22 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM Glasshouse Mountains, Sunshine Coast The Glass House Mountains are a group of awe inspiring hills that rise abruptly from the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, just north of Brisbane. The mountains were actually named by Captain James Cook as he sailed past in them in 1770 as their sheer sides gave an appearance of an English Glass House. The mountains are actually part of a volcanic plug and are now heritage listed as they are so significant to the local area. The views from the top are incredible and best viewing times are at sunrise. The pick is the scenic lookout within the Beerburrum State Forest or if you are feeling more adventurous you can explore one of the many local walking tracks. I have actually completed the walk to the top of Mount Ngungun. This walk is not for the feint hearted and literally goes straight up the side of Mount Ngungun for about half a mile. The other technicality is that I completed the walk in complete darkness as I climbed to see the sunrise. At any time of the day the walk is absolutely worth it but if you are not completely confident in negotiating rocky slopes I would recommend climbing this section during the daylight hours.
Jervis Bay, South Coast of NSW Situated on the South Coast of New South Wales, around a stunningly scenic 2.5 hour drive from Sydney along the aptly named Great Scenic Way is Jervis Bay. Famous for its glacier white sand and clear turquoise water, Jervis Bay is a favorite for locals. Unspoiled coastal and country villages feature local produce and arts and craft markets, boutique shops and galleries. This place was a favorite for some of my family members who have been visiting for well over 20 years. I have often joined them with my kids in tow and I must say this is a simply stunning and family friendly destination. If you walk down to the edge of the St George Basin at dusk you can often see the strange phenomenon of what looks like kangaroos hopping on water. Kangaroos go down to shore line to snack on the abundant seaweed that washes ashore. Often they may be standing in a couple inches of water some meters off the dry land. So when startled they hop off and give the impression of hopping on water as they make their way through the shallow water. The area is also teeming with other wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and wombats as well as resident dolphins within Jervis Bay itself. Huskisson or Sussex Inlet are the stand out towns to stay and feature great cafes, restaurants, country pubs and a vast range of accommodation options. Nearby you can also visit the well known areas of Kangaroo Valley, Kiama and Mollymook. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 23
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