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Exploring Cleveland on Redlands Coast

Exploring Cleveland

By Guest Bloggers - Brisbane Girls Abroad

If you’re anything like us, as soon as the weekend rolls around you scour your brain and the internet for something new and fun to do. We often find ourselves thinking we have done almost everything Brisbane and surrounds has to offer, so it’s always the best kind of surprise to discover just how wrong we are. This was the case when we recently day-tripped to Cleveland, a place which we were only vaguely aware of, as a ferry port. We were amazed by what a hidden treasure the area is and by all the cute spots we uncovered there. Cleveland is located on the Redlands Coast, just over half an hour from Brisbane. Cleveland makes for a perfect city escape; here are our must do’s if you’re planning a visit.

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The Bloom Room Cafe

We started our daytrip at the Bloom Room Café in Birkdale, a suburb neighbouring Cleveland. This place has all your insta needs covered. There is a gorgeous flower wall, flowers hanging from the ceiling and some super cute, insta-worthy dishes and drinks including Strawberry Cheese Cake Waffles and Unicorn Milkshakes.

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Treat Yourself to Fresh Flowers

If you’re in Thornlands and you love fresh blooms, we’d recommend picking up fresh flowers from one of the multiple flower farms in the area, they don’t come much fresher than straight from the farm.

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Explore Cleveland by Bike

We think that the best way to discover anywhere new is via bike, so we definitely recommend bringing bikes to Cleveland to explore. One of the most popular rides (or walks) is the Heritage trail. The trail is 4km one way, starting from GJ Walter Park and ending at the old Cleveland lighthouse. The trail takes you past secluded sea front parks as well as beautiful historic buildings (including Queensland’s oldest pub). We also loved the 20-minute return ride from the lighthouse down to Raby Bay Boulevard; the palm trees by the water give us fun Miami vibes.

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Picnic at the Light House

A trip to Cleveland wouldn’t be complete without stopping at the old wooden lighthouse to take some snaps. At the end of the day the sun goes down behind the lighthouse, reflecting in the bay water and creating the perfect backdrop for a picnic. If you don’t want to pack your own picnic there is a seafood restaurant/fish and chip kiosk just behind the lighthouse.

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Chill in an Igloo

If you’re not ready for the day to be over head to the Cleveland Sands Hotel. They currently have an igloo-garden pop up, where you can book a private igloo to cosy up in style.

 

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