Sometimes the best way to figure out your life is to just run away and hope for the best. Pretty sure Buddha said that. He’s right of course, life can be super overwhelming and if you’re anything like us, come Sunday you’re keen to escape those day-to-day dramas via either wine or naps.
We’ve got another solution though pals and you may not be surprised to read that solution is Sunday drives. Yep, just like the ones your parents used to take you on except now you get to choose where to go and yes, now there’s also wine.
Here are five spots to set off to next time it’s Sunday. Seeya on the open road.
Farm & Co. Kingscliff
No doubt Instagram has informed you there is a field of sunflowers just a short 25 minute drive away where you can frolic, take selfies, pick said sunflowers and generally pretend you don’t have a care in the world. There’s also a coffee shop where you can sink into an oversized lounge chair while gazing at the sunflowers and contemplating a new career in farming, live music of a weekend, a tasty array of brunch eats and fresh veggies you can take home too.
Where: 529 Cudgen Road, Cudgen
Also known as Chinderah Tavern, The Chindy boasts a big old deck overlooking the widest river in the world (not a fact) and supplies all the cold beer, wine and tasty eats you could wish for on a Sunday afternoon. There’s live music, sunsets if you time it right and just general non-city good times. Right next door is Cubby Bakehouse so you can get yourself some dessert for the drive home.
Where: 156 Chinderah Bay Drive, Chinderah
Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm
More floral fun but this time WITH WINE. You can drink said wine overlooking said lavender farm and eat delicious foods while you’re at it. The stunning onsite restaurant (haing recently won a Chefs Hat Award in 2020) uses local produce from the Scenic Rim and within the Brisbane Valley. See you Sunday lovely lavender (in season from November).
Where: 168 FM Bell Road, Mount Alford
Slightly more general than those others but impossible to leave off a list of places to drive, is Mt Tamborine. There’s a whole treasure trove of goodies up there guys. Fudge, cheese, wineries, distilleries, breweries, waterfalls, pubs with views over the entire Gold Coast and temperatures that don’t reach 450 degrees Celsius like the rest of this city.
Where: It’s the big mountain out west
Moo Moo Roadhouse
Soo there’s a café that is painted in the way of a dairy cow and what a time to be alive. It’s in a town called Mooball (does anyone know how to pronounce that properly) where pretty much everything resembles a cow for obvious reasons. Anyway. The café. There’s sweet vintage memorabilia in there and you can grab yourself a burger and a milkshake and enjoy the towns’ abundant good vibes.
Where: 5875 Tweed Valley Way, Mooball
Words by Kirra Smith
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