The city of Logan, located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, is an area that pulses with culture, natural beauty, and history. Home to a population with over 217 different nationalities and cultures, Logan City is an unmissable Queensland destination that teems with multiculturalism and unique experiences. 

Here’s what to do in Logan, QLD.

Delight in multicultural cuisine at the Logan Global Food Markets

The Logan Global Food Markets began in 2005 with five Cambodian and Pacific Islander farmers selling fresh produce every Sunday, and has now grown to be the largest multicultural food market in Queensland, with over 100 stalls and street food vendors meeting every Sunday to offer international street cuisine and exotic fruit and vegetables not available at your local supermarket. One of Australia’s best kept foodie secrets, you can expect to find Afghan Mantu (meat dumplings) and Qabili Palau (a traditional rice dish), Chinese Wonton, Pacific Islander Mango Salsa and Coconut Heart Salad, and much much more.

Asian street food. Image via Getty Images

Explore Mount Cotton

Populated with eucalypt and melaleuca trees, Mount Cotton, located within Venman Bushland National Park, is the perfect place to explore Queensland’s native bushland and rainforest. 

Mount Cotton is located 25 minutes from the Econo Lodge Waterford

Views of Brisbane City from Mount Cotton. Image via Tourism & Events Queensland

Visit the Chung Tian Temple

The Chung Tian Temple (中天寺 參訪須知, translating to “Middle Heaven Temple” in Chinese), is part of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist monastic order, an international Budhdhist organisation based in Taiwan that practices Humanistic Buddhism.
The temple, located within tranquil traditional Chinese gardens, features a seven-tiered temple pagoda, bodhisattva hall, blessing bell, lotus treasury world, meditation hall, sutra transcript room, and traditional tea house, as well as a comprehensive art gallery and museum. 

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy a complimentary cup of tea in the temples tea room after exploring the grounds.

The Chung Tian Temple Pagoda. Image via Getty
The Chung Tian Temple Pagoda. Image via Getty

Dine at Sirromet Winery

Sirromet Winery, located a 25 minute drive from the Econo Lodge Waterford, is Queensland’s largest and most awarded winery. Known for it’s ‘Granit’ Italian varietal range, Sirromet offers daily wine tastings and vineyard tours, as well as the Cellar Door Cafe, Tuscan Terrace, and Restaurant Lurleen’s. 

Wake up with Extraction Artisan Coffee

Extraction Artisan Coffee is known to locals as the number one coffee and cafe destination in the City of Logan. Owner Alex Milosevic has a genuine passion and love for coffee, which is reflected in Extractions coffee production and roasting facilities, cafe decor and menu. 

Everything on the menu (from bread to brioche and caramel to cardamom berry compote) is made in house, and the cafes house blend, Gratitude, regularly sells out in store and online. 

Visit Beenleigh Artisan Distillery

Beenleigh Artisan Distillery is Australia’s oldest operating distillery. Specialising in sugarcane and rum distillery, Beenleigh produced Australia’s first rum over 136 years ago, which it continues to produce in the same facilities to this day. Beenleigh attributes its success to sourcing the nations finest molasses from Australia’s only remaining family-owned sugar mill, and ageing their golden liquid in handmade Brandy Maturation Vats and American Oak Casks. 

Beenleigh Artisan Distillery is open to the public daily from 10am, and offers tours from Wednesday – Sunday (Bookings are essential).

Need a place to stay?
The Econo Lodge Waterford is located in the town of Logan, with easy access to Brisbane, The Gold Coast and Ipswich. Within five minutes walk guests can enjoy a huge range of multicultural restaurants and cafes. The Gold Coast with its myriad theme parks, amazing beaches and vibrant city life is a mere 25-minutes away by car, with the sophisticated and cosmopolitan Brisbane city a similar distance away. Book your next stay with Choice Hotels.

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