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Best Pools and Spots to Cool Off

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After our own pool you can…

From heritage listed pools to crystal clear beaches in the middle of The City, Brisbane is the best place to cool off this summer. Visit Brisbane has rounded up some of the top pools and water havens. Did we mention most of these spots are free?South BankStreets Beach, Australia’s only beach in the middle of the city, is the perfect spot to cool off this Summer. Take a dip in the crystal clear lagoon or escape the summer heat under one of the many palm trees. Take a break from the water and head over to Cafe Lagoona’s to enjoy some Streets Ice Cream.The CityBeat the heat and enjoy a little bit of history at the Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane’s first in-ground pool and the southern hemisphere’s oldest surviving public baths. If a state-of-the-art pool is more your thing, check out Healthstream at QUT Gardens Point.Brisbane’s BaysideEnjoy the cool bay breezes at Wynnum’s Water Park and Playground, it’s the perfect spot for families. With plenty of trees and cafés, grown-ups can relax as the kids are entertained by a pirate themed playground and a pod of rubber whales spraying jets of water. The nearby Wynnum Wading Pool, originally built during the 1930’s Depression, is a favourite with locals and tourists a like. Escape the heat and enjoy the cool salty water, then finish the day off with an ice-cream and some fish and chips on the jetty.Fortitude Valley

Behind the heritage listed brick façade of the municipal baths is a 50m oasis from the hustle and bustle of Fortitude Valley - the Valley Pool. After you dry off walk across to road to James Street and order a deliciously chilled smoothie from Quench. If all the exercising has left you feeling a tad peckish choose from a huge range of restaurants along James Street in Fortitude Valley.

Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island is the ultimate summer hot spot. Boardriders and bodysurfers will love Main Beach which stretches for 32kms of unspoilt sand, dunes and surf. Further inland you will find the popular Brown Lake, named after its clear “tea” colour which comes from the surrounding trees and reeds.

Moreton Bay

Just off Brisbane’s shore is the third largest sand island in the world – home to crystal clear lakes, lagoon and pristine beaches. Tanaglooma is the ultimate place to cool off this summer. Hire some snorkels and enjoy exploring the islands mysterious wrecks and colourful coral reefs.

Redcliffe

Sutton’s Beach at Recliffe is a local treasure with playgrounds for children, barbeque facilities and plenty of shade. Nearby you will find Settlement Cove, a water wonderland that’s perfect for families and barbeques by the bay. Kids will love this free water attraction, which features a playground, water jets and play equipment as well as a wading pool and swimming area. The beaches of Redcliffe are always good spot for a dip too!

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Brisbane named the country’s hippest city by Lonely Planet

avocadoAustralia travel guide By Freya Petersen

Despite being pummelled by storms, choked by fire haze and recently named among the world’s most expensive cities, Brisbane is cooler than ever, according to leading Australian travel guide publisher Lonely Planet.
The latest Australia edition of the guide book considered to be the world traveller’s bible says Brisbane is”arguably Australia’s hippest city”, an “energetic town on the way up, with an edgy arts scene, pumping nightlife and great coffee and restaurants”.
The assessment may come as a surprise to residents of Sydney and Melbourne, long assumed to be living cooler, more culturally enriched lives.

promo dolphinHowever, according to the guide’s authors, Charles Rawlings-Way and Meg Worby – neither of whom hails from Queensland – “booming Brisbane” may well be the country’s most underrated city.
“Subcultural undercurrents run deep here, too,” the authors say, “with cool bookshops, globally inspired restaurants, cafes, bars and band rooms aplenty.”
Citing the appeal of the Brisbane River, the guide describes Brisbane as “a patchwork of urban villages, each with a distinct style and topography: bohemian, low-lying West End; hip, hilltop Paddington; exclusive, peninsular New Farm; prim, pointy Kangaroo Point.”It recommends that visitors “move from village to village and experience this diverse, eccentric, happening capital”.
Brisbane student and skateboarder Jake Grindrod, although surprised, took the claim in his stride.
“Really? I would have thought it was Melbourne for sure, but that’s great,” he said.
“I always knew we were the hippest up here in BrisVegas.”

Brisbane is a New World City with an enviable sub-tropical climate, lively al-fresco dining scene, green spaces,
world-class art galleries and premier events.
“It’s also time for Brisbane to shine with the G20 later this year which will further skyrocket Brisbane’s reputation
as it becomes the capital of the world for a week.”

