Top 5 things to do at Rainbow Beach

Popular beach holiday locations in Queensland’s south east tend to be within a couple of hours drive of Brisbane.

That’s why Rainbow Beach, a three-hour drive north of the Queensland capital is less popular than the likes of Noosa or Mooloolaba. However, if you want to escape the crowds and enjoy beach, river and bushland, it’s worth the extra travelling time.

While it may be more laid-back than more well-known beachside destinations, there is still plenty to keep you occupied.

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Discovering Queensland’s Moreton Island

Moreton Island is only a 90-minute barge ride from Australia’s third largest city, but once you get there you feel like you’ve been transported into a world a million miles away.

In the hour-and-a-half it took to get from Brisbane to the beach we could feel the city stresses becoming a distant memory, much like the disappearing view of the city from the back of the boat.

Despite being so close to a capital city Moreton Island is relatively free from the crowds, particularly in off-peak times.

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Making the decision to hike the Inca Trail

In a sign that we’re well and truly in the grips of a midlife crisis, my partner and I have decided to hike the Inca Trail to celebrate our 50th birthdays this year.

We thought that a trip to the 15th century Incan city, Machu Picchu, would make us feel young. After all, there’s nothing like standing beside a 600-plus year-old ruin to make you feel like a spring chicken.

Admittedly, after hiking for four days across mountainous terrain, possibly battling altitude sickness, we may feel like 90-year-olds. Continue reading