Brisbane – it’s happening!
Welcome to a city where you are free to be whoever you want to be! Where you can escape to the natural splendour of Moreton Bay and Islands or the Scenic Rim and Country Valleys, experience world-class exhibitions at Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art and indulge in the country’s premier live music scene, The Valley… all in one day!
You’ll love our buzzing urban villages with live music, the coolest cafes and an eclectic array of the finest restaurants. Keep an eye on Brisbane’s events’ calendar for huge international sporting events, exciting and unique festivals as well as live performances on Queensland’s premier shopping precinct, the Queen Street Mall where you can let loose and discover world-class retailers and heritage-listed arcades with over 700 specialty stores.
Imagine being right in the heart of the city, surrounded by skyscrapers, as you experience your own river adventure – go kayaking, roller-blading or hold your breath as you abseil 20 metres down the 20 million year old Kangaroo Point Cliffs… there’s a memorable Brisbane experience for everyone.
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Stay and Play In Moreton Bay Region
Walking in the region is made easy by the multitude of paths and trails accessible depending on the level of intensity you require. From the bushwalks of the D’Aguilar National Park to the scenic foreshores, there are facilities to make a day in the fresh air enjoyable for all ages.
Shop in the quaint boutique fashion and gift stores in Samford or Dayboro and recover with great coffee and cake outlets with a variety to choose from. Indulge in some history at the same time by following the heritage markers around the towns.
Stay overnight in one of the boutique bed and breakfasts, cottages or cabins which are nestled along the D’Aguilar Range or make your way to coastal accommodation ready for a day in the sea air on day 2 of your short break.
If you have chosen to stay on serene Bribie Island, look at taking a relaxing cruise down Pumicestone Passage and appreciate the environmental wonders of protected flora and fauna. This trip is a camera buff’s dream with so much to capture.
Hire a bike and explore the island at your own pace – the land is mostly flat hence it is ideal for the whole family to enjoy. Family fun also with a bit more of an active slant is to hire tandems and beach cruiser bikes or kayaks.
For the history enthusiasts there are a number of museums each with a different focus: historical village & its museums, warplanes, ancient art & antiquity or tributes to recluse artists.
If you have settled on a night in Redcliffe, a spot of whale watching during June to October could be just the thing to round off your stay.
Lunch at any of eateries which line the water front can be a peaceful interlude. The views out over the jetty and Moreton Bay are very special on most days.
Redcliffe heritage walk takes an hour from the First Settlement Wall to the Redcliffe Museum and follows the trail of the first European settlers.
Round off the day with a musical trip down Bee Gees Way which is dedicated to the remarkable career of the Gibb brothers.
For more information visit www.visitmoretonbay.com.au or phone 1800moreton or call into one of the 6 accredited visitor information centres.
The Scenic Rim is a spectacular region of mountains, national parks and fertile valleys. Located just over one hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the region is popular with visitors seeking a rural escape without the long drive.
The region’s imposing rim of mountains – the Scenic Rim – dates back millions of years to a time when many of them were active volcanoes. Their legacy – Australia’s most accessible World Heritage-listed rainforests, and rich alluvial soils deposited on the flats – continue to be the lifeblood of the region.
The Scenic Rim is home to a diverse mix of communities, many of them built on the back of rural production, all situated across a stunning natural landscape. The Scenic Rim is located just 80 km from Brisbane and the Gold Coast and is an exciting destination for tourism, art, culture and rural pursuits.
Here’s a taste of just some of the things you can do while you’re in the Scenic Rim:
The Scenic Rim is home to six National Parks. In December 1994 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee officially extended the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves Australian World Heritage Area over the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Hinterland, including the Main Range, Lamington and Springbrook National Parks, and most of Mt Barney National Park. These National Parks, with their abundant natural beauty and steep and rugged mountain ranges, put the scenic into the Scenic Rim.
The six Scenic Rim parks are the Lamington National Park, Tamborine National Park, Mt Barney National Park, Mt Chinghee National Park, Main Range National Park, Moogerah Peaks (Mt French) National Park.
Find out more about the parks at www.visitscenicrim.com.au and click In the Beginning and World Heritage Listed National Parks.
