When you’re visiting Brisbane, day trips are a great way to explore the region. Have an island adventure – Moreton, Fraser, Bribie, Stradbroke…. Maybe the vibrant Eumundi markets are your thing.  Explore the beauty of Mount Tamborine or the Glasshouse Mountains. Have a wildlife experience at Australia Zoo or Lone Pine Koala sanctuary. There’s so much to do and it’s all within a couple hours of Brisbane!

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Brisbane Day Trip to Fraser Island

Fraser Island

Contributed by Melissa from Queensland Camping

It is no surprise that the local Butchulla people call Fraser Island “K’Gari” which literally means “paradise” as Fraser Island is absolutely stunning.  With a length of 120kms, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and offers plenty of stunning natural attractions.  Here you can explore lush rainforests, swim in crystal clear freshwater lakes, relax on stunning beaches as well as a spot an array of wildlife.

At 300km north of Brisbane, it is best to spend a few days exploring Fraser Island, but it is doable as a day trip for those short on time.  But do be prepared for a big day.  If doing it as a day trip, it is recommended that you join one of the group tours, as this way you will make the most of your time.  Day trips from Brisbane tend to be around 12 hours long.

Your first glimpse of Fraser Island will be driving along 75 Mile Beach – an official highway as well as an aircraft runway. A must do on your trip is to swim in one of Fraser’s 40 freshwater lakes, with Lake McKenzie being one of the most stunning as well as the most popular.  Also be sure to stop by Central Station and walk through the lush World Heritage listed rainforest.

On a day trip, you’re unlikely to get time to explore the northern part of the island, but if time does permit do yourself a favour and get up to Eli Creek.  This is another ideal spot to cool off.

If you do decide to drive yourself, you will need a high clearance 4WD as well as a permit to drive on the beach.  The barge to get across to the island is located at Inskip which is a 3 hour drive from Brisbane.

* Due to a recent bushfire travel restrictions may apply. Please check current conditions prior to planning to visit. When the island is open for business, tourism will be essential in supporting the island’s rebuilding and recovery.

Brisbane Day Trips Fraser Island

Fraser Island National Park Discovery Tour

Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island, a World Heritage-listed location. Explore its clear lakes, blue skies and lush rainforest.  After a BBQ lunch you can explore the island by foot or opt to jump in the water – snorkel, stand-up paddleboard or even kayak through the fresh water lakes or beaches.

Day trip from Brisbane to Noosa

Noosa

Contributed by Pauline from Bee Loved City

Located 160 km from Brisbane, Noosa is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Australia. If you are looking to go on a day trip that is less than 2 hours from Brisbane, it is the perfect destination!

The best thing to do there is explore Noosa National Park. You can go on the coastal track from Noosa Heads to Sunshine Beach. It will take you along the coast and through the bush.

The shoreline is rocky and made of basalt. For this reason, it’s home to beautiful natural landmarks such as Hell’s Gate and Noosa Fairy Pools.

If you are up for it, complete the full 10km loop. It will take you about 3 hours. If you are travelling with kids, make the return trip to Hell’s Gate. It’s only a couple of hours long and there are loads of beaches along the way where you can stop and relax.

For food and drinks, head to Hastings Street. You will find all sorts of restaurants, cafes and bars. It’s very lively.

Insider Tip: The best way to get to Noosa from Brisbane is by car. However, parking can get a bit expensive. The carpark by the national park is free but limited to 2 hours.

Noosa Everglades Tour

Noosa Everglades Wilderness Cruise

The secluded wilderness of Noosa’s mystical Everglades is a special place. With dark-hued waters that mirror the sky, it’s a location so peaceful you will hold your breath. Known as the River of Mirrors, the Everglades is one of only two everglades systems on earth and home to a wide variety of wildlife and plant species. A cruise is the perfect way to experience it.

Day trips from Brisbane Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo – Sunshine Coast

Contributed by Steve & Natalie from Curious Campers 

Australia Zoo is about 90 minutes from Brisbane at Beerwah near the Sunshine Coast. If you are not self-driving, there are bus and train options with transfers available from the Beerwah Train Station.

