Spend 48 hours in the Redlands

It’s hard to believe that a city escape can be so close by. With a lifestyle influenced by the rich history of the region, there is so much to do. Read on, your two-day itinerary is filled with activities that highlight the coastal vibes of the region.

Day 1

4pm – Check in

For a slice of home-away-from-home accommodation, check in at local B&B The Friendly Chat along Mooroondu Rd. For the caffeine addicts, it is just a five-minute walk from Unico Espresso. Perfect.

6pm – Try the burger challenge

If you’re into fitness, aka fitting-this whole burger in your mouth, this may be just the challenge for you. No trip to the Redlands is complete without a trip to the Off The Wall Diner in Wellington Point, where finishing the 1kg Mega Death burger will get your photo on the Wall of Fame. Less than half who have taken on this challenge have actually succeeded. Oh the things we do for fame.

Day 2

6am – Rise and shine

King Island

Roll out of bed nice and early and take the 10-minute drive over to Wellington Point. From here, make the 2km round-trip walk out to King Island thanks to the natural sand walkway that forms during low tide. Today the island is a conservation park, uninhabited and surrounded by mangroves. Just be sure to check tide times before you make the walk, otherwise it could be a very long day being stranded. If you do need a caffeinated pick-me-up beforehand, stop in at Delamauta Coffee & Tea along Main Rd. 

9am – Break the fast at Capalaba

Whisky Business

Refuel at Whisky Business in Capalaba for breakfast. This delightful cafe is tucked away along Old Cleveland Rd, serving up a tasty breakfast that caters for gluten and dairy-free diets as well. Do not leave without at least checking out the macaron offerings (42 flavours and counting) and maybe take home for later – you’ve earnt it.

10.30am – Stop by the old Cleveland Lighthouse

Cleveland Point

Make your way out to Cleveland Point and check out the historic Cleveland Point Lighthouse. Built in 1874, today it stands proudly as the only remaining hexagonal, timber 19th-century lighthouse in Moreton Bay. Originally, the lighthouse stood on the north-east tip of Cleveland Point, but was moved about 140m south when a concrete light replaced it in 1975. you can't go inside, but you can give the wee little thing a hug.

Midday – Fish 'n' chips break

Lighthouse Restaurant

When you arrive at the Lighthouse Restaurant, it’s hard not to start singing “oh I do like to be beside the seaside” to yourself. You can stop in for lunch in the restaurant and take in the waterfront views or – if you’re feeling particularly British – partake in the 100-year-old family tradition and order fish and chips from the kiosk. You can get it takeaway and wander back over towards the lighthouse and eat in the park.

2pm – Make a day of it at Sirromet

Redland Bay Golf Course

There’s so much to do at Sirromet that it’s definitely worth spending a fair chunk of your day there. Try your hand at SupaGolf. It is easier than traditional golf, using modified clubs, balls and putting holes that are larger and more user-friendly, making it easier to get a hole in one. It’s also much quicker than traditional golf – a round of nine holes takes about an hour and a half.

6pm – Kick on at Sirromet

Restaurant Lurleen's

Indulge even further at the award-winning, elegant Restaurant Lurleen’s overlooking panoramic views of Moreton Bay. The cuisine is modern Australian to be paired perfectly with the local Sirromet wines.

9pm – Stay overnight at Mount Cotton Retreat

Mt Cotto nRetreat

Check in at Mount Cotton Retreat, which is tucked away on 20 hectares of private bushland. As a recipient of the highest standard of certification by Ecotourism Australia, the lodges are designed for guests to make the most of the surrounding natural beauty while having a minimal impact on the environment. 

Day 3

8am – Sleep in

Make the most of the peace and quiet and enjoy a sleep-in at Mount Cotton followed by a cooked breakfast on the balcony with the local cockatoos for company.
For the ultimate morning of relaxation, pay a visit to Body & Soul Spa Retreat. The treatment rooms overlook unspoiled bushland, providing natural light and offering a glimpse into the everyday life of the wildlife outside. If you’re more the get-up-and-go type, start to make your way over to Victoria Point and stop in for breakfast at Harvest along High St for some pesto poached eggs or Brown Sugar Cafe and Bar on Colbourn Ave for some fluffy pancakes.

10am – Visit Coochiemudlo

Coochiemudlo

Hop on the ferry out to Coochiemudlo Island. It’s roughly a 10-minute journey by water taxi, ferry or barge from Victoria Point and is the perfect way to fill a day. Only five square kilometres in size, “Coochie” is easy to explore on a hired tandem bike and boasts 4km of safe swimming beaches. If you’re looking for a bit of extra fun on the water, hire an aqua bike, canoe or kayak.

Midday – Refuel at Red Rock

After a busy morning exploring the Island, stop in at Red Rock Cafe for a fresh seafood lunch. Sit out on the balcony while you eat and enjoy the views of Moreton Bay and across to Macleay and Karragarra Islands.

1.30pm – Redland Art Gallery

Once you’re back on the mainland, stop in at the Redland Art Gallery on Middle St and check out the exhibitions and even participate in adult workshops. The gallery showcases a mix of innovative exhibitions and presents a varied program of displays that look to define the cultural identity of the region. You can check out the gallery’s upcoming exhibitions here. Entry is free, which is always a bonus.

3pm – One last drop

A trip to the Redlands isn’t complete without a stop in at craft beer watering hole The Bench. Here the offerings include eight specialty beers each week that you can sample before making a choice. The best part: it’s BYO food. Local restaurants nearby offer just about anything from tapas to pizzas to Thai food to fish and chips.

5pm – Home time

Yes, we know you’re probably exhausted from such a busy weekend, but guess what? It’s only a 40-minute drive back to Brisbane City from the region. Why not come back another weekend for round two?

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