It feels like school just started back up, so of course school holidays are now just around the corner. Now it’s time to make up for our lost 2020 Easter celebrations and what better way than with a trek through our own backyard.
Here are four of our favourite Queensland road trip ideas for the Easter school holidays.
1. The Must-Do Queensland Road Trip: Travel Along the Great Barrier Reef
Cairns to Cape Tribulation
Why not drive through a tropical paradise?
Take the family through the stunning Captain Cook Highway winding between Cairns and Cape Tribulation. You’ll spot plenty of greenery woven between amazing coastline views.
Planning on renting a car for the trip? Be sure to check out our top tips for rental cars.
Take a boat from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. The family can take in the beauty of the reef through the lens of their snorkel masks.
Enjoy a shopping day over in Port Douglas or just chill out on the beach.
2. Your Easter Family Memories are Waiting to be Created in the Outback
Longreach, Carnarvon Gorge, Rockhampton, Emerald
Queensland’s outback has so much history and knowledge to share. Relish in the tranquillity, stroll the charming main streets of these tiny towns, or partake in a local guided tour.
Rockhampton’s Capricorn Caves offer an educational experience in a breathtaking setting.
You can climb through the caves (little ones are absolutely welcome), experience the beautiful acoustics of the cathedral, and learn about the traditional owners of the land: the Darumbal people.
Head to Carnarvon Gorge for the incomprehensible beauty but stay for the wildlife and cultural experiences. Kayaking over Lake Broadwater is an amazing family adventure too.
3. Take Your Queensland Road Trip Off Road
Keen to take the family off the beaten track these school holidays? A road trip from Noosa up to Inskip Point is the ultimate 4×4 adventure.
This Queensland road trip gives you the best of both worlds: relaxation and adventure.
It’s almost too hard to choose from all the different things you can do in Noosa. To take the family on a cruise off the coast or enjoy a surf lesson?
We recommend hiking from Noosa Heads to Alexandria Bay — pack a picnic and make a day of it.
As for Inskip Point? A horse ride on Rainbow Beach is sure to be a forever family memory.
4. The Ultimate Family-Friendly Road Trip
Gold Coast Hinterland to Stanthorpe
From rainforest canopies to charming apple pie — driving from the Gold Coast to Stanthorpe is the ultimate family-friendly road trip.
You can even get the kids on-side with a quick stop-in at one of the Gold Coast’s brilliant theme parks.
The Gold Coast Hinterland is a haven for nature and wildlife. Take the kids along to the glow worm caves — they’ll be in total awe.
Stanthorpe is filled with gorgeous vineyards, perfectly picnic-able spots, and of course, the best apples the country has to offer.
Stop in at the local bakery and pick up an apple pie or a few apple turnovers and enjoy it at one of Stanthorpe’s lookouts.
A Queensland road trip is the perfect family retreat these school holidays.