Brisbane is the perfect place for a 4WD adventure because of its close proximity to the Queensland chain of islands that includes: Fraser, Bribie, North Stradbroke and Moreton. The Simpson Desert is not far either- a Mecca for the 4WD enthusiast. Brisbane offers a great opportunity to really enjoy a nature stay in your fully equipped Brisbane camper hire or Brisbane 4WD hire. Mix things up with some time spent in a ritzy resort or upmarket B&B. Don’t forget that the city is bursting with activities so make sure you allow enough time to explore all of the different regions accessible from Brisbane.
There are so many fabulous places to go and things to see in the Brisbane city centre that you really need to spend some time enjoying the atmosphere here before you visit the islands, desert and national parks. For the 4WD enthusiast, Brisbane offers the best of both worlds – great city attractions located right alongside fantastic 4WD areas.
Some of the most city popular attractions include:
- Southbank- a definite must for holiday goers of all ages. There is always a buzz around this precinct with something happening all the time. Eat at trendy cafes and first class restaurants, stroll through the gorgeous parklands and stunning gardens. Take your time shopping at the numerous boutiques. The Gallery of Modern Art is located here as well as the Maritime Museum. Ride the Brisbane Wheel for a bird’s eye view over the city and enjoy a guided river cruise – they run twice daily,
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary-at 4.6 hectares it is the world’s largest koala sanctuary and home to over 130 koalas. Fun for young and old as you can cuddle one of these gorgeous creatures and handfeed a kangaroo. There is a range of other fascinating wildlife to see here too as well as picnic grounds, a cafe and regular entertainment.
- Story Bridge Climb – This fabulous climb can be done during the day, at twilight or at night. Feel like you are on top of the world enjoying the best view of Brisbane and the surrounding islands.
- Mount Coot-Tha Lookout- Hop into your Brisbane 4WD hire and head west about 7km from the city centre to get to this top spot. Enjoy a panoramic view over the city and beyond. Take it further by indulging in a leisurely meal at the Summit restaurant. Great at night with the lights.
- XXXX Brewery- Take a brewery and alehouse tour through one of Australia’s leading breweries. You can enjoy a delicious meal here too.
- Kangaroo Point Cliffs- This is a great place just across the river to hang out in the fresh air, enjoy a picnic or for the more energetic you can partake in a spot of abseiling or rock climbing.
Fraser Island –
Brisbane is the gateway to Fraser Island – a Mecca for 4WDs. It takes about 4 hrs heading north from Brisbane city centre to get here. It’s a world heritage listed island and holds the crown for being the largest sand island in the world. It has been estimated that up to half a million people visit Fraser Island annually.
Things to see and do here include:
- 4WDing- you will definitely need your Brisbane 4WD hire as the beaches and sand tracks are strictly 4WD territory. Watch out for planes on seventy-five mile beach as the sand is also a runway. Vehicle permits are required so check out before you arrive.
- Beach Fishing- Seventy five mile beach is a perfect spot for some beach fishing. Some of the fish you might catch include whiting, bream and swallowtail.
- Rainforest Trek- One of the few places you can see rainforest foliage towering out from sand dunes. There are boardwalks through the rainforest and you can walk a fabulous hiking trail that encompasses several of the island’s freshwater lakes. Other walks include: Wungul Sandblow; Lake Bowarrady; Cathedral Beach and coloured sand hills; Red Canyon – eastern Surf Beach walk
- Fraser Island Great Walk- the complete walk is 90km and takes around 6-8 days. There are shorter walks that take half a day or a full day.
- Freshwater Lakes-Fraser Island is home to more than 100 freshwater lakes. Cool off from the heat with a swim in the dazzling waters framed by golden sand dunes.
Bribie Island one of the few islands that you can drive to in your Brisbane 4×4 hire.
Some of the things to see and do here include:
- Pumicestone Passage- a protected marine park that is a water sports and angler’s paradise. You can hire a fishing boat or BBQ boat and enjoy a day out cruising while partaking in a spot of dolphin, turtle and dugong watching.
