Whether you’re in the mood for a rugged island escape or a breath of fresh country air, a boozy break or a lazy weekend of café-hopping, there are plenty of weekend getaway options within easy reach of Brisbane. To help make planning your next weekend jaunt less painstaking, we’ve wrapped up some of the top spots to make a beeline for when you knock off work on a Friday afternoon.
The original seaside escape from Brisbane, the Gold Coast also offers a fantastic weekend away for those who’d prefer to take the train, as Brisbane’s train network links up with the Gold Coast Light Rail that runs all the way to the heart of the Gold Coast at Broadbeach. Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach will satisfy visitors looking for bright lights and big malls, while the seaside suburbs to the south, particularly Burleigh Heads, offer a more laid-back vibe.
If you equate a great weekend away with plenty of good wine, look no further than the Granite Belt, Queensland’s premier region, which begins just two hours southwest of Brisbane. At its heart, the attractive rural town of Stanthorpe makes a great base for exploring the region’s many wineries and artisan producers – rent a bike and arm yourself with the Strange Bird Wine Trail map that features wineries producing the region’s more unusual varietals.