Break up with wanderlust and staycation in Queensland
Choosing a holiday destination is a lot like dating. There are so many exciting prospects – the worldly and intelligent Europe, the rebellious and fun-loving New Zealand – they’re all good options, but you know they can’t offer you anything long-term. Perhaps the perfect holiday has been around all along – something warm and familiar that’s always been there for you, something like Queensland. A staycation in your home state could offer the holiday you’ve always dreamed of. Relaxation, adventure, romance – you can find it all in the sunshine state (and save some dollars in the process).
Since we’re on the theme of love – Brisbane’s city skyline is the perfect backdrop for a romantic stay. For those looking to rendezvous a little closer to home, Brisbane City is a fine selection. A stay in the city means excellent restaurants like Donna Chang are just a short stroll away on George Street, while Burnett Lane’s Alba Bar & Deli can provide a perfectly poured nightcap. If you’re in the mood, a moonlit stroll by the Brisbane River on your way back to one of The City’s chic inner-city hotels is a happy ending to a romantic evening.
For those looking to unwind, look no further than Mount Tamborine. This spot is just over an hour out of Brisbane but feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Hidden beneath a rainforest canopy, many Mount Tamborine accommodation options are equipped with full-service spas for all of your massage and sauna needs. When you’re done being pampered you can explore what other tranquil treats the area has to offer, including sip spots Mount Tamborine Vineyard Winery and Tamborine Mountain Distillery. Make sure you don’t miss out on the area’s most unique offering the glow worm caves – a magical natural experience.
Family-friendly holidays can be found on the shores of the Gold Coast. A less-than 60-minute commute from Brisbane means you’ll likely arrive at the laidback location before the kids start with the “are we there yet?” routine. When not relaxing at the hotel or lounging on the coast’s beautiful beaches, families have access to a number of fun and educational activities. A visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum will stimulate curious minds, while a day at one of the area’s famous theme parks will be adrenaline-pumping fun for bigger kids.
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