Aside from the beauty of the city, Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, is famous for its greatest attractions even in the outer regions. Hence, if you’re looking for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are plenty of weekend gateway options with only a few hours drive. However, there are some that might require a train or ferry, but the good thing is they are easily accessible.
Whether you are in for some adventurous hiking, a sandy sunny beachy day, or soothing hinterlands, there is something for everyone. Here, Peter Biantes, An Aussie, health expert and travel enthusiast shares his pick of the best weekend places to visit outside of the city. Whether you are a Brissie looking for a place to unwind, or a visitor who is ready to explore, here are weekend getaway ideas. It’s time to unplug from everything, relax and have a good time.
The Gold Coast is one of the tourists’ favourite destinations for good reasons. Just an hour’s drive south of Brisbane, the Gold Coast is famous for its stunning beaches, world-class theme parks, and vibrant nightlife. It’s not called Gold Coast for nothing. The golden sand and waves are there to welcome you for some water sports, sun to soak up, beach for relaxation and seaside pubs to enjoy.
However, the stunning beaches are not all there is to Godly Coast, there are Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World, and SeaWorld. With a range of thrilling rides and attractions, these theme parks are perfect for families and thrill-seekers alike.
When it comes to what makes Sunshine Coast stand out, the name says it all. There is something about the bright sun that lifts your mood and makes the coast a happy place. No wonder it ranks 3rd on Tourism Index Sentiment as one of the ‘Most Loved Destinations in the World.
It is home to some of the most picturesque beaches in Australia, including Noosa, Coolum, and Mooloolaba. These beaches are perfect for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing with plenty of beachside cafes and restaurants to satisfy those hunger pangs. Needless to say, your visit to Sunshine Coast is not complete without a trip to the beautiful Glass House Mountains. These mountains offer stunning views and plenty of hiking trails, making them perfect for adventure-seekers.
North Stradbroke Island
“North Stradbroke Island fondly called Straddie by locals is the world’s second largest sand island, which is about 38 km long and 11 km wide. From amazing summer adventures to awesome “whale-watching “winters, Straddie is the perfect place for an unforgettable weekend experience”, Peter Biantes explains.
“This island paradise is now my favorites and I have cople of times explore the most beautiful beaches in Australia, including Main Beach, Cylinder Beach, and Frenchman’s Beach. There is a sense of community laid back and it’s boast of rich culture, diversiy of wildlife and it’s just every nature lovers dream” Peter Biantes says.
Moreover, North Stradbroke Island is also known for its wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, and dolphins. Visitors can go on a guided wildlife tour or take a scenic drive around the island to spot these animals in their natural habitat.
A short ferry ride from Brisbane. Here comes the home to Queensland’s most fertile land, stunning national parks and rainforest. Although Mount Tambourine is just at the doorstep of Brisbane with just an hour’s drive, a trip there looks like you are a world’s away. It offers a tranquil mountain retreat with amazing views, rainforest walks, and charming village shops.
For adventure lovers, there are hiking trails, rope courses, treetop walks, horse riding trails and mountain biking tracks to explore. Come put your heads in the cloud. If you want to indulge and take things at a leisurely pace, you can take a stroll through the rainforest, explore the local art galleries and antique stores, or sample wineries, local brewerie, or some of the local produce at the farmers’ markets.
Also called K’gari, Fraser Island significance run so deep it’s recognised as World Heritage-listed island. It is the largest sand island in the world and not just the largeness, but also the beauty, charm, plenty of and wildlife that makes it all special. It is the only place on earth where rainforests develop sand dunes and it boasts of some of the most stunning natural attractions in Australia, including crystal-clear lakes, towering sand dunes, and unique wildlife.
Visitors can explore the island’s attractions, including the famous Lake McKenzie, the Maheno Shipwreck, and the Champagne Pools. For those who love adventure, From sailing trips to scenic flights and kayaking the island’s wild side has got you covered.
Friendly locals, calm beach days and amazing adventures and thrills are what makes Noosa on the most popular beachside destination. This picturesque coastal town is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and laid-back vibe. Absolutely perfect for a more relaxed getaway.
Spend your days swimming, surfing, or exploring the nearby Noosa National Park, for incredible walking trails and stunning views. At night, head to the town’s main strip for some great restaurants and bars, or enjoy a sunset cruise along the river.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway or an adventure-packed trip, there’s something for everyone within a few hours’ drive of the city. “So, it’s to pack bags, take your camera for some Instragram-worthy pictures and escape for a fun-packed weekend,” Peter Biantes concludes.