If you’ve been dreaming of hitting the road in a motorhome, then have we got a road trip for you! This blog will take you through our epic 14 day Alice Springs to Brisbane campervan itinerary for what is sure to be a trip to remember. This incredible journey is 2992 kms long and will take you all the way from Alice Springs to Brisbane. That’s right, from the outback to the bustling city, passing through iconic towns along the way including Tennant Creek, Mount Isa, Longreach, Toowoomba and more. Plus, Mighty Campers make road tripping all the easier with the convenience of picking up the camper in one location and dropping it off at another. You can start your journey in the city of Brisbane and head to Alice Springs, or the outback town of Alice Springs, and head to Brisbane as Mighty Campers branches are conveniently located in both of these locations.
Alice Springs to Brisbane
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April - November
Alice Springs Desert Park
First up you need to pick up your camper, and luckily for you our Alice Springs depot is conveniently located just a short taxi or bus ride from the airport. While you’re here, we recommend spending a day or two enjoying all the things to do in Alice Springs. There are so many great attractions and experiences to enjoy here, all of which highlight why this area is so incredible. From the Alice Springs Reptile Centre and Alice Springs Desert Park, to the MacDonnell Ranges and Rainbow Valley, these attractions are sure to amaze you and get your trip off to a great start! Whilst here, you’re going to need a place to park up your campervan and the Alice Springs Discovery Holiday Parks is where we recommend doing this. With great campsites on offer, as well as quality facilities and a great location, this will be a wonderful spot to relax and unwind on your trip.
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Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
Distance 508km - Driving Time 5 hours
After what is sure to be an incredible time in Alice Springs, it’s then on to the country town of Tennant Creek. This 508 km drive will take around 5 hours and will be an amazing experience in itself as you drive along the outback roads. With brilliant blue skies, seemingly endless horizons, ancient rock art and kangaroos, the drive to Tennant Creek will be a great part of your road trip. Known for its genuine outback feel, the area in and around Tennant Creek is full of rich culture, million-acre cattle stations and incredible sights to see. From the Karlu Karlu Devils Marbles and Davenport Ranges to the Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre and Barkly Tableland, there is something to amaze and delight every traveller in this outback area. With so much to see and do, you’re going to want a relaxing spot to park up for the night. The Tennant Creek Caravan Park is our go-to and features affordable shaded and grassed sites, perfect for your camper.
While in Tennant Creek there are some great things to do including taking a trip to the Tennant Creek Telegraph Station where you can explore the historic station buildings made of local stone. A little further than here is The Pebbles where you can take the scenic walking trails along this sacred site, taking in the incredible views of red boulders and native bushland. If you’re after a cooling swim then a trip to Lake Mary Ann is a must! This man-made lake was created to provide a water supply for the local town and has become an ideal picnic, swimming and canoeing spot for locals and visitors. Another night at the Tennant Creek Caravan Park will ensure you feel well rested before the next day of driving to your next stop!
Tennant Creek to Mount Isa
Distance 661km - Driving Time 6 hours 50 minutes
From Tennant Creek, it’s on to iconic Mount Isa. This drive is 661 km and will take around 7 hours. Along the way, in addition to wonderful scenery, there are some great stops to stretch your legs at. 2hr and 11min into the drive you’ll arrive at the Barkly Homestead which is a remote roadhouse that is a welcomed stop for travellers. Not only can you fill up with fuel here, but you can also grab a coffee, some snacks and some beautiful gifts. Once you’ve stretched your legs, it’s time to continue on to Mount Isa which is another 4hr and 46 min drive away. Booking into the Argylla Discovery Holiday Park will ensure you can get there, check in and relax after a long day on the road taking in the outback sights.
Waking up the next day in Mount Isa, you’ll have so many great activities and experiences to see and do. From the Riversleigh Fossil Centre and Regional Art Gallery where you can immerse yourself in rich history and culture, to the Outback at Isa bush tucker experience and Hard Times Mine underground tour where you can experience outback life. There is an old underground hospital that invites you to wander through, as well as the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo to marvel at. With so much to see and do, you’re going to want a nice spot to rest at the end of the day in your motorhome so another night at the Argylla Discovery Holiday Park is a must!
Mount Isa to Longreach
Distance 647km - Driving Time 7 hours
Next up on the epic road trip adventure is the town of Longreach. To get here you’ll embark on a 647 km drive that will take around 7 hours to complete. The drive will take you along quiet outback roads with some great spots to stop in along the way. One of these stops include the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton. Here you can learn about the story of Waltzing Matilda, Winton and the outback region. There is a world-class museum to marvel at, an art gallery, as well as an eatery with coffee and delicious food to stock up on. Whilst here in Winton a stop at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs is also a great experience to enjoy. With tours, a museum and dinosaur exhibits, this is sure to amaze the whole family. From here you can continue on the drive to Longreach. Booking into the Longreach Tourist Park will make your arrival into town easy and stress free. Once you’ve set up camp for the night you can take a dip in one of their swimming pools before enjoying a camp meal or BBQ under the stars.
