Located on the coast of sunny Queensland, Brisbane is the perfect place to enjoy a motorhome rental adventure. Sandwiched between the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, both regions are wonderful places to holiday and soak in a few rays. Inland from Brisbane lies the mighty Outback, and to the north it gets tropical in Cairns, Townsville and the Whitsundays, with the Great Barrier Reef just offshore. Brisbane has a lot to offer any campervan traveller.
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Campervan Hire in Brisbane – the best way to travel Queensland
Brisbane, Australia at a glance
One of the most popular tourist spots in Australia, Brisbane has become a must-see destination for many travellers. Galleries, restaurants, and bars fill the streets of this Queensland city, which is a hive of activity just as much in the evening hours as it is during the day. Soak up the sun and sand on one of the numerous beaches, step into art and culture in the local museums, and eat delicious food at the many restaurants along the river.
Brisbane is located on a main coastal route, which means it’s perfect for trips south to Byron Bay and north to Cairns, and the famous Great Barrier Reef. It also offers easy excursions to the Sunshine Coast, where it’s not only the beach that will take your breath away but the lakes and subtropical forests too. There’s something for every kind of traveller here, and there’s no better way to experience it all than with a campervan rental holiday.
Where to stay in Brisbane before your motorhome trip
Where to stay in Brisbane before your motorhome trip
Whether you’re after big name hotels or you’re sticking to a budget, you’ll be sure to find just what you’re looking for in Brisbane. In the heart of the CBD, find hotels such as the Marriott and the Pullman, close to some of Brisbane’s most wonderful spots, like the Botanic Gardens. In the West End you’ll find backpackers and hostels in abundance, which provide a cheaper option if you’re working to a budget. Renting a campervan also means you have the option to stay at the amazing holiday parks and camping areas on the fringes of the city. Check out some of the campsites around Brisbane before you begin your Australian excursion.
Newmarket Garden Caravan Park - 199 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD
- Aspley Acres Caravan Park - 1420 Gympie Road, Aspley, Brisbane, QLD
Brisbane Events – from arts to sports
Brisbane is never short on fabulous events for you to enjoy.The Queensland Performing Arts Centre has a full timetable of music, dance and performing arts. Splendour in the Grass, a music festival with international artists, happens in late July/early August each year and continues to grow in popularity. Also around August each year, the Royal Queensland Show (the agricultural event also known as Ekka) draws in tourists and locals alike for a weeklong event of entertainment, fashion, live music, and more. If you’re a sports fan, the Suncorp Stadium holds the State of Origin rugby league contest which is a big deal in this corner of the world.
Splendor in the Grass
Beginning in 2001, originally to gather people together for the winter season. Since then, it has grown significantly, and is now a thriving three-day spectacle, which brings some of the world’s biggest names in music down under. Hosting 30,000 guests, Splendour spills out over North Byron Parklands and turns the usually tranquil area into an effervescent hub of music lovers.
Previous acts include Ben Harper, Queens of the Stone Age, Florence + the Machine, Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay – just to name a few. Artists make their way just an hour and half south of Brisbane for the festival, and Splendour has become a highlight of Australian music events for both locals and travellers. Splendour in the Grass is by far the grandest and biggest winter music event in Australia, and with more people and bigger names attending each year, it’s not going to let up anytime soon.
Whether you’re attending the festival with a few friends or a large group, we have a campervan rental to suit your festival needs.
Where to eat in Brisbane
Both a seaside city and a river town, Brisbane is flowing with fresh produce and farmers markets. For a taste of the east, head to the Asian precinct, or visit one of the German or Moroccan restaurants in the CBD. For high-end dining, try the degustation menus at Esquire and Aria, or for something a little less expensive, Burnett Lane is the place to go.
Brisbane is the ideal destination for travellers, as it sits on the east coast and is a main focal point for trips south to Byron Bay, north to Noosa and further up the coast to the stunning Great Barrier Reef. The Sunshine Coast offers acres of sandy beach, rivers and lakes and subtropical forest if you want to get your feet a bit dirty. The make-up of the people is similar to other cities in Australia – multicultural. Around 30% of residents were born overseas, with the region enjoying economic growth and expansion – technology and science are particular success stories.