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Brisbane Insider Guide

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What to Do, what to do……….

ABSEILING down rugged cliffs, soaring through the sky – with or without a plane – or kayaking in the dark are all activities right at your doorstep at Somewhere to Stay.

Backpacker adventure lovers need look no further than our own backyard to get the blood pumping – indeed, many thousands of people head here each year from across Australia and overseas to do likewise.

Adrenaline activities close to home

WHAT A RUSH!

ROCK Climbing

5 minutes from Somewhere to Stay and Brisbane’s great
Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

 

 

 

Adrenaline activities - Kayaking

PADDLE POWER

YOU do not need to be an experienced paddler to enjoy kayaking on the Brisbane River, either during the day or at night when you can enjoy the city lights.

Guided tours leave from the Kangaroo Point cliffs (where abseiling also is available), with landmarks along the way including the Brisbane Botanical Gardens, the Maritime Museum and South Bank Parklands, or you can paddle under the Story Bridge to Mowbray Park.

Prices start from $29. Contact Riverlife at 3891 5766 or riverlife.com.au

Adrenaline activities - bike

ON YOUR BIKE

FOR those with the need for speed, head to Coolangatta on the Gold Coast to hire the newest thing in power sports – the Can-Am Spyder Roadster motorbike.

This unique three-wheeled roadster is powered by a 1000cc Rotax engine. You need to have an R class unrestricted and current motorcycle licence.

Cost: Half-day $185, full day $295.

Contact Can-Am Spyder Roadster motorbike hire on the Gold Coast at 0421 069 196 orspyderryder.com.au.

Adrenaline activities - Paddleboard

DIFFERENT WAVELENGTH

STAND-UP paddle boarding – or surfing – has been around in Australia for a few years now but hails from the Pacific Islands, where it was invented generations ago.

Anyone can learn to do it. It basically entails standing on a wide surfboard and paddling around. It is also a fun way to keep fit as it is a good work out. There are options to learn up and down the coast and in Brisbane you can paddle on the river. You may even see a dog joining his owner on a board here and there.

Prices vary. A variety of companies hire or sell paddle boards. One in Brisbane isbriskites.com.au

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ROPE TRICKS

THE newest adventurous experience to the myriad activities available in Brisbane is the Story Bridge abseil.

It is the only place in the world where those who like a challenge can climb the bridge and choose the new option of abseiling down, even if you have never abseiled before.

Cost: Adults $119, concessions $101.50.

Contact Story Bridge Adventure Climb and Abseil on 1300 254 627 or atstorybridgeadventureclimb.com.au.

Adrenaline activities - Treetops

TREETOPS

HEAD to the Gold Coast hinterland hotspot of O’Reilly’s to experience the famous treetop walk. This is something you should do at least once in your lifetime activity and is particularly suited to families.

The experience allows you to walk through a canopy of rainforest trees, orchids and ferns while being surrounded by birds and other creatures which live in the treetops. The first in Australia, the treetop walk is 180m-long over nine suspension bridges. Most of the walkway is 15m above the ground, with one observation deck 30m.

Located in the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park, it’s free. Visit oreillys.com.au or call 1800 688 722.

Adrenaline activities - all-terrain vehicle

ON SAFARI

TAKE the kids and jump aboard a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle (ATV) for a few hours. You can go either as a passenger or drive yourself. This way you can do some sightseeing in a unique way while having fun.

ATVs or quad bikes are especially fun to ride through the backroads. One local tour operator takes you through a tour of the Numinbah Valley in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Cost: Prices start at $49. Contact Gold Coast ATV Tours, Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd, Numinbah Valley, on 0424 940 234oratvadventures.com.au.

Adrenaline activities - Mt Tibrogargan

MOUNTAIN HIGH

SOMETHING every local should do at least once is visit Mt Tibrogargan, whether to hike it or climb it. For the really adventurous, the volcanic plug boasts some of the longest multi-pitch climbs in Australia. If you have never been to the area before, it’s best to start with a guided climb. Experienced guides will be able to discuss your abilities and the best climbs for you. The easiest but longest climb on the mountain is the Caves Route, but it is well worth the trip for the views. If you are a rock climbing beginner, a great practice spot is Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point cliffs.

