Brisbane to St George Loop
Begin your epic journey from the bustling ‘river city’ of Brisbane, traversing the picturesque Lockyer Valley, up to Toowoomba and then out across the Darling Downs to Dalby, Moonie, and St George. You will be returning via Goondiwindi on the Queensland-New South Wales border and loop back to Toowoomba before reaching Brisbane’s city lights once again. Remember from St George, you can take trips out to Cunnamulla and Lightning Ridge, including Dirranbandi and Hebel, along the way if you are wanting a ‘real’ taste of the outback!
With the drive spanning approximately 513 kilometres from Brisbane to St George, this drive can easily be completed in half a day. Although, you would surely want to stop at the numerous historic landmarks and attractions along the way! There is just so much to see and do along the Brisbane to St George Loop. Returning via the historic border town of Goondiwindi will ensure that you get to experience the serenity and remoteness of the bush, whilst seeing the most incredible and magnificent untouched landscapes and native wildlife.
Watch on from the Bus QLD Outback coach panoramic windows as the Brisbane city skyline disappears as you head towards the stunning Southern Queensland Country of the Lockyer Valley. Discover the beautiful & picturesque ‘Garden City’ of Toowoomba, renowned for its many gardens and parks, and of course its Carnival of Flowers every September.
Now travelling in the beautiful Western Downs Region of Dalby, you will find plenty of sights to see and things to do. Proceed to go through the quieter, small rural townships of Moonie and Tara, featuring the Moonie Yabbie Races or visit Tara’s infamous Commercial Hotel. After your stops here, you will then carry on to the beautiful town of St George, on the banks of the Balonne River, where you can also add on trips out to Cunnamulla, Lightning Ridge or Hebel.
Stops & Highlights Between Brisbane to St George
Brisbane - Toowoomba
Home to the 'Carnival of Flowers' in September, Toowoomba is a truly picturesque and gracious town with numerous gardens and public parks, like Queens Park and the elegant Laurel Bank Park. Discover the beauty of this 'Garden City' of Toowoomba. Catch a bus from town to the university to see the Ju Raku En Japanese Garden. Discover the new shopping precint, laneways and the many relaxed eateries and cafe options by following the amazing 'First Coat Street Graffiti and Mural Art' walking trail. Take a bus up to Picnic Point for beautiful views from the top of the Great Dividing Range and eastwards across the valley towards Brisbane.
Toowoomba - Dalby
Enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the Lake Broadwater Conservation Park, Bunya Mountains National Park and Myall Creek, or embark on a Bunya Mountains Horse Drawn Tour or attend the Dalby District Show. Past Dalby, is the laidback township of Tara, in the heart of some of Australia's finest Merino country, home to vast wheat fields, and the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races. Further along, discover the tiny settlement of Moonie, situated at the intersection of the Leichhardt and Moonie Highways.
Dalby - Moonie
Moonie - St George
Amble the Ballonne River Walk or take a river cruise as you enjoy the serenity of the great outdoors. Partake in a spot of fishing from the river bank - the Murray Cod are humongous! Enjoy a wildflower tour here between August and October, a cotton farm and winery tour, an air or 4WD tour, see the stunning Aboriginal rock pools or marvel at one of the biggest populations of birds in Australia.
Options from St George
Lightning Ridge is the Black Opal 'Capital of the World'. You can experience many various experiences, historic sites and attractions here, including The Bottlehouse Museum, The Chambers of the Black Hand, Amigo's Castle, tour an underground mine, or even have a go at fossicking yourself. At the end of the day, enjoy slipping into a free naturally-heated Artesian Bore bath, covered in the fabric of the beautiful outback's night sky.
St George - Cunnamulla
The Cunnamulla Heritage Trail explains the town's fascinating past, while the Stephanie Mills Gallery displays local photographic artwork that provides a unique perspective on the region's scenery. In Cunnamulla, you can hear the story of the 'Cunnamulla Fella' at the Cunnamulla Fella Centre, along with the Great Artesian Basin - the lifeblood of the Outback. Journey through 6 hectares of different ecosystems to a birdwatcher’s paradise, boasting over 200 species of birds, just 16km from town. Or you can “live the life” of the people that helped shape this country on a cattle and sheep station stay.
St George - Lightning Ridge
Marvel at the natural beauty of surrounding landscapes and wildlife and enjoy the various artwork and sculptures around the township. With underground sculptures, a bottle house museum, castles, monuments, gardens and hills named 'Lunatic,' 'Pig,' and 'Bald', you will be kept busy discovering all the town's unique attractions! Go on a pub crawl to 'The Pub in the Scrub', enjoy a tour of the underground gallery, Chambers of the Black Hand, or go on a mine expedition.
St George - Goondiwindi
Stretch your legs on the lovely river walk along the banks of the Macintyre River at the Natural Heritage & Water Park, marvel at the architecture of the iconic Victoria Hotel or see the local Goondiwindi War Memorial. Outside of town is an abundance of native flora, botanical gardens, and a water course for swimming and watersports, both making great picnic spots. Take a bushtucker or cotton farm tour while you’re visiting before your return trip back to the 'big smoke'.
Toowoomba - Brisbane
Featuring glimmering skyscrapers, department and boutique stores, an array of casual and fine dining options, parklands, botanical gardens and lookouts, Brisbane has so much to offer in the way of attractions and unique experiences. Some of the major tourist spots to visit, include the South Bank Parklands, Mt-Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Story Bridge and take the Brisbane Riverwalk pathway. With plenty of sights to enjoy and things to do in Brisbane, it's hard to decide on what to do first!
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