St George

From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, St George relaxes the senses in all the right ways. Perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, its just the place from which to explore the beautiful Balonne Shire. Stretch your legs and take in the breeze on the shady riverbank walkway flanking the town. Below the Jack Taylor Weir is where explorer Major Thomas Mitchell crossed the Balonne River back in 1864 and gave St George its name.

Pack up some drinks and nibbles to enjoy on a Sandytown River Cruise. As you idle down the river you will enjoy views and abundant birdlife including pelicans, cockatoos and eagles. Anglers wont be disappointed either, with St George reputed as having the best inland fishing in Queensland. Beardmore Dam or Jack Taylor Weir are great spots to picnic and throw in a line.

Events such as the Dirranbandi Family Fishing Classic, the annual St George Family Fishing Competition, and the Yellow Belly Country Music Festival will keep the family entertained, and you can learn more about the local cotton and grape industry by joining a Cotton Farm and Winery Tour in St George.

You'll have a whole new appreciation for the humble emu egg when you see it carved into a stunning, illuminated piece of art at The Unique Egg in St George. Local character and artisan Steve Margaritus - or "Stavros" as we know him, hand carves an amazing variety of patterns and scenes on each egg.

St George has tree lined streets where you'll find great coffee, gourmet delis and quality pub food. And don't miss a visit to the most westerly winery in Queensland while you're here - Riversands Wines, where you can while away the afternoon with a free personalised wine tasting at the cellar door followed by scones and homemade jam or a cheese platter and a glass of wine in their country garden.

St George, Balonne Area
Queensland
Australia

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Mount Coolum National Park

Mount Coolum, Sunshine Coast Area
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Mount Coolum's impressive dome dominates the skyline of the Sunshine Coast lowlands. Follow the rough, 800 metre track to the 208 metre summit of the mountain. Here you'll be surrounded by rare montane heath—one of only two places it grows on the Sunshine Coast.

HMAS Brisbane Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
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Just a few kilometres from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, HMAS Brisbane is a retired Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer that is now one of Australia’s top dive sites. The ship was scuttled in July 2005 - the 133 metre wreck is sitting upright on her keel, lodged in sand 27 metres below sea level.

Magic Mountain Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
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Magic Mountain, a dive site on the Outer Gneerings Reef off Mooloolaba's coast, is a dive for more experienced divers due to its depth of 25 metres. The large group of outcrops extend from the sandy ocean floor to form numerous gullies, ravines, bommies, swim-throughs and pinnacles, all housing soft and hard coral colonies.

Buderim Falls

Buderim, Sunshine Coast Area
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Buderim Forest Park is a 45 hectare haven of tranquillity less than a kilometre from the north side of Buderim village on the Sunshine Coast –just 15 minutes from the coast. With its towering trees, meandering tracks and stunning waterfall, this sub-tropical oasis is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers alike.

Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Dine on the freshest seafood straight off the trawler or hop on a fishing charter to catch your own. Mooloolaba is home to the largest trawling fleet in the region and a favourite anchorage for ocean cruisers and leisure boats.

Minyama

Minyama, Sunshine Coast Area
Minyama is a seaside suburb located at the northern end of Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Situated on the Mooloolah River, the suburb is almost entirely surrounded by water. The main thoroughfare, Nicklin Way, is the location of several large retail outlets and some tourist facilities.

Marcoola Beach

Marcoola, Sunshine Coast Area
Marcoola Beach is located just north of Maroochy River and boasts quiet uncrowded beaches, which are best suited for serious surfers and walkers. Marcoola Beach is a great escape - unwind for a quiet barbecue or picnic with open grassy parkland, shady trees and children's park.

Cotton Tree

Cotton Tree, Sunshine Coast Area
Located right next door to trendy, bustling Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, Cotton Tree is fringed by the sandy banks of the Maroochy River to the north and the white silica beaches of the blue Pacific Ocean to the west.

Mudjimba

Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast Area
If a laid-back beachside holiday is your idea of heaven, then beat a path to the best kept secret on the Sunshine Coast, Mudjimba. This secluded stretch of golden beach is surrounded on two sides by the clear, blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and Maroochy River and flanked by the Maroochy River Conservation Park.

Bli Bli

Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast Area
The name Bli Bli means 'many swamp oak trees'. While in Bli Bli be sure to take a cruise through the Maroochy Wet Lands Sanctuary, or walk the boardwalks through swamps and mangroves. Wheelchair access is provided via the boardwalk for part of the way.
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