Great getaways just out of Brisbane
MT BARNEY LODGE
1093 Upper Logan Rd, Mt Barney
Ph: 5544 3233;
Mt Barney Lodge, an eco-accredited retreat with the closest accommodation to World Heritage-listed Mt Barney National Park, specialises in “glamping” in deluxe camper trailers. For extra large groups, they also offer Queenslander homesteads, with their biggest homestead sleeping up to 15 people. Their qualified outdoor leaders offer adventure experiences such as rock climbing, abseiling, a kid’s night adventure, or bushwalks.
Glamping from $80 per night for two people. Huts from $120 per night for two people, and Homesteads from $300 per night for up to four people.
SEA SHANTIES CABINS
9a Cook Street, Amity Point, North Stradbroke Island
Ph: 3409 7161;
Located in the little fishing village of Amity Point, the newly renovated Sea Shanties Cabins offer a holiday at the seaside that is simple, affordable and fun. You can throw in a line from your doorstep or maybe purchase some fresh seafood from the local trawlers. The small community boasts restaurants and a general store, and you don’t need a 4WD as there are bitumen roads.
Prices from $200 for two nights for two people, or $250 for two nights for a family of four to five people.
O’REILLY’S RAINFOREST RETREAT
Lamington National Park Road
via Canungra Ph: 1800 688 722;
For a beautiful family retreat with a difference, O’Reilly’s is the ideal spot to get close to nature. Set high in the Hinterland between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, O’Reilly’s offers a range of activities including the Birds of Prey flight show, the Morans Creek flying fox, an interpretive guided rainforest walk, 4WD bus excursions, glow worm tours, and the rainforest boardwalk Tree Top Walk.
Stay in a mountain villa (sleeps four) from $333 per night for a three night stay.
OCEAN VIEW ESTATES
2557 Mt Mee Road,Ocean View
Ph: 3425 3900;
Winner of the Best Winery, Distillery and Boutique Brewery at this years Queensland Tourism Awards, this picturesque boutique vineyard and winery is located just 45km from Brisbane along the spectacular Mt Mee Tourist Drive. The altitude of the vineyard, at 450 metres above sea level, along with the strong sea breezes from Moreton Bay and the Pacific Ocean, provide a micro-climate that has facilitated the production of high quality wines.
Rates start at $150 per night for a one bedroom three-night mid-week self-catering cottage (sleeps two).
Bulwer, Moreton Island
Ph: 3909 3333;
If it is an adventure eco experience you are looking for, Castaways Eco Village on Moreton Island is the place to be. Moreton Island is just a 75-minute ferry ride from the Brisbane CBD and offers crystal blue waters and sprawling white sands, with over 98 percent of Moreton Island classified as national park. The carbon-friendly Castaways Eco Village is powered entirely by solar panels.
Rates are $150 per unit per night Sunday to Thursday, $180 per unit per night Friday to Saturday, or $840 per unit per week. Units sleep four to seven people.