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If asked to invent a tropical destination with something for everyone, you’d be hard pressed to do any better than Brisbane, Australia. Great beaches? Heritage buildings from the 19th century? Friendly locals? The freshest seafood? Sunny weather year-round? Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, has it all.

Known to most Aussies simply as “Brizzie”, Australia’s third most populated city enjoys mild weather all year round, logging in more than 280 days of sunshine a year, creating a superb outdoor Aussie culture.

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A great combination of arts and culture, music lovers can look forward to several notable music festivals throughout the year. September sees BIGSOUND, a four-day showcase for up-and-coming talent in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, and the Brisbane Festival, where up to a million people gather to take in a range of performances related to theatre, music, dance, circus, and opera. Towards the end of December, the 6-day Woodford Folk Festival is Australia’s largest gathering of artists and musicians. The festival features more than 2,000 performers from all over the world, closing with the larger-than-life Fire Event on New Year’s Day.

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Brisbane also has a vibrant horse racing culture. Brisbane Racing Club’s two racing venues, Eagle Farm and Doomben, host nearly 100 races a year. Further afield, the lucrative Magic Millions Race Series on the Gold Coast ranks among the world’s top 10 richest race meetings while the Queensland outback is home to the Artesian Express Outback Horse Races (part of the Julia Creek Dirt and Dust Festival) and the legendary Birdsville Races, run on a claypan alongside sand dunes on the edge of the Simpson Desert.

Brizzie is also home to fun-filled activities for the whole family. Parents will enjoy exploring Fort Lytton, a 19th century coastal fortification with a water-filled moat and heavy armaments, while kids can take in the Go Back in Time program, featuring theatre performances, interactive drama, guided tours, and dramatic firings of the historic 64 pounder canons. Children can get their hands dirty at the edible Epicurious Garden at the River Quay end of the Parklands, picking and tasting herbs, sampling edible flowers, and learning where their food comes from, while the 56-hectare Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha features a numbered scavenger hunt tucked inside a rainforest, a nature-themed playground, and astronomy shows inside the Cosmic Skydome of the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. For open spaces where kids can blow off some energy, Aquativityin Brisbane’s South Park entertains as well as educates on the important role of the Brisbane River, including native fish and mammal species, while the South Bank Parklands runs a free series of activities for kids 5 and under every Thursday from 9am-1pm, ranging from interactive dance and musical play to boat making and running races.

Atrip to Australia just wouldn’t be complete without a koala selfie! Fortunately, Brisbane and surrounds is home to three notable animal parks. Find over 130 koalas along with kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas, and a platypus at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in the Brisbane suburbs. Here, you can hold a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and take in a fun Sheep Dog Show and Wild Lorikeet Feeding. Just 25km south of Brisbane is the Daisy Hill Koala Centre. Built by the Queensland Government, you won’t be able to handle or pet the koalas, but admission is free, including access to two different viewing levels and educational films about the koala’s life cycle and unique biology. About an hour’s drive from Brisbane is the famed Australia Zoo, owned by the widow of beloved “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. The 1,000-acre zoo takes care of over 1,000 native and exotic animals and is known for its animal shows and encounters, including hand-feeding an Asian Elephant, cuddling with koalas, and watching thrilling strikes by giant saltwater crocs in the Crocoseum.

Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast

Servicing more than 30 airlines flying to more than 80 domestic and international destinations, Brisbane is the ideal starting or ending point to your East Coast Australian adventure. Jump in your Brisbane 4WD Hire and head up the Sunshine Coast or down the Gold Coast for some serious beach fun. Bribie and Moreton Islands offer a quiet, fun-filled off-road getaway while Queensland’s national parks are a natural 4×4 playground.

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National Parks

Just a 90-minute drive northwest of Brisbane lies Bellthorpe National Park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Take advantage of the network of sealed and unsealed roads, some only accessible in dry weather. However, all 4×4 tracks are conveniently marked with signs indicating difficulty level. Your reward for taking on water crossings, muddy ascents and descents, gravel roads and hill climbs is secluded swimming holes and waterfalls, as well as an abandoned timber sawmill and beautiful areas of open eucalypt forest and rainforest.

