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Sunny “Brizzie” embodies everything international visitors have in mind when they think of a classic Australian holiday – gorgeous beaches with clear, blue waters, leafy cities with a laid-back vibe, a dose of history and culture, hospitable locals and simple, fresh cuisine bursting with natural flavours.

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Situated on the banks of the Brisbane River, Brisbane is known for its packed festival calendar where practically any time of the year, you can find outdoor events showcasing the arts and culture of Queensland. Come in September for two of the largest and best-known festivals: BIGSOUND and the Brisbane Festival. Or time your December visit to catch the Woodford Folk Festival. Whenever you decide to visit, you’ll likely find fun-filled events around the city catering to every interest from film to food to music.

Brisbane and the broader state of Queensland are known for a horse racing culture featuring some of the most exciting races around. In the city, head to the racetracks of Eagle Farm and Doomben belonging to the Brisbane Racing Club, and host to nearly 100 race meetings a year. Other notable racing events include the annual outback Birdsville Races on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert, the beach races of the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions Carnival, and the Artesian Express Outback Horse Races, part of northern Queensland’s Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival.

Brisbane is also the gateway to 4WD adventures in eastern Australia. A convenient transportation hub with air service to dozens of domestic and international destinations, many off-roaders will start or end their 4WD holiday in Brisbane, taking in the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast or driving along the beaches of the many nearby island playgrounds including Bribie Island’s wild beaches and scenic freshwater lagoons.

Get ready to put your Brisbane 4WD Hire to the test driving through vast deserts, navigating historic wagon tracks and crossing rivers and mountains in the state’s many 4WD-only destinations, including the Condamine River Road and the gorges and challenging ascents and descents of the Glasshouse Mountains.

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Australia’s East Coast

Beach lovers know to head to Australia’s magnificent East Coast which offers a myriad of outdoor adventures. Spend a few leisurely weeks exploring the 4,000 km of coastline from Sydney to Cairns, stopping to visit folksy seaside towns, watching for whales and sunning on secluded beaches. Highlights include the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, mastering the waves at Byron Bay and revelling in the lively vibe of the Gold Coast with its many thrilling theme parks. Family- and budget-friendly camping grounds abound near main attractions, especially convenient with your fully-stocked Brisbane 4WD Camper.

Other highly recommended activities along Australia’s East Coast include hiking the magnificent Blue Mountains, exploring the dozens of national parks, interacting with Aboriginal communities and taking in the wild beauty of the islands, including Fraser, Bribie and Moreton Islands.

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Fraser Island

Inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992 for its hypnotic mix of shifting sand dunes, tropical rainforests and stunning freshwater dune lakes, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. Also known by its Aboriginal name of K’gari meaning “Paradise”, there’s much to love about Fraser Island’s natural beauty.

Driving through the island’s forested interior, be amazed at the 1,000-year-old Fraser Island Turpentines which can reach up to 40m tall. You’ll also find beautiful freshwater lakes, most notably Lake McKenzie with its clear, blue waters and powdery soft white sand. Anglers can expect to catch bream, mackerel and shark in the waters around Fraser.

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Fraser’s coastline also boasts must-see natural and man-made attractions including the remains of the Maheno, a sunken 5,000-ton ocean liner built in 1904, and large, multi-coloured sand cliffs formed by the elements over thousands of years known as the Cathedrals and the Pinnacles. Towards the north of the island, natural protected pools offer a safe spot to swim in the ocean waters.

Best of all, Fraser Island is 4WD-only, meaning you can put your Brisbane 4WD Hire through its paces driving on the sand along gorgeous 75 Mile Beach and cruising the island’s interior. There are a handful of public and private campsites on the island, ranging from sites with a host of amenities including hot showers and cabins for rent, to the basic, where your fully-stocked Brisbane 4WD Camper is your cosy home away from home in wonderfully secluded surrounds.

Moreton Island

Another dreamy island retreat within easy reach of Brisbane is the 200 sq km Moreton Island, blessed with long stretches of beach, wild dolphins at Tangalooma which can be hand fed and great swimming and snorkelling. Other activities include hiking up Mount Tempest for sweeping views of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, sliding down the sand dunes at the Moreton Island Desert and swimming in the naturally protected Champagne Pools. The eastern coast is known for its surfing while the northern part of the island is home to the 1857 Moreton Lighthouse.

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With the majority of the island declared a national park, Moreton Island is great for off-roading and camping. Cutting across the island from east to west is the aptly named Middle Road featuring deep sand trenches while a dozen or so camp sites, including quiet beach zones, stand ready to host your fully-loaded Moreton Island 4WD bush camper.

National Parks

With more than 20 national parks and forests around Brisbane, including some within an hour’s drive of the city, nature lovers are spoiled for choice. Take your Brisbane 4WD Hire on a circuit of national parks, many with off-road tracks to conquer, including Bellthorpe National Park, the Mount Mee section of D’Aguilar National Park, and scenic Sundown National Park close to the border with New South Wales. Thrilling tracks along with well-equipped camp sites make the parks the ultimate family-friendly adventure.

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Australia’s East Coast has all the ingredients you need for a family-friendly getaway: safe, clean beaches, bustling outdoor markets, lush gardens and parks and so much more.

Start in Brisbane, where fun, value-priced (or even free!) attractions abound. Take the young ones on a day of edutainment at the botanical gardens at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha or the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium with its displays of asteroid fragments and a brilliant show at the Cosmic Skydome.

