I'm a beginning writer with a Brisbane Bucket-list and a desire to see it all and report back.
Published December 28th 2015
Get outside and enjoy everything this state has to offer
1. Tangalooma Island Resort I have very strong memories of Tangalooma Island Resort as a kid and so when the days began to get steamy the hubby and I quickly bought tickets to head across the bay and enjoy one of the nicest beaches around.
We began the day by hiring fat bikes (basically bikes with really big wheels) and riding them down the beach to the wreck. The rusting shell of a boat in the water is the perfect place to chuck on some goggles and undertake some snorkeling. After this we headed back to the main area and lounged about on the sand before hiring a stand-up paddleboard. These boards are designed for one person but it was a heck of a lot more fun trying to balance with the two of us on top. Our day trip ended with the dolphin feeding which attracts so many to the island an hour off Brisbane's coast. But you know what, if these activities don't appeal to you, well they offer kayaking, archery, quad biking, fishing, paragliding and a heck of a lot more that you will just need to see for yourself.
I am a massive fan of this place, I just can't seem to get enough and have already been three times this December. Basically what used to be a very pretty dam to walk around has now been outfitted with a beach and a launching area making it the perfect location for a swim or a paddle.
What is even better about this little location is that it is only 12km from the city, so no longer do you have to travel to a coast to have a nice cool swim. However, be aware it is growing in popularity every day so to avoid the crowds, we always take a kayak or some other kind of flotation device paddle it out into the middle of the dam, jump off and spend our time swimming away from the toddlers and kiddies splashing about. In fact if you go about 100metres around the corner, you will literally be the ONLY people around to enjoy the cool water and the pristine views. Perfect!
Last week six of us hit the road and headed north towards Bli Bli Aqua Park to try out a new phenomenon that is hitting lakes, rivers, dam and all other water bodies at the moment; floating obstacle courses. The Bli Bli version costs participants $15 for 50mins and trust me, you wouldn't need much more time than that because it was exhausting. When the hour began we all jumped in the water and hurriedly swam towards the floating structure, before pulling ourselves up onto the slipper track. Then all 25 or so individual scattered, some running, some walking and some very slowly placing one foot in from of the other to ensure they don't slip and fall into the water. We immediately spotted a giant slide and then the hamster wheel and then a trampoline and then a rope course and then… well I could go on and on. The point is there was a lot to do, all thrilling, and all exhausting. But even though we came away tried, I would do it all again tomorrow if the offer came up.
4. Learn to Surf Learning to surf has always been on my bucket list, so when the mercury went up and we wanted to cool ourselves down, we began searching for the best place to give this activity a go. We did a bit of googling and found the cheapest lessons were to be found at Currrumbin Alley Surf School who hold group lessons for $35 per participant, so quickly booked ourselves in.
Before we even got into the water, the customer service was already pretty great. When we asked to book in for the 9:30 Saturday morning class we were informed that we would be sharing it with children and if we wanted to surf with those our age perhaps we should attend the 6:30 lesson. It may have been 3 hours earlier but I did not need to see a seven year old show me up on the waves. Nothing would have ruined my confidence as well.
The class began with a quick lesson on dry land, as it was important that we understood where to place our hands and feet before running off into the surf. But very quickly we were in the water and away. The instructor held our boards the first time as we climbed on board and the indicated to us when the time was to stand up. Of course the first few times I simple fell over, but within half an hour I was able to stand with ease. I can't wait to go back and see if I can give it a go in the deeper water.
5. Cedar Creek Cedar Creek isn't too far from Brissy, being just passed Samford, but is definitely more of a day trip activity. Once you get to the end of Cedar Creek Road, you have to walk down to the creek bed and then hike up if for probably a kilometer to get to the good swimming holes. The walk isn't too far but it is rocky underfoot, so you wouldn't want to be popping in for a 10min swim.
Once you get to the swimming holes however, you won't want to leave. The water is fresh, the edges are shady, you can ride down waterfalls and you can jump off the rock faces into the deep dark water. Every time we go there have been families, groups of young people and animals all sharing the space and having a good time.
If you are wanting a little more peace and quiet simply walk a little further up the creek until you find your perfect spot to sunbake, chat or sit and feel water pour onto your back.