It’s hard to imagine but the Easter holidays are soon approaching. And if recent booking rates have taught us anything, it’s to plan your getaways early in 2021! Thinking of going somewhere dreamy but wanting to avoid the usual tourist-traps? Leave the masses behind at these extraordinary destinations…
The Coochiemudlo and Macleay Islands
With an atmosphere that’s as laid-back as it gets, these two specks of sand will have you far from the madding crowd. Only a short and scenic ferry ride from Victoria Point, these gorgeous islands offer the perfect mix of adventure and tranquillity.
Only humble in size (you can walk around the whole island in roughly two hours) , Coochiemudlo is where you will find crystalline waters, white-sand beaches and gentle tides. While on the island, spend your time swimming, boating, fishing or simply unwinding with a good book. Showcasing much of the same gorgeous scenery, nearby Macleay Island is ideal for dolphin- and turtle-spotting, sharing fish and chips, enjoying sunset beach cricket games and even a cheeky game of golf by the bay. Our advice? Bring your bikes, kayaks and binoculars – there’s spectacular birdlife and old-school thrills to be found here.
The Scenic Rim
Ah, they call this gem of a region the Scenic Rim for a reason. Home to rolling green hills, quaint country towns and magnificent bushland, this remarkable area south-west of Brisbane covers a handful of day-trip delightful destinations – from Beaudesert and Canungra to Lamington National Park and Kalbar.
For a truly unforgettable escape, explore the Scenic Rim on a leisurely road-trip and stop at all the incredible markets, vineyards, cafes and walking tracks along the way. We definitely recommend visiting leafy Canungra at the base of Mount Tamborine for chasing waterfalls, sharing a picnic, indulging in a little wine-tasting and boutique-hopping in the local village. Want more? Add Beechmont and Mount Barney to your must-visit list for majestic vistas coupled with cute farm stays.
An hour north of Brisbane, Mount Mee ticks all the right boxes. Looking out to the incredible Glasshouse Mountains and coastal Caloundra beyond, this enchanting destination forms part of the pristine D’Aguilar Range. Needless to say, this is the place to go for exploring eucalypt forests, hitting 4WD tracks and discovering a plethora of gastronomic wonders.
Gourmands, don’t miss a cellar door tour or sitting down to a wine-paired lunch at local icon Ocean View Estates. Also, be sure to cool off in Rocky Hole’s refreshing waters and traversing the mountain’s many bushwalking tracks. There is also a fabulous collection of small townships surrounding Mount Mee, including antiques-haven Dayboro and quirky Woodford.
A true surfing mecca that feels blissfully peaceful, Coolum (90 minutes north of Brisbane) is the stuff of daydreams. Pull up a table by the water for a delicious breakfast, catch a few waves at postcard-ready Coolum Beach, find handcrafted treasures at the cherished Coolum Twilight Markets or climb Mount Coolum to watch a magical sunrise – there’s a seemingly endless list of things to do here.
While in the area, head to neighbouring Alexandra Headlands and Kuluin for trendy breweries, pine-fringed beaches and romantic river cruises.
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