Are you tired of spending your free time just hanging around Brisbane doing the same old same old or perhaps you are visiting this spectacular part of Australia, there has never been a better time to explore my own back yard of South East Queensland. Boasting drives through some of the most scenic parts of South East Queensland, sampling breath taking views, country pubs, local cuisines, and fine wines, heading to some pristine Sunshine Coast beaches to check out my “Secret Fishing Spot” or maybe going Bush for the day having a picnic amongst the gum trees and getting up close with some cuddly Koalas.

Road trips from Brisbane are a perfect way to spend the day touring the high-ways and by-ways of South-East Queensland. The cooler months of the year May, June, July, August (June & July being SE QLD’s winter months) and September are just ideal to organize that special drive of family fun and discovery. The weather is normally perfect for being out and about, it’s not unusual at these times of the year to still see many locals still getting around in T-shirts and shorts.

These journeys are in no particular order and are definitely not the only exploits you’ll have while touring these locales. When planning a Road Trip, a look in on the Visitor Centre talking to one of the well-informed locals gives me any extra info I need. I have included a number of Links for you to click on if you need to add some more adventure to your day trip. With so much to experience along the way, these drives can be a 25-minute excursion from Brisbane or longer depending on what you want to see and do.

With clear blue skies, stunning natural scenery and fun-filled destinations with a varied line-up of places to take a look at, these are 4 Of The Best / Favourite Day Trips From Brisbane.

1/ Daisy Hill Conservation Park & Koala Centre: Distance From Brisbane: 24kms / 30 minutes drive south from the Brisbane CBD. There is no café / takeaway on site. BYO drinks, picnic goodies and if you are having a wood fired BBQ some fire starters and cooking gear.

Brisbane South to the Daisy Hill Conservation Park

2/ Where To Find My Secret Fish Spot – Sunshine Coast. Distance From Brisbane: 106kms / 1hr 30 minutes drive. Maroochydore Esplanade / Picnic Point, Maroochydore. North of Brisbane via the M1 Highway. Click on the map for a full view and scroll in and out for details of the area. This is one of my favourite beach spots. It is primarily a family picnic / fishing spot with a sandy beach on the banks of the Maroochydore River. Close by are a few fish & chips shops or the hustle and bustle of the Maroochydore shopping precinct and Surf beach are only few kilometres down the road.

3/ Ideas To Kickstart Your Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive. Distance From Brisbane: 20kms / 36 minute drive. East from Brisbane the starting point for this drive is the Wynnum Esplanade on the shores of stunning Moreton Bay. You can start the Road Trip at any location, there are a huge array of attractions, local seafoods, cafes, magnificent beaches and a winery to explore along the way. I split this Road Trip into three different parts, put them together and you’ve got the complete Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive. Click on the links Parts 2 & 3 for additional Drive information:

Part 1: Ideas To Kickstart Your Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive.

Part 2: Continued: Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive – Manly, Lota, Wellington Point.

Part 3: The Final Stretch Of Our Road Trip

4/ Tamborine Mountain – The Green Behind The Gold: Distance From Brisbane: 75kms / 1 hour 10 minute minute drive. With accommodation options, Coffee plantations to explore, Botanical Gardens, Gallery Walk, Hang Gliding Parks, Wine Tasting and Rain Forest Walks, my Blog only scratches the surface of the what is available on this Road Trip.

Useful Information click here: Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre