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Lytton

Lytton, near the mouth of the Brisbane River and Port of Brisbane, is one of the most historically significant areas of Brisbane. The suburb is home to Fort Lytton, built as a first line naval defence between 1880 and 1881.

Constructed more than 30 years before the outbreak of World War One, Fort Lytton's role was to protect the city and its shipping routes from naval invasion. One of the most well preserved forts of its kind in Australia, Fort Lytton is encircled by a water-filled moat, and is concealed behind large grassy ramparts. Hidden underground passages secretly connect different sections of the Fort and many of the original guns have been restored to working order. If you visit the Fort on special occasions you might be lucky enough to see a military re-enactment and hear the booming 64-pounder guns in action.

To get the most from your visit to the Fort join a guided tour and immerse yourself in Brisbane's wartime history at the Fort Lytton museum. On Sundays and Public Holidays, volunteer guides offer tours, sharing their knowledge and insights of Fort Lytton and the heritage it preserves.

Aside from its military importance, the Fort also claims a place in history as an airstrip once used by Australia's most famous aviator, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.

Surrounded by scenic river views, Fort Lytton is a great place for a picnic and is just half an hour drive from the centre of Brisbane. Good accommodation options can be found nearby at seaside Wynnum. Hotels, motels, hostels, self-contained units and holiday rentals are all available.

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Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
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Tamborine Mountain Distillery, Australia's most awarded distillery (more than 300 international awards) and liquor brand in the new millennium, is hidden away in the Gold Coast hinterland . With rich red volcanic soil and fresh spring water, the abundant fruit of the mountain is fermented and distilled.

Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From the moment you enter the driveway you will appreciate that Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery is one of the Gold Coast Hinterlands most charming wineries. Bring your camera and take in the wonderful scenery, as well as enjoying the taste of some of Queensland's finest wines.

O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
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Situated on the banks of the Canungra Creek in the Gold Coast Hinterland, O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards is a boutique vineyard dedicated to the enjoyment of fine food and wine. Enjoy a glass of award-winning wine, a delicious meal or High Tea on the verandah of the historic Queenslander homestead or picnic by the creek under the shade of the Silky Oaks.

Wild Lime Cooking School

Darlington, Scenic Rim Area
Wild Lime Cooking School uses wild bush food in fusion with Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. A two hour hands on class is followed by lunch with local wines. The venue is the gleaming stainless steel kitchen of Wild Lime Cottage situated one and a half hours from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast at the wilderness end of Lamington National Park.

Tamborine Cooking School

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Tamborine Cooking School is located in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland in South East Queensland. One hour from Brisbane and 30 minutes from the Gold Coast, it offers cooking lessons using the best and freshest produce in the region.

Dancing Waters Cafe

Springbrook, Gold Coast Area
Located right next door to Springbrook National Park and the Purlingbrook Falls walking track, the Dancing Waters cafe has been established for approximately 25 years and has been consistently open seven days week.

Witches Falls Winery and Cellar Door

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
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At Witches Falls their passion is wine – they love growing it, making it, drinking it, and matching it with all kinds of foods but most of all, they like sharing it with friends. They take pride in creating handcrafted wines that you not only love to drink but that also draw you into their world.

Mount Nathan Winery

Mount Nathan, Gold Coast Area
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Mount Nathan Winery is situated amongst the rich nectar of a Paulownia plantation on the lush Clagiraba Creek, in the scenic Gold Coast Hinterland, South Eastern Queensland. They are close to all major facilities, and are only 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise, 15 minutes from theme parks, 45 minutes from Brisbane, and 30 minutes from Tweed Heads.

Songbirds Rainforest Retreat Restaurant

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
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Nestled among 52 acres of privately owned rainforest, Songbirds Rainforest Retreat Restaurant is truly a hidden secret. Whether you come from the metropolis to the north, the glittering city or from a destination afar, the journey along graceful winding roads among lush, untouched fauna and clean mountain air makes Songbirds a discovery worth making.

Sarabah Estate Vineyard

Sarabah, Scenic Rim Area
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Sarabah Estate Vineyard is a beautiful family-run vineyard and winery nestled at the base of the famous Lamington National Park. Under an hour from the Gold Coast it is an ideal location for weddings, corporate functions, car club meets and social gatherings.
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