Strap yourself in and escape to the high country and its burgeoning wine region.
There’s more than 30 wineries waiting just three hours’ drive from the coast. Sign up for a tour so you can safely sample your way through the offerings, or drop into the cellar doors at your leisure.
Stop off at distilleries, dairies and orchards along your drive, with passionate artisans ready to serve up hand-made cheeses, vinegars, olives, preserves, jams and chutneys.
There are lavender fields, bike trails and walking tracks for the adventurous, including roads to refreshing waterholes nestled among granite boulders in the Girraween National Park.
North Stradbroke Island
Simply ‘Straddie’ to the locals, this island paradise is easily reached via a 25-minute passenger ferry ride from Cleveland.
Take your pick between gallery hopping, whale watching or eating and drinking your way around the extensive list of cafes, restaurants and bars.
The island is a natural playground for beach-lovers. Stick to the patrolled beaches of Main and Cylinder if you’re keen for a dip. And surfers, be sure to take your board to conquer some of the country’s best beach breaks.
For those staying on dry land, take the easy 1.2-kilometre track along the North Gorge Walk at Point Lookout. You’ll be treated to a spectacular outlook across a 32-kilometre stretch of white sandy beach.
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