Travel Thursdays – Your guide to making the most of a road trip from Brisbane to Noosa

 Destination Queensland – 8 sights to see from Brisbane to Noosa

It’s raining, it’s pouring…but not in Brisbane and Noosa! As you can tell from my Facebook and Instagram posts, we recently enjoyed an amazing time away from the cold up in the Sunshine state. When I was younger mum and dad would always make sure we went on a long drive somewhere during the school holidays. There are so many great places to visit right in our backyard so I knew when I started a family that road trips were something I wanted to do together.

Attending a conference at the start of the week for work, I had my family then joined me in the second half of the week for a quick getaway and boy did we have a great time!

We saw so much in just four days and still had time to relax so for those of you on a tight schedule but still wanting to make the most of say, a long weekend, or a few days off, here are 8 sights that you can hit up driving from Brisbane to Noosa.

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DAY 1
1) Brisbane City

Thursday was spent shopping, sightseeing, eating and exploring. Queen Street Mall was our first stop as we stayed right in the heart of the mall at Next Hotel (let me know if you’d like me to do a blog post on it – I’ve got loads of cool pics from our stay there!). A vibrant shopping precinct with over 700 retailers and loads of entertainment. We shopped some great bargains at Forever 21! The Treasury Casino and the Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower are also nearby. A lovely stroll across the Brisbane River over the Victoria Bridge (one of fifteen major bridges over the river) gave us sweeping views of Brisbane and the Southbank precinct, and we were lucky to be there for the Night Noodle Markets as the bright lights were so pretty at night, our little one loved the sight of them backed by the 60 metre high Wheel of Brisbane. There were dinosaurs inside the Queensland Museum and many different exhibits that kept the family interested for hours.

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DAY 2
2) 
Australia Zoo
3) 
Aussie World/Ettamogah Pub
4) 
The Big Pineapple

Driving from Brisbane, we passed the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains and made our way to Australia Zoo – Steve and Terri Urwin’s wildlife conservation facility. It was Bindi’s birthday so we were lucky enough not only to see all the animals but also got a slice of Bindi’s birthday cake! After hours of fun at the zoo (blog post on that coming up soon!) we continued to make our way to Noosa with two quick stopovers. We took some selfies in front of the Big Pineapple which I hadn’t been to in decades (I remember being so excited going there when I was little), so I really wanted our little one to see it! We also used  to take long drives to Ettamogah Pub in Albury years ago so we stopped by the version in Palmview on the Sunshine Coast for another photo opp. Aussie World was closed by the time we got there so we had dinner when we arrived in Noosa. We stayed at the Noosa Crest Resort which had the best views overlooking Noosa Heads (let me know if you want me to do a blog post on our accommodation here!).

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Day 3
5) Eumundi Markets
6) Noosa Beach & Hastings street

There is something for everyone at the Eumundi Markets only a short drive from the main area of Noosa Heads. We ate hot, fresh mini donuts, I shopped some pretty silver bracelets from a stall called Frankie Lea Jewellery. We also stopped by the Berkelouw bookstore and ended up leaving with some goodies (I love bookstores!). Then after the morning of walking around the markets we spent the rest of the day relaxing in the sun, sand and sea on the Noosa Heads Main beach. A night time stroll along Hastings street saw the trees lit up with thousands of fairy lights and we topped of the day with some yummy ice cream!

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Day 4
7. Noosa Marina
8. Noosaville

Before driving back to Brisbane to catch our flight home to Melbourne, we drove along the Noosa River and enjoyed more sun and sightseeing at the Sundays markets at Noosa Marina. We had a big seafood platter for lunch at Noosaville at Maisie’s Seafood and Steakhouse and took a leisurely walk along the street passing cute little boutiques.

There you have it – a fun way to spend an extended weekend with something for everyone in the family!

Do you have any more tips to add on what to see around Brisbane and Noosa? I can’t wait to go back and explore some more ­čÖé

  Here is how I planned out the drive from Brisbane to Noosa on Google Maps

P.S This post has been entered into the Problogger Virgin Australia competition!