Think what you like about the Irwin’s but there is no denying they have put together an amazing zoo. We did a seven month trip around Australia and this was the thing the kids most looked forward. As our lap finished near Brisbane they had to wait a long time but Australia Zoo didn’t disappoint.

There is an enormous amount to see at Australia Zoo. You only have to look at the list of animals on their website to see it goes from alligators to zebras and from the tiniest lizards and birds to elephants. There are keeper talks, feeding times and the arena spectacular to see.

The highlights for our visit were definitely the tiger show and the bird and crocodile arena show. But feeding the elephants, seeing dingoes being taken for a walk and even watching the giant Aldabra tortoises being fed was great fun. There are interactive experiences you can pay extra to do.

We arrived as the gates opened and left as they closed so wear comfy shoes and plan for a big day. You can bring your own food to save a bit of money. If it is busy, arrive at exhibits a bit early to get a good view – it is also a nice chance to rest your feet!

Insider Tip: Skip the queues and purchase your tickets online before you go.

Brisbane Day Trips Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo Entry & Cuddle a Koala -  from Brisbane

Get ready to cuddle a koala at Australia Zoo, where the legacy of the great Steve Irwin the ‘Crocodile Hunter’ lives on. You’ll have return transfers from Brisbane, at least five hours to explore the zoo and a stop off at the Glass House Mountains Scenic Lookout.

Brisbane Day Trip to Eumundi Markets

Eumundi Markets – Sunshine Coast

Contributed by Sinead from Map Made Memories

Eumundi Markets are an easy, 90-minute drive north of Brisbane. Based in the small, inland town of Eumundi, just off the Bruce Highway 20 kilometres west of Noosa, the twice weekly markets are a great day out.

The well organised market covers a large area with spacious aisles that, despite the popularity of the market, never feel overcrowded. The stalls range from homemade wooden toys to locally produced arts and crafts, jewellery and clothing. Many stalls have a distinctive Australian flavour, selling art or crafts featuring Australian animals or landscapes. Most of the unique stalls are run by local artisans.

There is locally grown fruit and vegetables on offer as well as a diverse array of street food and drink. A rolling programme of buskers from different genres are strategically placed around the huge market providing fantastic, free entertainment which helps to create a vibrant, convivial atmosphere.  Plan to stay at least half a day, not just to browse the stalls and to enjoy the freshly cooked cuisine on offer but to soak up the colourful, friendly atmosphere. There is even a shaded playground for kids with picnic benches for a well-earned rest.

Insider Tip: Don’t forget a large shopping bag; we visited Eumundi Markets as part of our East Coast road trip and our biggest regret was not having more space for all the beautiful products we wanted to buy! 

Eumundi Markets Day trip from Brisbane

Eumundi Markets & Sunshine Coast Day Trip

Travel from Brisbane to the Eumundi Markets and Sunshine Coast Hinterland for a full day that includes shopping and walks in picturesque towns and the rainforest. Australia’s biggest arts and crafts market, Eumundi Markets feature more than 600 local vendors. Then head to the mountain town of Montville for a unique village shopping experience.

Brisbane Day Trip to Sunshine Coast Beaches

Sunshine Coast Beaches

Contributed by Christine from Travel2next

100km to the north of Brisbane, it only takes a bit over an hour to reach this strip of coastline that everyone raves about. Sunshine Coast beaches are perfect for swimming, sunbaking, and surfing all-year-round. There is a beach for everyone in this quintessential Queensland holiday destination, and with over 100 beaches, you could spend a month or more exploring them all. With warm water temperatures in summer of around 26C and around 21C in winter, it doesn’t matter when you visit.

The region’s most famous beach is Noosa’s Main Beach, which is an iconic destination. Hastings Street is the Sunshine Coast’s most famous strip and has  a fantastic choice of restaurants, bars, cafes and beachside luxury apartments. Noosa can get a little crowded in summer, but there are plenty of other fantastic beaches to choose from.  The beaches in Caloundra in the southern part of the coast – such as Kings Beach, Dickey Beach and Moffat Beach – are great for families.

