I'm a beginning writer with a Brisbane Bucket-list and a desire to see it all and report back.
Published August 13th 2014
Escape in packs
If like my group of mates, you are little bit too grown up for a weekend in Surfers Paradise but still enjoy time away in a group then head to one of these four locations for a fantastic time away.
Bunya Mountains If you are looking to spend some quality time together then head to the Bunya Mountains. Here you can barely get cell reception so it's perfect for taking those friends along that spend most of their time glued to Facebook and Instagram. During the days we slept in, bushwalked and picnicked with packs of wallabies just outside the door. At night we took turns cooking like a big happy family and got involved in aggressive games of Trivial Pursuit. Check out the Bunya Mountains Accommodation site for the perfect place to stay.
Noosa North Shore We have access to a holiday house on the North side of the Noosa River and we take every opportunity we have to disappear there for a long weekend. As long as fire restrictions allow, you can enjoy roasting marshmallows in the backyard and gazing up at the stars. If you have a four-wheeled drive you can find a section of beach all to yourself for footy and a quick dip. It's also so close to Noosa Headlands you can spend a day wandering Hasting Street. Just be careful though because the barge you use to cross the river does not run 24/7 and you do not want to pay the fee for a 2am call out.
Rainbow Beach If you head off to Rainbow Beach during Australia's Winter (which is still like a spring anywhere else) you are guaranteed to receive cheaper rates and run into a lot less neighbours. We found an amazing holiday house and spread ourselves out between the double beds, bunk beds and sofas. Make sure you pack your boogie board (or at least a chunk of cardboard) and head to Carlo Sand Blow to take in the amazing scenery and have a go at sand tobogganing.
Byron Bay Perhaps you still want to party it up, but would prefer to do it away from the hoards of newly 18 year olds youngsters. Then head to Byron Bay for chilled days and even more chilled nights. Spends you time wandering the gorgeous handmade shops and sampling the delightful food or head to the beach for some sunbaking and magazine reading. We also saddled up and trotted through the farm land on a horseback tour.
A Walk to the the Byron Bay Light House
So there are four options. Now you have the tough job of deciding which one is perfect for you.