Best day-trip destinations around Brisbane

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Fishing at Moreton Bay © bertknot/Flickr

The surroundings of Brisbane can be as charming (some might say even more charming) than the city itself. The area of Brisbane is one of the most scenic in Australia, with excellent beaches, endless tropical forests and abundant wildlife.

Although Brisbane is one of the biggest cities in Australia, you will never be very far from amazing nature. Brisbane is a great destination for nature lovers, and you might also want to explore its countryside. Here are a few suggestions for a daily excursion around Brisbane:

North Stradbroke Island

This island near Brisbane is easily reachable by the ferry. The crossing takes no longer than 30 minutes and at the end of it you will find some of the best beaches in the Brisbane area. Most importantly, the island has numerous facilities so you will not get bored. Attractions and activities on this island include walking trails (with great wildlife), water sports, restaurants and shops.

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North Stradbroke Island © brieuc_s/Flickr

Mt Coot-tha

Its amazing scenery makes Mt Coot-tha one of the most popular day-trip destinations around Brisbane, although at 15 minute drive from central Brisbane, the mountain is practically in the city. This nature reserve is a great place to discover the nature around Brisbane, with lots of animal and plants species that are typical for Queensland‘s eucalyptus forests. There will be plenty of walking and biking trails around, as well as numerous picnic areas.

Moreton Bay

A prime weekend destination near Brisbane, Moreton Bay awaits visitors with spectacular beaches and first-class surfing spots. This is a brilliant destination for water sports lovers, who can try out a range of water related activities, from diving to jet skiing. Less adventurous divers will love the sea-facing picnic spots.

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Fishing at Moreton Bay ©bertknot/Flickr

Scenic Rim

The nickname ‘Scenic Rim’ designates the area west of Brisbane. As the name tells you, this region offers spectacular mountains and woods, but also some of the best countryside experiences in the area. Apart from being all wilderness, the Scenic Rim is full of rural flavor: you  will pass through lovely little villages in your way, with lovely pubs, delicious local food and some of Queensland’s best wines.


along the Scenic Rim ©PhilaSilva/Flickr


And speaking of countryside, Somerset is another great destination in the vicinity of Brisbane where you can enjoy rural delights. A region consisting of rolling hills and lakes, Somerset is perfect for road trips. The lakes offer numerous possibilities for water sports and fishing, but extreme sports such as abseiling or climbing are also popular in the area.




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