10 Refreshing Day Trips under 150 km from Brisbane

If you can’t find something to do in Brisbane you won’t have to go far to find lots of amazing options for scenic day trips. Here are ten amazing journeys all located under 150 km from Brisbane

North Stradbroke Island photo
Photo by Redland City Council

North Stradbroke Island

North Straddie features even more than its southerly counterpart offering scenic headlands, rich native wildlife, freshwater lakes, three village townships, rolling surf and endless white sandy beaches.

North Stradbroke Island Highlights

  • North Gorge Walk
  • Blue Lake National Park
  • Point Lookout
  • Cylinder Beach, Flinders Beach, Main Beach and Frenchmans Beach

Getting from Brisbane to North Stradbroke Island

  • Car & Ferry: 2 h 2 min (62.0 km) via Cleveland North Stradbroke Ferry


DAguilar National Park photo
Photo by Tatters ✾

D’Aguilar National Park

D’Aguilar National Park offers a nearby nature escape featuring remote gorges, sheltered pockets of subtropical rainforest, eucalypt woodland and spectacular views to Moreton Bay, all within an hour and a half’s drive of Brisbane.

D’Aguilar National Park Highlights

  • Walking, hiking and mountain bike trails
  • Picnic areas and lookouts

Getting from Brisbane to D’Aguilar National Park

  • Drive: 22 min (13.1 km) via State Route 31


purlingbrook falls photo
Photo by Tatters ✾

Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park is part of the larger UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest offering ancient 3000 year old Antarctic Beech trees, waterfalls, serene rainforests, walking tracks and spectacular lookouts.

Springbrook National Park Highlights

  • Natural Bridge
  • Purling Brook Falls
  • Best of All lookout
  • Twin Falls

Getting from Brisbane to Springbrook National Park

  • Drive: 1 h 52 min (125.4 km) via State Route 90


witches falls photo
Photo by Tatters ✾

Lamington National Park

Nearby to Springbrook National Park it is also part of the larger UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest area. Lamington National Park features some 160 km of walking tracks to explore taking in waterfalls and the sounds of rainforest birdlife. In the area you can also visit O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

Lamington National Park Highlights

  • A large array of developed walking tracks and hikes
  • Numerous lookouts
  • Waterfalls
  • Tree Top Walk & O’Reilly’s

Getting from Brisbane to Lamington National Park

  • Drive: 1 h 31 min (105.9 km) via M1
Mount Coot-tha lookout photo
Photo by Martin7d2

Mount Coot-tha

Overlooking Brisbane, Mount Coot-tha offers visitors spectacular views over the city and out to Moreton Bay. You’ll also find several walking treks to explore the eucalypt forest, waterfalls, and picnic areas. You can also explore the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, and mountain bike trails.

Mount Coot-tha Highlights

  • Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha
  • Mt Coot-tha Lookout

Getting from Brisbane to Mount Coot-tha

  • Drive: 20 min (12.9 km) via Sir Samuel Griffith Dr


hinze dam lookout photo
Photo by simonmgc

Hinze Dam

The massive Hinze dam offers four picnic and barbecue areas with nearby playgrounds plus a state-of-the-art information centre on the dam, along with wall walk track, mountain bike trails, fishing spots, and a cafe with amazing views. The dam is popular with kayakers too.

Hinze Dam Highlights

  • Picnics & BBQ with a view
  • Engineering marvel

Getting from Brisbane to Hinze Dam

  • Drive: 59 min (81.3 km) via M1


Woorim Beach photo
Photo by DarrylGrantAU

Bribie Island

The island features surf beaches and calm protected beaches, fishing spots, boating areas, and the Bribie Island National Park where you’ll likely catch a look at goannas, kangaroos, emus, kookaburras, and birdlife.

Bribie Island Highlights

  • Bribie Island National Park
  • Bongaree for picnics
  • Pacific Harbour Golf Course

Getting from Brisbane to Bribie Island

  • Drive: 1 h 28 min (79.8 km) via M1


Photo: Rowing QLD

Mt Joyce and Lake Wyaralong

Located just past Beaudesert, Mt Joyce offers hiking trails and great views while the park surrounding  Lake Wyaralong offers facilities for horse riding, mountain biking, watersports, and picnics. The area is managed by SEQ Water.

Lake Wyaralong Highlights

  • 40km of multi-use tracks and trails see trail map [PDF]
  • mountain bike trails
  • canoeing, kayaking, rowing, sailing, fishing (permit required)
  • picnic facilities

Getting from Brisbane to Lake Wyaralong

  • Drive: 1 h 13 min (87.1 km) via National Route 13


tamborine mountain photo
Photo by Tatters ✾

Tamborine Mountain

The attraction of Tamborine Mountain centers on Long Road and Gallery Walk featuring cafes, cellar doors, craft shops, and galleries. Nearby is the Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, vineyards, waterfalls, walking trails, and adventure attractions.

Tamborine Mountain Highlights

  • Gallery Walk and Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens
  • Canungra Valley Vineyard, Cedar Creek Winery, Tamborine Mountain Distillery, Fortitude Brewing Company, Mount Tamborine Winery, Albert River Wines
  • Thunderbird Park and Treetop Challenge, Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
  • Waterfalls and nature trails inc. Curtis Falls, Cedar Creek Falls, Witches Falls, Cameron Falls, MacDonald Circuit, Joalah Circuit

Getting from Brisbane to Mount Tamborine

  • Drive: 1 h 2 min (74.1 km) via M10


Kings Beach photo
Photo by texaus1


There is a wealth of attractions in the area making it a great scenic driving trip including Golden Beach, Bulcock Beach, Shelly Beach, Moffat Beach, Dicky Beach, Currimundi and Kings Beach and the opportunity for watersports, fishing, jet skiing or a beautiful walk along the long Caloundra Coastal Walk.

Caloundra Highlights

  • Watersports
  • Golden Beach, Bulcock Beach, Shelly Beach, Moffat Beach, Dicky Beach, Currimundi and Kings Beach
  • Currimundi Lake trails
  • Caloundra Coastal Walk

Getting from Brisbane to Coloundra

  • Drive: 1 h 15 min (92.2 km) via M1

Important: Before traveling, please enquire with all destinations as to current operations and visiting requirements.