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 weekend getaways from Brisbane 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, take your pick from our list of the best weekend getaways from Brisbane.
Want to spend your weekend with calming beach vibes and a refined, relaxed, and friendly atmosphere? Noosa is the place to be. There is a wide range of accommodation in Noosa, and we’ve selected the best ones for your weekend getaways. Be minutes (or seconds) away from the beach, a plethora of cafes and restaurants, and enjoy the laidback vibes and all the good things in life.
Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas, Noosa Heads
A resort with lush gardens, heated pools with spas, and an onsite day spa surrounded by the tropical wilderness of Noosa National Park. Up for exploring Hastings Street’s offerings? The resort offers guests a complimentary golf buggy transfer! After a fun day out, relax at Stephanie’s Ocean Day Spa where a luxurious hydro-massage Geisha bath awaits…
On The Beach Noosa, Noosa Heads
Coastal interior design taking inspiration from its surroundings, On the Beach Noosa has exclusive luxury beachfront penthouses and apartments that will refresh your senses. Its design takes inspiration from its coastal surroundings and all accommodations have stunning ocean views, spa baths, and private balconies. Oh, and it’s right on Hastings Street so you have very easy access to a range of cafes and restaurants.
Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Noosa Heads
Located on Hastings Street, Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort is a luxe accommodation with a relaxed beach vibe in the middle of Noosa Heads. Only minutes away by foot from the beach, this 5-star hotel offers urban sophistication, coastal tranquillity, chilled vibes and sunset drinks at the Riviera Bar and an extensive pampering menu for pure indulgence at Aqua Day Spa.
Tingirana Noosa, Noosa Heads
Situated between Hastings Street and Noosa Beach, Tingirana Noosa’s luxury 1- and 2-bedroom apartments overlook the beautiful Laguna Bay. If you’re travelling alone or with your special someone, the cosy Hastings/Streetfront Studio would be a great choice while the other apartments can sleep 3 up to 5 guests. Here, you can enjoy a laid-back weekend getaway and have brunch at some of the best Noosa restaurants and cafes nearby.
Noosa Residences, Noosa Heads
Spend your weekend in Noosa Residences, a stay nestled between the glittering ocean and the lush hinterland. Its cosy boutique charm will set the mood for that ultimate weekend relaxation. Chill out in the pool or enjoy quiet time on your balcony! Noosa Residences is also close to nearby walking tracks and restaurants. It’s a short walk from Hastings Street and is in a quiet area of the neighborhood.
The Sunshine Coast is dubbed “the most loved destination in the world” for many great reasons! Here, you can experience barefoot luxury on sandy golden shores, or be in the midst of the verdant rainforests—all within minutes away of the city’s modern comforts. Elevate your weekend getaway with a stay at one of our handpicked retreats where you can indulge your senses and experience undisturbed peace and quiet.
Spicers Clovelly Estate, Montville
Be surrounded by shaded jacarandas, grand figs, and groves of fragrant gardenias and magnolias at Spicers Clovelly Estate, a boutique hillside retreat with European-luxe-style interiors located in the serene Sunshine Coast hinterland. On-site, enjoy award-winning food at The Long Apron or indulge in a full-body experience at Spa Anise—Spicers Retreats signature spa.
HOLA (House of Modern Art) Eumundi is a boutique getaway in the creative heart of the Sunshine Coast. Celebrating the talents of local artists, the interiors are adorned with unique pieces that give a rich character to its interiors. If you’re looking for chill weekend getaways from Brisbane, HOLA Eumundi’s neutral colour palette will set that relaxed vibe.
Glass on Glasshouse, Glass House Mountains
Situated just 45 minutes from Brisbane, the award-winning Glass On Glasshouse is a luxurious and romantic retreat nestled in the scenic Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Featuring stunning self-contained villas, this architecturally designed property lets you enjoy the best of both worlds – a fully-furnished stay in nature’s embrace that’s still close enough to enjoy nearby restaurants and local attractions.
Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny
An Asian-inspired getaway set in a quiet and rejuvenating rainforest in Maleny, Spicers Tamarind Retreat displays a convergence of Western luxe and Asian serenity. We love the cedar hot tubs and private verandas with lush rainforest views. Overall, it has an idyllic ambience that you’ll immediately feel as you’re greeted by the garden ponds and fountains. Oh, and if you love Thai food too, you’re going to enjoy the offerings at The Tamarind.
