Top Regional Summer Experiences

Brisbane’s surrounds offer the perfect summer getaway. Venture onto your doorstep to discover a world alive with natural beauty, quality organic foods and rural gems. 

Beach Camping | Moreton Island

Pitch a tent in the white sand of Moreton Island and feel a million miles away. As the sun goes down behind the Glass House Mountains, you’ll be treated to a spectacular view of the night sky away from city lights before you fall asleep to the sound of gently breaking waves. Wake up to the surf and sand with a coffee on the beach and you’ll never want to go home.

HINT: Love nature, but not ready to part with your creature comforts? Try Moreton Island Adventures' Glamping at Castaways.

Wakeboarding on Somerset Dam

Test your skill on the water | Lake Somerset

Only an hour from Brisbane, Lake Somerset is the ideal destination for those who love water sport and fishing. Take in the fresh air as you carve up the water on a jetski, or enjoy visions of rolling hills as you cast a line and relax at your own pace. It is one of the top fishing spots in Queensland, and expect to find beauties such as Australian bass, golden perch, Mary River cod and saratoga.

From paddock to plate | Lockyer Valley

Food does not come any fresher than when it is sourced from one of the world’s most fertile farming regions – the Lockyer Valley. Established in 1885 in the heart of the valley, Bauer’s Organic Farm supplies greengrocers, cafes and restaurants with organic seasonal produce, and works with some of the country’s well-known chefs. Sample the quality with a tour of the farm or visit one of the valley’s many vibrant local markets. 

Feel the serenity |  Berrinba Wetlands, Logan City

A hidden gem in Logan, Berrinba Wetlands is a must for nature lovers. Discover the beauty of wild birds, and explore the picturesque wetland flora along 8km of shared walking and bicycle tracks. Settle in with a barbecue or picnic while the kids visit the interactive environmental education centre; navigate the bike paths; spot wildlife or have fun on state-of-the-art play equipment. 

Antique shopping at Top of Town, Ipswich

Charming antiques and boutiques | Ipswich

Queensland’s oldest provincial city, Ipswich, offers modern delights with a twist. The city’s trendy precinct, the Top of Town, was once home to carriage works, saddlers and jewellers. Many of these original buildings still stand, but today house a mix of irresistible retail, bustling bars, delectable dining, and a trove of vintage treasures. Explore, shop, dine, collect mementos and create memories.

Natural Encounters | Pumicestone Passage, Moreton Bay Region

A beautiful stretch of water between Bribie Island and mainland Queensland, Moreton Bay’s Pumicestone Passage is the perfect spot for a summer’s day out. Enjoy the sunshine, scenic coastline and calm water for swimming. But keep an eye out - any ripples could signal a dolphin, dugong, turtle or fish. Take a tour with Ferryman Cruises or hire a small boat from Bribie.

HINT: Bring binoculars as the marine park boasts more of our feathered friends than Kakadu. 

Discover a feast for the senses | Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim

Escape to the Scenic Rim’s cool mountain air for a gastronomical treat - a bistro, cheese-maker and brewery under one roof. Set against stunning views, Three Little Pigs serves great food fashioned from the finest homegrown produce. Afterwards, meander over to Tamborine Mountain Distillery to taste its carefully crafted spirits. Try the Rainforest Lager for a refreshing finish. Finally, watch award-winning cheese being made at Witches Chase Cheese before indulging in a delicious sample.

HINT: The cheese-maker travels down the road every morning to collect milk from 4Real Milk, a family-owned dairy. 

Island hopping on Brisbane’s doorstep | Redlands

Board a luxurious yacht at Raby Bay and treat yourself to a sailing getaway with Robinson Cruises. Soak up some sun on the deck, dive into the boundless blue water or discover the Redlands’ best-kept secrets, including superb swimming spots and secluded sandy beaches around Peel Island. You’re guaranteed to return rejuvenated.