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Gold Coast
The Gold Coast makes an excellent weekend destination with its golden beaches, superb surfing and lush tropical hinterland. You can stay in the glitz and glamour of Surfer's Paradise or choose something a bit more relaxed and laid back, either by the beach or in the cool of the hills. Don't miss the lorikeet feeding at Currumbin Sanctuary, maybe have a flutter at Jupiter's Casino, enjoy a wide range of water sports on the Broadwater and do some serious people watching in Cavill Avenue, the heart of Surfer's Paradise. For a cool change, head to the hinterland and enjoy Springbrook National Park and Numinbah Valley, where you'll find rivers, waterfalls and walks, ranging from easy to challenging.

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Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast is full of great spots for a weekend away, whether you want peace and solitude or something a bit livelier. For a family weekend away, there are river and surf beaches, offering safe swimming for all ages. If messing about in boats is your thing, bring your own or hire a tinny and explore the extensive river systems. The adventurous can try their hand at paraflying off the beach or canoeing through Mooloolah River National Park or along the Noosa River. At Noosa, go to Hastings Street and visit the boutiques, have a coffee or a meal and watch the beautiful people drift by. Or if you're feeling more energetic take a hike in the dramatic Noosa National Park.

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This gracious city perched on the Great Dividing Range offers a wide range of diversions for the weekend visitor. Green thumbs will of course prefer to visit in September when the Carnival of Flowers lights up the city with colour, but the Botanic Gardens, the city's parks and the garden at Spring Bluff station are worth visiting at all times of the year. Budding historians will love the Cobb & Co museum and the Royal Bull's Head Inn at Drayton, not to mention the amazing Pittsworth Folk Museum with its extensive collection. The city is a mecca for interior decorators, with a wealth of antiques and craft shops.

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The Heart of Brisbane
The city heart can be as relaxing a place to "get away from it all" as anywhere else. Forget about the car, you can easily get around on foot or using public transport. Why not book a show or have a romantic dinner? Explore the City Botanic Gardens, South Bank Parklands, the Queensland Museum and the Queensland Art Gallery. There's always something new to look at or a great exhibition to see. If you like markets, you'll love Riverside and South Bank markets to browse for crafts and gifts.

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