Sunday, February 23, 2014

Australia-Cairns Esplanade

Marina Boardwalk

Harbor's Edge Footpath

Tree Lined footpath into the CBD

Esplanade Free Public Pool
Cairns in far north Queensland is one of the greenest cities you will visit in Australia. It's tropical climate and regular rain in the wet season maintain it's lush green habitat.
The city itself boast a population of approximately 150,000, a nice size, big enough to have all the amenities but not a large bustling impersonal city.

In the CBD the Esplanade is for my money the jewel in the crown of Cairns. It harbor boardwalks and footpaths are beautiful and give access to the restaurant strip, inner harbor views, the marina and a large free public swimming pool. The pool has varing depths so it can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike.

Make sure you allow yourself a couple of hours at least to meander along the Esplanade and soak up the beautiful views and atmosphere, take your bathers and enjoy a dip in the pool to cool off because it can get hot!

When dining out make sure you enjoy a meal at Dundees, we had probable the best meal ever at this restaurant, make sure you book though it is very popular.

Be Happy,


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Australia Accomdation-Queensland-Cairns Habour Lights

Living Space with views over the Marina

Tastefully Decorated Bedroom

Stunning Views from the Apartment

On a recent visit to Cairns we stayed at the Cairns Habour Lights, the accommodation was truly outstanding. The apartment was well appointed, comfortable and had views that were absolutely breath taking.

A large balcony gave views over the marina and across the inner habour to some rolling bush clad hills. Unfortunately the weather was wet while we were there but this just created a different perspective on the scenery.  Sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine listening to the rain on the ocean was as relaxing as any visit to a spa!

The rooms were well priced and vary from studio's up three bedroom's, we found the staff very friendly and helpful.

Habour Lights is right in the middle of Cairn's CBD, close to everything including some great restaurants, the Casino is only a two minute walk away as well.

We would definitely recommend a stay you won't be disappointed.

Be Happy,


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Australia-Accommodation-Charters Towers Tourist Park Queensland

Our Cabin for the night

Cabins with great views

Plenty of shade

The pool and outdoor setting
We recently spent the weekend in Charters Towers and stayed at the Charters Towers Tourist Park. The park is run by a lovely couple Steve and Maxine Thomas, they are very welcoming and accommodating, a link to their website is listed below.

It is located on the edge of Charters Towers on Mount Leyshon Road, the setting is very pretty with plenty of large shade trees as well as some open areas. The site boasts a nice pool and spa complex with a barbeque area and fully equipped kitchen and laundry.

 We stayed in one of the ensuite cabins which was clean and fresh with good facilities and well air conditioned. The night was spent on the deck with a bottle of wine enjoying the cool night temperatures and the clean fresh air, it is a nice quiet spot to relax and unwind. Steve and Maxine also have caravan/campervan and tents sites available.

I would certainly recommend a stay either on your way through the area or just for a relaxing few days of peace and quiet.

Be Happy,


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Australia-Queensland-Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island Nelly Bay

One of the many sheltered bays on the Island

Magnetic Island from Townsville

Magnetic Island is just off the coast of Townsville in Queensland Australia, a short twenty minute ferry ride from the tropical city of Townsville to the bush covered paradise that is Magnetic Island. Covering just over five thousand hectares it is almost half national forest. The greenery is a mixture of granite, hoop pines and small patches of tropical rain forest. Rising to a peak of just under 500 meters it is a prominent landmark from the mainland. There are twenty four k's of walking tracks to accommodate most levels of fitness.

"The Island" enjoys up to 320 days of sunshine a year and is popular with both the locals and tourists alike. It has a small static population and now has several apartment complex's accommodating both visiting and permanent residents.  There is plenty to do ranging from nature trails with abundant wildlife, a game of golf, to cafe or restaurant dining or just lazing under a palm tree on the clean white sand. Because of the climate swimming can be enjoyed all year round and there some nice snorkeling spots. You can hire motorcycles or small open topped cars to drive around island if walking isn't your style.

Nobody leaves Magnetic Island disappointed I can assure you.

Be Happy,


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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Tauranga Blog-Guest Post-Hope you enjoy

Hello everyone! This is Guest Blogger Lofangas here to post about the Tauranga Arts Festival! I am the rightful owner of two blogs, Tauranga Blog and Mean Tween Stuff. This is my first Guest Post and hope to do more on Australia New Zealand Travel.

