Car-free holidays are pretty easy if you have a couple of cargo bikes. School holidays are always a challenge for us with three very active boys, and we wanted to keep it local & minimise the travel. Our boys love camping and there are plenty of options in South-East Queensland, but with such hot weather, the beach was beckoning. Peace and tranquility was another important ingredient for us parents, so a packed caravan park or beachside campground wasn't appealing. We've been to North Stradbroke before during the holidays and it was a little nightmarish with raucous neighbours and the lack of consideration for the environment. Redland Shire Council is yet to provide bins for recycling and composting, which we would have thought essential on an island. So we came across Coomera Houseboat Holidays, and seeing it was a slow week for them, we had no trouble in making a last minute booking at half-price rates!
We packed the cargo bikes up, complete with a Quiver Caddy loaded with surfboards and life jackets. An easy downhill ride to South Bank station, via the Lucky Duck cafe, and then we caught the express Gold Coast train to Coomera. A comfortable and air-conditioned trip, we were off again on our bikes in less than an hour. The Gold Coast City Marina was an easy four kilometre ride from the station where the Houseboat crew met us with astonished looks - apparently we were the first family to ever turn up without a car!