Things to do within 50KM of Brisbane - Visit Brisbane


Things to do within 50KM of Brisbane

Feeling the need to get out and about? Go on a road trip, stretch your legs on a walk or hike, get some fresh air and explore the best of Brisbane within 50kms of your home. 

Whether you want to get back to nature, go for a picnic, undertake a bit of shopping, browse markets, get active or seek out delicious takeaway tastes, we’ve got you covered in Greater Brisbane. 

Make sure you adhere to the latest movement and social distancing rules here


1. Take in an outdoor flick at the Yatala Drive-In, where the team has pulled out all the stops to make your film experience social-distancing friendly. 

2. Riverlife is your exercise friend by enabling you to hire a bike for a whole week or an URB-E electric bike as a friendly public transport option. 

3. And if you are exercising along the river at Kangaroo Point, pop into Riverlife’s pop-up café on the riverfront deck for a take-away bite or coffee. 

4. Soak up the sunshine at the perennially-popular Jan Powers Farmers Market – either at Brisbane Powerhouse or Manly - and delve into fresh local produce and artisan treats. 

5. Reconnect yourself to glorious nature by lacing up those walking shoes and heading on a bushwalk through one of Brisbane’s many national parks, forest reserves or conservation parks. 


1. Head into boutique James Street and browse through a number of your fashionable favourites and take out from your favourite restaurants and eateries. 

2. Retail therapy seekers can venture into Brisbane’s iconic Queen Street Mall shopping centres, Wintergarden, Myer Centre and QueensPlaza. Check the centre websites and with individual stores as to who’s open and when. 


Pack up the esky and rug and dive into these fabulous picnic spots in Brisbane and surrounds, perfect for lolling. 

Kangaroo Point Cliffs 

Offering a multitude of impressive city vantage points from on top of the cliffs or below, there’s also some seriously good walking and cycling paths by the river to get you moving. 

New Farm Park 

Be sure to bring along your deck chairs and picnic rugs for a fun-filled day that can be enjoyed by the young and the old in this expansive park. 

City Botanic Gardens 

This lush, manicured subtropical park in the city heart bound by the river has plenty of grassy spaces on which to spread a blanket – also a perfect base for a walk over the Goodwill Bridge to South Bank 

Wynnum-Manly foreshore 

Pick up some freshly-cooked fish and chips from Cambridge Parade and choose from a number of green spots along the Wynnum-Manly foreshore, where you can admire the boats in the marina or look out to Moreton Island.  

Shorncliffe Pier 

This is arguably Brisbane’s most famous pier so go out for a look or toss in a line before picnicking in adjacent Moora Park and then taking a seafront stroll along the captivatingly-named Lovers’ Lane. 

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha 

Botanists could spend days here captivated by the incredible range of trees and plants on show but, for the rest of us, these beautiful gardens are a perfect respite from city life. 

Sherwood Arboretum 

Native Queensland trees are a feature of this heritage riverfront park, as is its birdlife – so spread out your picnic rug in a truly Queensland-inspired subtropical space. 

Enoggera Reservoir 

Located at the base of D'Aguilar National Park, Enoggera Reservoir gives you the chance to get back to nature with eagles, echidnas and koalas among other animals often spotted here. 

River Quay 

South Bank’s riverfront River Quay is the perfect spot to pick up a hamper from one of the adjacent restaurants and relax on the grass overlooking the river. Note this area is usually licensed for BYO alcohol but not presently. The good news is that South Bank is offering free 30 minute parking if you wish to drive to the precinct and pick up a takeaway order. 

Takeaway road trips 

1.  Someone finally thought of it. The team from Honto and sAme sAme have created the Agnes Street Bakery Pop-Up + Bottle Shop, ensuring you can pick up your wood-fired artisan breads and pastries along with your favourite beverage in Fortitude Valley. 

2. People will drive near and far to nosh at their favourite Spicers Retreats restaurants. Drive into New Farm to pick up a red beef cheeky curry from The Balfour Kitchen & Bar or enjoy a trip into the countryside to secure hearty family roasts from Homage, among these venues' other popular dishes. 

3. Those who love Harveys Bistro + Bar in James Street are happy the long-time establishment is still dishing up its sought after cuisine via takeaway from the Tinderbox Kitchen. 

Open air road trips 

Roll down the windows, breath in the fresh air and hit the road by choosing from one or more of these 22 scenic drives around Greater Brisbane. Guaranteed to blow away those cobwebs.