THE 3 BEST DAY TRIPS TO ESCAPE BRISBANE CITY



Tamborine Mountain



Tamborine Mountain is a stunning destination only one hours drive from Brisbane. Not only does is this picturesque mountain home to Queensland’s first declared national park and one of the most biodiverse rainforests in Australia, it also boasts a boutique food and wine trail unlike any other.


Tamborine Mountain has always been known for its incredible scenery, however is now becoming most famous for its local produce, food scene and boutique family owned and operated wineries. Tamborine Mountain is also home to the most awarded distillery in Australia ‘Tamborine Mountain Distillery’ and one of Queensland’s most popular craft Breweries ‘Fortitude Brewery' which is also next door to ‘Witches Chase' cheese factory.


Do yourself a favour and take a day trip to explore this magical place. Self drive is an option, just take exit 34 or 41 via the M1 follow signs to Tamborine Mountain. If you wish to make the most of visiting the amazing wineries the mountain has to offer without driving, you can take a guided tour with The Vino Bus Winery Tours.


The Vino Bus will pick you up from from your accommodation or home (within a 10km radius of Brisbane city centre) and deliver you to fully guided tastings at award winning wineries, Tamborine Distillery and Fortitude craft brewery, as well as your choice of visiting scenic lookouts and the cheese factory. You also get to enjoy a tasty two-course winery lunch, with complimentary bottled water and snacks throughout the day. Why would you drive yourself?!



North Stradbroke Island



Love wildlife and want to experience true Australia? You can literally see the best of Australia in one day on this incredible island!


It’s almost guaranteed that you will spot a variety of iconic wildlife; from Koalas, Kangaroos, Dolphins, Whales, Turtles and Manta Rays on your day trip to North Stradbroke Island. It’s only 90 minutes away from Brisbane city and you’ll feel a world away when you visit the beach voted Queensland’s best in 2017. 


If you can self drive, head to Toondah Harbour, 3 Emmett Drive, Cleveland - only a 30 minute drive from the Brisbane city centre. You can jump on a ferry in person, take a public bus to various hotspots or pay a little extra to take your vehicle across with Stradbroke Ferries. If you’re time pressed and looking for the most economic and fun way to see this unbelievable place, take a day trip with Shakas Adventure Tours.


A day trip with Shakas Adventure Tours includes a scenic and educational guided walk along the famous ‘Gorge Walk’ as well as some beach time and a wildlife spotting mission, where you’ll get to see some of our native animals in their natural habitat - not mention an experienced and fun tour guide. Transport is provided from Brisbane city centre and lunch is included, so all you have to do is put on your walking shoes, pack your beachwear and get ready to explore!



Springbrook National Park



If you’re looking to experience one of the best rainforests in Australia, a day trip to Springbrook National Park should be be high on your list! This beautiful national park makes up a quarter of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest, which stretches inland from the Gold Coast down towards the New South Wales border.


It's an hour and a half’s drive from the Brisbane CBD via the M1 Motorway and an incredibly scenic drive once you take the exit.


If you don’t want the hassle of making your own way to this majestic place and want to be lead by experience, Rainforest Tours Australia is your best bet. With the most passionate guides around, your friendly hosts will share their expert knowledge as they guide you on an authentic rainforest adventure you wont forget. 


Walking through the stunning World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, you’ll see incredible waterfalls, wildlife unique to Australia, and unforgettable views that will take your breath away. 


If you’re ready for adventure, Rainforest Tours Australia will exceed your expectations as you venture to incredible lookouts and past beautiful waterfalls among the greenery of the rainforest. They’ll create an itinerary to suit the experiences you’re seeking for the ultimate personalised rainforest adventure and also provide lunch!


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