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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Bribie Island

Bribie Island, Moreton Bay Area
Naturally beautiful, Bribie Island and its surrounding waters is a true showpiece of the Moreton Bay area. Bribie is the northern-most of the islands in Moreton Bay. It's the only Queensland island connected to the mainland by bridge, allowing easy access.

Mount Mee

Mount Mee, Moreton Bay Area
Overlooking the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains, Mount Mee is approximately 90 minutes drive north west of Brisbane and is part of the beautiful D'Aguilar Range. The delightfully bohemian village of Woodford is just 10 minutes drive to the north.

Moreton Island

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
No island in Moreton Bay says 'fun' more than Moreton. Located in the northern part of the bay, you only need to take a short boat trip from Scarborough or Manly to discover the island's long list of bragging rights.

Hutchinson Shoal Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Hutchinson Shoal is the largest reef system off Brisbane and also one of the least dived. Located north of Moreton Island, Hutchinson Shoal is washed by strong currents and offers no protection in rough weather.

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.

Daisy Hill Koala Centre

Daisy Hill, Logan City Area
Free Entry
Visit Daisy Hill Koala Centre to see koalas in a natural outdoor setting. Come and be captivated by these amazing marsupials and discover more about the secret life of koalas. Admission is free. You can see the resident koalas from two different viewing levels so don't forget your camera.

Moogerah Peaks National Park

Moogerah, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Just over an hour from Brisbane, four ancient volcanic peaks in the fertile Fassifern Valley form the Moogerah Peaks National Park. The mounts—French, Greville, Moon and Edwards—are recognised for their unique shapes but revered as a spectacular bushwalking destination.

Greater Springfield

Springfield, Ipswich Area
Locals in nearby Brisbane know that Greater Springfield in Ipswich has much to offer, and visitors would do well to check out its numerous drawcards. Tee off on the ‘must play’ Greg Norman-designed golf course at Brookwater Golf and Country Club;

Dunwich

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Vehicular barges and passenger ferries arrive and depart from Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island. Dunwich is a small relaxed and friendly township, rich in history and culture. Take a heritage trail and visit the many significant sites signposted for visitors.

Spring Hill

Spring Hill, Brisbane Area
Perched on the cusp of the Brisbane city centre, Spring Hill is one of Brisbane's most popular suburbs, within easy walking distance to the best of what Brisbane has to offer. To the West are the beautiful Roma Street Parklands, where visitors can feed the ducks and take the boardwalk high above a forest canopy.
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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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