Venture off the beaten path to explore Logan's hidden gems

Venture off the beaten path to explore Logan’s hidden gems

Let’s be honest, other than the odd trip to IKEA, when was the last time you veered off the highway with the sole purpose to explore Logan? If you can’t remember (possibly because it’s never happened), it’s time to rectify that because besides the unfortunate closeness to the word ‘bogan’, Logan is actually one of the fastest growing cities in Australia and boasts the fifth largest population in the country. With all that growth comes some exciting new and hidden gems that are well worth the detour.

Find a moment of calm with some moving meditation
Invite some zen in your life with a tai-chi class at the Chung Tian Buddhist Temple. The Buddhist temple is truly a sight to behold and visitors are invited to learn the ancient Chinese art of moving meditation with classes every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Afterwards, pop in to the Water Drop Teahouse for a spot of tea.


Get your caffeine fix
If you’re someone who refuses to start the day without a decent cup of coffee, you’re in luck, because Logan boasts some seriously good coffee that is guaranteed to put a little pep in your stride. Extraction Artisan Coffee is relatively new on the scene but has earned a lot of love from locals thanks to its perfect brews – something they take pretty seriously around these parts. wake me up espresso bar nestled in the multicultural hub also brews a quality cup for your enjoyment.


Fill your belly (and your fridge)
Keep those pangs of hunger at bay with a trip to the brand new Early Bird & Breakfast Markets. Launching on Sunday June 12, Beenleigh’s town square will be brimming with tasty eats and produce direct from locals farms so you can fill your belly and your fridge at the same time – that’s what we call multi-tasking! While you’re there, pick up some cheese and other gourmet goodies and stash in your bag for later.


Sample some local tipple
Built in 1884 by convict labour, the Beenleigh Artisan Distillery has recently undergone a $5-million facelift and is definitely worth a stop on your tour of Logan. Peek behind the distinctive red timber exterior and you’ll find master distillers creating batches of curious craft spirits including a honey-infused rum liqueur and a sugarcane-based vodka. The tour also takes you through the cavernous storage hall that houses centuries-old barrels. Afterwards, head next door to the Beenleigh Artisan Distillery Visitor Centre to sample some of the swill, because after all, it’s 12 o’clock somewhere in the world, right?


Get the adrenalin pumping with some extreme sports
Get off the beaten track (literally) and fly head first down mountainous terrain on a push bike, because #yolo. Logan offers a bunch of mountain biking trails that range from beginner through to advanced – one of the region’s main tracks is on Daisy Hill Road and is widely regarded among those in the biz as one of the best in Australia. Just remember, on a bike, momentum is your friend, so is this Track and Trail Classification guide.


Indulge in a bite and a beer
If all of that exploring has left you with a ravenous hunger, stop by the area’s newest watering hole Malty Grain for a bite and a brew. From the brewers of Beard and Brau Farmhouse Brewery, it’s fair to say the ale here isn’t your run-of-the-mill pub variety. Tuck into a great menu of tapas-style eats including spicy chicken wings, beef cheeks in beer and mac ‘n’ cheese balls. If you can’t decide, opt for the Farmers Plate, which includes a little of everything.


Relax and unwind
Roll out a rug in Underwood Park and enjoy a little downtime in between activities. Maybe even throw together a picnic from those amazing goodies you picked up at the Early Bird & Breakfast Markets! The park has plenty of barbecue facilities to cook up an afternoon snack and if you have little humans in tow, there is also a large play area to keep them occupied. There’s even an off-leash section for your four-legged friend. Keep an eye out in the trees above as it’s a koala conservation area, you might just get lucky.


Take your tastebuds on a world tour
Branch out from your regular smashed avocado breakfast and treat your tastebuds to some African kebabs, sticky-centred pork buns and Thai coconut and shallot pancakes at the Global Food Village breakfast markets in Woodridge. With more than 200 cultures represented, the market is a culinary melting pot of flavour, culture and some seriously epic eats. Step out of your comfort zone, the possibilities are delicious.


Chill out with some eats and beats
Held on the last Friday of every month, Eats & Beats is a monthly pop-up food truck and music festival making its way all around the City of Logan. Perfect for a couple of ‘welcome to the weekend’ ales or gathering some friends/family/colleagues for an evening of fabulous food and live music. Best of all there is free parking and free entry so it makes for an inexpensive night out.


Treat yourself to an afternoon of jazz and shiraz
If you’re partial to some jazz and maybe a cheeky wine or two, make your way to the Griffith University Logan Campus in Meadowbrook for the Jazz and Shiraz festival on Saturday June 25. Several of Queensland’s best musicians will be performing on the day, including Katie Noonan, Darren Percival, Emma Pask and Triple Shot. The food offering in 2016 has grown even larger than the previous year’s selection with vendors and food trucks from across Southeast Queensland jostling for your patronage. Stroll down Vineyard Alley and taste a spectrum of pristine plonk from local vineyards before settling in on a picnic rug for a night of excellent entertainment.


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