As a destination Brisbane hardly needs an introduction. The capital of Australian province of Queenstown may be most underrated cities in Australia but those who have visited it recently find themselves hooked to it. With bustling CBD, artefact rich galleries, great cultural hubs and friendly population Brisbane exudes a creative energy which has several takers around the world, inspiring them to board business class flights. The travellers keep visiting the city again and again and find it refreshing every time but urges to explore new destinations remains the same. To keep such kind of travellers engaged there are several attractions in vicinity that can be explored on a day trip. So pack you rucksack, hop on a car and embark on one of the following day trips.
North Stradbroke Island
A short ferry ride from Cleveland Marina would take you there. The place is equally popular among beach goers and nature buffs. Walk the scenic path along the North Gorge Headland Walk, from where you can spot several marine species. You can walk up to Cylinder Beach where you can indulge in several beach activities.
St Helena Island National Park
Take a cruise ride from the mainland to St Helena Island where you can come across its aboriginal beginnings and 19th century prison settlements. Hire a local guide who will tell a lot about the history and culture of the island. The travellers should plan a trip during the day so that they can spot its lovely surroundings.
On your arrival to Tangalooma Wrecks Dive Site you will get an opportunity to walk with vibrant marine life of the region. The place offers enough options for diving and snorkelling. The travellers can also get diving and snorkelling boat tours which are highly popular among the guests. Excellent facilities to getting to Moreton Island are available from the Pinkenba terminal every morning.
Samford and Mount Nebo
Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and take a short drive through the green surrounds of Brisbane’s west. Only 45 minutes’ drive from the CBD, Samford embraces its country town feel with plenty of quaint cafes, craft shops and museums. Take a leisurely walk along the Samford Valley Heritage Trail as it meanders through 13 historical sites, including galleries and other points of interest. Continue your drive up to nearby Mount Nebo or Mount Glorious (choose your own adventure!) for a mountain walk and afternoon tea at one of its cafes.
Tamborine Mountain should be your next day trip destination from Brisbane. The place is popular with nature lovers, art buffs and adventure enthusiasts. The guests can take a stroll in Tamborine National Park where they will see the vibrant birds and wildlife of the region. A trip to Tamborine Mountain Distillery should also be part of your itinerary. Those on the adrenalin rush should visit the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk and catch a spectacular view of the surroundings.
Situated at one hour’s drive from Downtown Wivenhoe, Dam charms a wide array of travellers with its idyllic setting, tranquil surroundings and several water activities. This is also a great place for picnic with free barbecues, tables and playing area for children. Visitors arriving here can also swim, kayak of go fishing in the calm waters of the lake.
A visit to Bribie Island could be of great importance for water sport enthusiast and family vacationers alike. A short drive from CBD will take you there where you can kickback on sand, kayak, windsurf and kite surf. Pumicestone Passage is also one of the most diverse ecosystems on the earth where you can come across a variety of marine species and mangroves.
Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology
Those who want to spend some time amidst historical and cultural attractions should visit the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. The travellers arriving here can take historical tours which offers great educational experience to the guests. After visiting this guests should go to Suttons Beach where a great dining experience awaits their arrival.
Koala and River Cruise by Mirimar Cruises
You have explored the city of Brisbane to the hilt but have you seen it from the river? The experience will be nothing sort of ecstatic. When you take a boat from the heart of the city you will be able to see a large number of historical buildings and iconic attractions. On arrival to Lone Pine Koala sanctuary you will get an opportunity to see some of the most interesting wildlife of the region. Get a picture while hand feeding kangaroo.
D’Aguilar National Park
Last but not the least, the travellers looking for an escape should plan a trip to D’Aguilar National Park which looks beautiful with its lush landscape and natural habitats. Situated at its southern edge is the South East Queensland Wildlife Centre where you can take a glimpse of its wildlife and gorge on some delicious delicacies at an adjoining cafe.