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Get out and explore Brisbane’s backyard Give me Brisbane Any Day


Brisbane’s Regions Drive in any direction and discover the beauty and diversity of Brisbane’s surrounding regions Lockyer Valley

Moreton Bay Region

Known as South East Queensland’s Salad Bowl, the Lockyer Valley is home to charming towns and boasts picturesque valley pastures dotted with roadside stalls selling farm fresh produce.

Just north of Brisbane, the Moreton Bay Region draws visitors with its family-friendly parks and seaside markets, calm beaches and waterways, scenic drives and rainforest walks.


Moreton Island

Known for outdoor adventure, Somerset offers quiet valleys, rolling green hills and expansive lakes perfect for family fun, boating, camping and postcard views.

The third-largest sand island in the world, Moreton Island’s crystalclear lagoons, tall sand dunes and pristine beaches will have you feeling at one with nature.

Scenic Rim


Follow the changing landscape south west from Brisbane and you’ll find yourself in the Scenic Rim, home to lush rainforests, dramatic mountain ranges and local food and wine trails.

Whether it’s a picnic by the bay, sailing between small subtropical islands, or surfing the white sandy beaches of North Stradbroke Island, Redlands is the ideal coastal getaway.


Ipswich City

Logan City

As Queensland’s oldest provincial city, Ipswich is immersed in history. Enjoy heritage buildings, antique treasures and an emerging cafe culture.

Logan City offers an urban lifestyle with a wealth of hidden treasures, from abundant wetlands and curious wildlife to adrenaline-pumping adventure sports.

Give me Brisbane Any Day It’s a familiar story – loved ones land on your doorstep or you’re looking for something new to do… all the while, your bountiful backyard is just begging to be explored.

Where can we go? What can we do? Where are we staying? How about you and your best mates swap stories along a hike through a heritage-listed rainforest, celebrate your anniversary with a loved one in a treetop villa, relax with friends enjoying fish and chips by the bay, or exhaust the kids playing at a water park and top it off with a refreshing treat. Interested? All of this and much more can be done in Brisbane, right on your doorstep. Read on to discover suggestions to fill your days exploring and creating precious memories. We’d love to hear all about it, so share your trip with us, #brisbaneanyday. Kangaroo Point Cliffs


Dive into our majestic coast

Inject some excitement into your summer and try kite and windsurfing, kayaking and paddleboarding with Surfconnect.

Visitors fly from around the world in search of islands as idyllic as those on Brisbane’s coastline. With paradise at your doorstep, what are you waiting for? Explore the bayside Beneath that calm seaside exterior, there’s plenty to do on Brisbane’s bayside. Shop the markets at Manly Harbour Village, cycle the fantastic waterside pathways of Sandgate and Shorncliffe before feasting on fish and chips as you watch kitesurfers from the comfort of your picnic rug. Alternatively, head north to Moreton Bay and enjoy the family-friendly beaches at Scarborough and Redcliffe or south to Redlands for great fishing, boating and water sports at Victoria Point.


Top 5 fishing spots 1. Wellington Point Jetty 2. Amity Point, North Stradbroke Island 3. Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island 4. Redcliffe Jetty 5. Manly Boat Harbour

North Gorge Headland, North Stradbroke Island

Your guide to the islands North Stradbroke Island Moreton Island

Bribie Island

Surrounded by endless beaches, spectacular headlands and dotted with cafes and architectural beach houses, North Stradbroke Island is a great spot to unwind. Start the morning with a beach yoga class, stroll along North Gorge Headland Walk and cool off in the crystalclear surf before grabbing an ice-cream at Point Lookout. Sink your feet in to the sand, watch the sun set over the bay and forget you’re only 60 minutes from the bustle of Brisbane.

Cross the bridge to Bribie Island and immediately you’re captivated by views of the spectacular Pumicestone Passage, a calm warm-water channel perfect for fishing, bird watching and watersports. Head to the east side of the island to enjoy fish and chips and stake your spot along a long stretch of idyllic shoreline and calm waters ideal for children.

