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Must-see attractions on the drive from Brisbane to Noosa


Driving from Brisbane up to the Sunshine Coast, up to Noosa and back again? You could do it in a day or two, but what kind of holiday is that? Take your time and explore these ten top jealousy-inducing picks and start planning the ultimate coastal campervan trip. Pick up and drop off your maui Motorhome in Brisbane to make it extra easy.

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Bribie Island - Best Little Island To Explore

Dreaming of catching some waves, a lazy afternoon fishing, a day cruising or spotting some of Australia's unique wildlife? You'll find plenty of options to keep you and the whole family busy (or not!) on Bribie Island.

Connected to the mainland by a bridge and fewer than two hours drive from the centre of Brisbane, allow yourself to be delighted by the white sandy beaches, national parks and (usually) gorgeous weather that makes this such an idyllic first stop.

Caravan parks are in plentiful supply, and with so much to keep you occupied plus a whole lot of beach to chill out on, you might never want to leave!

Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavendar Farm - Best Lunch Stop

Those looking for some sweet holiday snaps will love the chance to capture the fields of lavender at Kooroomba Lavender Farm at Mount Alford. This is a stop that will have all your senses tingling. You'll find plenty of space to park up, hang out and take in the view over the Great Dividing Range. Then, you'll get a whiff of all things lavender...

Make sure you come along hungry, too, as the restaurant boasts plenty of tasty options to enjoy. We love the fresh lavender scones with a cuppa, and no one should leave without sampling the lavender ice cream.

Once you've had your fill, don't forget to stop in at the cellar door for a bottle of wine or two to pop in the fridge for later. You'll find plenty of lush lavender goodies in the gift shop. Find something as a gift for yourself or someone you care about. What about treating yourself to a sachet of lavender for under your pillow while you’re on the road? Bliss!

Yowie Park In Kilcoy - Best Urban Legend

Yow-what? Quiet and quaint, Kilcoy gained notoriety back in 1979 for its reported Yowie sighting at Sandy Creek. Not sure what a Yowie is? You'll have to visit to find out! The Yowie legend dates back generations, but just like Bigfoot, no conclusive evidence supports any recent sightings. Explore the entire park, and you might be the first to see a Yowie in, well, ages!

Best known for its Yowie statue, Kilcoy Park offers a lush oasis on a hot day. Relax in the park for a spot of bird-watching, or wander around the lilypond complete with turtles, plus there’s a playground for the kids. Anyone not wanting to hunt a Yowie will find plenty of boutique shopping, a handful of wineries and a certain country charm that awaits them at Kilcoy.

Kilcoy is an RV accredited town with ample rest areas that are suitable for campers making it a perfect spot to stay for the night. Plus, there are plenty of great spots for an evening beer and a breakfast coffee too.

Glass House Mountains - The Best Place to Watch The Sunset

Located an hours drive from both Noosa and Brisbane, the eleven peaks of the Glass House Mountains are home to a vast selection of walking and hiking tracks, horse trails and jaw-dropping views that will make any climbing worthwhile!

As soon as you arrive, it will become apparent why the Glass House Mountains are listed on the National heritage register as a landscape of national importance. Visitors will quickly sense why this is a special place where Aboriginal people have gathered to trade and partake in ceremonial activities.

Head to Mount Ngungun for an easy walk to the summit, and don't forget your camera for the spectacular sunset views.

Maui Tip: If a summit at sunset isn’t your thing, head to the Pineapple Fields near Beerwah and experience golden hour in golden pineapple fields.

Kenilworth Country Bakery - Best Way To Drink Coffee (in a doughnut!)

Got a sweet tooth, or want to induce envy on social media? You'll want to visit the Kenilworth Country Bakery!

Home of the 1Kg Donut Challenge and Australia's first coffee in a donut, Kenilworth Country Bakery caters to those of us with a sweet tooth! Don't fret though, those without one are well looked after, with a selection of pies and wraps. Living the vegan or gluten-free lifestyle? You're covered too!

