Brisbane

Blessed with sunny days and plenty of action, Brisbane is one of the fastest growing capital cities in the world but its uncomplicated, laidback and fun-loving. 

We love the great outdoors

If you’re sitting inside, you’re doing it wrong. Brisbane’s year-round subtropical setting is best enjoyed with the grass beneath your feet and the sun on your back.

Brisbane comes alive each day as the subtropical setting calls people from their beds year round to wake up and smell the coffee, soak up the sunshine and drink in the view of the winding Brisbane River.

  • Cycle up the Brisbane River, then catch the CityCat back down
  • Walk through the City Botanic Gardens and dine alfresco along Eagle Street Pier.
  • Climb the Story Bridge and abseil down the side, James Bond style.
  • Run the 107 steps at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs… or just have a barbecue overlooking the city as the sun goes down.

High-culture, no pretention

Experience the festival buzz of South Bank, with markets, bars, restaurants, live performances and Australia’s only inner-city beach providing the ultimate free playground.

  • Watch Broadway shows and explore the museums and art galleries of the Cultural Precinct.
  • Wander Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery or Queensland Museum. Check the calendar of events for current exhibitions.
  • Discover independant dance, theatre and comedy in Fortitude Valley’s eclectic performance spaces.
  • Shop in boutique-filled inner-city boroughs – each with their own special personality.

Get outta town

There are plenty of decidedly un-city places to explore within a short drive of Brisbane.

  • Hand-feed wild dolphins on Moreton Island or camp on the beachfront at North Stradbroke Island.
  • Swim, surf, snorkel, sand board or four-wheel drive on one Moreton Bay’s Islands
  • Indulge in local wine at a family-run vineyard. 
  • Hike through national parks and get high in the mountains of the Scenic Rim.

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Greenlee Cottages

Sarabah, Scenic Rim Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$175 - 300
Greenlee Cottages are four contemporary cottages with rustic charm set in the Scenic Rim, with a backdrop of Greenlee Farm macadamia orchard. Soak up the great views of the Canungra Valley from the deck. Listen to the Canungra Creek flowing by. Relax with a good book. Immerse yourself in nature with native wildlife and birdlife on your doorstep. The cottages accommodate between two and four people. Woodcutters cottage is disable friendly so all guests can enjoy the beauty of the surrounds. Enjoy the comfortable queen beds and the rustic touches in the bathrooms. Each cottage has its own welcoming feel. Wi-fi is available. Indulge in a breakfast basket full of food sourced from the Scenic Rim that you can cook in your kitchenette. A barbecue gazebo is available for your use at any time. Barbecue packs can be arranged with notice. Farm tours can be arranged to explore the macadamia farm. Make time to taste the many wines of the area, or go bushwalking at close locations like O’Reillys, Binna Burra or Tamborine Mountain. Learn about the woodcutting history of the Canungra area. Only one hour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast.
From AU$185 - 265
Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay is a tranquil and private farmstay holiday getaway featuring self contained accommodation. Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland at the foot of Tamborine Mountain, their farmstay is just a one hour drive from Brisbane and an easy 40 minute drive from the Gold Coast. Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay are nestled in some of the Scenic Rim Regions most beautiful countryside and on the doorstep of award-winning wineries and the best equine stables and polo fields. Whether you're looking for adventure or just some peace and relaxation, Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay has something for everyone. They even offer facilities for you to bring your own horse, perfect for those who are attending one of the many equine events in the area.

Cedar Glen Farmstay

Beaudesert, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$295 - 495
Cedar Glen has been in the Stephen's family since 1882, and they've been hosting visitors to the farm for over 30 years. Located just 90 minutes from Brisbane or the Gold Coast in the beautiful Lost World Valley, this spectacular 1050 acre property is home to beef cattle, Arabian horses, milking cows, sheep, pigs, kangaroos and poultry. A real highlight of Cedar Glen is the activities they have to offer. Imagine the kids' excitement as they get to feed the animals twice daily, or try their hand at milking the house cow each morning. Don't miss the opportunity to take a horse ride through some of South East Queensland's most spectacular country - riders of all ages and experience are catered for. You can also learn how to throw a returning boomerang and crack the Australian stock whip while enjoying a cup of billy tea and freshly made damper. Guests can stay in the original 1901 homestead, or choose one of three historic cottages which have been renovated to maintain the charm and authenticity of a bygone era. All buildings are surrounded by wide verandas perfect for soaking up the country views and self catering or fully-catered packages are available.

