Day Trips from Brisbane

Day Trips from Brisbane are a perfect way to spend lazy Sundays and fill the time during long school holidays. The Brisbane day trips options are endless depending on how far you want to drive and what you want to see. Beaches, rainforests and country towns are just a few hours away, and options change further depending on the season and the amount of rain seen in South East Queensland.

We have included the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Scenic Rim, The Burnett Region and even Northern NSW in our Brisbane day trip ideas collection. You will find waterholes, whale watching, lookouts, strawberry picking, little-known historical places and even a lavender farm complete with lavender scones!

Day Trips from Brisbane for Families

There's never been a better time to explore our own backyard, and the Southern Downs region, approximately two hours from Brisbane has so much to offer families. Begin your journey by driving from Brisbane to Warwick, which is a charming country
If you are looking for sunflower fields close to Brisbane then we are ready to meet your expectations! Ah, sunflowers! These
At one time, train travel was the main way that Aussies travelled the breadth and width of this vast country. The Southern Downs
Built in 1987 as part of the Queensland Museum Network, Cobb+Co Museum showcases a large range of horse-drawn vehicles, as well
While away the weekend at North Stradbroke Island’s hidden gem: Amity Point. This tiny fishing village is only 90 minutes from
Discover the best day trips close to Brisbane with beautiful beaches like North Stradbroke Island and country destinations like
Headed up to the Sunshine Coast these school holidays? Brisbane Kids has you covered with our list of the best things to do with
Touch the spirit that lives in the heart of the Gold Coast... That's the slogan of Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre at
When researching things to do in Maleny, we had some of our usual suspects but even we were surprised to uncover some hidden
River to Bay offers fun-filled Moreton Bay tours for families with their Tangalooma Day Cruise and Best of Moreton Bay Island
With flowers bursting to life in early spring all over South-East Queensland, there are plenty of opportunities to see many
Pratten Park is a fantastic park and playground located between the esplanade and the beach at Broadbeach, about an hour south of
Bushwalking may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to a family visit to the Sunshine Coast, however, there are
So close to Brisbane and the beaches of the Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Hinterland provides a real escape to nature for families.
Whilst you might immediately think of beaches when you envision the Gold Coast, there’s a huge amount more to this diverse area
The Buderim Tramway walk is a perfect way to spend some time on the Sunshine Coast - you can learn a little about South East
If you’re heading to the cooler climes of the Sunshine Coast hinterland during the holidays, you’ll want to check out the
Cilento Park is a playground and forested bush walk which is a hidden gem tucked down a side street close to the Nambour
Tallebudgera Creek, flanked by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other side, is a favourite
Around 90 minute's drive from Brisbane, one of the Gold Coast's most stunning waterfalls awaits. Best visited after some rain
Less than one hour's drive from Brisbane is Mount Tamborine, a lush, scenic getaway with dozens of outdoor adventure
The Gold Coast Hinterland provides perhaps the ultimate in hiking experiences close to Brisbane, with dozens of walking trails
If you want to head out into nature and you are on the Gold Coast, the Burleigh Head National Park is an excellent option!
We are so lucky to have swimming creeks in Brisbane to enjoy for free on a hot Summer's day. Before we list our favourite places
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast has been a longstanding attraction for families, originally known for daily
If you ever had a "real" Christmas tree growing up, you'll know that the smell of fresh pine evokes happy, festive memories. At
Riddle: I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am !? If you want to know the answer, head to
The waterside town of Redcliffe, just 45 minutes north of Brisbane's CBD, is a family's paradise. Overlooking beautiful Moreton
Toowoomba, affectionately known as the ‘Garden City,’ is about a 90-minute drive west of Brisbane. Whether you are
At around an hour’s drive south from Brisbane, the Gold Coast is close enough for a day trip, yet action-packed enough for a
On the outskirts of Maleny, a lush hinterland town known for its quaint cafes and scenic views, lies the Maleny Botanic Gardens
Carlo Sand Blow is a stunning, must-visit attraction on the Sunshine Coast. Picture walking through natural bushland, turning a
Nestled in the bushland behind Burleigh Heads is a little-known treasure called the David Fleay Wildlife Park. Established by Dr
Do you have an animal lover in your family and want an affordable, EWE Nique experience with a variety of animals? Then head to
Everybody needs a little time away and heading to Mount Tamborine is the perfect escape for Brisbane families. Finding things to
Inhale peace, beauty and healing.  Are you looking for a beautiful and magical place to recharge, reflect and find
Have you ever wondered where to go to see the weirdest sights around the world, where to find the most unusual natural features
Looking for the best views for minimal effort? You need to check out Mt Tinbeerwah! This bushwalk is perfect for little legs or
Tangalooma Island Resort offers Brisbane’s closest whale watching cruise onboard Australia’s largest vessel dedicated to
Naughty Little Kids is a working farm near Brisbane very recently opened to the community to allow families to visit and
For a great bushwalk for kids of all ages, head west from Brisbane to Cunningham’s Gap. At the crest of Cunningham’s Gap is
You can go inside Caloundra Lighthouse Take a step back in time and set foot inside a real lighthouse. Perched high on a ridge
 Tucked up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny is Gardner’s Falls, a fantastic spot for families to spend some
The Woodford Railway Everyone loves a train ride, especially when you can sit in open air carriages and let the wind blow
Leave your worries at the terminal and enjoy the short 10-minute ferry ride from Victoria Point over to beautiful Coochiemudlo
Climb Table Top Mountain with Kids The great outdoors is calling, so if you are up for a new challenge, then Table Top Mountain,
In 1997 the Sunshine Coast Council had some great forethought, they purchased 112 hectares of rainforest in the Sunshine Coast
