You don’t have to go far from Brisbane for a change of pace and a fun day out. Here are five options you and your family can enjoy.
Take the ferry to Moreton Island. Just hop on a ferry from the Port of Brisbane and sit back and relax. The ride only takes 75 minutes. Pack a picnic or BBQ lunch and set up on one of the beaches. Take a stroll around the beachfront, or snorkel around the Tangalooma shipwrecks.
Spectacular views across both Queensland and New South Wales are one of the main features of this popular park. There’s plenty of scenery to take in and plenty of places to explore. Make sure you visit the Purling Brook Falls, Canyon Lookout, Wunburra Lookout and the amazing Best Of All Lookout. Take your camera with you and relax in nature while soaking up the sunshine and fresh air.
If you don’t mind a longer drive, pack your car and head north for about three hours to Rainbow Beach. Fill your day actively or passively by swimming, fishing or just snoozing in the cool shade of trees by the beach.
Check out the unique Carlo Sand Blow, one of the most beautiful spots on the coast. If you have the time and don’t mind a return drive in the dark, dine in one of the local restaurants before settling in for the sunset, as it’s something to behold.
For those who like to exercise when outdoors, why not take a hike at Mount Warning? The 8.8km Summit Walk should take around five hours and, at the top, you’re rewarded with incredible 360-degree views stretching from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay. Many hikers like to do the hike early, to catch the sunrise. Then they head to Byron Bay for coffee, breakfast and a wander around the local markets.
Drive 260km south-west to the Queensland-NSW border. This is the heart of Queensland’s Granite Belt. Take a few hours to explore the Girraween National Park, then meander around the area’s food and wine trail. You’ll discover incredible fresh produce, fine food, cheese factories and wineries. Stock up on the fresh local produce and a case or two for the cellar.