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Less then two hours out of Brisbane city you've got the darling of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa. We're talking white sandy beaches, pinky-out fancy tea shops and even its own everglades system. Noosa is a seriously good getaway with your mix of beach lazy days, and cafe, bar hopping evenings.
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It's kind of crazy to think that Springbrook National Park is less then an hour and a half from Brisbane City and yet it's still so easy to find a perfect little corner without any other tourists. This is what we're talking about. There's some pretty wanderlusty tumbling waterfalls, awesome lookout points, Instagram worthy 'natural bridges' and we're pretty sure they even boast some all local glow-worm experiences.
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3 hours and a scenic ferry away, you find yourself on Stradbroke Island. If you don't want to stick out as a tourist, it's locally known as 'Straddle'. This pristine little island is just off the mainland and the main activity, is no activity. Chuck on some swimmers and simply snooze, swim, float, tan and bikini selfie the days away.
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This usually low-key town comes alive every Saturday and Wednesday for some seriously finger-licking good market stalls. This mash up of rural, hippy and now kind of hipster market offers gourmet goodies, hemp, lots and lots of hemp stuff, some weekend vibe henna sections and your fair share of feel good foods like the local Hare Krishna and fresh juices. Added to the calorie-filled delights they've got buskers that range from amazing, to slightly questionable and a mix of hand made crafty stuff that you never knew you needed.
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Basically anywhere you head in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a good move. There's little Montville, home to a famous fudge shop and the states most iconic organic coffee, there's cow-central Montville which boasts local dairies and a bookshop coffeeshop that's definitely worth the drive, there's the famous Glass House Mountains that you can either hike or opt for a lazy photo-op instead and then there's stuff like Mary Cairncross Park where you can picnic amongst the local Wallabies. Ps, it's only about an hour and a half away!
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We've saved the best of last. Less then 3 hours away, Moreton Island gives you everything you want from your island getaway. You can snorkel with tropical fish, explore shipwrecks, feed dolphins and work on your summer tan. If you're lucky, you may even spot Humpback Whales in the distance. Thanks Queensland.
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