Attractions and things to do in Brisbane
From the city lights to the wide open spaces of national parks, there is plenty to do and see in Brisbane and the surrounding area. Taking a trip in your rental campervan is a great way get around some of these amazing attractions.
The beautiful and extremely well-maintained South Bank Parklands is the ideal place to take the kids for a day’s outing. Ferry rides, swimming pools, restaurants and cafés, there’s something for the entire family. Jump in your motorhome and head to the Botanic Gardens and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to get up close to Australian wildlife. Popular with both tourists and locals, the Australia Zoo is a highlight of Brisbane, a place you might recognise for its connection with the late Steve Irwin and his family.
In a country where sport plays a huge part in the culture, Brisbane is no exception. The Suncorp Stadium and The Gabba - home to cricket matches - host numerous sporting events throughout the year, all highly attended and enjoyed by many. With the rugby league team, Broncos, Brisbane Roar football team, and Super 15 Reds, you will not be short on sporting events while you holiday in Queensland.
A sweet little place in the heart of bustling Brisbane, Ellie's Guest House provides guests with a home away from home. A beautiful two-storey, family-run business in a brilliant central location, Ellie’s Guest House has range of excellent rooms at affordable prices. Spend a few nights out of your Brisbane motorhome rental, with easy parking for the campervan. You and your travelling group can enjoy the cosy feel of a homely B&B without the excessive costs. With the added bonuses of free WiFi, guest laundry, kitchen facilities and an easy walk to Brisbane’s CBD, Ellie’s Guest House is the ideal location for your visit to Queensland’s capital.
Where: 124 Merthyr Road, New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland, 4005, Australia
Phone: +61 418188918
The Kuraby Farmers and Food Markets are a local hot spot in south Brisbane, Queensland. Visitors will love sampling the specialties of the region at this walkable location. There’s not much that the Kuraby Markets don’t have; from fruit and vegetable vendors, hand crafted wares, and freshly brewed coffee to breads and pastries, seafood and premium meats, jewellery and clothing... the selection is endless. As well as stalls upon stalls of excellent produce and items, pick yourself up some delicious local and international food for breakfast or an early lunch before heading on your way. With plenty of free parking for your Brisbane motorhome rental, stock up on the essentials and add a few treats to enjoy on the road.
Where: 1342 Beenleigh Road, Kuraby, Queensland, 4112, Australia
Market hours: Saturdays 6:00am - 12noon
Spend a night or two away from your Brisbane motorhome rental and book yourself into the beautiful Rosebrook Cottages. These luxury private cottage rooms will have you soaking in the spa while gazing upon the stunning views of Bridge Creek Valley. In the winter months, you can enjoy the crackle of fire as you get cosy and settle in for the evening. Opt for the Romantic Getaway package to receive Champagne and a cheese platter on arrival, and get pampered with a 1-hour aromatherapy massage in the comfort of your cottage. Only a few minutes drive from the centre of Maleny, close to the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains and Mary Cairncross Park, Rosebrook Cottages is the ultimate destination for relaxation.
Where: 119 Bridge Creek Road, Maleny, Queensland, 4552, Australia
The little sister of popular Gerard’s Bistro, Gerard’s Bar is tucked away behind James Street in Brisbane, offering guests a delicious range of nibbles and drinks. From flamed sobrassada rooftop honeycomb potato crisps to the famous GBar cheese burger, the snacks menu alone will satisfy your hunger pangs. Add the delectable dessert menu, salume and cheeses, and the incredible shareable platters, and you’ll be coming back for more. Try one of their spectacular original recipe cocktails, or sample the best of dessert wines and liqueurs. Located in the heart of the city, and just a 20-minute drive from the airport, pick up your Brisbane motorhome rental and head into the city for for a fantastic evening out with friends at Gerard’s Bar.