Surrounded on one side by turquoise waters, and with ocean beaches on the other, Moreton has something for every adventure junkie. Take advantage of the perfect conditions for stand-up paddleboarding or dive into exotic schools of fish around the Tangalooma wrecks. Soar through the sky on a parasail, burn some rubber on a quad bike, climb Mt Tempest, the world’s tallest stabilised sand dune, or get your heart pumping as you toboggan down The Desert.


Taste the country difference Savour our region’s tantalising blend of food and wine trails as you eat and drink your way through some of the countryside’s finest produce. Paddock to plate

Create something tasty Awaken your inner chef and get hands-on experience with a class at one of our favourite regional cooking schools. At Wild Lime Cooking School (pictured above) in the Scenic Rim, you will learn how to fuse culturally based cuisines with wild food in an inspiring two-hour class followed by lunch with local wine. Alternatively, try the fine-dining restaurant Focus by James in Logan City and enjoy a wine or beer as head chef Russell Holmes guides you through each dish. Set on beautiful Mt Tamborine, learn to cook a range of different cuisines at Tamborine Cooking School.


In the fertile Lockyer Valley, a paddock to plate phenomenon has emerged. Experience the fresh food at Porters Plainland Hotel or the boutique cafes of Forest Hill. The Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre showcases the freshest local produce, Schulte’s Meat Tavern offers quality smallgoods, Seatonfire makes award-winning chilli chocolate and the Mulgowie Farmers’ Market locally produced gelato is a taste sensation.

Foodie favourites Restaurant Lurleen’s, Mt Cotton – modern chalet with quality local produce Ya Ya Bar and Eatery, Samford – retro tapas and pitch-perfect cocktails Eagle Rock Cafe, Laidley – 50s rock ‘n’ roll themed cafe Kooroomba Vineyard, Boonah – lunch among fields of lavender Three Little Pigs, Mt Tamborine – mountain bistro and local beer

Unwind in the Vines If you’re looking to sample a quality drop, Brisbane’s range of wineries is bound to delight even the most discerning connoisseur.

Ocean View Estates – Moreton Bay Region In the scenic hinterland area of Mt Mee and Ocean View, take a walk through the vines, meet Thomas the winemaker, dine overlooking the lake and stay in your own country cottage. Winedown Tours – Somerset Enjoy the picturesque drive before tasting the gourmet delights of Coolana Olives, Winya Wines and Woongooroo Estate. Sirromet – Redlands Nestled in the Redlands hinterland, Queensland’s largest and mostawarded winery features fantastic views of the surrounding bushland and across the bay. Take a tour or sample some of its famous wines over lunch on the Tuscan Terrace.

Lockyer Valley

Tamborine Wine Trail – Scenic Rim Take a day trip to the cool, lush beauty of Tamborine Mountain and explore a wine trail that weaves through the six wineries on the mountain. While you’re there, try a tasting tray at the MT Brewery or stop off at Tamborine Mountain Distillery for a variety of spirits made from native ingredients.

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Challenge your limits Feel the power of a jetski, conquer downhill bike tracks, or strike an item from your bucket list with an exhilarating fall through the heavens. The sky’s the limit Take your adventure sky high to feel the adrenaline pump through your veins or to simply experience some of the best views in South East Queensland.

Freefall Skydiving Feel the wind in your hair as you skydive from 14,000 feet above. Soar above the clouds, valleys and farms on a day or night jump with Somerset’s Skydive Ramblers (pictured above), Moreton Bay’s Adrenalin Skydivers or Ripcord Skydivers in the Lockyer Valley.

Float Hot Air Ballooning

Offering spectacular views of Brisbane’s countryside, hot air ballooning is the perfect way to soak up the surrounds as they quietly unfold below. Arrange a flight with Floating Images in Ipswich or the Lockyer Valley’s Balloons Above.

Fly Helicopter Flight

If the buzz of a helicopter is more your speed, Pterodactyl Helicopters in Ipswich can take you along the twists and turns of the Brisbane River or treat you to a tour of the region’s award-winning wineries.

Fling Bungy Jumping

As one of the most exhilarating bungy jumping operations in Australia, Logan City’s Bungy Australia Kingston Park will give you the ultimate adrenaline rush as you plunge from 14 storeys above the ground.


