6 Of The Best Family Day Trips From Brisbane

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By: Carolyn Tate, ellaslist
Nov 22, 2018

Looking for a fantastic day trip to do with the family this weekend? 

Our team have scoured the region to find the best fun-packed day trips within two hours of Brisbane city. These trips offer a range of activities for all ages and interests and will be guaranteed good times for the whole family.

Check out below our list of the best family day trips. Are we there yet?


Drive one hour west of Brisbane and you’ll hit Fernvale, a sleepy country town with a very special attraction. The Old Fernvale Bakery is an award winning bakery attracting people for far and wide for their amazing pastries and treats. The bakery is right on the highway and is the perfect spot to stop and grab your lunch and continuing on your day trip.

The town was originally known as Stinking Gully, which won’t thrill everyone but we know a few young boys who think it’s hilarious. The Fernvale Country Markets are on each Sunday from 6am till noon, and they’re a true-blue country market sure to offer up some gems. 

Wivenhoe Dam is just 10 minutes up the road if you fancy a swim or want to throw a line in. All round, a perfect day out!

Where: Follow the M2 past Ipswich and follow the signs.

Image credit: Fernvale Bakery

Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain is a hidden gem that, once you know about it, you’ll keep returning to again and again as it’s only an hour and a half away (less if you’re a southsider). There are some spectacular rainforest walks (Witches Falls is an easy one for little kids but keep an eye out for snakes in the warmer months), Botanical Gardens at Forsythia Drive, and Glow Worm Caves at Hartley Road.

The Rainforest Skywalk will get your heart pumping if you’re feeling brave, otherwise enjoy the myriad galleries and little shops. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining, with plenty of European-inspired cafes and restaurants. 

If you’re lucky you might see the hang-gliders taking off from the side of the mountain, or come across some wallabies too. 

Where: Follow the M1 towards the Gold Coast and take the Tamborine Mountain turn-off. 

Fingal Head, NSW

Drive two hours south of Brisbane and you’ll be in cockroach territory, but it’s worth crossing the border for spectacular Fingal Head. Less busy than it’s bigger nearby cousins Kingscliff and Byron, this is a great place to relax with the family – and perhaps spot a few dolphins playing in the surf. 

Follow the Fingal Head Lighthouse walk for stunning views of the Gold Coast and northern NSW beaches, and hit the beach to relax and catch some waves.

Where: Follow the M1 all the way across the border and stick to the coast. You can’t miss it.


If you’ve wondered where all those Instagram sunflower pics are taken every summer, Allora is the answer. Sunflowers line the roads in the Darling Downs and when they’re in bloom the view is spectacular. 
Take a drive through the massive sunflower plants, and visit the home of Mary Poppins author PL Travers on the main street in town. If you’re lucky, and the owners are home, they’ll show you through for a gold coin donation. 

The Darling Downs are great for meat so pop into the butcher to stock up on lamb and beef, and head to the old pub for a great lunch. 

Where: One of the longer drives, this one is about two and a half hours along Highway 15.

Bribie Island

Brisbane folks know it’s not easy to find a decent beach, but Bribie is a fantastic, family-friendly option. Connected to the mainland by a bridge, it’s a super easy day trip, so great for those with impatient children (or spouses). Bribie boasts a range of beaches, with a surf side and a calm side, plus it has great bushwalking tracks, fishing spots and the dog-friendly Woorim Beach.

Don’t forget to stop in at the Sandstone Point Hotel for lunch and a quiet drink by the water. A great day out for the soul.

Where: Head north on the M1 for about two hours and follow the signs.


If markets are your thing, Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast is an absolute must. More like a small town than a market, they’re held every Wednesday from 8am to 1:30pm, and Saturdays 7am to 2pm. You’ll find all manner of gifts, furniture, toys, clothes and amazing food at the markets. If you’re into pork, please don’t leave without trying the pork belly rolls. OMG. 

There is also a range of quirky and interesting cafes and shops around the markets, plus a great pub, so don’t forget to explore a little as well. 

Where: Head north on the M1 for about two and a half hours and follow the signs.

Image credit: Experience Eumundi

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