Weekend Getaways - Our top day trips from Brisbane
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane. Image Courtesy Tourism Australia / Jesse Smith
The capital of Australia's sunshine state offers some of the most iconic and diverse locations just a short drive from the city. From rainforest to reef, towering cane fields to iconic Big Pineapple, Queensland's biodiversity is the envy of the world.
We've put together our favourite get-there-and-back-in-a-day destinations from Brisbane. These are the best spots as chosen by the Anaconda teams, featuring their essential products for any daytrip.
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Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park is located about 100km south of Brisbane as part of the gorgeous Gold Coast Hinterland. This beautifully dense rainforest is filled with majestic views, breathtaking waterfalls, an abundance of native plants and animals as well as an ancient volcano. It forms part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia which UNESCO has labelled a World Heritage Area.
With lots of open space it's perfect for family picnics, hiking and enjoying the scenic drive along the way.
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Oceanview Walk - Burleigh Heads National Park
Situated in the heart of the Gold Coast, the 1.2km (one-way) Oceanview Walk hugs the pristine coast from Tallebudgera Creek to the Burleigh Heads precinct. The leisurely walking track is immensely popular with locals keen to see the ancient volcanic columns nestled in amongst the coastline.
The Oceanview Walk and Burleigh Heads National Park is ideal for walking, hiking, family picnics and sightseeing - if you're lucky, you may see a whale or two breaching from the water during Winter or Spring.
Don't forget: Merrell Moab Low Hikers
Nobbys Beach-Front Walk
Just a stone's throw from Burleigh Heads to its south and Surfer's Paradise to its north, Nobby's Beach is a beautiful beachfront location teeming with bars, cafes and a very popular surf lifesaving club. The relaxed Nobby's Beach-front walk connects through to the ever-popular North Burleigh Hill, ideal for a spot of gelato and watching the keen surfers go about their business. Don't feel like walking? That's okay, you can always jump on a bike or scooter and ride your way down the coast.
Don't forget: Vision Street Wear Urban Commuter Scooter
Wellington Point & King Island
This is one of Australia's more unique experiences. At low tide you are afforded the opportunity to walk the sandy pathway between Wellington Point and King Island. The walk across is only about a kilometre long so it is suitable for all ages and fitness levels - just don't wait too long to make your way back as the tide will roll in and no one wants to drive home with wet feet.
Wellington point itself is an amazing location for a picnic with family and friends with ample shade provided by the enormous fig trees, not to mention a very popular park for the kids to run around in.
Don't forget: Spinifex Picnic Blanket
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park
Okay, so this isn't so much a day trip from Brisbane but more so a day trip in Brisbane. If you're a Brisbane local and haven't frequented the famous Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park at some stage, then don't wait any longer!
The heritage-listed cliffs are on the east bank of the Brisbane River adjacent to the CBD. Providing incredible views up and down the river, particularly as the Story Bridge is illuminated after sundown it's a must-see landmark. Popular with locals for its walking and bicycle paths, the Cliffs Park is also perfect for picnics and large gatherings on account of the numerous BBQ facilities available. Unsurprisingly, the Cliffs are also regularly frequented by Brisbane's rock-climbing enthusiasts.
Don't forget: Fluid Urban Bikes
D'Aguilar National Park
If you're looking for a day trip involving winding roads through lush greenery you can't go wrong with the D'Aguilar National Park about an hour and a half out of Brisbane. The expansive 36,000-hectare National Park is full of scenic lookouts, picnic spots, mountain bike trails and walking trails all huddled amongst an abundance of native eucalypts.
There are a multitude of campsites throughout the park for those who are wanting to extend their trip a little longer than a day.
Don't forget: Mountain Designs Escape Hike Pack
Sunshine Coast Hinterlands
If you're not familiar with the two townships of Maleny and Montville in the rolling hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands, just 90 minutes north of Brisbane, you're in for a treat.
Immerse yourself in nature during a rainforest walk in the Mary Cairncross Reserve. The discovery centre offers spectacular views of the neighbouring Glass House Mountains while the reserve itself is home to an array of tropical birdlife.
Both Montville and Maleny have an abundance of old-world charm and you'll love sampling local products from the likes of quaint little cafes, microbreweries, dairy factories and wine bars.
Don't forget: Tasco Focus Free Binoculars
868 Metre Pier in Hervey Bay
The 868-metre-long Urangan Pier in Hervey Bay is an icon of the Fraser Coast. Walking the entire length of the century old timber structure will lead you to a wonderful seascape as far as the eye can see.
The pier is one of the most popular fishing spots for locals and visitors alike, all looking to reel in some sizeably fresh whiting, flathead or trevally.
The area surrounding Urangan pier is also bustling with activities for all ages. Enjoy a family picnic in the neighbouring parklands, go for a long walk or ride, partake in some stand-up paddle boarding, or of course go on a whale watching cruise.
If you visit on a Saturday be sure to take in a range of local and regional produce at the Urangan Pier Park Community Market between 7am - 1pm.
Don't forget: Aqua Maria Monster SUP with Paddle
Tin Can Bay
Situated about 2.5 hours north of Brisbane, above Noosa, is the picturesque Tin Can Bay. Perfect for a day trip for some swimming, kayaking and sightseeing. You can even hand feed humpback dolphins - under the right supervision of course.
Tin Can Bay is widely known to be a fisherman's paradise, so whatever you do don't forget to pack all of your fishing essentials.
Given its stunning seaside location the local cafes and restaurants have some of the freshest seafood you're likely to come across so be sure to stop in for some lunch.