Stuck for ideas on what to do in Brisbane? Craving adventure and an escape from the concrete jungle? Now that the restrictions have been lifted, what better time to jump in the car and explore some of these awesome places around the River City!
You might raise your eyebrows at this suggestion, but Queensland’s historical hometown has much to offer with cafes, craft breweries and restaurants. For the perfect day trip itinerary, you could have breakfast at the popular café Rafter & Rose, then make your way down the street to check out retro clothing and brick-a- brac at the Ipswich Antiques Centre at midday, then finish off the afternoon paying a visit to the cute wallabies at the wildlife sanctuary in Queens Park.
I may be biased, being my hometown and all, but there is nothing like a charming country city to escape to. This quaint regional city is only 125km west of Brisbane and is home to some of the best gardens and oldest houses in the state. I would suggest a walk to Picnic Point lookout or the Japanese garden, then grab a quick bite to eat and admire the funky street art dotted around the CBD laneways.
3) Glass House Mountains
If you love a challenge, and eager to get your hiking boots on again, there are plenty of incredible mountains to climb within about 70km drive– Mt Ngungun, Mt Tibrogargen and Mt Beerwah are the most well known. They all offer beautiful views and that sense of well-earned accomplishment once you reach the peak.
If it’s a beautiful sunny day, and warm enough for a swim, why not drive 93km to the Sunshine Coast for sun, surf and sand. There is kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing, fishing and jet skiing for all of your watersport loving needs. Caloundra is also home to many beautiful scenic beaches to take your pick from. If you’re hungry, there is always a great corner fish and chip shop too!
5) Lamington National Park
If you’re a bit of a nature-lover, you will fall in love with the lush rainforest and walks ranging from brisk 30-minute circuits to 8-hour treks. If you have more time you can even challenge yourself to the 54km Great Walk track linking Lamington and Springbrook national parks.
Fancy yourself a bit of a pro with a fishing rod and some bait? You can try your luck fishing off the newly revamped famous pier. Even if you’re not a fisherman (or fisherwoman) you can stroll along the pier which stretches 350m into Bramble Bay, or throw a picnic rug out in one of the local parks, and enjoy a seafood lunch.