With summer holidays just around the corner, now’s a great time to look at some great family day outs that can be enjoyed in and around Brisbane.
A wonderful way to cool down when the mercury’s rising is with a nice ocean breeze and Sandgate will never let you down. Sit by the water, enjoy some fish and chips and watch the kite surfers performing tricks. The low tide also presents a wonderful opportunity for kids to explore nature, with crabs and other marine life scurrying about. Another highlight is walking along Shorncliffe Pier which is 350m long and was built in 1884.
It might feel like a world away, but Mt Glorious is just a short drive up the D’Aguilar Range. In under an hour from Brisbane, the whole family can be enjoying rainforest walks and taking in the relaxed village vibe. It’s especially good in hot weather because, at 680m above sea level, visitors can find relief in the cool mountain air. There are some terrific eateries as well, including Cloverlea Cottage which not only offers a great menu but breathtaking views right out to Moreton Bay.
Want to enjoy an island escape for a day? Then it’s pretty hard to beat Bribie Island. Thanks to the bridge connecting it to the mainland, it’s the only Moreton Bay island that you can drive to. From Brisbane, it’s just an hour. And once you’ve arrived, there’s plenty to do. Secluded beaches, nature walks, water sports, markets. Sightseeing tours. Take your pick! It’s especially good for families with younger children as the calm waters of Pumicestone Passage are the perfect water playground.
The Scenic Rim is home to many spectacular walks with incredible views. And arguably the best is Mt Cordeaux, just 90 minutes from Brisbane at Cunningham’s Gap. What’s so appealing about the walk is that it’s not too difficult, yet the views are among the best in Queensland. It’s 6.8km return and a somewhat gentle climb to the top, making it a great climb for the whole family. Better still, you can recharge your batteries afterwards at the nearby town of Aratula, which is a popular for its Arthur Clive’s Bakery Café.