Where: 13A, 23 James Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland, 4006, Australia
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 4pm - 12am
Saturday to Sunday: 12pm - 12am
Transport in Brisbane
The Brisbane Airport is located about 20 minutes from the CBD, towards the northeast, and has both international and domestic terminals. Pick up your Brisbane motorhome rental here, or if you’ve organised to spend a few days in the city, both train and bus services are available to take you there. Within Brisbane, public transport is easy and efficient, offering regular services on trains, busses and CityCat boats and ferries. The Queensland capital also boasts a reliable network of main roads and motorways, making driving in your campervan a breeze. Check online for information about any major roadworks or toll roads before heading out.
Humid outlook for Brisbane
When you think of Australia you think ‘hot’. In the summer months between December and February, the temperature rises to well over 30 degrees, and in winter - June to August - it cools to about 20 degrees. The climate is subtropical which means humidity rules and you can likely get away with just a light rain jacket most of the year. Pack clothes accordingly, and you’ll be enjoying the sites no matter what the weather.
Brisbane campervan rental companies
The best way to plan your road trip and the get the best deal in Brisbane is by pre-booking your campervan/RV rental on Motorhome Republic. With big names and smaller local companies, Brisbane has no shortage of rental depots. We make it easy to compare all the options available, so you can find the vehicle best suited to your road tripping needs in your price range. Whether you’re after a 6-berth RV from Cruisin’ Oz, an El Cheapo 2 Sleeper, or a 2-berth Jucy sleeper-van, you can find it all from us quickly and easily, and for a great price.
Tips for Campervan Rental in Australia
In peak times, vans can sell out! Make sure you get in early and book with plenty of time.
Motorists drive on the left in Australia.
If you plan on adventuring into the Outback, always check your petrol and water levels. There are often long stretches of road without service stations.
Remember to take out vehicle insurance. Better to be totally covered for your campervan rental holiday.
- Wildlife is a predominant feature of Australia, with many creatures most active during dawn and dusk. Avoid driving at these times if possible to ensure safety.
Motorhome rental brands in Brisbane
Apollo Motorhomes and Cheapa Campa
Apollo offers late model motorhomes in a range of sizes and configurations to cater to all your rental needs. You can hire small Toyota hitop vans through to top of the range luxury 6 berth motorhomes. All vehicles include unlimited kilometres in the rental rates. The Apollo depot is located at 733A Nudgee Road, Northgate, Brisbane and allows pick up between 8am and 4.30pm Monday to Sunday. Please note that the branches are generally closed on public holidays. There are no complimentary transfers included in the rates so you will need to make your own way to the depot to pick up your campervan. The branch is only approximately 14km from Brisbane CBD and so a taxi ride should be less than 15 minutes, the airport is even closer at 6km. Bedding, linen and kitchen equipment are included within the base rental rates as is 24 hour assistance for that extra peace of mind while you are on your motorhome holiday.
Cheapa Campa and Real Value Campers Brisbane
These guys operate from the same branch as Apollo but offer a cheaper campervan rental option. The vehicles are generally older than the Apollo branded vehicles but are still well maintained and have a lot of life left in them. For those people looking for a cheap campervan rental the aptly named Cheapa Campa may be the option. Taxi fares are approximately $25 from the airport and $35 from downtown Brisbane.
Spaceships Australia run a range of converted sleepervans which are essential converted people movers. These vehicles offer an inexpensive camper rental option in Brisbane. The vehicles are not self contained so you will need to spend each night at a campsite to use the facilities. The vehicles do however contain portable stoves and are quite roomy despite the small size. If you are a backpacker looking for a budget campervan hire then this may be the vehicle for you. Spaceships Brisbane depot is in Northgate close to Brisbane airport; 20 Noble Avenue, Northgate Brisbane. The depot operates from 10am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and reduced hours on the weekend.
