Standing in the shadow of Sydney and Melbourne no more, Brisbane offers a hip city escapade and boasts a thriving cultural and food scene. But if you are looking for somewhere with a less frenetic pace, drive only a few hours from Brisbane and the options become incredibly diverse. From serene hinterlands and charming countryside villages to sun-drenched beaches and coastal towns, your weekend getaway choice couldn’t get any easier. This is our collection of the best weekend getaway locations from Brisbane.

Brisbane Weekend Getaway Regions

The Sunshine Coast & Hinterland | Scenic Rim & Granite Belt | The Gold Coast & Hinterland | Byron Bay | Brisbane & The Lockyer Valley


The Sunshine Coast & Hinterland

Style: Sunny Seaside Getaway
Distance:  60 minutes from Brisbane
Attractions: Maroochydore, Noosa, Glasshouse Mountains, Mooloolaba, Blackall Range Scenic Drive, Montville and Mapleton Villages

Like a siren call that draws in the beach lovers, the Sunshine Coast mesmerizes with its natural beauty. Blue seas, golden sand, and verdant rainforests — everything is so vivid it’s hard to choose where to start exploring. Over a hundred kilometres of shoreline dotted with seaside accommodation and shops can be your jump-off point. Watch the humpback whale migrations, hike the pristine trails of national parks, or get lost in the charming towns of Montville and Mapleton. It’s not long before you will blend in with the locals and their sun-kissed glow.

Spicers Clovelly Estate

Sunshine Coast, Queensland


Boasting European inspired luxury, Spicers Clovelly Estate is a boutique hillside retreat located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

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Alexandria Retreat

Sunshine Coast, Queensland


Indulge in rest & relaxation at Alexandria Retreat, an intimate 2 bedroom bed & breakfast in the stunning Noosa Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.

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Spicers Tamarind Retreat

Sunshine Coast, Queensland


Located on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Spicers Tamarind Retreat is a luxury private rainforest retreat where Asian style meets the Australian Bush.

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Glass On Glasshouse

Sunshine Coast, Queensland


Located just 45 minutes from Brisbane, Glass On Glasshouse is a luxury, romantic & secluded retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

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Eumarella Shores Noosa Lake Retreat

Sunshine Coast, Queensland


Discover peace and tranquillity with a stay at Eumarella Shores, a collection of lakefront cottages and retreats in the Noosa hinterland.

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Scenic Rim & Granite Belt

Style: Relaxing Mountain Retreat
Distance:  60 minutes from Brisbane
Attractions: Girraween National Park, Main Range National Park, Moogerah Peaks, Wineries and Breweries, Art Galleries

Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Great Dividing Range, just an hour from the hustle of Brisbane, the Scenic Rim & Granite Belt offers a place to breathe and unwind. The rolling, lush hillsides and cool climate create the perfect environment for growing grapes, olives, and fresh produce. It’s no wonder that it is known as Queensland’s wine country. But it’s not all wining and dining. Expansive bushwalking and hiking trails, art galleries, and atmospheric local pubs are enough to make you lose track of time, even days.

Spicers Peak Lodge

Scenic Rim & Granite Belt, Queensland


Sat on a mountaintop in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak Lodge is a luxurious and intimate all-inclusive lodge with breath-taking views.

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Alure Stanthorpe

Scenic Rim & Granite Belt, Queensland


With two luxury self-catering villas and a beautiful glamping tent, Alure Stanthorpe is a unique couples retreat in Queensland’s Granite Belt.

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The Gold Coast & Hinterland

Style: Outdoor Fun and Relaxation
Distance: 60 Minutes from Brisbane
Attractions: Surfer’s Paradise, Broadbeach, Dreamworld, Wet & Wild, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Tamborine

If you’re travelling to the Gold Coast you’ll find no shortage of attractions and things to do, whether you are up for relaxation or adventure. With beautiful white-sandy beaches, lush rainforest and hike trails, tranquil hinterland escapes, and even exciting theme parks — the Fun Capital of Australia has it all, including some stunning and unforgettable accommodation.

