Dreaming of an island getaway with powder-soft sand, clear blue waters, snorkeling with marine wildlife, and experiencing fun out on the water? If you love the idea of Brisbane City living because of the proximity to the CBD, lifestyle, entertainment, dining, and nightlife, but you sometimes crave a tropical getaway, you’ll be delighted to hear that you don’t need to choose one over the other when your home base is Baxter St Apartments.

Why? Because our location offers the opportunity for incredible island day trips out from Brisbane. Forrester Properties’ latest boutique residential project Baxter Street Apartments is at the intersection of St Paul’s Terrace, Baxter Street, and Hadlow Lane in the heart of the Fortitude Valley precinct. Bribie Island, Moreton Island, and North Stradbroke Island are all easily accessible from our ideally situated Brisbane apartments.

With each island destination only a short drive or ferry ride away from Baxter St you can embrace Brisbane city lifestyle in full, as well as enjoy the idyllic Queensland climate in your time off. Whether you would prefer a relaxing day where you can unwind in nature, or an adrenaline packed day filled to the brim with thrills and adventure, there’s something for everyone when you explore the incredible island destinations close to Brisbane.

North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island is a popular Brisbane day trip that you can explore on your own or alternatively you can opt for a guided tour. You can board the ferry to North Straddie from Cleveland, just 40 minutes drive from our apartments. Make the most of your time there with a Stradbroke Island Adventure Tour. This fantastic guided tour will show you the beauty of North Stradbroke Island with its endless beaches, local wildlife, and spectacular scenery. 

North Straddie is a subtropical island located 30 kilometres southeast of Brisbane, Queensland, and is the world’s second-largest sand island, measuring approximately 38 kilometres long and 11 kilometres wide. The island offers a variety of summer activities and fantastic whale-watching in the winter.

On the other hand, this tour will take you along the famous scenic North Gorge Walk with your expert local guide. Make sure to grab your camera to capture the moments. Plus, you might see kangaroos, dolphins, manta rays, turtles or whales, depending on the season. After the walk, you get to enjoy a lovely local lunch and beer at the local pub, complete with a view of Cylinder Beach.

After lunch, you can head down to the beach, where you can spend some time swimming or soaking up the sunshine. You can also rent a surfboard if you want to catch some waves. You might like to stop in at Amity Point next where you can spot koalas and dolphins. Brown Lake, a beautiful body of water near Dunwich, is the ideal final destination for the day, after which it’s just a short drive back to Brisbane, no overnight accommodation required.

Moreton Island

Moreton Island is located in Brisbane’s backyard and can be reached by ferry from the city. Moreton Island, known as “The Gem of South East Queensland,” can provide you with incredible opportunities for outdoor adventures.

A day on the island offers endless possibilities. There are packages available, such as a Moreton Island Full-Day Trip, which includes terrific adventures beginning with a cruise. You’ll be taking a ferry across Moreton Bay. Please keep in mind that this is a fully guided Moreton Island tour. The crew knows a lot about the island, so take full advantage of their knowledge and share in their fascinating stories. You will also visit shipwrecks and sea turtles, fish, and various other marine animals.

In addition, there will be a guided snorkeling excursion. The equipment, as well as a safety vest and orientation, will be provided. You can also paddle a transparent kayak to see the Tangalooma Wrecks’.

The Tangalooma Wrecks are a collection of ships sunk by the Queensland Government between 1963 and 1984 to provide a safe anchorage spot for recreational boat owners on Moreton Bay’s eastern shore. You can also opt for snorkeling in the Tangalooma Wrecks to maximise the experience and discover the hidden world beneath the waves up close. Over 100 species of fish, coral formations, and other marine life such as dolphins, wobbegongs, and dugongs call the wrecks home.

Aside from exploring the sea, there’s also the opportunity to enjoy thrilling 4-wheel driving on the beach and through the bushland, as well as sand tobogganing at speeds exceeding 40 miles per hour. The biggest problem that you will face with a trip to Moreton Island is deciding which of the incredible experiences available you want to choose!

If you don’t quite fit in everything you wanted to in your day, you’ll be happy to know that you can simply come back to visit again whenever you feel like it. Baxter St Apartments is only a 13 minute drive from the Tangalooma Island Resort Ferry Terminal in Pinkenba, so visiting again couldn’t be easier.

Bribie Island

Are you a fan of 4WD off-roading? Then the Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure will be right up your alley.

Bribie Island, the world’s fourth-largest sand island, is known for its stunning coastal scenery, low-key bush camping spots, popular boating and fishing spots, excellent bird-watching opportunities, and spring wildflowers. However, to really see all that the island has to offer, what could be better than driving a 4WD all-terrain vehicle across the 22km of pristine white beaches and beautiful national park regions.

The Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure starts off with a ride in the 4WD to the Fort Bribie WWII Bunkers. Along the way, you can stop to see wildlife and various breathtaking lagoons. Then prepare for a fascinating historical tour of the WWII bunkers. The history of these heritage-listed sites will astound you. It represents evidence of wartime defence preparations and gives onlookers a historical recollection of the arrangement of defence sites built during the 1940s.

After the historical tour, prepare to enter the open forests, swampy wetlands, and dirt roads. You’ll travel inland to the Bribie Island National Park’s 4WD trails. While there, visit Poverty Creek to see local kangaroos, goannas, and other wildlife. Also, you’ll love taking in the tranquility and breathtaking views of The Glass House Mountains. After a picnic lunch and group photo in front of the Pumicestone Passage, the tour continues on the 4WD track to White Patch.

White Patch is a charming coastal town located just a short distance from Banksia Beach. It is a secluded Bribie Island suburb surrounded by a National Park. White Patch has some unique offerings, including its own Art Gallery which frequently exhibits the works of talented local artists for you to peruse at your leisure. It’s the perfect place to finish up a great day out on the island.

You can drive to Bribie Island from Baxter St Apartment via a road bridge from Caboolture, with the journey there taking around an hour and a half by car. If you have your own 4WD ready for weekend adventures, or just want an easy day trip out from the city to experience sunshine and island life away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Bribie Island is a great spot to explore. 

The Best of Brisbane City Living

If you simply can’t get enough of all that there is to see, do, and experience in Brisbane, our convenient central location will put you at the heart of all the action. Walk to world class dining, shopping, and entertainment precincts. Jump on a train just a stone’s throw away and you’ll see just how easy it is to explore this exciting city and beyond at your leisure. Living in our apartments makes it easy to experience it all, and enjoy the lifestyle that you have been dreaming of.

Whether you want to meet up with friends, head to a concert or sporting event, discover art, enjoy a Sunday session at Southbank, cut out your long commute, or enjoy a night out on the town, there’s just no limits to how much you can fit into your free time. It’s the ultimate in vibrant and exciting city lifestyle living with spectacular coastal, island, and hinterland regions all within easy reach. 

If you need a change and have been considering a move to Brisbane City, now is the time. View our last remaining apartments for sale today with prices starting from $389,000, and make sure that you don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy city living at its best.