If you enjoy that early morning sleep in like myself, by the time you get organised you have missed all the early morning breakfasts on offer at cafes. So we like to jump in the car and head North West to the quaint little township of Kilcoy.
Kilcoy has a few nice pubs on offer with that unmistakeable 'country' feeling and a great steak.
On the drive to to your tasty lunch, you will pass through Wamuran and Woodord and they have nice spots for that Sunday picnic.
Take a left just after Woodford and go past the Woodford Prison and you have yourself a great country drive. You will see the Somerset Dam and this crazy house that looks like a random pyramid. Keep your eye out for this, it is very unique!
Take this lazy Sunday drive and enjoy one of the many relaxing pubs or take away cafes. Oh, and watch out for the Yowie. There is a huge replica of one in a Kilcoy park symbolising Yowie country.
So, where is your favourite Sunday drive? It would be great to read your adventures and maybe take a drive along your route.
Feel free to leave your favourite Sunday drive suggestions and comments below.
I vote for Tamborine Mountain too. It's a pleasant drive and with so many interesting cafes, galleries, shops etc you can do as little or as much as you like when you get there. Also a perfect place for a weekend away.
Depart early from Brisbane city to Hollindale Park on the Gold Coast.
Catch and surf the waves on Main Beach. (The stretch of Main Beach that is closer to SeaWorld is relatively quiet compared to nearer Surfer's Paradise.) Stop by Peter's Seafood shed for lunch, then head back to the beach for some beach volleyball, sandcastle-building and more swimming. Dry yourselves off by 4pm and drive up to Mt Tambourine to make preparations to watch the sunset. It's all too easy to set up a a couple of foldable chairs, some glasses of sparking juice (or hot chocolate - whichever makes you happier). Sit back and enjoy a glowing orange sun dip behind a gradient of colours that form part of the Great Diving Range.
Tamborine Mountain is a great place, with the wineries, cafes or antique shopping. Lazing on the grass bank watching the hand gliders take to the sky, maybe a walk through the majestic rain forest. Take a walk along the sky walk across the tree tops, see the rain forest from above the tree lines. St Bernads Hotel grab a yummy bite to eat or maybe a quick cold one. maybe a quiet picnic under the shade over looking the valley ... stay for the day, the night maybe a couple of days no matter what you decide the Mountain is there to explore
We are so fortunate to have so any places we can get to in just an hour or a bit more. Some smaller locations are: Wyaralong Dam, Fernvale, Lowood, Laidley, Forrest Hill, Beaudesert, Somerset Dam, Boonah, Springbrook, Chillingham, Tyalgum, Mt Warning, Clarrie Hall Dam, Canungra, Harrisville...you get the idea and I haven't even ventured North yet. Most places have a choice of cafe's or a local pub where the food and service are both value. They are not on the main roads, so is a relaxing drive with thins to see on the way, and, if you ride a motorcycle, well, you've probably been there, done that.
Wellington Point Reserve. Overlooking Moreton Bay, views from Manly to Moreton & Stradbroke Islands. Beautiful grassy areas with undercover shelters and BBQ's. Big childrens playground, shaded by 100 year old Moreton Bay Fig Trees. Safe shallow sandy swimming area on the western side of the reserve in front of the playground with showers and toilets. At low tide you can walk along the sand bar, out to King Island, about a 15 minute stroll into Moreton Bay. Takeaway shop adjoining the restaurant, opposite the reserve. Perfect place to chill out for a picnic or BBQ. No Dogs allowed at this reserve.
Totally agree about Redcliffe being a great place to visit...especially on a Sunday when the markets cover the foreshore area near the jetty.
After you've browsed the markets and refuelled with amazing coffee and food, why not venture on further down to Scarborough ...lovely spot.
Hello all - Spring Bluff Railway Station, on the range below Toowoomba about 90 minutes from Brisbane is a lovely spot with beautiful gardens and a cafe serving very good food. The area was closed after the floods caused extensive damage to the railtracks/road but thankfully the old buildings were undamaged. I'm sure they'd love to see the visitors coming back. Seehttp://springbluff.com.au/ for more info
I like Maleny and Montville in from the Sunshine Coast. If you go, don't miss the Maleny Botanical gardens and bird sanctuary where you get to be up close and personal with MaCaws and Cockatoos and Parrots etc. Cheese Tasting and Fudge and Ice cream. If you are Gluten Free or Celiac, there is plenty for you. I had no shortages of choices.