Day Trips from Brisbane
Brisbane, the third-largest city in Australia and Queensland’s capital, is a place thriving with friendly locals and a country-town feel, in spite of its size. While there is enough happening in Brisbane to keep you busy for as long as you like, one of Brisbane’s other appeals is that its location amongst some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Australia makes it a perfect base for those wanting to explore the nearby region with the convenience of a Brisbane serviced apartment to come back to each night! If you’re considering a trip to Brisbane, here are a few options in terms of day trips that you might like to consider:
The Sunshine Coast
Not far north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is a popular tourist destination year-round, but manages to retain its sleepy village atmosphere in spite of all the attention. It’s about an hour and a half in the car from Brisbane, and once you arrive you’ll find yourself looking at some of the most spectacular beaches in the country, with some of the most charming little towns to back them up. Away from the ocean, the Sunshine Coast also features some adorable little county villages up in the hinterland, and here you can either take in some fresh local produce, check out an arts and craft market or simply soak up the lush green surrounds as you drive through winding lanes.
The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast will forever be associated with huge crowds, bronzed bodies and a lot of action. It’s great for a visit, but for those wanting accommodation outside of the tourist trap, Brisbane is a great base from which to explore the attractions of the Gold Coast. There’s Currumbin bird and wildlife sanctuary, a favourite with kids and adults alike, the bevy of amusement parks such as Seaworld and MovieWorld, and of course bustling, vibrant Surfer’s Paradise, where you can shop until you drop or dine out in some of the finest establishments in the country, before returning to the comfort of your Brisbane accommodation.
The Glass House Mountains
The Glass House Mountain range is one of the most stunning natural attractions on offer. As you approach on the highway from Brisbane they jut out of the horizon like a prehistoric fortress, and as you get gradually closer you discover that not only the mountains—but the breathtaking national park surrounding them—offer a wealth of beauty and activities. Many people choose to bush walk, fish, climb or 4WD in the Glass house national park, and while camping is an option, there’s nothing quite like returning to the comforts of a nice hot shower after a day in the bush.
Brisbane is a tourist attraction in its own right, but its proximity to so many other tourist attractions makes it even more appealing. Get yourself a good travel insurance policy, book your flights and head on over to ‘Brissie’—where a whole world of exploring awaits!