Whether you’re after a day-long walk or something more sedate you’ll find it here. Pick up maps and tips from the locals at one of the region’s Visitor Information Centres. There’s a list of the top 30 walks at www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/walking.
The region’s three dams are located in the south-west Scenic Rim. The newest is Wyaralong Dam, which is between Boonah and Beaudesert and is surrounded by picnic areas and kilometres of mountain biking and horseriding trails. www.mtjoyce.com.au.
Moogerah Dam is about 10 minutes from Boonah and is the region’s busiest dam. Hire a kayak or canoe, pack a BBQ lunch or hire the BBQ pontoon. www.moogerah.com.
Maroon Dam is located about 25km south of Boonah at the foot of the McPherson Range. The dam is stocked with Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Mary River Cod and Australian Bass. www.lakemaroon.com.au.
While you’re here
- Enjoy a wine tasting or lunch at a Scenic Rim winery
- Trek through one of our National Parks
- Purchase fresh produce at the farm gate
- Soak in the vast expanse of some of Australia’s best mountain views
- Stock up on local art & craft
- Relax over a pub lunch and a cold beer
- Visit a working farm
- Take a cooking class and learn to incorporate fresh local ingredients
- Stop in at a country cafe or the rural supplies store
Ipswich, Queensland's oldest provincial city, is an alluring blend of heritage charm, metropolitan sophistication and expansive green spaces. Early colonial buildings stand proud in the city centre, lovingly restored Queenslanders perch on hills and quaint townships dot the surrounding countryside.
Just 40 minutes west of Brisbane and an hour from the Gold Coast, Ipswich combines rich heritage with the energy of being the hub of today's growth region in South East Queensland.
- Step back in time and rekindle memories of a bygone era at a great range of museums including The Workshops Rail Museum, the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre and the Australian Motorcycle Museum.
- Uncover stories of the past in every nook and cranny along a suite of self-guided heritage trails, or jump on one of the Visitor Information Centre’s Heritage Tours.
- Get up close to nature in conservation parks and reserves – great for spotting native animals and birdlife.
- Taste the award-winning wines at the boutique cellar doors of the Scenic Rim wine trail.
- Discover a truly interactive and insightful arts experience at the Ipswich Art Gallery with its changing exhibition program and local artists and history displays.
- See native animals up close in Queens Park’s Ipswich Nature Centre – Ipswich’s own mini zoo – including a walk-through bird aviary and the endangered bilby burrow.
- Throw the fishing line in at the waterside parks along the Brisbane and Bremer Rivers.
- Visit one of the City’s regular markets to find gourmet delights, handmade jewellery, fresh local produce and lovingly crafted clothing.
Whether you’re looking for family friendly fun, outdoor adventure, adrenalin action, pure indulgence or a glimpse back to bygone days… come and Discover Ipswich.
Contact the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre on (07) 3281 0555 for your free Discover Ipswich Visitors Guide.
Located halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Logan City is the ideal destination to base yourself when you visit South East Queensland. The city brings together natural beauty, heart-pumping adventure, historical sites and unique shopping experiences – it offers something for everyone.
For a fun family outing, pack a picnic and head to Riverdale Park on the banks of the Logan River, cycle through 7km of trails in the Berrinba Wetlands, or spot a koala at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre.
If you love to fish, you can throw in a line from a river pontoon or launch your own tinnie at any one of our riverside boat ramps.
There’s heart-pounding fun for young and the young at heart: race go-karts at Kingston Park Raceway, take the leap of faith at one of only two bungy jumping operations in Australia, climb the 15m rock wall at the Cornubia InSports Centre, or skim across the lake at Cable Ski Logan.
Beenleigh Historical Village and Museum – with its 20 original pioneer buildings – is a must for history buffs, along with Mayes Cottage, the city’s oldest home.
Discover Logan’s artistic heart at Logan Art Gallery and then catch the best in live theatre and world-class concerts at the Logan Entertainment Centre.
Experience first-hand our city’s diversity with a guided tour at the tranquil Chung Tian Buddhist Temple, or taste flavours from around the world every Sunday at the bustling Woodridge Train Station Markets.
