Family Self-Drive Getaway
Take a break from the screens and spend time with the family exploring 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 13 July 2019
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 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 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.
Sunday 14 July 2019
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.
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.
Attraction & Accommodation addresses:
- Wild Horse Mountain Lookout – Glass House Mountains Rd, Coochin Creek QLD | Free Entry
- Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve – 148 Mountain View Rd, Maleny | Free Entry
- Maleny Botanic Gardens – 233 Maleny Stanley River Rd, Maleny | ph: 0400 091 731 | Family Pass $84
- Novotel Twin Waters Resort – 270 Ocean Dr, Twin Waters, Maroochydore | ph: 07 5448 8000
- Queensland Garden Expo – Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Ave, Nambour | ph: 07 5441 4655 | Adult $20; Kids 15 & Under Free
- Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden – 51 Palm Creek Rd, Tanawha | Free entry