I am an avid runner, writer, counsellor, mum and wife who loves exploring the outdoors and discovering new and exciting places to explore.
Published September 1st 2014
Put some spark back into your relationship
Put some spice back into your relationship Source: Hanna-Barbera
HIKING TRIP TO CAVES CIRCUIT
For those of you who feel like you need to spend some quality time with your spouse, after years of bliss full married life, but aren't quite sure of where to go or what to do to achieve this, I have discovered the top three.
Put your picnic basket in the back of the car, lace up those joggers and take off for a hiking adventure to 'Caves Circuit', in the glorious Lamington National Park, near the tranquil Binna Burra Mountain Lodge.
The serenity of the Caves Circuit track and breathtaking views will have you captivated and you will be forgiven for thinking you and your significant other are the only two people in the universe upon entering this amazing forest.
The track passes through eucalypt forests and woodland with rainforest gullies scattered throughout the forest. The views of Coomera Gorge are simply breathtaking and you can stop and sit down to admire the scenery on the Robert Collins commemorative seat or open up that well stocked picnic basket and enjoy a glass of bubbly together while looking out over the gorge.
Further down the track you will come to the most magical place, the Kweebani Caves. The Kweebani Caves were created by wind and rain erosion and were used by the Aboriginal people as shelter and as a place to cook. The magical energy of the caves can be felt and you will feel like you have been transported back in time, to a life free from technology or the hustle and bustle of the city. The spectacular scenery makes this a most romantic escape for couples.
For those of you who prefer a romantic night out, the Old Courthouse Restaurant situated on the waterfront of Moreton Bay, Cleveland offers a five star menu, with the ambience of a bygone era. The heritage listed timber and sand stone building, circa 1853, was built as an early colonial cottage in 1853 by Francis Edward Bigge, a wealthy land and property owner.
In 1859, Francis Bigge rented the cottage to the colonial secretary, as a courthouse and police lock-up. The Courthouse offers old world ambience, with the luxury of a first class menu. This restaurant is a must for those who want to rekindle that spark!
For those couples who also have an interest in the paranormal, it is said that the ghost of Mrs Bigge wanders the restaurant. Elizabeth Bigge died in England more than 150 years ago, but her ghost is believed to have returned to her home, the place that bought her the most joy. Many guests and staff members have seen Elizabeth's ghost who watches over the restaurant.
After dinner enjoy a stroll along the waters edge to Cleveland Point, pulling out a blanket and looking out over the water to Stradbroke and Moreton Islands, or gaze up above at the stars and moon, lighting up the ocean below. This night is sure to light those fires of romance.
If lying on the golden sand with your partner or taking a leisurely stroll together along the beach sounds more appealing then read on. Only a ten minute ferry trip from Victoria Point a hidden paradise awaits.
Coochiemudlo Island is only 5 square kms in size but offers over 4kms of gorgeous beaches.
The island can be explored on foot, or why not take the bikes and enjoy a ride together, admiring the cute cottages the island boasts or stop at one of the many secluded alcoves along the beaches and pull out that picnic blanket!
There are also boats for hire for those who prefer to be on the water or perhaps have a go at catching dinner. There aren't many shops on the island, this is part of it's charm, it's a hidden paradise nestled away in the Redland shire. A day trip to Coochie (as the locals call it) is sure to please those wanting to escape the 9.00-5.00 grind and bring some romance back.