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8 Essential Day Trips From Brisbane

If you are anything like me, after a week stuck indoors at the office, as soon as the weekend rolls around you want to get outside and make the most of it! I have spent the last few years trying to make the most of these little day trips from Brisbane and so I have compiled the essential ones below that I think everyone needs to visit.

8 Essential Day Trips From Brisbane -The Natural Bridge1. The Natural Bridge

An hour and a half drive from Brisbane located within Springbrook National Park, you will find The Natural Bridge. This beautiful waterfall and the unique rock arch that surrounds it make this a must see attraction to visitors to both Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Take a leisurely yet picturesque walk around the short one kilometre track that takes you through the rainforest, into the cave below and up to the river. Bonus Tip: Stick around after dark to see the glow-worms light up the natural cavern!

2. North Stradbroke Island

Located just off the coast of Brisbane, North Stradbroke Island is the perfect day trip when you are craving a tropical paradise. It is around a 40 minute drive from Brisbane CBD to the ferry terminal at Cleveland and the ferry ride across will take 25 minutes. Once on Straddie, a bus will collect you and take you across to the other side of the island which is where most of the action is. Get off the bus at Point Lookout and enjoy your day swimming in the crystal clear water and walking along the pristine sand, marvelling that this little slice of paradise exists so close to the city.

8 Essential Day Trips From Brisbane -Moogerah Sunset3. Lake Moogerah

Popular for recreational boating and fishing, Lake Moogerah is the perfect place for a relaxed BBQ along the water with the dramatic backdrop of mountain ranges. Located just an hour and a half from Brisbane, spend the day catching up with friends on the water’s edge, or rent a kayak and explore the dam from the water.

4. Maleny

Explore the town of Maleny within the Glass House Mountains to get a fix of art, music and food. Wander around the local craft shops, indulge in local produce and then get outside and explore some of the beautiful landscape that surround this little town.

8 Essential Day Trips From Brisbane - Byron Bay5. Byron Bay

Head 2 hours down the highway along the coast into New South Wales and you will find yourself in the very popular Byron Bay. A place known for chilled vibes, incredible beaches and even better coffee. Head up to the lighthouse for some beautiful views and make the scenic walk out to the most eastern point of Australia.

6. O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

For a serious nature hit, head up the mountain to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat within Lamington National Park. There are quite a few walks to choose from but my favourite is the incredible cascading Elabana Falls. It is a bit of a scramble over the rocks to view, but totally worth the trip. If bushwalks are not your thing, make sure you check out the O’Reilly’s Winery at the bottom of the hill for a tasting.

8 Essential Day Trips From Brisbane - Mt Glorious7. Mt Nebo & Mt Glorious

For a trip closer to home, take a drive through the scenic Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious. Begin your drive from The Gap end and make your way through the mountains marvelling at just how quickly you seem to leave the city behind you. There are many stops along the way for lookouts and bushwalks so take your time. Finish your journey at Mt Glorious where you will take a steep and windy road back down to Samford.

8. Coolangatta, Gold Coast

If in doubt, head down to Coolangatta on the Gold Coast for some beautiful beaches and a double scoop of Gelato Messina. Without the crowds of Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta has everything you could want to keep everyone entertained. Enjoy the vast white sandy beaches and beautiful blue water before cooling off with a cold beer at one of the many pubs and clubs along the oceanfront.

What is your favourite day trip from Brisbane? How many of these have you done?

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    June 20, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    These are some of my favourite places (except Byron Bay, it’s too Gold Coasty now). Great post, thanks.

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    Jacinta Thomas
    May 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I wish i read this last year when i was in Brisbane. The places look beautiful. Definitely saving the list for when i go again as they all look so beautiful.

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    Sharon Luttrell
    May 5, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Oooooh I do love a good day trip. I’ll have to keep this in mind for the next time I am in Brisbane.

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      May 5, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      I hope you get to visit a few of these!

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    Johanna @ Summers Wildling
    May 5, 2017 at 10:07 am

    The Natural Bridge looks amazing!!! Will definitely put that on my to-do list. Does it get crowded in summer? Or is it still a relatively unknown little spot to visit? Greta tips πŸ™‚

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      May 5, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks Johanna – it really is beautiful. Unfortunately yes, it does get very crowded as it is a fairly popular tourist spot. I would recommend heading out there early, especially in summer to miss the harsh heat.

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    Cassie @ Be Forever Healthier
    May 5, 2017 at 9:58 am

    These are awesome ideas! Hot tip for if you visit number 1 – visit dancing water cafe when you are there! Everything is delicious!

    I’ve been to all except for O’Reilly’s, Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious so I will have to pop them on my to do list for sure!

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      May 5, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Great tip thank you, I will be sure to check it out! O’Reilly’s is a must, it is beautiful!

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    May 5, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Oh wow these are great places to visit! Have to make a trip back to see all this amazingness as when I went – just made a quick trip into the city and that was it.

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      May 5, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks Julia! There are some really great places around and depending on how long your visit is you can really do a bit of everything!

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