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Dreamy Day Trips from Brisbane You'll Want to Book in Right Now

When you need a break from it all, hit the road to discover the best day trips from Brisbane.

Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay

Why stay in the city when you can hit the road for a day trip from Brisbane that feels worlds away from it all? A stunning coastline with big-name tourist attractions to hidden waterfalls and rainforest walks to island paradises teeming with marine life. And the fun doesn’t end there; wineries, sandboarding, snorkelling, boating, treetop skywalks and surf beaches aplenty; there is never a dull moment when exploring outside of Brisbane

Sea World
Sea World

Best Day Trips from Brisbane: Gold Coast

With holiday vibes kicking year-round, the Gold Coast sure knows how to delight. From surfing beaches to premium shopping destinations to an incredible line-up of global eats and tourism attractions, it’s little wonder Brisbanites make the most of living only an hour from the Gold Coast. Spend the day discovering Australia’s diverse marine life at Sea World, or take in the thrills of Warner Bros. Movie World or Dreamworld. Experience some of the best swells at Snapper Rocks, or relax on the golden-hued sand that stretches the length of the region. 

North Stradbroke Island Main Beach
North Stradbroke Island Main Beach

Best Day Trips from Brisbane: North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island (or Straddie as locals like to call it) is the perfect place to get away from it all, even if it is just for the day. Catch a 45-minute ferry from Cleveland to the island where you will have your pick of beaches. Amity Beach is perfect for swimming while Bradbury’s Beach is a great spot for fishing and crabbing, but if it’s freshwater swimming you’re after then Keyholes, a freshwater swimming lake, is a must. Otherwise, spend the day kayaking, hiking, four-wheel-driving, or simply relaxing on the sandy shores. 

Moreton Island, Tourism and Events Queensland
Moreton Island, Tourism and Events Queensland

Best Day Trips from Brisbane: Moreton Island

Set sail to an island paradise that is teeming with marine life, sand dunes and national parks. A 75-minute ferry ride from Brisbane, Moreton Island makes for an incredible day trip from Brisbane. Go sand tobogganing or sandboarding at The Desert (some of the biggest sand dunes around), climb Mount Tempest – the largest stabilised sand dune in the world or deep dive into the ocean and explore the shipwrecks and offshore reefs.  


Best Day Trips from Brisbane: Noosa Heads

National parks to surf beaches and a world-class dining scene, Noosa Heads is a standout when it comes to coastal getaways, and lucky for Brisbanites, it’s less than two hours away. Meaning, if you’re short on time, Noosa Heads makes for a perfect day trip from Brisbane. Noosa National Park has coastal walks and hidden beaches in abundance. It’s the perfect place to work up an appetite before settling into a leisurely lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants that line Hastings Street. For waterplay, Noosa River is the perfect backdrop.

Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park

Best Day Trips from Brisbane: Lamington National Park

If you’re craving a breath of fresh mountain air with incredible vistas, then this is it. An hour and a half from Brisbane, in the Gold Coast hinterland, Lamington National Park Rainforest delivers on the goods; waterfalls, forested mountains and about 160km of hiking trails catering to various skill levels. One of the most popular trails is the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat to Morrans Falls, where you’re guaranteed plenty of photo ops along the way. 

Coulandra
Coulandra

Best Day Trips from Brisbane: Caloundra

A beachside town with a year-round holiday feel, Caloundra is a dreamy day trip from Brisbane. The best way to explore this seaside town is along the 25km coastal pathway which has headland cliffs, parkland, beaches and an esplanade lined with shopping and dining. The historic bathing pavilion at Kings Beach is a must, while Dicky Beach and its aquatic-themed playground is popular among young families. Add in a thriving street art scene into the mix, and you have one cool place to hang out.

Tambourine Mountain Rainforest Walk
Tambourine Mountain Rainforest Walk

Best Day Trips from Brisbane: Tamborine Mountain

A lush mountain haven that was seemingly made for day trips from Brisbane, Tamborine Mountain is pretty as a picture with its small village-like feel and national parkland. Tamborine Rainforest Walk takes you through the middle and upper canopies of the trees, while the Botanic Gardens shine a spotlight on tropical plants. Go underground at the glow worm caves and stop by the cellar doors. In the national park itself, there are natural swimming holes and walking trails.     

Towoomba
Towoomba

Best Day Trips from Brisbane: Toowoomba

Ninety minutes inland of Brisbane, Toowoomba is a country town with a whole lot of personality. One of the few places in Queensland where you can feel all four seasons, plus they have quite the reputation for being a garden city. Boasting over 150 parks and gardens, you’re guaranteed a quiet spot for a picnic, and the burgeoning foodie scene is sure to delight. If heading out around Spring, check out the events calendar for their annual festival, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. 

Bribie Island
Bribie Island

Best Day Trips from Brisbane: Bribie Island

Connected to the mainland by a bridge, Bribie Island is the only Moreton Bay island that you can drive to. With pristine beaches, untouched wilderness, and a marine park with the oldest fish habitat in Queensland (Pumicestone Passage), Bribie Island makes for an incredible day trip from Brisbane. But that is not all this island paradise offers; boutique shopping, restaurants, cafes and galleries all make this island a standout. 

Redcliffe Jetty - Moreton Bay
Redcliffe Jetty - Moreton Bay

Best Day Trips from Brisbane: Redcliffe

Once a popular holiday destination, the seaside village of Redcliffe is experiencing a revival of sorts. Playing to its proud history as one of Brisbane’s earliest settlements, people are once again flocking to its shores. Here, it’s all about relaxing beaches, beautiful foreshore parks, and a burgeoning dining scene. The man-made Redcliffe Lagoon sits in front of the sea, while another family favourite, Sutton’s Beach has calm bay waters and a playground. The weekly markets are a real crowd-pleaser, and music buffs will get a kick out of Bee Gees Way.  


There is nothing quite like getting out of the city, especially when there is so much to explore. Beaches, theme parks, mountain villages, and wineries, when it comes to day trips from Brisbane, the Sunshine State more than delivers. If you’re after more ideas on quick getaways close to home, check out Best Camping in Brisbane and Brisbane’s Best Restaurants.