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Check out the Bundaberg Rum Distillery on your next road trip.
Check out the Bundaberg Rum Distillery on your next road trip.

Our top five ultimate Queensland road trip destinations

QUEENSLANDERS love a good road trip.   

There is something about the great outdoors, the fresh air and discovering little untouched gems along the way that sees many of us ditch the plane tickets for a four-wheel experience.   

And let's face it - we've got the best state in the country to explore, so why wouldn't we make the most of it!   

We've pulled together five of the top Queensland destinations to put on your road trip bucket list.   


1. Bundaberg Rum Distillery

Anyone planning a trip should reroute their GPS towards Bundaberg, if it's not already heading that way. Home of Australia's favourite spirit, a visit to the iconic Bundaberg Rum Distillery is a must-do. 

Having just received an $8.5million upgrade, the distillery is home to a new Visitor Experience, Bundaberg Rum Museum and an Australian first Blend Your Own Rum Experience.

Or in other words, rum drinker's paradise.   

The Blend Your Own Rum Experience allows you to create your own personal rum recipe using the finest drops in the world, and have your recipe saved at the distillery so you can order a bottle of your own personalised blend any time you like!

With 127 years of rich history, visitors to the distillery can take a tour through the museum and stroll through a series of converted 75,000 litre oak vats. 

Check out the revamped Bundaberg Rum Distillery.
Check out the revamped Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

The museum also houses the largest collection of Bundaberg Rum bottles in the world.

The distillery tour shows how the spirit is crafted, and yes, visitors are invited to taste a drop (or two) along the way. 

There is also an expanded retail experience which allows visitors to learn about the rum range and its evolution through history and purchase limited edition products only available at the distillery.

While you're in Bundaberg, make a weekend of it and explore the tropical paradise that is Lady Musgrave Island. Tours of the island operate most days.  

The Bundaberg Rum Distillery is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Visit HERE for more information.  

  2. Fraser Island

You can't go past a visit to Fraser Island - the world's largest sand island with more than 123km of pristine white sandy beach.   

There are more than 100 freshwater lakes on the island and it's the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of more than 200m.  

Fraser Island is off the coast of Hervey Bay, about 1.5 hours south of Bundaberg.     

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world.
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. Contributed


3. The Daintree

Head two and a half hours north of Cairns and fall in love with the world's oldest rainforest, the Daintree.   

The best way to explore this region is by car, and by foot.

As the largest continuous tropical rainforest in Australia, there are hundreds of flora and fauna species to see.

The Daintree is also fringed by white beaches and reefs - a rare combination.   


4. Warwick Rodeo

They call it 'Australia's most famous rodeo' and with the best cowboys and cowgirls in one town on one weekend, it's understandable why.   

On the last weekend of October every year, the Rose and Rodeo City, just two hours west of Brisbane, turns into a swarm of Ariat boots and Wrangler jeans as riders compete for the top rodeo prize on board bulls and broncs.

It's a Queensland experience you cannot miss.    

5. Longreach

Head inland and have the true outback experience.

Longreach has some of the most breathtaking scenery you'll find and is about seven hours west of Rockhampton.   

The drive out there will see you pass through tiny towns you've never heard of, but that's what makes this road trip destination so great.  

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