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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Mount Cotton

Mount Cotton, Redland City Area
Scenic Mount Cotton is a semi-rural area known for its pretty country drives, invigorating bush walks, and award-winning Sirromet Winery. After a visit to the vineyards, you can rest in comfort and tranquillity at a luxury guesthouse and wake to the sound of wildlife in a stunning bushland location.

Amity Point

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
On the calm waters of Moreton Bay, Amity Point is located on North Stradbroke Island, the second largest sand island in the world. Located just off the coast of Brisbane, North Stradbroke Island can be accessed by regular passenger and vehicular ferries which depart from mainland Cleveland.

Wilston

Wilston, Brisbane Area
Wilston is a highly attractive precinct in Brisbane. Its stunning blend of old and new architecture - from workers' cottages to modern architect-designed homes - paints a superb picture. Its inner city location and breathtaking views of the city from more elevated streets of Wilston Hill means property here is highly sought after.

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.

Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve

Blackstone, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
From culture-rich mining heritage to adrenalin-fuelled downhill mountain biking, Castle Hill is a unique place and offers an experience unlike anything else in the region. With over 15 International Mountain Biking Association rated mountain bike trails ranging from easy to very difficult, Castle Hill is suitable for riders of all abilities and is cemented as an iconic riding destination in Ipswich.

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.

Manta Bommie Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Manta Bommie is a rocky reef off Brisbane’s North Stradbroke Island, and is ranked in Australia's top 10 dive sites. Manta Bommie attracts marine life like a magnet, especially over the warmer months – with manta rays, as the Bommie’s namesake, the main attraction.

Black Swamp Wetlands

Cleveland, Redland City Area
Free Entry
The Black Swamp Wetlands is within walking distance of Cleveland railway station and the central business district. Teeming with birdlife, animals and vegetation, and with a small viewing deck on both sides, Black Swamp is a delightful hub of wildlife right in the heart of Cleveland.

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.

Victoria Point

Victoria Point, Redland City Area
Victoria Point's abundance of parks and esplanades make it the perfect place for leisurely days spent strolling, swimming, cycling and enjoying a barbecue with family and friends. Whether your outdoor exploits include taking the kids for a dip at Thompson's Beach, trying your hand at paddle boarding, or enjoying a seaside picnic, the area is an oasis for alfresco activities.
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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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