Speed Demon Discover your inner F1 racer and speed into Kingston Park Raceway (pictured above) for a full-throttle experience. Kids can battle it out on the Monte Carlo and Indy tracks, while diehard racers experience real side-byside racing on the Le Mans Track. With top-speed karts reaching 80kph, prepare yourself for wicked chicanes, hairpin corners and a long straight for a speed rush like no other.

Saddle up on an overnight trek with Fordsdale Horseback Adventures. Experienced riders can explore Ma Ma Creek and the surrounding bushland over two days.

Fordsdale, Lockyer Valley

On the water If you feel more at home on the water, visit the scenic Lakes Dyer, Moogerah or Somerset for jet skiing, water skiing or to simply cast a line and enjoy the view. Don’t have a boat? Head to Cable Ski Logan and conquer the water as you’re pulled along by overhead cables. For some paddle power, Redlands Kayak Tours and 24AT Adventure Tours will have you exploring some of the bay’s finest waters; or, if it’s all too much, visit Redlands to cruise around the bay in style and discover some of its best kept secrets with Robinson Cruises, Brisbane Yacht Charters or Dick Whittington Tours.

On the mountains Wilderness warriors should head to Brisbane’s mountainous hinterland for a range of adventure activities bound to test your skills. • Slickers Horse Riding, Moreton Bay – take a trail-riding journey • Mount Barney Lodge, Scenic Rim – scale the rock face or abseil from the cliff’s edge • Land Cruiser Mountain Park, Somerset – explore the 4000 hectares wilderness camping and 4WD park

Somerset Dam, Somerset

• Mt Joyce Recreation Park, Scenic Rim – master 25km of mountain bike tracks


Full steam ahead

Make a splash It’s a warm sunny day in Brisbane and you’ve already plied the kids with a scoop of ice-cream. What now? Pack the littlies and cool off in some of Brisbane’s most accessible water parks and beaches.

All aboard for a wholly interactive heritage experience at Ipswich’s The Workshops Rail Museum (pictured below), Australia’s oldest operating railway workshop. Make history come alive with hands-on exhibits, multi-media encounters and colourful stories, coupled with huge steam locomotives and massive industrial machinery. Meet some true Aussie characters as you see the workshop in operation, just as it has been for over 140 years. The museum has 15 larger-than-life exhibits to explore and fantastic interactive activities for kids.

Robelle Domain The 24-hectare Robelle Domain in Ipswich is the core of the Springfield Central Parklands and features a mini aquativity park with jet sprays and a 700-litre tipping water bucket. Wynnum Wading Pool & Park Head to Wynnum where grown-ups can relax as the kids are entertained by a saltwater wading pool, piratethemed playground and a pod of rubber whales spraying jets of water. Wellington Point Little ones will love hunting for tiny soldier crabs at the Wellington Point spit as they scuttle across the beach, or exploring King Island, just a short walk over the sand spit from the park. Settlement Cove This gigantic tropical seafront at Redcliffe features wading pools with mushroom water features, and a ship-inspired playground. Enjoy the shaded areas and plentiful barbecues with your family.

Top parks Whether your little one likes to climb into sprawling trees, splash about or play hide and seek, Brisbane’s most creative parks have something for everyone.

• Pirate lovers – Amity

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• Colourful creation – Hidden World, Fitzgibbon

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• Explore the forts – Moora Park, Shorncliffe

• For the whole family – Queens Park, Ipswich




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lookouts North Gorge Headland Walk, North Stradbroke Island (pictured below) The Governor’s Chair at Spicers Gap, Scenic Rim Jolly's Lookout, Moreton Bay The Spillway Outlook, Somerset Cunningham’s Crest Lookout, Lockyer Valley

Answer the call of the wild Breathe fresh mountain air, walk trails so lush and full of life that you’ll feel like you’ve travelled across the globe, and discover views that photographs just won’t do justice.

