5 of the Best
National Parks
to Visit From Brisbane

If getting out into the great outdoors as often as possible is how you like to spend your time, then go ahead and add Brisbane to your bucket list. As the capital of Queensland, a trip to Brisbane guarantees easy access to a number of spectacular and diverse national parks within easy reach of the city. From beautiful vistas, amazing wildlife and bird watching to ghosts, the national parks around Brisbane really do have something for everyone.

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If you are planning a trip for a larger group, look into hiring a private bus to avoid the hassle and worry of private transportation to and from these various locations. Chartered coaches and buses can make it easy to ensure that you see all the parks that you want to and provide temporary sanctuary when you need to take a break from your adventuring. This level of flexibility allows you to put together a bespoke itinerary for your group and really tailor your trip to your liking.

Additionally, hiring a bus for your group’s park tour will produce a smaller carbon footprint than if everyone were to make their way separately – helping to preserve the beauty of the parks themselves.

Continue reading to learn more about the best national parks near Brisbane to help you plan your next nature-oriented adventure.

Hiring a bus for your group’s park tour will produce a smaller carbon footprint than if everyone were to make their way separately – helping to preserve the beauty of the parks themselves.

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Covering 98% of Moreton Island, this national park is approximately 58 kilometres northeast of Brisbane.

1. Moreton Island National Park

Covering 98% of Moreton Island, this national park is approximately 58 kilometres northeast of Brisbane. The park can be accessed by a quick 75-minute ferry ride and while on board, you can take in the gorgeous turquoise waters and abundant marine life.

Simply have your chartered bus drop you off at the terminal and you’ll be on your way to a day of bushwalking or fishing. There are plenty of opportunities for incredible photographs, so be sure to look out for the unique birds or even whales if you’re lucky!

2. Fort Lytton National Park

Fort Lytton is a perfect stop for the history buffs in your group. As a preserved historic site that maintains a nineteenth-century colonial coastal fort, today you can explore the onsite museum and take guided tours to learn about Australia’s interesting past. It’s only 13 kilometres northeast of Brisbane so it can easily be accessed as part of a hired bus tour.

And, if you enquire with the park ahead of time, you may even catch one of the historical reenactment events held here, such as the firing of one of the fort’s original guns.

Fort Lytton is a perfect stop for the history buffs in your group as it is a preserved historic site that maintains a nineteenth-century colonial coastal fort.

Fort Lytton National Park near Brisbane

Peel Island (home to the park) was formerly a home for quarantined lepers!

Peel Island National Park

3. Teerk Roo Ra National Park

This beautiful island is a must-see for those who want to enjoy a day of natural and historic sights. Peel Island (home to the park) was formerly a home for quarantined lepers. Nowadays, however, its spectacular beaches and lush mangroves attract more and more tourists each season.

Similarly to Moreton Island, this park must be accessed via ferry and the opportunities for camping, boating, and fishing truly make spending time at this spot an unforgettable experience.

4. Venman Bushland National Park

Venman Bushland National Park is a preserved natural bushland area just 22 kilometres southeast of Brisbane. Despite being bushland, if your group is hiring a private bus you will easily reach this area – no heavy duty vehicles required. Get pumped for a day of hiking, wildlife spotting (including koalas and wallabies) and picnic opportunities at one of the many common wood-fire BBQ areas.

The area was heavily logged in years gone by, but thanks to the dedicated activism of Jack Venman the flora and fauna of the park now thrive and continue to impress visitors.

Get pumped for a day of hiking, wildlife spotting (including koalas and wallabies) and picnic opportunities at one of the many common wood-fire BBQ areas.

Considering the purpose of your trip – and what you intend for people to do while in transit – should dictate the selection of particular buses over others.

St. Helena Island National Park

5. St. Helena Island National Park

21 kilometres east of Brisbane, a ferry ride will be necessary to get from your hired charter bus to the island itself and it’s well worth the trip. Originally a prison, the island continues to house many species of migratory birds. The wetlands and vine forest scattered around the island are also quite unique and a great place to scope out the local wildlife.

There are picnic areas for when you get hungry but be careful where you choose to sit, as there are rumours that the island is haunted! Historical ghost tours can help you to reach a verdict yourself if you dare.

A Charter Bus Can Help You See More of Natural Australia

The diverse national parks around Brisbane are simply crying out to be explored. With so much on offer at each and every one of these stunning locations, it can be difficult just putting an itinerary together. However, by booking a bus charter company to transport you and your group through the stunning Queensland landscape, you will have expert help to organise the perfect schedule for your party to ensure that your Brissie adventure is one to remember.

The gained flexibility of a private coach, bus or minibus allows you to pack more into your day, see more of these stunning national parks and have more time to enjoy every moment of your adventure without the hassles and stress that come with taking public transport and self-driving.

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