Day Tripping

Right on Brisbane’s doorstep is a wonderland of changing landscapes perfect for day trips or a quick weekend getaway. If you head east, you will be greeted with the aquatic playground of Moreton Bay as well as islands brimming with wildlife and stunning beaches. If you venture west, you can discover the World Heritage National Parks of the Scenic Rim and nature escapes in the Somerset region.

Islands from Brisbane

Home to two of the largest sand islands in the world, Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island are only a hop, skip and a short boat ride from Brisbane. Fly down the sand dunes of Moreton Island or follow the headland and take the North Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island for views so good you'll never want to leave.

Take the family and go exploring on Bribie Island, the only Moreton Bay sand island that you can drive to. Go four wheel driving along the beaches or hire a BBQ boat and cruise down Pumicestone Passage.


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Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Cylinder Beach is a picturesque cove between Cylinder and Home Beach Headlands. It is popular with families because it is easily accessible with a carpark situated only metres from the beach.The waves at Cylinder are often smaller and therefore it is perfect for sun bathing and swimming during good weather conditions.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$19.50 - 49.00
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a one and a half kilometre rainforest walking experience which inlcudes the Skywalk Bridge (steel-structured), the 40 metre Skywalk Cantilever (steel-structured) and the Cedar Creek Viewing Platform, joined by a winding pathway along the canopy floor.

Grandchester

Grandchester, Ipswich Area
The tiny hamlet of Grandchester is located 20 minutes from Ipswich and 45 minutes from Brisbane. The pride of Grandchester is the Grandchester Railway Station, built in 1865 and the terminus for the first railway line built in Queensland.

Springwood Conservation Park

Springwood, Logan City Area
Free Entry
At Springwood Conservation Park, explore this beautiful natural bushland setting right in the heart of Springwood. Pack a picnic and follow the tracks through open eucalypt forest. Discover the gorge, cliffs, caves and unique rock formations that make this 36 hectare park so special.

Redland City

Cleveland, Redland City Area
Located just 26 kilometres from Brisbane, Redland City is often described as South East Queensland's "best-kept secret". A scenic gateway to iconic North Stradbroke Island and the secluded Southern Moreton Bay Islands, makes the Redlands a popular destination for those who have discovered its unique beauty and multitude of options for recreation.

Daisy Hill

Daisy Hill, Logan City Area
The City of Logan's laid-back community of Daisy Hill features this beautiful parkland and Koala Centre. The bushland area between Daisy Hill and Redland Bay is an important koala habitat, with exactly the right conditions to support a thriving community.

Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Some say this is the green behind the gold, which makes the Gold Coast so seductive, and it's easy to see why Tamborine Mountain is in tune with tourists. Let's start with the rainforest, in the third oldest National Park in the world, which celebrates the remnants of the former Mount Warning volcano.

Forest Hill

Forest Hill, Lockyer Valley Area
Tucked away between Laidley and Gatton is a vibrant little town with much to offer. Situated six kilometres south of the Warrego Highway, Forest Hill has an unspoiled boutique feel, reflected in its quality gift shops and tastefully renovated buildings.

Aarhus Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
North of Moreton Island lies the Aarhus, a 50 metre iron barque. The three-mast sail ship sank in 1894 after a 122-day sail from New York, and is considered one of Australia’s first major oil spills. The Aarhus carried a cargo of kerosene, glassware, wire bails and alarm clocks, with some of those timber artifacts under the sand still preserved by the kerosene they were drenched in.

Binna Burra, Lamington National Park

Beechmont, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Set yourself up in one of the camping areas or nearby accommodation and spend days exploring this magical part of the world. Take short walks or long treks deep into the park’s forest, exploring boulder-strewn mountain streams, dramatic lookouts, rugged cliffs, plunging gorges and secluded, mountain-top camp sites.
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National parks from Brisbane

Strap up your boots and hit the bush walking trails of D’Aguilar National Park, Tamborine National Park or Main Range National Park. 

Climb prehistoric boulders at Girraween National Park and explore the dramatic peaks of the Great Driving Range and the World Heritage-listed rainforest in Lamington National Park. 

Pack a picnic and immerse yourself in a wealth of natural wonders with scenic lookouts, waterfalls and wildlife spotting right on Brisbane’s doorstep.

If you’re looking for shorter walks for little feet, make like Dora and take the kids to burn off some energy at the easily accessible walking tracks of Mount Cootha, Brisbane Forest Park or Walkabout Creek.

Waterfalls near Brisbane

With almost 300 days of sunshine per year, there is always a good time to chase waterfalls or cool off in natural swimming holes in Brisbane.

Only an hour’s drive from Brisbane, you’ll find Mount Tamborine in the Scenic Rim. Dip your toe into the cool waters of Curtis Falls or make a splash and dive right into Cedar Creek Falls. 

Lamington National Park is home to some stunning falls, with Coomera and Yarrabilgong Falls found in the Binna Burra section of the park and Moran Falls just down the road from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the Green Mountains section.

Cedar Creek and Stony Creek, both in the Moreton Bay Region are perfect for a BYO picnic and to let the kids run free to explore the rock pools and cool off in the swimming hole. 

Brisbane beaches

From surf beaches to secluded island bays, there are plenty of places to throw a towel down on a beach near Brisbane.

Cylinder Beach and Main Beach on North Stradbroke Island are perfect for catching a wave or learning to surf if you haven’t hit pro status yet. Not to mention, breathtakingly beautiful.

If you’re heading to Moreton Island you can swim, snorkel, kayak or SUP the waters of Tangalooma Beach or take a dip at picture-perfect Honeymoon Bay. Catch a wave at Eastern Surfside or explore the champagne pools at the North Eastern tip of the island.  

For calmer beaches for safe swimming, take the kids to Bribie Island. Sylvan Beach or Bongaree Beach both provide great options for the kids to frolic in the water, build sandcastles, and burn off some energy in the nearby playground.

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