The glorious Sunshine State is overflowing with some of the country's most precious natural wonders. The coast is adorned with golden sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, whilst if you head inland you will discover lush tropical rainforests and other worldly rivers and waterfalls that take your breath away. Here are a few of our top top destinations in Queensland to check out this summer from Autohouse Brisbane Car Storage.
Crows Nest Falls
If you are waterfall fan, don’t overlook Crows Nest Falls; a 20 metre waterfall surrounded by towering majestic granite cliffs. After a good amount of rainfall, the falls tumble through an enchanting eucalyptus forest, attracting all types of wildlife. Explore the several walking trails of Crows Nest Falls and be sure to take in the scenic views of Koonin Lookout. The surrounding national park provides BBQ areas and camping facilities for those wishing to make a proper trip of it.
While road tripping throughout South East Queensland you can’t forget to stop by the hidden gem Donnelly’s Castle, the hideout for the infamous Bushranger, Frederick Ward aka Captain Thunderbolt, who roamed this historic region throughout the 19th century. Donnelly’s Castle is a rock formation nestled within the Granite Belt region, just near the township of Stanthorpe, and is embedded with a rich history, offering scenic views from the lookout point that will make this destination a high priority on your bucket list. This particular rock formation is an easier climb than what is experienced at neighbouring Girraween National Park, so preferable for those wanting less a strenuous adventure.
Queen Mary Falls + Girraween National Park
Fancy a day-trip double-header? Two of SEQ's most popular natural gems, Queen Mary Falls in Killarney and Girraween National Park, are only 90 minutes drive away from each other, meaning its certainly feasible for the more avid explorers to tick both adventures off in the one day. Queen Mary Falls boasts a spectacular 40m waterfall, as Spring Creek plunges to the valley floor. Park up near the Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park, and take the circa-1km stroll down to the falls. Be sure to take the opportunity to cool down in the rock pools and spray.
Girraween, which is an Aboriginal word for 'place of flowers' is a popular National Park just outside of Stanthorpe. Popular with Bushwalkers, the park boasts almost 30km of walking tracks amongst valleys covered wildflowers and granite outcrops. Be sure to check out natural granite phenomenon including the granite arch, the pyramids and the famed balancing rock.
If its basking on golden beaches in one of the country's most tranquil environments is what you seek, then why not take a trip to the largest sand island in the world? A visit to the sunshine state wouldn't be complete without exploring limitless beaches and forests of Fraser Island, stretching between located between the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg. From its sacred aboriginal sites, crystal-clear lakes and windswept sand dunes, you will never regret a trip to this glorious part of the world. The best way to see this UNESCO world heritage listed island is by four-wheel drive, so if you're debating which family car to take out of Brisbane Car Storage for the trip, definitely opt for the all-terrain vehicle.
Make sure to lower the pressure of your tyres and set out to Lake McKenzie - A serene lake surrounded with Ivory beach hidden away in the dense forest of the island. If it's looking a bit too busy there then never fear! You have another 40-odd freshwater lakes to choose from! Keep an eye out for the island's abundant wildlife species, include pure-strain dingoes, a plethora of marine life as well as over 300 bird species. Note: this is definitely an 'off-grid' destination, so pack the tent, turn off the phone and prepare to relax in tranquility.
Road tripping is one of the most fulfilling things one can do in life. Reading about them is a great start but actually setting out on the road is where the magic happens. So get out there and explore, make the memories in life that matter! For more Brisbane Car Storage and road trip tips, check out our blog page.
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