If you’re learning to surf, Robbie Sherwell’s XL Surfing Academy at Alexander Headlands is an excellent surfing school for kids. Mooloolaba Beach has a relaxed vibe and is well-equipped with playgrounds and barbecue facilities. It’s also right across the road from the Mooloolaba Esplanade, which has a huge selection of eateries and shops. But it doesn’t matter which beach you pick; most have restaurants where you can fuel up for breakfast or sip a cocktail at the end of the day.

Brisbane Day Trips - Whale watching on the Sunshine Coast

Whale Watching Cruise on the Sunshine Coast

Your whale watching cruise will take you out to the waterways around Mooloolaba. Enjoy spectacular coastal views as your experienced skipper takes you through the Mooloolaba Marina towards the world-famous Mooloolaba beach, then offshore to where the Humpback whales frolic.

Brisbane Day Trip to Bribie Island

Bribie Island

Contributed by Janine from Get Out With Kids

If you are looking for long sandy beaches and a quick island getaway, you can find it a 2-hour drive (90km) north of the Brisbane CBD – and you don’t even need to catch a boat or ferry! Bribie Island is a 34km long sand island (comprised largely of national park) conveniently linked to the mainland by a road bridge.

On the south-east side, Woorim Beach is a perfect spot for day trippers. The fully patrolled beach has waves just big enough for boogie-board fun at an average 0.5-1m high, and a playground, picnic area and BBQs make it ideal for families. The Surf Club at Woorim Beach is perfect for those who would rather leave the food prep to someone else!

On the western side of the island, not far from the bridge, is Bongaree Beach. Being sheltered, the water here is calm, and you may even spot a dolphin or a dugong too. There are plenty of shady trees for shelter at both beaches and free parking nearby, though parking can fill up fast on busy days.

When you are all ‘beached out’ head to the Bribie Island Butterfly House to see hundreds of butterflies and learn about their conservation. The Butterfly House is entirely run by volunteers and only open on Sundays and Wednesdays, but well worth a visit. A small entry cost applies.

There is so much more to see and do on Bribie Island, so head on up and explore!

Brisbane Day Tours - Bribie Island

Bribie Island Boat and 4×4 Beach Tour

Tour Bribie Island by 4×4 vehicle and boat, and spot some rare sea life that shelters in the safe waters, such as dugongs, turtles, and dolphins. You’ll drive to a fantastic surf beach and stop for a picnic and a swim. This tour is an easy way to immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of the Moreton Bay Islands without worrying about ferries & transport.

Brisbane Day Trip to the Glasshouse Mountains

Glasshouse Mountains

Contributed by Heleen from The Global Wizards 

The Glass House Mountains are about an hour drive north of Brisbane. Over 10 rocky peaks highlight this remarkable landscape. They are a result of volcanic activity millions of years ago, creating these peculiar vertical columns. The hills got their name from Captain Cook who thought the mountains resembled the glass furnaces from Yorkshire in England.

Take your car for a scenic drive through the Glass House Mountains National Park, on the Blackall Range tourist drive. Stop along the way for some epic views, enjoy the windy roads through lush forests and get active hiking, abseiling or rock climbing.

Your first stop should be the Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre. They will give you all the information you need on which things to see, the regions historical background and maps of the area. Find out which of the tracks and walks in the area are really worthwhile.

One of the best known hikes is Mount Ngungun, popular at sunrise and sunset and we immediately understood why. When you reach the top of this 3 kilometres summit walk, you are treated to breathtaking views, that showing off the hills of the Glass House Mountains.

Sunshine Coast 4wd Jeep Hire - Brisbane day trips

Hire a 4WD Jeep for half a day on the Sunshine Coast

Gear up for a real adventure on the Sunshine Coast with a half day 4WD Jeep hire. Head off-road in your four-seater open-roof Jeep and see what the Sunshine Coast has to offer.  Check out the hinterland, the lush rainforests and amazing national parks. You can go off road and really test the limits of your powerful four-wheel drive. 

Brisbane Day Trip to Moreton Island

Moreton Island

Contributed by Sharee from Inspire Family Travel 

The big sandy playground of Moreton Island is one of the best day trips from Brisbane. A 75-minute ferry ride will see you disembarking on the third largest sand island in the world.

