Top 10 Things To Do in Brisbane on 4×4

As a city, Brisbane embodies a lot of what is typically Australian. And, one of the things that makes it so is its easy access to great 4×4 friendly locations. To enjoy this iconic, Australian past-time, make sure you complete these top 10 4×4 things to do in Brisbane. They’re great for the whole family too, so hire a 4×4 and get out there!

1. Immerse Yourself in the Glasshouse Mountains Rainforest

Distance from Brisbane: 70kms

Activities: 4WDing, hiking, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, abseiling, markets

Highlights: Mount Ngungun, Powerline track, Australia Zoo, dine at the Lookout Café

One hour north of Brisbane you’ll find yourself amongst the gorgeous, dense rainforest of the Glasshouse Mountains. There’s numerous 4×4 friendly tracks to explore muddy terrain, creek crossings and steep ascents, as well as other activities to keep the family happy too. Stroll through the Hinterland Markets, walk to the top of Mount Ngungun for incredible views and don’t forget to visit Australia Zoo. While you can make it a great day trip from Brisbane, there’s so much to do you might want to spend a night or two.

2. Escape to Morton Island

Distance from Brisbane: 70kms

Activities: 4WDing, fishing, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, whale watching

Highlights: Driving the ‘sand highway’, Cape Morton lighthouse, dolphin feeding, sand boarding, Tangalooma Wrecks

For a relaxed, family 4×4 holiday that’s only a stone’s throw from Brisbane, Moreton Island is unbeatable! There are no sealed roads on the island so don’t make the trip without a 4×4 vehicle. Bring the surfboard and something suitable for sand boarding. You can snorkel among sunken ships, hike to Queensland’s first lighthouse and watch whales from June through to November. If you’re staying overnight, feed dolphins at sunset at the Tangalooma Island Resort or go kayaking at night. For more details, see our guide on the top 10 things to do on Moreton Island.

3. Surf Bribie Island

Distance from Brisbane: 80kms

Activities: 4WDing, swimming, surfing, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, fine dining

Highlights: WWII bunkers, beach 4WDing, surfing, ice cream at Scoopy’s Cafe

Load the surfboards onto the 4×4 vehicle’s roof and head to Bribie Island. It’s joined to the mainland by a causeway and most of the island is National Park which you can explore via 4×4-only tracks (permit required). Surf at the family-friendly beach, Worrim, until low tide then head north on the beach to spot dugong and explore freshwater lagoons. Head back to town on the inland 4×4 route, stopping to see the WWII bunkers. You’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafes on the island to grab a bite and can also camp or overnight in a motel for an extended stay.

4. Experience Historic Ipswich

Distance from Brisbane: 50kms

Activities: 4WDing, shopping, walking, museums, dining, art galleries

Highlights: Workshop’s Rail Museum, Ripley Road, Pumpyard Bar and Brewery

Ipswich is Queensland’s oldest provincial city and makes for an interesting 4WD day trip from Brisbane that the whole family will enjoy. Start with breakfast at the retro Deann’s Coffee House and wander through the Japanese inspired Nerima Gardens before learning about Australia’s railway heritage at the Workshop’s Rail Museum. After lunch at the heritage-listed Pumpyard Bar and Brewery, do some shopping at the Antiques Centre and back towards Brisbane via Ripley Road for some off-road fun.

 

5. Walk the Treetops at Lamington National Park

Distance from Brisbane: 100kms

Activities: 4WDing, hiking, wildlife watching, Aboriginal heritage

Highlights: Caves Circuit walk, sample wines at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, Mick’s Tower, Treetop walk

Take the family to discover ‘Queensland’s National Park’. This scenic route takes you the back way up to Lamington National Park for a thrilling start to the holiday. Once you’re there, enjoy lush rainforest walks, learning about wildlife and Aboriginal culture and dining at the O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. There’s waterfalls, unspoiled views and swimming holes too.

Please note: As of 2017, After extreme weather events, and extensive damage, Duck Creek Road is closed indefinitely.

6. Cruise Down the Brisbane River

Distance from Brisbane: 0kms

Activities: Sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing

Highlights: Cruising under Brisbane’s many bridges

Experience Brisbane from the water by cruising down the longest river in South-East Queensland. Use your 4WD to tow your boat, hire one from the South Brisbane Sailing Club or throw some kayaks or a paddle board on the roof. Pack a picnic lunch and launch from the Long Pocket Boat Ramp near Indooroopilly to cruise the river at your own pace. Be sure to observe safe conduct regulations.

7. Camp at Somerset Dam

Distance from Brisbane: 100kms

Activities: 4WDing, water sports, boating, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing

Highlights: Jet skiing, water skiing, Landcruiser Mountain Park, 4WDing at Mount Mee

For the water loving, 4WD enthusiast, camping at the Somerset Dam is a must-do! Here you can enjoy swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, jet skiing and water skiing, all while staying right on the water’s edge. Lake Somerset Holiday Park offers a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. In the area, you’ll also find wineries, craft shops and a range of great 4WD tracks.

8. Explore Mount Tamborine

Distance from Brisbane: 75kms

Activities: 4WDing, bushwalking, art galleries, shopping, adventure, lookouts, wildlife spotting

Highlights: Carr’s lookout, Three Little Pigs Bar and Bistro, glow worm caves, Tamborine Mountain Distillery, Skywalk

From Brisbane, spend some time enjoying the rich hinterland of Mount Tamborine. Here you’ll find great cafes, lots of bushwalks, art galleries and unusual shops on the Gallery Walk. Don’t miss the Tamborine National Park’s walking and horse riding trails. On the way back to Brisbane, take an off-road detour via Caballo and Wongawallan Roads. This moderately steep, scenic track takes you across a small river towards the Gold Coast theme parks for an excellent pit stop.

9. Camp Seaside at the Gold Coast

Distance from Brisbane: 80kms

Activities: Camping, swimming, surfing, fishing, shopping, casinos, fine dining, theme parks

Highlights: Ocean Beach Tourist Park, Main Beach Caravan Park, The Star Casino, Dracula’s Cabaret

For a relaxing holiday, park your caravan up on one of Australia’s finest beaches. While it’s easy to spend a week relaxing on the Gold Coast, there’s no shortage of things to do. Make your way around local restaurants, see a show, visit the casino or head to the theme parks. Although there’s no 4WD tracks here, see this article for the top nearby trails.

10. Take Your Horse to the Cabarita Beach Pony Club

Distance from Brisbane: 105kms

Activities: Horse riding, fishing, swimming,

Highlights: Beach horse riding, beach 4WDing to secluded fishing spots

Hook that float up to your 4WD and head south to the Cabarita Beach Pony Club. With excellent camping facilities set opposite an animal friendly beach, you can explore kilometres of horse trails, swim and enjoy the nearby lake. Apply for a permit to drive your 4WD on the beach if you’re fishing.

Hitting the Unpaved Road

If you’re dreaming of one (or all) of these top 10 4WD things to do in Brisbane but don’t have a suitable vehicle, talk to FleetCrew. Renting a 4WD is an affordable way to take an iconic Australian holiday without having to replace your regular car. Check out our range of recreational vehicles or contact us today for a comprehensive, all-inclusive quote.

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