Three family-friendly road trip ideas in Queensland
07 September 2022
For many of us, our most treasured childhood memories are of family holidays. Whether to the sand or the red dirt, the family road trip was as Australian as Vegemite, a chance to create core memories that still stay with us years after.
Here are three long weekend road trips in Queensland that your kids won’t ever forget.
Brisbane to Noosa Heads
To start the weekend, stop off at Eumundi Markets (open Saturdays, 7am to 2pm), a famously eclectic spot where you can buy everything from art to organic Vietnamese food. Afterwards drive to Noosa Heads, drop off the car, pack your beach bag, then wander around the headland to Noosa National Park and Tea Tree Bay Beach – the perfect spots to while away an hour or two. Post-surf and sand, head for pretty Noosaville and explore the Noosa River via kayak, SUP or jetski, or hire a tinnie for a few hours. You’re spoilt for choice for dinner on Hastings Street – check out Betty’s Burgers for relaxed kid-friendly fare (including amazing ice-cream).
Surfers Paradise to the Gold Coast Hinterland
Cairns to the Daintree
From Cairns, head 15 minutes north-west to Smithfield, and gaze over the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Then it’s onto postcard-pretty Kuranda and its Koala Gardens, home to not only Australia’s favourite marsupial but also quokkas, pademelons, wombats and wallabies. Thirty minutes down the road is Mareeba, and a chance for Mum and Dad to have their caffeine hit at Coffee Works. It’s also the perfect opportunity to stock up on chocolates for the 90-minute drive to Daintree Village, gateway to the Daintree wilderness. There’s accommodation of every ilk here, but for the budget-minded, Daintree Wild Bed & Breakfast, about 15 minutes out of town, is a good option. Laze by the pool in the late afternoon, then splurge a little with dinner at Daintree Ecolodge’s Julaymba Restaurant.
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