Only have a day to relax and rejuvenate? Why not explore Brisbane and its surrounds for a trip that will give you adventure but still have you back home in bed that evening!

Escape and return in the same day with our list of day trips around Brisbane! Pack up the car, grab the family and check out these great spots…

1. Sweeten up your summer

Craving fresh fruit? Take the family strawberry picking on the Sunshine Coast!

2. Take a hike…

Strap on those hiking boots and hit the trail – one of many at Springbrook National Park, just west of the Gold Coast. Enjoy waterfalls and the Nature Arch caves.

3. Float away

Go ballooning over south east Queensland to get a truly birds eye perspective of our state!

4. Uncover history and heritage

Love trains, bushwalking and murder mysteries? Gatton is the place to go!

5. Dam day

Head out to Wivenhoe and enjoy the water, landscape, and thanks to new legislation changes, boating and fishing too!

6. Slide through summer

Check out the newly installed slides at public pools around Brisbane this summer for a cool way to wash away the heat!

7. Maleny, Montville, Mapleton

Take the “M” tour and check out these beautiful towns in the Sunshine Coast hinterland…

8. Stay home, but get out of your comfort zone

Try these thrill-seeking activities around Brisbane for something out-of-the-ordinary to do in your “ordinary” town!

9. Escape the city

Get back to nature and enjoy the forest at D’Aguilar National Park, only a 20 minute drive from the city.

10. Leave the state

Hop across to New South Wales and enjoy the coast and farmland of Tweed Valley – and then head back home again that afternoon!

11. City living

Check out a different sort of Valley – one right in the heart of Brisbane! With plenty to see and do in Fortitude Valley, the markets and stores can make for a great day out – kick on at a bar to enjoy the nightlife too!

12. See the Scenic Rim

An hour’s drive south from Brisbane, this thriving community is surrounded by national parks, so make sure you bring your walking shoes!

13. Currumbin is waiting

Not sure where to head on the Gold Coast? We’ve got you covered

14. Discover the beauty of the Bunya Mountains

Wander through the world’s largest forest of towering bunya pines and discover the natural wonder of the rainforest.

15. Take a trip to Toowoomba

Brisbane’s little sister Toowoomba has plenty to offer urbanites – great views, food, and of course flowers…

16. Wine and dine

Only 45 kilometres from the CBD is Ocean View Estates, an award-winning winery just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

17. Doggy beach day

Take your pooch on a trip with you and enjoy the waves and sand together with our list of Gold Coast dog beaches.¬†And make sure you check out our list of beach necessities before you go…

18. Be surprised by Logan

Head off the motorway just south of Brisbane and enter another world at Logan’s Chung Tian Buddhist Temple.

19. Life’s a picnic

There are so many great places to picnic around Brisbane – check out our top five!

20. Bridge it to Bribie

Bribie Island is the only Moreton Bay Island that you can drive to for a day out – so make the most of the accessibility and experience the natural beauty of the island and all its wildlife!

Where do you like to day trip around south east Queensland? Let us know your favourite spots or if you’re going to try one from our list!