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Editor's Choice - Sunset Waters
By Lisa Monk

We all love the romance and pampering that comes with a luxury holiday and a high standard of service, facilities and attention to detail is the very least we expect. No wonder then that Sunset Waters won the luxury accommodation category in the 2009 TakeABreak Awards.   It boasts a superlative location on tranquil Macleay Island, which lies half way between the Gold Coast and Brisbane and the views across Moreton Bay to the hinterland beyond are breathtaking.   This luxurious waterfront home features a stylish and thoughtful design, which makes the most of the location, and the vast expanse of floor to ceiling glass is a welcome feature that brings the outside in. The land runs down to the high water mark, so it is waterfront in the true sense of the word and it is easy to s... Read more

Spotlight on- Turkey’s Nest
By Lisa Monk

Mt Glorious … the name says it all! The village of Mt Glorious is just 35 kms north-west of Brisbane, yet a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Imagine leaving the stresses of city life and being surrounded by clear air and pristine rainforest less than an hour later. Turkey’s Nest Rainforest Cottage is the ideal antidote to our culture of ‘rush’ and a stay here will allow you to relax and find the serenity and clarity of thinking that re-connecting with nature – and one another – can bring. Mt Glorious village is in the D’Aguilar Range and surrounded by Brisbane Forest Park, so even the drive up is picturesque; and being over 600m above sea level gives the best of both worlds – beautiful daytime temperatures ... Read more

Review - Sirenia Retreat
By Hannah Kothe

Sirenia Retreat - Best health retreat/accommodation Sirenia Retreat, the winner of the 2008 TakeABreak National Award for Best Health Retreat accommodation has been uniquely designed as a DIY health retreat. Located on the secluded Macleay Island off the coast of mainland Queensland, this luxurious and nautically themed two storey, four-bedroom, two-bathroom property comes with all the facilities and creature comforts you need for a memorable escape. Macleay Island is one of the Bay Islands cocooned in the calm waters of Redland Bay. It is a tranquil well-kept secret and the perfect location for a relaxing retreat. The island – with about 2000 permanent residents - is easily reached by a 10-minute water taxi ride or 45 minute car ferry connecting you to Redland Bay on the mainland.... Read more

Bushwalking on Brisbane's doorstep
By Suzy Young

  Brisbane Forest Park is a piece of beautiful wilderness in the middle of a city of nearly a million people. The park comprises 28,500 ha of multi-use forest, plus the Walkabout Creek Visitors' Centre and plays an important role for Brisbanites as a green 'lung' for the city and a place for a wide range of recreational activities in a natural setting, from sedate picnics around a table to those wild and woolly bushwalks. But it also includes forestry land, council land containing watersheds and areas used for environmental research. The park runs an impressive array of activities from hands-on educational children's activities to art classes in the bush, lectures, and a series of walking opportunities from a gentle stroll to death-defying adventures. The park is suited for all ... Read more

North Stradbroke lures many beyond fishing
By Damien Condon

Drive off the barge from Cleveland in Brisbane’s east onto North Stradbroke Island and you are... Read more

Straddie sojourn
By Damien Condon

 Drive off the barge from Cleveland in Brisbane’s east onto North Stradbroke Island and y... Read more

Moreton Island magic
By Damien Condon

It’s not all about city living in Brisbane, especially with the sub-tropical playground of Moreton Bay and its islands glistening on the city’s eastern fringe. Moreton Island in the bay’s north is home to Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort nestled on the mainland side of the island, the city skyline reaching like fingers towards the sky in the west. Jump on one of the resort’s three dedicated vessels and cruise along the pristine waters of the bay and make your way to as much action as you can handle… or just while the day away on ‘island time’. Jump in a four-wheel-drive or on a quad bike, go kayaking or snorkel around the wrecks just off shore their rusting frames jutting out of the water like crooked teeth. The resort offers heaps of self-con... Read more

Point Lookout
By Adrienne Costin

The untamed tendrils of the bougainvillea framed the sparkling waters and brilliant blue skies to pe... Read more

The wild side of Brisbane's bay
By Shaun O'Dowd

  The first thing that strikes you when hand-feeding a wild dolphin is the size of its teeth. Long, large rows of them swivel towards your hand as you hold your little bait-fish under the water. My companion was unsettled. Standing in knee-deep water, she was sufficiently alarmed to fumble with her fish and drop it. The dolphin carer standing with us gave her another fish and encouraged her to put her hand below water. My companion mustered her courage and did so. The dolphin swam gently forward and took the fish with the utmost care. "It was as though she knew you were uncomfortable," the dolphin carer said as we returned to the beach. The dolphin we met was known as Shadow and was a member of a bottlenose dolphin pod that inhabits Brisbanes Moreton Bay. Shadow plays &q... Read more

Soar to new heights on Brisbane’s Story Bridge Adventure Climb
By Adrienne Costin

Adrienne Costin makes the climb over this famous landmark, venturing where only the birds and bridge painters had previously dared to tread… A bridge is a bridge … until you climb it. Brisbane's Story Bridge is an attractive landmark for the city and a useful means of getting from one side of the river to the other, but now in 2006, some 66 years since it opened, it has gained a whole new lease life as only the third bridge climb in the world. The Story Bridge Adventure Climb is another example of how Brisbane, the energetic and youthful city that it is, is grabbing at new soft adventure activities for its residents and visitors. The Brisbane River is the current focus for these new activities - the Riverwalk opened up the river to thousands who enjoy their waterside ambles... Read more

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