Day Tripping - Things to see and do - Brisbane Queensland Australia

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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Shag Rock Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Shag Rock is located off Brisbane’s North Stradbroke Island and is one of those all-weather sites that is very under-appreciated at times. Surrounding Shag Rock are rocky reefs and coral gardens in depths from six to 20 metres.

Lytton

Lytton, Brisbane Area
Lytton, near the mouth of the Brisbane River and Port of Brisbane, is one of the most historically significant areas of Brisbane. The suburb is home to Fort Lytton, built as a first line naval defence between 1880 and 1881.

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.

Eagle Farm

Eagle Farm, Brisbane Area
The Brisbane suburb of Eagle Farm is synonymous with horse racing due to the nearby location of the Eagle Farm and Doomben racetracks. During the winter racing season Eagle Farm comes alive with colourfully attired race-goers and jockeys along with frisky race horses and their nervous trainers.

New Farm and Teneriffe

New Farm, Brisbane Area
Food. Parks. Culture. Originally a farming area and later an industrial hub with boat moorings and commercial wool stores, Teneriffe has undergone an urban resurgence and where apartments have sprung up, restaurants, cafes and boutiques have followed.

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.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$19.50 - 49.00
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a one and a half kilometre rainforest walking experience which inlcudes the Skywalk Bridge (steel-structured), the 40 metre Skywalk Cantilever (steel-structured) and the Cedar Creek Viewing Platform, joined by a winding pathway along the canopy floor.

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.

City of Logan

Logan Central, Logan City Area
City of Logan is nestled between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. It's a diverse location of rivers, urban hubs and open space, bringing together natural beauty, heart-pumping adventure, historical sites and unique shopping experiences.

Aratula

Aratula, Scenic Rim Area
The small village of Aratula, at the foot of Cunningham's Gap in South East Queensland, has long served as a resting place for weary travellers crossing the Great Dividing Range. The town offers a range of accommodation options including caravan parks and motels.
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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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