Are you after a weekend escape? You don’t have to jump on a plane or train to go somewhere new – your ultimate seaside destination is just up the road.

Tucked away from the highway, right on the bay, Redcliffe is an often forgotten spot for a south-eastern Queensland beach escape. But, being only 47 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, it’s the perfect place to get away for a weekend and unwind in serenity – and treat yourself to a few indulgences, while you’re at it.

The best place to stay to ensure you’re in the centre of it all? The Oaks Mon Komo Hotel, right on Marine Parade. Overlooking picturesque Settlement Cove Park and just a short walk from the Settlement Cove Lagoon, Mon Komo offers all you’ll need for a weekend of long lunches, sunset drinks and romantic beachside strolls.

A lunch in Restaurant Caribbee – washed down with a mojito or espresso martini – will set your weekend off to a great start, offering a smorgasbord of options to suit every taste and requirement. The bar snack board, at just $49, offers a great sampling of some of their most popular menu items, including sliders, fried chicken, pizza (of your choice), arancini balls and the some of the best beer battered fries you’ve ever tried.

After lunch, take a trip down to the waterfront and enjoy the calmness that’s quintessentially Redcliffe – the still water in the bay is a reflection of life in this sleepy seaside town.

That is, until the markets kick off on Sunday morning, bringing Redcliffe and the surrounding suburbs to life with rows upon rows of market stalls, selling homewares, fashion, jewellery and food that will tingle your tastebuds from a few hundred metres away.

Then, carrying your market purchases back to Mon Komo Hotel, treat yourself to a final beer or cocktail on the terrace of the Cabana Bar, soaking up the view one last time before heading home, promising yourselves you’ll be back very, very soon.

For more information about Mon Komo Hotel, head to www.monkomohotel.com.au.

Anastasia White

Anastasia White  

Anastasia (‘Anny’ to her friends and family, thanks to some nickname experimentation in year 4 that unfortunately stuck) is a born-and-bred Brisbanite with a love of coffee and her cat, Olive. Having recently finished a degree in journalism, Anastasia loves being able to learn and write about so many different topics for a variety of audiences.