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Our most recommended Brisbane Day Trips

Tangalooma Day Cruise with ATV Quad Bike Tour

1. Tangalooma Day Cruise with ATV Quad Bike Tour

Head out on a day trip of adventure and exploration on Moreton Island. Receive full resort access, lunch, Eco Ranger experiences, a dolphin presentation and get your adrenaline pumping with an ATV quad bike ride at Tangalooma. Check in at the wharf, then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic boat ride. You may choose to enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over or the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after a 75-minute boat journey. Experience the thrill of riding an ATV quad bike along the beach and through the bushland at Tangalooma, regardless of your experience. Receive basic beach track training to handle the best dedicated ATV quad bike tracks in Australia. Learn from a dedicated team of Eco Rangers about conservation and the surrounding ecosystems. Throughout the day, you’ll also have full access to the resort facilities including pools, restaurants, and bars. You can also enjoy the 'Discover the World of Dolphins' presentation at the Eco Centre. Head back to the jetty to depart on a relaxing journey back to Brisbane.

Tangalooma Day Trip with Whale Watching Cruise

2. Tangalooma Day Trip with Whale Watching Cruise

Start your day with check-in at the wharf, and travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic ferry ride. Choose to enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over or the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after approximately 75 minutes and make a short stop at the resort before heading out on the whale watch cruise at approximately 12:00 PM. Board a smooth-sailing comfortable catamaran, the perfect vantage point to spot whales in the water. Enjoy full commentary about the habitats and behaviors of these amazing creatures. Sit down for a light lunch and refreshments served on board. Then, if you choose, enjoy the Discover the World of Dolphins presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15 PM. Throughout the day, enjoy full access to the Tangalooma resort facilities including pools, restaurants and bars. Depart from the Tangalooma jetty at 4:00 PM and return back to the Brisbane wharf at 5:15 PM.

Brisbane: Tamborine Wine & Distillery Tour + 2 Course Lunch

3. Brisbane: Tamborine Wine & Distillery Tour + 2 Course Lunch

The Vino Bus will pick you up from your home or holiday accommodation at approximately 09:00. From there, you will be driven in comfort to Tamborine Mountain in an air-conditioned mini bus while absorbing the spectacular views of rainforest and picturesque landscapes. You will visit 3 award-winning wineries plus Tamborine Mountain's famous distillery. Each venue will conduct guided private tastings for the group, which will allow you to try between 6 -10 varieties at each venue. You are welcome to switch one of the wineries for a brewery on the day if you feel like finishing the tour with some beer.  A delicious two-course lunch at one of the mountains top wineries is included in your tour, as well as all of your tasting fees. Snacks and water are also inclusive and available on the bus. The Vino Bus’s entertaining and knowledgeable guide will ensure you have an extremely fun and unforgettable experience, while teaching you a thing or two along the way. Relax on the drive home, or chat to the new friends you’ve made, and then at 16:30 you will be dropped back at your pick-up point.

Tangalooma Day Cruise with Wrecks Snorkelling Tour

4. Tangalooma Day Cruise with Wrecks Snorkelling Tour

When you check in at the wharf, the staff will advise all tour times of the day to guests. You will then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic boat ride. Enjoy a complimentary beverage on the boat ride there, or to relax on the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after a beautiful 75 minute boat journey. Included in your day trip is a snorkelling tour. The snorkelling experience takes you to one of Australia's best snorkelling locations, The Tangalooma Wrecks, which is home to a large variety of reef fish, coral formations and marine life. Throughout the day, you will also have full access to the resort facilities, including pools, restaurants and bars. You can also enjoy the 'Discover the World of Dolphins' presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15pm. Head back to the jetty to depart for Brisbane at 4:00pm for another relaxing boat journey. You will arrive back in Brisbane at 5:15pm.

From Brisbane: North Stradbroke Island Day Trip with Sunset

5. From Brisbane: North Stradbroke Island Day Trip with Sunset

Spend the day on North Stradbroke Island with a guide. Enjoy scenic walks, beautiful lakes, and relaxing beaches as you learn about the island's history, culture, and wildlife. On the way back to the mainland watch as the sun sets into the sea. Start your morning with a departure from Brisbane at 9:30 AM. After a 45-minute drive to the ferry port, have the chance to purchase breakfast at the port or on the ferry during the crossing. Arrive at North Stradbroke Island and deboard the ferry to head to your first stop, Brown Lake. On the way there your tour guide will talk about the island as well as the historic and cultural importance of the Quandamooka people. Refresh and reenergize with the fresh and beautiful water of the lake. From there and after a quick stop at Myora Springs, your guide will take you to the northwest side of the island, a perfect lookout spot to take pictures and go for a walk at Cylinder Beach. Then head for one of the main attractions of the day, the Gorge Walk. On this 40 - 45 minute walk, take in views of the Coral Sea and its incredibly rich marine life, from manta rays, turtles, to dolphins and more. After the Gorge Walk, take a break to have lunch at Point Lookout. Following your lunch break, the tour will head to Amity Point. Your tour guide will take you on a walk to search for koalas in the wild. Optionally, if koala-spotting is not your thing, spend even more time at the beach instead. Conclude your day with a ferry ride back to the mainland in time to watch the sunset from the sea. Your expected arrival time in Brisbane is about 7:30 PM.

