Family Self-Drive Getaway

Take a break from the screens and spend time with the family on a road trip! Explore scenic walking trails, awesome National Parks, stunning botanic gardens and a subtropical rainforest discovery centre.  Round off the weekend with hands-on gardening activities at the Queensland Garden Expo bound to inspire you to create the perfect family garden.

Saturday 9 July 2022

Brisbane to Glasshouse Mountains (approx. 68km)

Plan to leave Brisbane early enough so that you can enjoy a morning cuppa in the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains National Park.  From the Bruce Highway, take the turnoff to Wild Horse Mountain Lookout, which stands an impressive 123 metres above sea level. Walk 700 metres from the car park on the paved uphill pathway to be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views across Pumicestone Passage, Bribie and Moreton Islands.

Glasshouse Mountains Sunshine Coast

Glasshouse Mountains to Maleny (approx. 22km)

Back on the Bruce Highway, take the Beerwah then Landsborough turnoffs to Maleny and the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.  Enjoy a relaxing walk along subtropical rainforest tracks and visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Let the kids burn off some energy in the playground and stroll the Butterfly Walk before driving the short distance (around 5km) to Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World. Wander over 6 km of lush gardens and get up close and personal with colourful birds from around the world.  Visit the new café for some tempting picnic nibbles to enjoy in one of the many gazebos or picnic spots.

Maleny Botanical Gardens

Maleny to Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Maroochydore (approx. 47km)

Choose to call in at the eclectic Montville Village or you may prefer to head on over to the Novotel Twin Waters Resort and check-in for some rest and relaxation.  Be sure to check out their exclusive accommodation deals for Qld Garden Expo visitors.  Choose to relax of join in some of the daily activities including fish feeding, kayaks, catamarans, mini golfing and more.

Pool view at Novotel Twin Waters Resort

Sunday 10 July 2022

Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Maroochydore to Qld Garden Expo  (approx. 16km)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a swim before check out this morning and drive the short distance to the Queensland Garden Expo.  Sunday is the ideal day for families to visit the event and soak up all the great gardening ideas.   You’ll discover a whole host of activities for budding gardeners.  Make sure to include a visit to the Giant Kitchen Garden to learn ways to make a difference to the environment in your own backyard.  There’s also the Living Backyard where you can find out how to attract frogs, birds, butterflies, bees or other wildlife to your backyard. Plus there’s kids craft, seed planting and a free kids playground with a giant slide, jumping pillow and merry-go-round.  Did we mention that kids 15 and under are free entry?   Gates will open at 8.00am and close at 4.00pm.  We’d recommend that you allow a minimum of 3 – 4 hours at the event.

queensland garden expo

Qld Garden Expo to Brisbane (approx. 109km)

Say farewell to the Queensland Garden Expo for another year and make tracks for home.  If you have time, we’d recommend that you visit the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden in Tanawah on the drive back to Brisbane.  This magnificent 82-hectare garden has a magic and spirit that affects all who visit with a mix of eucalypt open forest and creek-side rainforest, lagoons, rocky and palm filled gullies.

Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanical Gardens

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