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Good weather year-round means there’s always something on the events calendar in Brisbane. Music festivals represent every genre including reggae, rock and jazz from local Australian and international artists. Some of the larger ones are BIGSOUND and the Brisbane Festival (both in September) and the Woodford Folk Festival (in December). But whenever you visit Brizzie, you’re likely to find events celebrating the best of Queensland’s arts and culture, from film to food and everything in between.

Horse racing enthusiasts will want to check out the Brisbane Racing Club which conducts 98 annual race meetings and hosts over 300,000 patrons each year at the club’s two racetracks, Eagle Farm and Doomben. Around the state, you’ll find some of the best horse racing outside of the Melbourne Cup, with beach racing at the Magic Millions Carnival on the Gold Coast, the Artesian Express Outback Horse Races at the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival in northern Queensland and the Birdsville Races in the outback, on the edge of the Simpson Desert, to name just a few.

Easy to fly in and out of, Brisbane is also an excellent base for 4WD enthusiasts. Stunning coastal drives stretch from the charming Sunshine Coast an hour north of Brisbane down to the action-packed Gold Coast an hour south of the city. Nature lovers can find solitude in quiet hideaways in the many parks in the area while the smattering of islands along the coast beckon sun-seekers to worship. Hundreds of off-road adventures await, from easy beach driving to more challenging river crossings and mountain drives following old wagon tracks and riverbeds, testing both driver and 4WD bush campers.

Australia’s East Coast

Stretching more than 4,000 km (nearly 18,000 km if you count every twist and turn), Australia’s East Coast features endless stretches of sand and sea backed by verdant national parks. You could easily spend a month exploring the coast between Sydney and Cairns and still not see everything there is to see. From idyllic towns known for folk music to untouched beaches to whale watching, the East Coast provides ample stops for relaxing and exploring. The many 4WD-friendly camping grounds make it extremely comfortable and convenient to get the most out of these many iconic destinations. Those looking for a livelier scene can head to glitzy Brisbane and the theme parks of the Gold Coast. Adventure travellers can get their adrenaline kick in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, or with some world-class surfing in Byron Bay.

With thousands of kilometres of coastline and uncountable lakes, rivers and creeks, Australia’s East Coast was made for fishing. Join the 15% of Queenslanders 5 and over who go fishing at least once a year. Once there, however, your 4WD will allow you to escape the crowds and stake out your very own fishing spot in a remote, scenic location.

Bribie Island is known for its surf fishing with plentiful bream, whiting and flathead, or head to North Stradbroke Island for excellent beach fishing and four-wheel driving on Flinders Beach and Main Beach. With no sealed roads, Fraser Island is Nature’s playground reserved exclusively for 4WD vehicles only and is renowned for its ocean fishing which can yield bream, mackerel and shark for the skilled angler.

Other highlights of the East Coast include walks in the national parks curated by the local indigenous communities, discovering the unique island pleasures of Fraser and Moreton Islands, and hiking the scenic Blue Mountains.

Fraser Island

Once you step foot on Fraser Island, it’s not hard to see why the local Aborigines call it “Paradise” or why it’s been a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site since 1992. At 123 km by 15 km, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, and is home to exceptional natural beauty in the form of long, sandy beaches, lush rainforests that grow out of the sand, crystal clear freshwater lakes, vibrantly coloured cliffs and a unique collection of flora and fauna.

The interior of Fraser Island is beautifully forested with 1,000-year-old Fraser Island Turpentines. See particularly large 40 m-tall specimens near the Central Station picnic area where there is an informative display on the island’s development along with its notable plants and animals. The interior is also home to the island’s crystal clear freshwater lakes, most of which are fed by rainwater only. The most famous is Lake McKenzie, known for its transparent, turquoise waters and soft, fine white sand.

However, most of the island’s sites are located on 75 Mile Beach on the east coast, a beautiful track which will put your beach driving skills through its paces. Highlights of the eastern coastline include the Maheno shipwreck, the bare remains of a 5,000-ton ocean liner built in 1904; the Pinnacles and the Cathedrals, large sand cliffs sculpted over time by the wind and rain, showing off some of the island’s 72 different coloured sands; and the Champagne Pools towards the northern end of the island. Because of stingers, sharks and dangerous rips, these protected natural pools fed by sea water crashing over walls of volcanic rock are the only safe options for saltwater swimming.


Fraser Island has both public and private campsites. Beach camping sites are very basic with little in the way of amenities but in return offer peaceful, secluded settings, especially if you are in a fully-equipped 4WD camper. The island also has sites decked out with tomore comfortable facilities including cabins and hot showers, ideal for 4WD campers with ground tents.

