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They say, “it’s all about the journey, not the destination” and, when it comes to these scenic drive routes, that’s certainly the case. Pack up the kids and hit the road without having to worry about leaving the warmth of your car these holidays.

HEAD NORTH

David Low Way, Sunshine Coast
If it’s coastal views and dreamy beachfront homes that tick your boxes, the road from Point Arkwright – just before Coolum Beach – up to Noosa is for you. Winding through the northern Sunshine Coast’s seaside towns and along the sandy coastline, you’ll feel like it’s still the middle of summer (until you jump out of the car, that is).

Maleny to Mapleton
This route is a country lovers’ dream, and there’s plenty to see and do along the way, too. From the Maleny Botanic Gardens to the plethora of quaint, homey cafes and stores, you’ll likely find yourself Googling ‘homes for sale in Maleny area’ on your drive home.

Samford via Mt Nebo
Part of the D’Aguilar range that borders Brisbane’s western city limits, Mt Nebo is one of the city’s best kept secrets – probably because tourists flock to its more-excitingly named neighbour, Mt Glorious. Take the longer, more scenic drive through Mt Nebo to get to Samford, an equally idyllic country township with plenty of history and culture to explore.

GO SOUTH

Tamborine Mountain
We could hardly list our favourite scenic drives without including Tamborine. Make your way along Tamborine Mountain Road – passing the famed Tamborine piano rock – until it turns into Main Western Road if you’re keen to explore the depths of Tamborine, or stay close to civilisation along the Gallery Walk if you’re not game.

Currumbin Valley
Currumbin Valley couldn’t be more different than its coastal counterpart – what the creek and alley offer in sand and sunshine, Currumbin Valley has in dewy rainforests and winding, tree-lined roads. Stop off at the rock pools (but be warned, it’s chilly even in summertime) or keep following Currumbin Creek Road inland for all kinds of country fun.

Canungra and beyond
Discover how Scenic Rim got its name by trekking out to Canungra, which is not only a driving destination in itself, but also provides the perfect launching pad to explore Lamington National Park and the wider region. Steeped in history and authentic farmland, this spot is certainly worth a visit – especially if you time your trip to coincide with Scenic Rim’s Eat Local Week, which wraps up this Sunday (July 7).

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