Maui are a well established operation and offer first class motorhome rental vehicles in Brisbane. These vehicles are generally no older than 1 -2 years, which is great for those wanting a more refined campervan experience. Maui have a range of vehicle types from the Maui Ultima - a self contained 2 berth vehicle with toilet and shower built on the Mercedez Sprinter chasis, through to the Maui Platinum River - a 6 berth motorhome with all the bells and whistles for those looking for a little more space or those traveling in a large family group. Maui motorhomes Brisbane depot is at 21 Industry Court, Eagle Farm, Brisbane, a short 6 km journey South from the international airport. Those staying in the city have a 12km journey North along the Brisbane river to the Maui depot to pickup their rental campervan. Free transfers are not included in the rates so renters will need to make their own way to the depot.
The Jucy brand is one of fun and the spirit of adventure. Their campers are small and easy to drive and great for those looking to travel on a budget. Their location in Brisbane is 771 Kingsford Smith Drive, Eagle Farm and is quite close to Brisbane international airport. The depot is open 9am to 4pm during the week and 9am until 2pm on weekends.
Britz and Mighty Campervans
Both Britz and Mighty Campers belong to the THL group that own Maui Motorhomes. These brands are both second tier fleet which means that as the vehicles that were originally Maui get older, they get passed down to Britz and then Mighty accordingly. All vehicles are well maintained and you get the great THL support and service whilst paying less for your rental. In Brisbane the Britz and Mighty depot is at 21 Industry Court, Eaqle Farm, Brisbane. No transfers are included but the depot is close to the Brisbane international airport (around 6 to 7km).
Cruisin are an Australian owned and operated business and run a decent range of supply across Australia. In Brisbane their depot is around 8km from Brisbane international airport and 13 km from Brisbane city centre. Brisbane campervan rental hours are between 8am and 4.30pm Monday to Saturday but the depot is closed on Sunday. The depot is at 47 French Street, Eagle Farm and a taxi fare will cost approximately $25 from the airport to the depot. The Cruisin vehicles are generally late model, betwwn 1-4 years old and so they offer great value if you are looking to hire a motorhome in Queensland.
The Kea name is synonimous with quality campervan manufacture and their rental fleet is no different. Brand new vehicles all under one year old and are built with the purchaser, not the renter in mind. This means you can expect a high quality of design and a few features that you won't find in a rental fleet. In Brisbane the depot is also at Eagle Farm between the city and the airport.
Travellers Autobarn and Comet Campers
Travellers Autobarn or TAB for short run a range of hitop van conversions mainly based on Toyota chasis'. They offer a great deal for the budget conscious traveller looking to rent a cheap campervan in Brisbane. The Travellers Autobarn depot is at 37 Butterfield Street, Herston, Brisbane and is open between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday and with reduced hours on the weekend. Herston is a suburb quite close to Brisbane town centre and so would be around $15 in a taxi from town to the rental depot. The supplier recommends that you make contact 24 hours prior to your departure to schedule your vehicle handover. This will ensure that they have the necessary paperwork completed and prevent any unneccesary delays on your rental.
Plan your motorhome road trip from Brisbane
On the sunny east coast of Queensland lies the thriving state capital of Brisbane. Filled to the brim with fantastic attractions and activities, subtropical Brisbane has a lot to offer motorhome travellers.
We’ve put together everything you need to know about starting a road trip in Brisbane so you can make the most of your Australian holiday. Below, you’ll find fantastic recommended itineraries, a guide to amazing festivals and events throughout the year, a list of attractions to visit and activities to try, and bonus inspirational articles for your trip.
Make sure you also visit the ‘On the Road’ section for information on motorhome campsites, dump stations and rest areas, as well as some other useful tidbits for road tripping through Brisbane and greater Australia.
Itineraries starting or ending in Brisbane
Pick up or return your motorhome rental in Brisbane, and choose one of these fantastic road trips to make the most of your holiday.
