Gold Coast and The Lost World Circuit Drive
Be amazed at the romance of the stunning hinterland of the Gold Coast, play surfie boys and beach bunnies on world-famous surf beaches, create fond memories of family holidays at thrilling theme parks or shop till you drop at the boutiques and shops that line the boulevards before enjoying the cafes, restaurants and the glitz and glamour of the clubs in the playground that is the Gold Coast.
Touching the wilderness section of Lamington National Park, the Lost World Circuit offers so much more than breathtaking scenery, where you will find hidden country cottages and farm stays that are suitable for a family getaway or a romantic escape. There is a cooking school, arts events and spectacular walks.
Queensland’s Scenic Rim is jam-packed with small villages, rural retreats and paddock-to-plate producers. In this scenic pastoral setting, away from the glitz and glamour of the big city and the busy coastal fringe, you can escape the pressures of daily life and breathe in the fresh eucalypt-scented air.
The Great Sunshine Way
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland towns of Maleny, Montville and Mapleton are an endless source of adventure, no matter how many times you visit. If you’re a first-timer, hit the country roads and make your way to Montville’s cafes and wineries, and add a hike to serene Kondalilla Falls. Veteran hinterland-trippers who can’t get enough of the fresh country air should try these lesser-known spots.
Just a short zip up the motorway dicover the lesser-known green behind Noosa brimming with delights of its own. Quaint country villages like Pomona, Cooroy and Kenilworth are packed with new cafes, quirky local sights, farm-to-table produce, a distillery and nature trails worth wandering.
Whether you have got a family of your own or it is just been too long since you let your inner child run free, Australia Zoo remains one of the best day trips on the Sunshine Coast – and one of Queensland’s best wildlife sanctuaries.
Southern Queensland Road Trip
Hervey Bay’s reputation with some of the country’s best whale watching is without fault. From July to November, the season sees tens of thousands of humpback whales journey along the coastline, relentlessly frolicking with their calves. This inspiring family encounter is a 40-tonne display of love, as the creatures perform for Fraser Coast’s annual visitors.
Iconic for being the world’s largest sand island, World Heritage-listed K’gari (Fraser Island) offers unusual – and exhilarating – surprises at every turn. Not only is it the only place on Earth where tall rainforests grow on sand dunes at elevations of more than 200 metres, but it also has half the world’s perched lakes (lakes formed when depressions in dunes fill permanently with rainwater). Within minutes of landing on K’gari, you will feel its magic. Drive on wide-open beaches with the wind in your hair, marvel at shifting sand blows, swim in iridescent waters and witness playful marine life just metres from shore. Complete with a blend of luxury resorts and back to nature camping, there is a wilderness adventure for everyone on K’gari.
Bundaberg, for many, is home. Home for loggerhead and green sea turtles that return every year to continue the circle of life. Home for farmers and distillers who toil the volcanic rich soils yielding abundant produce.
Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Drive
The beauty of the Cairns region is that there are literally hundreds of different day tours and activities one can pursue beyond the Great Barrier Reef. Many are discovering the hidden gems, just an hour’s drive from the city of Cairns.
Palm Cove is only 25 minutes north of the city of Cairns. Named after the palm trees that line the beach, the atmosphere in Palm Cove is one of relaxed sophistication. Known for its stunning beach resorts, restaurants and spas, this is the place for those seeking a romantic hideaway.