Winter is settling in and while some Brisbanites are lamenting the colder weather, others are taking the opportunity to get out of town and explore what’s on offer in our neighbouring regions.
We’ve put together a list of 5 Winter day trips near Brisbane that will keep you entertained throughout the season. From exploring the charming mountain village of Tamborine Mountain to going whale watching at Stradbroke Island, there’s something for everyone! So bundle up and get ready to enjoy everything winter has to offer in the Sunshine State.
Take in The Views at Tamborine Mountain
You’ll find Mount Tamborine just an hour’s drive from Brisbane CBD. This charming mountain village is home to a range of attractions including Witches Falls Winery, and the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.
Tamborine Mountain is the perfect winter getaway for those who love the outdoors. With plenty of walking trails to explore, you can take your pick of rainforest walks, waterfalls and lookouts.
Make sure to stop by Gallery Walk, a quaint village lined with art galleries, cafes and boutique shops. There you can take your pick of tasty treats or pick up a unique souvenir to take home with you.
Eat Locat at the Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival
If you’re looking for a winter foodie adventure, make your way to the Scenic Rim region for the annual Eat Local Week. This year’s event runs from June 25 to July 3 and celebrates all things produce in the area.
The Winter Harvest Festival is their main attraction, and it’s a must-do event for visitors interested in eating their way around the Scenic Rim. It features producers, suppliers, retailers, and chefs from across the region in addition to giving customers the chance to sample the best the Scenic Rim has to offer. Think tasting plates, ample fresh produce and of course plenty of wine.
Take A Trip to Maleny
The hinterland town of Maleny is well worth a visit, especially in winter when the weather is cooler. Located an hour and a half drive from Brisbane, Maleny is known for its lush rainforests and stunning mountain views.
There’s plenty to keep you busy in Maleny, from visiting one of the many local wineries or breweries, to exploring the rainforest on one of the many walking trails. For those who love shopping, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of boutique shops and galleries to browse.
For those who prefer an overnight stay there are plenty of accommodation options available, from camping and caravan parks to bed and breakfasts and self-contained apartments, many with a rustic charm you’ll rarely find in inner-city Brisbane.
Head Out to Stradbroke Island
A winter day trip to Stradbroke Island is the perfect way to escape the city and enjoy some time by the beach – even if a dip isn’t on the agenda right now. Just a short ferry ride from Brisbane, Straddie (as it’s affectionately known) is home to some of the best surf beaches in Queensland, as well as plenty of other attractions.
If you’re looking for things to do on Stradbroke Island, we recommend going for a bushwalk, checking out Point Lookout for stunning coastal views, or visiting one of the many cafes and restaurants dotted around the island.
Now is also the season for whale watching, and there’s no better place to see these majestic creatures than from the shores of Stradbroke Island. Keep your eyes peeled for migrating humpback and southern right whales as they make their way up the coast.
Visit the Granite Belt aka. Wine Country
For a winter day trip with a difference, head to the Granite Belt wine region in Southeast Queensland. Just a few hours drive from Brisbane, the Granite Belt is home to more than fifty cellar doors, making it the perfect place for a winter wine getaway.
The region is well known for its cool climate wines, particularly its Shiraz, Merlots and Chardonnays. With so many cellar doors to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to wine tastings.
In addition to its wineries, the Granite Belt is also home to a number of attractions including the heritage-listed Bald Rock National Park and the Girraween National Park.
Grab your favourite cardi and get exploring now!