Moreton Island Day-Trip to Scuba Dive and More

6. Moreton Island Day-Trip to Scuba Dive and More

An island adventure awaits you in beautiful Australia! This full-day tour departs less than 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD and takes you to majestic Moreton Island. Depart from Brisbane's Holt Street Wharf and travel across Moreton Bay on your luxury catamaran transfer. This takes roughly 75 minutes. Whether you're an experienced diver or not, you can scuba dive in Moreton Island! Choose introductory for beginner divers and certified for licensed divers and check out the Tangalooma Wrecks up close! There is an abundance of marine life that lives within the delicate ecosystem of the Tangalooma Wrecks. this is really the best way to experience it up close. Whilst you are on the island, enjoy access to various bonus activities including beach sports, tennis, snorkeling, full use of 1 and 2 person kayaks as well as use of the resort facilities including pools, showers and toilets. There are cafes, bars and restaurants on the island to enjoy at your own cost. You will then depart Moreton Island at 4:00 PM to return back to your original departure point in Brisbane.

Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

7. Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

Set sail on your very own island adventure with a River to Bay island tour. Visit 3 of Moreton Bay’s islands and see historic ruins, snorkel, and go for a bushwalk all in one day. Discover the underwater paradise of Moreton Bay as you snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks. Spot native wildlife and marine life while on the 1-hour snorkel. Afterward, enjoy a scenic tour of the Dunwich beaches. After snorkeling at Tangalooma Wrecks, you’ll head to Stradbroke Island. Once at Stradbroke Island, you’ll enjoy lunch at the Little Ship Club before heading to St. Helena Island for a bushwalk. Along the way, you’ll learn about the nature, history, and culture of St. Helena Island. After your bushwalk, you’ll start the journey back to Northshore Harbour, where your tour will come to an end. You’ll arrive at Northshore Harbour at around 4:00 PM.

Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Small Group Tour

8. Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Small Group Tour

Depart Brisbane and journey past small villages and farms as you venture into the mountains of the Blackall Range. Get stunning views of the coastline of Queensland and stop at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for panoramic vistas of the majestic Glass House Mountains from the lookout. Continue past Gerrard's Lookout and marvel at the views of Coolum, Maroochydore, Caloundra, and Bribie Island along the coast. Arrive at Montville and get some free time to explore the quaint mountain village before going to Eumundi Markets to experience Australia’s premier artisan outlet for art and food. You can purchase lunch at Eumundi Markets before visiting the pristine beaches of Noosa, where the rich and famous come to unwind by the sea. Return to Brisbane via the world's largest operating ginger factory at Yandina, where you can try their delicious ginger ice cream.

Brisbane: Abseiling at Kangaroo Point Cliffs

9. Brisbane: Abseiling at Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Step off the edge of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs into a vertical world. As you wait in anticipation to hear your name being called for abseiling Kangaroo Point Cliffs, stand back and enjoy the uninterrupted views of Brisbane and watch the City Cat ferries, boats, and kayakers skim across the meandering river. You are in control as you descend down the cliffs, going as slow or as fast as you like using the rope at your side. Each session includes full instruction, a safety briefing, and equipment. Your friendly instructor will also be at the top of the cliffs holding a safety line to guide and encourage you the whole way down.

Rainforests and Glow Worm Cave: Day Tour from Brisbane

10. Rainforests and Glow Worm Cave: Day Tour from Brisbane

On this full-day program from Brisbane you’ll explore the rainforests of Springbrook and Tamborine national parks. Admire the beautiful waterfalls set in a natural forest, take a walk surrounded by towering rainforest trees, and spot forest wildlife including the shy pademelons, brush turkeys, goanna, and water dragons. See the unique natural bridge with a waterfall plunging into the cave below. Tamborine offers a chance for a break to explore the arts and craft district Gallery Walk (free time). There is a choice of establishments where lunch can be purchased or bring your own. The afternoon includes a guided tour of the award-winning glow worm caves at Cedar Creek. Finish the day with a rainforest walk to Curtis Falls. A 50-minute drive will have you back in Brisbane late afternoon.

5 best day trips from Brisbane

Day trip to Fraser Island

1. Day trip to Fraser Island

Immerse yourself in Australia’s diverse natural heritage on Fraser Island. This sand island is actually the largest in the world. Travelers come to the island to see the red and yellow sands, explore the rainforest, and swim amidst the dunes in Lake McKenzie. The idyllic 75 Mile Beach is a hot spot for fishing enthusiasts, while Indian Head at the end of the beach is the perfect spot for panoramic views.