The sunken shipwrecks near Tangalooma Island Resort are among the most popular places on the island to strap on a snorkel and fins. It is here where you’ll discover an underwater ecosystem filled with tropical reef fish, coral formations, and other marine life.

On land, there is just as much fun to be had! With 95% of the island made up of National Park, there are many walking and hiking trails that cater to all fitness levels. Five Hills Lookout gives a 360-degree view of the northern point of the island. While at the end of the Blue Lagoon track, you’ll be rewarded with a freshwater lake that is a popular swimming location.

There are many viewpoints on the island where you can take in stunning views, and one of the best is at Cape Moreton Lighthouse. The historic red and white striped lighthouse was the first built in Queensland and is an impressive structure standing 23-metres high.

For the adventure seekers, pack your bodyboards and take a drive to the Big or Little Sand Hills, towards the southern end of the island for some sandboarding and guaranteed adrenaline rush.

Insider Tip: To travel around Moreton Island, you will need a 4WD, or join one of the day tours that take visitors to the hot spots.

Brisbane Day Trip to Moreton Island

Moreton Island Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise

Let us take you on an unforgettable cruise into the sheltered crystal clear waters of Moreton Island. This haven is home to many playful dolphins, shy dugongs, huge sea turtles and even humpback whales June – October.  Take a guided snorkelling tour around the world famous Tangalooma Wrecks with 15 ship wrecks, amongst a myriad of fish.

Day Trips from Brisbane Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Contributed by Karen from Smart Steps to Australia 

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is one of our favourite family day trips from Brisbane. It’s a compact wildlife attraction, perfect for small kids as you can easily get around it in a couple of hours. It’s the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world.

Lone Pine is set in the beautiful, leafy suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, about half an hour from the Brisbane CBD. You can drive but, if you’re visiting Brisbane on holiday, the best way to get there is on a boat trip along the Brisbane River as there are day trips that include attraction tickets. If you do choose to drive, consider visiting on a day when they’re running their free outdoor cinema in the evening and make a full day of it (don’t forget to bring a picnic rug, mozzie repellent and pillows!).

If you’re a local, their annual passes are amazing value and they give you a discount in the shop and café too which quickly means they soon pay for themselves.

At Lone Pine, you can cuddle a koala for a photo, hand feed kangaroos, laugh with a kookaburra and marvel at the platypus. There is a café on site or you can bring your own picnic.

Lone Pine is a small, friendly wildlife park that offers something very different to the big attractions like Australia Zoo.

Insider Tip: As always, come prepared for your day out with a bottle of water, a hat and sunscreen.

Brisbane Day Trips - Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Entry + Brisbane River Cruise

Take a leisurely river cruise from Brisbane to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to see native Australian wildlife. This half-day tour departs from bustling Southbank and cruises along the Brisbane River with iconic views on the way to Lone Pine. Upon arrival, observe the platypus, and watch animal shows that feature sheepdogs and birds of prey. 

Brisbane Day Trip to Mount Nebo

Mount Nebo

Contributed by Emma from MY RIG Adventures 

If you’re looking for a nice day trip a little west of Brisbane, then Mount Nebo will definitely hit the mark.

Mount Glorious and Mount Nebo are often paired together as they both sit in the D’Aguilar Mountain Range, about 30 km (45 minutes) from the Brisbane CBD.

While visiting Mount Nebo, you can explore at least five different hiking trails – there’s something to suit most fitness levels:

  • Pitta Circuit – 1.1km return, bush track plus boardwalks;
  • Thylogale Walking Track – 8km return, bush track;
  • Atrax Circuit – 700m return, bush trail;
  • Morelia Track – 6km return, bush track;
  • Refuse Transfer Station Walks – A few interesting walks behind the transfer station.

Jollys Lookout at Mount Nebo is arguably one of Brisbane’s most popular picnic spots and rightfully so!  Once you climb out of your car and head up the little hill to the lookout, your eyes can’t help but take in the panoramic views across Enoggera Forest Reserve and out to the waters of Moreton Bay.

