If you’re looking for your next adventure – thats’ still close to home check out our favourite Brisbane day trips with so much on offer right on your doorstep, the hardest decision for you will be what to do first.
Located an hour’s drive south of Brisbane are the iconic beaches of the Gold Coast. With white sandy stretches bordering the stunning crystal-clear ocean, the Gold Coast offers the ultimate seaside fix. Also known for its beautiful waterways, you can choose to catch a wave, paddle in the protected waters or why not enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise?
Heading north from Brisbane, a 90 minute drive will take you to the picture-perfect Sunshine Coast.
With spectacular beaches extending from Caloundra through to the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park, you are truly spoilt for choice. Take a dip in the ocean, cruise the waterways or enjoy the beach scene from a local cafe – the choice is yours.
FOR THE RAINFOREST TREKKERS
Tamborine National Park
Exploring the beautiful trails of Mt Tamborine, the wide range of short and long bushwalking options give walkers of all levels the opportunity to explore this beautiful location. You can even get a bird’s eye view of the lush canopies by taking a leisurely stroll across the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.
Springbrook National Park
Offering a range of walking trails, many leading to majestic waterfalls, the World Heritage-listed Springbrook National Park is the perfect rainforest retreat. Featuring walks for all levels, you’ll be mesmerised by the towering trees and melodic bird calls that resound throughout the area.
Lamington National Park
From the short walking circuits at Binna Burra to O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk, Lamington National Park is brimming with lush rainforests and ancient trees dating back 180 million years. World Heritage-listed, Lamington National Park offers a magical experience, whether you’re walking, exploring or enjoying a tranquil picnic.
FOR THE ISLAND HOPPERS
Tangalooma Island Resort
A popular Brisbane day trip, Tangalooma is located on stunning Moreton Island, only a 90 minute ferry ride from the mainland. The perfect island getaway, you can choose to swim in the heavenly turquoise water, snorkel the wrecks, explore the island by 4WD or enjoy a mesmerising sunset dolphin feeding experience.
North Stradbroke Island
A short 30 minute ferry ride will take you to the natural, unspoilt beauty of North Stradbroke Island. The perfect Brisbane day trip, you can choose to spend the day exploring the pristine beaches, swim in the crystal clear ocean, watch for whales or explore the 1.2km North Gorge Boardwalk.
FOR THE FOODIES AND WINE ENTHUSIASTS
Scenic Rim Wineries
A favourite Brisbane day trip amongst locals has to be heading to the hinterland to discover the delectable selection of wineries. From Witches Fall Winery on Tamborine Mountain to Cedar Creek Estate and Albert River Wines to Sarabah Estate just out of Canungra – with so many choices, it may be best to schedule in a few day trips.
Tamborine Mountain Gallery Walk
Featuring an eclectic array of artisan shops, the Gallery Walk offers a selection of cafes, restaurants, cellar door outlets and best of all, three sweet shops selling scrumptious fudge, chocolate and delicious treats. Completing the experience, there are also beautiful art galleries sprinkled throughout the Walk.
From wine tours and tastings through to enjoying a wine hamper with your nearest and dearest, Sirromet Wines offers the perfect setting for a relaxing day out. Why not stay for lunch at Tuscan Terrace or Sirromet’s Cellar Door, taking in the breathtaking views while sipping on a rich-bodied wine.
FOR THE GARDEN & FLOWER AFFICIONADOS
Located at the top of the Great Dividing Range, Toowoomba is iconically known as The Garden City. Brimming with beautifully manicured gardens and bursting with floral colour, Toowoomba offers a picture perfect day out.
Visiting in the cooler months, you’ll witness an array of greens, golds and reds as the trees change colour. While in Spring, the town celebrates the arrival of warm weather with the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.
Taking a tour throughout the city to explore the striking heritage architecture is must, as is immersing yourself in the charming art and cafe culture.
And, that a wrap on our favourite day trips around Brisbane. With many destinations being only a stone’s throw from our Living Gems Communities, why not gather your friends and plan your next outing! The only question is, what will your next adventure be?