Contact Pinnacle Sports at Red Hill atpinnaclesports.com.au or call 3368 3335. A guided climb on Mt Tibrogargan costs $175.

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WINGING IT

FROM the Sunshine Coast to the Scenic Rim, another adventurous activity on offer by several companies is gliding.

Become a glider pilot for a day (with the help of a gliding instructor, of course). If you’re looking for high-flying adventure, this could be your cup of tea.

On the Sunshine Coast, gliding companies take off from Caboolture and Maroochydore airports.

Prices start at $190 if booked online at Gliding Adventure Flights at comegliding.com.au or phone 1300 667 042.

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BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE

When you’re looking for something to do, there’s no need to spend a fortune.

Southeast Queensland has so many beautiful places to go and things to see, that a fabulous day out need not cost a bean. Save your pennies for that rainy day and get out and about for free on a sunny one.

Free fun

1. Southbank Beach

Amid the hustle and bustle of a lively CBD is one of the last places you would expect to discover a vibrant beachside setting. Australia’s only beach in the middle of the city, Streets Beach is one of South Bank’s most popular attractions. A unique, man-made swimming beach, Streets Beach overlooks the brilliant Brisbane River and the expansive city skyline. Explore the spacious Streets Beach and discover a playful world where clever design seamlessly blends with natural beauty.

 

Free fun

2. SOUTH BANK

South Bank, Brisbane has something to offer all ages.

Enjoy a stroll from Kangaroo Point past the abseilers and along the river to the South Bank and soak up the great view of Brisbane CBD in the process.

Then explore the Parklands, with its green foliage, public city beach, water play area, lagoons and picnic areas, before moving on to discover Little Stanley’s cosmopolitan strip of restaurants, bars and boutiques.

More info: www.visitsouthbank.com.au

Free fun

3. CYCLE CITY

Cycling in Brisbane gives you the freedom to explore more than 1000km of high quality bikeways and offers a unique perspective that can’t be found on foot or by car, allowing you to discover Brisbane in a whole new way.

Brisbane CBD is well developed for cycling, featuring the Bicentennial Bikeway. There are a huge number of sights, attractions, restaurants, cafes and parks to be enjoyed along the way, and all are accessible by bike. There are also great facilities for the cyclist such as water fountains, shelters, and cycle parking facilities, making it not only a free, but an easy day out.

More info: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

Free fun

4. SURF’S UP

Body boarding at Burleigh Heads is a fun and free way to get out and get active.

Grab your boogie boards and head to the Gold Coast to surf this north-east facing beach renowned for its great waves.

In addition to boarding, there are a great range of other local activities and attractions at Burleigh Heads, including Burleigh Heads National Park, which includes some breath-taking coastal walking trails.

More info: www.visitgoldcoast.com

Free fun

5. GET CULTURAL

The State Library of Queensland presents a thriving public events program of exhibitions, talks, workshops, film screenings, training and information sessions and activities for children and young people, including the new exhibition Floodlines, telling the story of Queensland’s historic floods.

More info: www.slq.qld.gov.au

Free fun

6. GO GREEN

Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens is Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens.

The 52 hectare park features a beautiful Japanese Garden, a Lagoon, a Bamboo Grove and it also houses the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. Located seven kilometres from the city centre, a drive up Mount Coot-tha to watch the sun set at the end of the day could also prove to be the perfect start to a weekend. Entry is free.

More info: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

Free fun

7. TREK THE MOUNTAINS

Named by James Cook in 1770, the Glass House Mountains are the remains of volcanos dating back over 20 million years. Rising up dramatically from the landscape, the volcanic peaks are not only a spectacular sight but also the home to some beautiful indigenous flora and fauna such as koalas, goannas, echidnas, grey kangaroos, and 26 threatened plant species.

For bird lovers, you will find kookaburras, lorikeets, rosellas, peregrine falcons and the rare glossy black cockatoo, which is considered vulnerable to extinction.

More info: www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks

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Superfest 2012

Backpackers! who’s comin to Brisbane for Superfest 3!

Need somewhere to stay, if you need somewhere to stay? book now at Somewhere to Stay and don’t miss the

bass-pumping, booty-shaking sonic extravaganza that is Superfest 2012 is heating up!

