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Border Range Loop Drive
3 Days  / 529 Kilometres

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Description

This three day drive will take you from Brisbane City to Ipswich and across the Great Dividing Range to Warwick before heading to the villages of Tamborine Mountain. Mountainous views, ancient trees, wildlife, waterfalls and fresh creeks are the order of these three days. Bring the camera and a spare memory stick!


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Journey Routes


  • Brisbane to Warwick

    From Brisbane follow the Ipswich Motorway to Ipswich. Ipswich is the State's oldest provincial city and is renowned for its architectural, cultural and natural heritage. This is a city where you can literally drive around and marvel at the magnificent and imaginatively designed old houses. After a fascinating tour around Ipswich's stately homes, clear your head with a relaxing and picturesque drive through the Scenic Rim to Boonah. Local history buffs should keep a look out for the Templin Historical Museum on the Boonah-Fassifern Road (between Boonah and the Cunningham Highway). The museum contains a collection of artefacts and memorabilia chronicling the history of the local area. Hop onto the Cunningham Highway at Aratula and prepare yourself for the steep incline of Cunningham's Gap! You can stop at the top to marvel at the views, looking back towards Brisbane and Moreton Bay. Arrive in Warwick, a city boasting some of Queensland's finest historical sandstone buildings and now stand today as reminders of their pioneering past. The Post Office (built in 1891) and the Town Hall (1888), are two fine examples. You can choose from a wide range of bed and breakfast, motels, hotels and caravan park accommodation in town.
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  • Warwick to Mount Tamborine

    Today's drive will take you through the ranges of the Queensland-New South Wales Border. On the way you will pass through the tiny township of Killarney where, on weekends, you can drop into the Heritage Centre (located at the RSL Hall in Acacia Street) which specialises in researching local family history. A couple of kilometres out of town is the spectacular Queen Mary Falls, one of Killarney's most famous attractions. Queen Mary Falls is nestled in the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. With a wall of glistening rock as a backdrop, the water plummets to the rocks below, before continuing its journey down the valley floor to join the Condamine River's upper reaches. Tables, wood fire places, toilets and water are provided in a spacious picnic ground. Allow about 40 minutes for the two kilometre circuit walk. Take in the stunning views from Carr's Lookout and follow the scenic winding road though spectacular countryside under the gaze of some contented-looking cattle. Continue on to the villages of Tamborine Mountain, a haven for talented artists who love to share their passions with passers-by. A wide range of Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available on the mountain.
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  • Mount Tamborine to Brisbane

    This morning, head down the mountain to the old sawmilling town of Canungra. You can take a walk through the sawmill's old tramway tunnel which is cut through sandstone or just wander through the many art and craft shops in town. From here take a scenic drive up to O'Reillys Plateau in Lamington National Park. Lamington is part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves Australia World Heritage Area along the Queensland-New South Wales border ranges. The Park's beautiful rainforests include the largest subtropical rainforest remnant in the world and one of the most extensive Antarctic Beech cool temperate rainforests in Australia. You can choose from over 300 kilometres of walking tracks, including O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk. Canungra Valley Vineyards, just outside Canungra, is an excellent stop for a bit of Platypus spotting on your return journey to Brisbane.
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Journey Details

Duration3 Days Itinerary TypeLand
Distance529 KilometresItinerary RouteCircuit
Mode of TravelCar
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - 2

Facilities

  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
    Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided
  • Wine Tasting
    Wine Tasting


Other Information


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Border Range Loop Drive Full Itinerary


Brisbane to Warwick

From Brisbane follow the Ipswich Motorway to Ipswich. Ipswich is the State's oldest provincial city and is renowned for its architectural, cultural and natural heritage. This is a city where you can literally drive around and marvel at the magnificent and imaginatively designed old houses.

After a fascinating tour around Ipswich's stately homes, clear your head with a relaxing and picturesque drive through the Scenic Rim to Boonah. Local history buffs should keep a look out for the Templin Historical Museum on the Boonah-Fassifern Road (between Boonah and the Cunningham Highway). The museum contains a collection of artefacts and memorabilia chronicling the history of the local area.

Hop onto the Cunningham Highway at Aratula and prepare yourself for the steep incline of Cunningham's Gap! You can stop at the top to marvel at the views, looking back towards Brisbane and Moreton Bay.

Arrive in Warwick, a city boasting some of Queensland's finest historical sandstone buildings and now stand today as reminders of their pioneering past. The Post Office (built in 1891) and the Town Hall (1888), are two fine examples. You can choose from a wide range of bed and breakfast, motels, hotels and caravan park accommodation in town.



Photos

Ipswich
Ipswich
Warwick Town Hall
Warwick Town Hall
Abbey of the Roses
Abbey of the Roses


Route Details

Mode of Travel:
4x4
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Farm Stay
    Farm Stay
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest
  • Shopping
    Shopping
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Warwick to Mount Tamborine

Today's drive will take you through the ranges of the Queensland-New South Wales Border. On the way you will pass through the tiny township of Killarney where, on weekends, you can drop into the Heritage Centre (located at the RSL Hall in Acacia Street) which specialises in researching local family history.

