Cuddly koalas, night markets and picturesque hiking spots – hidden gems to discover in Logan
Although we travel up and down the motorway from city to coast (and vice versa) whenever we get the chance, we can sometimes forget that there’s plenty to see and do between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. We’re talking koala-filled centres, sizzling smokehouses, must-see museums and temples that will transport you to lands afar. Here are some hidden gems you can explore next time you take the exit less travelled and find yourself in a certain treasure trove of things to see, do and devour – otherwise known as the City of Logan.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Looking for somewhere to roll out a rug and take the kids to roam free amongst nature? Look no further than Daisy Hill Conservation Park, a leafy 570-ha bushland retreat that is home to many of our native animal friends. Nestled amongst the tall eucalypt trees is Daisy Hill Koala Centre, featuring interactive displays and a large outdoor koala enclosure, home to plenty of furry friends that can be seen from two levels of viewing boardwalks. You can learn all about koalas and their conservation at this must-visit destination – from how you can do your part in helping the species’ conservation as well as their life cycle and unique biology. The best part about the centre is that it’s free to visit!
Distillery Road Market
Those who have a hunger for smoked meats, killer coffee and food-truck bites can meet up with mates at Logan food destination Distillery Road Market. This melting pot of cuisines just off the motorway houses Texan barbecue outpost Sugar Creek Smokehouse, Kiwanda Café (a factory concept cafe from the team behind Zarraffa’s Coffee) and Mexican taqueria and margarita slinger Posadas Cantina. DRM’s Bazaar Markets has also recently launched at the jam-packed precinct, which hosts a bounty of the region’s best street-food vendors, entertainers, growers, producers and makers on the first and third Thursday night of every month.
Kingston Butter Factory
The city’s historic butter factory site has transformed into Logan’s new landmark cultural precinct. This entertainment lover’s mecca now offers a year-round program of art, culture and entertainment with major festivals, concerts and live performances lining the calendar – think musicals, theatre shows, circus acts, stand-up comedy and live gigs aplenty. Those looking to fill their bellies can do so at Devon Pixies, a cosy teahouse that offers decadent high teas, while history lovers can get their fix at the Living Museum of Logan, which is set to open its doors later this year. The Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct is home to two of Logan’s favourite markets, the Kingston Butter Factory Farmers Markets (held fortnightly on Saturdays) and the monthly Milky Way Community Markets.
Chung Tian Temple
City slickers and coast dwellers can be transported to another world at the Chung Tian Buddhist Temple in Priestdale, which was constructed using traditional Chinese architecture practices in 1992. Surround by nature, the temple is a serene place to relax and reflect as well as celebrate the community’s multicultural diversity. Visitors can deep dive into the history of the temple with a tour, or just take your time exploring the locale, which is also home to Water Drop Teahouse, a quaint cafe that serves up delicious Asian-inspired eats. The temple also hosts weddings, baby blessings, tea ceremonies, meditation sessions, and Buddhism and Chinese classes.
Plunkett Conservation Reserve
Outdoor adventurers can get their fill at Plunkett Conservation Park, a lush and rugged reserve found between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The nature-filled wonderland encompasses Wickham National Park and Wickham Timber Reserve and offers plenty of trails that can be utilised for scenic activities like bushwalking, horse riding and cycling. There are plenty of places to catch your breath that offer striking views of the reserve, while wildflower displays sprinkle colour throughout the forest from late winter to early spring. To help you discover the hidden trails of Plunkett Conservation Reserve, stretch your legs in anticipation of the Yarrabilba Trail Fest on May 1 – which explores three distances of trail runs throughout the park.
This article was created in partnership with our friends at City of Logan.