At Jollys Lookout you will find a dedicated lookout nook with wheelchair access and BBQ’s, Picnic Tables, Toilet facilities. No dogs are allowed at Mount Nebo, as it’s a National Park.

Insider Tip:   Take a picnic lunch and enjoy Jollys Lookout or visit the ‘Café in the Mountains,’ just down the road, where you’ll meet the local, friendly parrots.

Brisbane Day Trip to North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island

Contributed by Toni from 2 Aussie Travellers

North Stradbroke Island in Morton Bay is a great day trip out from Brisbane.  It’s only takes 25-minutes on the ferry from Cleveland but you’ll feel like you are a world away from the city.

There are plenty of reasons to love this area. The Gorge Walk follows the cliff edge around the coast and is a must for the scenery and wildlife.  From the walkway you’ll see plenty of whales during the winter migration, kangaroos regularly thump through the hillside behind you and sightings of dolphins and sea turtles are frequent.

Take the stairs down to the beach and around the rocky headlands where you’ll find even more gorgeous beaches.  The surf here is great but don’t be surprised if a pod of dolphins decides to share your wave.  Cylinder Beach is a good pick for the family, its gorgeous wide stretch of white sand is protected by the headland and you can swim safely between the flags.

Fishermen and 4-wheel drivers will want to head for Main Beach through the middle of the island and if you are looking for a quieter spot you can also head this way to the blue or brown lakes.

Insider Tip: You can get around the major spots on Straddie using public transport but an option that gives you extra freedom is hiring scooters.  These let you zip around the island following your own timetable and stopping wherever you want.

Brisbane Day Trips North Stradbroke Island

Full Day Tour of North Stradbroke Island

Enjoy the natural beauty of North Stradbroke Island. Swim in the surf or freshwater lakes, take a short guided hike, view whales and other marine animals from the beach and coastal lookouts, visit small towns including historic Dunwich and Amity, and see the island’s population of wild kangaroos and koalas.

Brisbane Day trip to Mount Tamborine

Mount Tamborine

Contributed by Janine from Families Magazine

Mt Tamborine is a beautiful sub-tropical rainforest destination with a surprising array of things to do. You might go there to see the stunning waterfalls on the rainforest walks, but you will soon be captivated by the quaint and quirky Swiss style artisan shopping villages, the wineries, and unique tourist venues.

Rainforest walks are clearly signed and vary in length and intensity. Visiting after recent rain is a treat as all the waterfalls are looking their photogenic best, and you are more likely to spot the abundant wildlife, including giant earthworms (up to 1m long!), lyrebirds, bandicoots, and – if you’re quiet and patient enough – maybe even a shy platypus in a rockpool.

The journey to Mt Tamborine is a one-hour drive southwest of Brisbane, along a motorway for the most part before winding up scenic rainforest-lined roads interspersed with breath-taking views that tempt you to make the trip again and again. With so much to explore and do, you definitely will!

I recommend stopping at one of the tourist information boards or the Doughty Park Visitor Information Centre before starting your walk for the latest information on track conditions and accessibility, especially after rain.

For something different, take a guided glow worm spotting tour. The Glow Worm Caves at Cedar Creek Estate are open daily, providing guaranteed sightings in an incredible setting. Adventurous souls will get a kick out of the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk or Treetop Challenge, while connoisseurs will enjoy the epicurean delights of a winery tour.

Tamborine Moutain Day Trip from Brisbane

Tamborine Mountain & Gold Coast Day Tour

Sub-tropical rainforests, waterfalls, cafes, wineries, galleries and craft stores is what makes Tamborine Mountain a must visit. Hit remote off-road trails through eucalyptus forest with the chance to spot koalas in the wild and to enjoy city & coastal views. Morning tea at a local mountain Manor then a guided rainforest walk. Visit Queensland’s first National Park and be guided by an expert to Curtis Falls waterfall. 

