Brisbane to Stanthorpe: A self-drive itinerary
- Day 1 - Brisbane to Stanthorpe
- Day 2 - Around Stanthorpe
- Day 3 - Stanthorpe to Brisbane
Brisbane to Stanthorpe
Driving Time: 2hrs Distance: 218km
Collect your Cosy Campervan rental in Brisbane and head west towards the Lockyer Valley. Drop into Preston Peak Wines for a tasting, or trot on over to Forsdale, where you and a four-hoofed friend can enjoy a one- or two-hour horseback ride through stunning country landscapes.
Further south, the Darling Downs Zoo offers close encounters with big cats, monkeys and Aussie animals. Or you can taste a dram at Castle Glen, Queensland’s only whisky distillery. Continue on to Stanthorpe, the heart of the state’s ‘Granite Belt’ and home to a number of heritage buildings.
Stanthorpe is a short drive from two outstanding national parks. Sundown National Park offers sharp peaks, plunging gorges, old mining sites and diverse woodland birds. Closer to town, Girraween National Park has granite outcrops, precarious boulder towers, carpets of spring wildflowers, and plenty of parrots and honeyeaters. Both parks offer camping facilities and walks for all ages and fitness levels.
Stanthorpe to Brisbane
Driving Time: 2hrs Distance: 217km
Stop for a morning coffee at the heritage-listed Glengallan Homestead, a sandstone mansion dating back more than 150 years. Nearby, the Warwick Art Gallery exhibits work from the many artists living and working in the Southern Darling Downs.
Drive on to Maryvale, where Sharman Apununga Parsons leads fascinating walking tours showcasing Aboriginal culture and philosophy. Your journey through Southeast Queensland ends back in Brisbane, where you drop off your Cosy Camper.