[Updated November 2020]
12 seater hire vans are ideal for a group getaway in and around Brisbane.
When you’ve got a big group and an even bigger destination in mind, one of our 12 seater Toyota High Ace vans are perfect to travel together and start the party early. The 12 seaters are also great to pick up friends/family from the airport and to fit all luggage in.
With the 12 seater hire vans, you have got the airport pickup covered. But you’ve also chosen a comfortable way for everyone to enjoy the journey travelling together in one vehicle. Our vans come with either manual or automatic transmission and are fully air-conditioned.
So, while you’ve got the vehicle and a bit of time to spare with your friends, why not consider a trip to any one of these places in and around Brisbane on your 12 seater hire?
Here is a quick list for your trip with the bunch.
Brisbane is a unique Australian city as it is located on the sheltered, western side of a series of offshore islands. Moreton Bay is an idyllic, island-studded waterway and is one of the region’s best-kept secrets.
If you are not in a mood for a lot of travelling, then Redlands can give a myriad of experience from soothing sea breezes, water sports, beachside walks, picnic spots and what to speak of shopping centers and restaurants.
To the south of the Brisbane river is a series of smaller bays that make up the Redland Bay, Wynnum & Manly that flows down to the south and becomes the Broadwater towards the Gold Coast. To the north of the Brisbane River is Bramble Bay on the shore of the Redcliffe peninsula. All along the bayside there are plenty of parks and opportunities for a leisurely, traditional seaside fish and chip lunch. You can easily spend entire day exploring Brisbane’s bayside and still there is plenty to discover. The eastern side of Moreton Bay is bounded by three large islands: Moreton Island, North Stradbroke and South Stradbroke island, one of top tourist places.
North Stradbroke is readily accessible by a vehicular ferry and has good sealed roads making it the perfect island destination. Once on the island, you can explore around the historic settlement of Dunwich or head over to the surf side to enjoy the beaches around Point Lookout. Especially the charming Cylinder Beach, or drive down to one of the two freshwater lakes – Blue Lake or the healing, tea tree infused waters of Brown Lake. Only 4WD vehicles are permitted on Flinders Beach and Main Beach at designated access points (make sure to arrange permits). Make sure you are not driving on the beaches 1 h 15 min of high tide time.
The Gold Coast is ‘holiday central’ and is only an hour’s drive south of Brisbane. With mile upon mile of beautiful surf beaches, great shopping and an amazing array of food choices, this city by the beach has something for everyone, making it one of the best places for your group getaway.
The area just north of the Gold Coast is well known as ‘Theme Park Central’ and is where you will find Wet and Wild, Movie World and Dream World. If none of these theme parks are to your taste, you also have the choice of Sea World, White Water World, The Outback Spectacular and Paradise Country! Get online to check out a number of ticketing options for days of fun at these attractions. Still not happy just head to any of the beautiful beaches such as Broadbeach for nice time at beach surfing or chilling. One of the biggest shopping centers in gold coast – Pacific Fair Shopping Center is near broadbeach and not speak of great dining options and other entertainments. You can find more about it here.
Want a long drive- the wait is worth it! Just to the south of the Gold Coast. Over the border in New South Wales is the beachtown named Byron Bay. It’s home of the alternative scene – everything from yoga and meditation to beaches and the colourfully clad dreadlocked locals. Byron Bay is the go-to destination for music festivals with the Byron Bay Blues Festival at Easter and Splendour in the Grass in July. Check out some of the group things to do at Byron bay.
Starting just north of Brisbane, at the seaside suburb of Redcliffe and extending all the way up past Noosa to Rainbow Beach, the Sunshine Coast offers a more laid-back village-style atmosphere than the bustling glitz and glamour of the Gold Coast.
Tucked up behind the string of villages that make up the Sunshine Coast you will find another string of beautiful villages nestled into the hills looking down towards the coast. Just north of Caboolture is Woodford, which is home to the world famous annual Woodford Folk Festival held each year between Christmas and New Year.
Just a little further up the coast is beautiful Maleny where you will find great cafes serving local food and a huge array of locally produced crafts. Head a little further north again and you will come to Cooroy, and finally on to Eumundi with its famous markets held every Wednesday and Saturday to enjoy the sparkling sunshine and welcoming atmosphere of this quirky country town. You can find the best group things to do here.
Australia Zoo is situated just to the north of Brisbane in the shadow of the Glasshouse Mountains. This zoo is dedicated to Australian Wildlife conservation. You will find an incredible collection of animals both native to Australian and from nearly every part of the world. Of course, there are plenty of the creatures that immediately spring to mind when you think of the late Steve Irwin ‘Crocodile Hunter’ with daily croc feeding shows.Tickets are sold here.
Even though the picture-postcard image of Queensland is all palm trees, blue skies and beaches, if you head to the west of Brisbane on the other side of the Great Dividing Range you will find some truly magnificent countryside.
It’s the biggest inland city in Queensland. It lies just over 100 kilometres directly west of Brisbane and is the hub of the region known as the Darling Downs. With its elevated position at the top of the Great Dividing Range, Toowoomba’s cool climate makes it a perfect location for the beautiful gardens that are showcased in September during the Carnival of Flowers. The Darling Downs marks the start of the sheep country. It’s the hallmark of western Queensland and romanticised in the ballads of Banjo Patterson – the author of Waltzing Matilda. Just outside town on the road to Dalby you will find the nearly 150-year-old Jondaryan Woolshed. A visit here will take you back to the days when most Australians lived and worked on the land.
Turn left at Toowoomba and head south down the New England highway. You will be welcomed to the city of Warwick known as the ‘Rose and Rodeo City’. And it’s located on the banks of the iconic Condamine River. Each year at the end of July the city hosts the Jumpers and Jazz Festival, where you can wander the streets taking in the beautiful 19th century architecture, and the eponymous rose gardens, while enjoying the festival events. In late October Warwick lives up to its outback roots when the annual Rodeo comes to town.
A little further south of Warwick is the start of the high country known as the Granite Belt. The main town in this region, Stanthorpe, lies at nearly 1000m above sea level. The cold winters here mean it is a perfect climate for grape growing. There are more than 20 wineries offering an incredible range of medal-winning styles of wine. If you visit in early July you can take part in the fun of the Snowflakes in Stanthorpe Festival. Just to the south of the town is Girraween National Park. The park has walking tracks that take you through towering granite formations criss-crossed by sparking creeks.
To the north of Toowoomba the country changes again and becomes the South Burnett Region. In this region you will find the idyllic Bunya Mountains National Park where the most northerly snow in Australia has fallen. In this district you will also find more wineries, music festivals, heritage sites and laid-back country towns such as Kingaroy – famous for its peanuts.
These are just the top 10 picks of things to do in around Brisbane with plenty more to do where you get there. So, what are you waiting for?
Pick up our 12 seater, get your group together and head off for a great time in and around Brisbane in comfort – you won’t be disappointed.