They can vary from a busy bustle with trendy cafes, boardwalk and the spit like Mooloolaba that totally offers something for everyone. Or seek out thequieter option where the whole family are catered for.
Or camping and hiking in the national parks that showcase our native bushland with our distinct fauna and flora. The Gold Coast hinterland has been my preferred hiking area for ages, easily accessible from Brisbane and has a great variety.
But don't overlook your local parks for free family barbeques, playgrounds, duck ponds, fitness, relaxation and exciting events.
Don't miss the whales this season you can watch from a headland or book a trip; I've tried a few but Hervey Bay offers the most professional and informative. Where you can find one to suit your schedule and budget, although I strongly recommend a smaller vessel as the curious whales actually come up to eyeball you, an experience you will never forget. So broaden your weekend escape ideas and your family will thank you.