Get your retail fix in shopping areas like the Queen Street Mall, Fortitude Valley and Paddington, then visit the galleries, theatres and museums of South Bank, Brisbane’s cultural heart. Cool off with a dip in the sparkling lagoon at Streets Beach before sharing a cocktail with friends or dining at one of the many award-winning restaurants in Fortitude Valley.
Brisbane City is just 15km from Brisbane Airport with train, shuttle bus and taxi transfers available.
Straddie (as it’s known to the locals) is a vast sand island around 30km offshore from Brisbane. Wake up early and stretch your legs along the 1.5km Gorge Walk at Point Lookout to soak up a breathtaking sunrise and see manta rays, turtles, dolphins and even whales as they migrate between June and November. Explore bush tracks or drive along the beach in a 4WD and set up camp behind the dunes.From Brisbane, catch a water taxi (25 minutes) or the car ferry (50 minutes) to North Stradbroke Island. Both depart from Cleveland, about 40 minutes south-east of Brisbane city.
Quieter than neighbouring Stradbroke, Moreton Island is a magical place where you can feed a pod of wild dolphins that come right up to the shore at Tangalooma Resort, hike up vast sand dunes before zipping down on a sand board or toboggan, and swim in clear freshwater lakes, like the famous Blue Lagoon that's infused with natural tea tree oil. Don’t miss snorkelling around the Tangalooma Wrecks, one of Queensland’s most fascinating underwater sites.
The ferry from Brisbane to Moreton Island takes around 75 minutes and departs from Holt Street Wharf in Pinkenba.
Be immersed in nature just a short drive from the city in one of the six national parks within the Scenic Rim. Explore Cedar Creek Falls and Witches Chase in Mount Tamborine, spot glow worms on the Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park and walk through the rainforest canopy in Lamington National Park. Sample fresh local produce, try cool-climate wines from boutique vineyards and dine at cafes or gourmet restaurants, before spending a night under the stars at a luxurious glamping retreat.
The Scenic Rim is about 70km from Brisbane and the drive takes less than one hour.