Take advantage of easing travel restrictions and get out of the city this long weekend. We all can’t wait to get on to the open roads and explore some of the best day trips from Brisbane with spectacular surrounds that are just a stone’s throw away.

Here’s a round-up of the 6 best day trips from Brisbane you need to take.best day trips from brisbane

Springbrook National Park

Drive just 100 kilometres South of Brisbane and you’ll find yourself in the spectacular surrounds of Springbrook National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. From waterfalls to fresh-water creeks, volcanic canyons, rainforests and more native flora and fauna than you can imagine, it truly is a beautiful place to explore on a winter day. There are stunning lookouts along the way that stretch your view along the entirety of The Gold Coast and if you’re looking for a little more insight into the heritage of the area, you can book a guided walking tour.

Noosa Heads

Noosa is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations for people looking for the opportunity to relax in the stunning surrounds of golden beaches and impressive wildlife reserves. Just two hours north of Brisbane’s CBD, you can enjoy everything the area has to offer without the tourist price hike. Restaurants, cafes, galleries and more are all waiting for you after you’ve grown tiresome of the main attraction, the pristine Main Beach.

Lamington National Park

Amid the peaks of Borders Ranges, you’ll find the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park that is filled with a diverse mix of native wildlife and spectacular hiking trails. It’s approximately two hours from Brisbane by car where you’ll be transported into lush rainforests featuring waterfalls and more than 190 species of birds.

Bribie Island

If adventure is in your blood and you’re looking for some high-adrenaline exploration, Bribie Island is for you. Connected to the shores of Brisbane via a bridge, the island is home to some incredible sea life including dugongs, dolphins, turtles as well as kangaroos, emus and dingoes on land. Adventure seekers will enjoy the line-up of water sports where you can windsurf, kayak, fish and kitesurf to your heart’s content. The island is also popular with people seeking a 4WD adventure thanks to the seemingly endless sand islands.

Byron Bay

The famous beach town is home to many A-List celebs who all flock to the area for a few very good reasons; the beaches, the local cuisine and the laid-back vibe. While it’s quickly becoming one of Australia’s most famous surf beaches and tourist destinations, it still manages to keep its small-town charm offering you a break from the city with all the creature comforts you could ever need at your disposal. It takes approximately two hours to reach the town from Brisbane so it’s definitely doable if you’ve only got a day to spare.

The Glasshouse Mountains

Twelve distinctive peaks makeup the incredible skyline of the Glasshouse Mountains, a national park located just an hour south of the city on the Southern end of the Sunshine Coast. These unusual peaks are remnants of volcanoes that are said to be some 26 million years old. You can explore the national park at your own leisure and stop at a number of viewpoints along the way that offer expansive look-outs across the region.