Explore South East Queensland with these Top 5 Sunday Drives
There is nothing quite like taking to the road for a Sunday drive to make you feel that all is well with the world. If you live in South East Queensland then you are spoilt for choice because there are a plethora of wonderful drives for families, couples, and singles to take advantage of and explore on their weekends.
If you want to start exploring the countryside around this beautiful part of Queensland, here are our Top 5 Sunday drives.
Explore Mt Tamborine
Tamborine Mountain is located at the start of the northeast section of the Scenic Rim and is actually the result of a lava flow from Mount Warning (in northern NSW) around 22 million years ago. It is an easy drive from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, passing through plenty of small towns, horse paddocks, and bushland.
The drive itself is lovely and when you arrive at the top of the Mountain you have your choice of walking tracks, gardens and nurseries, as well as an abundance of galleries and restaurants along Gallery Walk.
The drive to Canungra offers a picturesque trip through rich farmland and plenty of bush. Canungra is a small town boasting a number of traditional country pubs and weekend markets and is a popular destination for short drives from the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
It is a short 16 km country drive from Canungra to Beechmont, which is a pretty little village with plenty of country charm and a popular site for bush walkers. At Beechmont, why not take the 3km walking track to Lip Falls, which has a lovely rock pool at the base of the falls? Just perfect for swimming in the hot summer months.
With views that stretch forever over the Gondwana Rainforest and well into NSW, Springbrook is a 55-minute drive from the Gold Coast and a 90-minute drive from Brisbane. This forest wilderness offers plenty of waterfalls, cooling rock creeks, swimming holes, birds, and wildlife, and is a great day out for everyone.
If the sun is shining, why not drive the Springbrook circuit starting with a forest drive along Lyrebird Ridge Road (plenty of views and wildlife), on up to the lookout at Repeater Station, then stop off at the Goomolahara Falls Picnic Ground (with a cooling creek), up to the Canyon Lookout, and ending at Purling Brook Falls with beautiful views and walking tracks. There are also lots of cafes in the hinterland offering scrumptious meals all day long.
Explore Wivenhoe Dam
The dam is a 90-minute drive north of the Gold Coast and just an hour from Brisbane. It offers a wonderfully relaxing day out for the family and is a popular destination for campers, bush walkers, and kayakers. Wivenhoe Dam offers a swimming and recreational area for kids, as well as plenty of fishing and sailing.
On the drive into Wivenhoe and as you pass through Ferndale, don’t forget to stop at the award winning bakery, and if you go on a Sunday, you can check out the country markets as well.
Explore Mt Mee
An hour north of Brisbane is the country town of Dayboro and another 15 minutes brings you to Mt Mee, offering fabulous views of the Glass House Mountains and Bribie Island as well. Dayboro has a number of pubs and cafes, where you can take a rest and breathe in the fresh country air, before hitting the trail up to Mt Mee.
On the way into Dayboro, why not stop at the historical Pine Rivers Museum and the Sunday markets at Old Petrie Town? Then as you are driving up to Mt Mee, why not stop and pat the llamas at the Llama Cottage and maybe have a glass of wine at the Ocean View Estate Winery? From this point, you can continue into the hinterland or take another route home.