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    17 Magical Places You Won't Believe Are In Brisbane

    Your next adventure isn't far away.

    1. Cedar Creek, Samford

    2. Spring Hill Baths, Spring Hill

    3. Mount Tempest, Moreton Island

    4. Tropical Display Dome, Mount Coot-tha

    Brisbane City Council / Via Flickr: brisbanecitycouncil

    Distance from the CBD: 10 minute drive.

    The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at the base of Mt Coot-tha are a bit of a secret spot themselves, but the tropical dome within is a rarely visited must-see. Enjoy the cactus garden, bamboo forest, and Japanese garden.

    5. Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Mount Coot-tha

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    Distance to the CBD: Eight minute drive.

    Head along for a educational space show with a date (choose a theme, then book a ticket online) and get cosy under the light of the galaxy. Learn how to spot constellations and walk away feeling a little bit wiser.

    6. Epicurious Garden, South Bank

    7. Fort Lytton, Lytton

    Pam Rosengren / Via Flickr: pamrosengren

    Distance to the CBD: 22 minute drive.

    A stone's throw from the city, Fort Lytton housed soldiers who defended Brisbane from colonial times until World War II. Today, the historic fortifications and national park hear only the occasional cannon firing for the sake of historical reenactment, which makes the area a whole lot friendlier for visitors. Admission and guided tours are free on Sundays and most public holidays.

    8. North Gorge Walk, North Stradbroke Island

    Michael Dawes / Via Flickr: tk_five_0

    Distance to the CBD: 38 minute drive or 50 minute ferry trip.

    The beautiful North Gorge Walk is an easy 1.2 kilometre trek on North Stradbroke Island. Follow the boardwalk along the rocky cliff face of Point Lookout, and throughout June and November watch for whales just offshore on their annual migration.

    9. The Old Windmill, Spring Hill

    10. Gold Creek Reservoir, Upper Brookfield

    11. Mount Gravatt Lookout, Mount Gravatt

    12. Elabana Falls, Lamington National Park

    Florian Rohart / Via Flickr: frohart

    Distance to the CBD: An hour and 45 minutes drive.

    Drive to Lamington National Park and trek 1.7km down the Main Border Track. You'll then reach the Elabana Falls Track, which takes around three hours to complete. Be sure to take a camera along - you're going to want it when you reach the end.

    13. Chung Tian Temple, Priestdale

    14. Underground Opera at Spring Hill Reservoirs, Spring Hill

    15. Enoggera Reservoir, The Gap

    16. Cleveland Point Lighthouse, Cleveland Point

    17. Rocky Hole, Mount Mee

    Tatters / Via Flickr: tgerus

    Distance to the CBD: 75 minute drive.

    Rocky Hole is the ultimate summer rock pool. Reached via an unsealed road, 8km from The Gantry, this refreshing water hole is a great space to spend a day with friends.

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