Brisbane Day Trip to Springbrook Waterfalls

Springbrook Waterfalls

Contributed by Silvia from MumsDelivery

Springbrook is approx. 100 km south of Brisbane in the Gold Coast hinterland and makes for a very pleasant 90 minute drive. It is one of our favourite ‘close-to-Brisbane’ destinations and our number one spot when we need to relax and unwind. Springbrook is a National Park that boasts some of South-East Queensland’s most beautiful waterfalls, nestled amidst ancient rainforest. There are many walking tracks catering for different levels of fitness.

The main attractions include Purling Brooke Falls, Twin Falls and Natural Bridge. The latter is home to glow-worms that can be spotted in the stillness at dusk. Walks range from a few hundred metres from carpark to lookout, to overnight hikes for the more adventurous.

Among many stunning lookouts, a must-see is the aptly named “Best of All” lookout. Along the winding road to the lookout carpark, keep your eyes out for the adorable pademelon, a small wallaby-like marsupial.

Springbrook is a fabulous romantic gateway for couples with numerous chalet-style accommodation options, but it is also wonderful as a destination for the entire family with lots of interesting things for kids to see. One thing to keep in mind is that Springbrook is a very small town with a handful of cafes only, so you might want to take some supplies with you. It is certainly a small price to pay for the experience!

Insider Tip: Be sure to bring plenty of water, plus wet weather gear – there’s a reason why the rainforest is so lush!

Brisbane Day Trip to Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park Bushwalking Tour 

Enjoy an in-depth experience of the World Heritage–listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia on a full-day tour from Brisbane. See subtropical and temperate rainforest, stopping at stunning lookout points and cascading waterfalls. Stop for a picnic lunch at Purlingbrook Falls & take a dip in natural freshwater pools.

Brisbane Day Trips Gold Coast

The Gold Coast

Contributed by Holly From Four Around the World 

The Gold Coast is one of the most popular day trips from Brisbane for good reason! It only takes just over an hour to get there, and there is no end of fun things to do once you arrive. 

 

You will want more than one day trip to experience the Gold Coast, but there is a lot you can do in a single day!

 

The Gold Coast is home to Australia’s most famous theme parks and water parks. 

 

While it’s impossible to visit them all in a day, you could easily visit one or two for an epic day of fun. Dreamworld, Movieworld, Wet N Wild and White Water World water parks are all located close together. Seaworld is a little further from Brisbane, on The Spit. 

 

There are beautiful golden sand beaches and national parks to explore.  There are also wildlife attractions, such as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or David Fleay Wildlife Park. 

 

Cavill Mall is a constant hub of activity, with street performers, shops, restaurants and fun indoor Gold Coast attractions such as Timezone, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not or Infinity.

 

And of course, getting out on the water by boat, jetski or learning to surf are a great way to experience the Gold Coast beaches. 

 

The Aquaduck is a perfect way to see both land sights and hit the water for a leisurely cruise as your tour bus converts into a boat. This is a fun tour for all ages! 

Brisbane Day Trip to Dreamworld

Dreamworld & White Water World Entry with Brisbane Transfers

Dreamworld is full of thrills and surprises from animal experiences to exciting rides and rollercoasters - it's fun for all ages. Your Dreamworld ticket also allows you entry to White Water World so you can cool off and relax by the pool at the end of the day. Transfers back to Brisbane at 6pm.

Brisbane Day Trip to Currumbin

Currumbin

Contributed by Claire from Stoked to Travel

A great day trip from Brisbane and one the highlights of Australia’s East Coast, is the area of Currumbin, and specifically its renowned Wildlife Sanctuary. The drive is just under 100km from Brisbane, taking around an 1h15, with Currumbin lying just south of the heart of the Gold Coast.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is an amazing destination to visit for up-close and personal experiences with dozens of species, most of which are endemic to Australia. The park is beautifully organised, with spacious enclosures for animals such as Tasmanian Devils, dingoes, wombats, echidnas, emus, red pandas and cassowaries, to name just a few.

There are plenty of wallaby and kangaroo feeding opportunities, in fact, you’ll spot these creatures hopping all around the park. You can pay an extra fee for the opportunity to hold a koala and have your photo taken, as well as other encounters such as the capybara (the world’s largest rodent) or a troop of Cotton-top Tamarins. Make sure to also enjoy the early morning lorikeet feeding at the sanctuary entrance, it’s amazing to have these friendly, colourful birds coming to sit on you (or your head!)

