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!
|Duration||3 Days||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||529 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||Circuit
|Mode of Travel||Car||Level of Difficulty|
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.
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.
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.
|Start from:||324 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4001, Australia|
|End at:||35 Grafton Street, Warwick QLD 4370, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 51 mins|
|Start from:||35 Grafton Street, Warwick QLD 4370, Australia|
|End at:||2253 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Tamborine QLD 4270, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 45 mins|
|Start from:||2253 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Tamborine QLD 4270, Australia|
|End at:||21A Gardens Point Road, QUT - Gardens Point campus, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia|