You don’t have to travel far and wide to experience the best regions in Brisbane!
If you’re looking for a weekend getaway near Brisbane, and you’re ready to explore the outdoors – options are aplenty. Travel at your own pace, sleep amongst nature, and try hiring a campervan: it’s the perfect way to get out of the house for a drive across the Sunshine State.
To get you going, we’ve put together the top 5 must-see destinations North and South of Brisbane.
Let’s get started…
A short, one-hour drive north of Brisbane will bring you to the Glass House Mountains. They are a cluster of 13 hills that rise from the coastal plane and basically stick out like a sore thumb. They are an awe-inspiring collection which offer the perfect opportunity for hiking or just gazing at them. There is an Indigenous mythology behind the cluster which explains how they were created. Get ready to pack your trail mix, lace up your hiking boots, and hit the tracks!
After somewhere to stay? There are lots of camping grounds near Glass House Mountains to set up shop for the night. One of the closer ones called Glass House Mountains Caravan and Camping Park which is a great place to stop if you’re climbing the mountains.
Out of the 13 mountains, Mount Ngungun is the easiest to climb. There’s a clear trail to follow, plus you won’t need to pack any additional equipment – though we would recommend a water bottle for sure.
If you’re travelling from Brisbane by car, it will take you just under an hour to reach the Glass House Mountains via the Motorway.
The Sunshine Coast is everything you could want in a holiday destination. Pristine beaches, natural wonders, and fabulous attractions all contribute to its reputation. There are enough day trips to fill an entire year of weekends on the Sunshine Coast, a few at the top of the bucket list are chasing waterfalls, hiring a kayak for a paddle up Noosa Everglades, or just going off the beaten track in Mary Valley. One of the biggest attractions to the Coast is the famous Australian Zoo which Steve Irwin poured his heart and soul into. If you want to hold a Koala and get up close and personal with a snake, this is the place to be!
It will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the Sunshine Coast if you’re travelling from Brisbane.
The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its golden beaches, scenic views and national parks.
Have you been to Byron Bay and loved every minute? Try checking out Noosa! Like Byron Bay, Noosa offers the relaxation of golden sand with the chance of spotting Whales! It will take just under 2-hours to reach this destination from Brisbane. The main street is lined with quaint boutiques and friendly locals. Noosa is well known for its heavy surf and serenity. A coastal trail tuns north past Noosa beaches of Noosa National Park, home to Koalas around Tea Tree Bay.
Noosa also has camping grounds with great locations, try checking out Noosa River Holiday Park!
Travelling by car, it will take you 1 hour and 50 minutes to reach Noosa via the M1.
Though you could really visit at anytime in the year, Spring is a great time to be heading to Noosa: less rainfall, lower humidity and perfect conditions to soak up the sun.
Most people have heard of the Gold Coast, the city famed for its long, sandy beaches, surfing spots and theme parks. Just one hours drive South of Brisbane, you could easily spend your entire weekend lazing round on the golden sand, soaking up the sun. Are you a foodie? Taste the Gold Coast culinary scene, its one served with a side of alfresco and more!
Once you’ve had your taste of the culinary scene, head over to Main Beach Tourist Park to park up for the night!
The Gold Coast is well known for hosting Australia’s best theme parks, but also for its nightlife, beachside entertainment, and shopping.
To reach the Gold Coast from Brisbane, you’ll need approximately 1 hour to arrive by car.
Travel another hour south of Gold Coast you will discover the famous Byron Bay. If this coastal town isn’t on your bucket list, it should be! Alongside the vibrant community spirit, Byron Bay hosts world-class festivals, offers a unique shopping experience, and gives the opportunity to whale watch! Are you a cookie lover? Byron Bay Cookies are some of the best in the world. This coastal town is full of adventure and a lot of fun! Don’t miss Cape Byron Lighthouse. Here, you will be standing on Australia’s most easterly point.
In need of a campsite? Try checking out Ingenia Holidays Bryon Bay for a prime location!
If you have a few hours to spare, head an hour inland to the lush hinterland town of Nimbin. It is the hub of counterculture and a great way to experience another side of Australia!
Known for its relaxing holiday escapes, Byron Bay hosts a range of local shopping experiences, festivals and prestine beaches.
If you’re looking for free activities in Byron Bay, we’d recommend checking out the lighthouse walk, local markets, golden beaches or visiting Minyon Falls.
So, what are you waiting for? There’s no time like the present to begin exploring your own backyard! Grab a quote from us today and let’s get packing!
Looking to explore other areas? Check out our Best Australian Weekend Road Trip Guide.