Short breaks and weekend getaways from Brisbane

The Gold Coast’s long list of attractions means this region warrants an extended stay.

Locals have it pretty good in Brisbane. Not only is the Queensland capital a buzzing city, but Brisbane is within driving distance of world-class holiday destinations.

Head south to reach the famous Gold Coast region or venture north to be immersed by the spectacular Sunshine Coast region. Or head inland to uncover a whole new world where vibrant regional locations make for the ideal city escape.

Yep, Brisbanites, there’s no excuse to not hit the road for a short break. Because the perfect weekend getaway from Brisbane can be enjoyed with ease.

Lamington National Park is worth a visit for its lush greenery and waterfalls.

BIG4 parks 1-1.5 hours from Brisbane (all times approximate)

Gold Coast region

It’s with good reason that the Gold Coast is rated among Australia’s favourite holiday destinations. With its famous theme parks and beaches, incredible natural beauty, and a wealth of incredible attractions, this region has vast appeal.

Best outdoor attraction: Chuck on the walking shoes and embrace nature. Prized national parks abound, including Burleigh Heads, Tamborine, Lamington, and Springbrook.

Best rainy day attraction: The Gold Coast City Gallery will fill your world with colour when the skies are only giving you grey.

Underrated attraction: It’s not exactly a spotlight dodger but Ripley's Believe It or Not! is an absorbing attraction full of unusual exhibits.

Budget tip: Take a casual stroll along a glittering stretch of sand, then mix that with a picnic within the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens.

Stay at: NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Park or BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park.


Tweed Heads

The coastal city of Tweed Heads brilliantly blends a buzzing vibe with a relaxing atmosphere. And it’s the perfect base to explore the great outdoors: sparkling coastline, winding rivers, and leading national parks are all within easy reach.

Best outdoor attraction: Ahoy there – relax on a Tweed River cruise as it snakes past glorious scenery that includes the spectacular sight of Mt Warning.

Best rainy day attraction: Swap grey skies for an array of vibrant colours that explode from the walls of Tweed Regional Gallery.

Underrated attraction: Take advantage of the abundant strip of enticing coastline that extends both north and south of Tweed Heads. Or daytrip to Lamington National Park for a world-class wander through rainforest.

Budget tip: Head to Point Danger Lookout for spectacular views and a splash of maritime history depicted through memorials, plaques, and other monuments.

Stay at: BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park.

The Noosa National Park, in the Sunshine Coast region.

Sunshine Coast region

There is so much to love about the Sunshine Coast region. Glittering beaches and other waterways mingle with a gorgeous hinterland full of ranges and rainforest. Among it all is a cluster of vibrant locations that boasts an array of outstanding attractions. And that’s just the start.

Best outdoor attraction: If time and energy allows, it has to be Glass House Mountains National Park. Alternatively, be captivated by one of many magnificent beaches.

Best rainy day attraction: The Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra has a mighty collection of aircraft to admire.

Underrated attraction: Mapleton Observatory is deserving of a ‘starring’ role.

Budget tip: Enjoy a series of incredible views within Noosa National Park. Don’t forget the camera!

Stay at: Caloundra Waterfront Holiday Park, BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort, Rivershore Resort, or Active Holidays – BIG4 Noosa.

Toowoomba is known for its beautiful gardens.

BIG4 parks 1.5-2 hours from Brisbane (all times approximate)


Toowoomba bills itself as the Garden City, and with 150-plus parks and gardens it deserves that tag. If the sun is shining this is a wonderful place to be; if it’s not, usher yourself indoors to uncover a few historical gems.

Best outdoor attraction: You can’t go past the gardens. Laurel Bank Park, the State Rose Garden in Newtown Park, and the Japanese Garden are top picks.

Best rainy day attraction: Enthralling attractions abound in the Cobb+Co Museum, led by a huge collection of horse-drawn vehicles.

Underrated attraction: Milne Bay Military Museum. Plenty to see and do for all ages.

Budget tip: The cost for climbing to the top of majestic Table Top Mountain is measured in calories, and the reward for reaching the top is sparkling views.

Stay at: BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park.

Queen Mary Falls at Main Range National Park is well worth a visit.

Credit: Tourism Australia.

BIG4 parks 2-2.5 hours from Brisbane (all times approximate)


A charming town with immense visitor appeal, Warwick makes the ideal city escape from Brisbane. First-rate historical and cultural attractions combine with nature-based experiences, including a must-stop at treasure-filled Main Range National Park.

Best outdoor attraction: All aboard for a scenic, relaxing ride along the Southern Downs Steam Railway.

Best rainy day attraction: Step into the past with a tour through the restored Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre.

Underrated attraction: Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery at Leslie Dam.  

Budget tip: Create your own history lesson with the help of a ‘Heritage and Historic Building Trails’ brochure, available from the visitor centre.

Sip on a tasty wine at Crane Wines in Kingaroy. Image Credit: Southern Qld Country Tourism

BIG4 parks 2.5-3 hours from Brisbane (all times approximate)


Enjoy a break far removed from city life with a visit to Australia’s peanut capital, Kingaroy. This enticing town - part of the Toowoomba and Golden West region - punches above its weight, featuring a host of top-notch attractions that make it the ideal destination for a quick escape…or longer.

Best outdoor attraction: Sip on tasty wine and admire the surrounds at Crane Wines.

Best rainy day attraction: Split into the themes of ‘people, power, and peanuts’, Kingaroy Heritage Museum wonderfully captures the town’s past.

Underrated attraction: Kingaroy Observatory provides views of the night sky that you just won’t see in the big smoke. Don’t forget your jacket.

Budget tip: There’s plenty to admire within the walls of the art deco-style Kingaroy Art Gallery.

Stay at: Kingaroy Holiday Park.

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