Multi-platinum selling RnB superstar and recent Grammy winner Chris Brown will return to Australia alongside female hip hop legend Missy Elliot, old skool legends Naughty By Natureand rapper-of-the-moment Big Sean!

All-round megastar P. Diddy is set to hit the stage alongside RnB diva and ex-Destiny’s Childhitmaker Kelly Rowland. Rap icon Rick Ross will also be heading Down Under for the festival, as will NWA founding member and bonafide solo star Ice Cube. And if that wasn’t enough, Grammy Award-Winning artist Lupe Fiasco and smooth crooner Trey Songz are on hand to round out the bill!

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HINTERLAND HIGHLIGHTS

CM Life sunshine Coast cover

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a haven for the artistic or those wishing to immerse themselves in a blanket of rural historic charm. Home to beautiful and quaint townships and national parks, the hinterland provides a great day out not much more than an hour north of Brisbane. Whether it be shops, galleries, eateries, wine or magnificent vistas, the hinterland has something for everyone. Jessica Jane Sammut offers her top 10 pick of places to visit.

 

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MALENY

Perched high above the Sunshine Coast beaches on the Blackall Range sits Maleny, a beautiful hinterland town offering history, culture and quaintness in abundance. Home to many nationally recognised artists and art galleries, the area is a craft paradise. Originally a timber region, with cedar, beech and hoop pine felled for furniture and construction, Maleny hosts the Maleny Wood Expo each year (May 5-6 in 2012).
INFO: www.malenyqueensland.com

 

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MONTVILLE

A charming little town dating back to 1887 when the first white settlers arrived, Montville is a beautiful place to explore, with its cute streets, eclectic boutiques, adorable cafes and divine chocolate shops. It is also home to wineries, cheese factories and galleries, not to mention a great Parisian-styled coffee shop – Poet’s Cafe. The Edge Restaurant is also a great place to unwind with a glorious view over the mountains, while the beautiful eatery Wild Rocket @ Misty’s is situated in one of the oldest buildings in town.
INFO: www.montvilleguide.com.au

 

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HINTERLAND WINE TRAIL

The hinterland is dotted with excellent wineries and one could spend a whole day coasting from one to another. Ocean View Estates Winery, Flame Hill Vineyard, Maleny Mountain Wines, Settlers Rise Winery, Flaxton Winery, Moonshine Valley Winery, Eumundi Winery and Vineyard, Maroochy Springs Winery, Kenilworth Bluff Wines, Dingo Creek Vineyard are just a few of those worth visiting. So grab a glass and head on over.
INFO: www.queenslandvineyards.com

 

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FLAXTON

On your way to Mapleton discover Flaxton, a village with churches, cottages, inns and historic Queenslanders. Make sure you visit the Flaxton Barn. The barn’s craft shop showcases exclusively Queensland-made goods, collectables, books, old wares and locally-made food products. Flaxton Barn’s Marklin HQ Gauge modern railway display, with its light show and animated action sequences, is also worth viewing. And if you fancy a spot of tea, Flaxton Gardens is the place to go.
INFO: www.hinterlandtourism.com.au

 

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HINTERLAND GREAT WALK

For those wishing to really get to know the hinterland, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk is a 58km four-day walk in the Blackall Range, with bush campsites along the way. Areas covered include Baroon Pocket, Kondalilla National Park, Mapleton Falls National Park and Mapleton National Park. With subtropical rainforest, tall eucalypt forest and waterfalls, it offers beautiful scenery and for those wishing for something a little easier, day visitors can access short half-day and full-day walks within the Great Walk route.
INFO: www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/great-walks-sunshine-coast

 

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GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS

Named by James Cook in 1770 during his epic voyage along the east coast, the Glasshouse Mountains are the remains of rhyolite plugs formed by volcanic activity over 20 million years ago, and are a must on the visiting list when tramping the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The volcanic peaks are not only a spectacular sight but also home to koalas, goannas, echidnas, grey kangaroos, and 26 threatened plant species. For bird lovers, you will find kookaburras, lorikeets, rosellas, peregrine falcons and the rare glossy black cockatoo.
INFO: www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks

 

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GINGER FACTORY

A great day out for the family is the Ginger Factory at Yandina, home of Buderim Ginger. Spend the day enjoying the delicious flavours and shops, the train tour, or let the kids find the gingerbread man around the globe on the Overboard ride. Children can also learn about how bees make honey and witness a live bee hive in the Superbee Live Bee Show, plus they can taste test the various types of honey in the store. Open 7 days, 9am to 5pm, free admission (fees apply for tours and rides).

