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A Winter Escape to Brisbane

Escape the ordinary this winter and head to Brisbane to embrace nature.

Winter getting you down? Escape to Brisbane to get out of your winter rut. Check out the best ways to enjoy an outdoor getaway in this beautiful city.

Stuck in a winter rut? While winter in Australia may not bring blizzards and snowstorms, it comes as no surprise that sun-loving Australians feel more down in winter than in summer
But did you know that Queenslanders maintain the best moods out of all Aussies during the cooler months? This could be largely thanks to the Queensland climate, offering an escape from the winter chill. 
Plan your ‘Wintervention’ and take a trip to Brisbane to get out of your winter rut.

National Parks near Brisbane

Beautiful Queensland has an abundance of national parks to explore and discover. And luckily for Brisbane, many of them are just a short drive away. Get back to nature at these stunning locations.
Venman Bushland National Park – West Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton
Walking tracks? Check. Barbecues? Check. Picnic tables? Check. Pack up the family and take a visit to this leafy national park, offering plenty of fresh air, beautiful flora, and wildlife sightings.
Get your hiking shoes on and choose your adventure, whether it’s a shorter walk or the longest track, or simply relax and take in the views while sizzling sausages on the barbecue. This family-friendly national park is the perfect place to embrace the cooler weather instead of hiding from it.
Mount Coot-tha Forest – Sir Samuel Griffith Dr, Mount Coot-Tha
This heritage-listed forest reserve is a popular yet peaceful place to go for a walk, run, bike ride, horse ride, or picnic. Whether you’re heading out with the family, as a couple, or on your own, Mount Coot-tha Forest has plenty to offer for a fun day out.
Enjoy panoramic views of the city and Stradbroke Island while taking in the beauty of the bushland. Don’t forget your camera – this spot is known for having a display of stunning birds and the occasional possum on show.
Fort Lytton National Park – 160 South St, Lytton
Get outdoors and experience something a little different at Fort Lytton National Park. Originally constructed as a military fort in 1880, the park’s main attractions are the guided tour of Fort Lytton Historic Military Precinct, the museum, and the re-enactments.
If you’d like to get out of the house and get a bit of a history lesson, you’ll love this incredible place.

Day Trips from Brisbane

If you’re looking to take a day trip out of Brisbane, there are endless ways to add some excitement to your winter.
Glass House Mountains – 65km North of Brisbane
Approximately a 1-hour scenic drive from Brisbane, located in the picturesque Sunshine Coast Hinterland, sits the town of Glass House Mountains.
The drive up is an adventure in itself, with rolling green hills reminiscent of a postcard. Once you get to the Glass House Mountains, there are bespoke boutiques and eateries to wander and enjoy for hours on end. 
Mount Tamborine – 75km South of Brisbane
Journey just over an hour to the heart of the Gold Coast Hinterlands, Mt Tamborine. Rainforests, bushwalks, and a Sky Walk offer hours of fun in this beautiful area.
Grab a bite to eat at one of the country pubs, or make your way through the arts and crafts stores. If you’re feeling thirsty, there’s no lack of wineries to relax and wet your whistle while taking in the views.
Springbrook – 105km South of Brisbane
The 1.5-hour trip from Brisbane is well worth it when you reach this gorgeous area. With walking trails, lookouts, picnic spots, and waterfalls to enjoy, Springbrook has it all.
Head to the glow worms cage for something a little different that the whole family can enjoy.
When you get back to Brisbane after your day outdoors, no doubt you’ll want a comfortable bed to rest on! View our Brisbane hotels to find the right room for you. 

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