Daytrip­ping

Head out from the city and dis­cover these fan­tas­tic des­ti­na­tions. By Tiana Tem­ple­man

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DIS­COVER RE­GIONAL PRO­DUCE, vine­yards and winer­ies, cute bou­tiques and stun­ning views, all just a few hours drive from Bris­bane. Here are three of our favourite spots for a day trip.

MORE­TON IS­LAND

It’s hard to believe this nat­u­ral won­der­land is just 75 min­utes from Bris­bane, with the ferry ter­mi­nal lo­cated just 10 min­utes from Bris­bane Air­port by taxi.

More­ton Is­land is home to the world’s high­est coastal dune, Mount Tem­pest, which of­fers stun­ning views of the sur­round­ing area but most peo­ple come here to feed the wild dol­phins which have been vis­it­ing the Tan­ga­looma Is­land Re­sort jetty since the 1970s.

If you would like to swim with some un­der­wa­ter won­ders, there is a snorkelling tour of the Tan­ga­looma Wrecks dive and snorkel site, home to stingrays, wobbe­gong sharks and a kalei­do­scope of colour­ful trop­i­cal fish. If you would pre­fer to stay dry, a Seg­way tour of­fers a unique way to en­joy More­ton Is­land’s pris­tine sur­rounds.

THE BLACK­HALL RANGES

High on the Black­hall Ranges you’ll find Maleny and Montville, two pretty ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties with an artis­tic her­itage and a stun­ning ridge-top lo­ca­tion. Montville is a pop­u­lar tourist hub where gal­leries line the street, sit­ting side by side with quaint gift shops and cafés serv­ing Devon­shire tea. A pic­turesque 10-minute drive away you’ll find Maleny, a laid-back coun­try town with a friendly, com­mu­nity vibe and ex­cel­lent cook­ing schools. Hone your wok skills with a Stir Crazy ses­sion, cook Thai-in­spired Dude Food or whip up tasty yum cha treats at a Dim Sum and Then Some class at the Spirit House.

Spicers Tamarind of­fers classes rang­ing from French and Ital­ian to bread mak­ing and de­lec­ta­ble desserts. Nearby you’ll find Spa Anise where ro­man­tics can en­joy a pri­vate steam and spa over­look­ing rolling green hills prior to their treat­ment.

NOOSA

Noosa has al­ways been known for its nat­u­ral beauty and there are many ways to en­joy it. Go for a walk in the Na­tional Park or ex­plore the Noosa Bio­sphere Re­serve, a se­ries of fresh­wa­ter ti­dal park­lands cover­ing 150,000 hectares. Noosa Ever­glades Dis­cov­ery run serene boat tours which glide through dark tann-in­stained wa­ter that acts like a mir­ror, re­flect­ing the beauty of the sur­round­ing bush.

Hast­ings Street is a top spot for shop­ping with an im­pres­sive choice of bou­tiques and home­ware stores. If you feel like a cof­fee or a glass of wine, drop into Aro­mas Noosa where wicker chairs face out­wards in clas­sic Euro­pean style and ev­ery­one comes to see and be seen.

If you are af­ter some­thing more low key, mil­lion dol­lar views can be yours for the price of a drink at the Noosa Heads Surf Club. There is no bet­ter spot for a beer on a lazy Sun­day af­ter­noon and the chicken parmi­giana is a de­li­cious blast from the past.

More­ton Is­land. Photo: Tourism and Events Queens­land. Noosa Ever­glades Dis­cov­ery. Montville. Photo: Tourism and Events Queens­land.

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