The Magic of Queensland When Heading Down Under


You all know Queensland to be the home of the Great Barrier Reef, but there’s a lot of Queensland you probably haven’t seen before.  It’s diverse in activities (beaches and mountains) and , less touristed!  It’s not where all the tourists are going – you blaze your own trail – and I love that!  I sadly finished my week at #Room753  and bid it farewell.  I picked up a travel partner for a couple of days, and we drove out to the Granite Belt to a town called Stanthorpe.  Stanthorpe is home to Alure – a remarkable glamping (luxury camping) experience, wineries, fruit farms, and dairy farms.  The perfect fall get away in the Southern hemisphere!

Location independent

Anyone want to share office space w/ me? There’s room at the table! My office today. #Room753

Gold Coast

In the shadow of skyscrapers. Who needs a beach umbrella when you have the buildings of #SurfersParadise !

coolangatta surfing

One of the best times to surf is at sunset. The waters around Coolangatta beach were full of surfers waiting for the right wave.

opera on the beach

Picking our seats for opera on the beach. Tonight is a performance of The Magic Flute – with crashing waves for accompaniment. #Room753


Back to roughing it in the country with Alure Stanthorpe! #Glamping in Stanthorpe – the wine country of @queensland . This tent is nicer than most homes!

granite belt

Fall colors in the #GraniteBelt are at their peak! Southern hemisphere autumn!

granite belt winery

Wine tasting in the Granite Belt today!

Sherry Ott
Sherry Ott is a refugee from corporate IT who is now a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer. She’s a co-founder of, a website offering career break travel inspiration and advice.

Additionally, she runs an around the world travel blog writing about her travel and expat adventures at
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