Moreton Island

Just 40 km from Brisbane is beautiful Moreton Island, a true slice of tropical paradise. Cruise the island’s more than 40 km of beaches, toboggan down the sand dunes of the Moreton Island Desert or climb Mount Tempest, 285 m above sea level, for spectacular views of Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast down to Brisbane and on to the Gold Coast from the world’s largest sand hill. Outside of the tourist resort of Tangalooma, famous for its wild dolphin feeding, access to the more than 200 sq km sand island (98% of which is national park) is strictly by 4WD only. Because of that, there are excellent tracks to be explored, including the deep sand trenches of Middle Road between the island’s Western and Eastern beaches.

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For convenience of location as well as a great selection of vehicles, Moreton Island 4WD Hire comes highly recommended with a fleet of 4WD vehicles ideal for short getaways to fully-loaded 4WD bush campers for longer drives. For convenience of location as well as a great selection of vehicles, Moreton Island 4WD Hire comes ….

Moreton Island also has excellent swimming and snorkelling spots including the freshwater Blue Lagoon (actually light brown from tea tree oils) which feels like swimming in a cup of warm tea! Its shallow, calm waters make it ideal for families with young children. The so-called Champagne Pools are also memorable as waves crash over the break wall made of volcanic rock and sandstone, leaving natural frothing ocean pools. Towards the southern end of Moreton Island lies brackish Mirapool Lagoon, a unique mix of salty seawater and underground fresh water.

Surfers will want to head to the eastern side of the island to catch some wild waves along its 27 km of coastline. Non-surfers can watch the action from wide stretches of sandy beach while history buffs will want to head to the Cape Moreton Lighthouse towards the island’s north to see Queensland’s first lighthouse, built in 1857.

Extend your stay on this idyllic island by camping at one of the five campgrounds (each with toilets and other limited facilities) and five relatively secluded beach camping zones.

National Parks

There are no less than two dozen national parks and forests around Brisbane, including some just minutes from the Brisbane CBD. Many are known as 4WD Parks with thrilling off-road tracks to explore including Bellthorpe National Park about 85 km northwest of Brisbane, the Mount Mee section towards the northern end of D’Aguilar National Park and rugged Sundown National Park on the Queensland-New South Wales border. These parks are perfect for family 4WD camping trips with exciting drives and gorgeous natural landscapes to please every age and interest.

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Family Travel in and around Brisbane

With easy access to pretty beaches, lively markets, picnic-ready gardens and parks, Brisbane is ideal for family travel.

Fun, educational experiences abound and best of all, many of them are free! Visit historic Fort Lytton right on the Brisbane River, learn about fresh produce at the Epicurious Garden, tour the 52 ha of subtropical botanic gardens at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha or spend the day splashing about at Aquativity, an interactive water-play park which educates visitors about the waters around Brisbane and the animals that live in them. Make a full day of it by attending the city’s free children’s workshops showcasing gardening, science, music, art, sport and more called Little Days Out in the South Bank Parklands (Thursday mornings starting at 9 am, from February to November).

For animals the whole family will fall in love with, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane is home to more than 130 koalas as well as friendly kangaroos and other Australian animals, or head to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre 25 km south of Brisbane where you can see koalas up close and personal. Best of all, entrance here is free. Or drive an hour north of the city to visit the Australia Zoo, owned by none other than the Irwin family. At 100 acres, it’s Brisbane’s largest animal park and offers thrilling one-on-one animal experiences.

Even if the weather isn’t cooperating, Brisbane is home to world-class indoor attractions like the Workshops Rail Museum featuring Queensland’s largest model railway or the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium where the family can catch a starry show in the Cosmic Skydome or view asteroid fragments. Perhaps join the circus for the day at Flipside Circus, or tour the restored warship Diamantina at the Queensland Maritime Museum.

Throw in scenic 4WD drives to places like Bribie Island with its white sand and freshwater lagoons, the Condamine River Road which crosses its namesake more than a dozen times and the Glasshouse Mountains with gorges, steep inclines and gurgling creeks and there’s really no shortage of family-friendly activities in and around Brisbane, easily accessible with a Brisbane 4WD Hire for on- and off-road adventures.

Cairns to Melbourne

Taking a leisurely drive from Cairns to Melbourne allows visitors to travel the length of Australia, taking in both gorgeous coastal views as well as scenic inland sights.