Alaya Verde, Ringtail Creek
Indulge in the tranquillity of Alaya Verde’s private luxury pavilions. Enjoy exclusive luxe vibes in 1 of only 3 private pavilions with private outdoor bath areas where you can relax and reconnect with nature. There’s an on-site restaurant, and spa services are available on-site too. It’s one of the best weekend getaways from Brisbane and is only 15 minutes away from Noosa!
The Ridge at Maleny
The Ridge at Maleny is a serene mountain getaway that lets you enjoy intimate and luxurious villa and cabin accommodations. Set amidst the Sunshine Coast hinterland, this luxe boutique escape has 14 contemporary self-contained units, each with a cosy atmosphere, a fireplace, and a fully-equipped kitchen. The beautifully designed villas and cabins are perched on the ridge in a secluded location, giving guests plenty of fresh mountain air and undisturbed views.
Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel, Twin Waters
Can’t decide between the calming shorelines or quiet bushland? Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel has both. Enjoy the sumptuous offerings and inspired drinks at Sola Bar & Restaurant or the on-site deli cafe. If you feel like exploring, drop by The Energy Hub where you can choose from a range of activities like kayaking and mini golfing. Just want to relax? Chill out at the private beach-lined lagoon or enjoy the bushland surrounds from your bungalow. Psst… They have overwater bungalows too!
Breeze Mooloolaba offers a relaxing getaway close to the restaurants, cafés, shops and other attractions of Mooloolaba Esplanade. Only metres away from the beach, its sophisticated interiors and private balconies help you escape to ultimate relaxation. During your stay, you can enjoy access to the pool, spa, and BBQ facilities if you feel like tending to a grill while on your weekend getaway.
Feel the fresh ocean breeze on your next weekend escape at Oceans Mooloolaba, directly opposite the Esplanade. Here, you can enjoy expansive views of the sea as you chill out on the roof deck or lounge by the pool. Relaxation is brought to the next level at the spa, but we especially love the theatrette that can seat up to 14 people—a wonderful activity to enjoy if you’re travelling with the family. Bring out the popcorn!
Broadie has a fun, vibrant, and upbeat energy perfect for when you’re looking for a perky weekend getaway. We love exploring the many different bistros and brasseries so we can sample the latest offerings from up-and-coming dining spots. If you love surfing or simply hanging out by the beach for that relaxed Gold Coast vibe, you’ll enjoy staying at any of our hand-picked hotels and residences in Broadbeach during your weekend getaways from Brisbane
The Darling at The Star Gold Coast
Feel like royalty during your weekend trip! The Darling at The Star’s bespoke fittings and world-class amenities with luxe finishes coupled with its regal palette of red, purple, gold, and blue will take your escape to a different level. Being a guest here means you’ll have access to the luxurious Azure Spa as well as the gym. In-room dining is available too—just scan the QR code and you’ll see their full menu to satisfy your cravings.
ULTIQA AIR on Broadbeach
Fancy a getaway with sand, sun, and shopping? ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach is in the cosmopolitan hub, giving you access to the ocean and a range of shopping and dining spots. Its light-filled apartments have amazing ocean views for a relaxing weekend, and during your stay, you can take a dip in the heated lap pool or enjoy a friendly match of tennis on-site. There’s a gym and sauna too if you’d prefer to break a sweat!
The Star Residences, Gold Coast
Experience hotel-style amenities and exclusive luxury when you book a stay in one of The Star Residences’ chic apartments situated on the exclusive Broadbeach Island. Guests have access to the gym, sauna, lap pool, and outdoor BBQ area. While you’re here, check out the recreation deck on level 20 where yoga and pilates spaces are available too.
Relax on a sun bed by the pool or enjoy a fizzy drink on your private balcony while marvelling at the ocean view. Vue Broadbeach is just a short walk from the beach and has a selection of stylish and spacious penthouses and apartments that can sleep 2 to 12 guests. Don’t feel like walking to the beach? You can relax in the outdoor pool or sip on some cool drinks at the bar.
Dorsett Gold Coast
Effortlessly fun, modern, stylish, and only minutes away from the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and the beach, you can enjoy ocean or hinterland views at Dorsett Gold Coast. The luxe rooms have supreme linens and relaxing en-suite baths. Featured above is the custom chandelier adorning the lobby made with kinetic lighting that aims to channel the soothing lights dancing on the surface of the ocean.
Encore Broadbeach displays a lovely union of luxury, style, and comfort. Its wonderful range of amenities (we love the sauna), carefully coordinated earthen colour palette and fine furnishings will make you feel that sense of luxe wherever you turn. Apart from the gorgeous stone-floored pool area, Encore Broadbeach also features a spa, sauna, and indoor gym.
