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The school holidays are officially here, and to celebrate, we’re hitting the road – and treating the kids to something sweet in the process.

Check out our top three day trip destinations to visit these school holidays, and the unmissable local flavours to sink your teeth into.

Tamborine Mountain
One of the Gold Coast’s most beloved hinterland destinations – and the official start of the Scenic Rim to the west – there is so much to see and do at Tamborine Mountain. Keep the kids busy at Thunderbird Park for a spot of thunder-egg fossicking, or stroll along Gallery Walk for some window shopping and a bite to eat. On your way up (or down, depending on which way you go) make sure you keep an eye out for the mysterious Piano Rock: a literal rock, perched precariously on a hilly slope by the winding road, that has been painted year after year (by who? No one knows) to look like a piano. Take a hike to the glow worm caves, pack your rods for a bit of fishing, or bring some binoculars for bird watching. Before you go, though, make sure you stop for fudge at Fudge Heaven. You won’t regret it.

Noosa
Paradise for day-tripping families, Noosa – at the top end of the Sunshine Coast – is always worth the drive. The iconic Queensland destination offers just about everything: beautiful ocean swims in a protected cove; surfing on the point for adrenaline-junkies; hidden beaches; delicious food; luxe accommodation options; a sprawling national park walk; and all the mod-cons of a bigger city (we’re talking cinemas, shopping centres) just a short drive away. The place to stay in Noosa is Hastings Street, and don’t fret – there are plenty of accommodation options if you choose to spend a night. If a day trip is more your speed, head off early to make the most of your day and be sure to pencil in a stroll through the Noosa National Park (look out for koalas!), a kayak through the Noosa Everglades, lunch at one of the many restaurants and, for a sweet treat, a stop at Royal Copenhagen Ice Cream, where they make the waffle cones before your very eyes.

New Farm
It’s one of Brisbane’s most coveted postcodes, but you don’t need to live in New Farm to experience everything on offer. From the boardwalk that stretches from Newstead in the south to the Brisbane Powerhouse in the north – taking you past heritage buildings like the Woolstores along the way – to the many quaint cafes and vibrant restaurants, you could happily spend the whole day in New Farm alone. Take the kids on a tour of historic Newstead House, rent bikes or scooters and ride along the boardwalk, have a picnic in New Farm Park or have a roll at the Merthyr Bowls Club. If you get bored in New Farm (though we doubt you will) take the City Cat across to Bulimba for a movie in the Balmoral Cinema – there are also flicks showing at the New Farm Cinema, too. And, to finish your day on a sweet note, head to James Street and grab an ice cream at Messina or a donut at nearby Nodo. You won’t regret it.

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