Animal encounters Marvel at the acrobatic bird of prey show at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Scenic Rim Feed wild dolphins at Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island Visit rescued donkeys at Destiny Boonah Donkey Farm, Scenic Rim Spot Bambi at Lyell Deer Sanctuary, Moreton Bay View a koala at Daisy Hill Koala Centre, Logan City See rare bilbies at Ipswich Nature Centre, Ipswich City Go bird watching at Lakes Apex or Freeman, Lockyer Valley

Walking trails Take a walk among the beauty and splendour of Brisbane’s most spectacular natural landscapes. Explore the Lost World in the Scenic Rim. Kids can cool off and go rock-hopping across the babbling Christmas Creek while experienced bushwalkers strap on their hiking boots and venture into the tangled forests of Lamington National Park. For a different perspective, stroll high up in the canopy with Tamborine Mountain Skywalk. Head to Logan City and explore the Berrinba Wetlands’ 7km of scenic tracks or uncover history along Somerset’s Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

D’Aguilar National Park Redlands IndigiScapes Starting just 10km from the city, Centre D’Aguilar National Park stretches 36,000 hectares north to the area around Moreton Bay’s Mount Mee. Here you’ll see remote gorges, sheltered pockets of subtropical rainforest and expanses of eucalypt woodland. Birdlife abounds, great barred frogs and crayfish inhabit the mountain streams and more than 800 species of plant can be found in its forests. Walk, drive, or take a motorbike, horse or mountain bike to uncover this beautiful region.


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With garden displays, bush trails, wildlife and a tea garden, IndigiScapes will have you living and breathing nature. Here you can stroll along more than a kilometre of bush trails, wander display gardens, learn about edible native plants, spot koalas, buy plants or just enjoy the cafe’s scrumptious treats.


Christmas Creek, Scenic Rim


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Stay in our backyard Seaside escapes • On the Beach Resort, Bribie Island – stylish beachfront apartments

Whether you’re relaxing by the fire in an elegant mountain lodge, drifting off to the sound of breaking waves or curled up under a blanket of twinkling stars, Greater Brisbane will soothe the soul and have you feeling a world away.

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• Oaks Mon Komo, Redcliffe – nearby tropical lagoon to entertain the kids • Blue Lagoon Campground, Moreton Island – walking trails to the crystal-clear lake

• Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island – stay overnight and feed wild dolphins at dusk

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For a romantic rainforest escape, stay at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park.

Live it up Stay in the lap of luxury on Brisbane’s doorstep with some of the region’s most breathtaking and unique properties. With arguably Brisbane’s best view, Bunyip Resort in the Scenic Rim is an intimate boutique resort perched high on the side of Mount French. If beachluxe is your style, Aquila House on North Stradbroke Island is a self-contained architectural beauty set over three levels and a short walk from the surf and sand. Alternatively, degustation dinners and spa treatments are on the menu at Queensland’s most luxurious lodge, Spicers Peak Lodge (pictured above) in the Scenic Rim.


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Boonah, Scenic Rim

Country charm Stay in Brisbane’s rugged countryside and discover Queensland’s outback heritage. Lillydale Farm Stay Lillydale Farm Stay in the Scenic Rim offers the warmth and history of a genuine Queensland country farm. Take the kids to feed the animals, milk the cow, ride the tractor and explore Mount Barney.

Spicers Hidden Vale Perfect for couples, the Grandchester cattle farm features luxurious colonial cottages. Take a 4WD tour, play croquet and dine at the exquisite Cottons Restaurant before curling up by the fireplace.

Branell Homestead For the personal touch of a bed and breakfast, stay at the Lockyer Valley’s elegantly appointed Branell Homestead. Feed the chooks, unwind in the library or fish off the private jetty.

Brockhurst Cabins Moreton Bay’s Brockhurst Cabins is a getaway for the whole family. Swim in the spring-fed dam, barbecue, take a trail ride through the mountains or feed horses from the comfort of your deck.

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Ipswich City

Top of Town The once bustling hub of Queensland’s oldest provincial city has undergone a creative renaissance. Known to Ipswich locals as Top of Town, the area is now a must-browse precinct of outstanding cafes, quirky boutiques, restored hotels and wine bars. Notable boutiques include Province Modern Country, vintage and classically styled home furnishings and interior collections, and The Vintage Advantage, a quirky collection of fashion, homewares and knick-knacks.

