Whether you’re wanting to explore South East Queensland, are looking for the perfect weekend getaway, or simply have a day to spend lapping up the summer sunshine, you can’t look past a daytrip. Keep the convenience of the city nearby and get ready to explore all that the Sunshine State’s south has to offer, from lush national parks and hiking summits with incredible views, to pristine beaches and island paradises.
Nestled in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba is a popular beachside destination loved by tourists and locals alike. Sun-drenched, postcard-worthy views make it easy to see why this paradise often tops the list of Australia’s best beaches. Mooloolaba is the perfect destination for all members of the family, as Main Beach has gentle waves for the kids to splash around in, while the more adventurous of your brood can boogie board and surf in the waves at the patrolled Alexandra Headland Beach. There’s no doubt you’ll be spending the day on the sand and smothered in SPF; but when tummies start grumbling, peel yourself away from the water and enjoy a hearty lunch at one of the town’s many cafes and restaurants.
Often called the ‘green behind the gold’, the Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast hinterland is famous for its lush, viridescent rainforests. Come here to escape among the treetops, and beat the heat amid the cool mountain foliage. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and admire the view of the valley below. The best place to view the landscape is on the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, which weaves 1.5 kilometres along the top of the canopy, standing 40 metres above the rainforest floor. High above the ground, you’ll feel one with nature – making for a rejuvenating and inspiring experience. You’ll no doubt leave feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your stay in the Sunshine State.
Grab your togs (or cossies, or bathers, or swimmers!) and head to the Port of Brisbane for a morning ferry ride over to Moreton Island. This protected paradise is renowned for its tropical waters and white sand dunes, perfect for sand boarding and four-wheel driving. A cluster of sunken boats, known as the Tangalooma Wrecks, makes for an exciting snorkelling adventure – especially when coupled with the vibrant marine life that calls these waters home. Moreton Island is the third-largest sand island in the world, and the clear, bright blue waters are so enticing that it’ll be hard to hop back on the ferry to the mainland at the end of the day.
This is just a sneak peek! For more summer daytrips, read the Summer 2022–2023 edition of Caravanning Australia!
Image: Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk (C) Tourism and Events Queensland