Brisbane Region

Brisbane's enticing energy sets the scene for the dynamic landscapes that surround the city in every direction. Whether you're heading out of town for country markets, events, and world-class exhibitions or lush green spaces, idyllic islands and natural wonders, you'll find a wide range of unique attractions whichever way you choose to roam. Highlights of Brisbane's regions include:

Scenic Rim
Follow the changing landscape west and you'll find yourself in the Scenic Rim, Brisbane's world-heritage listed backyard, home to lush rainforests, spectacular mountain ranges and ancient landforms. Food and wine, romantic escapes, camping, bushwalking, country pubs, art, history and adventures are all here, tied together by the landscape and the beautiful towns and villages dotted throughout the area.

Country Valleys
The rolling hills and green open spaces of the Country Valleys provide postcard perfect views of endless horizons, sleepy towns and pristine lakes that make it hard to believe you're only an hour away from the lights of the big city.

Ipswich
As Queensland's oldest provincial city, Ipswich will charm you with its rich history and handsome heritage buildings right before it reveals its vibrant cultural scene and growing cosmopolitan dining options.

Moreton Bay and Islands
Explore the aquatic playground and marine sanctuary that is Moreton Bay and Islands, encompassing 125 kilometres of stunning blue waters. Brimming with natural wonders and home to two of the world's largest sand islands - Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island - this diverse paradise is famous for its white sandy beaches, rugged coastlines and array of outdoor activities.

The many bayside villages in the area are a mere 25 kilometres from Brisbane Central Business District and provide a charming community of restaurants, cafes, a winery commanding expansive bay views, independent art galleries, museums and bayside picnic spots. For a special and unique treat visit between June and October to see pods of whales putting on a show.

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Wallabies on the Beach at Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you'll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations.

Hibiscus Coast

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Waking to greet the spectacular ocean sunrise is the best way to become truly immersed in the ruggedly natural paradise of the Hibiscus Coast. 20 kilometres north of Mackay lies the Hibiscus Coast which includes the delightful seaside towns of Seaforth, Halliday Bay, Ball Bay and Cape Hillsborough.

Smalleys Beach

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Smalleys Beach is situated approximately 35 kilometres north of Mackay and is part of the Hibiscus Coast. This secluded beach is also located in the Cape Hillsborough National Park and offers limited camping sites.

Newry Islands National Park

Newry Island, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Newry Islands National Park lies within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, an area of outstanding natural beauty and irreplaceable value. Pearl-coloured beaches, exposed rocky headlands, open woodlands and dense rainforest, all surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef—Newry Islands National Park is truly world class World Heritage.

Ball Bay

Ball Bay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
The picturesque beach settlement of Ball Bay is located 35 kilometres north of Mackay. Ball Bay offers secluded camping on a small grassy campground. The facilities include toilets, cold beach showers, wood barbecues and drinking water, however animals are not allowed.

Cape Hillsborough National Park

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Free Entry
If you’re looking for a great Aussie nature experience, look no further than Cape Hillsborough National Park with its rainforest-clad hills and rocky headlands overlooking white sandy beaches. Watch the sunrise on the beach and get close to wallabies and kangaroos who search for food in the morning tide.

Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 50 kilometres north of Mackay, is a rugged natural paradise where rainforest meets the ocean. The rugged scenery, picturesque walking tracks and native wildlife make it a perfect destination to explore.
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