Closer still to Brisbane (between 10 and 35km northwest of the city centre) are the 4×4 tracks in 36,000haD’Aguilar National Park, especially towards the northern end, known as the Mount Mee section. Navigate the park’s range of unsealed gravel roads, steep uphill and downhill slopes, and dips, climbs and turns through scenic native and plantation forests. The three most popular routes are the Western escarpment forest drive, Mount Mee forest drive and Range Road forest drive. Stop for a refreshing dip in lovely swimming spots (Broadwater, off Neurum Creek Road, is an especially nice one with picnic areas and a composting toilet) and or take cool walks in trickling streams. Head up the steep, rutted track known as “A Break” for excellent views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The park’s two campsites at Neurum Creek and Archer are perfect for your Brisbane 4WD Hire Bush Camper with Ground Tent or Rooftop Tent set ups, allowing you to enjoy some bush camping (septic tanks, water, and fire pits are available).For 4WD novices, try the less challenging Mount Mee Forest Reserve just south of D’Aguilar, accessible via Peggs Rd. Travel along less daunting terrain to find the secluded Diana’s Bath Rock Pool or get out and hike the Mount Mee Horse Trail.

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Another favorite national park among off-roaders is Sundown, about 200km southwest of Brisbane. Known for its wild isolation and rugged ranges along the Severn River, the park features great birdwatching opportunities, granite cliffs known as Red Rock Gorge, and old mine sites. While there are flat, grassy camping areas ideal for your Brisbane 4WD Hire Bush Camper, you’ll need to be self-sufficient as far as food, water, and fuel is concerned. In return, though, you’ll be rewarded with peaceful seclusion as you fish for yellowbelly and Murray cod or take a dip in a waterhole. Expect rocky, rough driving conditions with creek crossings and some red clay sections which may become slippery when wet.

After exploring the forests and parklands of Queensland, it’s time to head for the beach! Brisbane is situated on Australia’s East Coast, a glorious 4,000km-long stretch between Sydney and Cairns. There are an unlimited number of things to do and see here, including stopping in quaint towns known for folk music to laying out on your own secluded, windswept beach. An excellent range of campgrounds and caravan parks are ideal for your Brisbane 4WD Hire Bush Camper.

Best of all, Fraser Island is 4WD-only, meaning you can put your Brisbane 4WD Hire through its paces driving on the sand along gorgeous 75 Mile Beach and cruising the island’s interior. There are a handful of public and private campsites on the island, ranging from sites with a host of amenities including hot showers and cabins for rent, to the basic, where your fully-stocked Brisbane 4WD Camper is your cosy home away from home in wonderfully secluded surrounds.

Bribie Island and North Stradbroke Island

You’ll also want to explore the islands off the East Coast, including Bribie Island with its superb surf fishing and North Stradbroke Island, just 30kms southeast of Brisbane. Steer your Brisbane 4WD Hire along the beaches or head inland on sand tracks through bushland and pine forests. Known to locals as Straddie or North Straddie, the island’s five main beaches are great for fishing and surfing with several protected areas and rock pools for safe swimming. Inland, the world’s second largest sand island has more than 100 freshwater lakes, some with barbeque and picnic facilities, as well as ample camping grounds, both powered and unpowered, with comfort facilities and even playgrounds for the kids.

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Moreton Island.

Another great island destination just 25km off the coast of Brisbane is Moreton Island. Moreton’s proximity makes for an easy day trip, but with so much to do, you’ll likely want to pitch a tent and explore. Soft sand and inland tracks throughout the island are ideal for 4WD adventuring. The third largest sand island in the world has lots of sand-based activities, including sand tobogganing in the desert and hiking up 285m-high Mt Tempest. Fishermen will enjoy beach, ocean or even spear fishing, while divers will want to head to the 15 wrecks that have built up a healthy community of coral, tropical fish, and turtles over the last 50 years. Animal lovers can feed 10 wild bottlenose dolphins who swim into the shallows at the Tangalooma Island Resort while the annual humpback whale migration can be witnessed from the 1857 Cape Moreton Lighthouse (Queensland’s first) or on a whale-watching cruise. The island has five campgrounds and five camping zones along the beach, but camping isn’t permitted on the beach itself.

Fraser Island

Located about 300kms north of Brizzie is Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. There’s much to love about this UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, including rainforests that rise from sand dunes, half the planet’s perched lakes, and an indigenous colony of pure-blooded dingoes. With no sealed roads on the island, it’s 4×4 only. To get to Fraser, steer your Brisbane 4WD Hire onto the ferry from either Rainbow Beach or River Heads south of Hervey Bay. From here, the entire island is your outdoor playground. Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Lake McKenzie, filled with only rainwater and surrounded by pure, white silica sand. Or take in Lake Wabby, known for its deep emerald green waters, backed by a giant sand dune. Fast-flowing Eli Creek is a great spot for swimming and picnicking and there’s a boardwalk for better views of the pretty banksia flowers and palm-like pandanus shrubs. You’ll also get lots of practice driving on sand, especially along scenic 75 Mile Beach on the island’s east coast, and on the sandtracks heading inland to the lakes. There are nearly 50 camping sites where you can park your Brisbane 4WD Hire Bush Camper in Fraser, including beach sites on the island’s eastern, western, and southern sides, as well as zones with dingo deterrent fences, recommended for families with small children.