Hollow Log Country Retreat, The

Mount Byron, Somerset Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$45 - 135
The Hollow Log Country Retreat is situated in the secluded valley of Mount Byron, close to Lakes Somerset and Wivenhoe and just over an hour's scenic drive from Brisbane. This fully wheelchair accessible, 'gentle bush haven' can accommodate groups or families of up to 12 people in its four comfortable bedrooms and large, unique living area. Set amongst beautiful native gardens and natural bushland it is the ideal country getaway for complete relaxation. Take leisurely strolls around the gardens and wildlife corridor to view some wild friends - koalas, bettongs, wallabies, birdlife - walk to the top of the hill for spectacular views, spotlight for native wildlife or simply stargaze at night, visit the local natural rock waterhole or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Gentle farm animals complete the country experience.

Escarpment Retreat and Day Spa

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$265 - 650
The Escarpment Retreat and Day Spa is an international award-winning mountain rainforest sanctuary perched on top of Mount Tamborine. Set on four acres of botanical gardens, complete with flowing stream, small waterfall and cliff views as far as the coast. Their villas feature cedar floors, wood fireplace, private balcony, king size four poster bed, decadent deep spa bath. Be welcomed by glasses of bubbly and chocolates. Awake refreshed and enjoy a complimentary homemade fully cooked breakfast in their dining room overlooking the rainforest. The Edge House perched on a cliff has stunning views and accommodates up to six people in three bedrooms. Designed for self-catering, it has a fully equipped kitchen, two viewing platforms, log fireplaces, a triple spa bath and two bathrooms. They offer delicious two course dinners for two delivered direct to your front door in clay tagines. Put your feet up in their private Gold Class Cinema or experience a rejuvenating massage in their award-winning Day Spa. They offer massage packages, facials, couples massages and the highest quality organic products. Bookings in advance are essential. The Escarpment Retreat is owned by Oozz Holiday, providers of luxury accommodation on Mount Tamborine and Sanctuary Cove.

Murphys Creek Escape

Lockyer, Lockyer Valley Area
From AU$21 - 240
Murphy's Creek Escape is an exciting waterfront camping park 20 minutes from Toowoomba and one and a half hours from Brisbane. There are generous sized powered and un-powered sites and group camping areas all in a natural bush setting. Take a dip in the billabong, try one of their adventure activities - abseiling, 235 metre Flying Fox, archery, mountain biking and a ropes course. Enjoy a barbecue or picnic, relax under a tree with a book, or cook a damper and spin a yarn around your own camp fire. Numerous bird species fill the air with their calls. Murphy's Creek Escape is dog friendly. Facilities include clean amenities (hot showers), camp kitchen/barbecue area, shop (stocks ice, gas, firewood, basic stores), washing machines and dryers. Activities on site include Flying Fox, archery, bird watching, swimming, horse riding (bring your own horse), orienteering, camping, painting, abseiling, and swimming. There are also numerous nearby attractions to keep you entertained! Overlooking Murphy's Creek from an escarpment, luxuriously appointed Safari tents are the ultimate experience in glamping. King size beds, claw foot baths, rain shower heads, luxurious linen - fully self contained luxury glamping.

