130 Things to Do in South East Queensland


Southeast Queensland may be known for its theme parks on the Gold Coast, but there is so – SO – much more to discover.  Whilst I’ve been in Queensland for 24 years and Greg has been here his whole life, we STILL haven’t even scratched the surface.  Here follows our bucket list of 130 iconic experiences you CAN’T miss in South East Queensland before you die – including the ones we’ve yet to tick off!

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Island Experiences

1. Swim in the Blue Lagoon on Moreton Island

2. Camp on Fraser Island

3. Camp on North Stradbroke Island

4. Explore the Champagne Pools on Moreton Island

5. Swim in Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

6. Explore Cape Moreton Lighthouse

7. Spot a wild dingo on Fraser Island

8. Hand feed wild dolphins at Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Island

9. Ride a quad bike/go sand tobogganing over the dunes at Moreton Island

10. Do a historical tour of St Helena Island, once a maximum security convict facility

11. Snorkel Curtain Artificial Reef and Tangalooma Wrecks, Moreton Island

12. Ride a beach buggy along South Stradbroke Island  

Naturally beautiful Fraser Island is a popular place for beach four-wheel driving.

Naturally beautiful Fraser Island is a popular place for beach four-wheel driving.

Gold Coast Experiences

13. Eat a chicken parmy on the deck overlooking the beach at Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club

14. Watch the Quiksilver Pro surfing competition

15. Eat fish and chips and watch the Bongos on Burleigh on Sunday night

16. Book in for a detox retreat at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

17. Grab a bargain, eat street food and cuddle a python at Carrara Markets

18. Stuff our guts full and watch awesome live gigs at Miami Marketta and the Night Quarter night markets

19. Walk the Toolona Creek Circuit, Canungra

20. Rhi wants to conquer her fear of heights at the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck

21. Hike Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook

22. Visit Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Surfers Paradise

23. Have dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, Surfers Paradise

24. Eat a marketplace buffet dinner at Bazaar, QT, Surfers Paradise

25. Have a champagne breakfast and a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Gold Coast Hinterland

26. Dinner and a freakshow at Dracula’s Cabaret

27. Get our cowboy on at The Australian Outback Spectacular

28. Do the Rainforest Sky Walk on Tamborine Mountain

29. Stand in two states at once – NSW and Queensland – at Point Danger Lookout, Coolangatta

30. Visit the beachfront night market, Surfers Paradise

31. Walk along Hinze Dam and stop in for a coffee on the way out

32. Cuddle a koala and have a picnic lunch at Paradise Country

33. Go for a bike ride from Paradise Point to Surfers Paradise

34. Party at the Magic Millions Races

35. Enjoy a wine and a picnic at O’Reilly’s Vineyard (I don’t know why we haven’t already, it’s seriously, like, 5 minutes down the road from where we live, no exaggeration)

