8 Day Trips from Brisbane That Are Worth Every Mile

The best way to discover Queensland is to leave Brisbane city behind. If you want to get out of town and explore, but have limited time and budget, I've got you covered. These day trips from Brisbane are perfect for anyone wanting to experience Brisbane's nearby gems without going too far from the city.



8 Brisbane Day Trips

No matter what time of year, these day trips from Brisbane will not only give you an unforgettable experience but also introduce you to some of Queensland’s most iconic locations. So pack your things and read on for some insider tips.


  1. Australia Zoo

  2. Surfers Paradise

  3. Tamborine Mountain

  4. Burleigh Heads

  5. Whale Watching

  6. Byron Bay

  7. Coolangatta

  8. Wellington Point



Australia Zoo

If you are into wildlife, you have to visit Australia Zoo. This is the home of Steve Irwin's life work, where you can see many different animals from all over the world, including Australia's famous crocodiles. The Australia Zoo focuses on conservation and education.


At the zoo, you can hold and pet iconic Aussie animals like the kangaroo or koala. You definitely won't forget seeing a show in the "Crocoseum." When we went we got to see Steve's son and wife, Robert and Terri, run the show and hand-feed crocs!




Surfers Paradise

If you’re coming to Queensland, Surfers Paradise is a must. Surfer’s Paradise is the Gold Coast’s famous tourist and party precinct and is renowned for being one of the most iconic beaches in the world. Located just 90 minutes from Brisbane, this place is full of fun and excitement. You can go for a swim, surf, lie on the beach, and enjoy a cocktail at one of the coastal bars.


These sun-soaked buildings are stunning. The shopping and food scene is worth spending an extra night or two if you have time. They also have lots of cool night markets along the beach. We had a wonderful stay at the Hilton. SeaWorld, Warner Bros Movie World, and Dreamworld are a short drive away if you're up for a bit more adventure.