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, Thunderbird 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
Maleny Golf Club
Rolling lush green hills dotted with towering trees, flags waving gently in the warm breeze - is there anything more picturesque? Tee off at Maleny Golf Club in the beautiful Queensland hinterland and spend the day breathing in the fresh air of this incredible course. A great way to unwind after a day of exploring the city, Maleny Golf Club is just north of Brisbane and the perfect stop on an intrepid Brisbane motorhome trip. Significant changes are coming to Maleny Golf Club, with plans to extend their already fantastic Par 35 course by nine holes, and a brand new permanent clubhouse for future golfers to enjoy. Until then, you can rent clubs, buggies and carts, and pick up a light refreshment in their temporary, quirky, shipping container offices.
Where: 15 Porters Lane, North Maleny, Queensland, 4552, Australia
Open: Seven days a week
You don’t have to travel to Europe to get a fantastic French experience, just head along to Brisbane's annual Le Festival in early July. Beginning in 2010, Le Festival is a not-for-profit event run by an incredible team which has fast grown into one of the country’s largest French festivals. The weekend-long celebration showcases fantastic music, dance, cultural performances, traditional food and drink, and market stalls full of goodies. Learn to cook authentic French food by joining one of the weekend’s masterclasses, and be taught by some of the region’s top chefs. Held at the South Bank cultural forecourt in the city, there’s plenty of parking for your Brisbane motorhome rental.
Where: South Bank Cultural forecourt, Melbourne Street, South Brisbane Queensland, 4101, Australia
Dates: First weekend of July, Friday - Sunday
Glengariff Historic Estate
With breathtaking views, stunning gardens, and a beautiful old residence, Glengariff Historic Estate is the perfect Queensland location for weddings and special events. Family owned since the 1870s, the Glengariff Historic Estate is one of the oldest in the state. What began as a dairy farm, transformed into a vineyard and winery in the 1990s, then finally into the stunning award-winning function location that you see today. Book in for your wedding, anniversary or other special occasion and enjoy exclusive access to the incredible acres of gardens and the beautiful estate house itself. With over 30 fantastic photograph locations, highly trained staff ready to help you with any need, and an events coordinator on hand, every moment will be taken care of. Pull up in your Brisbane motorhome and enjoy this dazzling event venue.
Where: 3234 Mount Mee Road, King Scrub, Brisbane, 4521, Australia
Phone: +61 07 3425 1299
Kiah Park Horse Riding Camp
Take your children for an experience they’ll never forget: Kiah Park is one of Queensland’s leading horse riding facilities, specialising in riding for kids. As well as the incredible week-long horse riding camps scheduled throughout the year, Kiah Park also offers day camps. Drop your kids off during the school holidays, and get ready to hear all about their fantastic day in the outdoors when you pick them up again. With a passion for teaching, Kiah Park doesn’t just offer horse riding expeditions; it also provides information and educational activities to help the kids learn more about the horses they’re riding. Explore the area in your Brisbane motorhome while your children enjoy their time at Kiah Park.
Where: 578 Beenham Valley Road, Beenaam Valley, Queensland, 4570, Australia
Phone: +61 07 5486 6166
The largest German festival in Australia, Oktoberfest Brisbane is a party you won’t want to miss. Pull up to the Brisbane Showgrounds in your campervan hire and get ready for the weekend of a lifetime. Spread over the course of two weekends, Oktoberfest Brisbane has been running for over a decade and shows no signs of slowing down. People flock from all over the state to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and colourful culture. From delicious, mouth-watering food stores selling incredible German cuisine and beer to puppet shows for the kids, and shopping stalls showcasing traditional German wares, there’s something for everyone at Oktoberfest. Make sure you’re in town for this extravaganza of food, drink, entertainment and German culture - all the Oktoberfest Brisbane action is on this year at the Brisbane Showgrounds, October 5-7 & 12-14. Get your tickets now at https://oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au/tickets/.
Where: 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
When: Annually in October.
