Day Tripping

Right on Brisbane's doorstep is a wonderland of changing landscapes perfect for day trips from Brisbane or a quick weekend getaway. To the east, you have the aquatic playground of Moreton Bay and Islands brimming with wildlife and picturesque beaches. An hour west of Brisbane you can discover the World Heritage National Parks of the Scenic Rim and the lakes of the Somerset region.

  • Discover the bayside villages on the North and South Moreton Bay Tourist Drives were you can enjoy over 100km of coastline from Bribie Island through to Redland Bay.
  • Hop over to one of the Islands of Moreton Bay, Bribie Island, Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island are the largest and most popular destinations.
  • Get outdoors with a visit to Brisbane’s National Parks and hit the bushwalking trails of D’Aguilar National Park, Tamborine National Park or Main Range National Park for an energising daytrip filled with scenic lookouts, waterfalls and wildlife spotting.
  • An hour west of Brisbane, the Scenic Rim provides a retreat into a countryside landscape. Linking villages including Ipswich, Boonah and Beaudesert, with antique shops, arts and crafts, galleries and markets throughout the country-side.
  • Take a country drive and stop at a cellar door to taste the premium wines of the region – often accompanied by high quality local cheeses, olives, honey and other specialty produce.
  • For gorgeous scenery and watersports galore, the lakes and dams of Esk is the place for you. Esk is located in the middle of the Valley of the Lakes and is the gateway to Lake Wivenhoe, Somerset Dam and Atkinson Dam where you can set yourself up on the banks and relax as boats whiz past with wake boarders in tow.
  • Discover the rich history of the city of Ipswich at the Workshops Rail Museum, the home of rail in Queensland or at one of the historical buildings or churches.

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Hidden Vale Adventure Park (HVAP)

Grandchester, Ipswich Area
From AU$10 - 349
Hidden Vale Adventure Park (HVAP) at Grandchester brings a unique outdoor experience to the region, with a multi-use 100 plus kilometre trail network for mountain bike riders, runners and walkers, winding through the expansive 12000 acre Nature Refuge property.

Toogoolawah

Toogoolawah, Somerset Area
Step back in time and experience the town of Toogoolawah. Begin your journey to the past at the Toogoolawah Condensery Art Precinct. Experience old meets new as you walk through the old factory packing shed whilst viewing exhibitions of modern art.

St Helena Island National Park

St Helena Island, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
This picturesque island in Moreton Bay has a turbulent history as the site of Queensland's first penal settlement. Tour the island and see the remains of the prison stockade including the bakery, workshops and underground tanks.

Kelvin Grove

Kelvin Grove, Brisbane Area
Get Creatively Unleashed at Kelvin Grove. Kelvin Grove is no ordinary university village. Communiversity as it is known, is home to the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Creative Industries department and integrates live performance spaces, business, enterprise and research capabilities with the student culture and the energy and vibe they bring to the area.

The Pines Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
One of the more unusual dive sites off Brisbane, The Pines is a coffee rock reef, or in other words a dirt boulder reef. Now a dirt boulder reef might not sound very exciting but cut with ledges and caves these dirt boulders are home to a surprising amount of marine life.

Haig Street Quarry Bushland Reserve

Brassall, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
Located only six kilometres from the Ipswich Central Business District, the Haig Street Quarry Bushland Reserve is an oasis in the suburbs and home to many water birds that live in and around the Quarry Pond.

China Wall Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Located on the exposed eastern side of Brisbane’s Moreton Island, China Wall is an unusual dive site for the area as the reef is dominated by kelp rather than coral. Waving beds of brown kelp are more common in southern Australia and these ones look very out of place with tropical fish swimming around them.

Redland Bay

Redland Bay, Redland City Area
Charming and friendly bayside suburb with a village ambience and sea breezes. Situated at the southern end of the Redlands area, it is the departure point for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Regular passenger ferry and vehicular barge services depart from Redland Bay for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

Manly

Manly, Brisbane Area
With immediate access to Moreton Bay, Manly is a boat lover's dream. The centerpiece of Manly is Manly Harbour, a marina crowded with magnificent yachts and quality eateries. Stop in at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron for a meal and enjoy the beautiful marina views.

Cementco Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
The Cementco was a 67 metre long hopper barge that worked in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay for many years transporting fossilised coral to be used in cement production. In 1985 the retired ship was to be scuttled off Moreton Island as an artificial reef when it prematurely sank in rough weather, landing on the sea floor upside down in 25 metres of water.
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