Mountain beauty The crisp mountain air and tranquil hinterland have inspired a number of luxurious day spas for those seeking rejuvenation, relaxation and balance. Soak up the soothing sights and scents and embrace the beauty of the surrounding environment at Clear Mountain’s Stephanie’s Mountain Spa in Moreton Bay Region, Mount Cotton’s Body and Soul in Redlands, or O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa and The Escarpment, both in the Scenic Rim.

Treasure hunting Brisbane’s backyard is an absolute trove for antique gems and handmade treasures. Samford Valley Antique and Vintage – provincial pieces Bayside Antique and Collectable Centre, Cleveland – extensive range The Dayboro Shed – rural and period furniture Ipswich Antique Centre – enormous collection Cuckoo Clock Nest, Mt Tamborine – cuckoo clock heaven The Collective Store, Wynnum – quirky handmade items Drift Handmade Treasures, North Stradbroke Island – beach chic gifts Two Create, Aratula – impressive range of handmade items Palliaer Antiques, Esk – antiques and quality restorations

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Must do cultural experiences

Peaceful escape Visit the Chung Tian Temple in Logan City and take a look at Chinese art, unwind in the tea room or be welcomed by the friendly Venerables who offer guided tours and meditation classes.

From pop stars to pioneers, discover an art and cultural scene as rich and lively as the landscape.

Settlers’ stories Just as the rich soil of the Lockyer Valley proved a magnet for immigrants to the region, the historic stories of their settlement now provide a fascinating insight into lives from another time. Step back in time at Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum, visit local legend Jessie’s Cottage, or explore Das Neumann Haus, a restored 1893 German settler’s home.

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Brisbane’s artful backyard

Explore Brisbane’s backyard and you’ll find a host of boutique galleries scattered across the region, many exhibiting local and emerging Australian artists. • Ipswich Art Gallery • Caboolture Regional Art Gallery • Redland Art Gallery (pictured above) • Marks & Gardner Gallery, Mount Tamborine • Boonah Regional Art Gallery • Logan Art Gallery

Bee Gees fans should head back to where it all started with a visit to Bee Gees Way, a commemorative 50m walkway that honours Redcliffe’s most famous residents 5 one of the top-selling bands and of all time.

Ancient artefacts Cross the threshold into ancient and classical worlds at Moreton Bay’s Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. Can your curiosity resist a death mask from ancient Egypt or a rare armoured shoe from Olympia, Greece?




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Somerset Lake Wivenhoe is the largest fresh-water body in South East Queensland and has a reputation for Australia’s best bass fishing.

Scenic Rim Mt Joyce Recreation area has over 40km of walking and horse riding trails and also features world-class downhill mountain bike tracks.

Moreton Island Queensland’s original lighthouse, first lit in 1857, sits on a rocky outcrop on the north eastern point of Moreton Island.

Moreton Bay Region Bribie Island was used to protect Brisbane during World War II. Fort Bribie still stands today, a historical landmark on the Queensland heritage register.

Did you know? Ipswich City Ipswich is the birthplace of rail in Queensland with the state’s first train journey in 1865 from Ipswich to Grandchester (formerly Bigges Camp).

Redlands Coochiemudlo, meaning ‘Red Rock’, is a little island only 10 minutes by ferry from Victoria Point and is easy to walk or cycle around.

Logan City Bungy Australia Kingston Park is one of only two bungy jumps in Australia.

Lockyer Valley The Lockyer Valley, often referred to as South East Queensland’s Salad Bowl, grows the most diverse range of commercial fruit and vegetables of any area in Australia.


A day in the regions

Go on a trail riding adventure with Fordsdale Horseback Adventures, near Gatton, and follow part of the Bicentennial National Trail.

Sip on a cleansing green tea and stroll through the perfectly manicured gardens of the Chung Tian Buddhist Temple.

Test yourself on a train simulator and take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Workshops Rail Museum.

Step back in time at the Queensland Transport Museum and see magnificent displays, that explore the history of transport in Australia.

