Holidays are here again! Combine two weeks of child entertainment with end of financial year budget crunch, and we all need some simple solutions to get the family out and about without breaking the bank. Luckily, we’ve come to the rescue with five hot holiday ideas for families of all ages and stages. Take a day trip and reconnect with the fam in the great outdoors.


Mt Tamborine

An easy drive from the Goldie and Brisbane, Mt Tamborine offers charm, yesteryear appeal, breathtaking views of the coast – oh, and an a-MAY-zing fudge shop that’s sure to silence the ‘I’m bored’ chorus. Mt Tamborine is the very definition of ‘eat, drink and be merry’ – from wineries to cheese makers to cosy cafes with roaring fires and more, you can easily fill a day up the mountain. Check out the Eagle Heights Mountain Resort for a family-friendly beer garden and Sunday session too.



Natural Arch (or Natural Bridge, depending on who you’re talking to), glow worms, waterfalls and a World Heritage Listed national park – Springbrook is perfect for explorers of all ages, but especially the primary kids who will love a game of ‘treasure hunt’ to spy birds, animals and plants.


Wynnum/Manly Foreshore

Bayside in Brissie is ideal for a sunny winter’s day. With easy parking, fish and chipperies dotted along the Esplanade, cafes aplenty, fishing from the rockwall, regular weekend markets and flat, paved pathways perfect for bikes, scooters and little feet, it’s easy to spend a day by the bayside.


North Stradbroke

If you grew up in Brissie or the Goldie, chances are you have fond memories of holidaying, surfing and camping on Straddie. Take the ferry from Cleveland (an adventure in itself for the littlies!), and spend the day ashore. Hit up the bakery at Point Lookout, watch for whales along the North Gorge Headland walk, dip a toe in at Cylinder Beach, then listen to the sweet sounds of silence on the trip home when a day of sand, surf and wintersun has tuckered out the troops.


Kondalilla Falls

Head north to experience the breathtaking power of Kondalilla Falls. Named for the Aboriginal word for ‘rushing waters’, the four metre waterfall of cascading water is spectacular enough to even knock the socks off a bored teen. The circuit walk of almost five kilometres is a great family adventure – just be sure to take water and snacks, as it will take a little over two hours to complete. And if the kids are young enough to still demand a piggyback, prepare yourself to climb the 100 steps that complete the circuit. Time out, a workout AND a day out? Now that’s what a multitasking haven family is all about.


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