Discovering Longreach will give you a good insight into how life was like for Australia’s pioneers thanks to the authentic experiences on offer. You can visit the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre for an immersive and interactive experience of this rugged area. There is also the Qantas Founders Museum where you can learn about the founding of Qantas in this world-class museum. Another great experience to be had is a ride on an old stagecoach which will have you feeling as if you truly have stepped back in time. A big day out calls for a relaxing night and the Longreach Tourist Park that will be that oasis for you to get some rest in your campervan.
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Longreach to Morven
Distance 524km - Driving Time 5 hours 30 minutes
The road trip continues on and the next destination is Morven which is 524 km away and should take around 5 hours and 30 mins. This drive will be full of beauty, and when you get to Morven there are some great things to do. The Morven Museum invites you to take a step back in time where you’ll learn all about early outback life. Then, The Saddliers Waterhole will be a perfect spot to set up a picnic and relax under the shade of the red river gums that line the shores. After exploring Morven for the day, you’re going to want to find a relaxing spot to park up for the night and the Morven Recreation Park is our go-to. They have basic amenities on offer, as well as peaceful campsites for your motorhome.
Morven to Toowoomba
Distance 527km - Driving Time 6 hours
From Morven it’s on to the popular town of Toowoomba. This drive is 527 km long and will take around 6 hours to complete. Along the way there are some great sights to see including the Spring Bluff Railway Station which is a heritage-listed site that is over 150 years old and is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. Once you arrive in Toowoomba we recommend taking a well-earned rest at the picturesque Laurel Bank Park to enjoy a picnic in the shade before strolling through the manicured gardens. Then, when it’s time to set up camp, the Toowoomba Freedom Lifestyle Park is the spot to be! With great campsites, as well as a swimming pool, BBQ areas and award-winning gardens, this will feel like an oasis to retreat to.
Once in Toowoomba you’ll be spoiled for things to see and do. The Cobb and Co Museum is a great place to stop in to learn about the rich history of the area, as well as discover their incredible natural collections of specimens and artifacts. The Darling Downs Zoo is a must-do for all animal lovers visiting Toowoomba. With free talks, personalised encounters and incredible animals to witness, you’re sure to be amazed at every turn! If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience then simply taking a stroll around town and enjoying a picnic in the park is sure to delight. Then you can head back to your campsite at Toowoomba Freedom Lifestyle Park to relax and unwind after a day of exploring.
We think you’ll love your visit to Toowoomba so much that we have allowed for two full days here! There are many more activities to do in and around town. From discovering heritage listed parks on a walk and going for a mountain bike ride through the bush, to finding cute laneway cafes, funky art spaces and cool breweries and distilleries, there truly is something for everyone in this town. After all of this exploring, it’s back to the campsite for your final night in Toowoomba.
Toowoomba to Ipswich
Distance 90km - Driving Time 1 hour 10 minutes
After what is sure to be a lovely few days in Toowoomba, it’s onto the next stop, Ipswich. This drive is only 90 kms and will take around 1hr and 10 mins to complete. Once you arrive in Ipswich you can immerse yourself in culture at the Ipswich Art Gallery and learn about the history of the area at the Rail Museum. Nature lovers are going to want to stop in at the Ipswich Nature Centre where you can witness an array of Australian wildlife within lush native landscaped gardens. When it’s time to retire for the night then the Ipswich Caravan Village will be the spot. Nestled within a peaceful bushland setting, close to town, this will be a great spot to park your motorhome for the night.
Ipswich to Brisbane
Distance 40km - Driving Time 45 minutes
The next and final stop on your epic road trip from Alice Springs to Brisbane is, of course, the vibrant city of Brisbane. This drive is only 39 km long and will take around 40 minutes. It will be an easy highway drive that will guide you right into the heart of the city.
Once in Brisbane we suggest staying for a couple of days as there are so many great things to see and do in and around this bustling city. There is something for everyone to do here. Nature lovers will enjoy visiting the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, while art lovers are sure to want to spend hours wandering around the incredible GOMA Gallery of Modern Art. Foodies are bound to find an endless selection of incredible restaurants, bars and cafes, and if you’ve got an extra day, we recommend heading out to the ever-popular Cedar Creek Winery. After all this exploring, it’s time to end the trip, and with the Mighty Campers Brisbane branch conveniently located at the Brisbane Airport, this will be an easy and stress free end to a magical trip.
Travel from the Northern Territory to Queensland with Mighty
If you’re ready to hire your Mighty Camper so you can hit the road and start exploring Australia, then head online or into a branch to book your camper today. You can find some great travel deals online, as well as more travel inspiration to make planning your trip all the better.