If planning a trip to the Australian East Coast, you will very likely have Brisbane on your itinerary. Located midway between the Whitsundays Islands and Sydney, this largest city in Queensland is an ideal base for exploring the Gold and Sunshine Coasts of Australia.
Many day trips from Brisbane allow you to discover this impressive subtropical region which is abundant in natural attractions. You can also explore these surroundings by car or by public transportation. Some of the best day trips around Brisbane worth adding to your trip are listed below.
The Byron Bay
About 200 km south of Brisbane, Byron Bay should be the first stop for anyone visiting Brisbane. The little village is popularly called as “The sons of flowers village” by the locals as it is a haven for surfers and nature lovers who wish to avoid the city buzz. The beaches and waves are a hit with surfers while the hinterland is a favorite with hikers and trekkers. Greyhound buses operate regularly on this route, and you can also opt for a detour to Ballina for even more stunning beaches.
The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast alone deserves a few dedicated days to its exploration, depending on your interests. However, you can schedule day trips from the city for a swim or surf, a stroll, a bike or a hike in the Hinterland.
In addition to beautiful walking trails, coastal and natural attractions for nature lovers, there are quite a few high-rises, water and theme parks that attract families with kids.
It’s suggested to catch a train from the Roma Station in Brisbane if you plan to visit Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Coolongatta or the Surfers Paradise. Services run hourly.
The Lamington National Park
If you are tired of beaches, it’s suggested to dive into the forest, with the surrounding areas of Brisbane offering several gorgeous locales perfect for hiking. The Lamington National Park is a diverse national park with beautiful hiking trails, picturesque villages, and historic sites.
The Binna Burra section of the park is a paradise with a score of walking trails and numerous awe-inspiring vistas. For the adventurous types, a 5-hour return trek through the world’s oldest subtropical rainforests to the summit of Mount Warning is highly recommended.
A boat tour on Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay makes for a great day tour from Brisbane. The best way to explore the bay is by boat or kayak. This allows one to cross over the inlets and visit the smaller islands to marvel at the beautiful mangroves. The Stradbroke island hosts sand boarding, and you can take a stroll on the massive sand dunes.
There are many more day trips than those detailed above that you can undertake while in Brisbane. A day out at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to see the native Australian wildlife, Sunshine Coast to feel the untouched nature and peaceful beaches, the pretty small coastal towns of Caloundra and Mooloolaba are all a short trip from Brisbane.
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