Australia is facing a new era with Covid 19 impacting the travel industry. International travel may be off the cards for the immediate future. Travelling domestically maybe the only option to get away and experience a change of scenery. Brisbane is a great place to begin a campervan road trip. The biggest decision will be choosing between heading North or South once you have collected your campervan, as both options can unlock opportunities to build a once in a lifetime road trip full of memories.
Brisbane is the capital of Australia's Sunshine State and is a perfect base for picking up a motorhome rental. The city is surrounded by famous locations such as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Many visitors also travel to Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney from Brisbane. While Brissy is a great base for seeing some of Australia's best scenery, the city itself also has many exciting features such as theatres, Chinatown, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, parklands and outdoor sports venues. If it is your first time to drive in Brisbane, you might want to read these driving tips.
Some of our favourite things to do year-round in Brisbane are:
Summer (December, January, February): Summer is the best time to plan your camping adventure in Brisbane. Surrounded by extraordinary displays of natural beauty, the Greater Brisbane region is home to multiple national parks, beaches, and lakes. Only a 50-minute drive from Brisbane, Suttons Beach in Redcliffe is a must-visit for those wanting to enjoy a day in the sun. Other popular beaches near the city like Nudgee Beach, Woorim Ocean Beach, Bongaree Beach and Streets Beach are also well worth visiting in your campervan.
Autumn (March, April, May): Nestled between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay region is another place that is worth checking out. One of the top destinations is the stunning Bribie Island, which is an easy 2-hour drive from the main highway. The island is great for wildlife spotting and also features a number of popular beaches including the beautiful Woorim Beach. There are also plenty of hiking trails to discover which are suited for the weather.
Winter (June, July, August): Only a 90-minute drive from Brisbane, Maleny is a winner for winter escapes. This magical hinterland escape is home to the Obi Obi Creek and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, plus postcard-ready views of the Glasshouse Mountains. From natural wonders to amazing shopping and breathtaking views - not to mention the wineries and world-class restaurants, Maleny has it all.
Spring (September, October, November): Situated in the pristine Gold Coast hinterland, Springbrook is an iconic national park which is filled with stunning sights such as waterfalls, flora and fauna. Springbrook is only a 2-hour drive from Brisbane. Best stops and attractions along Springbrook include Best of All Lookout, Natural Bridge, and Purling Brook Falls.
Year-Round: Brisbane has around 280 days of sunshine per year, making it a much sought-after destination all year-round. If you are looking to experience the Australian east coast, the road trip from Brisbane to Sydney will take you past spectacular coastal scenery and several charming towns.
Brisbane Gateway Resort is at 200 School Road, Rochedale just 16 kilometres south of Brisbane's CBD. The Brisbane Convention Centre, RNA Showgrounds, Suncorp Stadium, Ballymore Stadium and a couple of restaurants and supermarkets are situated close by. The park is children friendly and has campsite activities such as camping, cycling, swimming, tennis and bushwalking. The accommodations offered include tourist caravan/campervan sites, en suite cabins, lodge rooms, on-site caravans and tent sites.
Brisbane Holiday Village can be found at 10 Holmead Road, Eight Mile Plains. The park is children friendly and is just twelve minutes drive south of Brisbane's CBD. Its campsite facilities include a barbecue, office/business services, camp kitchen, car park, child pool, communal kitchen, communal refrigerator, communal showers, cots, equipment hire, gas, high chair, iron kiosk, laundry, movie hire, playground, restaurant, shop, tour desk, public telephone, full size tennis court and non-smoking establishment and floor.
Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park is located at 199 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove just around four kilometres north of Brisbane's CBD. A number of shops, restaurants, public transport, hospitals and attractions such as the Brisbane Convention Centre, RNA Showgrounds, Suncorp Stadium and Ballymore Stadium are nearby. The park has more than a hundred tourist caravan/campervan sites, tent sites, lodge rooms, on-site caravans and en suite cabins. Its campsite facilities include a barbecue, camp kitchen, car park, communal kitchen, communal refrigerator, communal showers, dry cleaning, gardens, gas, ice, iron, kiosk, laundry, library, movie hire, safety deposit box, shop, security system, TV/Lounge Area and full size tennis court.
Australia Zoo - Home of the Crocodile Hunter lies within Beerwah. It is an award-winning and very popular zoo owned by Terri Irwin, the widow of the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. The zoo was first founded by Steve Irwin's parents in 1970 and was then named the Beerwah Reptile Park. Steve and Terri's popular documentary series "The Crocodile Hunter" brought more prosperity to the zoo and made it what it is today. Australia Zoo homes a wide variety of birds, mammals, plants and reptiles and allows its visitors to pet and feed some animals as well as see live crocodile feedings.
City Botanic Gardens formerly Brisbane Botanical Gardens is located within Gardens Point, Brisbane. It is on the banks of the Brisbane River, open as a public park featuring wonderfully landscaped gardens, showcasing a variety of species. Visitors can enjoy the gardens via a number of walkways connecting the area to the central district.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was founded in 1927, making it the world's largest and oldest koala sanctuary. The sanctuary can be found within Fig Tree Pocket in Brisbane. Visit the sanctuary to see a range of animals such as Australian parrots, cockatoos, echidnas, emus, kangaroos, koalas, platypus, Tasmanian devils and wombats.
Mount Coot-tha stands 287 metres above sea level and is Brisbane's highest peak. It lies to the west of Brisbane's CBD and is a popular tourist destination. Mount Coot-tha's lookout offers wonderful views of the city, the Brisbane River and surrounding mountains. Other highlights include the rich flora and fauna, the wishing waterfall gardens and the Kuta Cafe and Gift Shop that offers tasty food and drinks.
Southbank Parklands are an area along the southern bank of the Brisbane River. The site is popular for its picturesque views and impressive fusion of rainforest, grassed areas, water and plazas in one site. Over eleven million people visit the Southbank Parklands every year. If you visit the parklands you will also be able to see the Grand Arbour, Nepal Peace Pagoda, Riverfront Promenade, Streets Beach, Suncorp Piazza, Queensland Conservatorium and the Wheel of Brisbane.
Roma Street Parklands can be found at 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane. The park covers over sixteen hectares of land at the heart of Brisbane and features a wide range of recreational areas, pathways, themed gardens and an amphitheatre. The venue is currently the world's largest subtropical garden within a city centre.
Most campervan rental companies will require you to be over 21 years-old. Depending on the company, people aged 18 and over may be able to rent a campervan. You can learn more here.
Most campervans only require a valid driver’s licence meaning it can't be expired or probationary. If your licence is in a language other than English, you will also need to provide an International Driving Permit (IDP).
You can use the Vroom Fuel Price Compare app to discover the best fuel prices in Brisbane.
You’ll most likely find free camping if you stay in a park or forest. But first, you must secure a permit and pay your camping fees. For more information on parks and forests with camping around Brisbane, click here.