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Lifestyle : Discover South East Queensland
1HERSA1 U002 2 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010 THE SUN-HERALD You're due north If you like hearing your kids scream, theme parks oblige. Trendy bars one day, a picnic on the lake the next --- options abound beyond the border, writes Belinda Jackson. Float your boat . . . (from above) Eumundi Markets; Lake Maroon near Boonah; fresh food at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat; Dreamworld's Giant Drop. Cover image: Tamborine National Park SOUTH-EAST Queensland is a curious, many-headed beast, studded with far too many gems for such a small region, from the near-pristine wilderness of Fraser Island in the north to the glitzy beaches of the Gold Coast in the south. Adventurers, gourmets, shoppers, spa bunnies and families looking for fun or great bushwalks will find a wealth of choices in the region. Adventure Cruise the dreamy Noosa River and out to Lake Cooroibah on a sleek six- metre handcrafted mahogany runabout, the Noosa Dream, which seats up to five friends. Cruise for 60 minutes or for a couple of hours, with a picnic hamper and spa treatment at Ikatan Balinese Day Spa included, from $260 an hour. 0414 990 708, noosadream boats.com.au. Cycle the byways of the Sunshine Coast or discover the wineries of the South Burnett region, around Murgon and Kingaroy, on one of Bicycle Tours of Queensland's half- , full- or two-day tours. Bikes and helmets are supplied, along with a guide and a back-up bus in case you need a rest. From $60 for half a day. bicycletoursqld.com.au. You can horse around the region, exploring on horseback for two days with Olympian Alex Watson, staying overnight in Kilkivan, Gympie or Noosa. Suitable for all levels of skill, it costs from $85 for a 90-minute beach ride at Noosa to $350 a day, including accommodation, with Equathon tours. (07) 5474 2665, equathon.com. Get behind the wheel of a Ferrari 360 Modena or a Lamborghini Gallardo to explore the Gold Coast's mountains, beach roads and wide highways with a few mates. Rent a Dream Car's new Drive Day Tours are from $590 a driver, $390 a non-driver, for half a day. 1300 226 412, rentadreamcar.com.au. Surf the waves off North Stradbroke Island with pro surfer Cheyne Horan. New three-day adventures include daily lessons, gear, meals and transfers from the Gold Coast from $455 a person. Ride on Tours, 0422 869 496, rideontours.com. Food and wine The new Queensland Wine Centre on Mount Tamborine, an hour from Brisbane, showcases 14 local wineries and is set in the grounds of the Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard. Ninety wines are available for tasting. (07) 5545 1666, cedarcreekestate.com.au. You could visit the cellar doors yourself and make short work of travelling between Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Somerset regions by helicopter on a wine-tasting tour with Pterodactyl Helicopters. Four-hour tours cost from $545 a person, including lunch. (07) 3201 0005, pterodactyl helicopters.com.au. Drink in Brisbane's culture and local tipples on a guided West End bar walk, a fun three-hour tour that includes a paddle boat ride on the Brisbane River, ferries to South Bank and a few cocktails thrown in, for $59 a person. brisbaneurban adventures.com. Hunt down delicious dishes on the Seafood Discovery Trail from Currumbin to Cabarita in the southern Gold Coast and Tweed regions. Download the free 32-page guide at seafooddiscoverytrail.com. O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat has opened its new dining deck at the cliff-top Moonlight Crag lookout, overlooking the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park. 1800 688 722, oreillys.com.au. Remember those progressive dinner parties when you moved between friends' houses for each course? Culinary Discovery Tours's Taste of Brisbane takes you through the best restaurant kitchens, from $265 for five hours. (07) 3267 7354, culinarydiscovery.com.au. Shopping The Sunshine Coast hinterland is home to world-renowned artists. Galleries stocked with ceramics and glass art include Maleny's Art on Cairncross and Montville's Main Street Gallery. Track down arty finds in the galleries of Scenic Rim towns Boonah and Beaudesert, which also has an antiques and collectables market on the first Saturday of the month. The Moreton Bay towns of Caboolture, Kilcoy and Pine Rivers are also reliable antiques and bric-a-brac haunts, while Noosa's Hastings Street has chic beach fashion and homewares. The sprawling open-air Eumundi Markets are set among the rainforest every Wednesday and Saturday. Go with an empty belly, try the local cheese and find stalls selling crepes, hot Malaysian soups and organic burgers, or find locally made jewellery, fashion and toys and watch talented buskers. eumundimarkets.com.au. Other markets include Maleny's upmarket arts and crafts every Sunday in the RSL hall; the Gold Coast's Broadbeach Markets, held on the first and third Sunday; and the covered Sunday market at Noosa Marina. In Brisbane, don't miss Friday's South Bank Lifestyle Market on Little Stanley Street. Keep Saturdays free to cruise for wares in Chinatown Mall's market and for glorious trash and treasure at Green Flea Community Markets in West End. Foodies get up early for fresh produce at Jan Power's Farmers Markets in several locations across the city, including the Brisbane Powerhouse and Queen Street Mall. The Riverside Market near Eagle Street Pier sells jewellery, handcrafts and homewares on Sundays, while fashion hunters comb the racks at Valley Laneway Markets, which are around Brunswick Street Mall. Bushwalking A swag of new day-walks is available throughout the region, including a new, free guide to strolls on the southern Gold Coast, ranging from south-east queensland special
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