. Or if you’d prefer, the Granite Belt Brewery offers a $7 or $12 tasting paddle, and is a great stop for lunch.
If you’re there in September you’ll catch the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers which has not only flowers, but food and wine, live music (in 2016 Birds Of Tokyo featured). Some events will sell out so be certain to book your ticket before you go.
Tamborine Mountain National Park boasts a Rainforest Skywalk - an elevated walkway that puts you right up there with the wildlife. It’s only an hour from Brisbane.
You can go hang-gliding with one of the locals on the western side of the mountain, or head to Gallery Walk in Eagle Heights for crafty shops, restaurants, cafes, wineries and art galleries. There’s also a cheese factory and a Belgian chocolate shop.
If you’re around in July and you like good food and wine, check out Eat Local Week. This is a great chance to sample the whole region in one place, meet the producers and find out the best ways to prepare local produce.
If you’re interested in local art and culture, Somerset is the place to head. There are 11 galleries featuring local artists, including an old Nestle condensery building which now contains local, national and international sculpture and art.
For music, the Somerset Civic Centre is the focal point for performance. You’ll discover acoustic folk singing, country community choirs, harmony groups, modern rock and various other performances, even some modern rock and roll to dance to.
If you just want to be outdoors and away from the coast, the lakes have places to camp, ski, swim, canoe and kayak to your hearts content. The temperate weather also makes it perfect for getting up in the air with a scenic flight or skydiving if you are game.
The Old Fernvale Bakery has over 130 gourmet pie options when you get peckish, or there’s a culinary art experience awaiting at the Nash Gallery and Cafe which features pottery made by a local artist. There’s also a few wineries you can investigate.
If you're still looking for something more, check out some of the RACQ roadtrips where you’ll definitely find somewhere to take your new car. With such a rich variety of nature and culture all within an hours drive, as Brisbanite, you do have to find out what you’re missing out on.
There are 6 toll roads in Brisbane, and you pay the toll on the go via website. If you don’t have a tag because you don’t drive these roads much, you can set up a road pass before you travel, or up to 3 days afterwards.
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Once you’ve got a Brisbane car loan, with so many areas to explore you’ll never look back.