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TRAVEL ISLAND ESCAPE Living in Brisbane, we are so lucky to have plenty of island getaways close to home for a weekend trip. Put down your phone, pack up the car and escape reality, writes Kiri Johnston. Tangalooma Island Resort

NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND Fondly known as Straddie, this popular island getaway has something for everyone. Once you hop off the ferry, pay a visit to Amity Point for some fresh, local seafood to start off your trip. Point Lookout is the best place to stay for families with kids, and there’s plenty to do, from hanging out at Cylinder Beach and going for a hike along the Gorge Walk to beating the heat with some gelato. Finish your day with sunset views and dinner at the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel. PEEL ISLAND If you’re wanting to visit one of Moreton Bay’s best-kept secrets, you’d better start buddying up to your friends who own a boat or a kayak because that’s the only way to access this exclusive spot. Peel Island is great for a day trip; just anchor at Horseshoe Bay and enjoy a day of swimming in the crystal-clear ocean. Camping facilities are available but there’s no water so make sure you pack a cooler full of food and drinks. 50

MORETON ISLAND It takes just over an hour to get to this beautiful, seemingly untouched island. But once you’re there, the relaxed vibe makes it feel like you’re in a different world. Forget shoes: your swimmers and a sense of adventure is pretty much all you need! Visit the lighthouse at Cape Moreton for some whale watching, feed the dolphins at Tangalooma or swim in the freshwater lakes at Blue Lagoon. You can also go tobogganing down the sand dunes and snorkelling at the wrecks – the possibilities are endless. DOUBLE ISLAND POINT With ferries going across the Noosa River every 10 minutes, you’ll be at Double Island Point in no time. The 4WD-only policy means there’s a good chance you’ll have the beach to yourself! It’s perfect for campers, fishermen and surfers. Keep an eye out for the Coloured Sands along the magnificent sandy cliff faces.

These amazing destinations are right in Brisbane’s backyard BRIBIE ISLAND You won’t have to fuss about with ferry trips; Bribie is connected to the mainland by bridge. Round up your pooch for a fun day at Red Beach’s off-leash dog area, or visit one of the many other beaches with the family. And why not visit the bowls club for a great pub feed and a game of lawn bowls? COOCHIEMUDLO ISLAND Just a quick ferry trip from Victoria Point, this small island is wrapped in sandy beaches. This is a great place to go for a stroll and unwind, especially since the island is only five square kilometres in size. READ MORE ONLINE

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STYLE | January 2017