With the school holidays upon us, now is the perfect time to get away and experience the best Queensland has to offer. Queensland’s Adventure Way is right on our doorstep starting in Brisbane with the full 1,152-kilometre drive ending at the border to South Australia in Innamincka. The beauty of the trip however lies in your ability to choose your own adventure and go as far (or stay as close to home) as your heart desires. From Brisbane to Dalby, Dalby to St George, St George to Cunnamulla, Cunnamulla to Thargomindah, and Thargomindah to Innamincka – this trip has it all!
So, if you’re in need of a quick road trip getaway, we’ve done the hard work for you and planned your next trip all on Brisbane’s doorstep. Below are our top 5 must do experiences along the Adventure Way.
WHAT DOES THE TOWN OF ST GEORGE AND BARACK OBAMA HAVE IN COMMON?
Situated along the Adventure Way from Cunnamulla to St George, Steve Margaritis (based in St George) is among one of its most famous local residents. After fleeing his war-torn town in Greece at only 15, he landed in Australia and stumbled across emu engraving by accident as a young teenager. Since then, he and his creations have become a must-see stop for road trippers in the area. He’s designed customised emu eggs for the likes of Julia Gillard, Quentin Bryce and Barack Obama whose emu egg even used to sit on his desk at the White House.
A HIKE IN LAKE BINDEGOLLY NATIONAL PARK
You can explore the park along the main circuit track which at 9.2km will take approximately 3 hours. The track follows the lake edge and returns along the burnt orange slopes of the sandhills. Its breathtaking views and abundance of wildlife the walk is perfect for the avid photographer or Instagrammer. But if a stroll is more your pace, pack a picnic lunch and take the short walk to the lake. You’re sure to find the perfect spot to relax and do a spot of birdwatching.
VISIT THE LOCAL ABORIGINAL ARTWORK
The little town of Bollon is situated along the bank of Wallam Creek. This picturesque backdrop is the perfect place to stop off and stretch your legs. Take a stroll along the creek-side footpath into town and take in the Aboriginal Dreamtime artwork that accompanies the walk.
TRY THE LOCAL’S FAVOURITE COFFEE
Cunnamulla is a must stop for nature enthusiasts and foodies alike. After enjoying the bush walks, sandboarding, town and industry tours, river cruises, fishing, or getting your photo with the magnificent Cunnamulla Fella Statue, take some time out for yourself to enjoy a good coffee. Cunnamulla Coffee Shop is a local favourite and a great place to stop before the afternoon’s activities.
TREAT YOURSELF TO A SPA DAY
In Eulo, just outside of Cunnamulla, treat yourself to a day of relaxation in the Artesian Mud Baths local to the region. Estimated to be approximately 20,000 years old, the silky mud from deep beneath the surface of the earth is rich in nutrients and naturally good for you. Who said a driving holiday couldn’t be luxurious? Enjoy wine and nibbles while recharging and experiencing something truly unique.
You can download a guide to the best drive holidays on Brisbane’s doorstep here.