SHORT BREAKS

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Short breaks and weekend getaways from Brisbane

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.

Yep, Brisbanites, there’s no excuse to not hit the road for a short break with BIG4.

The imposing Glass House Mountains are a Sunshine Coast icon. Credit: Tourism and Events QLD.

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, 20min 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 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! Thrilling theme parks, SkyPoint Observation Deck, beach hopping, and exploring the hinterland and its 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 action-packed HOTA Gallery for a cultural fix.

Book now: BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park.

Don't miss a visit to the hinterland. Pictured: Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. Credit: Tourism and Events QLD.

Tweed Heads (NSW)

Please note: Currently border restrictions apply for travel between QLD and NSW.

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.

Tweed Heads easily blends relaxation with adventure.

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 in Caloundra 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 ParkBIG4 Maroochy RiverBIG4 Ingenia Holidays Noosa, or BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks Rainbow Beach.

Caloundra epitomises the vast appeal of a Sunshine Coast getaway.

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: Toowoomba has a vibrant collection of street art to admire.

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 captivates with its colourful street art. Credit: Tourism Darling Downs.

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