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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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.

Grantham, Lockyer Valley

Grantham, Lockyer Valley Area
About halfway between Gatton and Helidon lies Grantham, a little village surrounded by rich farming land. The town is home to one of Australia's leading beef producers, exporting prime beef to markets around the world.

Kelvin Grove

Kelvin Grove, Brisbane Area
Get Creatively Unleashed at Kelvin Grove. Kelvin Grove is no ordinary university village. Communiversity as it is known, is home to the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Creative Industries department and integrates live performance spaces, business, enterprise and research capabilities with the student culture and the energy and vibe they bring to the area.

Lake Apex Park

Gatton, Lockyer Valley Area
Free Entry
A beautiful waterfront park which is home to over 150 different species of birds. Inclusive of playground equipment, barbecues, exercise equipment and toilet facilities. Lake Apex Park is also dog friendly and has a paved walking track the entire distance around the Lake.

Brisbane City

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
From Queensland's largest selection of fashion and award-winning food and drink, to countless entertainment options, The City truly offers a discovery in every direction ... You know you've arrived in Brisbane when you catch a glimpse of the iconic Story Bridge as a CityCat glides underneath, creating glistening ripples in the winding Brisbane River.

Cleveland

Cleveland, Redland City Area
The leafy streetscapes of Cleveland are a welcoming gateway to iconic North Stradbroke Island and and the perfect place to start your Redlands adventure. Cleveland is easily accessed by road or rail where you can make the most of beautiful foreshores, parks and playgrounds, as well as a wide range of dining and retail choices.

Cherubs Cave Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
A small concrete cherub once marked the main entrance to this hidden cave off Moreton Island. While the guardian has since disappeared, this underwater world remains to be discovered by the adventurous diver.

Springwood Conservation Park

Springwood, Logan City Area
Free Entry
At Springwood Conservation Park, explore this beautiful natural bushland setting right in the heart of Springwood. Pack a picnic and follow the tracks through open eucalypt forest. Discover the gorge, cliffs, caves and unique rock formations that make this 36 hectare park so special.

Moreton Bay Marine Park

Moreton Bay Marine Park,
Explore the aquatic playground and marine sanctuary that is Moreton Bay and Islands, encompassing 125 kilometres of stunning blue waters from Bribie Island in the North to the Southern Bay Islands of the Redlands.

Marietta Dal Shipwreck Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
The Marietta Dal was a 7500 tonne liberty ship built in the USA in 1944 and is one of the most interesting shipwrecks off Brisbane. On May 15 1950, the 140 metre long ship was carrying a cargo of sulphur, oil, tractors and other general cargo when it ran aground on Smith Rock.
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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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