The sun is shining. You’ve got no plans. It’s a great day for a road trip!
One of the best things about taking a drive in the country for city-dwellers is simply “getting away from it all”. The lack of traffic, the fresh air and seeing new things are a big drawcard!
There’s also a great sense of adventure when going someplace you’ve never been before. Whether you’re stopping at quaint antique shops, grabbing a burger in a small-town milk bar or taking a short bush walk to a beautiful waterfall; you’re going to be seeing new things and enjoying a unique experience.
AND it’s relatively cheap to do! You can spend a little more on things like food and souvenirs, but at the end of the day all you really need is petrol money.
How to plan one
Listen when friends, family and coworkers tell you about places they’ve been. Ask around – you’d be surprised how many people are willing to share their favourite “secret” weekend drives.
Crank up google maps. Pick a distance and draw a mental circle around your starting point. Pick a direction. What’s there? Zoom in – follow roads and see what is along any given route.
Remember not everything is on maps!
Online region tourism guides are your friend. They’ll invaluable have places of interest to recommend to the day-tripper. City guides also often have day-trip route suggestions.
Besides a car, think about what else you’ll need for the trip. Do you get hungry for snacks? Take some along to avoid costly service station chips & chocolate (unless that’s your thing!). Wear sunscreen to protect your skin – yes you can get easily burnt in the car!
Throw in some walking shoes and a hat in case you decide to do a bush walk. Swimmers too if the weather is nice!
We always take our DSLR camera to capture beautiful nature photos but these days your smartphone camera is a good alternative. Don’t forget your car charger!
Tip from a pro: a roll of toilet paper in the boot is a godsend in some situations!
Out favorite drives out of Brisbane are all mostly within 200km of the city.
- Gold Coast Hinterland
- Maleny and Montville
- Samford Valley and Mount Glorious
- Mount Mee
- Scenic Rim
We recently discovered D’Aguilar Forest and Mount Mee National Park. Though you need a 4WD to get around the tracks, the payoff is pretty amazing with kilometres of beautiful bushland to explore. There is an amazing lookout too, and we had the tripod out quick-smart to capture the view over Lake Somerset.
So what are you waiting for? Plan your weekend road trip today. Remember; a destination is optional!
Done any good drives recently? Share with us and help inspire other readers! You can comment below or tag us in your Instagram #weloveweekends