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Alex Fern
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Here's Why Brisbane is Your Perfect Road Trip Holiday Launching Point.

Your Brisbane road trip might include coast, country or mountains - the choice is yours!

You look like you deserve a holiday! With so many destinations and experiences to choose from, how do you commit to just one?

You need a flexible accommodation style, like a camper, and a destination like Brisbane, which provides easy access to some of Queensland’s most stunning destinations.

Blessed with a sub-tropical climate, you’ll find no shortage of year-round sunshine to explore its surrounding natural environments.

Simply, choose your ideal camper at Apollo Brisbane and where you go after that - the choice is yours.

You can spend the next few days exploring World Heritage-listed national parks, beaches and wine country or all three – blending relaxation with action, all from the comfort of your own camper.

Need more convincing? Read on to see why Brisbane is your perfect road trip launching point.


When you want to beach yourself

Beautiful beaches fan out from all around Brisbane.

North, you’ll find the Sunshine Coast, which delivers in both name and nature with a coastline stretching from Caloundra, north to Rainbow Beach.

In between, find visitor-favourites like Mooloolaba and Noosa where beachfront campgrounds give you five-star access to the sand at a fraction of the cost of resort accommodation.

Taking your camper to explore the famous beaches of the Gold Coast? Drive south and throw down a towel at the aptly named Surfers Paradise.

Beyond the 70km of beaches the Gold Coast is so well known for, take the chance to explore the hinterland where quaint rainforest towns await.

Further south still, find yourself in Byron Bay, one of the most famous beach communities in Australia.

Either way, there’s a guarantee of sun, swimming and sand. Good news, with the flexibility and spontaneity that camper hire offers, you can easily spend another night if the surf’s up.


To escape to the country

Sitting in the southeast corner affords Brisbane access to countryside which provides a refreshing change of pace.

From Brisbane, take the return road trip to Dalby, the Bunya Mountains and Kingaroy, and experience the agricultural heart of the Sunshine State.

This part of the world, the Western Downs, is Queensland's largest producer of pigs, sorghum, wheat, oats, barley and mung beans and the fresh produce you’ll soon be cooking up in your camper kitchen will be evidence of the title.

Let country scenes delight you when you head inland


Start your drive taking the Warrego Highway west via Dalby following the signs to Queensland’s second oldest national park, the Bunya Mountains.

Formed more than 30 million years ago, you can expect the mountains to be as Jurassic in appearance as their history suggests.

Aside from mind-blowing geology, the main attraction here is the world’s largest stand of Bunya Pines, some of which are 600 years old and 25 metres high.

With the choice of three campsites atop the Bunya summit, this destination is camper friendly. Just beware - all roads to the Bunya Mountains are steep, narrow and winding, so care should be taken.

An hour north of the Bunyas, the peanut capital of Queensland, Kingaroy, beckons.

This is a destination defined by its farm-fresh produce, which is good news for you, given campers come with more space than a regular boot, it’s easy to stock up.

Returning to Brisbane is as simple as a three-hour drive back through the inland roads, passing country towns like Blackbutt and Toogoolawah whose bakeries are reasons alone to take this route.



Enjoy a grape escape

Queensland’s highest altitude vineyards found in Stanthorpe need very little introduction – they have equally turned the heads of both big-name wine connoisseurs like James Halliday and self-appointed oenophiles.

The Southern Downs & Granite Belt is worthy of adding to your itinerary by the significance of its numbers – this region is responsible for producing over 60% of the State’s wines from its lofty 1000 metres above sea-level elevation.

The perfect set up in your Apollo Motorhome

What makes the wines so delicious? You’ll have to see for yourself, but we’d hazard a guess the 250-million-year-old granite soils have something to do with it.

With over 50 cellar doors in the region, you’ll be grateful to be exploring with a hotel on wheels rather than have to swiftly put down what you’re swilling to race back to holiday HQ hundreds of kilometres away.

Instead, luxuriate over a tasting or long lunch at one of their cellar door restaurants like the AGFG-hatted Ballandeen Estate’s The Barrelroom (noting that you will need a designated driver if you’re planning on driving anywhere after your tasting!).

If you’ve picked up a few bottles to take home – they might not make it that far since our campers come with all the essentials, including wine glasses.



Make for the marvellous mountains

If you like your scenery ancient, enter the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest, all within easy campers’ distance from Brisbane.

Made up by a series of national parks, the area is best known as one most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, home to ancient and primitive plants and animals like nowhere else on the planet.

Within the Queensland border, you can get amongst the famous foliage at Lamington, Mount Chinghee, Springbrook and Mount Barney national parks – each with a national park campground offering that’s perfect for your camper itinerary.

You'll never get sick of the scenery on the road

The most accessible park from Brisbane is Lamington National Park, where you can wind your camper to the summit via sealed roads to spend the night in a campground amongst the lush forest.

The Binna Burra section of the park, forms part of the Gold Coast hinterland, and is primed for day-trip activities with a selection of walks that range from short, 30-minute circuits through to eight-hour treks.

Take to the walking trails by day and snuggle up around a fire pit by night. That’s the beauty of camper holidays – the experience doesn’t end when the sun goes down.  

Fresh mountain air, coastal breeze or cool country nights, you can have it all when you hit the road from Brisbane in your Apollo camper.


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