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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Helidon

Helidon, Lockyer Valley Area
The quiet hamlet of Helidon lies in the picturesque Lockyer Valley, approximately one hour west of Brisbane and just 15 minutes east of Toowoomba. Sandstone from this area has been used in many of Queensland's beautiful historic buildings.

Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate

Ipswich Area
Located 20 minutes drive from the Ipswich City, the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate covers over 2,200 hectares. The conservation estate supports extensive forests and rugged volcanic peaks and slopes including Flinders Peak, Mt Blaine, Mt Catherine and Mt Goolman.

Scenic Rim

Beaudesert, Scenic Rim Area
Follow the changing landscape west and you'll find yourself in the Scenic Rim, Brisbane's world-heritage listed backyard, home to lush rainforests, spectacular mountain ranges and ancient landforms. Food and wine, romantic escapes, camping, bushwalking, country pubs, art, history and adventures are all here, tied together by the landscape and the beautiful towns and villages dotted throughout.

Esk

Esk, Somerset Area
Nestled beneath the magnificent Glen Rock, Esk is a beautifully kept town with a range of cafes, gift and antique stores and sites to explore. As you drive into Esk, leave your cares and worries behind you.

Sandgate

Sandgate, Brisbane Area
The architectural beauty of both civic and residential buildings throughout Sandgate makes this coastal village one of Moreton Bay's heritage showpieces. Sandgate, located below the Redcliffe peninsula, was a popular seaside destination for Brisbane's colonial settlers in the late 1800s.

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.

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.

Toowong

Toowong, Brisbane Area
Toowong is a very popular, well known Brisbane suburb located five minutes drive west of the Brisbane city centre. The suburb is nestled between mighty Mount Coot-tha and the north bank of the meandering Brisbane River.

Savages Crossing

Fernvale, Somerset Area
Free Entry
Looking for a quiet spot to drop a line or take the canoe or kayak out for a spin? Fish where the locals fish and visit Savages Crossing. Located along Banks Creek Rd, its just a short five minute drive from the township of Fernvale.

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.
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Mermaid Lagoon, Moreton Island