Day Trips Near Brisbane You Need To Explore Once The Corona Crisis Is Over!

Day Trips Near Brisbane You Need To Explore Once The Corona Crisis Is Over!

Let the adventure begin!

By Melissa Myrteza & Bella Stephan | 17th February 2020

Locals, tourists and everyone in between, this is for you. If you’re after a day trip from Brisbane or a weekend escape from the ‘big smoke’, there’s plenty to explore within close reach! Take a few days off to unwind beachside just 40 minutes up the road or duck-out for a 24-hour adventure, the choice is up to you! Here’s our go-to suggestions to get your head clear and your adventures into gear.

TANGALOOMA | MORETON ISLAND | 30 min drive + 1.5 hours' ferry

Tangalooma – the home of nightly dolphin feeding, Australia’s most famous sand dunes, and the beloved snorkelling around the Moreton Island shipwrecks. The little paradise overlooking 30km of Moreton Bay boasts faint views of the Brisbane skyline for an idyllic day-scape. A small-scale version of Hawaii, you’ll want to make your day a week-long holiday at the famous and loved Tangalooma Island Resort! Decked out with cafés, restaurants, swimming pools, convenience stores, and endless activities to choose from, there’s no better escape than Tangalooma. Everything from adrenaline-induced activities such as quad biking and helicopter flights, to those who want to simply enjoy the sea and sand, there’s something for everyone (we suggest: kayaking, whale watching and snorkelling around the wrecks). Jump on the ferry and you’re in paradise in no-time.


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Burleigh Heads is a home away from home for many of us. Welcome to one of Queensland’s finest destinations where there are endless little boutiques, cafés, unique restaurants and more in the easy-going beachside town. Full of surf shops where regulars are head to toe in wetsuits and swimmers holding their surf boards, this is the place to absorb the fresh salty sea air and relax far away from the city. Roughly an hour from Brisbane’s centre, it isn’t far once hitting the highway, though it will feel like you’re miles away from the everyday. If you’ve been to Burleigh before and feeling the main beach is too crowded for your liking, we suggest heading around the other side of the Burleigh Heads National Park which will lead you to an untouched area of Tallebudgera Creek for stunning views where you can float in the water all day long!


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BYRON BAY | CAPE BYRON, NSW | 2 hours' drive

Besides being loved by the likes of A-listers such as the Hemsworth brothers and multiple bloggers, Byron still remains a humble and relaxed beachside town. Prime views of the Pacific Ocean follow the coastline surrounding the town, often with dolphins frolicking in the waves just a few out from the shore. Plus, take a trek up to the famous lighthouse to sight some of the whales on their annual migration along the East Coast of Australia from the months of March to November. Located just down from the breathtaking main beach of Byron you’ll find vintage shops, bespoke cafes and boutiques amongst the bigger names of Rip Curl and classic Aus’ surf shops (and bars, of course).


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TOOWOOMBA | DARLING DOWNS | 1.4 hours' drive

Home to some of the most immaculate and well-kept gardens, Toowoomba is one impressive town to visit! If you’re a plant or flower fiend, then this is a trip for you. Queens Park and Botanic Gardens is your best bet to see beautiful rose gardens and flourishing florals, certainly worthy of an Insta pic. After all, it is the town that prides themselves on the Carnival of Flowers annually, so why not check out what they’ve got to offer. However, if you’re up for more of a road trip, then driving another 40 minutes south to find yourself in a tiny town named Clifton, known for its stunning sunflower fields. With a fresh renovation, the Grand Central shopping centre has never looked better and is worth a pitstop too, decked out with plenty of notable go-to’s for a retail fix.


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This is the spot for early morning hikers and rock-climbers alike. The highest of ten volcanic plugs in the Glass House Mountain range, Mt Beerwah is known for its panoramic natural views from its peak (pretty damn satisfying after a hike). While this is no average hike - you’ll find it more rock-climbing than hiking – it is very do-able and worth the sweat for avid adventurists.

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Brookfield is a venture out for most, so it will surprise some that after the drive you’re still in Brisbane. The Brookie Reservoir is a notable local attraction that can be a touch tricky to find. At the very end of Gold Creek Road, you’ll find this well-hidden, exquisite gem. With several kilometres of hiking tracks carved into the Australian bush terrain all surrounding the scenic dam, get lost and immersed in nature. Constructed in 1885, it is the world’s first un-reinforced concrete stepped spillway (this means giant concrete walls to jump down!). While water activities are prohibited, it is a spectacular spot to picnic, overlooking the glimmering expanse of water.


With a great network of tracks, Lamington National Park is a great place to explore for all adventure levels. Walk along the West Canungra Creek Circuit and follow flowing creeks, or take the Treetop walk at O’Reilly’s, passing through lush rainforest and past various waterfalls. Abundant with wildlife and birds, keep an eye and an eat out for lyrebirds, bowerbirds and plenty of lorikeets. Kids (or big kids)? Break up the trip with a stop at Mountview Alpaca Farm and feed the alpacas while taking in the scenic views stretching across to Tamborine Mountain and the Gold Coast.


This stellar swimming spot is loved by many Queenslanders. Attracting the boldest cliff jumpers and rock climbers, there are several daunting levels to this rock formation. For the more-timid, however, there are smaller rock climbs and jumps that are still especially exhilarating. The crystal water is enough to get us to jump! This narrow stretch of beach will seem more like Crete than Queensland, with blue and white umbrellas perched on the sand.

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This is a light show you’re not going to want to miss. With no lines and no entry fee, you’ll be in awe of the natural wonder that is the glow worm caves. Once an eerie rail tunnel dismantled in the 40s, it now provides us with an ethereal source of underground light. Although sounding unpleasant, you’ll quickly get over the fact you’re looking at larvae and fungus. They are a spectacular site, right next-door in NSW. You’ll think someone has been walking around spraying glow sticks through the depths of the cave!

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This creek will fuel your swimming spot goals for months to come. Bordered by Palm Beach and Burleigh Heads National Park, Tallebudgera Creek is known for its calm, glimmering water – it’s easy to see the appeal. This long-stretching creek spans several kilometres; however, its main swimming section is situated next to the Tourist Park. Water sports are a go on this creek with canoeing and paddle boarding being our top pick! After catching a wave nearby at Tallebudgera Beach, inflate that pink flamingo ring and spend the rest of the weekend floating on the creek’s tranquil water line. Your Instagram followers will love you for it.


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Article by Melissa Myrteza & Bella Stephan

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style

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