Queensland road trip

From the Coast to the Outback, discover all the Queensland has to offer.

Head off on a local holiday with Libraries. Now that Queensland is open for business it is time to explore and discover all the wonderful things about our large state. 
Did you know? 

  • With an area the size of 1,727,000 square kilometres Queensland is the second largest state in Australia. That is a lot of ground to discover!
  • The vast majority of Queensland receives an average of between eight and nine hours of sunshine every day which makes it the perfect place to holiday during winter.
  • Queensland has more than 1000 species of native vertebrates, many of them unique to the region. A perfect time to get back to nature and channel your inner David Attenborough.
  • Australian poet Banjo Patterson's verse Waltzing Matilda was first sung publicly at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton, Queensland, on 6 April 1895.
  • The Royal Flying Doctor Service started operating on 17 May 1928 when pilot Arthur Affleck flew the first flying doctor, Dr Kenyon St Vincent Welch, on the first  official flight from Cloncurry to Julia Creek in response to an emergency call. You can visit the Charleville Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre to learn more about its history.
  • In 1999 one of Australia’s largest dinosaurs was discovered in Winton. Elliott is a giant sauropod from the Cretaceous Period (95 million years ago) Australian Age of Dinosaurs is now open to the public to discover more about Aussie dinosaurs.
  • Queensland is the only place in the world where both of Australia’s Indigenous cultures converge and flourish. Torres Strait and Aboriginal cultures date back over 40,000 years and many descendants still practice their traditions and customs today. 2020 is the Year of Indigenous Tourism and there is a vast array of rich culture and history to experience.

Whether you have a day, a week or a month, discover some great road trip ideas:

What style of holiday?

Have a caravan and want to discover somewhere different? Check out Caravanning Queensland for all the information you need.

Feel like roughing it and camping instead? Check out Queensland Government’s Parks and forests page for all rules, tips and tricks on discovering the Australian bush. Remember to download an App like WikiCamps before you go. Many apps have offline maps, amenities and even a compass for when you are really off the beaten track.

Want to relax on a tropical island? Visit the official Queensland tourism site to figure out which island suits your tastes. 

Feeling adventurous? Visit Adventure Queensland for ideas on action packed holiday ideas.

Want to get back to nature and embrace the country lifestyle? Try a Farm stay and learn new skills.

Plan properly

Do your due diligence. While some venues and attractions are open, others remain closed or have very limited numbers. Before you go, call each attraction or venue, purchase tickets ahead of time, book your accommodation and have a definite plan. While we all love a ‘spur of the moment’ road trip or day out, you don’t want to drive a fair distance and be disappointed when you get there!

  • Use the RACQ trip planner to research and plot out a route, accommodation and attractions along the way.
  • Delve into Visit Queensland for ideas, areas and all the things needed to make your trip awesome.
  • Watch past episode of Creek to Coast to get some travel inspiration.

Borrow these books for holiday ideas or to discover Queensland’s history and people.

Before you go

  • Borrow eBooks and download them to your device for leisurely reading.
  • Borrow eMagazines for some light reading material while picnicking or to enjoy with your morning coffee.
  • Stay entertained during the road trip and download eAudiobooks for your listening pleasure.
  • Brush up on road trip games to keep everyone in the car amused for hours.
  • Download the National Public Toilet map app. Possibly the handiest thing to have on your phone on a road trip!

First time downloading from the eLibrary? Join online or use your existing library member to access thousands of online resources.

Need help accessing the eLibrary? Contact libraries to get immediate and expert help with accessing and using the eLibrary on your device. eLibrary Helpdesk staff will help connect you to your favourite authors, the music you love, great movies to entertain the whole family and a great range of magazines. The eLibrary Helpdesk operates between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

On the road

Remember to stop at local public libraries on the way. Not only a font of information of the local area, they generally have free WiFi to access to download more Sunshine Coast eLibrary resources if you have run out.

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