Visit Logan’s 80 hectare Berrinba Wetlands, which features 7km of walking trails and an interpretive nature centre for curious kids.

Head to Stumps Restaurant in the Top of Town precinct for an al fresco feast prepared using quality local ingredients.


Float above the patchwork fields of the Scenic Rim and see Ipswich from a new angle with Floating Images hot air balloon flights.


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Ipswich City Lockyer Valley

Dine at a top-class restaurant, sampling paddock-to-plate menus, or devour some of the best pub or cafe meals.

Enjoy dinner at Limelight Bistro & Bar before a show at the entertainment mecca of Logan City, Logan Entertainment Centre.

Moreton Bay Region Browse the Redcliffe Jetty Markets on a Sunday before exploring the Bee Gees Way, a walkway honouring the world-famous pop sensations.

Enjoy fresh seafood at Morgan’s Seafood Restaurant & Teppanyaki Room before heading to Dayboro to explore the eclectic stores and book shops.

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Stay at Mary’s Place, a charming 1920s bungalow, offering the personal touches like a cup of tea and homemade biscuits on arrival.

Get a taste of country life with Branell Homestead Bed and Breakfast. Feed the cattle or enjoy a picnic hamper in the rolling green hills.

Springwood Tower Apartment offer luxury self-contained apartments, which provide guests with all of the modern comforts, including gym and sauna.

Retreat to the privacy of your eco-cabin nestled at the top of a 20-hectare eucalypt forest, just 15 minutes from Woodford.

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Climb to the top of Mount Tempest, the world’s highest stable coastal sand dune before tobogganing down the dunes at The Desert.

Indulge in a day spa experience and restore balance to your body at Stephanie’s Vintage Spa, Cleveland.

Take a stroll through the canopy and marvel at the beauty of the rainforest below on an O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk.

Relax and enjoy a stunning breakfast overlooking the glistening Lake Wivenhoe at the Cormorant Bay Café surrounded by hectares of manicured lakeside parkland.

Explore the crystal clear waters, home to a myriad of different species of reef fish at the Tangalooma wrecks.

Have lunch at The Grandview Hotel, Queensland’s oldest licensed establishment, before viewing the innovative and traditional works exhibited at Redland Art Gallery.

Get up close and personal with wild bottlenose dolphins, handfeeding them just after sunset at Tangalooma.

Surrounded by crystalclear waters on Moreton Island, Tangalooma Island Resort is the perfect no-fuss spot for the whole family.

Head to the Tamborine Mountain Distillery and, with over 80 varieties of spirits available, taste some vodka made from native ingredients.

Visit Lake Somerset for aquatic fun skiing and kayaking or find a quiet cove for peaceful fishing and reflection.

Dine at one of the diverse restaurants beside a picturesque manmade lake at Victoria Point’s Lakeside precinct.

Book ahead for dinner at The Old Church Restaurant, a beautiful country-style restaurant focused on using the freshest produce.

Browse the resident artist’s wares, pickles and preserves and savour the eclectic menu at Esk’s historic Nash Gallery and Cafe.

An award-winning luxurious bed and breakfast, Mt Cotton Guesthouse is the perfect getaway for a romantic weekend escape.

Stay at Witches Falls Cottages, which offer intimate self-contained cottages tucked away on beautiful, tranquil Tamborine Mountain.

A unique Australian bush experience complete with resident koalas The Hollow Log Country Retreat is a peaceful sanctuary bound to impress.


Make it an event to remember

Boot-scooting, horse racing and live art, Greater Brisbane’s electric events will supercharge your weekend and light up the beautiful countryside. Ipswich Cup 14 June Ipswich Turf Club

Caboolture, Moreton Bay Region

Studios & Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim 3–25 May Across Scenic Rim – Tamborine Mountain, Beechmont, Canungra and Boonah Scenic Rim artists will throw open their studio doors for the annual Open Studios Festival, which offers visitors a rare glimpse into the creative process. Marvel at the region’s diverse landscape and be inspired by the creative folk that call it home.

