Want to go on a holiday but can’t take several days off? A day trip is the perfect solution for your wanderlust. With so many places around Brisbane you can explore in a day, you won’t run out of fun options. Take a look at some of the best spots to visit for a fun and relaxing holiday.

1. Dayboro

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Lush landscapes and rolling pastures are sure to keep your stress levels at an all-time low, making this the perfect destination for some R&R. If you’re into antique stuff, you’ll love the Dayboro Antique Shed. Located near the Dayboro town proper, this charming shed is filled with memorabilia from previous decades. Old-fashioned furniture, appliances, and kitchen decors will make you reminisce about your grandpa’s home back when things were simpler. Make sure to bring a cooler so you could shop at the Dayboro Butcher and take home a pack of gourmet sausages. Your yummy choices include amongst others plum and pork, or mango and chicken.

2. Maleny

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Maleny is known for its rustic and chill-out vibe, making it an ideal spot for a relaxing weekend. If you’re looking for quirky souvenirs, head to the Maleny Village Artisan Food Market. Complete with pallet-themed stalls, this is a haven for those who love to shop for fresh produce, antique crafts, and pallet-made furniture. For a short break, drop by the Pallet Life Gallery and Cafe. Grab a plate of freshly made sandwich and a hot cup of coffee, and take a look around the shop’s beautifully crafted pallet furniture.

3. Logan

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Just a few kilometres south of Brisbane, Logan is a city that’s chock-full of sights to see and things to do. Start your trip right with a visit at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre. Equipped with an outdoor enclosure, you’ll get to see koala bears up close in their natural habitat. Then check out the Chung Tian Temple. This Buddhist temple complex has breath-taking gardens, ornately decorated temples and pagoda, Buddhist statues, a tea room perfect for refreshments, and a museum. End your trip with a shopping spree at the Global Food Village markets. Foodies will love the multicultural produce sold at the stalls, especially the exotic fruits and vegetables sold at cheap prices.

4. Lake MacDonald

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The perfect spot for outdoor activities, Lake MacDonald is a scenic spot that has plenty to offer for the whole family. As you prep up the BBQ grill for a tasty lunch, let the kids burn off energy at the nearby playground. If you’re into photography, you won’t run out of gorgeous views to capture as the lake provides a beautiful view of the lush surroundings. Spend the rest of the afternoon honing your angling skills or paddling your way around the lake. Right next door is the Noosa Botanic Gardens, another plus if you’re at Lake MacDonald for a weekend day trip.

When planning a day trip next weekend, make sure to come up with a list of your stopovers so you’ll be able to make the most of your time. Don’t forget to book a cheap car hire for a budget-friendly drive. If you’re bringing small kids with you, keep them safe and secure all throughout the drive by including baby seats or boosters in your rental package.