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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Redlands IndigiScapes Centre

Capalaba,
Free Entry
IndigiScapes Centre is currently closed for expansion and is expected to re-open mid-January 2020. The Native Botanic Gardens remain open daily between 10am and 4pm and can be accessed via the MyHorizon entry and follow the signs through the car park to the IndigiScapes Native Nursery.

Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
From AU$0 - 199
Moreton Bay is home to approximately 600 bottlenose dolphins and each evening as the sun begins to set across the water, a small pod makes their way to the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort. Since 1992, resort guests have had the opportunity to hand feed the dolphins as part of the Tangalooma wild dolphin feeding program.

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$9 - 14
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours are located at Cedar Creek Estate. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular purpose-built Glow Worm cave! The tours begin with a short walk on the boardwalk through the rehabilitated rainforest to the Glow Worm cave.

TreeTop Challenge

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$55 - 55
The TreeTop Challenge at Tamborine Mountain is Australia’s largest TreeTop Adventure Park with more than 120 TreeTop activities including 10 ziplines! Their courses range from easy to extreme and traverse through nine acres of amazing bushland and rainforest.

Thunderbird Park ® - Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast Region

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$0 - 0
Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain takes adventure holidays to the top. This magnificent property is less than an hour from Brisbane and Gold Coast. Come for the day or stay and play. This rainforest playground has it all.

Adare

Adare, Lockyer Valley Area
Situated in between Gatton and Esk is the locality of Adare. Mostly farming lad, Adare is also home to beautiful Pohlmans Retail Nursery, just 10 minutes drive from Gatton, is open seven days a week with an extensive range of plants, a fantastic factory outlet and tours and packages, available for group bookings.

Walter Zimmerman Park

Pine Mountain, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
A wonderfully secluded stretch of bushland, a walk through the peaceful pathways, earthen steps and wooden boardwalks of Walter Zimmerman Park in Pine Mountain is a treat for the city-weary soul. Some of the walking tracks criss-cross a small seasonal creek through a fragrant eucalypt forest and the abundance of native bird and animal life includes Queensland blue gums and magnificent pale-headed rosellas.

Riverlife Mirrabooka

Kangaroo Point, Brisbane Area
Share in rich Aboriginal culture presented by the Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers-Riverlife Mirrabooka in the natural bushland of Kangaroo Point. Develop an awareness of the diverse aspects of contemporary Aboriginal culture by witnessing and participating in traditional song and dance passed down over many generations, primitive fire starting techniques, playing of Aboriginal musical instruments (such as didgeridoos) and listening to Indigenous educational talks that offer an insight into Aboriginal life and history of this ancient land.

Binna Burra, Lamington National Park

Beechmont, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Binna Burra, Lamington National Park has recently been affected by fire. Check Park alerts (https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/) for information on access, closures and conditions. Visit for a day or camp overnight.

Laidley

Laidley, Lockyer Valley Area
Just 60 minutes from downtown Brisbane, Laidley greets visitors with good old-fashioned hospitality amidst a backdrop of rich farmlands and magnificent scenery. There are so many attractions for visitors to enjoy, from the preserved heritage of the pioneer village, to the local arts and crafts plus the region's oldest home, Das Neumann Haus.
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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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