A Day on the Green 30 March Sirromet Winery Rock out to a special Day on the Green featuring Aussie greats Jimmy Barnes, the Angels, Ian Moss, Richard Clapton, Daryl Braithwaite and Boom Crash Opera. Enjoy the simple pleasures of good music and good wine in the serene natural landscape of Mount Cotton in Redlands.

The Ipswich Cup is one of racing’s hottest social events of the year. With a total of $200,000 in prize money, the Cup attracts some of the best trainers and horses in the country. A hugely popular event both on and off course, prepare yourself for an action-packed day of entertainment.

Urban Country Music Festival 2-4 May Caboolture Kick up your heels and experience three days of live music, fireworks, bonfires and bull-riding as Caboolture’s Urban Country Music Festival prepares to welcome 20,000 fans to raise the roof for 160 of Australia’s best artists across 12 stages. This year’s acts include Kasey Chambers, Adam Brand and Beccy Cole.

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Carp Busters Competition Mar 1 Scenic Rim (Wyaralong Dam) Outdoor Cinema - Manly Harbour Village Mar 1 Manly Harbour Village O’Reilly’s Autumn Birding Week Mar 2-7 Gatton Teddy Bears Picnic Mar 12 Moreton Bay (Deception Bay) Brisbane Spartan Race Mar 14-16 Ipswich City (Ivory Rock)

Rathdowney Memorial Campdraft Apr 11-13 Scenic Rim (Rathdowney) Sandgate Bluewater Festival Apr 11-20 Sandgate Troy Bayliss Classic & Scenic Rim Gran Fondo Apr 12 Scenic Rim (Various) Moogerah Passion Play Apr 12-19 Scenic Rim (Lake Moogerah) Laidley Heritage Weekend Apr 12-13 Laidley (Pioneer Village & Museum & Das Neumann Haus)

Gatton Street Sprints Mar 22 Scenic Rim (Lake Maroon)

Normanby Wines Jazz in the Courtyard Apr 13 Scenic Rim (Harrisville)

Jan Power’s Farmers’ Market Mar 15 Manly Harbour Village

Redlands Good Gardening Expo Apr 13 Redlands (IndigiScapes Centre)

Kokoda Grunt Mar 22 Scenic Rim (Lake Maroon) Bay Islands Multicultural Festival Mar 22 Redlands (Macleay Island)

Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race Apr 18 Sandgate Redcliffe Festival of Sails Apr 18 Redcliffe

Jazz & Shiraz Mar 29 Logan City

Gemboree - National Gem Festival Apr 18-21 Gatton Showgrounds

A Day on the Green Jimmy Barnes & Friends Mar 30 Mt Cotton (Sirromet)

Jan Power's Farmers' Market Apr 19 Manly Harbour Village


Hidden Vale 24hr Mountain Bike Relay Apr 19-20 Grandchester

Beaudesert Show Society Campdraft Apr 4-6 Scenic Rim (Beaudesert) Outdoor Cinema - Manly Harbour Village Apr 5 Manly Harbour Village Toys Apr 5-21 Ipswich (Rail Workshops) Outback Easter Apr 6 Ipswich (Rail Workshops) Watercress Creek Olive Festival Apr 6 Ipswich City (Pine Mountain)

Redlands Easter Family Festival Apr 21 Cleveland Ipswich Festival Apr 24 - May 11 Ipswich (various) Beaudesert ANZAC Day Races Apr 25 Scenic Rim (Beaudesert) Canungra Campdraft Apr Scenic Rim (Canungra)

May Ipswich Festival Apr 24 - May 11 Ipswich (various) Urban Country Music Festival May 2-4 Caboolture (QSEC)

Boonah Campdraft May 25 Scenic Rim (Boonah) Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular May 31 - Jun 1 Scenic Rim (Boonah)


GarterBelts & Gasoline Nostalgia Festival May 2-4 Tamborine Mountain

Color Run Jun 1 Ipswich City (Robelle Domain)

Outdoor Cinema - Manly Harbour Village May 3 Manly Harbour Village

Jazz in the Courtyard Jun 1 Scenic Rim (Harrisville)

Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Field Days and Heritage Festival May 3-4 Gatton Showgrounds Studios of the Scenic Rim May 3-25 Scenic Rim (various) The Time Before Festival May 5 Logan City (Mayes Cottage)

FUCHS Winternationals Jun 5-8 Ipswich City (Willowbank Raceway) Outdoor Cinema - Manly Harbour Village Jun 7 Manly Harbour Village World Environment Day Festival - Boonah Jun 7 Scenic Rim (Boonah)

Paint May 10 Ipswich (Rail Workshops)

Indigi Day Out Jun 7 Redlands (IndigiScapes Centre)

The Hills Carnivale May 10 Ferny Hills (George Willmore Park)

Kalbar Show Jun 13-14 Kalbar

Arts in the Olives May 11 Scenic Rim (Lost World)

Ipswich Cup Jun 14 Ipswich

Boonah Show May 16-17 Boonah Showgrounds

Jan Power's Farmers' Market Jun 21 Manly Harbour Village

Ipswich Show May 16-18 Ipswich Showgrounds

Beaudesert Cup Jun 21 Scenic Rim (Beaudesert)

Jan Power's Farmers' Market May 17 Manly Harbour Village

Lockyer Powerfest Jun 28-29 Laidley (Lake Dyer)

Kaleidoscope May 18 Logan City Million Paws Walk May 18 Logan City Lockyer Rural Lifestyle Expo May 23 Gatton Showgrounds Dayboro Day May 25 Dayboro A World Apart May 24-25 Scenic Rim (Mt Barney)

Eat Local Week Jun 28 - Jul 6 Scenic Rim (various) Heist Jun 28 - Jul 13 Ipswich (Rail Workshops) Zestfest Jun 29 Scenic Rim (Beechmont) Lines in the Sand Festival Jun North Stradbroke Island Whale Watching Season Jun - Nov North Stradbroke Island


Getting around Brisbane’s backyard Ipswich


Drive [30 minutes] – take the Ipswich Motorway or the Gateway Motorway

Drive [30 minutes] – take the Pacific Motorway south, exit onto Vulture Street East and follow the signs to Cleveland

Train [60 minutes] – Ipswich/Rosewood line

Lockyer Valley Drive [60 minutes] – take the Ipswich Motorway and exit on the Warrego Highway which runs directly through the Lockyer Valley

Logan City Drive [30 minutes] – take the Pacific Motorway south and take either Logan Road or Springwood exits Bus [50 minutes] – routes 551 or 561

Moreton Bay Region Drive [30 minutes] – take the Gympie Road/Bruce Highway north and exit to locations such as Redcliffe, Scarborough, Caboolture and Bribie Island, accessed via a two-lane bridge Bus [60 minutes] – route 315 to Redcliffe/ Scarborough Train [60 minutes] – Caboolture line

Moreton Island MICAT barge [90 minutes] (passenger and vehicles) – departs Port of Brisbane and arrives at Tangalooma Wrecks Amity Trader (pedestrians and vehicle carrier) – departs from Amity Point (North Stradbroke Island) to Kooringal (Moreton Island)

Train [60 minutes] – Cleveland line North Stradbroke Island Stradbroke Ferries/Big Red Cat [45 minutes] (vehicle and passenger) – departs Cleveland (Toondah Harbour) and arrives at Dunwich Harbour Stradbroke Ferries [20 minutes] (water taxi passenger) – departs Cleveland and arrives at Dunwich Stradbroke Flyer Gold Cats [20 minutes] (water taxi passenger) – departs Cleveland and arrives at One Mile terminal at Dunwich Coochiemudlo Island and Southern Moreton Bay Islands These can be accessed via both vehicle and water taxi services

Scenic Rim Drive [60 minutes] – head south on the Pacific Motorway, exit onto Logan Road. Merge onto the Gateway Motorway before turning left onto the Mt Lindesay Highway. Alternatively, take Ipswich Road and Beaudesert Road/Mt Lindesay Highway

Somerset Drive [60 minutes] – take the Western Freeway before joining the Ipswich Motorway; continue on and exit onto the Warrego Highway and exit to Fernvale/Esk








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