Viva Brisvegas and beyond! If you’re staying in town, just passing through or if you are a local, there are so many fantastic day trips from Brisbane perfectly designed for families with kids. All these trips will require is access to transport, water bottles, sunscreen and a healthy dose of adventure! They’re great for families, couples and anyone in between. Exploring the Moreton Bay Region area is always a fun time no matter what combination you’ve got.
It’s road trippin’ we go! First stop…
There’s no place on earth quite like the Glasshouse Mountains. The breathtakingly gorgeous Glasshouse Mountains National Park offers a plethora of spectacular scenic vistas as well as the chance for some heart-pumping good exercise. There are even things on offer for the adrenaline junkies!
The Glasshouse Mountains are leftover from 27 million year old volcanic activity that shaped the landscape into the beautiful vertical peaks and columns we see today.
At the Glasshouse Mountains, you can:
• Take part in mountain trail bike tours
• 4wding the tracks
• Visit the Wild Horse Mountain Lookout
• Partake in any of a number of bushwalks that differ in difficulty (The Mount Ngungun summit walking track is particularly wonderful while Mt Tibrogargan will really get the blood pumping)
• Abseil and rock-climb to your hearts’ content using a range of local tour guide companies
If the idea of all that walking puffs you out, you can take a day trip from Brisbane to…
Caloundra is the little Sunshine Coast gem that could. This sleepy little town has defied most of the gentrification that took place in Noosa and retains that old-world beachside charm. It’s just over an hour from Brisbane and it’s cute as a button.
If the kids want a swim, Golden Beach is particularly calm and peaceful. Those looking for waves to ride (or get dunked under) can’t go past popular Main Beach which also has an awesome splash playground as well as a pool.
There are many cute little shops selling tourist gear, fashion and ice cream so you’ll be able to wile the day away in the town that time forgot. Bliss!
Not enough action? Set course for…
Noosa is a world-renowned tourist destination and with good reason! The plethora of fine dining, boutique fashion stores, artisan products, family dining, fun attractions and ‘Hastings Street vibe’ make this a fabulous destination for a day trip from Brisbane. It clocks in at around two hours north (depending on how backed up the Bruce Highway is) and it’s well worth the trip.
Noosa offers many exciting ideas for thrill seekers! There are opportunities to ride horses on the beach, bushwalk in the Noosa National Park, kayak through the Everglades and even 4WD on the beach up to Inskip Point.
Here’s a review of the Noosa 4WD experience to get your heart pumping.
Closer to home base, you say? Try this one then…
Mt Glorious and Mt Mee
Both Mt Glorious and Mt Mee allow you to wind your vehicle up, up and up gorgeous winding tracks that are hugged closely by heritage trees and greenery. There are many look outs and bushwalks up this way as well as an eclectic range of shops and tiny villages. Keep a look out for the interesting carvings and art works along the ride, as well as the ‘grey gangs’ of motorcycle enthusiasts who love to have meetups and scenic tours in this heavenly area.
Feeling a bit country? Head on out to…
Want a day trip from Brisbane that’s a little left of field? Head out to historic Dayboro, also known as the ‘town of yesteryear’. The region was first settled in 1875 and is seeped in history and tradition. The quaint stores, surprisingly excellent food options and winding walking tracks are eccentric, eclectic and excited to have tourists visit! There’s a real olde world sense here – the pace is slow and the smiles are genuine. Dayboro has a number of gorgeous little Air BnB’s available if you really want to see the town or you could stay at the lodgings in the local hotel.
Aussie World and the Ettamogah Pub
Something not too far out of Brisbane but well worth visiting? Head towards Caloundra and keep your eyes to the left. About 50 minutes or so (traffic conditions withstanding) you’ll be at a weird and wacky destination!
This one’s a must for anyone visiting the Moreton Bay Region. It’s not ‘officially’ called the Ettamogah Pub but the locals all still refer to it as such. It’s apparently THE most photographed pub in the world and it serves a great menu (along with a couple of cheeky beers). It’s full of funny signs, cheeky gadgets and eccentricities as far as the eye can see. There’s stuff for kids here as well and it’s a great place to fuel up before a trip next door.
Aussie World is the little fun park that could! It’s grown over the years into the fairly impressive beast that it is today. It’s not of the size to rival your Gold Coast theme parks but it definitely has a charm all of its own. The kids can go crazy on the rides and wear themselves out before the car journey home.
Day Trips from Brisbane
The trips listed here merely scratch the surface of fantastically fun destinations in the Moreton Bay Region. There are many more mountainous trips, endless beaches to stretch out on with a good book and lots of historical sites to tour and wonder at.