There’s also the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, which is on-site. Glass fronted windows allow for guests to peek inside and see the daily goings-on of the wildlife hospital. You could see any animal coming in for treatment, from a koala with a broken arm to a poorly echidna!

Currumbin Beach, just beside the sanctuary is also well worth visiting, with great surf conditions and there’s also the lively Currumbin Beach Viking Surf Life, a legendary venue in the Golf Coast for a drink and a bite to eat.

Brisbane Day Trips - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Entry 

A visit to a Gold Coast wildlife sanctuary is a fantastic gift idea for families and wildlife enthusiasts. Enjoy Aboriginal didgeridoo and dance performances, an impressive Free Flight Bird Show featuring the wedge tail eagle, hand feed kangaroos and wild lorikeets.

Brisbane Day Trips Byron Bay

Byron Bay

Contributed by Rachel from Coffeewise

For beach and food lovers, a great day trip from Brisbane is the popular coastal community of Byron Bay, on the Far North NSW Coast.

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to gorgeous beaches in Bryon. The north facing patrolled main beach is popular with backpackers and families alike thanks to the wide-open beach and easy access to town.

Wategos Beach, tucked away north of the main beach near the lighthouse is a lovely protected beach popular with beginner surfers and families thanks to the slow rolling surf. A little more isolated is Tallow Beach to the east. While not patrolled and often a little wild, it is great for a beach walk and to escape the crowds that descend on the town in the Summer months.

A trip to Byron Bay wouldn’t be complete without a walk to the Lighthouse, which sits at the most easterly point of Australia. On a clear day you have wonderful views of the town, surrounding beaches, the Pacific Ocean and you might even catch sight of some dolphins and whales too.

If you have the time and energy, the longer route to the Lighthouse and back is via the Cape Byron walking track. The 3.7km loop track winds its way through steep bush tracks, along pretty beaches and open ridges to the Lighthouse. It is a great little walk that takes 1-2 hours to complete.

If you can drag yourself away from the beaches, Byron Bay has some fantastic restaurants, cafes and boutiques to explore too.  Bryon Bay is an easy 2 hour drive from Brisbane.

Insider Tip: Our top tip is to leave early and plan to get home late as it is a great place to spend the day and you won’t want to leave in a hurry!

Brisbane Day Trips - Byron Bay Kayak Tour

Byron Bay Dolphin Kayak Tour

Grab a paddle and set out for an exciting sea kayaking adventure around Byron Bay. For about 2.5 hours a local guide will take you paddling around Australia’s most easterly point where you’ll be on the lookout for dolphins, turtles and even humpback whales during whale season. 

April to September is the best time to visit Brisbane. The temperature during these months ranges between the 20-28 degrees with a lower average rainfall. The days are, however, sunny, and if you are travelling during this time, do carry your sunscreen along!

September is another good time to visit expecially for art lovers with the Brisbane Festival. However September to November is spring in Brisbane, and the accommodation rates are higher as it is considered peak tourist seasons.

December to March is wet and humid in Brisbane, and hence, it’s considered to be the low season in terms of tourists. The weather can be very wet making outdoor activities more difficult.

 

Brisbane Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average Maximum Temperature °C 29 29 28 26 23 20 20 21 24 26 27 29
Average Minimum Temperature °C 20 20 19 16 13 10 9 10 12 15 18 19
Average Rainfull mm 159 158 140 92 73 67 56 45 45 75 97 133

Vehicle Permit

You will need vehicle access permit to drive in the following parks:

Bribie Island, Cooloola, Fraser Island, Minjerribah, Moreton Island

Fees vary depending on which location and how long you are staying. Find fees here

 

Camping Permits & Fees

Fees for camping permits in Queensland’s parks and forests, from 1 July 2020:

  • $6.75 per person per night, or $27.00 per family per night;
  • $3.70 per person per night for students and accompanying adults on approved educational excursions.

Find more information on Queensland Camping Fees here

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