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Published November 8th 2015
A cheap way to impress the interstate rellies
Do you have family or friends coming to stay over the holiday season? Are you concerned about how to entertain and occupy visitors without breaking the budget?
Worry no more. Schedule a day visit to the Redlands, the area that nestles beside the southern end of Moreton Bay. This makes it only about an hours drive from the further most points of both western and northern Brisbane.
Your first win for the day will be the sea breeze. Any visitors from Europe and the UK will be instantly grateful!
First stop in today's road trip is Wellington Point. We are traveling to the very end of Main Road to Wellington Point Reserve which is bordered by water on both sides. This area is a water lovers haven. If it is low tide, take the shoes off and walk over to Kings Island. It is a 3km round trip, but isn't the feel of water lapping at the soles of the feet something else on a hot day? Just watch out for baby crabs along the way.
Or walk along the jetty, taking in the boaties, the fishos, and the windsurfers that abound.
Next stop, the Lighthouse Cafe, Cleveland Point. This truly is a pleasant place to sit and watch the world pass by, which in this case is the ferries to and from from North Stradbroke Island. Coffee is mandatory, the slice of cake optional.
Returning to the shopping precinct of Cleveland, let's take a stroll down Bloomfield Street. This area is a work-in-progress with many interesting new stores recently opening, selling wares that are different to those in the chain stores at the local shopping centres.
We are just window shopping today so enjoy browsing. Belle Pot sells kitchen utensils, and the handbags and jewellery in Louky Boutique are just gorgeous.
Walking past the gelato shop, we admire the soft furnishings of Miraje Home Decor, as well as the huge variety of gifts at Linen and Lace.
What's that? The visitors remember they should buy a small thank you gift for the neighbor feeding the cats back home? Ali-Oops Boutique has a wide selection of jewellery and fashion accessories that won't take up much luggage nor break the bank.
Continuing our drive south to Victoria Point we can follow the road along the shoreline. There are numerous parklands that make walking and breathing in that salt air so enjoyable in this area. Next time, the visitors ask, can we pack the fishing rods?
The walk along WH Yeo Park at Thompsons Beach (off Thompson Street) is very relaxing. This is one of the most popular areas in the Redlands for children and family /sporting groups to gather for picnics due to the safe, shallow waters and playground/ bbq equipment. Keep breathing that salt air. Isn't it magnificent?
A refreshing break at the Redland Bay Hotel, 160 Broadwater Terrace, Redland Bay is well deserved. Again the views of the southern Moreton Bay Islands are spectacular. On weekends there will generally be live music to entertain as well.
Isn't it good to stop and sit for a while? Take it all in and enjoy.
I hope you enjoyed your day out in the Redlands. We enjoyed your company and hope you will join us again soon