A couple of kilometres out of town is the spectacular Queen Mary Falls, one of Killarney's most famous attractions. Queen Mary Falls is nestled in the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. With a wall of glistening rock as a backdrop, the water plummets to the rocks below, before continuing its journey down the valley floor to join the Condamine River's upper reaches. Tables, wood fire places, toilets and water are provided in a spacious picnic ground. Allow about 40 minutes for the two kilometre circuit walk.

Take in the stunning views from Carr's Lookout and follow the scenic winding road though spectacular countryside under the gaze of some contented-looking cattle.

Continue on to the villages of Tamborine Mountain, a haven for talented artists who love to share their passions with passers-by. A wide range of Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available on the mountain.



Photos

View from Spring Creek Road near Killarny
View from Spring Creek Road near Killarny
Queen Mary Falls
Queen Mary Falls


Route Details

Distance:
185 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
4x4
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Mount Tamborine to Brisbane

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This morning, head down the mountain to the old sawmilling town of Canungra. You can take a walk through the sawmill's old tramway tunnel which is cut through sandstone or just wander through the many art and craft shops in town. From here take a scenic drive up to O'Reillys Plateau in Lamington National Park.

Lamington is part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves Australia World Heritage Area along the Queensland-New South Wales border ranges. The Park's beautiful rainforests include the largest subtropical rainforest remnant in the world and one of the most extensive Antarctic Beech cool temperate rainforests in Australia. You can choose from over 300 kilometres of walking tracks, including O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk.

Canungra Valley Vineyards, just outside Canungra, is an excellent stop for a bit of Platypus spotting on your return journey to Brisbane.



Photos

Canungra Valley Vineyard
Canungra Valley Vineyard
Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park
O'Reillys Tree Top Walk
O'Reillys Tree Top Walk


Route Details

Distance:
161 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
4x4
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest
  • Shopping
    Shopping
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



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Driving Directions

1 - Brisbane to Warwick
Start from:324 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4001, Australia
End at:35 Grafton Street, Warwick QLD 4370, Australia
Distance:157 km
Duration:1 hour 51 mins
Directions:
  1. Head southwest on Queen St toward Creek St
  2. Take the 1st right onto Creek St
  3. Turn left onto Ann St
  4. Turn right onto Roma St
  5. Continue onto Upper Roma St
  6. Slight left onto Milton Rd
  7. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Mount Coot-Tha Rd/Metroad 5 heading to M5/Western Freeway/Ipswich/Toowoomba/Mount Coot-tha
  8. Slight left onto Metroad 5
  9. Continue onto M5
  10. Take exit Ipswich Motorway on the right to merge onto M7 toward Ipswich/Toowoomba
  11. Continue onto M2
  12. Keep right to continue on M15, follow signs for Warwick/National Highway 15
  13. Continue onto National Highway A15
  14. Slight left to stay on National Highway A15
  15. Turn left onto Grafton St
    Destination will be on the right
2 - Warwick to Mount Tamborine
Start from:35 Grafton Street, Warwick QLD 4370, Australia
End at:2253 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Tamborine QLD 4270, Australia
Distance:143 km
Duration:1 hour 45 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Grafton St toward Stanley Ave
  2. Take the 3rd right onto National Highway A15
  3. Turn right onto Boonah-Fassifern Rd (signs for Route 90/Gold Coast/Boonah/Beaudesert)
  4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Ipswich-Boonah Rd
  5. Turn right onto Beaudesert-Boonah Rd
  6. Continue onto Bromelton St
  7. Turn left onto National Route 13
  8. National Route 13 turns slightly right and becomes William St
  9. Continue onto Albert St
  10. Continue onto Beaudesert-Nerang Rd
  11. Continue onto Beaudesert-Beenleigh Rd
    Destination will be on the left
3 - Mount Tamborine to Brisbane
Start from:2253 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Tamborine QLD 4270, Australia
End at:21A Gardens Point Road, QUT - Gardens Point campus, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
Distance:55.2 km
Duration:43 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northeast on Beaudesert-Beenleigh Rd toward Leach Rd
  2. Take the 1st left onto Waterford-Tamborine Rd
  3. Continue onto Albert St
  4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Waterford-Tamborine Rd
  5. Continue onto Nerang St/State Route 95
    Continue to follow State Route 95
  6. Turn right onto Loganlea Rd
  7. Take the ramp onto Pacific Motorway
  8. Take exit Margaret Street toward Margaret St
  9. Slight right onto Margaret St
  10. Take the 1st right onto William St
  11. Turn right at Alice St
  12. Turn left onto Gardens Point Rd
  13. Turn right at Lamington Drive
  14. Turn right at Gardens Point Rd
    Destination will be on the left




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