INFO: www.gingerfactory.com.au

 

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EUMUNDI MARKETS

Shop until you drop at the Eumundi Markets, open every Wednesday (8am to 1.30pm) and Saturday (7am to 2pm). Wander through the many markets and shops offering an abundance of clothing, homewares, local arts and crafts. Sample the delicious cuisine and soak up the eclectic atmosphere.
INFO: www.eumundimarkets.com.au

Also check out: How to spend a day in Eumundi

 

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KENILWORTH

Kenilworth is a country town with sensational fresh produce which can be bought in stores or from farmers direct. It is also the site of Borumba Deer Park, a working deer farm, which offers a unique place for the family to relax with modern amenities, barbecues and friendly hosts. For food lovers, Kenilworth Country Foods is worth a visit, with beautiful cheeses on offer. Also check out the Kenilworth Cheese Wine and Food Festival (April 7, 2012), the Kenliworth Show and Rodeo (September 15, 2012) and Kenilworth Celebrates! Town Festival (September 22-29, 2012).
INFO: www.kenilworth.qld.au

 

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BIG PINEAPPLE

Newly renovated, the Big Pineapple is a heritage-listed Queensland icon, and if spending the day in the hinterland it must be visited, even if it is just for five minutes to take a quick photo with the family. Visit the growers’ market on Saturdays (6.30am to noon), relax in the cafe or climb the pine. Whatever you do, you can be sure your kids will leave smiling with a story to tell their mates.
INFO: www.bigpineapple.com.au

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Irish Surfer Dog

Surf’s up at Noosa Festival of Surfing

Enjoy a beach party all week thanks to the Noosa Festival of Surfing.

The festival will offer the biggest and best free entertainment program in the 21-year history of the event, with nightly live music, movies, fashion parades, Zumba dancing, trivia giveaways, book launches, wine tastings and fun on the sand every day once the surfing is completed.

The PJ Burns Festival Village has been built along the beach adjacent to the Park Road carpark and right in front of the No.1 contest venue at First Point, and will be open from noon daily.

The adjacent all-weather stage and screen will provide live music from 5.30pm, along with Summer&Salt fashion parades, Zumba fitness parties, surf movies and the day’s highlights from the contest after dark. All entertainment is free and profits from drinks sold go to local charities.

A surf expo will also be part of the week. Surfing in the festival’s 20-plus pro and amateur divisions starts at 7am every day from Sunday, March 11, through to March 17.

Besides surfing, events include stand-up paddle races, dog surf spectacular, celebrity surfing, opening ceremony and paddle out and live music.

For the first time, the event will also feature a canine boardriding exhibition on Sunday, March 11 (See video above).

Info: noosafestivalofsurfing.com

Luck of the Irish

St Patrick's Day celebrations

The Irish Festival takes place from March 9 to 17 with festivities ranging from the St Patrick’s Day Parade to a Gaelic sports competition.

The festival kicks off on March 9 with a ball at The Irish Club, on Elizabeth St, from 7pm.

But most of the fun is this weekend with the 23rd annual St Patrick’s Day Parade set to fill city streets from 10.30am Saturday, March 10.

The parade starts from the corner of George and Elizabeth streets and heads through the city. There will be an Irish Fair from 11am-2pm in King George Square with traditional Irish music, activities for children and more.

On Sunday, March 11, you can enjoy a family sports day that includes Gaelic football and hurling, along with Irish dancing and rides from 10.30am at the Queensland Gaelic Football Park, Bowhill Rd, Willawong.

Other events throughout the Irish Festival include:

Monday, March 12: Irish trivia night at various locations across the city.

Tuesday, March 13: Rose of Tralee Fashion Parade, The Irish Club, from 7pm.

Wednesday, March 14: Irish in Queensland: their cultural legacy. A talk about how the Irish have left their mark on Queensland, from 12.30pm at the State Library Queensland Auditorium, 29 Stanley St, South Brisbane.

Thursday, March 15: Brisbane traditional Irish Music concert at the Irish Club, 7.30pm.