No trip to Logan is complete without quality retail therapy. Find a bargain at IKEA Logan (one of the largest IKEA stores in the world), visit the city’s huge homemaker centres, or wander through the expansive Hyperdome.
Discover Logan City today at www.visitlogan.com.au.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a world of fascinating history, scenic drives, charming towns and breathtaking views less than one hour from Brisbane.
Want to immerse yourself in some real country atmosphere? Take the picturesque inland route by travelling along the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive, one of South East Queensland’s hidden gems. Travelling from Brisbane or Ipswich this beautiful drive takes you through fertile farmland and charming towns before arriving at Gatton. Step back in time while walking the wide historic streets, be greeted by the friendly locals, drop in at the numerous historic tourist attractions and have ‘one off the wood’ at a country pub. Want some of the freshest and tastiest fruit and vegetables at market prices? … of course you do … take advantage of roadside farm stalls, numerous fruit and vegetable shops, or other businesses along the way.
While in Gatton take a break at the sign posted Cobb & Co Staging Post, at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre. There is plenty of parking available for tour buses, caravans and motor homes. Browse the Queensland Transport Museum, Lockyer Legends Hall of Fame and the Lockyer Valley Art Gallery before dining beside the lake at the Staging Post Cafe for a paddock to plate meal featuring fresh local produce.
Caravan and motorhome travellers can rest their heads (and wheels) whilst visiting the relaxed, and friendly Lockyer Valley. A number of locations are available to suit all tastes and budgets. Why not stay a couple of nights and continue your journey along the Cobb & Co tourist drive? Take a day trip through Grantham and Helidon before crossing to the northern side of the Warrego Highway and checking out beautiful Murphys Creek and the stunning gardens and railway heritage of the historic Spring Bluff Railway Station. The steepness of the roads to Spring Bluff make them unsuitable for towing your caravan
For a full list of places to see and things to do on your next visit to the Lockyer Valley call in to one of our Visitor Information Centres at Lake Apex - Gatton or Plainland; or give our friendly staff a call on 07 5466 3425 or visit www.luvyalockyer.com.au.
Useful Contacts & Things to See & Do
BIG4 Holiday Parks
Ph: 03 9811 9300 W: www.BIG4.com.au
At over 180 locations across Australia, whether you are looking for a city stay, seaside escape, country retreat, farm stay, overnight stay, family holiday or touring holiday – BIG4 offers a unique holiday experience.
Caboolture Historical Village
Ph: 07 5495 4581 W: www.historicalvillage.com.au
Over 70 buildings all with displays of Australiana from the last 150 years. A simple step back in time will bring back many memories for some and amusement for others.
Hyperdome Visitor Information Centre
Ph: 07 3801 9199 W: www.hyperdomeshopping.com.au
Enjoy a coffee, meal or shopping at the Hyperdome while you visit the Visitor Information Centre to discover the hidden attractions in the Logan region and beyond.
Ipswich Visitor Information Centre
Ph: 07 3281 0555 W: www.discoveripswich.com.au
Tourist information services for Ipswich including a series of self-guided Heritage Trail brochures.
Lockyer Valley Visitor Information Centre
Ph: 07 5466 3425 W: www.visitlockyer.com.au
Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre (Gatton) Opening Hours:
8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
8.30am - 4.30pm Saturday to Sunday
We are closed Christmas day, Boxing day and Good Friday.
Moreton Island Adventures
Ph: 07 3909 3333 W: www.moretonislandadventures.com.au
Moreton Island Adventures operates a large vehicular ferry to Moreton Island daily; transporting up to 52 4WD’s, camper trailers and caravans on the vessel Micat. Secure car/caravan parking offered.
Scenic Rim Visitor Information Centre
Tourist information services for Scenic Rim
Ph: 07 3821 0266 W: www.stradbrokeferries.com.au
Stradbroke Ferries operates vehicle ferries and water taxi services to Straddie and vehicle ferry services to the Southern Bay Islands of Lamb, Karragarra, Macleay and Russell.
What’s Up Downunder
Ph: 03 9761 0900 W: www.whatsupdownunder.com.au
National TV Show, Magazine, Website & Travel Saver Card