36. Do a glow worm tour at Cedar Creek Estate

37. Go for a jet boat ride across the Gold Coast Broadwater

38. Visit the David Fleay Wildlife Park

39. Visit the Beenleigh Artisan Distillery

40. Stroll Gallery Walk, Tamborine Mountain

41. Watch a movie at the Yatala Drive In

42. Dine on seafood by the waterfront at George’s Paragon, Sanctuary Cove

43. Eat dinner and watch a show at The Star Casino, Broadbeach

44. Go shopping at Harbour Town

45. Go shopping at Pacific Fair

46. Eat the Gold Coast’s best sandwiches from The Downtown Deli, Chirn Park

47. Walk O’Reilly’s Boardwalk and climb the lookout

48. Watch a reptile show at the Bearded Dragon Tavern, Tamborine

49. Sample beer and cheese at Witches’ Chase Cheese & Brewery, Tamborine Mountain

50. Wine tasting at Tamborine Mountain Winery

51. Hike to Curtis Falls, Tamborine Mountain

52. Catch a fish at Eco Park Fishing World, Luscombe

53. Do a tour of Carlton United Brewery

54. Explore Canungra (our hometown)

55. Hike to Natural Bridge

The famous Surfers Paradise skyline

The famous Surfers Paradise skyline

56. Scoff all you can eat pizza and pasta at Bistro 463, Mount Nathan

57. Visit the Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival  


Brisbane Experiences

58. Do a big walking loop around the Brisbane River from Fortitude Valley, through Brisbane and Southbank and back

59. Visit the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane

60. Do a tour of the XXXX Brewery

61. Watch a State of Origin game at Suncorp Stadium (go the Maroons!)

62. Go night swimming at Streets Beach, Southbank

63. Do a Storey Bridge Adventure Climb

64. Snuggle a koala and get a selfie with a roo at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

65. Have a beer on the balcony of the Regatta Hotel

66. Do a clock tower tour of Brisbane City Hall

67. Watch the sunset over Mount Coo-tha, Brisbane

68. Explore the Mount Coo-tha Botanical Gardens

69. Have a wine at the rooftop bar of The Exchange

70. Party at Oktoberfest at the Brisbane Showgrounds

71. Visit Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Mount Coot-ha

72. Scoff pancakes at The Pancake Manor

73. Wander through the old woolstore district at Teneriffe

74. Watch a movie at historical and vintage Balmoral Cinema

75. Tour Boggo Road Gaol

76. Eat a four course degustation breakfast at 85 Miskin Street

77. Eat a picnic lunch at New Farm Park

78. Have dinner on the Kookaburra Riverboat Queen Paddleboat on the Brisbane River

79. Eat high tea at Customs House

80. Run the Bridge to Brisbane

81. Ride the Brisbane Wheel

82. Walk the esplanade from Wynnum to Manly

83. Do a night tour of Fort Lytton

84. Attend the Abbey Museum Medieval Festival

85. Visit the Queensland Maritime Museum

86. Grab a bargain at DFO – Airport

87. Go barefoot bowling at Merthyr Bowls Club

88. Eat fish and chips on a Sunday afternoon and listen to live gigs as you overlook the bay at the Redland Bay Hotel

89. Enjoy evening drinks at the Treasury Casino

90. Eat Japanese cuisine at Sono, watch a movie and stop in at Max Brenners at stylish and beautiful Portside Wharf, Hamilton

The beach at South Bank, Brisbane

The beach at South Bank, Brisbane

 Sunshine Coast Experiences

91. Go whale watching in Hervey Bay

92. Go horse riding on Rainbow Beach

93. Bike ride along the Caloundra Coastal Walk

94. Have a beer and a parmi at the Aussie World Pub

95. Visit Sunshine Castle, Bli Bli

96. Get lost in the Bellingham Maze

97. Attend the Caloundra Music Festival

98. Shop at the Eumundi Markets

99. Eat and drink through the Noosa Food & Wine Festival

100. Visit the Big Pineapple

101. Spend the day at Hastings Street, Noosa

102. Wander through the Nights on Ocean Market, Maroochydore

103. Do a tour of the Maleny Dairies

104. Climb Mount Coolum

105. Visit The Ginger Factory, Yandina

106. Eat the “best burger” at Ricks Garage Retro Diner, Palmwoods

107. Visit the Queensland Air Museum

108. Hike to the peak of one of the Glass House Mountains

109. Ride a private gondola in Noosa

1110. Watch a silent film at The Majestic Theatre, Pomona

111. Visit the Piano Bar, Maroochydore

112. Stroll through Montville’s main street

113. Visit Kondalilla National Park  

Ipswich Experiences

114. Visit the Workshops Rail Museum

115. Explore the mini zoo at Queens Park

116. Do a tour of the Pumpyard microbrewery

117. Window shop at the Ipswich Antique Centre

118. Take the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive

119. Taste some wine at Ironbark Ridge Vineyard

120. Visit the Queensland Motorsport Museum

121. Visit the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre

122. Visit the Cooneana Heritage Centre

123. Choose from over 100 different varieties of pie fillings at The Old Fernvale Bakery

Regional South East Queensland Experiences

124. Go apple picking in Stanthorpe, Queensland’s apple capital

125. Visit the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

126. Step back in time with a visit to Highfields Pioneer Village

127. Visit Mount Nebo

128. Visit Mary Poppins’ house at Allora

129. Go glamping at picturesque Somerset Dam

130. Visit the Store of Requirement at Samford

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