Brisbane to Sydney: A Coastal Dream (or Sydney to Brisbane)
A motorhome trip along the east coast of Australia truly is a dream come true. Soak up the sights of Brisbane before making your way south to enjoy all the splendours of this seaside adventure. Spend a few days enjoying the theme parks and beaches of the Gold Coast, and then head toward the effortlessly cool and relaxed surf town, Byron Bay. Visit the koalas in their natural habitat at Tilligerry Habitat, and stop by breathtaking cascading waters of Ellenborough Falls. You must also taste the delights of the Hunter Valley before making your back to Sydney for a cosmopolitan finish. The trip is 1643km long, and we suggest you take between 10 and 21 days to see it all.
No matter which direction you go, this 1922 km road trip is a fantastic 2-3 week journey. A mixture of sparkling city lights, sandy beaches and beautiful ocean views await you on this stunning coastal escapade. Must-do highlights of this popular itinerary are dining at South Bank Parklands in downtown Brisbane, sunbathing on the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney, and getting a sense of the inner workings of Australia in the capital of Canberra. And that doesn’t include all of the hidden gems in between. You’ll see native wildlife, taste local delights and sun yourself at myriad beaches before landing in world class Melbourne.
Events and Festivals in Brisbane
One of the great bonuses of motorhome road trips is the ability and opportunity to stop in at events and festivals along the way. Brisbane puts on a multitude of fantastic events throughout the year, many of which span across several days, allowing you to come and go as you wish.
Splendour in the Grass (July)
One of the top music festivals in Australia, Splendour in the Grass is a thriving assembly of artists and musicians every year. Held just north of Brisbane in North Byron Parklands, this popular 3-day event in July has been entertaining music-loving locals and tourists since 2001.
Royal Queensland Show (August)
Celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2017, the Royal Queensland Show is the state's largest annual event, and proves to be a hit year after year. This 10-day event in August showcases the best of Queensland, with award-winning cuisine, top-notch wines, live entertainment, animal competition, and so much more. It’s a fantastic festival for the whole family.
Brisbane Festival (September)
Over 20 days of theatre, circus, dance, music and even opera, the Brisbane Festival is a sell-out month of excellent performances. As well as top recording artists and professional theatre productions, the Brisbane Festivals features beautiful interactive displays, free art exhibitions and hilarious comedy skits that will have you returning day after day. This September festival is not one to miss!
Activities and Attractions in Brisbane
Whether you get a buzz from delectable dining, outdoor adventures, or live performances, Brisbane has something for everyone to enjoy.
Suncorp Stadium hosts several State of Origin rugby league games each year, as well as Rugby Union, soccer and even music concerts. With state-of-the-art facilities, food and drink outlets, and merchandise shops, watching the game is just half the fun. As a sport-loving city, it sure needs the 52,500 plus seat capacity.
The Brisbane Cricket Ground, or more commonly known as the Gabba, began its life as a cricket pitch in 1895. Since then, it has not only been host to the cricket but to a vast array of other sports, including Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union, soccer and greyhound racing. A whopping 42,000 fans can pack out the Gabba, so be sure to grab your tickets and catch a game while you’re in town.
Brisbane Broncos (Rugby League)
Brisbane Lions (Aussie Rules Football)
Brisbane Roar (Soccer)
Queensland Reds (Rugby Union)
Music & Arts
Brisbane has a thriving arts community, with many performing arts centres, galleries and exhibitions around the city.
Food & Wine
The warm climate makes the region ideal for growing grapes, so expect a wine tour or two to be on your itinerary. Delicious restaurants and fresh produce markets are plentiful in the city; you’ll never be short on scrumptious dining options.
Whether you get a buzz from the heights of mountains, or prefer a walk in the park, Brisbane has a fantastic range of outdoor activities for all kinds of holidaymakers.
In addition to the beautiful riverscape of the city, there are some stunning natural attractions across the Brisbane region well worth a visit.
Extra Brisbane planning inspiration
Dive deeper into Australian culture, stunning landscapes and additional road trips with these articles to get you prepared and excited for your trip Down Under.
Brisbane to Sydney Road Trip
A shorter 7-day trip from Brisbane to Sydney is perfect if you have limited time. Load up the motorhome and hit the road, soaking in the sun, sand and surf from Queensland to New South Wales. This captivating drive includes the Gold Coast, Port Macquarie, and Newcastle along the way.
