May
21
2018

5 Great Places To Stay On The Tweed Coast

By Gold Coast /

The Tweed Coast is home to many amazing, natural treasures. The area is known for its stunning golden beaches, surf competitions and great restaurants. The Tweed Coast sits in northeast New South Wales on the Queensland border, making it close to the theme parks. Hire a campervan from Brisbane airport and take a short drive south into New South Wales. Here are five great places to stay on the Tweed Coast. Tweed Coast Holiday Parks: Boyds Bay This gem of a caravan park is set along a protected stretch of Terranora Creek near the Tweed River. The location makes Tweed Coast Holiday Parks at Boyds Bay a great spot for families, especially those who love water sports. From here you can go swimming, fishing, launch a boat from the park’s ramp. There’s also a swimming pool with a waterslide for the kids. BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park (pictured) It’s easy to relax at this award-winning holiday park. Its great attraction…

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Apr
10
2018

5 Reasons to Head for the Hills on The Gold Coast

By Australia / Gold Coast /

The Gold Coast is one of Queensland’s premier destinations. With sun, sand and surf waiting for you all year round. If you’re there for the Commonwealth Games and fancy seeing something a little different, hire a car from the Gold Coast and head for the hills. Drive thirty minutes inland from the beaches and you’ll find the Hinterland, which is full of rainforests, farms and vineyards. Here are five things to do when you’re there. Sip some wine The Gold Coast Hinterland is a fantastic destination for wine-lovers. It’s one of Queensland’s fastest growing wine regions, thanks to the range of micro-climates creating perfect growing conditions for a variety of grapes. Mount Tamborine (pictured), Mount Nathan, Lamington and Canungra are full of top-notch wineries. Some wineries that we recommend include Albert River Wines and O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. Hiking in Springbrook National Park Hiking is a popular pastime in Springbrook National Park. The track to Natural Bridge, which has formed…

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Oct
13
2017

Five great reasons to escape to The Star Gold Coast

By Australia / Gold Coast / Queensland /

The hype is building as the countdown begins for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next year. The good news for travellers looking for a bit of sun and sand on our most famous beach strip is all the action taking place with hotels upgrading or being built – none more impressive than mighty The Star Gold Coast, formerly known as Jupiters. Best of all, once collecting your Gold Coast car rental there’s only a quick 15 minute drive north and The Star Gold Coast will have you checked in within a flash. What’s all the fuss about? Plenty. The Star Gold Coast is in the midst of an $850 million remake. Since 2014 this star of the show in beautiful Broadbeach has already undergone some serious make over work, including the snazzy refurb of more than 590 rooms refreshed Lobby area and much more. Try these five great reasons to escape to The Star Gold Coast – no…

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Mar
29
2017

Looking for the best Gold Coast restaurants? Read on

By Australia / Gold Coast /

The Gold Coast is most famous for its sunshine, sandy beaches and busy nightlife. But you may not know that Gold Coast restaurants are some of the best going around. There are so many places where you can grab a scrumptious bite to eat, a quick coffee or sit down for some fine dining. Here are five of the best Gold Coast restaurants for the hit-list. Make sure you grab a hire car from Surfers Paradise then head to these amazing eateries. Hellenika Restaurant (pictured) Hellenika is one of the best Gold Coast restaurants. Treat yourself to “simple authentic home-style food, designed to be placed in the middle of the table to share.” This philosophy is at the heart of everything Hellinika serves up. Treat yourself to traditional Greek dishes, such as smoky meats and seafoods. The salads are also divine and presented beautifully. Etsu Izakaya This gorgeous Japanese bar/restaurant is a great place to spend an afternoon with friends. Red…

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Sep
27
2016

6 adventure activities in Byron Bay you can’t ignore

By Australia / Gold Coast / Queensland /

Byron Bay is home to some of Australia’s most gorgeous beaches. The surf, sun and sand draw a crowd of approximately one-point-seven million visitors each year. But while the coastal town is renowned for its beaches and relaxed, hippie vibe, there are also plenty of activities that will wow the senses and get the adrenaline pumping! Grab a Byron Bay car rental at Gold Coast airport, hit the road and get ready for some adventure once you arrive in Byron. Check out these six activities. Sea Kayaking with Dolphins Established in 1995, Cape Byron Kayaks offers the original sea kayaking with dolphins tour. You and a partner can paddle out over the waves of Byron’s beautiful Marine Park and get up close and personal with Bottlenose dolphins. You can even spot sea turtles and humpback whales as they migrate through the ocean. Let the experienced guides tell you about the local history and wildlife. When you get hungry, pull in…

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Sep
24
2016

Gold Coast escape – how to plan your next winter school holidays away from Melbourne

By Australia / Gold Coast / Queensland /

What to do when the school holidays arrive next winter has the whole family shivering in its collective boots? You head north, hit the east coast and soak up the sun in between theme parks, that’s what. But it’s not for the faint-hearted. We may be heading into the warmer weather, but here’s a cool plan for school holidays next winter. A Gold Coast adventure with theme parks on the agenda in a Griswald-style escape may be an oldie, but it’s certainly a goodie and the perfect way to elude the Victorian winter chill for a week or so. With five kids – aged 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 – stacked into a people mover, the good news is cabin fever only lasts in small doses, especially if you prepare, book and deliver properly, so the “are we there yets” are few and far between. This is how we did it… First on the list is book flights and…

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Feb
29
2016
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5 unmissable features at this year’s Noosa Food & Wine Festival