How far is Fraser Island from Brisbane?

Plan on leaving early to make the 350-kilometer (217-mile) trip from Brisbane to Fraser Island, By car, the journey to the ferry takes three and a half to four hours, while the train takes about five hours. The ferry from Hervey Bay to Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island takes 50 minutes.

Day trip to Moreton Island

2. Day trip to Moreton Island

Get in some rest, relaxation, and recreation during a day on Moreton Island. Settled in Moreton Bay, this island is a popular retreat from the city. The island is best known for being home to the Tangalooma Island Resort, which has day use facilities for travelers. But there is more to do on the island than just spending time at the resort, like exploring the massive Moreton Island National Park. Within the park, people can see wildlife, visit the WWII buildings of Cowan Cowan, or check out the Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

How far is Moreton Island from Brisbane?

The only way to reach this island 40 kilometers (24 miles) off the shores of Brisbane is by boat. There are multiple ferries — including vehicle ferries — every day, with varying departure and arrival points. The ferry direct to Tangalooma is 75 minutes.

Day trip to Tamborine Mountain

3. Day trip to Tamborine Mountain

A day trip from Brisbane to Tamborine Mountain is a wonderful way to discover the natural wonder and beauty of the area. Adventurous folks can experience the Tamborine Skywalk through lush rainforest canopies and past rushing waterfalls. Art lovers will adore Mount Tamborine’s well-known gallery walk. Don’t miss a chance to visit the enchanting Glow Worm Caves, where the ceilings shine like the stars.

How far is Tamborine Mountain from Brisbane?

Tamborine Mountain is located just 74 miles (45 miles) south of Brisbane. Driving takes about an hour and 15 minutes. There is no direct train or bus service. A combination of the train and taxi takes about 90 minutes, while a combination of several different buses takes around two and a half hours.

Day trip to the Gold Coast

4. Day trip to the Gold Coast

Head to the Gold Coast for a day of surf, fun, and sun. Fans of watersports will get a thrill out of this seaside city famous for its surfing and beaches. The Gold Coast is also filled with theme parks, ranging from Warner Bros. Movie World to Sea World, and Dreamworld — Australia’s largest theme park. To get more up-close with the native fauna, at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary you can feed a crocodile or have a koala encounter.

How far is the Gold Coast from Brisbane?

It only takes an hour to drive the 77 kilometers (47 miles) south from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. The train takes just under two hours. There is no direct public bus service from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.

Day trip to the Sunshine Coast

5. Day trip to the Sunshine Coast

There is so much to see and do on the Sunshine Coast, it’s the perfect day trip for anyone. The area welcomes millions of visitors every year who come to enjoy its national parks and cultural offerings. See the wildlife at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, hike around Glass House Mountains National Park, and find something special at the Eumundi Markets.

How far is the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane?

The main city of the Sunshine Coast is about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Brisbane. The train from Brisbane Central station to Nambour station takes 90 minutes, while driving to the Sunshine Coast takes about the same.

Brisbane day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

No matter where you’re going, there are plenty of different ways to get from place to place in Australia. The best choice for you depends on your travel style and what you want to see.
  • • Brisbane day trips by train

    Making your journey by train is a convenient and scenic way to get around. Though some routes may take longer, the experience of taking the train around this majestic continent is unforgettable on its own.

  • • Brisbane day trips by bus

    Though certain local or public buses may take a bit longer than driving, often you will find the travel times are fairly even. The bus is almost always the most inexpensive option and allows you to get a more intimate experience than speeding past on a train. The majority of day trip guided tours are conducted on buses.

  • • Brisbane day trips by car

    A car is always a great idea for those who want to be in control of their own transportation. You can reach any destination without worrying about bus schedules and transfers. Keep in mind that for some destinations reached by ferry it may be necessary to park and leave your car on the mainland.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

Taking a guided tour is a great idea for those looking to explore new places or dig a little deeper into their destinations. A tour will often plan out your whole day, sometimes even picking you up from your hotel.

What should I pack for my day trip?

Your packing list will depend on the activities you have planned. Be aware that Brisbane is very hot and the sun in Australia burns. Sunscreen for the beach is highly recommended, while sturdy shoes, swimwear, and water are crucial for visiting national parks and the less populated areas around the country.

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What people are saying about Brisbane

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 227 reviews

We have had a wonderful day on the Mountain with PJ. Best wine tour that I have been on. Great group of people, mixed ages. I highly recommend. The Vino Bus. Thank you PJ for a fantastic day. Lesley.

Excellent experience. Casper was an excellent instructor who made it a fun time engaging the who group

Awesome activity! The tracks are well designed for all levels of experience. Highly recommend

Our guide Matt communicated well, good sense of humor. Kept to the programme

Small group, interesting activities, friendly guide