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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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.

Russell Island

Russell Island, Redland City Area
Be greeted by an amazing mosaic masterpiece that will set the mood for your visit to Russell Island, the largest of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. For fishing, there's a jetty at the northern end of the island, with a nearby fenced swimming enclosure for cooling off on a hot day.

Karragarra Island

Karragarra Island, Redland City Area
Karragarra is a great day-trip destination and is the smallest of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, about half a kilometre wide and four kilometres long. The experience starts with a short water taxi ride from Redland Bay.

Gotham City Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Gotham City, north of Brisbane’s Moreton Island, is one of the most spectacular dive sites in Queensland. Featuring a giant granite rock 15 metres tall, 40 metres long and 25 metres wide, with sheer cliffs off all edges, many divers compare the sight to a small version of the famous Uluru (or Ayers Rock).


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.

Mount Barney

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim Area
Lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this World Heritage-listed park an outstanding place to visit. Mount Barney is one of Queensland's highest and most impressive peaks, and is part of the Scenic Rim and Mount Barney National Park.

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.

Boondall Wetlands Reserve

Boondall, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Boondall Wetlands lies on the edge of Moreton Bay between Nudgee Beach, Boondall and Shorncliffe and includes more than 1,000 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes, melaleuca wetlands, grasslands, open forests and woodlands.


Marburg, Ipswich Area
The historic village of Marburg, 15 minutes west of Ipswich, takes visitors back in time to an era when the town was the bustling hub of the local area. The streets are lined with beautifully restored heritage buildings including the old German Baptist Church, Bielefeld's Store and the historic hotel built in 1879.


Pine Rivers, Moreton Bay Area
Good old fashioned country values are dear to the heart of the residents of Dayboro. Filled with generous warm hearted locals, a day trip here is always a pleasure. The scenic drive to Dayboro makes it worth the visit alone.
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