Cairns to Melbourne

Spend a few days exploring Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. There are numerous ways to explore the world’s largest coral reef, including tours by helicopter, seaplane or boat. Continue two hours south down the Cassowary Coast and stop in at the laid-back town of Mission Beach with its golden sand beaches and pristine rainforests. This is another popular spot to dive and snorkel the reef, or for those who don’t like to get wet, glass-bottom boat trips are available year-round.

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Another three hours will take you to Townsville, gateway to beautiful Magnetic Island, home to Northern Australia’s largest colony of wild koalas and 25 km of walking tracks through protected national parks. From here, continue along the coast or veer inland for a change of scenery, including the historic buildings of the 19th century boom town of Charters Towers and the scenic Capricorn Hinterlands famous for their gemstones. 4WD enthusiasts want to add the 298,000 ha Carnarvon National Park to the itinerary where rugged, unsealed roads lead to some spectacular attractions only available to off-road vehicles, including remote Mount Moffatt and some excellent ancient Aboriginal rock art along the Maranoa River.

With your sights on Sydney, make your way south through big sky country and historic mining towns along rugged country roads and tracks through the bush with stops at Australia’s largest opal producing fields and the Ophir Reserve, site of Australia’s first gold strike. Continue along the trail of the many gold prospectors of olden days who sought to strike it rich in the quaint towns of Castlemaine and Ballarat just outside of Melbourne.

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After all that driving, prepare to spend a few well-earned, leisurely days exploring Melbourne, capital of the southeastern state of Victoria. Culture vultures will be happy browsing through the city’s vibrant galleries and museums while sports fanatics can get their fix with world-class sporting events including tennis’ Australian Open, the famed Melbourne Cup horse race, AFL football games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and much, much more.

In and around Melbourne, there’s more driving to be done with your Brisbane 4WD Hire, starting with the Great Ocean Road, featuring more than 200 kms of stunning coastal views, including the iconic pillars known as the Twelve Apostles. Melbourne is also gateway to exploring rugged Tasmania, home to craggy coastlines, wild rivers and scenes of breathtaking natural beauty.

The Simpson Desert

From coastal sand, head 1,500km west for some epic inland sand to the Simpson Desert. With an area of 176,500 km2, it’s the world’s largest sand dune desert, home to some 1,136 sand dunes (some nearly 200km long)! Located at the junction of Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory, the vast Simpson Desert, together with neighbouring Lake Torrens National Park with its dry salt flats, and excellent desert tracks like the 517 km longBirdsville Track cutting through three deserts, is a four-wheel driver’s dream. Conquering this rugged, barren landscape also requires the ultimate in self-sufficiency, and you’ll be glad that your Brisbane 4WD Bush Camper comes complete with all the camping gear you need, as well as recovery kits, dual batteries, snorkels, reliable tires and suspension, and more as you make the four-day crossing via one of three routes: the French Line & QAA Line, the Rig Road and the WAA Line.

Another epic Queensland road trip is slicing through the length of Australia from Cairns to Melbourne, a gorgeous mix of coast and outback. Starting from the Far North Queensland region, drive along the Cassowary Coast and explore some of the 900 islands and 2,900 individual reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef, the planet’s largest coral reef system. Then head inland to the Capricorn Hinterlands, known for its fascinating sapphire gem fields. Follow the Great Inland Way through historic mining towns and active opal fields on down to Sydney. Heading westwards, follow in the footsteps of countless prospectors who flocked to the goldfields of Victoria in the mid-1800’s in search of fortune. Stop at the quaint country towns of Castlemaine and Ballarat just outside of Melbourne for a look back in time, with their grand public buildings and century-old shops from the boomtown days.

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After exploring Melbourne, Australia’s coffee and culinary capital, and home to a number of world-class sporting events, strike again for the coast. Just 200km southwest of Melbourne, pick up the spectacular Great Ocean Road, with its quaint beachside villages, breath taking clifftop vistas and of course, the famed limestone spires known as the Twelve Apostles.

For some off-roading adventure, steer your Brisbane 4WD Hire slightly north into the Grampians National Park where a number of excellent 4×4 tracks await, taking you past scenic waterfalls, sweeping panoramic views, and ancient Aboriginal rock art sites.

Using Brisbane as your base, eastern Australia has so much to discover, from the stunning coastline to the north all the way to Cairns, to the vast deserts to the west, and the vibrant cityscapes of Sydney and Melbourne to the south. Simply load up your Brisbane 4WD Hire and let the adventure begin!

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