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Top 6 Day Trips from Brisbane for the Family

Aunty and nephew at Australia Zoo feeding Giraffe

Hey there, beautiful families! 🌞 If you’re looking to make memories that last a lifetime with your loved ones, why not embark on a family day trip from Brisbane that offers a blend of nature, culture, and adventure?

In recent times, ‘life-seeing’, or local experiences has become a trend. As has being a tourist in your own city to explore those places you’ve never seen before or even realised they were there.

Whether you’re visiting Brisbane on a weekend escape or live in Greater Brisbane, here’s why family day trips are a must:

  1. Bonding Time: Nothing strengthens family ties like shared experiences. Explore together, laugh together, and create stories you’ll reminisce about for years to come.
  2. Educational Fun: What better way to educate the young ones (and even the not-so-young ones) about Brisbane’s unique wildlife, environment, and rich culture than through immersive experiences?
  3. Recharge & Refresh: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. A day trip outdoors can be the perfect escape to recharge the mind, body, and soul. Let your tour guide take charge for a moment so you can breathe and relax.

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We know many families are made up of diverse age groups, with young ones and teenagers in the mix. This list of recommended family day trips has taken this into consideration with most age groups appreciating animal encounters and time near or on the water.

Aria Catamaran

  1. Sail Moreton Bay

Not a boat owner? That’s ok, here’s your chance to sail away on a mesmerizing journey aboard Aria, soaking in breathtaking views and serene waters of Moreton Bay. This tour is more than just a cruise; it’s an experience! You’ll sail through Moreton Bay and visit Horseshoe Bay at Peel Island. The kids will be kept entertained with beach games, boom netting, and dolphin spotting! Your half day cruise includes morning or afternoon tea and lunch. Find out more here. 

Lone Pine Sleeping Koala

2. Koala River & Cruise

Travel like a tourist on a 70-minute cruise from South Bank along the Brisbane River past some of the city’s most iconic and historic locations. At the end of the cruise you’ll arrive at the at the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary in the leafy riverside suburb of Fig Tree Pocket. Wildlife lovers, and Brisbane locals, if you’ve not been before or in recent times this one’s for you! Discover more.

Minjerribah Cultural Tour

Minjerribah Cultural Tour

3. Minjerribah Cultural Walk

Meet your very own Quandamooka Guide for a gentle walk that educates, enlightens and enchants. You’ll immerse yourself in the rich Aboriginal culture and history of Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island.  Pending seasonality, you may even be treated to some bush tucker delights! Learn more.

Moreton Island Wrecks Adventure Tour

Moreton Island Wrecks Adventure Tour

4. Wrecks Adventure

Dive into adventure with a wreck exploration tour on Moreton Island. Discover hidden treasures beneath the waves and create thrilling memories. A true local favourite, the Wrecks Adventure is an awe-inspiring escape sure to spark your energy levels! Choose up to 3 adventures for your Moreton Island Day Trip. Whether you want to be segwaying along white sandy beaches, snorkeling around the Tangalooma Shipwrecks or Stand Up Paddle Boarding along the crystal blue water.

5. Australia Zoo

Experience the magic of wildlife at the iconic Australia Zoo. From cuddly koalas to slithering snakes, it’s a day packed with excitement! This six-hour tour departs from Brisbane transporting you to Beerwah where your guide will have you seamlessly moving throughout Australia Zoo, discover or book your wildlife adventure.

6. Sunrise Camel Ride

For the early birds, a sunrise with Flinders Peak as your backdrop is a real treat! Jump in the car and drive approximately 45 minutes south-west of Brisbane to reach Australia’s largest camel farm and dairy operation. Along this gentle ride, you’ll see unique Australian animals like kangaroos, birds and if you’re lucky even koalas and other native wildlife. Some riders even report seeing a platypus along the creek banks. Make a day of it and stay on to tour the dairy, enjoy brunch at the Homestead. Discover more here.


👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 So, mums, dads, and grandparents, if you’ve got friends and family visiting or simply want to explore Brisbane’s gems, these tours are your ticket to an unforgettable day out! Book now and let the adventures begin! 🌏🐨🌊

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