If you are at a loss for something to do this weekend, why not jump in the car and escape the city grind. You do not have to travel far to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, as there are many lovely country towns right on our doorstep in the South-East that are perfect for a day-trip visit.
If you have never visited Warwick before, put it on your list of weekend adventures! From Brisbane, Warwick is a two-hour drive south-west or two and a half hour trip from the Gold Coast. Much of Warwick’s town centre was built in the 1880s and 1890s, so take a wander through the streets and check out the beautiful heritage buildings. For a quick lunch, pop into Belle Vue Cafe. If you are after a coffee, this is where you will find the best in town, as voted in 2015.
Between October and March, drive along the Sunflower Route between Warwick to Allora to see the beautiful sunflower fields. They are a stunning sight to see! While you are in Allora, take a tour of Mary Poppins House to see where the author, P. L. Travers lived as a child.
Boonah is a beautiful 86km trip from Brisbane and a great place to soak up the country air without travelling too far. With bakeries, cafes and shops all dotted through the main streets, it is a lovely place for a stroll. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Blumbergville Clock – a sculptural timepiece that honours the town’s rural heritage.
If you are after lunch with a view, pull into The Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm in Mt Alford. You will be able to spend a while relaxing on the Lavender Farm, with a cellar door, restaurant and shop that will be sure to entice you in. For a sweet treat before you head home, swing into Arthur Clive’s Family Bakehouse. Having been baking since 1936, they know their stuff!
Head 90 minutes north-west of Brisbane and you will find the beautiful town of Mount Mee. Mount Mee is a picturesque town with views out to Caloundra and Moreton Bay, that will leave you struggling to put your camera away.
If you are after an easy walk to get you moving, the Piccabean Circuit Walk is a great option for families. The Circuit is wheel-chair friendly and takes about 30 minutes to complete. A boardwalk crosses over creeks and weaves through thousands of beautiful palm trees, giving you the illusion of being a million miles away.
For a meal with an impeccable view, visit Pitstop Cafe. If you worked up an appetite on your walk, treat yourself to one of their infamous jam and cream scones. Or, if you are after a foodie hot spot, Ocean View Estates might be more up your ally for an elegant lunch. Either way, you will be spoilt for choice in the area!
By Kate Nutting