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
Mt. Barney Lodge
Open your curtains each morning to spectacular views of the Scenic Rim Region of Queensland when you stay at Mt. Barney Lodge. Located on the edges of the stunning Mt. Barney National Park, the lodge offers multiple accommodation options for your stay. The beautiful Queenslander Homestead hosts up to four people, while the Rustic Cabins make for a cosy couples retreat. As well as trailers for hire and camping areas to pitch a tent, Mt. Barney Lodge offers lots to park your Brisbane motorhome rental (note, these are unpowered). The scenic views and spacious layout are merely the beginning of the great things you’ll discover at the Lodge; rock climbing, guided eco walks, mountain expeditions to Mt. Barney, and workshops are just some of the activities you can get up to on your visit.
Where: 1093 Upper Logan Road, Barney View, Queensland, 4287, Australia
Phone: +61 07 5544 3233
Bestbrook Mountain Resort
Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Queensland’s Great Dividing Range, Bestbrook Mountain Resort is the ideal spot to get back to nature.
Family-owned and operated, Bestbrook Mountain Resort offers an incredible range of interesting activities for the whole family. Get the kids milking cows, feeding the chickens, learning how to make butter, riding horses, and going for wagon rides - there’s plenty to do and a lot to learn around this beautiful farmstay.
Park your campervan in the Australian bush for a night or two at one of the powered or unpowered sites. If you’re keen for a night out of your campervan, there are cosy cabins available for rent, too.
Where: 9790 Cunningham Highway, Maryvale, Queensland, 4370, Australia
Phone: +61 746 661 282
Ellie's Guest House
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
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
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
‘By locals, for locals’ - Brouhaha Brewery’s message is welcoming from the get-go, but you don’t have to be from Maleny to enjoy the delicious eats, chilled beers and wonderful hospitality. Craft beer is Brouhaha Brewery’s speciality, and the dedication and passion for the product really shows. Enjoy one of the refreshing Milk Stouts, Double India Pale Ale, or the New Zealand Pale Ale, as well as a variety of other great beers. Simple food made with simple produce is also available right there in the brewery, so stop in to enjoy everyday ingredients turned into delicious flavours. Head up to Maleny in your Brisbane motorhome rental to sample the goods.
Where: 6/39 Coral Street, Maleny, Brisbane, Queensland, 4552, Australia
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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
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
Boggo Road Gaol
Take a guided tour of what was once Australia’s most notorious jail. Boggo Road Gaol provides a variety of tours, each one just as exciting and interesting as the last. History Tours run from 11:00 am 7 days a week, with a number of specialised tours running alternately on Sundays. The Escapes tour will let you in on the secrets of jailbreakers, the Prisoner tour delves into life as an inmate, and the Officer tour gives you a guard’s perspective. Boggo Road Gaol is in the heart of the city, and there is parking available around the site for your Brisbane campervan hire.
Where: 21 Boggo Road, Dutton Park, Queensland, 4102, Australia
Open: Open 7 days from 11:00 am
Brisbane Ghost Tours
Get ready for spine-chilling encounters with Brisbane’s most haunted spots. Created by local horror and true crime historian, Jack Sim, Brisbane Ghost Tours has been operating for 20 years. Brisbane Ghost Tours has been taking visitors around spooky locations, weaving in history and storytelling to create a unique, hair-raising experience. Take a walking tour around Brisbane’s central business district, discovering the hidden secrets of the city’s alleyways and historic buildings. A cemetery tour will introduce you to the terrible tales of the people who rest there, while Boggo Road Gaol has Ghost Tours of its own from 7:30 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Park your Brisbane campervan hire at each individual tour site.
Phone: +61 0401 666 441
Camp Hill Antique Centre
Camp Hill Antique Centre offers a unique and relaxing shopping experience of over 70 antique stalls in the heart of Brisbane. As well as a plethora of stores selling everything from homeware to old books and vintage clothes, Camp Hill hosts events like Tea Leaf Readings, styling workshops, jazz bands and crafting tutorials. On the same site is the Tarte Cafe, which serves up stunningly presented and deliciously indulgent goodies. With a passion for locally sourced healthy and fresh ingredients, the dishes are mostly organic, and fair trade. Parking is available for your Brisbane campervan hire on the main road, and also down the side street, Tarama Street.
Where: 545 Old Cleveland Road, Camp Hill, Queensland, 4152, Australia
Open: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm