5 weekend family getaways around Brisbane

There’s nothing more refreshing in the summer than spending some time with your family out and about. Instead of sticking to well-known spots, take a moment to plan your holiday and you’ll see that your kids will be delighted to discover new places and embark on exciting adventures. Here are 5 perfect family getaways close to Brisbane.

Girraween National Park

Located around 260 km from Brisbane, Girraween National Park is your best choice for camping. The drive itself will prove scenic and simply breathtaking – you’ll see the wonders of Main Range National Park right before your eyes.

Families can relax at the campsite, go on bush-walks or dabble in some wildlife spotting. If your kids love to play in water, there’s a picturesque water hole at the park. Relaxing with nature around you is the best holiday plan ever.

Fraser Island

This beautiful island is actually the largest sand island in the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s quite close to Brisbane and makes up for an excellent weekend family getaway. Walking around the island’s impressive rainforest or running around one of the famous sandy beaches, your kids are bound to have lots of fun.

There are many options for getting the most from your stay on Fraser Island – if your kids like organized tours, you can find such services on the island. On your way to the island, stop at the Rainbow Beach – it’s definitely worth your time.

Fraser Island 2

Gold Coast

This stretch of land is a great option for an intensive, fun-packed family getaway. Gold Coast offers lots of entertainment in its theme parks, beautiful nature parks, a scenic coastal cycle way and famous surfing breaks of Kirra or Snapper rocks.

You can visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, make your kids roll inside a giant plastic bubble at Aussie Waterballs or head out to Currumbin Rock Pools for a swim.

currumbin rock pools

Lamington National Park

This park is full of quiet farms, rocky mountains and clean rivers for you to explore. A mountain retreat is a great idea if you find yourself spending all your weekends at the beach and want to explore something different. Organize a picnic and take a cool dip at spots like Christmas Creek or Albert River. If you enjoy fishing or horse-riding, this is a place for you.

Wildlife spotting is definitely on the agenda, as the rainforest at Lamington Nation Park is recognized as a World Heritage Site full of endangered plants and animal species.

Staying in Lamington National Park

Bribie Island

Another great spot for families who want to relax and have lot of fun, Bribie Island is a top choice if your kids like active holidays. Bongaree has an impressive skate park and smaller children can enjoy the nearby beach-side area with pools and parks. There are lots of opportunities to do some water sports and the beaches are really nice – not to mention that the waters are calmer than in other parts of the island. Nature lovers should head to Buckley’s Hole Conservation Park – an excellent spot if you’re into bird-watching since there are as many as 270 species of birds living here.

Bribie beaches

If you find yourself near the Jetty, make sure to check out Scoopy’s Ice Cream shop, which has an impressive range of different flavors to choose from – and who doesn’t love a generous scoop of delicious ice cream? If you sit by the beach for a while, you might even spot dolphins.

Whether it’s the forest, the mountains or the ocean, Brisbane families can easily find many different getaway options that cater to all tastes and needs.

Will Norquay is part of the team at Stayz. He’s a great travel and photography lover. He likes to discover new places and eateries around Australia and share his experiences and stories with other travellers.

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