Nothing spells 'summer' like hopping in the car and hitting the open highway, so if you're itching to get out of Brisbane for your long weekend, you're in luck. There are plenty of places where you can escape the grind of city life and get out into the country. You don't need to hop on an airplane or take two weeks off to really get off the grid and see something special. Whether you're traveling solo, or with your family, there is no shortage of options for fabulous weekend getaways in Brisbane.
Drive 45 minutes from downtown Brisbane and you'll find yourself in the middle of nature. With bushland as far as the eye can see, Hardings Paddock is comprised of eight camping sites and lots perfect to park your trailer for the weekend.
Your core comforts are taken care of; there are toilets and showers on site, but it's advised that you bring a supply of water and food for your long weekend. While you're at Hardings Paddock make sure you take advantage of spectacular birdwatching and family-friendly hiking. You can also opt to go horseback riding or cycling!
Follow the original trail forged by Cobb and Co. into the outback! Adventure Way is a 1,152 kilometer trek from Brisbane into the heart of wine country. You'll see Queensland's 'salad bowl' and incredible flora and fauna. Explorers will want to stop to sightsee and hike around some of the trails that you'll find along the way. Adventure Way is one of Queensland's most popular road trips for a reason; the breathtaking scenery and the abundance of interesting stops along the way. Adventure Way is the ultimate Australian road trip and you can customise it to be as long or short as you'd like. Simply map it out, hop in the car and go.
Brisbane's Nearby Beaches
Just outside the city, you'll find some of Queensland's best beaches. Why not ditch Brisbane and seek out some sun, sand, and surf on your long weekend? Surfers will love the great waves of Bribie Island. Sun worshippers can chill out on Bulwer, Moreton Island. For the best wild dolphin spotting, stay on Moreton Island but head to Tangalooma Beach. Maybe a vacation just isn't the same without a furry friend. If so, there are plenty of dog-friendly beaches like worlds away Foreshore Park.
An eco-friendly oasis nestled in the Glass House Mountains just 50 minutes from Brisbane, Worldsaway Retreat is the ultimate place to relax. Surrounded by tons of walking and hiking trails, Worldsaway Retreat is great for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. If you're looking to chill out with a pretty view, it's for you also! With all of the amenities of a modern resort, Worldsaway Retreat is as comfortable as it is ecologically friendly.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
If you don't have time for a proper weekend escape, here's somewhere you can at least escape the city streets and get some fresh air.
What started as a sanctuary for koalas in need has grown to one of the largest sanctuaries in the world, full of all sorts of incredible animals. You'll find koalas as well as Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, raptors, and birds of all shapes and sizes. You might even have an encounter with a rare and shy platypus!
Only 12 kilometres from Brisbane, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a great place for the kids to learn about, and interact with animals. They will learn about ecology, conservation and respect for the natural world, and walk away with a greater appreciation for wild animals.
When you decide to hit the road this summer, remember that there are plenty of great options for every taste and budget just outside the city limits! Whether your perfect vacation is taking an epic road trip into the outback, or soaking up some rays on a beach, it's all available from Brisbane.