If you find your weekends are being spent at the same old brunch spots and bars, followed by doing the same old chores and basically watching the 48 hours of freedom fly by at warp speed, it’s time to spice things up a little.
The old school road trip is the perfect way to explore the amazing spots our region has on offer. From secret water holes, to vineyards, to epic hikes, here are 7 awesome day trips around Brisbane that will inject a little excitement into your weekend.
#1 Street Art Tour In Toowoomba
Taking the hour and a half drive up the range to Toowoomba is well worth it. Not only is T-ba killing it with an epic line up of cafes, beautiful parks and fresh air to give you a break from hectic city life, but they’ve also started nailing the arts scene. Take a walk around town to check out heaps of incredible street art (Toowoomba hosts the international graffiti festival First Coat each year) as well as the awesome flower displays that are all around town as part of the iconic Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.
#2 Shop Eumundi Markets
There’s nothing like awesome markets and the famed Eumundi Markets, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, are one of the best. Held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, get amongst all the action and pick up delicious homestyle fudge, native flowers, locally designed clothes and jewellery in the sunshine.
#3 Hike Mt Warning
If you’re looking to kick start your summer bod, add some hardcore hiking into your life by taking on Mount Warning, located between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay. While there’s a vertical rock face to climb up at the summit of the hike, the beautiful views and scenery are worth it. If you’re in the habit of rewarding your exercise with copious amounts of food (aren’t we all?) the beautiful Mavis’s Kitchen, a few minutes from the base of Mount Warning, is a stunning spot for a well-deserved long lunch.
#4 Swim at Cedar Creek Falls
All the hipsters have been trekking to the gem of a swim spot at Cedar Creek Falls in Samford Valley for a while now, but like most things that hipsters do (drink great coffee, grow their own vegetables, etc etc) it’s actually quite good. This beautiful little spot is great for sunbaking on the rocks, followed by cooling off in the super fresh water. And the great news is that The Flying Nun coffee shop housed in a nearby converted church, and the excellent café, The Rare Pear, are super close for a post-swim feast.
#5 Cheese and Beer Mt Tamborine
Just an hour’s drive from Brisbane is the cooler air and chilled atmosphere of Mount Tamborine. Enjoy walking around the quaint town and then settle down for some top notch eating. Witches Chase Cheese does a killer triple brie, while the locally made craft beers from their neighbours, Fortitude Brewing, are next level.
#6 Wine at Stanthorpe
It’s hard to believe that Stanthorpe was once most famous for its delicious apples, because all we can think about when channeling Stanny is wine, vineyards and more wine. A two and a half hour drive west will get you to Stanthorpe’s gorgeous Whiskey Gully Wines and Girraween Estate for a mighty winery experience and lots of delicious reds. Just be sure to bring a ‘lucky’ designated driver along for the trip.
#7 Paddleboarding in Currumbin Alley
Surfing is hard and takes lots of dedication and practice, which is kind of annoying. On the other hand, almost anyone can get up with Stand Up Paddleboarding on the first go. Count us in! Journeying to the Gold Coast’s premier SUP’ing spot, Currumbin Alley is a great place to enjoy the sparkling salt water on the weekend, with the bonus of learning a new skill. And being near the water is well known for making you forget work/uni/your mortgage repayments for a good few hours.
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