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
Your slice of paradise on Broadbeach Island. Its luxurious rooms have sweeping views of the hinterland and the ocean, and with its array of award-winning restaurants and its 24-hour casino, you’ll have a weekend of fun and indulgence! Oh, and The Shop @ The Star is also home to luxury outlets if you feel like going on a shopping spree.
Surfers Paradise is known for that rush of excitement—may it be from a wave or an attraction on the shore! Apart from being a surfing hotspot, it is also known for its pulsing nightlife and entertainment. Whether you’re in the area to enjoy the next swell or just looking for an escape on the Gold Coast, we’ve got you covered. We’ve reviewed and handpicked the best getaways where you can enjoy Surfers Paradise to the fullest while having your own luxurious retreat.
QT Gold Coast
Allow QT Gold Coast, set in the heart of Surfers Paradise, to treat you to a designer luxury hotel experience. This stylish hotel has an outdoor pool, tennis courts, bars, restaurants, a stable of impressive event spaces, and the impressive SpaQ. If you feel like going for a bit of shopping, it’s also just around 15 minutes away from Harbour Town Premium Outlets and just half an hour from Gold Coast Airport.
The Island Gold Coast
The Island Gold Coast is a luxury hotel with charming boutique vibes. Its interior design brings the outside in, giving the spaces an upbeat, stay, play, and relax mood. Make sure to enjoy the views (and cocktails) at the Island Rooftop—one of the famous rooftop bars in the area beloved by locals and tourists alike. This boutique escape also has a pool with a poolside lounge, a gaming lounge, and spa on-site too!
JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa has brand-new guest rooms, superb amenities, and a prime location for you to explore everything that the Gold Coast offers. Relax and unwind in classic 5-star luxury with marble bathrooms and plush bedding. This family-friendly escape also boasts a luxurious day spa and saltwater lagoon-style pool.
Voco Gold Coast
A sleek hotel situated in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Voco Gold Coast offers modern and stylish accommodation, 2 pools, a luxe spa, a cocktail bar, and superb dining. You can choose from multiple restaurants and bars on-site with inventive menus that capture the vibe Surfers Paradise is known for. Fun, unfussy, and chill. If you’re looking for laid-back luxury, you’re sure to find it here.
The Langham, Gold Coast
Be in the heart of Australia’s holiday capital with a stay at The Langham Gold Coast—an elegant and refined beach escape with gorgeous rooms and residences whose balconies have uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. During your stay, we recommend checking out the holistic wellness therapies at Chuan Spa, and the menu at Akoya, where culinary masterpieces inspired by the coastal palate await.
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel & Residences
Here, you can play, explore, and most importantly, relax in luxurious indulgence! In between Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Orchid Avenue, you’ll find your sophisticated weekend escape where you can lean back and chill after a day of fun. This 5-star escape features 2 restaurants and a bar, and a range of pampering therapies at the on-site Eforea spa.
Marriott Vacation Club at Surfers Paradise
Be a heartbeat away from Gold Coast attractions while having full access to a lovely heated outdoor pool (where you can enjoy small bites from the poolside bar as you relax and take a dip), tennis courts, and a wide range of restaurants. If you love seafood, we suggest heading to Citrique Restaurant where the flavours of Surfers Paradise are celebrated. The spacious guestrooms and suites with kitchenettes are perfect for weekend or extended stays!
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Gold Coast Hinterland
Wouldn’t it be nice to immerse yourself in the calmness of the Gold Coast Hinterland and let your worries melt away… even just for the weekend? Allow the peaceful surroundings and relaxing birdsong to serenade you to sleep or brighten up your morning. We’ve handpicked the best hinterland getaways so you can enjoy a rejuvenating time away from it all. Relax in style and uncomplicated comfort at these beautiful stays.
The Polish Place, Tamborine Mountain
How about a peaceful weekend by Tamborine Mountain? About an hour away from Brisbane and 30 minutes away from Surfers Paradise, The Polish Place paints the picture of a magical escape with breathtaking views, stunning sunsets, and relaxation in beautiful homely cabins with wood log fireplaces and double spa baths. If you’re a nature lover, this escape would be perfect for you.
