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Holiday local: Discover what tourists already know

Posted: 7am 16 Jun 2020

The school holidays are fast-approaching and it’s the perfect opportunity to support local businesses and enjoy a staycation to remember.

Tourists have already discovered the gems that make our region the perfect place for a holiday, so now’s the time for you, the locals, to explore what’s in your own backyard.

Get the family together, work out your budget and map out a plan for a weekend, few days or week in the hinterland or at the beach. You’ll be surprised how much there is to do so close to home.

Here’s a few options to get you started …

BIG4 Sandstone Point Holiday Resort

Enjoy a mini-break or a longer stay away at this resort, which has endless opportunities for fun and entertainment, and an abundance of accommodation options to choose from.

You and your family can enjoy the 500sq m heated swimming pool, which is like a warm bath this time of the year, set at around 27 degrees; hot chocolate and marshmallows at the Sunset Deck’s fire pit; a bounce on the jumping pillow; a hit on the tennis court; hoops on the basketball court; a workout in the gym; fun on the playground or in the playroom; a meal at Sandstone Point Hotel just across the way; and much more. For those brave enough, the waterplay park is still open in the cooler months with five water slides and an 800L tipping bucket!

As for accommodation, there’s a selection of villas including studio and luxury options, family and luxury safari tents, and camping and caravan sites.

For more information and to book, head to the website.

Mercure Clear Mountain Lodge

Offering peace and tranquillity to guests, this elegant mountaintop hotel is surrounded by 20 hectares of bushland and gardens complemented by stunning panoramic views across to the Glass House Mountains and Moreton Bay islands.

Mercure Clear Mountain Lodge has 51 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites with private balconies offering spectacular views. You can enjoy modern Australian cuisine in the Lakeview Restaurant and at the hotel’s signature restaurant Mandy's on the Mountain, with fresh, seasonal ingredients from the chef's kitchen garden.

There’s also an outdoor swimming pool, gym and tennis court and if you need pampering, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Stephanies Mountain Spa.

For more information and to book, head to the website.

Best Western Plus North Lakes Hotel

Featuring sweeping views across Lake Eden, the 4.5 star Best Western Plus North Lakes Hotel is a luxurious accommodation option close to home.

Its sleek, modern design complemented by elegant, paired-back décor gives the hotel a refined and polished feel. And its central location makes it the perfect launch pad for day trips, fine or casual dining, or an adventure anywhere in the Moreton Bay Region.

North Lakes Hotel features 48 beautifully-appointed rooms, serviced daily, with a maximum occupancy of two guests. The trendy, smart-casual ground floor Boardwalk Restaurant offers lakeside breakfast, lunch and dinner dining seven days a week.

For more information and to book, head to the website.

The Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach

This stylish 4.5-star boutique hotel offers stunning rooms and an impressive range of top-end amenities that will ensure your stay is memorable.

Take your pick from twin or triple bedding across five room types in the 58-room, beachside hotel overlooking Moreton Bay. You can relax in the rooftop pool with sundeck and enjoy a cold drink at the rooftop bar, with unrivalled views of Moreton Bay and Margate Beach.

Indulge in fine modern Australian cuisine and drinks at in-house restaurant, Margate Beach House, for lunch and dinner, or enjoy breakfast on the foreshore.

For more information and to book, head to the website.

Oaks Mon Komo

Oaks Mon Komo – meaning ‘My Dream Place’ – is the go-to destination for holidaymakers looking for stylish, high-end accommodation in Redcliffe.

It’s positioned in the heart of the peninsula’s bustling waterfront precinct and exudes the feel of a luxury resort.

Choose from airy and bright, self-contained one, two and three-bedroom, apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows. You can opt for an apartment with a modern kitchen and stainless steel appliances, or go for a hotel room with simple tea and coffee-making facilities.

Soak up the sun by the outdoor pool overlooking the waterfront, or break out a sweat in the private gym. And if you want to enjoy a meal or drinks at Mon Komo Hotel, a partnership with the resort means you can charge it all to your room – streamlining the billing process.

For more information and to book, head to the website.

Brockhurst Farm

Set on 22 acres of rolling hills at Ocean View, Brockhurst Farm is perched high on a mountain offering spectacular mountain, rural and Brisbane city views.

There are four self-contained cabins perfect for a romantic getaway, self-catered wedding venue/function, family get-together or holiday with your pet.

They are supplied with blankets, pillows, sheets, towels, soap, toilet paper, hairdryer, tea, coffee, and milk. There’s also fire pits at each cabin, except Top Cottage, where you can cook or toast marshmallows under the stars.

For more information and to book, head to the website.

Fairways Golf and Beach Retreat

Nestled on beautiful Bribie Island, Fairways Golf and Beach Retreat is the perfect escape in the heart of the Moreton Bay Region.

The retreat offers air-conditioned accommodation, ranging from self-contained one-bed studios, through to spacious luxury four-bed penthouse apartments with private rooftop deck.

Facilities include outdoor barbecue entertainment areas, either by the heated pool with bubble jets, or on the rooftop recreation area overlooking the national park and Moreton Island; nine-hole mini putt-putt and children’s playground.

For more information and to book, head to the website.

Turkeys Nest Rainforest Cottages

These charming Mt Glorious getaway cottages are nestled in the rainforest and are a bird watcher’s paradise.

Take your pick from one of Turkeys Nest’s two cosy cottages, or the beautiful B&B suite. Whichever accommodation option you choose, you will be treated to incredible rainforest views, and enjoy the convenience of your own espresso coffee machine and the comfort of your own private fireplace, plus all the mod-cons necessary for a truly relaxing bush getaway.

The property is home to a private rainforest walk, so you can soak up the sounds and sights of this serene haven at your leisure. And if you need further relaxation, you can arrange an in-room massage.

For more information and to book, head to the website.

Go camping ….

The Moreton Bay Region offers caravan and camping options to suit all set-ups and budgets, with everything from cabins and glamping tents to real camping by the ocean or in the bush.

Take your pick from Sandstone Point, Bribie Island, Neurum Creek, Kobble Creek, Woodford, Dayboro, Scarborough, Beachmere and many more. You’ll be surprised where you can set up camp and enjoy the serenity.

For a comprehensive list of camping grounds in the region, head to the website.

For a full list of accommodation options in Moreton Bay Region, head to the website.

Discover experiences you can have on staycation

Whether you’re camping or relaxing in style at one of the region’s resorts, there are plenty of options for day trips and experiences to remember.

You can tour a winery, take a cruise on Moreton Bay, walk with butterflies or llamas, explore Bribie Island by 4WD, enjoy a day at the farm, take a joy flight, stock up at a farmers’ market, relish an adrenaline rush, visit a museum or gallery, shop up a storm and so much more.

Looking for more inspiration? Head to the website.

For more holiday options close to home, head to visitmoretonbayregion.com.au

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