Top tips for camping Australia in a motorhome
The essential guide to travelling Down Under in a campervan. Full of handy tips and tricks for camping in this beautiful country, you’ll be prepared for everything you encounter along the way when you read our Australian camping guide.
Splendour in the Grass
Pack your favourite festival outfits and get your groove on at the ultimate music event of the year. Splendour in the Grass is a cultural phenomenon just under 2 hours away from Brisbane. The lineup each year gets better and better; you’re sure to have the time of your life at this famous festival.
Into the wild
If you’re craving an adventure into the untamed landscape of the Outback, this road trip guide will take you from Brisbane to Darwin (or vice versa), delivering an Australian experience unlike any other.
Travel Guide for your Queensland Adventure
With Brisbane’s location on the Queensland coast, on the cusp of incredible beaches in every direction, visitors often pick up their Brisbane motorhome rental and head straight for the sparkling white sand and crashing waves. While this is tempting, we must insist that you stick around at least for a day or two to visit some of the incredible attractions this subtropical city has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a glimpse into the local culture, some adventurous heart-pumping fun, or simply a delicious meal, it’s worth your time to take a breath in Queensland’s capital before heading out on your campervan road trip.
What to do?
Whether it’s adventure, fun, food, or accommodation you’re after, Thunderpark Park has it all, and some incredible rainforest scenery to boot. The park offers visitors a huge range of activity options, such as horseback rides, ziplining, laser tag, and a mini golf course. If you’re hungry, pay a visit to The Terrace Kiosk for a tasty breakfast or lunch, or grab a table at the Rainforest Restaurant for a full dinner. Thunderbird Park is also the perfect place to bring your Brisbane campervan, as there are camping options as well as lodges and bunk rooms should you wish to extend your stay.
Where: Corner Cedar Creek Falls Road, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4272
There’s something special about zipping around a go kart track that makes for exceptional fun for the young and young at heart, which is why Kingston Park is a favourite Brisbane attraction for both locals and tourists. Visitors have three race tracks to tackle, and there are 100 karts available for various ages and skill levels. Kids as young as five can get behind the wheel, but the adult ‘Schumacher’ karts are suited for those aged 16 and over, reaching speeds of up to 70 km/h. There are also amusement rides and computer games on site that can help keep the kids entertained while you sneak in a few extra laps. Don’t forget to leave your inner race car driver behind as you step back into your Brisbane campervan rental!
Red Hill Gallery
Brisbane is a city of arts and culture, and this is clear to see during a visit to the Red Hill Gallery. The gallery boasts a wide variety of art, such as paintings, glassworks, ceramics, sculpture, and even a section it calls ‘treasures’. It’s where you can discover new local artists and perhaps even pick up a new treasure for yourself. Special exhibits change often, so there’s always something new to see when you’re in town. Red Hill is just 10 minutes north of the city centre, so it’s a good place to stop before you head out of town with your Brisbane motorhome rental.
Where: 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill, QLD 4059
Go Bribie Island
Escape to the Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre for activities, adventures, and some serious fun. The facility is especially suited for groups, whether that’s a school camp, a sports team or a gathering of colleagues. You’ll stay on site in either the main auditorium or in one of the cabins, and you’ll spend your days trying out the endless activities on site and nearby. The camp offers a low ropes course, basketball, darts, badminton, archery, and a climbing wall, or you can head to Woorim Beach for stand-up paddleboarding, flag runs, cricket, and more. Make a stop on your way north after you’ve rented your campervan in Brisbane to experience some of what Bribie Island has to offer.
