Cruise along Redcliffe’s Marine Parade, squinting as the sun sparkles on Moreton Bay, and continue over the 2.7km-long Ted Smout Memorial Bridge – one of the bridges connecting the peninsula to Brisbane’s northern suburbs. Head west to zig then zag along mountain roads snuggled into subtropical rainforest. Join the easy-rider motorcycle crowd for refreshments at the wonderfully retro Mt Glorious Café. On weekends, car and motorbike enthusiasts often use these scenic roads as photogenic backdrops for their toys. Take a breather at Cormorant Bay Recreational Reserve on Lake Wivenhoe’s southern shore or paddle in the Mid Brisbane River at Twin Bridges Reserve. You’ll also see the river if you’ve booked ahead to walk a llama on a leash at the Llama Farm, north of Ipswich.
It’s time to rev your engine and leave the Big Smoke behind. Swap that view of suburbia and skyscrapers for the sights, sounds and scents of nature. To satisfy your weekend wanderlust, here are some of our favourite short scenic drives that you’ll find just beyond Brisbane’s city limits. Sort your road-trip playlist and head out to find the most scenic stretches of the Mid Brisbane River, wind your way up and down mountain roads that are firm favourites with motorcyclists and car enthusiasts, stop for a cuppa at a road-hog café or follow in the ancient footsteps of Minjerribah’s Quandamooka people.