The Grey Nomads

Whether you have an hour, a day or a lifetime to travel there is always somewhere new to explore. Check out these locations below and start planning your next adventure.

WITHIN 1 HOUR
EUMUNDI MARKETS

Take a visit to the town of Eumundi in the Sunshine Coast hinterland for their famous markets.
For more information visit Eumundi Markets.

Wednesdays 8am – 1:30pm
Saturdays 7am – 2pm
Memorial Drive, Eumundi

Eumundi Markets

Eumundi Markets

WITHIN 1 DAY
OUTBACK SPECTACULAR

Saddle up for a remarkable journey, where true stories of the ANZACS courage and spirit are re-created at Australian Outback Spectacular Dinner
and Show. (Pensioner discounts available) For more information visit the Outback Spectacular website.

Saturday and Sunday nights
Entertainment Road, Oxenford

Gold Coast

Gold Coast

WITHIN A LIFETIME
GREAT WALL OF CHINA

Experience one of the ‘7 Wonders of the World’ and tick this amazing location off your bucket list.
Getting there: Air China, currently return trip for just $473!
For more information visit the China Highlights website.

Wall of China -Huairou, China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

 

Orianna

The War-Filled History of Bribie Island

Did you know that during World War II Bribie Island was an essential part of our country’s defence strategy?

Bribie Island has a very interesting history and one that may be unfamiliar to some residents. The beautiful foreshores of Bribie Island play host to support infrastructure that was designed to defend the North West Channel into Moreton Bay after the outbreak of World War II.

The support infrastructure, called Fort Bribie was constructed to house two 6-inch guns, camp huts, two gun emplacements, a Battery Observation Post (BOP), Command Post (CP), Observation Post (OP) and two DEL (Defence Electric Lights, also known as CASL, or Coastal Artillery Searchlights) for soldiers protecting the shorelines.

A fortified observation post on Bribie Island in 1943.

A fortified observation post on Bribie Island in 1943.

Fort Bribie, one of the primary defences for Brisbane has been untouched since it was abandoned in 1945 and apart from the effects of natural forces they remain largely as they would have appeared after the army left the site. Its task was to defend the main shipping channel through Moreton Bay into Brisbane.

In addition, there is rumour that there is an underground hospital on Bribie Island, possibly located at Fort Bribie with an ongoing conspiracy that it is hidden beneath the ruins somewhere till this day. In the 1940s at this hospital there was no resident Doctor and so the sick would parade just minor injuries such as buts on barbed wire, minor gunshot wounds, cold and the flu.

This only scratches the top of the many mysteries that surround the island and the secrets that you can uncover about the history of Bribie Island and the people of the years gone by! Residents at Orianna have easy access to so many tourist attractions without having to travel far at all.

Find out more about how you can join the Orianna community too.

How to visit:

4WD to Ocean Beach campgrounds and walk to the fort via the Fort Bribie Walk.

Take the 4WD access track from Woorim and travel straight up the beach directly to the fort.

Check out the Visiting Moreton Bay website for more information on accessing Fort Bribie.

Caravanning to the Far North

Caravanning to the Far North

What you should know and where you should go

Caravans are a great way to explore everything the South East Coast has to offer. When choosing your next travel destination by road, consider the experiences the Far North of QLD has to offer! Not to mention the beautiful warm weather, even in the cooler months!

Taking a road trip north along the coast offers travellers spectacular scenery, views and hidden stopovers with a mix of city and country all in the one holiday.

The Basics

  • Plan your itinerary and route
    • Being organised is the most important point to ensure you have an enjoyable caravanning adventure. Before you go, set out a detailed plan of what you want to see. This will ensure you have enough time to see everything and that you are venturing the roads with the best scenery. Schedule in plenty of time to relax!
  • Travel during off-peak season
    • Far North Queensland and particularly the must-see destinations surrounding Cairns are hot spots for families during the holiday season due to the family-oriented amenities and activities available. Check the school term dates on the government website before you plan your caravanning adventure here.
  • Keeping your caravan safe
    • Pack as lightly as possible for your road trip. Ease of towing and fuel efficiency is greatly affected the more load that you are carrying. Once again planning is key – knowing the kind of trip and how long it will take, the number of people that are going and the different environments you will be staying in will ensure you only pack the essentials.

Once You Reach FNQ

Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest, rumoured to be one of the oldest rainforests on the planet is about a 3 hour drive from Cairns. This rainforest is home to a unique collection of fauna, flora, fungi and native animals not experienced anywhere else in the country. Take a guided tour or choose to explore the beautifully natural surroundings all on your own.
Where to stay: Daintree Riverview Lodges and Van Park

Great Barrier Reef

An icon of the nort-east coast, the Great Barrier Reef offers visitors breathtaking scenery that can be experiened by boat, plane, helicopter or for the more adventurous, snorkelling and diving! There are many islands located throughout the reef making for great day trips leaving Cairns.
Where to stay: Cairns Holiday Park

Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail

You can’t visit Far North Queensland without taking a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail. One of the most unique rail journeys in Australia passing spectacular waterfalls and straight into the Barron Gorge. Kuranda itself showcases historic and unique attractions, markets and shopping experiences.
Where to stay: Crystal Cascades Holiday Park

Orianna Lifestyle Resorts provides security for those who wish to get out and about on a great caravanning adventure. Enquire today about how your home can be well looked after while you are away!

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