The capital and largest city of Queensland, Brisbane is a booming metropolis that boasts a very bright future. It rests in the southeastern corner of the state, within a few hours from some of Australia's most appealing destinations. The highways leading to and from the city are safe, well-maintained, and easily accessible, making campervan hire a popular way to explore the area commonly known as Queensland's 'Great Southeast'. To the north of Brisbane, motorists can uncover the majestic scenery of the Sunshine Coast, with its many rolling hills, beaches, towns and parklands. Just an hour to the south, tourists can reach the spectacular Gold Coast and its hinterland region, where temperate rainforests, stunning vistas and untouched nature await.
Brisbane is also within easy reach of the Great Dividing Range, and the agriculturally important Darling Downs. If tourists are ever looking for traditional farm-stays and laid-back country towns, this is the area to explore. Of course, the city of Brisbane is also home to a host of interesting attractions. From the fascinating Southbank Parklands, to the shopping mecca that is Queen Street Mall, the city is fast becoming one of Australia's most talked about destinations.
Southbank, which stands on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, is the former World Expo 1988 site. Today, it is a popular parkland that is swarming with locals and tourists any day of the week. It's home to a beach, great shopping, and delightful restaurants. Just down river, the beauty of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs overlook the CBD, providing spectacular views and plenty of fun outdoor activities for visitors, such as abseiling, biking, and rock-climbing.
Across the river, the Brisbane CBD is a bustling area that boasts the always fascinating Queen Street Mall. Shopaholics will adore this pedestrian-friendly strip, as local and international brand name stores line the street, along with delectable restaurants and cafe's. Hire a campervan to explore some of the sites outside the city centre, such as Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, in the forested suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, about 20 kilometres from Queen Street Mall.
Not far from the Lone Pine is the University of Queensland, which is visually beautiful. Its position along the Brisbane River and its historic architecture make this a great day out for tourists. Of course, a trip to Brisbane is never complete without exploring Fortitude Valley, which is commonly referred to as The Valley. Trendy new restaurants, shops and an enticing Asian diaspora set this corner of Brisbane alight each day.
Located at Eight Mile Plains, to the south of downtown Brisbane, is Brisbane Holiday Village. This cozy and comfortable camp ground is well equipped with convenient facilities for campervans.
Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park is the closest camp ground to the heart of Brisbane. An internet kiosk, laundromat, book exchange and barbecue spot are all available at this site.
Gateway Lifestyle Aspley is in northern Brisbane, and boasts outstanding facilities like a swimming pool and dining area for campers.
Queensland is one of Australia's largest states, but getting around by car is still very common. The roads and highways are extremely well-maintained, and some are dual-carriageway. The main highway is the Bruce Highway, travelling up the coastal spine of the state. Don't drive under the influence (0.05mg/ml is the legal limit), and speeding is also strictly prohibited.
- Speed limits in the city: 50kph.
- Speed limits on national roads: 100-110kph.,
- Help number: 000.