Brisbane is surrounded by wonderful getaways to the north, south, east and west. If you live in or near Brisbane you are indeed lucky.
To the east we have Moreton Bay and the Redcliffe Peninsula just a short drive from Brisbane city.
West, we have the Samford Valley, and beyond which are Mt. Glorious and Mt. Nebo. Glorious is an appropriate name. Both mountains have spectacular views and tropical rain forrests which are really worth exploring.
North of Brisbane we find the Glasshouse Mountains, Bribie Island, Australia Zoo and a little further Queensland's beautiful Sunshine Coast.
South of Brisbane most people immediately think of our famous Gold Coast which will be the site of the Commonwealth Games in a couple of years. But, if we travel east of the Gold Coast or directly south from Brisbane we have the fabulous Gold Coast hinterland and Lamington National Park. Check out "The Lost World", "Binna Burra Lodge", "O'Reillys" or closer to Brisbane, "Mt. Tamborine".
At Mt. Tamborine there are numerous rainf forrest walks, I particularly like the National Park at North Tamborine and Cedar Creek Falls. There are numerous road-side stalls where you can buy fresh rhubarb, avocadoes and other produce. Several wineries on the mountain have tours, or if you are into adventure sports such as hang gliding, it is all there for you. The picture I have uploaded is a collage of a cottage at the Mt. Tamborine Historical Village.