Short and Sneaky Getaways & Adult Pick-Me-Ups Post-Christmas

  • Written by Jodi Clark

School holidays are a fantastic way to spend quality time with the kids… but that 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, super-charged action can be tiring for parents, so we've put together our top twenty things to do in Queensland when you've grabbed the grandies for babysitting duties or when the kids head back to school.

  1.  In an Australian-first, the folks at Stradbroke Island are offering a new Flash Camp pop-up hotel experience at the Adams Beach Camping Ground until the end of January. The site at Dunwich will be converted into a glamping-hotel complete with 5-metre flash tents and pop-up café.

  2. Take advantage of the off-peak cheaper flights and head up to Peppers Palm Cove Spa and Resort for a weekend away with your mates. Cocktails, tropical sunshine, The Great Barrier Reef at your doorstep and summer sport on the big screen telly is a sure fire way to recharge your parental batteries.

  3. If you needed an excuse to transport yourself to paradise, this is it. The Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival delivers three days of some of the best music you'll hear this side of the Tropic of Capricorn.

  4. Grab some friends and hire a BBQ pontoon for an afternoon of fun on the Noosa River (O Boat Hire), Maroochy River (Swan Boat Hire) or along the Gold Coast waterways (Mirage Boat Hire).

  5. Paddle your way up the Brisbane River on a Saturday night and enjoy a well-earned feast of prawns and ice-cold drinks afterwards with Riverlife at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane.

  6. Surf through the Daintree Rainforest canopy on a giant flying fox thanks to Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours.

  7. Head to GOMA and catch the 8th Annual Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art - it's on until 10 April 2016.

  8. Treat yourself to some horse meditation therapy at Gwinganna Health Retreat in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

  9. Head over to Brisbane's Eat Street Markets and then catch a drive-in flick at their new Pop Up, Open Air cinema.

  10. Sneak in a horse ride on the Noosa North Shore (Equathon) followed by a lazy lunch on the beachfront.

  11. Unleash your inner artist and paint like the professionals over a wine or two at Brisbane's Cork & Chroma.

  12. Take a Jet Ski tour from Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday Islands with Whitsundays Jet Ski Adventures.

  13. Head to Cowboy Up Trail Riding at Emu Creek (near Toowoomba) and saddle yourself up for a relaxing trail ride.

  14. Bet on a cocky or two at the Story Bridge Hotel's infamous Australia Day Cockroach Races.

  15. Head to Enzo's On The Beach and hire a Stand-Up Paddle Board and head out into the calm waters in and around Hervey Bay.

  16. Take a pop-up cooking class at Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove and Vineyard, Crows Nest.

  17. Head out on an eco-adventure in the Gold Coast Hinterland that takes in the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.

  18. Bite the snorkel mouthpiece and descend on a learn-to-dive trip anywhere in and along the Great Barrier Reef. If you're in Cairns, try Diving Cairns.

  19. Head to Fortitude Valley and get your gig on with a live gig at a venue like Black Bear Lodge.

  20. Get your James Bond on, head to Rent A Dream Car and hire yourself a sexy sport car for a cruise around the GC.

Image caption

A romantic getaway: Enjoy great wine, good food and fabulous Southern Queensland Country hospitality.
Copyright: Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove and Vineyard

5 Things You Shouldn’t Do In Auckland

When you’re road tripping through New Zealand, you want to make the most of your time. You want to travel the right route and visit the right places to create a road trip that’s both satisfying and memorable. What you don’t want to do is waste money, spend too much time in your campervan hire Ne...

4 Killer Tips in Finding Cheap Accommodations Online

Traveling to other places needs a significant amount of money to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. One of the most expensive parts of staying away from home is paying for your accommodation, which usually accounts for more than 50% of the expenses. However, sometimes, people need to save o...

A Traveler’s Guide in Finding Cheap Accommodations

Most people dream of being able to see the world and travel to different countries. Some, though, are too scared to take the risk because of the expenses that entail the trip such as fares and accommodations. However, you just have to diligently do your research on the city or town where you’re go...

How to Prepare for a Trip to Europe: 5 Steps

Traveling comes with many rewards: the chance to discover a new culture, to see new places, to see how great and beautiful the world is. However, in order to make this experience as rewarding as possible, planning ahead can really help. This is, in truth, what we’ll concentrate on in today’s post ...

Where to stay in Brisbane

Despite its business city tag, Brisbane, invites a large number of unique footfalls on a day to day basis. A busy city, Brisbane offers nice pubs and restaurants along with interesting sights and sounds. If you are looking for places to stay during your holiday in Brisbane, then here are a few cho...

Trending Sydney Sightseeing Destinations

Here are some Attractions in Sydney that you should definitely head to if you visit Down Under. Sydney Opera One of Sydney's iconic attractions, opera is a must, even if architecture and engineering do not interest you. The beauty and location of the Opera could explain why millions of people vi...

Five Sure to Lure Attractions of Melbourne

Read on to find out more about Melbourne’s best attractions. Melbourne Aquarium The Melbourne Aquarium is one of the most visited attractions in the city and is home to sharks, rays, fish and turtles. The new lure that persuades marine enthusiasts to look for air tickets to Melbourne and visit t...

Exploring Christchurch on a budget

Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, which means the area offers plenty to do for every budget. Known as the Garden City, Christchurch offers ample outdoor opportunities for exploration, many of which are available to enjoy at no cost. Before you hit the road in your cam...

Why Visit Whitsundays in December?

If you’ve been thinking of taking a vacation in a campervan hire Australia, did you know that there is a great location that you should consider that is perfect in December? The Whitsundays are lovely any time of the year, but they are especially ideal in December. There are several destinations i...

Backpack Essentials For Your Holiday Getaway In Kimberley

Holidays, long weekends and vacation leaves are best spent with family and friends in places that can take your breath away. Better head over to the Western side of Australia if you're looking forward to experiencing an adventure like no other. The scenic views, untouched wildlife and exotic beaut...