By Australia / Brisbane / Gold Coast / Queensland /

The Noosa Food & Wine 2016 is on again with more than 30 fantastic events showcasing some of Australia’s best chefs in beautiful locations throughout Noosa from May 20 to 22. With almost 50 chefs from around Australia and Noosa’s own restaurants featured in the program, along with more than 20 wineries, events will take place under the Noosa Tipi on Main Beach, in Hastings Street for a long lunch, by the Noosa River in Noosaville and in signature restaurants throughout Noosa. Guest chefs include Pete Evans, Ben O’Donoghue, Luke Mangan and Matt Golinski and more from some of Australia’s best restaurants including Nu Nu, Fish House, Gerard’s Bistro,  European, Stokehouse and Harrison’s. So what are the highlights of an action-packed program? It’s a tough call, but here are 5 to mark down as tasty treats. One … NOOSA FOOD & WINE OPENING COCKTAIL PARTY (pictured) Friday 20 May, 5-7pm, $45 Noosa Main Beach sets the scene for a wonderful…

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Dec
30
2015

7 unmissable Queensland food and wine events in 2016

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / Gold Coast / Port Douglas / Queensland /

THE Sunshine State is not just beaches, babes and sunshine, you know, it’s also home to an endless supply of delicious local produce that’s been grown, caught, baked and served by “an array of clever clogs and inspired minds”, as the Tourism Queensland crew tell us and here are five suggestions by them for Queensland food and wine events to kill for in 2016 What: Ginger Flower & Food Festival When: January 22-24 Where: Yandina The Ginger Factory Yandina comes alive for the weekend-long Ginger Food & Flower Festival, surrounded by Australia’s largest and most ornamental gingers and heliconias, all under one roof. This year the festival celebrates its 20th birthday with a line-up of local kitchen maestros and gardening experts. What: Feast of the Senses When: March 12-20 Where: Innisfail Discover North Queensland’s premier tropical food event that engages every one of your senses! Over 10 amazing days, this region’s abundance of exotic tropical fruits, produce, seafood and meats…

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Jun
23
2015

5 Great Ways To Discover Byron Bay in NSW

By Australia / Gold Coast / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney /

A beautiful beachside town famous with backpackers for its laid-back vibe and enviable year-round weather, Byron is also a crackerjack holiday spot for everyone from families to grey nomads and friends on the loose. At mainland Australia’s furthest point, visitors do more than admire the Cape Byron Lighthouse that sits atop the headland, dividing the uncrowded beaches stretching miles north and south of the township. No.1 Whale Watching The perfect place for whale watching, Byron Bay is arguably unmatched as the east coast’s premier spot to sight a pod of humpbacks. While you can join one of the intimate tours, the likelihood of catching a glimpse of them from the headland on their annual migration from May to November is high. There can’t be many better places to wait for the whales than in the breathtaking surrounds of the point. No.2 Byron Bay Brewery For those who love to finish of a long day’s exploration with a cold one, there…

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Apr
23
2015
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Three ways to enjoy adventure travel in Australia

By Australia / Gold Coast / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria /

Skydive in the best ‘drop zones’ Where: Toogoolawah, 120km north west of Brisbane THE blue skies in Toogoolawah aren’t just “famous for fun”, but are also skydiving central. People travel to this small town from all corners of the globe to take a leap of faith up to 14,000 feet in the air. There are about 5000 people taking their first tandem jump with Ramblers (pictured, courtesy of www.ramblers.com.au) each year. “People have been known to come for a day and stay for months, or years … some have never left since 15 years ago,” sky dive instructor Susie McEvoy says. The company offers adrenalin-pumping jumps for everyone from beginners to those more experienced. Night jumps are also held staged every month around the full moon, treating thrill-seekers to spectacular views of the city lights spanning Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.  Susie says the most unique experience is the Skydive Safari 4 Jump Day Trip around southeast Queensland. “People…

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Sep
29
2014

5 bizzare events Down Under for wacky road-trippers

By Australia / Darwin / Gold Coast / Northern Territory / Queensland /

AUSSIES are know to do some bizarre things, so much so that we have events that rival the most wacky and weird all around the planet. Surely that’s good enough reason to jump in an Australian car rental and hit the road for some crazy fun. We choose five to ponder. 1. Australia Day Dunny Race We Aussies love a bit of toilet humour, so why not hold an event based on the humble Aussie dunny on Australia Day! This fun-filled occasion sees the road out front of the Sunshine Coast’s Ettamogah Pub turn into a thunderbox drag strip as contestants attempt to drag their dunny the fastest in a bid to claim the title of Dunny Race Champion of the World. More http://www.aussieworld.com.au/events/australia-day-dunny-races 2. Parkes Elvis Festival There is no shortage of these kind of events that pay homage to the King, but the one in Parkes come January every year is hard to top. From street parades to…

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Jul
31
2013

Park in profile – Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park, NSW

By Australia / Gold Coast / New South Wales / Queensland /

PARK IN PROFILE: Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park, NSW Where: Corner of Ross St and Pacific Parade, Lennox Head. Website: http://lake-ainsworth-holiday-park.nsw.big4.com.au 10 words or less: Great surf, quiet, quaint, great views, perfect for R&R The lowdown:  Pick up your Gold Coast campervan rental and head south for a leisurely one hour cruise to the peaceful coastal village of Lake Ainsworth, between Ballina and Byron Bay. This venue is home to some awesome scenery and great surf. The award-winning BIG4 Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park is set among the tea-trees alongside the lake and the nearby surfing opportunities are world-class and known for its right-hand point break. The point break is beautiful, but powerful and dotted with local surfers competing for a wave. Although it’s not a break for those starting out, the beach is a hotspot for spectators. Set up base at BIG4 Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park in options ranging from deluxe villas to unpowered campsites. If surfing isn’t your thing, grab…

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