If you live in Queensland, you already know why it’s the best state to spend time in. The weather, the beaches, and the people all make for an easy, carefree lifestyle.

But it’s easy to get caught up in the bustle of city life, and miss out on the best Queensland has to offer! To help get you out the door, here are some of the best back-to-nature spots to spend a day or more. Jump in a GoGet and get out of town today!

Not in Brisbane? Read our guides for Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne!

Blue Lake National Park:

On North Stradbroke Island, Blue Lake National Park has two stunning walks through the island and by the lake. Visitors must be self-sufficient, because there are no facilities. Unfortunately, camping is not allowed in the park, although private accommodation and campgrounds are available at Dunwich, Amity and Point Lookout.

The Park is located 2 hours from Brisbane CBD. Get your GoGet on the car ferry and over to Stradbroke!

Blue Lake on Stradbroke Island in Queensland

Lamington National Park

Declared in 1915, World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park covers 20,590ha and boasts extensive walking tracks to forests, creeks and waterfalls. Dramatic lookouts afford views over the Gold Coast, other parts of south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

There is one camping area in the Green Mountains section, and a privately-managed campground adjacent to the Binna Burra section of the park. The park is about 110km or a two-hour drive south of Brisbane.

Buchanans fort lamington national park queensland

Tamborine National Park

Enjoy a picnic at sunset or a brisk morning walk in one of the many hidden pockets of rainforest on Tamborine Mountain. Awe-inspiring views of the Scenic Rim mountains and the Gold Coast provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation.

Tamborine Mountain is about 80km, or an hour south of Brisbane via Beenleigh and Tamborine Village.

Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens Queensland

D’Aguilar National Park

D’Aguilar National Park offers a number of beautiful picnic destinations, less than 15 minutes drive from Brisbane city, and within 35 minutes drive from the airport. Begin your journey at the Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre at The Gap, where kangaroos, spotted quolls and platypus will welcome you to the amazing wildlife of south-east Queensland.

Lake Wivenhoe seen from D'Aguilar National Park lookout

About Tim Beau Bennett

Tim is an ex-journalist and radio presenter, and has been a professional writer for over a decade. He regularly writes about technology, lifestyle, and smart cities, and has written for news site including the ABC, SBS, and Australian Financial Review.