Looking for a quick breather from Brisbane this weekend?
There's nothing like a quick getaway to restore some balance in our busy city life. Luckily, Brisbane is surrounded by charming little towns, breathtaking wilderness, cool-climate vineyards and stunning subtropical beaches all within a 3-hour radius.
Below are 10 amazing day trips from Brisbane that speak to the outdoorsman, foodie, art lover and history geek in all of us.
1. BRIBIE ISLAND
The only Moreton Bay Island that you can drive to, Bribie Island is the perfect island escape for a day trip of fun in an almost private paradise. Connected to the main island by bridge, it is home to dugongs, dolphins and turtles who feed on seagrass along the 35-kilometre Pumicestone Passage. Enjoy the incredible stretch of beach on a 4WD and spot schools of dolphins and humpback whales jumping close to the shore as you drive along or simply relax at at beach and enjoy the sun and sand.
2. TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN
Head to the winding roads of the Gold Coast Hinterland which are practically made for leisurely weekend drives. Spend your morning wandering the dense forest of the beautiful Tamborine Mountain, an hour away from Brisbane. Walk the pristine forest tracks and admire the colourful birds and wildlife. If you’re up for more adventure, try the amazing Skywalk and take an easy walk among the treetops and admire the stunning view of the forest canopy. Visit the Glow Worm Caves. Head back down and discover charming art and craft stores, as well as local cafes and wineries perfect to refuel after your walk.
3. COOCHIEMUDLO ISLAND
Hop on a 10-minute ferry ride from the Victoria Point Jetty and get across the Coochiemudlo Island, fondly called “Coochie”. Located in Redland City, it is one of Moreton Bay’s smallest and most secluded island. With its quiet, calm and relaxed feel, the island seems a world away from the busy and vibrant Brisbane. Set up a camp or a picnic along the beach, cook up a bbq or hire a bike or take a stroll and explore the island which is only 5 kms long. The shallow waters of the beach makes it also a kid-friendly environment.
4. MONTVILLE AND MALENY
Drive up to the heart of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s charming and lovely towns of Montville and Maleny. Perched on the Blackall Range, Montville known as the “creative soul” of the Sunshine Coast is home to many art and craft shops, boutiques and gift shops. Maleny meanwhile is famous for its award-winning cheeses and the spectacular view of Glasshouse Mountains. Take a gastronomic tour on these town's fantastic local restaurants and amazing cafes. Wander for a few hours exploring antique stores and bookshops. Enjoy great viewing points of rolling green hills, lush rainforest and spectacular views in all directions.
Just 35 minutes north of Brisbane is Redcliffe, a beautiful seaside city that was once home to the Bee Gees. Redcliffe is a perfect day trip from Brisbane with its 22 kilometres of sandy beaches, seafront promenades, jetties and mouth watering seafood restaurants. There are endless activities to enjoy from historic walks to Settlement Cove Lagoon, cycling along scenic bikeways and exploring the pristine wetlands. It has plenty to fill your day - swimming, boating, skydiving, scuba diving, fishing and windsurfing. You are definitely covered for an amazing weekend.
6. SAMFORD AND MOUNT NEBO
Only about 30 minutes or so from Brisbane CBD to Samford, a picturesque town in a beautiful valley, and you'll feel a world away from the city's hustle and bustle. Once there, visit preserved heritage buildings, history museum, gourmet cafes, a century-old pub, old-fashioned Saturday country market and local arts and craft stores. Continue the drive to Mount Nebo, with spectacular views and rainforest/bush walks on the way.
7. MORETON ISLAND
Spend a blissful day on Moreton Island, known as "The Gem of South East Queensland". Explore the beautiful beaches, snorkel sites and sand dunes. Go on a rugged 4-wheel drive , going from sea to sand as you snorkel at the Tangalooma Wrecks and kayak around the coral reef, then head inland to try sandboarding on the dunes. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and soak in the tropical scenery of Moreton Island on this fun-filled tour.