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.
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.