Short breaks and weekend getaways from Brisbane

North, south, or west - from Brisbane a host of enticing short-break destinations awaits.

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

Head south to reach the famous Gold Coast 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 with BIG4.

A weekend among the vines is easily achieved from Brisbane.

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

Moreton Bay (Sandstone Point)

Occupying prime real estate on the glorious Pumicestone Passage, and within the easiest of reach of Bribie Island, Sandstone Point boldly shouts ‘location, location’. Its idyllic setting feels so far removed from city life that it’s easy to forget Brisbane’s heart is only an hour’s drive away.

Best outdoor attraction: Definitely a day trip across the bridge to action-packed Bribie Island.

Best rainy-day attraction: Bribie Island Seaside Museum punches above its weight, tackling various compelling themes from years gone by.

Underrated attraction: Step back in time at Caboolture Historical Village, 20mins away. It’s a heritage gem.

Budget tip: Go boat spotting at Spinnaker Marina, and grab fish and chips while you’re there.

Book now: BIG4 Sandstone Point Holiday Resort.

Sandstone Point is a magnificent location, and it's within a stone's throw of brilliant Bribie Island.

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 spectacular attractions, this region has vast appeal.

Best outdoor attraction: It's hard to nominate just one! Those thrilling theme parks, SkyPoint Observation Deck, beach hopping, and exploring prized national parks are a quality quartet.

Best rainy-day attraction: Surf World Gold Coast for a colourful culture hit, or try the quirky Ripley's Believe It or Not! for something different.

Underrated attraction: Infinity. It's hard to explain what it is. Our advice is to just visit and see for yourself.

Budget tip: Beach hopping, then a picnic within the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens or Macintosh Island Park. Or try the Gold Coast City Gallery.

Book now: BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park.

Unwind with a visit to a treasure-packed national park, like Springbrook.

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: Relax on a Tweed River cruise as it snakes past glorious scenery, including 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 in nearby Murwillumbah.

Underrated attraction: Take advantage of the enticing beaches dotted 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.

Book now: BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park.

Take a relaxing cruise from Tweed Heads and journey along the Tweed River.

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: Embrace those gorgeous national parks; Glass House Mountains, Noosa, and Mt Coolum are top picks. Alternatively, the many beautiful beaches are captivating. Or head to the hinterland's wineries.

Best rainy-day attraction: The Queensland Air Museum has a mighty collection, myriad marine creatures are on show at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium in Mooloolaba, or visit the entertainment-laden Ginger Factory in Yandina.

Underrated attraction: It's a toss-up between Mapleton Observatory and day trippin' to the charming old-gold town of Gympie.

Budget tip: Stroll along Caloundra's coastal pathway or the Coolum Boardwalk. Or get your culture on at Caloundra or Noosa Regional Gallery.

Book now: BIG4 Caloundra Holiday Park, BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort, or BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Noosa.

The Glass House Mountains are an imposing sight.

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

Toowoomba

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. Or catch a show at the striking Empire Theatre.

Underrated attraction: Milne Bay Military Museum offers interest for all ages. Special mention to DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum (limited opening hours).

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.

Book now: BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park.

Toowoomba is well known for its beautiful gardens.

If you have a tip for anyone visiting these locations, or have any other feedback, please leave a comment below.

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