If you’re already wishing it was the end of the Christmas holidays and it’s barely even week one, you may need some day trip ideas up your sleeve. Or even, if you’re doing okay so far but are just waiting for the endless barrage of I’m bored, What’s for dinner, Can you take me to [insert out-of-the-way destination here] school holiday commentary to kick in – we’ve got just the solution.
The old school road trip is (and in our opinion) has always been the ultimate adventure. It’s the perfect way to explore amazing locale’s and discover some hidden gems right on your doorstep. From epic hikes to secret swimming spots and vineyards (for the adults) these 7 destinations around Brisbane are sure to impress.
#1 Street art in Toowoomba
Yes, we said it T-bar’s lineup of killer cafes, beautiful parks, and fresh air are a welcome change to the bustle of city life. A lesser known fact about T-bar is the up-and-coming art scene in fact, it plays host to the international graffiti festival each year. Take a walk around town and you’ll discover heaps of impressive street art. Well worth a day trip to keep the kids occupied!
#2 Eumundi Markets
A well-known favourite of Brisbane-ites is the Eumundi Markets in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. There is not much else to say other than if you haven’t been…you’re missing out! Held on Wednesdays and Sundays stroll through the market stalls, feast on home-style brownies, pick up some flowers and enjoy the locally designed fashion.
#3 O’Reillys Vineyard Picnic
Now this is a treat if we ever did come across one! The O’reillys vineyard is short drive out to Canungra Valley where you’ll discover a quaint little vineyard and restaurant set amongst rolling hillside and creek. Organise a picnic, sit under a sprawling jacaranda (with a bottle of champagne, or two) while the kids play on the edge of the creek or walk an Alpaca. Yes, this is living….
#4 Hike Mt Warning
Get active and get your hiking shoes on! Mount Warning is a favourite to get amongst Nature between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Test your skills and climb up the rock face to the summit and you’ll be rewarded by the panoramic southeast coastline. It’s not a hike for the faint-hearted but it’s definitely worth it. And, the Mavis’s Kitchen is just a few minutes away to stop for a well-deserved lunch.
#5 Swim at Cedar creek falls
The Cedar Creek Falls in Samford Valley are a great option for the holiday break. Spend the day outdoors swimming in the fresh water and sunbaking on the rocks. It’s sure to be a trip the kids will remember time and time again. Even better still, the local cafes are super close for a post-swim stop off.
#6 Paddleboarding in Currumbin Valley
One of the Gold Coast’s most famed surfing spots, Currumbin not only is a great beach destination but you can hire Paddleboards for a little holiday fun. While surfing is tricky, paddle boarding is the ultimate option that the whole family can get involved with.
#7 Visit The Farm at Byron Bay
The Farm at Byron Bay is perfect for the little ones to explore. From sunflower fields to little piglets, chickens and vegetable gardens – the farm has it all! Take a wander through the farm, start up the BBQ or sit down at the Three Blue Ducks restaurant and take in your beautiful surrounds.