Easter Escapes: 10 of the best last-minute holiday ideas near Brisbane

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Haven’t started planning your Easter long weekend break yet? Don’t panic, here are 10 of the best last-minute holiday ideas near Brisbane, from accommodation to day trips and events.

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#1. Good Friday head to the Pop-up Ice Cream Fair

Journey through the Pop-up Ice Cream Fair at the 2019 Redcliffe Festival of Sails and treat yourself to decadent, sweet goodness. Dedicated to everything creamy and frozen, the gourmet selection of desserts available will have your taste buds dancing and your stomach screaming for more, more, more!

#2. Take it in from the Roof Top

Sip on refreshing wines and chilled beer atop a seaside hotel these Easter holidays. Bring your friends along to spend an evening by the rooftop pool with drinks in hand at The Sebel Margate Beach. Chat and catch up with views out toward Moreton Island, spotting the famously huge sand dunes on a clear evening. Better yet, stay the night in one of the hotels 4.5-star rooms!

#3. Holiday ‘on’ the Moreton Bay

Looking for a unique Moreton Bay cruises holiday experience, basking in the sun aboard your own chartered catamaran? Was that a ‘hell yes’? Moreton Bay Holidays Afloat is like a home away from home, offering yachts with sleeping cabins and a galley with the option of your own skipper and an experienced Captain to chauffeur you around Moreton Bay. Kayak, paddle, snorkel and fish, during the Easter holidays while water is still warm!

#4. 4wd Adventure

Take an excursion to the Moreton Bay Hinterland for a local Easter escape and explore the bushland of Bellthorpe National Park. You can access the 4WD tracks suitable to enthusiasts and explorers alike from the north, east and south, making it a great day trip for those coming from any direction. The northern route is recommended for more confident drivers, featuring a steep incline onto the mountain ridge before reaching the scenic drive through dense forestry. It is not unlikely that you will traverse gravel roads, water crossings and other tracks that will challenge your skill and test your vehicle’s limits. Be sure to bring along a packed picnic lunch to stop by the Stony Creek Swimming Hole for a rest and a dip in the water.

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#5. Make it a Golfing Retreat

If your idea of the perfect long weekend, is a stretch of green and a club in hand, book your Easter holiday escape at Fairways Golf & Beach Retreat. Just 45 minutes north of Brisbane CBD is the only sand island connected to the mainland by bridge. On this unique little island, you can explore beach and land alike, taking to the sand in a 4WD or cruising the passage on a boat or kayak. Chow down on fresh local produce, learn about the island’s World War II history and journey through the National Park. Sound like a good way to spend the Easter break? Be sure to check in to Fairways Golf & Beach Retreat and choose from a range of accommodation styles such as self-contained apartments through to a 4-bedroom penthouse. Relax by the heated outdoor swimming pool or rooftop deck and barbecue area before taking a swing on the golf course next door or taking advantage of free putt-putt at the Retreat.

#6. Hiking Adventures

Strap on the hiking boots and head to D’Aguilar National Park this April. Autumn is a stunning time to explore the parks bush hiking trails with lookouts that dot the landscape, providing amazing views of Moreton Bay, the Glasshouse Mountains, and crystal-clear rainforest pools.

For trails of all kinds, your best bet is to head to Mount Mee, where beginners can stretch their legs on the 1km circuit of Piccabeen Walk or for a challenge set out on the Somerset Trail, a 13km return loop. If you decide to head to the Mount Glorious and Mount Nebo section of D’Aguilar National Park, you can’t go past a good trek through Maiala (where you pass over rainforest rockpools) or take on the Thylogale Walking Track that leads to Jolly’s Lookout. Don’t forget to wear a hat, take a small first aid kit, pack a snack and water is a MUST, there is no water stations on this trail.

Ranging from ‘leisurely stroll’ to ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’, the walking tracks in D’Aguilar National Park are suitable for more experienced hikers or those going for a lazy stroll on a Sunday with the family. You and your family will love a D’Aguilar National Park day-trip Easter escape in the Moreton Bay Region near Brisbane.

#7. Explore Pumicestone Passage

A 35km ecological marvel and waterway wonderland, Pumicestone Passage is a great place for an Easter escape day trip. As part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, you can find an abundance of marine wildlife in its purest form such as turtles, bottle-nosed dolphins and dugongs. Spend a day on the bay on a jet ski, kayak or take out a Bribie Island barbecue boat charter.

#8. Slip ‘n’ Slide

Ready to take on a ‘Wipeout Challenge’ these Easter holidays? Now open until the end of April, AquaSplash Redcliffe’s inflatable water park on the bay is set to be an Easter vacation hot spot. Slip, slide, run and climb to your heart's content as you take on the challenging watercourse. Right on the edge of Pelican Park in Clontarf, your little ones can tucker themselves out on the water before refuelling with a barbecue lunch before exerting more energy in the playground.

#9. Seafood Hot Spots

If there is one thing the Moreton Bay Region does really well, it’s fresh seafood. With fishing trawlers coming in fresh to Scarborough Marina and Bribie Island Daily, you’ll be rewarded with the freshest of seafood options. Head to the Oyster Shed at Sandstone Point Hotel for an oyster feast. Drop into Savige’s Seafood on Bribie Island and pick up a bucket of prawns or a feed of delicious calamari.

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#10. Markets

Explore the region’s best markets to find unique knick-knacks and handmade gifts as alternates to giving chocolate this Easter. While you’re browsing the stalls, you can feast on juicy burgers, mouth-watering desserts and delicious snacks made by local vendors and produce. From Caboolture Markets every Sunday to the Samford Valley Markets every second Saturday, the Moreton Bay Region is bursting with unique stallholder crafts just waiting to be purchased.

Start planning your Easter escape in the Moreton Bay Region now before it’s too late!

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