Destination Queensland – 8 sights to see from Brisbane to Noosa
It’s raining, it’s pouring…but not in Brisbane and Noosa! As you can tell from my Facebook and Instagram posts, we recently enjoyed an amazing time away from the cold up in the Sunshine state. When I was younger mum and dad would always make sure we went on a long drive somewhere during the school holidays. There are so many great places to visit right in our backyard so I knew when I started a family that road trips were something I wanted to do together.
Attending a conference at the start of the week for work, I had my family then joined me in the second half of the week for a quick getaway and boy did we have a great time!
We saw so much in just four days and still had time to relax so for those of you on a tight schedule but still wanting to make the most of say, a long weekend, or a few days off, here are 8 sights that you can hit up driving from Brisbane to Noosa.
1) Brisbane City
Thursday was spent shopping, sightseeing, eating and exploring. Queen Street Mall was our first stop as we stayed right in the heart of the mall at Next Hotel (let me know if you’d like me to do a blog post on it – I’ve got loads of cool pics from our stay there!). A vibrant shopping precinct with over 700 retailers and loads of entertainment. We shopped some great bargains at Forever 21! The Treasury Casino and the Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower are also nearby. A lovely stroll across the Brisbane River over the Victoria Bridge (one of fifteen major bridges over the river) gave us sweeping views of Brisbane and the Southbank precinct, and we were lucky to be there for the Night Noodle Markets as the bright lights were so pretty at night, our little one loved the sight of them backed by the 60 metre high Wheel of Brisbane. There were dinosaurs inside the Queensland Museum and many different exhibits that kept the family interested for hours.
2) Australia Zoo
3) Aussie World/Ettamogah Pub
4) The Big Pineapple
Driving from Brisbane, we passed the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains and made our way to Australia Zoo – Steve and Terri Urwin’s wildlife conservation facility. It was Bindi’s birthday so we were lucky enough not only to see all the animals but also got a slice of Bindi’s birthday cake! After hours of fun at the zoo (blog post on that coming up soon!) we continued to make our way to Noosa with two quick stopovers. We took some selfies in front of the Big Pineapple which I hadn’t been to in decades (I remember being so excited going there when I was little), so I really wanted our little one to see it! We also used to take long drives to Ettamogah Pub in Albury years ago so we stopped by the version in Palmview on the Sunshine Coast for another photo opp. Aussie World was closed by the time we got there so we had dinner when we arrived in Noosa. We stayed at the Noosa Crest Resort which had the best views overlooking Noosa Heads (let me know if you want me to do a blog post on our accommodation here!).
5) Eumundi Markets
6) Noosa Beach & Hastings street
There is something for everyone at the Eumundi Markets only a short drive from the main area of Noosa Heads. We ate hot, fresh mini donuts, I shopped some pretty silver bracelets from a stall called Frankie Lea Jewellery. We also stopped by the Berkelouw bookstore and ended up leaving with some goodies (I love bookstores!). Then after the morning of walking around the markets we spent the rest of the day relaxing in the sun, sand and sea on the Noosa Heads Main beach. A night time stroll along Hastings street saw the trees lit up with thousands of fairy lights and we topped of the day with some yummy ice cream!
7. Noosa Marina
Before driving back to Brisbane to catch our flight home to Melbourne, we drove along the Noosa River and enjoyed more sun and sightseeing at the Sundays markets at Noosa Marina. We had a big seafood platter for lunch at Noosaville at Maisie’s Seafood and Steakhouse and took a leisurely walk along the street passing cute little boutiques.
There you have it – a fun way to spend an extended weekend with something for everyone in the family!
Do you have any more tips to add on what to see around Brisbane and Noosa? I can’t wait to go back and explore some more 🙂
P.S This post has been entered into the Problogger Virgin Australia competition!