“So what are you doing this weekend?” Usually that question conjures thoughts about how productive (or unproductive) you might be. You could visit the cool restaurant or bar that just opened around the corner. You could take photos of your lunch at various locations. But what about taking one of those iconic day trips you’ve always talked about?
Check out our list of must-visit Queensland locations for day trips to see just how much of a Queenslander you really are.
North Stradbroke Island
Head out for a day to ride epic waves, catch some rays, explore the hidden lakes and lagoons or work up a sweat hiking the North Gorge Walk to Point Lookout – there’s so much to do on Straddie. Plus, a day trip is always more exciting when you have to catch a boat to get there.
Did someone say wine? Forget the frosé and get back to basics at the Granite Belt, where there’s literally a winery on every corner. Do it yourself and make a pit stop at each one to taste their speciality, or let someone else do the driving and book yourself on a boozy day out with Stanthorpe Tours.
Everyone who lives in Brisbane has gone for a swim in the rock pools after hiking through the National Park, eaten the super-sweet fudge from the famous Fudge Heaven at the top of the mountain, and freaked out on the drive up there trying not to look over the edge. Whether swinging from the trees at Thunderbird Park or scouring the antique shops in the main street is more your thing, Tamborine Mountain has legendary day trip status.
This is a day trip you don’t even need to drive out of the city for; just kick your feet up on the barge before being a tourist for the day. There’s dolphin-feeding, sand-tobogganing, whale-watching, snorkelling, parasailing and even massage treatments. Plus, you get to use Tangalooma Island Resort’s amenities while you’re based there for your day trip. A vacation in a day!
Sure, the Eumundi Markets aren’t the only place you can find your organic kimchi for the week, but there’s just something about the Sunshine Coast air. And there are so many pit stops you can make along the way: Maleny for cheese, Montville for wine, Noosa for a quick dip, and the Ettamogah Pub for a brew before the drive home. For the passengers, at least.
When did locals become too cool for a day out at one of our many theme parks? Tourists come from all over to scream their lungs out on the giant drop or take a selfie with the hot guy dressed as Batman. Get your (evenly-numbered) group together, pack a backpack and become a kid again for a day of roller coasters and too much sugar.
Cross the border into Blue Country and let the good vibes take over. Feast on fresh local produce at one of the many restaurants or cafés, sip on a cold one at The Beach Hotel, take the drive up to the lighthouse and take in the view, or (if you’re feeling crazy) take the plunge with a skydive and enjoy the views from above!