With school holidays coming to an end, it may seem as though the adventures and experiences will have to follow suit. But we’re here to reassure you that that’s not the case! You don’t need months of planning or extended periods of time to escape on an island adventure or try your hand at a trending must-do with the family. So to set you out on the right foot, we’ve put together our top five day trips you can squeeze in before school goes back.

Currumbin Rock Pools & Cougal Cascades

Escape the hustle and bustle of Brisbane and enjoy the great outdoors at the Currumbin Rock Pools and Cascades. Read a book and relax as the kids jump, squeal and swim through one of Queensland’s most beautiful natural pools. Take a short walk through the tropical rainforest to reach the rock pool and cascade. With hundreds of individual rock pools to explore, it’s a great day out for the kids and the family.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

The sky is the limit at Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. Situated in 30 acres of magical tropical rainforest in the Gold Coast hinterland, this is a unique opportunity to see the rainforest like never before. Walk amongst the tree tops, check out the unique flora and fauna and learn about the forest in detail with an expert tour guide. The walk will show you the forest from every single angle taking you through a combination of trails, including floor forests, over high tech steel bridges and on a 40 metre high bridge. The walk is only 1.5 kilometres and takes people on average 45 minutes.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest Koala sanctuary. Located on the outskirts of Brisbane, the sanctuary offers an incomparable experience in getting to see, meet and learn about some of Australia’s most weird and wonderful creatures. Home to over 130 koalas, the sanctuary has daily shows, meet and greets and talks that will get you up close and personal with a koala. The fun doesn’t stop there though, the sanctuary is also home to kangaroos, platypus, Tasmanian devils and an array of bird species. It’s a great opportunity for the kids to see and learn about unique Australian wildlife.

Scenic Rim

From a German cuckoo clock shop to outback opals, cows to camels, there are so many wonders that await you in the Scenic Rim. Located just past the Gold Coast hinterland, this region is a treasure trove of weird and wonderful activities and adventures. There are farm adventures for the kids, wineries and beautiful boutiques for the adults, and picturesque cafes and restaurants to keep you fed and watered. Oh, and don’t leave without some of Granny Mac’s famous fudge in your hands.

Tangalooma Island Resort

Located just a 75 minute ferry ride from Brisbane, Tangalooma Island Resort is the ultimate day trip that will keep you wanting more. From snorkelling, sand tobogganing and quad biking, to kayaking and feeding wild dolphins at dusk, this amazing island escape has something for everyone. Tangalooma also has a world class Eco Centre that run programs and tours daily educating guests on conservation and natural wildlife, perfect for the littlies! See some whale bones, feed a pelican or kookaburra and head home on the ferry ready for a good night sleep.



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