The Best Day Trips from Brisbane

From world-class national parks to pristine beaches,  there are some impressive day trips just a short drive from vibrant Brisbane. Book a rental car in Brisbane with VroomVroomVroom to start exploring some spectacular locations right here in Queensland.

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Fancy a plethora of wineries? Maybe you’re keen to check out the endless array of National Parks? Or, is it the cool temperatures and stunning outlooks? No matter what you’re looking for, Stanthorpe is filled with pristine locations and a small town charm that we all know and love.

Recommended car: ​Rent an SUV for space and comfort for your Brisbane to Stanthorpe day trip.​

Travel time: 2 hours 43 minutes.

Directions:​ Take M5 and National Highway 15 to Freestone Rdin Clintonvale. Follow National Highway 15 to High St in Stanthorpe. Continue on High St. Drive to Granite St.

Top attractions: Girraween National Park, Sundown National Park, Granite Belt Maze.

Tips: For a bit of family fun make sure to check out The Granite Belt Maze.


Looking to switch the city for the sea? If so, Coolum may just be the perfect place for a day trip. Unlike it’s close relative, Noosa, this place exudes small town vibes. Don’t fear, there are still delicious cafes, places to stay and enough buzz to remain interesting - but it also has amazing vibes that are like nowhere else.

Recommended car: ​Cruise in style along the coast in a luxury convertible.​

Travel time: 1 hour 29 minutes.

Directions:​ Take M1 to Sunshine Motorway/State Route 70 in Coolum Beach.

Top attractions: The beach is the main attraction here, and for good reason. We recommend relaxing at First Bay and going for lunch at one of the many gorgeous cafes.

Tips: Try visiting Coolum throughout the week. It will be a lot quieter. It’s also worth checking out the boardwalk along the beachside at sunset for magical views.


Located in the pristine Gold Coast hinterland, Springbrook is an iconic national park that is filled with impressive sights such as waterfalls, flora and fauna.

Recommended car: ​Hire a compact SUV for a comfortable drive through the Gold Coast Hinterland.​

Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Directions:​ Take M1 to Southport Nerang Rd/State Route 20 in Molendinar. Take exit 69 from M1. Take Nerang Murwillumbah Rd/State Route 97, Pine Creek Rd and Springbrook Rd/State Route 99to your destination in Springbrook.

Top attractions: Best of All Lookout, Natural Bridge, Purling Brook Falls.

Tips: Make sure to wear closed in shoes when you go to Springbrook National Park as the walks will require comfortable shoes.


From natural wonders, to amazing shopping and breathtaking views - not to mention the wineries and world-class restaurants, Maleny and Montville have it all. It’s crazy to think that this magical hinterland escape is just a 90 minute drive from the busy city.

Recommended car: ​Book a luxury SUV for the drive up to the hinterland. ​

Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Directions:​ Take Gympie Rd and M1 to Steve Irwin Way in Elimbah. Take the exit from M1. Follow Steve Irwin Way and Landsborough Maleny Rd to Cudgerie St in Maleny.

Top attractions: Maleny and Monvtille high street, Mary Cairncross Park, Kondalilla National Park.

Tips: The Maleny Markets are on a Sunday and are definitely worth checking out if you are heading up there on the weekend.

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Map of Brisbane Day Trips 

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