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Rest areas

There are just over 450 rest areas available all year round for you to stop at as you travel along Queensland roads. Rest areas are a place where you can stop and rest, making your journey safer and more enjoyable.

You can stop at a rest area for up to 20 hours but they are not long-term camping sites. Check with the authority responsible for the relevant rest area for more information.

The Guide to Queensland Roads will tell you which authority to contact.

At rest areas, you can use:

  • picnic tables
  • BBQs
  • water
  • toilets
  • bins
  • parking areas
  • shelter
  • tourist and route information.

Some rest areas even have playgrounds.

There are 3 types of rest areas throughout Queensland:

    Parking area guide sign
  • motorist rest areas—for motor vehicle and caravan stopping only
  • Truck parking area guide sign
    heavy vehicle rest areas—for heavy vehicle stopping only—around 115 locations
  • combined motorist and heavy vehicle rest areas—where trucks, motorists, and caravans can stop and take a break—around 50 locations.

Rest area locations

Rest area guide signRest area ahead guide sign
Guide signs that are blue with a white design of a tree and picnic table on them mark where a rest area is. When you are coming up to a rest area, a rest area ahead guide sign will be on the side of the road—it will let you know how far away it is.

Refreshments or cafeteria sign
If you are approaching a driver reviver site, you may also see a blue guide sign with a white design of a coffee cup.

Our service and community facility signs can help you when you are travelling.

Drive safe and plan your journey

Download the roadside amenities, facilities and effluent dump sites for your journey and make sure you drive safely.

Last updated
7 April 2017
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