Friday, March 16: The 114th Annual St Patrick’s Eve Dinner, The Irish Club.

For more information visit www.brisbaneirishfestival.com.

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Top farm stays in the southeast

South East Queensland not only boasts beautiful weather and stunning beaches, but just out side Brisbane is also its rugged countryside is also something to behold. So what better way to discover Queensland’s country heritage than through a farm stay?

Here you can experience country life to the fullest by immersing yourself in a pretty hinterland farm or by delving into the outback lifestyle at a working cattle ranch.

Lillydale Farm Stay

LILLYDALE FARM STAY

Upper Logan Road, Mt Barney Via Rathdowney, Qld 4287

Ph: 5544 3131; www.lillydale.com.au

Lillydale Farm Stay offers the warmth of a genuine Queensland country farm. With a 4.5 star AAA rating, Lillydale is situated 90 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast near Mount Barney National Park. Activities include animal feeding, egg collecting, milking the cow, horse riding, saddle club, pony rides, riding lessons, abseiling, tractor rides, native wildlife searches, bushwalking and in-room massages. Rates start at $295 per night for two adults and one child.

Mango Hill Farm

MANGO HILL FARM

159 Commissioners Flat Road, Peachester, QLD 4519

Ph: 5494 9329; www.mangohillfarm.com

Mango Hill Farm is one of the Sunshine Coast’s premier organic farm attractions. Located in peaceful rolling countryside in view of the Glasshouse Mountains, it offers a range of accommodation including the beautifully restored 100-year-old Queenslander, Dovecote Cottage, which sits perched on top of a hill amongst fruit trees and serene countryside. As a traditional working farm, Mango Hill Farm offers its visitors the ability to harvest their own vegetables from the kitchen garden or collect fresh eggs from the free range chickens. Rates on application.

Bestbrook Mountain Resort

BESTBROOK MOUNTAIN RESORT

9790 Cunningham Highway, Maryvale, QLD 4370

Ph: 4666 1282; www.bestbrook.com.au

Bestbrook is a family-owned and operated farm stay. Located 90 minutes from Brisbane and two hours from the Gold Coast, Bestbrook sits in the foothills of the Main Range National Park – a bushwalkers paradise. Visitors can enjoy relaxed country living in the rustic self-contained cabins, where guests can opt to self cater or choose to dine in the licensed coach house restaurant. Activities include milking the cow, feeding the baby animals, pony rides, trail rides and horse riding. Prices start at $190 per night for four.

Spicers Hidden Vale

SPICERS HIDDEN VALE

617 Grandchester Mt Mort Rd, Grandchester, QLD 4340

Ph: 1300 179 340;www.spicersgroup.com.au

Perfect for couples. Situated on a cattle farm an hour’s drive from Brisbane, the property is centred around a grand old homestead which features Cottons Restaurant, a classic lounge area with an open fireplace plus bar. The accommodation is arranged in clusters of cottages with a colonial design and views of the Lockyer Valley. Activities include bushwalking, clay pigeon shooting, patting the resident alpaca, 4WD adventures, tennis, croquet and beauty treatments. Rates start at $279 per couple per night.

Bunyip Springs Farmstays

BUNYIP SPRINGS FARM STAY

503 Maidenwell-Bunya Mountain Road, Maidenwell, QLD 4615

Ph: 4164 6175; www.bunyipsprings.com.au

Located 210kms northwest of Brisbane and only 23km from the top of the Bunya Mountains National Park, Bunyip Springs Farm is a working grazing property of 251ha. Children are especially welcomed to enjoy a hands-on experience with the farm animals where they can feed the ducks, hens, farm dogs and cats, horses, calves and other livestock in the paddocks, collect the eggs or ride the horse. Rates on application.

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It’s Hot

So why should the kids have all the fun….

Just 5 min walk from Somewhere to Stay is ………

Queenslands best water parks

SOUTH BANK LAGOON

South Bank Parklands;visitsouthbank.com.au

Entry is free

Want to head to the beach without a long drive, then South Bank is the destination for you. Situated within walking distance of the Brisbane CBD, the man-made beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the day. The area also has fountains and wadding pools and is surrounded by numerous barbecue and picnic sites. A short walk to Grey St or Little Stanley St and you are surrounded by some of Brisbane’s best restaurants and shopping.

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