Escape: Three Brisbane island getaways on your doorstep!

Brisbanes Island Getaways

The G20 has presented Brisbane residents with a rare and wondrous opportunity. And no I’m not talking about the jaw-dropping beauty of the Colour Me Brisbane installation, or any of the other events we’ve been treated to as part of the cultural events problem.

No, no my friends. I’m talking about something even more wondrous than that.

I’m talking about a long weekend that starts on a FRIDAY! 

Truly there is no greater gift can any governing body bequeath to its citizens. So why not make the most of this gift by taking a day trip to one of the island getaways that are practically on Brisbane’s doorstep…


Stradbroke Island

How to get there : The only way to get to Straddie is by ferry – you can choose whether you want to take your car or travel just travel as a passenger. The three ferry companies service the island are:


When you arrive at Dunwich you can get the bus over to Point Lookout to visit some of Straddie’s main attractions. Cylinder Beach is world famous for its great surfing conditions and pristine beach and is a must see by anyone’s standards.

Its also conveniently close to the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel for a spot of lunch and a nice cold drink. After lunch you can head back toward Dunwich and explore one of Stradbroke Island’s fresh water lakes before heading back to the ferry.


Moreton Island

If you go on your own:

The Micat Ferry departs from the terminal at 14 Howard Street, Port of Brisbane and you’ll need to make a booking for yourself and your vehicle before you go. Micat timetables and booking info can be found at

NOTE: Moreton Island is 4WD access only and you need to get  a permit before you go which you can purchase online here – Moreton Island 4WD Permit

Or you can take a tour:

No 4WD? No worries! There are a couple of different tours you can take including  Moreton Island Aventures, Adventure Moreton Island and the popular Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort Tour


  • Sandboarding down some of Australia’s largest sand dunes
  • Hand feeding wild dolphins at Tangalooma Resort
  • Having a natural spa in the Champagne Pools – think waves breaking over a natural rock wall and cascading into crystal clear rock pools
  • Checking out the magnificent view from Cape Moreton light house – and maybe spotting a dolphins or whale while you’re at it!


Bribie Island

Escaping to Bribie Island is SO easy  – I mean, you can drive there for goodness sake! But the fact that it’s so close can mean its charms are sometimes overlooked.

Bribie is a perfect spot for a family day at the beach. There are surf beaches such as Woorim on the eastern side, and protected beaches such as Bellara and Bongaree on the western side that are great for littlies who are just getting the hang of the water.

But for something a bit different, why not spend the day exploring the Bribie’s Pumicestone Passage on a houseboat? BBQ Boat Hire has a variety of boats available that can accommodate up to 12 people and include:

  • Fuel
  • Gas BBQ
  • 30L of drinking water
  • Flush Toilet

The best part is you don’t even need a licence!

So now you have all the info you need to make to most of this long weekend at one of Brisbane’s beautiful island escapes!  

But whatever you get up to, why not share it with the Our Town Brisbane community on Instagram? Its a great way to let everyone know about the the things you love to do in our city – and you might even pick up some new ideas while you’re there!

Simply use the #instabrisbane hashtag or tag Rachel_OurTownBrisbane so I can check it out 🙂


Rachel - Ed

About Rachel

Thirty-something Brisbane lover, trying to find the balance between FOMO and YOLO. Semi-retired party girl who loves planning itineraries for big nights out. Often found dragging 3 boys around your local farmers markets or attempting to sneak out for dinner with my husband, The Chef.

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5 Responses to “Escape: Three Brisbane island getaways on your doorstep!”

  1. Robyna @ theMummyandtheMinx Reply

    Absolutely love a day trip out to Straddie and I was really surprised by the beauty of Bribe last time I went – and the cute shops and restaurants that are there now. Great ideas!

  2. Wish I was headed off to one of our lovely island but alas I’m not! It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Straddie or Moreton. Wasn’t too long ago I was at Bribie. Great reminder that I should be making more of what we have right on our doorstep!

  3. I’ve never been to any of the islands off Brisbane. I might have to see if I can talk Paul into it next time we are down 🙂

    • Rachel - Ed
      Rachel - Ed Reply

      Hopefully we’ll find an excuse to get you up here because I would seriously LOVE to take you out on the town lady xx

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