Purling Brook Falls Gold Coast Sarah Latham

What can I do within 150km from Brisbane? With Coronavirus restrictions easing from midnight on the 15th of May, a whole heap of our backyard has opened up to us again. From the 16th of May we are allowed to travel up to 150km from our homes.

If you live in Brisbane you might be thinking – what can I do and what can I see within 150km radius of Brisbane? Here are 7 sweet and simple places around Brisbane you need to add to your Queensland Coronavirus restrictions easing list!

1. Purling Brook Falls

Only 106km out of Brisbane, you’ll find the stunning Purling Brook Falls. Within 150km of Brisbane and within 150km of the Gold Coast (only 38km outside of the Gold Coast!), hiking to the bottom of Purling Brook Falls and swimming beneath the waterfall is a great afternoon activity. Not only that but the striking orange rock face and the ancient rainforest plants will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

Get to this spot: How to get to Purling Brook Falls on the Gold Coast.

Purling Brook Falls, within 150km of Brisbane and the Gold Coast

2. Noosa Fairy Pools

Ah, this little gem, tucked away amidst the Noosa beaches, is 141km away from Brisbane so just fits within 150km from Brisbane. Popular due to the internet, this little pool of bright blue sea water feels like you’re in… (you’ll never guess) a fairytale. Worth the drive to and while you’re there support the hardworking cafés by picking up some take away lunch!

3. Moreton Island

Accessible by ferry, Moreton Island is known as ‘the gem of South East Queensland’ On a clear day you can even see Brisbane CBD from the rolling sand dunes. Bring a board with you on your adventure, as a popular activity on this island is sand boarding and sand tobogganing. An epic activity within 150km of Brisbane.

Moreton Island from the sand dunes

4. Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

Heading south for about 108km from Brisbane and you’ll find yourself at the Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park. Just like Purling Brook Falls, this waterfall is within 150km of Brisbane. A popular spot on the tourist trail, take advantage of the lesser numbers in Queensland right now to score yourself front row seats to this impressive natural sight.

Natural Bridge

5. Mount Coolum

One of the most popular hikes in the Sunshine Coast, Mount Coolum is an hour and a half drive (116km) out of Brisbane and well within 150km of Brisbane. Be sure to keep your social distancing as this popular track is often crowded with fit locals. If you’re there at the right time of the year keep your eyes pealed out over the ocean from the top as you might be lucky enough to spot a few whales!

6. Burleigh Heads

About 88km out of Brisbane, Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast is a popular day trip from Brisbane. Pick up an Açaí bowl or a coffee and head down to the water. For those feeling more active the Burleigh Heads Walking Track is a scenic and beautiful way to get yourself moving. This is another popular location so be sure to maintain social distancing while enjoying all that Burleigh Heads has to offer!

Burleigh Heads

7. Mount Ngungun

Pronounced ‘noo-noo,’ Mount Ngungun on the Sunshine Coast is a great day trip from Brisbane. Mount Ngungun is located less than an hour (71km) away and therefore within the 150km radius of Brisbane. At 253m high, it is not a difficult climb and with a unique view out over the Glasshouse Mountains is worth the trek up.

Enjoy exploring within 150km of Brisbane. Please check with official websites to ensure any of the places listed above (or any others you want to go to) are open to accepting the public at this time.

If you are looking for what to do on the other side of Queensland I suggest reading 20 Things To Do Within 150km from Cairns

Stay safe, keep social distancing and happy exploring!

Purling Brook Falls rainforest track Gold Coast Sarah Latham
Purling Brook Falls track on the Gold Coast