Where: 2-12 Third Ave, Woorim QLD 4507
The didgeridoo is a thousand-year-old instrument and one that is synonymous with ancient Aboriginal culture. Its unique sound can be recognised anywhere but to learn all about this special instrument, a visit to Didgeridoo Festivals is your best bet. Didgeridoo Festivals specialises in all things didgeridoo, so whether you want to watch a live performance, purchase one of these wind instruments as a souvenir for your travels, learn to play one yourself, or even learn how to make one, this is the place to do it. If you’re around on a Thursday evening, be sure to drop in to either join or simply watch the weekly didgeridoo jam. Bellbird Park is just over 30 minutes southwest of Brisbane, so it’s a good first stopping point for any road trip with your Brisbane motorhome rental.
Where: 10 Lorikeet Lane, Bellbird Park, 4300 QLD
Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway
Get a taste of the glamorous heyday of travelling by steam train when you get onboard the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway. Tucked away in Bundamba, fewer than 40 kilometres from Brisbane, it makes a convenient stop for any road trip that starts with a Brisbane motorhome rental. Trainspotters, history buffs, and families with young kids, this Queensland attraction is one to put on the must-visit list!
To begin your journey, pick one of the train’s many regularly scheduled departures: maybe a Swanbank Picnic journey which encourages you to pack a meal to enjoy al fresco at Swanbank Station, or a quick round trip to a destination like Racecourse Market. For a special occasion, you could enjoy a Murder Mystery night aboard, watch a “train in” movie after a short journey on the rails, or even book a driver experience trip during which you will see and learn first hand what it’s like to drive a steam train. There are plenty of ways to enjoy Queensland’s steam railway - just pick the one that tickles your fancy and hop on for an adventure.
Where: Bundamba Racecourse, Bundamba QLD 4304, Australia
Opening Hours: See the timetable for ride times
Where to stay?
Waterloo Bay Hotel
If you’ve ever wondered where the best pub in Brisbane is, the Waterloo Bay Hotel is the answer (according to listeners of Triple M radio station at least). This family-friendly hotel offers accommodation, as well as fantastic dining and a great pub atmosphere. The building itself is a gorgeous heritage-listed property having been built in 1889, and today it prides itself on tasty meals at the Fig Restaurant & Bar, cosy accommodations in its serviced rooms, and an enjoyable atmosphere in its sports bar and gaming lounge. The hotel is only 30 minutes from the city, so swing by with your Brisbane motorhome hire for a bite to eat and a good night out before you hit the road.
Where: 75 Berrima Street, Wynnum, QLD 4178
One Thornbury Boutique B&B
One Thornbury is a luxury home away from home that’s both close to Brisbane’s central city, and quiet enough for a relaxing stay. This character heritage listed property offers several accommodation options, such as the top-floor suite with city views, and the King and Queen superior rooms with their own private bathrooms. Or, opt for the budget-friendly king or heritage twin room, where the private bathroom is just across the hall. If you’re looking to spend some time exploring the city before you pick up your Brisbane campervan rental, One Thornbury is a relaxing and welcoming place to stay.
Where: 1 Thornbury Street, Spring Hill, Queensland
Glass on Glasshouse
Floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains await your visit to Glass on Glasshouse for a fabulous getaway in Queensland.
Three of the most stunning private cottages in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland sit beneath the towering mountains, in spectacular bushland full of wildlife, just steps away from kangaroo, wallabies and kookaburras. Relax by the fire in the winter months, or soak the night away in the spa during those summer evenings; whatever time of the year you visit the Glass on Glasshouse, you’ll be blown away by the natural environment surrounding these luxurious cottage getaways.
Just an hour’s drive north of Brisbane Airport, take a break from the road and your motorhome rental at this incredible location.
Where: 182 Glass House-Woodford Road, Glass House Mountains, Queensland, Australia
Phone: +61 07 5496 9608
Recently refurbished to keep up with the thriving city around it, Robertson Gardens is an award winning hotel located just outside the heart of Brisbane. With the facilities to host conferences, meetings, and even weddings, Robertson Gardens is your all-in-one city location. Book one of the deluxe hotel rooms, or rest up in one of the cosy villas. Check out the fantastic restaurant for breakfast or dinner, and try a tantalising dish from their ever-changing menu.
Located just 23km away from the Brisbane Airport, it’s a great place to base yourself for a few days before heading out to explore Queensland in your motorhome rental.