Outdoor fun can be had at the water park known as Aquativity, featuring educational exhibits on the waters and marine life surrounding Brisbane. In summer, the South Bank Parklands put on free children’s activities called Little Days Out which engage kids in science, sports, music and more.

All kids love animals and Brisbane has a handful of zoos and sanctuaries within easy driving distance, including the cuddly koalas and other indigenous animals at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or the Daisy Hill Koala Centre (free entrance). The Australia Zoo, owned by the family of beloved TV personality Steve Irwin, is Brisbane’s largest animal park. Kids will especially enjoy the exciting one-on-one animal experiences offered here.

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Of all the magnificent journeys you can take in eastern Australia, perhaps none rivals the nearly 4,000 km-long coastal drive from Cairns in northern Queensland on down to sporting Melbourne on Australia’s southern coast.

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Spend a few days exploring Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. There are numerous ways to explore the world’s largest coral reef, including tours by helicopter, seaplane or boat. Continue two hours south down the Cassowary Coast and stop in at the laid-back town of Mission Beach with its golden sand beaches and pristine rainforests. This is another popular spot to dive and snorkel the reef, or for those who don’t like to get wet, glass-bottom boat trips are available year-round.

Another three hours will take you to Townsville, gateway to beautiful Magnetic Island, home to Northern Australia’s largest colony of wild koalas and 25 km of walking tracks through protected national parks. From here, continue along the coast or veer inland for a change of scenery, including the historic buildings of the 19th century boom town of Charters Towers and the scenic Capricorn Hinterlands famous for their gemstones. 4WD enthusiasts want to add the 298,000 ha Carnarvon National Park to the itinerary where rugged, unsealed roads lead to some spectacular attractions only available to off-road vehicles, including remote Mount Moffatt and some excellent ancient Aboriginal rock art along the Maranoa River.

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With your sights on Sydney, make your way south through big sky country and historic mining towns along rugged country roads and tracks through the bush with stops at Australia’s largest opal producing fields and the Ophir Reserve, site of Australia’s first gold strike. Continue along the trail of the many gold prospectors of olden days who sought to strike it rich in the quaint towns of Castlemaine and Ballarat just outside of Melbourne.

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After all that driving, prepare to spend a few well-earned, leisurely days exploring Melbourne, capital of the southeastern state of Victoria. Culture vultures will be happy browsing through the city’s vibrant galleries and museums while sports fanatics can get their fix with world-class sporting events including tennis’ Australian Open, the famed Melbourne Cup horse race, AFL football games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and much, much more.

In and around Melbourne, there’s more driving to be done with your Brisbane 4WD Hire, starting with the Great Ocean Road, featuring more than 200 kms of stunning coastal views, including the iconic pillars known as the Twelve Apostles. Melbourne is also gateway to exploring rugged Tasmania, home to craggy coastlines, wild rivers and scenes of breathtaking natural beauty.

The Simpson Desert

The vast Simpson Desert is a must-visit for any off-road enthusiast. Be prepared to be totally self-reliant to cross the Simpson, so large that it lies in three separate states: Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Crossing the Simpson is an epic off-road journey, taking at least 4 days. There are three main routes across Australia’s fourth largest desert: the French Line & QAA Line (shortest and most heavily used), the Rig Road (best for larger vehicles) and the WAA Line (recommended for more proficient 4WD drivers).

With your reliable, fully-equipped Brisbane 4WD Hire, fulfil your quest to conquer the 1,136 desert dunes that make up the Simpson, some hundreds of kms long. While the remote crossing requires some long driving days, expect to be rewarded with some truly amazing desert scenery by day and the feeling of being engulfed by the sheer size of the wide open space as you camp out under the stars.

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To get to the Simpson from Brisbane, pick up your Brisbane 4WD Camper and drive 1,500 km west to Birdsville, the eastern gateway to the Simpson. If horse racing is your passion, time your arrival for early September when the remote town hosts the annual Birdsville Racing Carnival, a festival dedicated to outback horse racing.

Birdsville is also the northern end of the Birdsville Track, more than 500 km of road tracing an old cattle path which cuts through the Strzelecki, Sturt Stony and Tirari Deserts. Other noteworthy sights in the area includes the dry salt flats of Lake Torrens National Park, navigable by 4WD only, and the old mining town of Coober Pedy. For more scenic driving, the 617 km-long Oodnadatta Track comes highly recommended, named after an old Aboriginal trading route which takes in Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park.

Your Australian East Coast adventure begins with Brisbane 4WD Hire, a one-stop shop for top-of-the-line 4WD vehicles. Strike out on your own epic journey around Brisbane and beyond, safe and comfortable in your Brisbane 4WD Camper with few limitations on where to go and how long to stay.

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Brisbane 4WD Hire is renowned for our meticulously maintained vehicles and top-tier customer service. Our fleet is constantly being updated to ensure you enjoy your self-drive adventure in comfort and safety. 4WD Tourism is one of the best ways to see the broad range of amazing sights Australia has to offer, with the flexibility and freedom to discover the outdoors at your own pace. For your Brisbane 4WD Hire adventure, please contact us at 1300 360 339 or +61 7 5527 6191. Or email us at sales@australian4wdhire.com.au or visit us at https://australian4wdhire.com.au/

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