Tommerups Dairy Farmstay

Kerry, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$260 - 290
Tommerup's Dairy Farm is a sixth generation working dairy farm providing visitors with genuine country hospitality, charming farmhouse accommodation and a chance to escape the relentless pace of city life. A completely unique experience awaits; an authentic 'Farm to Fork' journey. Located just 75 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast in the picturesque Lost World region of Scenic Rim, Tommerup's Dairy Farm is perfect for your next holiday. The 200 acre farm is home to cattle, sheep, pigs and more and of course, your farmer hosts, The Tommerup family. Milking cows in a real working dairy is always a thrill for children and adults alike. Don't miss the opportunity to join in on the daily animal feeding and egg collecting. Visit Tommerup's Farm Larder where you'll find ethically raised meat products, raw honey, dairy products and produce all from the Tommerup's Farm. Choose from The Homestead, the original family home built in 1888 now comfortably sleeping up to 13 people or The Cottage, 1880s renovated farm cottage which sleeps up to eight people. Both offer charming self-contained country accommodation with all the modern conveniences. Get your hands dirty on the farm or just lose yourself in the serenity.

Brockhurst Farm Farmstay and Wedding Venue

Ocean View, Moreton Bay Area
From AU$180 - 345
Brockhurst Farm, only one hours drive from Brisbane, with spectacular mountain and rural views. Located on the D'aguilar ranges behind the historic town of Dayboro. At night the Brisbane city lights twinkle in the distance, by day swim in their spring fed dam or relax and enjoy the farm animals and wildlife in their natural surroundings. In winter curl up in front of your cosy log fire and watch the mountain mist roll in. They can accommodate in total 22 people in four self-contained cabins. They are dog friendly. Also available for self-catered weddings. See their website for wedding package prices. They have organised farm activities for children to enjoy. Activities include feeding and patting farm animals, milking the cow, collecting the eggs, also a lead horse ride and a double on the quad bike. Unlimited use of the dam for swimming or rafting (raft supplied). You can also feed horses from your cabin. Check out their Farmstay packages and prices on the web site for more details. In the surrounding area visit D'aguilar National Park, Mount Mee for bush walking, also restaurants, wineries, cafes and a Country Craft Market on Sundays.

Stockton Rise Country Retreat

Forest Hill, Lockyer Valley Area
From AU$140 - 160
Located within a short one hour drive west of Brisbane and less than one and a half hours from the Gold Coast, you'll find Stockton Rise, a peaceful Country Retreat set amongst farmland in the picturesque Lockyer Valley. Close to the small town of Forest Hill but also close to larger centres Laidley and Gatton, you,ll discover the delights of this rich agricultural area by taking a farm drive; visiting local markets or farm gate stalls to buy the freshest and best of Queensland produce. Alternatively, sit in comfort on the large deck of the retreat and watch over the day's activities from afar. There is much to do and you may just want to stay longer to explore this very historical area. Stockton Rise is a self-contained house comprising three bedrooms in a spectacular position overlooking farmland. The accommodation is perfect for a family or for friends/groups to spend time together or for couples wanting to spend time away in the countryside. If you are feeling adventurous, bring a rod, your canoe or push bikes and explore the surrounding farmland including the large irrigation dam, or take a leisurely walk to enjoy spectacular sunrise or sunsets over the water.

Bellthorpe Stays - Nature's Retreat

Bellthorpe, Moreton Bay Area
From AU$165 - 260
Bellthorpe Stays: Natures Retreat. Access to private waterfalls, rainforest, tracks, wildlife, wilderness plus farming. Bellthorpe Stays is the place to get away from it all and catch up on the rest and relaxation you've been missing out on, just over an hour from Brisbane, close to Maleny. You can stay at the traditional timber Cottage for up to three people (great for friends or couples) or one of the new two bedroom Cabins, suits up to five people (great for family, friends and couples). Located in the tranquil, leafy area of Bellthorpe, not far from Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, both the Cottage and Cabins are self-contained accommodation. There is lots of open space, cool breezes, wide verandas, wood heater for cool nights and well equipped kitchen. Linen is supplied. You have direct access to their private rainforest and waterfalls: all accessible on our own walking tracks on 400 acres and next to the wilderness of Bellthorpe National Park. It's easy to spend hours listening and marvelling at nature with birds aplenty. You can rest and relax, take in the country atmosphere, explore or do nothing! Come and enjoy Bellthorpe Stays: Easy to take it easy!
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