We decided to leave Brisbane for a few days and head to Noosa, which is a couple of hours drive away from the city. We hired a car from Jucy World, which is something I recommend doing while travelling in Australia, if you haven’t got access to your own car. Having your own car allows you to see a lot more of Australia than just using public transport, such as the Greyhound or Premier bus company. There’s lot of hire car companies, but Jucy is one built around backpackers. You can hire campervans, with all the equipment, and they’re a lot cheaper and reliable than the other companies, we found. For a decent car, it roughly costs you around $60 a day. Sometimes we’ve even seen them as cheap as $40 a day. Petrol is really cheap in Australia, (you have to fill the car back up when you return it), and insurance is as little as $20 a day, which Jucy can sort for you. Driving in Australia is a little different to the UK, but not so much different, that you feel like a complete learner again. The strangest thing I found was that most of the cars were automatics, which I’m not used to driving. But it’s easy enough to pick up and if anything, is easier than driving a manual. If you’re from the UK, you can use your UK licence, and I believe you have to be over the age of 21 and been driving for a minimum of a year back home. I did hear a rumour that you can only use your UK licence for 3 months, then have to apply for an Australian one. But when we investigated further, this is only the case for certain states in Australia. It didn’t apply to Queensland, luckily for us. But worth checking beforehand, to make sure your licence is valid, should the worst happen.
On the way to Noosa, we had seen that the Glasshouse Mountains were along the way. It was a lovely hot weekend, so decided to check it out along the way. The glasshouse mountains were around an hours drive from Brisbane city, and not too far from where the Australia Zoo is, so you could easily visit that within the same trip.
The glasshouse mountains are a group of 13 hills that rise above the flat earth in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Some of which, are even sub volcanic mountains. The highest is Mount Beerwah, which is 556 metres above sea level. Mount Ngungun is a sub volcanic mountain, also known as a Hypabyssai Rock.
When leaving Brisbane, head north and follow the signs for the Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Drive, which will take you through the Beerburrum National Park. Be careful when driving around here, as it’s not unusual for Kangaroos to make an appearance. If you hit one of those, the car will certainly know about it.
Check out my timelapse below of us driving through the National Park.
Our first stop was the lookout point. We arrived here before 9am in the morning, so it was only us there. This would be a great spot to watch the sunrise/sunset, as you can see for miles. I wouldn’t recommend it on a cloudy day, as you wouldn’t get to see much. There’s a nice picnic area up here and toilets, so you can definitely go up there and enjoy the views for a few hours.
When pulling out of the lookout point, we took a left to head further up, rather than go back down. We lasted 5 minutes before turning around, as it was a dust road and only would be suitable for 4x4s. We didn’t want to risk getting stuck. But if you have a 4×4, definitely go and explore further up and see what you can find.
We turned back around, but instead of heading the way we came, we went further into the Beerburrum National Park, but still heading North in the direction of Noosa. There’s not a lot there, just straight roads and lots of trees. You come across a few farms, and few little towns. But nothing caught our eye where we thought we’d stop off at. So we continued our way to Noosa.
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