- Bribie Island Recreation Area- a great spot to take Brisbane 4WD rentals as you can drive on the sand. Perfect for those desiring a coastal camping experience too. Many of these areas are accessible by 4WD but some are only accessible by boat.
- Pumicestone National Park-Excellent walking trails and 4WD tracks here. Prevalent birdlife here. Alternatively, try the Bicentennial Bushwalks beginning at the arts centre on Sunderland.
- Glasshouse Mountains- this magnificent mountain range is on Bribie’s doorstep. There are playgrounds, parks, walking trails picnic areas and cycle tracks all here.
North Stradbroke Island-
one of the world’s largest sand islands located approximately 30km southeast of Brisbane this stunning island is easily accessible as a daytrip or longer stay. There are numerous camping grounds and accommodation options ranging from resorts through to B&Bs located here.
- Main Beach- great beach for surfing and swimming, while the ever popular Blue Lake offers lots of recreational facilities.
- Water sports- as you would expect, water sports are big here. Fishing, kayaking, and scuba diving to name a few.
- Whale Watching- May through to July is the best time to spot these magnificent creatures. Enjoy a land based self guided whale watching tour or head out on a guided cruise.
- 4WD Tracks- a top spot for 4WDing with bush tracks and beach tracks on offer. Check beforehand if permits are required for beach driving. Flinders Beach and Main beach are the designated beach track options and there are several bush tracks at the Old Pine Forest near Brown Lake.
- North Gorge Headland Walk- popular with locals and tourists alike, it’s the best spot on land to enjoy some whale watching. Showcases the natural pristine beauty of the area.
The second of the world’s largest sand islands located 25km offshore from Brisbane; Moreton Island features sparkling waters and golden sands. There is more sand than road here so your Brisbane 4×4 hire will come in handy. Stay in luxurious resort style accommodation or you can get back to nature with a beach camping stay at the Blue Lagoon camp grounds.
- Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding- there are approximately 600 bottlenose dolphins in the Moreton Bay area and if you are a guest at the Tangalomma Island Resort or a passenger onboard a Dolphin Adventure Tour you can hand feed a small pod that swims up to the shore every night.
- Water Sports- a huge range of water sports on offer here- sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, and more. Champagne Pools at North Point are crystal clear rock pools popular for swimming.
- 4WD Tracks-drive the whole way around the island on the coastal perimeter. Roads are unsealed and rough in places. Stop for a bit and enjoy some sand duning.
One of the best land adventures you can enjoy in your Brisbane 4WD hire is to the Simpson Desert as you can cross over hundreds and hundreds of sand dunes. It is approximately 1500km west of Brisbane’s city centre with the edge of the desert from the QLD side starting at Birdsville.
- Birdsville- the first town in the Simpson Desert from the QLD side. Famous for its pub and the Birdsville races.
- The Outback Loop-a popular tourist trip that includes two pubs, two tracks and two states. It encompasses the Birdsville Hotel and the Birdsville track in QLD and Innamincka Hotel, the Strzelecki track in South Australia.
- Dalhousie Springs- known as the outback oasis- swim in a tree lined spring in the desert. A collection of around 60 natural springs.
- Purnie Bore Wetlands- man made wetlands right in the heart of desert country. Definitely bush camping only here and your Brisbane 4×4 rentals is a must.
- Approdinna Attora Knoll- fantastic mountains that stand out because of the whiteness of their gypsum contrasts so vividly against the red sand.
- Poeppel Corner- Famous place for tourists. The place where three states meet- South Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory.
Pacific Coast Touring Route-
initially starts at Surfers Paradise but will take you from Brisbane right up to Cairns in the tropical north. Places to stop along the way include: Maroochydore, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Gin Gin, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Home Hill, Townsville, Ingham, Cardwell, Mission Beach and then Cairns.