Pethers Rainforest Retreat, Tamborine Mountain
Relax and unwind in undisturbed luxury at Pethers Rainforest Retreat. An award-winning accommodation, this private and exclusive adults-only retreat it has 10 beautiful treehouses set on 5 hectares in the lush Gold Coast Hinterland. Treat yourself to this idyllic sub-tropical atmosphere and enjoy award-winning offerings at Pethers Rainforest Restaurant.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, O’Reilly
Escape to the peace and quiet of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat set in Lamington National Park’s lush untouched rainforest. Take it slow, enjoy a barbecue, or zone out in your spa bath on the balcony with rainforest or mountain views. A unique experience in the area that O’Reilly’s Rainforest retreat can help you with is the Glow Worm Experience—a marvel of nature where glow worms light up a cave ceiling!
Have you explored the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay? What about its hinterlands? There is so much to discover and whether you’re into the coastal lifestyle or the rainforest vibes, there’s a spot in Byron Bay for you. Our curated selection of the best accommodation perfect for short (or extended!) getaways will place you close to the wonders of the area while treating you to stylish interiors and that relaxed North Coast vibe.
Byron Bay Hotel and Apartments, Byron, NSW
Just a short walk away from Main Beach, Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments has warm timber furnishings that set the mood for a homely and unencumbered getaway… We love the casual-luxe vibe, bright apartments, and proximity to cafes and restaurants. Here, you can enjoy relaxing in the outdoor pool or dining at its 2 on-site restaurants. Travelling with your furry friend? Byron Bay Hotel and Apartments offer pet-friendly accommodations.
Cape Byron Retreat, Skinners Shoot, NSW
A secluded hinterland escape awaits you at Cape Byron Retreat. It has only 9 apartments and villas where you can enjoy complete privacy while surrounded by lush greenery. P.S. We love the relaxing and expansive views as we relax in the outdoor tub. A stay here would truly make for one of the best weekend getaways from Brisbane.
Aloha Byron Bay, NSW
Enjoy relaxed contemporary accommodation perfect for a weekend getaway at Aloha Byron Bay. Its chic boutique-style accommodation treats you to stylish interiors and North Coast living. We recommend this escape to families who’d love a modern home away from home, just a stone’s throw away from the beach. It features a shared poolside kitchen and BBQ area too.
Unmatched views of the Scenic Rim’s natural wonders. From expansive landscapes to majestic mountain ranges, we have only the best quick escapes for you. Indulge in menus filled with fresh local produce and fine wines while surrounded by the grandeur of nature. We would love nothing more than to help you experience enchanting getaways, and once you experience a stay at any of our top picks, they’ll be your favourites as well.
Spicers Peak Lodge, Swanfels
Revel in the beauty of World Heritage Site Main Range National Park—your backdrop when you stay at the luxurious Spicers Peak Lodge. Feast on sumptuous gourmet food at The Peak Restaurant, be pampered head to toe at Spa Anise, and relax while surrounded by nature. We suggest making your weekend getaway more special by going on a picnic where you’ll be provided with pillows, picnic basket, cutlery and drinks while enjoying tranquil mountain views.
Formerly known as Hazelwood Estate, Beechmont Estate is a country retreat where you can slow down and relax. Take a quiet walk in Lamington National Park, go horseback riding with mountain range and ocean views, and retreat to the privacy of your very own luxury pavilion or cabin. After spending a day enjoying the beautiful natural surrounds, you can relax at the on-site spa.
You can easily escape Brisbane’s hustle and bustle at any of our top picks for your next weekend getaway. We’ve done the work for you and narrowed down the best getaways in Brisbane surrounds where you can lean back and leisurely spend your downtime. Enjoy all the luxurious modern comforts of 5-star accommodation with a more exclusive atmosphere at any of our carefully selected getaways.
Spicers Hidden Vale, Grandchester
Spicers Hidden Vale is a luxurious and traditional Australian homestead just 1 hour from Brisbane. It combines style and comfort with the warmest of country welcomes. We love the “paddock to plate” dining at Homage, their award-winning restaurant. Spicers Hidden Vale is an amazing choice for a getaway with friends, or for an intimate weekend escape with your special someone.
Sanctuary by Sirromet, Mount Cotton
Indulge in fine wine and dining when you stay at Sanctuary by Sirromet, a bushland retreat located on the grounds of Sirromet Winery. Have a sumptuous dinner at any of their three restaurants and sample their award-winning wines. Your weekend getaways from Brisbane can definitely be a glamping and wine tasting experience too!
The Sebel Brisbane, Margate Beach
Chill out and enjoy the vibe at The Sebel’s beachfront bar and bistro or relax in their outdoor pool. You can lean back and enjoy casual luxury in your stylish bedroom at this idyllic weekend getaway while enjoying panoramic views of Moreton Bay. While you’re here, check out the yummy Australian fare at The Croft House Town Kitchen & Bar.
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