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Weekend getaway series: Brisbane

Everyone needs a break every now and again. Sometimes it isn’t enough to just have a quiet weekend to yourself –

but a change of environment will surely do the trick.

Forget the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast and the CBD of Brisbane – head west to the peace and quiet of the

hinterlands and beyond for a dose of tranquillity.

There are plenty of destinations within a few hours drive of the city that give you the chance to unwind and get in touch with nature. Here are our top five.




The Sunshine Coast Hinterland hides many treasures – one of which is the historic town of Maleny. Home to artists, musicians and craftspeople, the town has a reputation for having a ‘hippie’ culture.

Within one hour and twenty minutes of central Brisbane, Maleny gives you access to natural wonders like Obi Obi Creek, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and the Glass House Mountains.

One must do for visitors is a trip to the local winery in town, the Settlers Rise Vineyard – there you can try some of the locally grown wine (and maybe some cheese too!).



Image via Hello Sunshine



Around two and a half hours from Brisbane lies the small town of Stanthorpe and, while it doesn’t have a large population, it certainly delivers big on things to do and see for its visitors.

Situated ideally in the heart of a wine region called the Granite Belt, Stanthorpe is the perfect spot to eat and drink the weekend away – especially if you like artisan style products!

To work up your appetite for the locally grown produce – like Stanthorpe’s deliciously infamous apples! – take a bushwalk through nearby Sundown National Park, spot birds and play water sports and Storm King Dam, stroll down Quart Pot Creek, or explore the Stanthorpe Heritage Museum.




Located in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterlands, Springbrook brings you subtropical rainforests, mountains, waterfalls and streams within a few hours drive of your home.

Stay at one of the quaint guest houses, cottages or retreats for a treat – camping in the Springbrook National Park is another option if you want to get some serious space from the every day technology and appliances that take away from your zen.

There are many natural wonders to explore in this area, including the Natural Bridge, Gondwana Rainforest and Apple Tree Park, all of which have scenic hiking trails for all fitness levels.



Moreton Island

An island escape right on your doorstep – what could be more convenient? Moreton Island is one of Australia’s largest sand islands, with a range of accommodation options for all budgets, including camping, beachfront villas and resort apartments.

The island has no roads, making it a dream escape from the busy city. Take the chance to hire a 4WD and take it through its paces on the sand dunes before diving into the crystal clear waters of Moreton Bay.

You can also dive and snorkel, take a hike or long coastal walk, surf, bird watch, fish or whale watch – or ask a local guide about how to join the dolphin feeding, boating excursions or sand tobogganing.

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Katie Adema

Katie previously worked as a journalist across print and radio before making the switch to PR. Her work has appeared in Green Lifestyle Magazine and online publication The Kids Are Alright, and more recently she has written myriad articles for newsletters, magazines, websites and online publications.

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Homeloans Ltd.