Monday, January 12, 2009

a day out and about

This year my husband and I have decided that we should try and be like normal people and we really should have a day off work once in a while.

With myself working 24/7 running Bespoke Press, and soon about to resume Graphic Design lecturing a few nights a week im pretty darn busy. Hayden flys around the country most days of the week, coming home several days later and then running his own business as well as helping out in our printing studio. So it can be a pretty crazy lifestyle (although we do love it) but we don't often get time off to explore our new surrounds here in Queensland.

Today we headed down south to Mt Tambourine in the Gold Coast Hinterland and spent a beautiful day exploring this incredible region. Its simply so beautiful, I think I could give up our seaside coastal living for a hinterland lifestyle without too much hesitation!

We did a 3km baby hike through the beautiful cedar creek area, ate a divine lunch of potato pancakes with bacon and sour cream & salad (oh so yum and so worth it after our hike), went on the gallery trail and explored the galleries, tickled ourselves pink in second hand book shops (we could spend ALL day looking at books) and then stumbled across some gorgeous antique shops. Just so perfect, it was our ideal way to spend a day. Although next time I must learn though... go somewhere where there is no iphone Internet connection, I simply just couldn't help myself checking in constantly!

Brisbane ladies, what is your favourite day trip? Im starting to think about our next date already...


  1. we had our recent family snaps taken at cedar creek - it is so beautiful there, and you would never know it existed. still love the drive over to bribie though, that's a tough one to beat.

  2. Oh do tell me you stopped in to get some Mt Tambourine fudge...

    I love it there too. It feels so different to everywhere else. I especially like it in Winter, but that's just because I love the cold!! (so I don't know why I live in Qld)

    Lately our favourite place to head (with our German Shepherd) is the dog beach at the Spit. Ruby might like it there too!! Though it is a bit of a way from Brissie.

  3. You know...10 years ago I could have rattled off so many great drives within an hour of Brisbane, but most of them are now housing estates - sad.

  4. How about the walk up the beach towards Peregian from Stumers Creek at Coolum - that's where I'm heading now! National Park lies behind the dunes, coloured sand cliffs and the occasional coffee rock make this a wonderful early morning experience.

  5. Yay - day trippin! love your shot of the books! Did you know the Lifeline book fest starts this weekend - that is where I will be!!

    Other ideas for day trips - Maleny/Montville (just as beautiful as Tambourine) Northern NSW, nice markets and 2nd hand shops.

  6. I have a bit of a dorky blog that shows the adventures that my partner and I get up to.

    although its more of a night trip, I love walking along South Bank at night time, I love all the water bits. And I love getting on the ferry and going up and down Bris river, and you can get off whenever you like.

    Enjoy getting out and about! Your photos are divine!

  7. that looks like quite alot of fun! thank you.

  8. I used to live on the Gold Coast (but now reside in Melbourne), and one of my favourite 'getaways' was Natural Arch and the Binnaburra area - not too far away from Mt Tambourine (but different altogether), it has some cute cafes tucked away and a very easy walk down to the Arch in the National Park. Simply gorgeous. Hope you get to experience it sometime.

  9. Springbrook is another good quick escape..(there was a Lyrebird cafe and gallery not sure if it is still there) so is Maleny and Monteville (some retail therapy and great views included).. Coolum offers good beaches and an ice cream for a fast afternoon escape (we don't always get a day off but an afternoon is achievable). Mt Nebo has a few lil cafes for a morning tea.


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