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Best things to do in Brisbane for someone who loves the water and outdoors?

What are the best outdoor places to explore around Brisbane? I'm thinking lakes, rivers, mountains, and beaches.  Thanks!

6 Answers

top answer by
Jack from Buderim, Queensland

Cedar Creek is a cool place just west of Brisbane. It's got a nice little waterfall and a beautiful creek flowing for quite a long way. It's located close to Samford Valley; you can easily google it.

Also, Wivenhoe Dam is a pretty simple camping place. You can go fishing, boating, swimming; or just camp out and relax for no more than 10 dollars a night.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cedar Creek (city)
  2. Brisbane (city)
  3. Samford Valley (city)
  4. Wivenhoe Dam (attraction)
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answered by

abseiling or rock climbing at Kangaroo Point

Story Bridge Adventure Climb-medium fitness-a lot of stairs but great views around Brisbane.

Mt Coot-Tha has some good walks.

If you have a car, Cedar Creek Falls at Mount Tamborine-nice walking circuits and fantastic scenery.

Again with a car, Mt Glorious and Mt Nebo- roughly 45 minutes from Brisbane.

Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast have great beaches. 

On Sunshine Coast, Gardners Falls at Maleny with walks and swimming holes.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Kangaroo Point (city)
  2. Story Bridge Adventure Climb (attraction)
  3. Mt Coot-Tha (city)
  4. Mount Tamborine (city)
  5. Mt Glorious (city)
  6. Mt Nebo (city)
  7. Sunshine Coast (attraction)
  8. Gold Coast (city)
  9. Gardners Falls (attraction)
  10. Maleny (city)
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answered by
Aaron from Brisbane

Hi Juliana,

You'll have to take a walk up to Mt Coot-Tha which isn't too far from the city. Beaches in brisbane don't exist really, but you can easily travel to the Gold Coast for those. For a sneaky local waterhole location, try Cedar Creek Road up the very end of the road, but you will probably need a car to get there. Happy Travels!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mt Coot-Tha (city)
  2. Gold Coast (city)
  3. Cedar Creek Road (attraction)
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answered by
Ernst from Long Island (New York)

How much time do you have, and how far outside of Brisbane are you willing to go?  I'd highly recommend Fraser Island which is about 3 - 3 1/2 hours north.  You can get to the island from either Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay.  It's the largest sand dune island in the world with clear dune lakes like Lake McKenzie, rainforests, as well as eucalyptus and mangrove forests.  A major landmark on the island is the shipwreck S.S. Maheno.  You'd need a 4x4 to get around the island, which you could rent, or you can go on a tour. I'd spend a couple of days here exploring.  If you're traveling between November and March and are interested in seeing nesting marine turtles and/or marine turtles hatching, then the Mon Repos Regional Park is the place for you.  It's about 14km from Bundaberg.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Fraser Island (city)
  2. Rainbow Beach (city)
  3. Hervey Bay (city)
  4. Lake McKenzie (attraction)
  5. S.S. Maheno (attraction)
  6. Mon Repos (city)
  7. Bundaberg (city)
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answered first by
Alejandro from Singapore

While in the City you must do the City Reach Broadwalk, for a walk/run in the afternoon for a relaxed workout (great food along the way too). The newly opened Brisbane Riverwalk is also great for a workout or if you want to see the city from the middle of the river. You could also visit the Riverlife Adventure Center to do kayaking, rock climbing et al.  Mt Coot-Tha is a bit away but a nice walk rewarded with a great view.

If you are more adventurous (and time flexible) you could try Tangalooma Island Resort where you can ride ATVs in the beach and every water sport/activity possible.

There are many beaches around: Shorncliffe is close but can be rather busy on a weekend. Suttons Beach is probably the nicest to swim in. Scarborough beach is probably the nicest and very family friendly. 

If you have more time you may want to head south to the Gold Coast where you can find some of the best surfing spots in Australia.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Riverlife (attraction)
  2. Mt Coot-Tha (city)
  3. Tangalooma Island Resort (hotel)
  4. Shorncliffe (city)
  5. Suttons Beach (attraction)
  6. Scarborough (city)
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answered by
Jacqui from London

For something unique (depending on budget) you can abseil theKangaroo Point Cliffs, do the Story Bridge Adventure Climb, have a drink at Alfred & Constance and Cloudland and enjoy an Aussie Angus steak at Black Hide Steakhouse ($$$$$) or Breakfast Creek Hotel

Otherwise, just walk. Walk from Queen Street Mall (shopping district) to the Botanical Gardens on the river, then walk across the Brisbane River to Kangaroo Point. Follow the river (to the right) and walk along South Bank Parkland. You can go swimming at the man made beach at South Bank Parklands. At the other end is GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art) and some pop up markets.

Catch great live music at Lefty's Old Time Music Hall or watch a sporting game at Suncorp Stadium (I recommend the Brisbane Roar for Soccer, Brisbane Broncos for Rugby League or Brisbane Reds for Rugby Union).

I think there are also water sports you can do further up the Brisbane river, like kayaking, rowing and banana boating. 

If you are there at the right time I would highly recommend a whale watching tour. You would spend a whole day on the water. 

You can also check out picnic places and a Simpsons waterfall during a hike up the stunning Mt Coot-Tha and the Mt Coot-Tha Rd at Botanic Gardens, stop 17. Great views from the top of the mountain of the whole city to the bay. 

Nearby, Bribie Island and North Stradbroke Island are the places to be for fishing, hiking, bush walking, dolphins and swimming. But the Sunshine Coast (north) and Gold Coast (south) are also both within an hour drive of Brisbane. And they have the best beaches of anywhere. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Queen Street Mall (attraction)
  2. Kangaroo Point (city)
  3. South Bank Parkland (attraction)
  4. Mt Coot-Tha (city)
  5. Mt Coot-Tha Rd at Botanic Gardens, stop 17 (attraction)
  6. Bribie Island (city)
  7. North Stradbroke Island (attraction)
  8. Sunshine Coast (attraction)
  9. Gold Coast (city)
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