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Best short trips from Brisbane and Adelaide

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Bribie Island

Kelly Landry has come up with some fun things to do, and while her childhood memories are pleasant, she recommends family driving outings be no more than two hours. That way the boredom is less likely to set in and could rule out the old "are we there yet?" coming from the back seat.

Bribie Island, a large sand island at the northern end of Moreton Bay is a good place to consider.

It's one-third national park and has excellent fishing and surfing.

First stop for many visitors is Scoopy's Ice Creamery. It advertises itself as "the best on Bribie" and there seems to be no argument there. Name your flavour and they probably have it. The fish and chips are favourites with locals and perfect to enjoy on the beach. Maybe accompanied by a slice of chocolate-covered cheesecake.

If you eat in the cafe you will enjoy views across Pumicestone Passage to the Glass House Mountains and beyond.


Redcliffe is where you will find The Belvedere Hotel. Overlooking Bramble Bay, it was built in the 1890s as a boarding house. Thomas Snook turned it into a pub in 1907 and it retains its landmark status within Woody Point Village. Local legend has it that the ghost of Mr Snook haunts the upstairs rooms.

Extensive renovations have not diminished the original, pioneering charm of The Belvedere, and National Geographic has rated the sunsets over Bramble Bay as one of the top 10 in the world.

As you would expect, seafood is very special in the area and it can be enjoyed in The Belvedere's Watersun Café and Steak and Crabhouse Restaurant.

Settlement Cove is a good, safe place for a cooling dip.



Adelaide has lots on offer when it comes to short trips from the city. Many people head for the hills and the vineyards, but even closer it the beachside suburb of Grange.

Just 15 minutes from the CBD, it's been a favourite spot for Adeladians since 1881.

That's when The Grange Hotel was granted its licence. It has a beautiful esplanade location, breathtaking sunsets and has been awarded the title of Australia's Best Bistro. It's family-friendly and is popular with locals and holiday makers alike.

They have signature dishes including steaks, seafood and daily specials, and their grazing plates are favourites.There are also lounges and a children' menu with some special treats. It's all enjoyed with views of the dunes and Grange Jetty, a good place for a stroll after eating.

The wine list celebrates vintages not just from South Australia, but from all over the country. There are over 80 selections by the bottle or 30 premium wines by the glass.

Victor Harbor

Only just two hours south of Adelaide, Victor Harbor is on the well-travelled road along the Fleurieu Peninsula. One of its popular attractions is the horse-drawn carriage ride to Granite Island. It all began in 1860, and crossing the causeway to Granite Island has been happening since 1894.

Granite Island's landmass is granite, formed 500 million years ago by molten rock from the earth's core. It is known for huge orange tinged granite boulders and green lichen.

There are seven Clydesdales that share the 20-minute ride along Australia's oldest rail route. They work around nine hours a week so have lots of time to relax. You can stay and explore the island before taking a ride back. At the Recreation and Nature Park you can visit the colony of little penguins.

They run every 40 minutes and you see all the beauty of the area from the open area upstairs including schools of fish and maybe the odd dolphin or whale!


Places to visit within two hours from Brisbane and Adelaide.


Scoopy's Ice Creamery is open every day between 7am and 7pm.

Belvedere Hotel's Steak & Crabhouse and Watersun Café are open for all meals every day.

The Grange Hotel is open year-round. À la carte main courses start at $20 and the children's menu is $9.90.

Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Trams return fares are $8 for adults, $6 for children and $22 for a family. They start at 10am every day and tickets are purchased from the driver.

Virgin Australia has one-way flights to Adelaide from:

  • Melbourne $109
  • Sydney $139
  • Brisbane $169
  • Perth $205

The fares are available for a limited time only so visit for further details.

Prices correct at July 16, 2011.

For further information

Virgin Australia
Ph: 136 789

Scoopy's Ice Creamery & Sidewalk cafe
2 Toorbul Lane
Bongaree, Queensland 4507
Ph: (07) 3408 2864

Belvedere Hotel
Oxley Avenue and Woodcliffe Crescent
Woody Point, Queensland 4019
Ph: (07) 3284 2245

The Grange Hotel
489 Esplanade
Grange, SA 5022
Ph: (08) 8356 8111

The Causeway
Flinders Parade
Victor Harbor, SA 5211
Ph: (08) 8551 0720

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