When a long weekend hits, tell everyone to take cover! No, seriously. We take no responsibility for any injuries sustained when you sprint off to try all these awesome activities.
Awaken your inner Bear Grylls
Bugs and lack of bathrooms aside, there’s nothing quite like waking up in the fresh air, rolling out of your snug sleeping bag, pouring hot tea into a tin cup, and curling up with your favourite book in the soothing silence of nature. Drive to Lennox Head or Noosa North Shore and enjoy sea breezes, your own private beach time, touch and cricket games whenever you want and morning swims. Or why not take in some bushwalking and mountain at a ground like Mount Barney? How’s the serenity? Either way, we can’t wait to tell scary stories by the light of a camping lantern.
Long weekends leave so much space! For activities!
If wandering aimlessly isn’t your thing, why not give yourself and some friends a chance to learn a new skill and take a class? Otherwise there are plenty of one-day activities to keep you occupied (with a mandatory two resting days afterwards), like snorkelling at Tangalooma or strawberry-picking to your heart’s content at the Berry Batch at Chambers Flat.
Pull a Tim Allen and star in your own Home Improvement
Are your cupboards and drawers bursting with unworn, unloved clothing? Is there an empty patch of eggshell wall that’s begging for some fun decoration/artwork/photo collages of your dog? Is your life completely falling apart because of bad feng shui? A long weekend is the perfect time to rectify such spiritual incompleteness with some home improvement! Finally locate that perfect shade of azure blue to paint your walls, turn your bedroom into a greenhouse with a trip to Bunnings, check out swatches for new curtains, cushions or bedspreads at the Brisbane Fabric Market at East Brisbane, trawl through antique stores or brave Ikea (shudder) to finally find the perfect bedside table, or just chuck out your entire closet – the world is your oyster!
Be a fugitive and hide out in the mountains
Whether you’re looking for a one-day break or a quiet couple of nights away, exploring Queensland or hiding from the authorities (or all three!), staying in a cosy mountain cabin is always a good idea. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is home to charming towns such as Maleny, Montville, Mapleton and Flaxton, all with lovely antique shops, delicious local cheeses and produce and plenty of nature to explore. If you’re willing to make the drive, wallabies and bush walking await you at the Bunya Mountains. The Glasshouse Mountains’ Ecolodges will have you set up and snug in the rainforest within wooden cabins inside renovated churches and train carriages.
Life’s a beach
If you live in Queensland and you’re not allergic to the sun, spending your long weekend at the beach is a no-brainer. No doubt everyone has their favourites, but when it comes to really soaking up the long weekend, we reckon Byron Bay, Mooloolaba and Cabarita will give you three days by the beach that you’ll never forget, with lovely shops and classic eateries to enjoy if you can tear yourself away from your tanning spot. If you’re looking for less surf and more sailing, kayaking, windsurfing or paddle-boarding, Tallebudgera Creek and Lake Cootharaba are sure to deliver.
You don’t need friends, you have TV!
If you’re feeling a bit rundown from work, the temperature isn’t agreeing with you, you’re just under the weather in general… or you just really feel like staying inside and figuring out whether Stephen really did it on Making a Murderer, then go for it! We say stock up on delicious takeaway, close your curtains and tell your loved ones not to disturb you. If there’s an ideal time to spend hours and hours in front of the television, Netflix or (cough) totally legal streaming services, it’s a long weekend.
No need to commit; take a day trip
If you can’t spare the whole weekend or you’d just prefer to sleep in your own bed, then go for a day trip and enjoy the amazing surrounds of Brisbane. Whether it’s swimming and dolphin-feeding (!!!) at Stradbroke, hiking and swimming in waterholes at Cedar Creek, taking in nature at the Currumbin Rock Pools or admiring glow worms and climbing the Natural Bridge at Springbrook National Park, you’ll be a nature-loving, adventurous Katniss Everdeen in no time! Y’know, without the whole child murder pageantry.
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