(This post was originally posted in Tauranga Blog)

After 10 days of non stop action, the Tauranga Arts Festival 2013 was a success! Exciting for Arts people but just disregarded by, um, other people. Unfortunately we couldn't give the any coverage, due to other more “important” posts.
The Tauranga Arts Festival is Tauranga's very own arts festival. The festival is held every 2 years, lasting 10 days with 40 events and shows. "There were 7000 people at the community day on Saturday and between our two venues of Baycourt and Crystal Palace, there were an extra 600 to 800 people through most nights." said Festival publicist and producer Claire Mabey. A new X Space venue at Baycourt Theatre also allowed more people through the doors, Miss Mabey said. Crystal Palace seated about 320 people, Baycourt about 500 and the X Space about 160.
The Tauranga Arts Festival received $25,000 from Tauranga City Council last year in annual support and $20,000 to help fund the popular Strand Exhibition community day.
In 2009, the festival ran at a loss despite high ticket sales. Mayor Stuart Crosby said such events had a high revenue risk, but that was why sponsorship and council support was essential. "A key issue for me between now and March is to sort out our whole events issue that we have in Tauranga and make sure the new council is more supportive, not necessarily throwing money at them, but support them across the board."

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Australia-Melbourne Flemington Races

Flemington main entrance

Grassed area in front of the main Grandstand

You haven't had a day at the races until you have been to Melbourne's Flemington during the Spring racing carnival. The culmination being the Melbourne Cup. A social day out as much as a horse meeting. When we were there, there were a couple of bucks parties, end of season tours and just a heap of mates out for a great day out.
The horse races were just a distraction for some people! There was a great atmosphere, everybody was just having a good time.

The facilities are superb with outdoor bars and food stalls or if you enjoy your creature comforts there are plenty of air conditioned lounges etc. to what ever level of comfort you desire.

Please experience Flemington at least once, you won't be disappointed.

Be Happy,


Australia-Melbourne-Josh Owen-Musician

Josh Owen at the Iddy Biddy Bar

On our latest trip to Melbourne we spent a Sunday in St Kilda, for me a must do while in Melbourne. It is an old suburb with a real metropolitan feel to it, it is littered with Cafe's, restaurants and smaller bars all with there own brand of music. There was anything from folk bands to classical three piece and this guy, Josh Owen. He and a mate were playing at the Iddy Biddy bar, what a great afternoon, a few quiet drinks and an excellent jam session, perfect.

On your next visit be sure to spend a Sunday arvie in St Kilda and if you get the chance to see this bloke don't miss the opportunity.

Be Happy,


Sunday, November 3, 2013


My brother with Southbank in the background

The sun setting along Southbank footpath

No trip to Melbourne is complete without a visit to Southbank. The strip covers a large area along the edge of the Yarra river, it is a myriad of Cafe's, Pubs, Restaurants culminating in Jupiter's Casino. There is every style of cuisine possible and a good range of prices so pretty much something for everyone.

Most nights there are street performers operating, they range from buskers to magicians and anything in between. The walk itself is well worth the effort as you will get to experience the wonderful vibe that Melbourne has and its friendly people.

And if your feeling lucky a trip to the Casino could round off a great evening!

Be Happy,


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Australia-Melbourne Horse and Carriage

Melbourne never fails to please and a Horse and Carriage ride around the central city is no exception. You can book on-line, I thoroughly recommend them as a laid back way to take in the CBD and all its culture and magnificent buildings. A normal tour will take an hour and be prepared to get your photo taken as much as you will be taking photo's as it is a novelty that most people haven't seen before. It takes sightseeing to a new level!

Melbourne, my pick so far for the best city in Australia to visit.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

New Zealand-Tauranga-New Zealand

Down Town Arcade

The Strand

Tauranga Foreshore

Tauranga is located approximately two hours south east of Auckland in the sunny Bay of Plenty. My home town so I am biased but the weather is probably the best in New Zealand and it is a beautiful city with a great vibe, nice and clean and the CBD is alive with cafe's and bars as well as a nice foreshore to enjoy which also includes a kids playground with a water park to boot.

Downtown is the place to go to do a bit of shopping and enjoy a coffee or meet with friend to have a meal. Tauranga is the gateway to Mount Maunganui the coastal city with a difference, clean beaches and great walks to be enjoyed. The Bay of Plenty is renown for its perfect sub-tropical growing conditions and is the key growing area for Kiwifruit in the country.

Tauranga is a must to visit to relax and unwind amongst the lush green scenery that New Zealand is famous for.

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