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5 Queensland Weekend Getaways: Travelling From Brisbane


Brisbane is a stunning metropolis, whether or not you’re visiting the parklands or purchasing on James Road, you may at all times discover an journey to fill your weekend with. Typically, although, you need to get away for the weekend and expertise a brand new metropolis or city. By my travels, I’ve discovered some nice Queensland weekend getaways, some are hidden gems whereas others are well-known. Preserve studying to search out the perfect spots to guide for a brief getaway from Brisbane.

Queensland weekend getaways

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1.     Hamilton Island, The Whitsundays

You most likely knew this is able to be on the listing, however the Whitsundays are really some of the marvellous locations to go to, and never just for the weekend. Hamilton Island particularly has one thing for everybody. Whether or not you need to play golf on the Island’s famend golf course, obtain a therapeutic massage at Spa Wumurdaylin, or go to the Wildlife Park for an up-close viewing of koalas and crocodiles, there isn’t any scarcity of actions to maintain you each relaxed and amused.

Moreover, even in case you have seen it earlier than, marvelling at one of many biggest ecosystems to ever exist – the Nice Barrier Reef – is at all times a good selection of the best way to spend a number of hours. Personally, I take each alternative doable to go to the Nice Barrier Reef because it very effectively couldn’t be obtainable to view in all its glory in a decade.

Shute Harbour in the Whitsundays. A perfect location for Queensland weekend getaways
Shute Harbour Whitsundays

In case you plan to fly to the Whitsundays, which I like to recommend because it’s solely an hour and ½ flight, yow will discover budget-conscious, safe Brisbane Airport Parking with Flyparks. Merely sort within the dates you want to journey of their search console and guide a parking lot to your journey in beneath two minutes – it’s that easy! In case you don’t plan to fly to Whitsundays this time, they do supply off-site airport automotive parks throughout Australia and New Zealand, so maintain them in thoughts for those who ever end up in want of Melbourne airport parking, or some other airport parking for that matter.

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2.     Tamborine Mountain

In case you are a nature lover or just need to escape the hustle and bustle that comes from dwelling in a metropolis, I like to recommend planning a weekend getaway to Tamborine Mountain. Solely a 45-minute drive from Brisbane, you may reconnect with your self, or with nature, by visiting Queensland’s oldest nationwide park to hike to one of many park’s many waterfalls.

Curtis Falls is likely one of the hottest waterfalls to go to and is barely a 3.2 km spherical stroll from the automotive park to the waterfall. In case you would moderately not put together your mountain climbing boots, nevertheless, think about taking a stroll on the Tambourine Skypark, it’s solely a 20-minute trek, totally on a boardwalk, and lets you stroll beside the treetops, as an alternative of beneath them! After a day of visiting the nationwide park hopefully with nice Tamborine mountain climate, head for a glass of wine, liquor, or beer at Witches Falls Vineyard, Tamborine Mountain Distillery, or Fortitude Brewing Co (relying in your alternative of drink).

Visit Tamborine on your Queensland weekend getaway
Curtis Falls Tamborine Mountain

Lastly, In case you are feeling adventurous and splendid, think about taking a dawn scorching air balloon trip in your final day on the town – doing so will embody a champagne breakfast and views of your entire scenic rim. P.S. if you wish to be in awe twice, go to the Tamborine Mountain glow worm cave – morning or evening!

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3.     Noosa, Sunshine Coast

Noosa is barely a 2-hour drive away from Brisbane, and for my part, is rarely a nasty thought. In Noosa, yow will discover your self mountain climbing by the city’s nationwide park, kayaking by Noosa Everglades, or taking a dip within the Noosa’s Fairy swimming pools. In reality, the Noosa Everglades are the one Everglades on the planet protected sufficient to swim in and are one among Australia’s most various ecosystems, so I might extremely suggest checking it out while there!

If you wish to spend extra time in nature after your excursions to the nationwide park or Everglades, think about tenting out at Lake Cootharaba. Right here you may sleep on the lakefront and stroll proper into the ocean for a swim. There are two separate places for tenting on the lake, so regardless of for those who plan to camp in a tent or a campervan, you could achieve this with ease.

In case you would moderately not camp, maybe think about reserving a room at Seahaven Beachfront Resort Noosa, a four-star rated resort with allure and distinctive service. The resort has direct entry to Noosa Seashore and is correct within the coronary heart of city. From the resort, you may go to the well-known Hastings Road, which has been voted the ‘Greatest Foremost Road in all of Australia.’ The streets are lined with eating places, native outlets, and artwork galleries.