Where: 281 Kessels Road, Nathan, Southside Brisbane, Queensland, 4111, Australia
Open: Restaurant open 7-days, breakfast and dinner
Phone: +61 7 3875 1999
Banana Benders is a backpackers on the fringe of the Brisbane CBD, operated by people who know what’s truly valuable in a hostel. Clean facilities, a friendly social atmosphere, and a decent night’s sleep are the hallmarks of Banana Benders, and you’ll enjoy all three when you book a stay in this affordable location. The dorms only sleep four to a room, so you won’t be crammed in with nine other people, and you can opt to stay in a double, twin or triple private room instead. Book a stay before you set out on your travels with your Brisbane RV rental so you can spend a little time exploring the city first.
Where: 118 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Should you need a little down time in Brisbane, it’s hard to go past a stay at Goldsborough Place. This Teneriffe location offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment options, many of which look out over the Brisbane River, and some of which offer balconies as well. You’ll be minutes from the city CBD, and the building includes free access to a gym, including a 25-metre swimming pool, as well as a BBQ area on the pool terrace. You can book your stay here for nightly, weekly, or monthly rentals. Take your time exploring the city with a stay at Goldsborough Place before or after your adventures with your Brisbane motorhome rental.
Where: 39 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe QLD 4005
Where to Eat & Drink
Beccofino is an Italian pizzeria and restaurant in the heart of Brisbane right by the river, and it’s the perfect place for a feast after a busy day discovering the city’s attractions. This is an eatery where you’ll struggle to decide what to order, as there are countless delicious options on the menu. Try the calzone, the classic margherita, or the prosciutto pizza, or opt for something a little different with something off the antipasti menu. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to visit before you begin your road trip with your camper rental from Brisbane - and then again when you return to try something else from the menu as well.
Where: 10 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe, QLD 4005
Brew Cafe & Wine Bar
Whether you’re warming up for the day or preparing for a big night out, Brew Cafe & Wine Bar has just what you need. The all-day breakfast includes a delicious avo on toast option, as well as a healthy bircher, a classic Big Bang Breakfast, and bagels. Or stop by for lunch or dinner, and pair your delicious meal with something refreshing from the full cafe or bar drinks menu. There are gluten-free and vegan options to suit special diets, and convenient snacks available throughout the day. Make your way to the Brew Cafe & Wine Bar with your Brisbane motorhome rental for a hearty meal before you hit the road.
Where: Corner of Albert St and Burnett Lane Brisbane City Qld 4000
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Tucked away in the hinterlands of the Gold Coast, the award-winning Tamborine Mountain Distillery offers a range of high quality liqueurs, vodkas, schnapps and eaux-de-vie. The abundance and variety of fruit on this lush Queensland property allows for a fantastic and flavourful range of products. The family-run distillery began operating in the early 1990s and today attracts visitors from all over the world.
Visit the distillery in your Brisbane motorhome rental and pick up some of their delicious boutique creations. You can sample some of the goods onsite and take home chocolates, trinkets and your favourite liqueur. For groups of 5-10, please phone +61 07 5545 3452 to book in. Tamborine Mountain Distillery is building a new tasting room and they will be able to accommodate larger groups but at the moment, 10 is their limit.
Where: 87-91 Beacon Road, North Tamborine, Queensland, 4272, Australia
Open: Monday - Saturday, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Transport yourself to the streets of Mexico when you visit Comuna Cantina and taste the authentic dishes and delicious cocktails on offer. Get creative with a DIY tacos board, or pick one of the classic options off the menu. Go for the healthier option with ensaladas, or grab a quick corn chip and guacamole snack to share with a friend. The cocktail and drinks list includes everything from sangria to Dos Equis, and if you keep an eye on the events calendar, you may even catch a salsa night to learn a few moves while you’re in town. Comuna Cantina also has a Gold Coast location, so you’ll be able to try it out twice if you’re heading south with your campervan hire from Brisbane.
Where: 175 Albert Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000
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