Top 3 Day Trips From Brisbane

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: April 2, 2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Discover some of the best day trips you can experience from sunny Brisbane!

Often seen as a gateway to some of Australia’s most popular day trips, Brisbane has so much to offer. With many exciting day trips, you can escape the city noises and take a quick trip out from Brisbane.

1. North Stradbroke Island

Also known as Straddie, North Stradbroke Island is 30 kilometres southeast of Brisbane’s coast and is also the second largest sand island in the world! Straddie is a very laid back island with options to go scuba diving, experience the North Gorge Walk, and spend time on Cylinder Beach.

The best way to get to the island is via a ferry, with Brisbane’s closest jetty being Cleveland. Or you can book yourself a day tour of Straddie with chances to see wildlife, explore the beaches, and much more!

2. Moreton Island

Enjoy a day off the coast of Brisbane at Moreton Island, the world’s third largest sand island! The island has it all like the stunning lakes, white sandy beaches, and sand dunes, the perfect places for an adventurous traveller.

Perhaps a very unique activity to do on the island is snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks! You can check out the ships that have rusted over time along with the range of marine life like the colourful fish and the turtles.

You can get to Moreton Island by ferry from Brisbane. Otherwise, you can join a Moreton Island tour where you spend the day doing all kinds of activities at Tangalooma Resort.

If you would like to drive on the island, ensure you are comfortable driving along the sand.

3. Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Spend the day exploring the towns and views the Sunshine Coast Hinterland offers. The area boasts mountain ranges, scenic views, and lively markets. You can go hiking, see the local attractions, and spot wildlife on your adventures.

You can drive to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland region, as it’s only a short drive from Brisbane. But if you need another way to the area, take on this one day tour that also includes visiting Noosa!

Brisbane is filled with so many opportunities for different types of day trips to suit everyone. From laid back island adventures to relaxing mountain ranges with epic views.
If you are interested in staying on the island, camping is a great way to do so! There are plenty of different campgrounds throughout the island and along the beach.

Need a way to get to North Stradbroke Island? Consider booking a one-day tour where you can walk around the Gorge, spot wildlife, see local towns, and stop by the beach.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.