Queensland has ample of stunning countryside to discover when you take yourself on a self-drive tour, with lots of options for half day and full day trips from your Brisbane accommodation base.
The Scenic Rim is the region 1hour south of Brisbane CBD and you could spend days of discovering in and around this region if you chose to.
Tamborine Mountain is a very popular destination as it caters for all travellers, once a country village it has maintained its roots with boutique wineries, historic pubs, art galleries exhibiting local talent and you may like to visit the cheese factory or the Belgian chocolate shop. That’s not all nature awaits, Tamborine National Park is a lush green paradise of stunning mountain ranges. Travel time is 55minutes from The Glen Hotel & Suites
Canungra, Beechmont and Lamington National Park, for a truly scenic drive through National Park, this is a must do. Canungra is a village settlement dating back to 1880’s when the Lahey Bros Sawmmill was first established. It’s the gateway to Lamington national Park and O’Reilley’s Rainforest Retreat, making it a popular weekend stop-off for motorists.
Take the turn off to Beechmont and Binna Burra for a country drive through land that was once thriving dairy country and up the mountainside of tall trees to Beechmont plateau for spectacular scenery. The region that is Lamington National Park was declared in 1915 and covers an outstanding 20590 hectares, if you like to walk there are many walking tracks along the McPherson Range with sweeping views from the Gold Coast and to Nothern NSW. If you are traveling on the weekend you are likely to meet country markets or stop off to see country crafts along the way. It is just over 1hour drive from The Glen Hotel to Beechmont and the entrance to Lamington National Park.
Lockyer Valley, head on West to feel what Queensland is all about, with some of the most fertile soil in the world it is known as ‘Australia’s salad bowl’ come and see where your food is being grown.
Cobb & Co Tourist Drive, follow the signs and you will find these great discoveries that is the way of the early days of coach transport. The drive follows the railway line and the original road from Ipswich to Gatton, people were heading west for the gold rush. Today you can visit St Paul’s Anglican Church in Ipswich, built in 1859 its the oldest Anglican Church in Queensland. In Forest Hill many of the original buildings have been spared and are still in use. Stop in Rosewood and see if you can see any of the original Rosewood Mahogany that was milled in the region. There’s a lot of history and Australian culture to be discovered on the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive. Starting in Ipswich and travelling over 140kms approximately this is a full day tour from The Glen Hotel.
Queensland is so much more than beachside highrises, there’s rainforest, national parks, farmland and so much history to be uncovered, come and take a look for yourselves South East Queensland Drives.