Start from Cairns in northern Queensland, a former caning town turned reef-diving capital. Explore the Great Barrier Reef by helicopter, seaplane or boat before striking out along the Cassowary Coast to Mission Beach where diving, snorkelling and glass-bottom boat trips to the world’s largest coral reef await. From Townsville, head inland to the boom town of Charters Towers and stroll along its quaint 19th century buildings. Try your luck searching for gemstones in the Capricorn Hinterlands before taking in the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge, a 32 km canyon surrounded by lush forests, towering cliffs and cool streams within Carnarvon National Park. While the gorge is easily accessible, other equally scenic parts of the 298,000 ha park are rarely visited because of rough, sandy, unsealed roads. Remote Mount Moffatt is especially noteworthy for its open woodlands, forests and plains along the Maranoa River as well as 19,000-year-old Aboriginal rock art, only open to high-clearance oOff-Rroad 4WD vehicles.

Cairns to Melbourne

Continue along the Great Inland Way through Hebel, on the border of New South Wales and Queensland. The wide open landscape on the way to Sydney is home to some of Australia’s historic mining towns, including the Ophir Reserve, site of Australia’s first gold strike, and Lightning Ridge, where 4WD vehicles can navigate the rough country roads and bush tracks to some of the largest opal producing fields in Australia.


Drive through Australia’s Central West region, perhaps with a stop at the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, home to over 1,500 animals. Follow the tracks of hundreds of thousands of gold prospectors to the country towns of Castlemaine and Ballarat just outside of Melbourne. Explore Melbourne’s quaint Victorian architecture and lively sports and arts scene with its many restaurants, galleries and museums before continuing along the coast on the 243 km-long Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most scenic drives, including a stop the majestic Twelve Apostles, red rock pillars that rise from the sea. From there, head inland to the rugged Grampians National Park for some of Australia’s most beautiful fields of wild flowers and fascinating ancient Aboriginal
rock art or extend your trip with a jaunt to wild and dramatic Tasmania.

The Simpson Desert

Situated where Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory meet, conquering the vast Simpson Desert is a must-do for any true 4WD enthusiast. Self-reliancy along with low tire pressure and low speeds for desert driving are rewarded with the sense of accomplishment of crossing 1,136 dunes (some up to 200 km long) in Australia’s fourth largest desert. Harsh conditions with no ready source of help means that it is imperative that your 4WD camper is beefed-up, fully-equipped and ultra dependable to drive through the ocean of sand during the day and camp under the stars at night. Brisbane 4WD Hire provides vehicles which are both safe and comfortable, and fully stocked with tents, recovery kits, and all the camping gear you need for comfort and peace of mind.

From Brisbane, drive 1,500 km due west to Birdsville, Queenland’s most remote town and home to the Annual Birdsville Racing Carnival in early September, two days of horseracing alongside sand dunes in the Australian outback. From there, follow the 517 km-long Birdsville Track, originally opened in the 1860s to walk cattle to the nearest railhead in Marree. Today, the track makes for excellent 4WD driving as it slices through the Strzelecki Desert, Sturt Stony Desert and Tirari Desert along the way.

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Dip south and circle around Lake Torrens National Park, home to a vast salt lake that stretches 250 km and is surrounded by dry salt flats that are 4WD- campers only. When the rains come, the area is home to a variety of birdlife. Continue to the mining town of Coober Pedy with a possible detour to drive along the 617 km-long Oodnadatta Track which follows a traditional Aboriginal trading route past Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park.

Many adventurers will cross the Simpson from Mount Dare on its western border, as the west-to-east route is considered “easier” over the windswept dunes. There are three main routes to cross the Simpson: the French Line & QAA Line (the shortest and most used in peak season, and also the most degraded), the Rig Road (the longest and southern-most, ideal for larger vehicles) and the WAA Line (the most technical with double dune crests). Whichever route you choose, expect to spend at least 4 days crossing this vast desert relying solely on yourself and your vehicle for one of the most rewarding desert experiences anywhere. The payoff is larger-than-life scenery, sleeping under the ink-black sky lit up by the stars and the sheer freedom that comes with an immensity of space.

Brisbane 4WD Hire is your one-stop shop for top-quality 4WD vehicles which allow you to get off the bitumen and follow your sense of freedom and adventure in and around Brisbane and beyond. We understand that the joy of the journey and the thrill of getting there are oftentimes just as important as the destination.

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Australian 4WD Hire is renowned for our meticulously maintained vehicles and top-tier customer service. Our fleet is constantly being updated to ensure you enjoy your self-drive adventure in comfort and safety. 4WD Tourism is one of the best ways to see the broad range of amazing sights Australia has to offer, with the flexibility and freedom to discover the outdoors at your own pace. For your Brisbane 4WD Hire adventure, please contact us at 1300 360 339 or +61 7 5527 6191. Or email us at or visit us at

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