Immerse yourself in nature by hand feeding dolphins, snorkelling shipwrecks and relaxing under a palm tree.
Moreton Bay and its islands are a bit over an hour away from Brisbane, making it an ideal destination for a day trip or an overnight stay with some tropical island vibes. Made entirely of sand, Moreton Island has surf on one side and crystal-clear waters on the other, with a national park in between, and bottlenose dolphins visiting the beach each evening for a feed.
If you’re there between June and October, migrating humpbacks will be in the neighbourhood as well. RACV members can make the most of day tours to the island, which range from including 4WD or water activities, to snorkelling and scuba diving tours, by booking here.
Mount Coot-tha is the backdrop to Brisbane. Open eucalypt forest, rainforest gullies and meandering creeks and waterfalls make it a destination for picnickers, hikers and mountain bikers.
But it’s not all rugged, natural scenery. An observation deck offers panoramic views back across Brisbane, there’s a cafe and restaurant on the mountain, and at the foot of it is also where you’ll find Brisbane Botanical Gardens.
There are 52 hectares of Queensland’s premier sub-tropical botanic gardens here, which include several themed ones and the Tropical Display Dome.
Similar to Singapore’s two climate-controlled glass domes in Gardens By The Bay, but pre-dating them by three and a half decades, the Tropical Display Dome has a humid atmosphere to recreate the tropics, and also has a stunning pond with water lilies and native fish.
If a visit here puts you in the mood for looking skyward, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, with its Cosmic Skydome, is also within the gardens.