When you say Australia, typically what pops into people’s heads are Sydney or Melbourne. As beautiful and excitement-filled as these places are, there’s so much more to the land down under than just those two major cities. One of the lesser-known gems in Oz is Brisbane. From its buzzing CBD, to lush greeneries, to its glittering beaches, to even its warm people, you’re going to fall in love with every inch Queensland’s capital. One of the best ways to discover and get a good feel of what Brissy is all about is by going on a road trip! Just make sure that you book a Brisbane car hire if you won’t be driving your own car.
Worried that you don’t have much time during your holiday? Maybe you just don’t want to spend for multiple accommodations for a three-day road trip. Don’t worry I’ve got you covered. Remember that by definition, a road trip is simply a journey made by a land vehicle. So here’s how to have a one-day mini road trip in the beautiful Brisbane.
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If you’re like most people, then your first stop at Brisbane will be the Central Business District, where you can find a good hotel, shop around, and feel the urban Brissy vibe. But your road trip starts when you drive off the CBD to the homey suburban town of Paddington. It’s one of Brisbane’s oldest suburbs, nestled at the foot of Mount Coot-tha. It’s a quaint place speckled with cosy cottages turned into attractive shopfronts, traditional timber and tin houses, enchanting cafes, and enticing restaurants. Start your mini road trip with a big breakfast and an energizing cup of coffee in one of Paddington’s boutique cafes. You can even browse through the stores for books, quirky bobs and bits, vintage fashion, designer clothing, homeware, and artwork.
Time spent: 3 hours
Get in touch with Mother Nature in this luscious woodland with breathtaking views of Moreton Bay. Take peaceful bushwalks in shady gorges. Feel the subtropical rainforest vibe with the local animals of the South East Queensland Wildlife Centre. Marvel at the lush flora and take loads of pictures as you discover lookout points overlooking Moreton Bay and Mount Glorious. Take a rest and a quick drink at one of the seating and picnic stops along the way. It’s a 90 minute circuit drive with short and long hikes off the road. For the nature lover in you, make sure to spend some time in the D’Aguilar National Park. It’s so tranquil and natural that you tend to forget that you’re just 45 minutes away from the city.
Time spent: 3 hours
After all that walking, you surely would have built up an appetite, it’s time to head back to get a nice supper in one of the many bustling restaurants and cafes along South Bank. It’s one of Brissy’s best hotspots for dining with a wide array of casual restaurants, gourmet eateries, take-away places, pubs, and bars. From that variety, you’d find Russian, Italian, Turkish, Indian, Mediterranean, Modern Australian, Malaysian, American, and nearly any other cuisine you can think of to suit any taste. Whatever your craving or budget, you’re sure to find something that you’ll just want to devour instantly.
Time Spent: 1.5 hours
Thought your mini road trip would end with supper, think again. You have one last stop before heading back to your hotel or to a club in the CBD. Head out to Mount Coot-tha for an ice cream on a warm night or a hot chocolate on a cold night. Ice cream and hot chocolate may not seem worth a ride but what makes your trip there really special is the lookout overlooking the Brisbane skyline. It’s a breathtaking view of the city, and a great way to end a great day.
Time Spent: 1 hour
So there you have it, that’s how you have a mini road trip in beautiful Brisbane. I’m pretty sure that after this mini road trip, you’d want to stay longer in the QLD capital and have even more road trips around. I say go for it and road trip to your heart’s desire! Just be sure to check your vehicle for any damages, to ensure a safe trip. Remember to pack your essentials (water, snacks, medicine, extra clothing, etc). Don’t want to bring your own car? Have a comfortable Brissy road trip and book a convenient car hire Brisbane service from Alpha.
Danica Katigbak is a sassy travel, food, and budget writer for Alpha Car Hire. This relatively new traveler is always on the hunt for ways to go places on a shoestring budget to share with the world. When her fingers aren’t typing away at a keyboard, you’d often find her around and about looking for the next big/mini/awesome adventure.