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Gold Coast & Hinterland, Queensland


Rekindle romance and unwind at Pethers Rainforest Retreat, an award-winning accommodation featuring 10 tree houses in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

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Casa Royal

Gold Coast & Hinterland, Queensland


Located in Broadbeach Waters canal strip, Casa Royal is a beautiful holiday home with 4 bedrooms and a spectacular outdoor pool.

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Penthouse 69

Gold Coast & Hinterland, Queensland


Situated in the centre of Gold Coast’s lifestyle precinct, Penthouse 69 is a luxury sub-penthouse apartment ideal for families and groups of up to 6.

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Buena Vista

Gold Coast & Hinterland, Queensland


Perfectly located in the beautiful Broadbeach area of the Gold Coast, Buena Vista is a 5 bedroom holiday villa that is designed to impress.

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Byron Bay

Style: Laid-back Beach Vibe
Distance: 2 Hours from Brisbane
Attractions: Tallows Beach, Cape Byron Lighthouse, The Farm, Cape Byron Conservation Park, Belongil Beach

Byron is the quintessential Australian beach town framed by miles of picturesque coastline, superb beaches, and lush backcountry. Popular among local and international tourists, particularly surfers and backpackers, Byron Bay has often been described as a hippie heaven that exudes a carefree, slow-paced lifestyle. The area is also noted for its iconic lighthouse, teeming marine wildlife, and abundance of outdoor activities for any age, making it an ideal option for family vacations.

Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

Byron Bay, New South Wales


A rainforest and beachside getaway for couples and families, The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa is a luxury, all-suite resort in Byron Bay.

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Rooftop Byron

Byron Bay, New South Wales


Located in the heart of Byron Bay, Rooftop Byron is a luxurious 2 bedroom holiday apartment that is perfect for couples or an intimate group.

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Pacifique On Pacific

Byron Bay, New South Wales


A designer luxury retreat in Byron Bay, the six bedroom Pacifique on Pacific boasts vintage European charm and stunning Byron hinterland views.

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Cape Byron Retreat

Byron Bay, New South Wales


Enjoy the serenity of the Byron Bay Hinterland & the sounds of nature at Cape Byron Retreat, a luxurious holiday retreat for couples or groups.

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Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

Tweed Valley, New South Wales


Nestled among 250 acres of rainforest, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is a secluded sanctuary ideal for a romantic weekend getaway.

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Brisbane & The Lockyer Valley

Style: Dynamic Urban Escapade or Country Escape
Distance:  30-60 minutes from Brisbane
Attractions: Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank Parklands, West End, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Cultural Centre, Brisbane Riverwalk, Lockyer National Park, Laidley Pioneer Village & Museum

Brisbane is sophisticated, modern, and artsy and offers plenty to do if you’re considering a staycation. Here, creative spaces and a flourishing restaurant and bar scene meet unique man-made beaches and riverside gardens. It’s a study in contrast that Brisbane does so well. As you travel out of Brisbane, you’ll encounter wineries, beaches, and national parks. East of the city, Moreton Bay is a haven for seaside adventures with pristine beaches, dense forests, and abundant marine life. To the west, the beautiful Lockyer Valley boasts rolling countryside, national parks and a host of fascinating historic towns.

Spicers Balfour Hotel

Brisbane & Surrounds, Queensland


Located just minutes from Brisbane’s city centre, Spicers Balfour Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel perfect for a city retreat or a romantic escape.

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Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments

Brisbane & Surrounds, Queensland


Indulge in a true sensory experience at Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments, a luxurious apartment hotel in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

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Spicers Hidden Vale

Brisbane & Surrounds, Queensland


Ideal for couple retreats and family vacations, Spicers Hidden Vale is a luxurious and traditional Australian homestead just one hour from Brisbane.

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If you’re happy to drive or fly, we have some of the best holiday homes, boutique resorts and luxury hotels available across Queensland. Each of these amazing retreats promises a perfect weekend escape from Brisbane. View all luxury accommodation in Queensland

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