If you enjoy the outdoors, and like some history, you need to check out Dularcha National Park. A mostly undiscovered gem in the
This destination review is sponsored by Visit Sunshine Coast If you are looking for day trip ideas or a holiday to some of South
This destination article is sponsored by Visit Sunshine Coast The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is easily one of the most beautiful
With its stunning scenery, amazing diversity of plant and animal species, and rich history and culture, White Rock — Spring
There are a number of mountainous areas close by to Brisbane just waiting to be explored, and one of the best is D'Aguilar
Did you know that it is possible to escape to an island for a day of fun with your Brisbane Kids? Moreton Island is only a 75
Where can you tiptoe through the treetops and still be within an hour of Brisbane? There’s two day trip options for those that
If you have a Brisbane Kid with an interest in history, it may be worth a visit to Sunshine Castle on the Sunshine Coast,
If your kids love the ocean and sea animals then it is worth the drive to Mooloolaba to visit Sea Life Sunshine Coast. Full of
Brisbane enjoys the enviable position of being nestled right between the beautiful bays of the Sunshine Coast and the spectacular
Springbrook National Park is a Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area with spectacular scenery, beautiful
With its stunning scenery of breathtaking panoramic views, lush rainforest and cascading waterfalls, as well as amazing wildlife
One of the most stunning and popular sights of Springbrook National Park is Natural Bridge — a beautiful natural arched cave
A definite bucket list item to experience with your Brisbane kids is the unique sea walk between King Island and Wellington Point
Nestled in the northern suburbs of Brisbane is the Bunyaville Regional Park; a wonderful place to take your Brisbane Kids to
Noosa is a coastal paradise, just 160km north of Brisbane via the Bruce Highway and the Sunshine Motorway. Beautiful beaches,
Located in Moreton Bay, north of Brisbane, Bribie Island is the perfect destination for a family day trip. Where else can you
Every kid who’s ever watched Peppa Pig knows that with winter comes snow — white flufffy flurries that transform landscapes
Imagine that you’re flying in a small plane, 14,000 feet above sea level. The plane door is open, and you’re sitting at the
Take a drive to Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, and you can’t miss the imposing Mount Coolum, rising 208m from the grounds of the
Stunning views are always a rewarding part of hiking but views plus a refreshing swim under a cascading waterfall in a rock pool
It’s been a while since I ventured to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – maybe 20 years actually – and to say I was a
The Gold Coast is home to many unique attractions, including Tropical Fruit World in the Tweed region, not far from Kingscliff
NOTE: Lips Falls is closed until further notice - we will update this post as soon as it reopens Our family enjoys bushwalking,
A Dayboro day trip might be just the ticket for you if you are feeling like your kids could warrant a taste of country life. The
They say it takes a village to raise a child… family-friendly Samford Village, situated north-west of Brisbane, may be the
With its pristine white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, unspoilt national park and truly amazing wildlife, you
If you're looking for an escape that's surrounded by nature and still an easy one-hour drive from Brisbane, you can't go past
Does your Brisbane Kid love getting outdoors and into nature? If you're looking for an easy bushwalk that is only a short day
While sipping on a steaming coffee and surveying the wilderness of Lamington National Park, a Peregrine falcon soars into view
Humpback whales are some of the most amazing and beautiful creatures on the planet. These gentle giants are majestic and graceful
If you grew up in South East Queensland, chances are you visited the Ginger Factory at Yandina on the Sunshine Coast when you
Who knew you could watch the sun sparkle on the ocean, spot star fish along the sea shore, hand feed dolphins in the shallow
Have you been to Wildlife HQ at the Big Pineapple yet? No longer just the site of an iconic heritage-listed landmark, for
There are very few days in Brisbane that require a woolly scarf or a thick jacket, so if you’re wanting an excuse to rug up,
Seventy acres of tropical parkland and more than one thousand native and exotic animals makes Australia Zoo an awesome place to
O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard is a surprisingly family-friendly destination either for a day trip picnic or as a stop off
If you’ve had your fill of the beach and are looking for something different to do this weekend, why not head west to explore
The rolling green hills of Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland are well known, but prior to European settlement, the whole
It’s no secret that Brisbane locals and visitors are completely spoilt for choice when it comes to freshwater swimming holes
North Stradbroke Island is the perfect beach holiday destination for families and kids. Surrounded by ocean and beaches and
There is no joy like a day to yourself, knowing your kids are excited to be away from you—no parenting guilt, just some time
With the winter months well and truly tucked away for another year and the spring sunshine growing warmer by the day, most
Next time the sun peeks over the horizon, bringing with it the humid promise of another hot summer’s day, forget about making
Mount Nebo would have to be one of the most accessible day trips from Brisbane being only 45 minutes from the CBD and it makes an
Bring the family for a beautiful day out on the farm and pick your own delicious Queensland strawberries at Strawberry Fields!
Living in Brisbane, we get the best of both worlds. We have all of the conveniences of living in a big city, but we are also
Entertaining the kids needn't be an expensive exercise on the Sunshine Coast. These are a few of our top ideas on how to explore
The Glass House Mountains are iconic to the Sunshine Coast, and you can even see them from high points in Brisbane, for example,
After exploring Springbrook, and discovering the Best of All Lookout, we stopped in at Apple Tree Park.  It's a lovely little
Queen Mary Falls is located in Main Range National park, approximately a 2.5-hour trip from Brisbane or 40-minutes from Warwick.
It's enchanted, I'm sure of it. The entrance is cool, and there is a feel of magic in the air. Shadows are dappled with
Strawberries are the perfect sweet treat for little ones. So bright and juicy and colourful, but healthy too! We are so lucky

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