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BRISBANE FOR… families, lovers, foodies & sports fans

Families: ‘Big,
loud, fun’ is the tagline for the Workshops Rail Museum, where kids 2-12 years can
drive a diesel or a tilt train, and the nippers’ railway adventure playground
has goods trains, boom gates and a central station. Everything in this
award-winning museum is designed to be touched, climbed on, pushed or pulled.
North Street, North Ipswich, theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au
Lovers:  What better way to declare your heart than to bedeck your beloved
with vintage-inspired jewels by celebrated jeweller Chelsea De Luca? Nope, we can’t think
of anything to top that.  Local gal
Chelsea’s following includes Beyonce and Gwyneth Paltrow,
76 James St, chelseadeluca.com.au
Foodies: The Spring Cooking School’s express
one-hour tapas classes will help you keep up with the Hyphen-Jones at your next
cocktail party, and have a great lunch at the same time. The three-hour classes
with guest chefs cover, for example, the secrets of bouillabaisse or red duck
curry, 26 Felix St, CBD, spring.com.au
Sport fans: Take a 1½ hour sunset kayaking trip up the
Brisbane River to see the city light up, then reward yourself with a plate of
fresh ocean king prawns and an icy beer or Aussie wine in the classic Brissy
marriage of Paddle &Prawns. Every
Friday night, riverlife.com.au 

Sun Herald www.smh.com.au 


Right wavelength: Heron Island

Turtles viewed from the island’s quasi-submarine

“INFANTS are just hand luggage,” a travel veteran told me before the
arrival of a Jackson jnr. “Take them to all the posh restaurants before
they can walk, and travel.”

“Families should stick to holidays in Queensland and stop
inflicting their kids on the rest of us during long-distance flights,”
sniped a chorus of online travellers. Snipers, we took your advice.

So,
wary of the many evil eyes cast by business travellers on a red-eye up
to Brisbane and onward to Gladstone, the first family holiday is to that
bastion of family holidays, north of the border.

Heron Island is a coral cay 72kilometres off the coast of
Gladstone. It’s a two-hour ferry journey or, if you’re flush, half an
hour in a chopper.

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