From world-class national parks to pristine beaches, there are some impressive day trips just a short drive from vibrant Brisbane. Book a rental car in Brisbane with VroomVroomVroom to start exploring some spectacular locations around a beautiful part of Queensland.
Fancy a plethora of wineries? Maybe you’re keen to check out the array of national parks? Or, is it the cool temperatures and stunning outlooks? No matter what you’re looking for, Stanthorpe combines pristine locations with a small town charm that we all know and love.
Tips: Make sure you leave space in your rental car to fit the souvenirs and wine you pick up along the way.
Recommended car: Rent an SUV for space and comfort for your Brisbane to Stanthorpe day trip.
Travel time: 2 hours and 43 minutes.
Directions: Take M5 and National Highway 15 to Freestone Rdin Clintonvale, then follow National Highway 15 to High St in Stanthorpe, and continue on High St. Drive to Granite St.
Looking to switch the city for the sea? If so, Coolum may just be the perfect place for a day trip. Unlike its close relative, Noosa, this place exudes small town vibes. Don’t fear, there are still delicious cafes, places to stay and enough buzz to remain interesting — but Coolum also has amazing vibes that are not quite like anywhere else.
Top attractions: The beach is the main attraction here, and for good reason. We recommend relaxing at First Bay and going for lunch at one of the many nearby cafes.
Tips: Try visiting Coolum through the week, as it is a lot quieter then. It’s also worth checking out the boardwalk along the beachside at sunset for magical views.
Recommended car: Cruise in style along the coast in a luxury convertible.
Travel time: 1 hour 29 minutes.
Directions: Take M1 to Sunshine Motorway/State Route 70 in Coolum Beach.
Located in the Gold Coast’s pristine hinterland, Springbrook is an iconic national park that is filled with impressive sights such as waterfalls, flora and fauna.
Top attractions: Best of All Lookout, Natural Bridge, and Purling Brook Falls.
Tips: Make sure to wear closed-in shoes when you go to Springbrook National Park as the walks require comfortable shoes.
Recommended car: Hire a compact SUV for a comfortable drive through the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Directions: Take M1 to Southport Nerang Rd/State Route 20 in Molendinar, take exit 69 from M1, and follow Nerang Murwillumbah Rd/State Route 97, Pine Creek Rd and Springbrook Rd/State Route 99to your destination at Springbrook.
From natural wonders to amazing shopping and breathtaking views — not to mention the wineries and world-class restaurants, Maleny and Montville have it all. It’s crazy to think that this magical hinterland escape is just a 90-minute drive from busy Brisbane.
Tips: The Maleny Markets operate every Sunday and are definitely worth checking out if you are heading up there on the weekend.
Recommended car: Book a luxury SUV for the drive up to the hinterland.
Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Directions: Take Gympie Rd and M1 to Steve Irwin Way in Elimbah, take the exit from M1, and then follow Steve Irwin Way and Landsborough Maleny Rd to Cudgerie St in Maleny.