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With the popular Gold Coast to the south and the family-friendly Sunshine Coast to the north, Brisbane makes an ideal base for exploring South East Queensland. The Gold Coast is about an hour’s drive from Brisbane, and as the theme park capital of Australia (Movie World, Dreamworld and Sea World are all located here) it’s a great option for a fun family day out. An hour in the opposite direction are the pretty beachside towns of the Sunshine Coast, including Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Noosa. The Sunshine Coast is a popular holiday destination for locals and visitors alike, with myriad water sports, family attractions, national parks and restaurants. Closer to the city, you can explore Moreton, Bribie and Stradbroke Islands, all of which are well connected to the mainland with regular transport services from Brisbane.
The advatage of setting base in Brisbane is being able to see so many places outside of it, that are only an hour or so away from Brisbane central. Here are my top five short trip destinations from Brisbane:
Theme parks in the Gold Coast - A popular one with the kids and family, there are a three theme parks, Dreamworld, Movieworld and Wet n' Wild located only an hour south of Brisbane. They cater to the adrenaline junkies and the ones outside of that as well.
Mount Tamborine - Mount Tamborine is 2190 metres high above sea level that can offer you hours and hours of fun out of nature. "Tamborine" which is "wild lime" in the local Yugamba language, refers to the finger lime trees that grow wild on the mountain. There are options to go wine and beer tasting in town, sit at an organic cafe and drink beautiful tea or go for a few nature hikes.
Surfer's Paradise - Known as the party place of the country, surfer's paradise is located an hour and a bit south of Brisbane. Head down to the beach for a surf, or head to the Palazzo Versace hotel for a luxurious cocktail under a chandellier made with 80-crystals.