Ever wanted to be that person who is always travelling throughout the year, trying new things and exploring all there is to see? Hello, wanderlust feels…
It can be challenging to first find the time, secure a destination or activity (let alone within budget) and still maintain your 9 to 5 or – 5 to 9 for parents. We get it. But what if we told you it’s possible to experience eight mini holidays throughout the year? Public holidays are the bread to our butter. So to help maximise your travels in a short space of time, we’ve put together a hit list of adventures to experience during Queensland’s 2019 public holidays.
January 1, 2019 – New Year’s Day
Ring in the New Year with smooth tunes and camping under the stars at Byron’s annual Falls Music and Arts Festival, from 31 Dec 2018 to 2 January 2019. Since its inception in 1993, the multi-experience line-up caters to all tastes, with local and international performers, creative workshops, comedy acts and onsite camping for every preference so you won’t miss a second of it.
January 26 – 28, 2019 – Australia Day Long Weekend
Long weekends don’t come around often, but when they do, they should be done right! We recommend breaking up the Australia Day weekend threefold: a beach day; a road trip and a big family barbeque. On day one, gather everyone in the backyard under a gazebo, set up easy to fold tables and bring out your inner Jamie Oliver. On day two, take a drive up to Tambourine and enjoy the cool waters of Cedar Creek Falls. And on the last day, wrap up the weekend with a classic beach day at an old favourite like Tallebudgera Creek – all you need is some beach shade and an inflatable ring to float the day away.
April 19 – 22, 2019 – Easter
Easter tends to come around unexpectedly and for many of us, we leave a well-deserved break until the last minute. Bring your Easter break ambitions to life by camping at one of the world’s largest sand islands – Fraser Island. Only three hours away from Brisbane and a ferry from Rainbow Beach, you’ll feel a million miles away in only a short space of time.
April 25, 2019 – Anzac Day
A day trip goes a long way with the right group of friends and the perfect location. Only an hour away from Brisbane, a lot of credit can be given to Moogerah Dam as an all-in-one destination. From boating, fishing and tubing, to a country side picnic and hiking its peaks, this spectacular location is an easy decision for Anzac Day.
May 6, 2019 – Labour Day
If winding through green canopies and lush jungle-like forests is your thing, exploring Montville’s Blackall range is right up your alley. One of the most beautiful tracks to follow is the Kondalilla Falls Circuit, showcasing native flora and flora and tranquil rock pools. Get there early to climb the rainforest and then descend to a secluded barbeque area for lunch.
August 14, 2019 – Ekka People’s Day
If you’re not heading to the Ekka and want to escape the crowds, enjoy an outdoor picnic in a rare destination and with a show… Carlo Sand Blow in Rainbow Beach is mesmerising to say the least. Think 15 hectares of white desert like sand overlooking the balayage blue coastline and sweeping shows by local hang gliders. Lay out a picnic rug or foldable chairs and take in the serenity.
October 7, 2019 – Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend
With a couple months up your sleeve to plan this getaway, we recommend dedicating the entire Queen’s Birthday long weekend to one particular destination – Lady Musgrave Island. Pitch a tent, grab your snorkels and explore all the colourful reef has to offer. Quick Tip: Make sure to equip yourself with all the essentials i.e. complete camping gear, food and personal amenities.
December 25 – 26, 2019 – Christmas and Boxing Day
Sometimes a special holiday like Christmas is a great opportunity to change it up and try something new with the family. One of the best coastline camping destinations is Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island. Notable for its beachside set ups and local amenities, Cylinder does a great job of catering to every family member. Imagine waking up by the beach, opening presents under the sun and cooling down amongst the waves after Christmas lunch…