The words road trip conjure images, feelings and excitement as you dream, discuss and escape the city. Loaded with a map, suitcases or backpacks brimming to overloading, you are ready to hit the open road. Of course all this will depend on how far you are travelling and how long you will be gone.
There are lots of ways and places to do a road trip. Even if you are only going for a day you can still load your camera and a map. There are so many places to choose from, so many roads to travel. Where shall we go? Again this will depend on where you are and what you want from your road trip.
One such trip can be taken if you are leaving from Brisbane and just want to go for the day. You won't have to plan as much. You will also want to avoid sitting in a massive lineup on the Bruce. How about going inland?
Travel out of the city by way of Ipswich. Turn off on to the Cunningham Highway, number 15 and head to Warwick. The drive is quiet, scenic and peaceful.
There are several rest stops along the way. With layers of texture and colour, grasses,trees, hillsides, plains and paddocks, lichen covered forests, streams, valleys and vistas, you won't be disappointed.
It is great to be out in the country where things take on a slower pace. This allows you to stop along the way, smell the roses, breathe the air. The lovely Great Dividing Range escorts you into Warwick for breakfast.
While there, enjoy the town and pick up the regional guide the town has put out where you discover a tourist route called the Falls Drive. It looks pretty interesting and you really didn't have a plan to start with. After you have finished you head to Killarney, 36 kilometres east, where you follow the instructions to Spring Creek road and the ride along the Falls Drive begins.
Be it a rainy day or a blue sky heart stopper, the scenery and the winding roads take you where you didn't think your journey would go. You can bring the kids, your new girl or out of town visitors. The miles roll by quickly with much to see and many interesting places to stop.
As promised there are waterfalls, lots of photo opportunities and the Spring Creek Mountain Restaurant at the top of Carr's Lookout. You can do lunch - maybe make a reservation as they are small and busy. The views that they have will capture you and you will want to stay. There are luxury cabins for rent if you do. Check out their website.
Without going back the way you came you can circle around to the highway. You may even find yourself at Lake Moogera, a thought for next time where you can camp and fish. Before you know it you are home with a whole new area to explore for more amazing road trips.