Harrigans Drift Inn at Jabob's Well is a little slice of Ireland in the souther Moreton Bay, just north of the Gold Coast in Calypso Bay. It is a destination for many Australian music artists and holds its own music festivals.
But the real treat is their Saturday Sensational Seafood lunch. Enjoy live jazz from 12pm plus for just $33 a Seafood Tower for Two for lunch or if you're staying for dinner for the same price a ½ Lobster w/ Eye Fillet Steak, Whole Lobster Mornay and 500g Chilli Bugs or Wagyu Beef Ribs & Spicy Prawns.
Mt Warning is known for some of the most spectacular sunrise and sunset views in Queensland. If hiking and climbing are your thing then take the 8.8km, five hour return walk but the stunning 360 degree view of Byron Bay to the Gold Coast will be worth it. the perfect place to picnic before heading back down again.
The Lyrebird Track offers a less energetic hike or simply take in the views at the many picnic areas situated around the rainforest.
Like its neighbour Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads if a great place for markets, festivals and arts and crafts. The big difference is how flat Brunswick Heads is, so it's great for hiking and biking plus you can walk everywhere so no need for a car. Print out the "Biking Around Bruns" brochure below for all the great bike tracks.
The one hour Tour de Bruns is highly recommended for families.
We've saved the best for last. Purling Brook Falls and Warringa Pool is exactly what the name suggests, full of amazing waterfalls and rock pools.
Springbrook National Park's crowning glory is Purling Brook Falls, the second-highest waterfall in Queensland. This deceptively small looking creek, quietly winds its way over and around trees and boulders until its terrifying drop of 100m off the mountain. A must is the lookout at the edge of the mountain where you can witness this amazing 100m drop waterfall and the surrounding valley.
If you're thinking this place sounds like the perfect spot for Devonshire Tea, you'd be right. There is a very cute little country cottage converted into a café called the Dancing Waters Cafe where you can enjoy a scone with lashing of cream and jam while watching the surrounding wildlife on the back deck. This café has been operating for 25 years, 7 days a week and is famous for quality home cooking.
Winding down and around the mountain you arrive at the bottom of Purling Brook Falls which is a known spot for fauna lovers with cycads, buttress roots, epiphytes and piccabeen palms everywhere.
Turn left at the bottom of Purling Brook Falls, and after just 1km you are at the beautiful Warringa Pool. Take the path to the right behind the waterfall and you will feel like you are in one of those tropical island movies, a great way to cool off before heading back up the top.
Purling Brook is a forty-minute drive from the Gold Coast.