5 Basic Travel Hacks for Flying with Toddlers – Tips from a 2 year old

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5 Basic Travel Hacks When Flying with a Toddler

Hello everyone! I thought it would be a good idea to┬átake over mummy’s blog today while she’s watching Friends┬ásince I haven’t spoken to you all for such a long time (see blog post here and here┬áwhen I was just under a year old!). I am still so excited about our recent trip to Queensland and so grateful that Mummy and Daddy took me along that I wanted to share with you some travel tips for when you’re travelling with little people like me.

I┬áhave noticed that Mummy and Daddy have worried in the past that I might cry lots and annoy people in the plane on our previous trips, ┬ábut on those flights where they took me to Malaysia when I was 5 months old, and to the Gold Coast and Sydney last year, I was totally fine! So this time I thought I’d take note of what they did, and how I felt so that I could share it with you so that you too can have a fun and comfortable plane ride with the precious little people in your lives.

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1) Let us know what’s going on┬á– We are small but we can take a lot in, and we like to know what is happening just as much as you do. So one thing Mummy and Daddy did that I liked very much was they prepared me for our plane ride by explaining what was going to happen and that we would be flying high in the clouds! I was so happy to know that I was going to be on a plane because I always see them in the skies above and seeing them makes me want to go zooming through the air! Daddy also bought me a book about pilots from his last work trip to Sydney and he read it to me at bedtimes before our trip. By the time we got to the airport I could recognise all the things around me like the flight attendants, the check in counter and even the scanning stations – such a great book!

 

2) Let us pack and carry something too! – We want to help you out and getting us involved in the packing is a way for us to be┬ápart of the action. Mummy, Daddy and I packed my little backpack with goodies, spare clothes (scarves and hats so that you can layer on and off in case it is cold on the plane) and wipes, and I felt all grown up carrying it on my own!

3) Get to the airport early and let us run off some steam – Us toddlers are quite a handful if you do not know that all we want to do is explore and play and, explore some more. There are too many new and wondrous things in this world that we are constantly wanting to experience and be a part of,┬áso one thing that mummy and daddy did on this trip that I loved was this – they bought me bubbles (I think it was only $1 from Target – I’m guessing $1 is cheap? From Mummy’s tone of voice I think it is!) and all kids love bubbles right? They played with me until we had to board the plane. It was great! – it kept me occupied whilst waiting to board and let me run off all my energy ­čÖé #itsthesimplethings

4) Food and entertain is what we need – When taking off and landing Mummy and Daddy made sure I was either sipping some water or juice or gobbling up some yummy strawberries and snacks to help avoid ear pressure and discomfort.

Also to keep me occupied throughout the 2 hour plane ride, I played with cars, (I LOVE cars! And monster trucks! And airplanes! And diggers!), did some painting in this cool coloring book (don’t worry, it was a mess-free coloring/painting book! When I find out from Mummy where she got it from I’ll share it with you) and watched the clouds outside the window with Daddy!

Another great idea is to wrap up some toys that we already have from home prior to the trip and then your toddler can have fun opening them up like presents. Don’t worry, even though we know they are our old toys, we will still get excited for you! If all else fails you can also bring out the iPad – just remember┬áto also bring some earphones – no one else on the plane will want to hear repeats of Peppa Pig and The Wiggles!

5) Enjoy the ride – It will all be ok! Do not stress too much mummies and daddies out there! As long as you look like you’re making an effort keeping us occupied throughout the plane ride, I’m sure the other passengers will see that and appreciate it. Have fun with us and watch out for signals when we are feeling tired or bored and adjust activities accordingly. This will make for a pleasant plane ride for everyone!

I hope some of my observations will be of help to you next time you are flying with your toddler. I cannot wait for our next trip next week to the Gold Coast! I heard Mummy saying something about getting some stamps?! – I LOVE stamps! I used to get them all the time after my Mini Maestro music lessons. I heard┬áMummy and Daddy talking about┬ásomething called a High Flyers Passport for little people like me? – I will have to check that out ­čÖé

Anyway I had best sign off now so I can have a bath before bedtime – hopefully Daddy reads me the pilots storybook again ­čÖé

If you have any other tips for flying with toddlers let me know ­čÖé I hope to hijack Mummy’s blog again soon with some travel tips on travelling with kids to Noosa!

Bye and good night!

– Toddler D –

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P.S This post is Mummy’s entry into the #pbevent Problogger Virgin Australia competition. Good luck Mummy!