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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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.

Scenic Rim Adventure Park

Tamrookum Creek, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$35 - 45
Scenic Rim Adventure Park is a four-wheel-drive and Camping experience on a 680 acre property located in the picturesque Scenic Rim region. The park offers guests the opportunity to get back to nature enjoying and exploring the outdoors.

Darlington Park

Darlington, Scenic Rim Area
The Albert River is the main character in the story-book setting which is Darlington Park, perched among the foothills of the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park. Let your travel tale unfold as you camp along the banks of this lovely river, stocked with bass and cod on a catch and release system.

South Brisbane

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
The inner city suburb of South Brisbane has undergone a renaissance in recent years to become one of Brisbane's most popular areas. Once full of warehouses, factories, and wharves, South Brisbane underwent an incredible metamorphosis when the derelict industrial area on the banks of the Brisbane River was transformed into the site of the World Expo in 1988.

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.

Venman Bushland National Park

Mount Cotton, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Venman Bushland National Park is a tranquil portion of bushland on Tingalpa Creek abounding in wildlife: koalas, possums, gliders and wallabies. In spring, wildflowers bloom. These 255 acres were sold to the government for one dollar in 1971 by a farmer with a dream of preserving wildlife and its habitat.

Newstead

Newstead, Brisbane Area
Cool craft beer and live music are a feature of this funky inner-city neighbourhood adjacent to Fortitude Valley. Newstead Brewing Co offers more than 10 house-brewed beers, which can be paired with a selection of tasty and sophisticated pub-style eats.

Hamilton

Hamilton, Brisbane Area
Towards the river, Portside Wharf sits among trendy riverside apartments, boasting modern, world-class restaurants, designer fashion, an art-house Dendy cinema and cruise terminal. Northshore Hamilton is also home to the Eat Street Markets, an Asian-styled street market where delicious offerings of international food are dished out from pop-up shipping container kitchens amid fairy lights and relaxing lounge areas as live performers and musicians add life and colour to the scene.

The Pines Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
One of the more unusual dive sites off Brisbane, The Pines is a coffee rock reef, or in other words a dirt boulder reef. Now a dirt boulder reef might not sound very exciting but cut with ledges and caves these dirt boulders are home to a surprising amount of marine life.

Tree Top Walkway

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk allows you to walk through a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees covered by vines whilst you explore the epiphytic orchids and ferns surrounded by the many birds and animals that inhabit the tree tops.
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Mermaid Lagoon, Moreton Island