Bring a friend, bring your camera and bring your stretchiest pants - you're gonna need them to get through all these treats. Get in early, as once they sell out, they'll shut up shop.

Eumundi Markets - Best Market

Why not take a trip up to the Eumundi Markets on the Sunshine Coast to balance out your karma, harmonise your chakras and fill your belly? You'll find no shortage of fresh produce, locally made artisan wares, and good vibes at Eumundi.

Wander through the markets and enjoy the soothing sound of wind chimes and the aroma of breakfast, brunch or lunch, no matter what you fancy; vegan, vegetarian, sweet, savoury and more.

Slip on something snazzy, pick up something to remember your visit by and stock up on treats for the road. Align your visit to Eumundy with Market days on Saturdays and Wednesdays to avoid missing out.

Caloundra - Best Beach(es) To Relax Without The Crowds

Sun, surf and sand are what a Queensland holiday is all about! For the perfect antidote to crowded Gold Coast beaches, head on over to Caloundra and get your fill of sun, sand and surf. Caloundra marks the start of the Sunshine Coast, and what a start it is! You'll find seven (yes, seven!) pristine beaches with not a shadow of a high rise in sight.

With plenty of sand to stretch out on, and a whole lot of beach to enjoy both in and out of the water, you'll also find plenty of spots to keep the kids and the kids-at-heart happy. Park up your motorhome, pack a picnic and head to the beach with a book and a football for the perfect day out.

Feeling thirsty from all that swimming and sunbathing? Quench your thirst on the way back to your powerd site with a stop at Moffat Beach brewery.

Noosa National Park - Best Place to Swim, Surf and Walk

Did you know that tourist hot-spot Noosa isn't an only child? Stunning sibling Noosa National Park features one of Australia's most beautiful walks beside the sea and through a range of gorgeous vegetation. Enjoy coastal walks, rainforest treks, woodland wanders and soft sand beneath your feet. Many of the tracks start and end at Noosa Headland, which offers a superb spot for a picnic or a bit of wildlife watching. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins in the water and koalas in the trees!

Camping is not allowed in the park, but there is plenty of parking on nearby Hastings Street. You'll find overnight campervan spots in Noosa, meaning you have the best of town and nature at your fingertips.

Australia Zoo - Best Entertainment For The Family

Looking for a stop on the road that’s sure to keep little travellers happy? Look no further than a day at Australia Zoo. Anyone familiar with Steve "the Crocodile Hunter" Irwin will likely have heard of Australia Zoo. It shouldn't come as any surprise that the genuine love of animals lies behind its development.

You might not spot Terri, Bindi and Bob, on your visit (although, you might too!) but, you're guaranteed to find a wide range of animals displayed in really appropriate and respectful ways. No matter what animals the kids are into right now, we reckon the big cats and the croc show can't be missed.

It’s free to park up at the Zoo directly, or leave your motorhome plugged in at a powered site nearby and take a coach from the Sunshine coast.

Noosa Everglades - Best One-Of-A-Kind Experience

No holiday is complete without that one unique experience that you tell your friends and family about. And no visit to the sunshine coast is complete without a trip to the Noosa Everglades. Known for its mirror-like water (there's even a section called the mirror river!), the tropical wetland is one of only two everglades systems in the world.

Quiet, calm and rejuvenating, a day on the glades allows that time for peaceful reflection. It puts you right in the heart of nature and amongst the wildlife.

If you're looking to take it easy, jump on a boat tour. Sit back, relax and take it all in. Otherwise, choose a Canoe n' Cruise or Kayak tour for an idyllic way to enjoy a truly unique Australian experience. To extend your stay at the Everglades, head to Habitat Noosa Eco-camp. You'll find on-site camping, motorhome, RV, powered and unpowered sites.

Plus, you'll be able to settle in for a few beers and dinner at the CootharaBAR bar and bistro. Stay for a couple days and enjoy the on-site beach access, and check out the large eastern grey kangaroo population, living side by side with eco-camp guests. Gorgeous!

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