Noosa Beach in Queensland
Take pleasure in Queensland’s sunshine at Noosa

In case you are on the town on a Sunday, the Noosa Farmers Market is particularly price a go to for handmade items and farm recent produce. After that, think about visiting Eumundi Market, initially inbuilt 1979, it’s open on Wednesdays and Saturdays for many who’d prefer to peruse extra native, artisan-made items and bask in numerous meals stalls.

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4.     Stanthorpe, Queensland

Situated within the soul of the Granite Belt, the journey from Brisbane to Stanthorpe is 3 ½ hours by automotive and 40 minutes by aircraft. Stanthorpe might not have been in your radar earlier than however could be very a lot price exploring as it’s a rural small city recognized for a few of Australia’s most interesting vineyards, domestically owned boutiques, fruit orchards, and residential to the French Black Perigord Truffle that’s so fashionable, it has a complete discovery centre devoted to it.

Visiting here’s a should in case you are a wine fanatic. Stanthorpe’s wineries are a few of the finest in Australia, and some of the fashionable and oldest wineries within the Granite Belt is Ballandean Property Wines, positioned within the Southern Downs Space. For 5 generations, the Puglisi household has harvested a few of the most interesting wines in Jap Australia since 1932 to supply wine lovers quite a lot of wines starting from a candy Moscato to a Shiraz Durif, which carries aromas of black fruit and a back-end flavour of pepper.

In case you are on the lookout for a keep near a few of the area’s numerous vineyards, take a look at Barrel View Luxurious Cabins. They’re rooms made to replicate wine barrels with the interiors designed with a kitchenette stocked with recent produce, a king-size mattress, and astounding mountain views.

Apples from Stanthorpe
You’ll want to strive some scrumptious apples at Stanthorpe

In case you are on the lookout for issues to do in Stanthorpe, go to Stanthorpe’s Regional Artwork Gallery or Pottery Membership. Or, for a bit purchasing, Pink Poppies is a beloved homeware and accent retailer, in addition to Ruben and Flax, a store that carries all the things from antiques to cookware. For berry selecting, check out Jap Color to take dwelling recent apples and strawberries, and later, drink your apples and strawberries within the type of beers at Granite Belt Brewery!

There are such a lot of orchards that you may even take a motorcycle tour by the roads that lie in between the orchard farms, consuming and consuming your approach by as you go. Lastly, earlier than leaving, make a cease on the Truffle Discovery Centre Stanthorpe free of charge tastings of gourmand cheeses and a variety of jams, sorts of honey, and coffees.

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5.     Mackay

The flight from Mackay to Brisbane is barely an hour ½, and effectively price together with in your listing for Queensland weekend getaways. Mackay has so much to supply guests within the type of gorgeous seashores, scrumptious sweets, luscious rainforests, wildlife sightings to go away you fulfilled for days, and usually nice Mackay climate. Whether or not you need to strive deep-sea fishing and head out in the direction of a few of the metropolis’s island neighbours, or respect the 1920 and Nineteen Thirties structure current all through downtown, you can also make your time in Mackay as peaceable or adventurous as you need.

Whereas staying in Mackay, you could enterprise to Cape Hillsborough for a ‘Dawn Wallaby Tour’ that begins at 5 am and finishes each time you’re prepared to go away. Get able to see kangaroos and wallabies stroll onto the seaside to assemble seed pods for breakfast, with some probably coming shut sufficient to you to attempt to feed out of your hand.

After ending your tour, head to Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens to encompass your self with some tropical, indigenous flora, and take a guided tour for those who’d prefer to study extra about what you’re seeing by the eyes of an skilled. In case you fancy Italian meals, undoubtedly check out Il Bacco Italian eating or Sorbello’s Italian restaurant, each positioned centrally within the city.

Craving Asian delicacies? Go to Jim-Me Kitchen, a Malaysian restaurant positioned proper earlier than you get on the Mackay connector. For weekend stays, we extremely suggest reserving with Illawong Seashore Resort or Mantra Mackay for cozy, clear, and inexpensive Mackay lodging.

Mackay Art Deco building
Tremendous instance of Artwork Deco buildings you will see in Mackay

By now we hope to have supplied you with a number of nice choices to select from when planning your Queensland weekend getaways from Brisbane. Don’t neglect to pack sunscreen and plan your flights effectively prematurely for those who plan to journey through aircraft as an alternative of driving to the locations listed above. Irrespective of the place you select to go, I hope you’ve a wonderful time and get the comfort or pleasure you deserve!

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Final phrases on Queensland Weekend Getaways

Queensland has so many different locations to get pleasure from for weekend getaways, from bustling cities, tropical rainforests, or island playgrounds to various outback cities. We hope we’ve got impressed you to discover of what QLD has to supply.

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