The Pink Hotel – Gold Coast

What better way to celebrate your wedding anniversary then a mini vacay in Coolangatta. We choose The Pink Hotel because; We wanted to stay somewhere we’d never been before, We wanted to support a locally owned and operated business and We wanted to find out ourselves if all the hype we’d read about this property was true. Big tick on all 3! Formally the Coolangatta Ocean View hotel, this property has seen its share of owners over the years and if the walls could speak would tell some incredible yarns for sure. In 2018 after a full renovation this 1950’s style boutique hotel was once again open for bookings. As you drive up Marine Parade one cannot help but be distracted by the gorgeous cotton candy pink coloured walls of this majestic lady. This property is one of the most Instagrammed locations on the Gold Coast! The room interiors are READ MORE

Granddad Jacks, Miami – Gold Coast

Love the name of this venue, Granddad Jacks, the Gold Coast’s first Craft Distillery. Located in Lemana Lane Miami the street appeal is welcoming. After your Covid check in, you are escorted to your designated seated area and then the fun begins. Being a Gin, Whisky and Vodka distillery there is an awful lot to try here. A locally family owned and run business, Granddad Jacks opened its doors to the public in 2018 and has since become a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to stop by and sip cocktails or stock up on the locally made spirits. Named after a Kiwi barber, David Goulding or “Granddad Jack” as he was known Grandson and owner David Ridden and the family have lovingly preserved the memory of David or Jack by naming the spirits after him with an explanation of where the name came from which of course are READ MORE

Miami Marketta, Drag Queen Bingo – Gold Coast

Gosh after almost 4 months we were going to see a show, a live performance, right in front of us and no not on the telly. Couldn’t almost believe it myself! My how times have changed. During lock down I dreamt of going to the pub, buying a beer on the tap and also seeing live theatre, comedy, singing or dancing. Imagine my surprise to learn once restrictions were eased, that Miami Marketta were once again offering guests the chance to buy tickets to Drag Queen Bingo. This MA18+ show is engaging, funny, entertaining and the bingo hysterical! Like many of you I felt starved of the enjoyment of live performances. I’m not taking away from the human suffering and casualties that Covid has created I am merely giving my opinion on the sadness I also felt of losing our live Arts/Culture scene. It was delightful to see a show READ MORE

Narrows Escape – Sunshine Coast

Off to the Sunshine Coast we head this month to show our support to the local tourism industry in the Hinterland. What a glorious place indeed, a mere 2 hours north of the Gold Coast the Sunshine Coast Hinterland has everything from rainforests, a local foodie delight with award winning restaurants, cafes, picturesque waterfalls, and lux accommodation. Actually, a whole suite of different accommodation to suit every budget is available but, on this visit, we were paying particular attention to luxury accommodation and we were not disappointed. To break our journey, we stopped in at Landsborough, highly recommend Bucks Bakery for a coffee and a slice. Taking the scenic route, we then stopped at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Let me tell you my last visit here was over 15 years ago and what a huge transformation! A wonderful Rainforest Discovery Centre, Rainforest & Butterfly walk, a Café, Children’s playground, Toilets READ MORE

Go Vertical SUP Hire – Gold Coast

Wow, well who would have thought a global pandemic would shut down many of Australia’s largest employers from Hospitality, Retail, Events, Tourism, Travel across the board our lives were changed forever earlier this year, not to mention the state of our economy. Whilst the timeline suggests that China advised the World Health Organisation 31 December 2019, Corona virus really did not impact many of us living here in Australia until 17 March 2020 when the Morrison government declared a Human Biosecurity Emergency and our countries death toll due to the virus rose to six persons. Other signs leading up to this could most likely have been there, but I am not here to speculate about that as the sorrow I feel for so many Aussies and other countries overseas loosing loved ones out weights this. My sincere condolences to anyone in this situation. For me, like many others I lost READ MORE

Mount View Homestead – Ramsay Toowoomba

Located a leisurely 2 hour drive from Brisbane, Mount View Homestead is 16 km south of Toowoomba. Mount View Homestead has been in the one family since 1896 and is a 650 acre grain growing and cattle property. The homestead is a 120 year old gorgeous 4 bedroom that has been fully renovated with the modern comforts in a beautiful Queenslander style home. The house itself was built in 1896 after the original home was burnt down. The homestead sleeps 8 with 2 Queen beds, 1 Double bed and 2 Single beds. The bathroom is ample size but needs to be shared amongst all guests staying in house. The kitchen is simply delightful to look at but very functional as well, we loved preparing meals and sitting around the table having a chat over a cuppa with each other. The view from the 2 main bedrooms is incredible to wake READ MORE

Aquaduck – Gold Coast

Have you ever tried this local Gold Coast product? If not, you should! Australia’s first amphibious bus city tour. This local family owned business has been operating in Queensland’s iconic Gold Coast since 1996 and offers a one-hour tour taking in the sights of Surfers Paradise and it’s surrounds via road and on the water. We check in at the Aquaduck office conveniently located at 36 Cavil Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Our Guide advises it’s time to board our vessel and walks us across the road where we are greeted by the smiling yellow duck beak painted at the front of the vessel. The Aquaduck immediately makes you feel happy and we soon board. Safety briefing for everyone once on board. If you are chartering the vessel for an event and staying in Surfers Paradise, chat with the wonderful Sales staff about having the vessel collect your group from their hotel READ MORE

Black Hops II – Gold Coast

Always up for a beer tasting and even more so when you find out there is a brewery located in your local area. The popularity of microbreweries and craft beer on the Gold Coast in the past 5 years has seen so many great offerings spring up. Black Hops II located in the northern end of the Gold Coast in Biggera Waters is a hop, skip and jump from Harbourtown. The company remains owned by the same amazing 3 Gold Coast lads who started their tap room in Burleigh Heads and have been brewing since 2014. This larger space with brewery and tap room has allowed the organisation to expand as the popularity of Black Hops has increased in recent years, even taking out the Champion Small Australian Brewery award in 2018. Opening to the public in March 2019, Black Hops II allows northern Gold Coast locals and visitors the READ MORE

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – Gold Coast

I always love taking Media or Trade to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, it certainly is one of my favourite places. For those that have not yet been, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a zoological garden encompassing 27 hectares of natural bushland and rainforest. Originally opened in 1947 the park was gifted to the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) in 1976 and turned the site into a not-for-profit enterprise. The park was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 2009 and operates a Wildlife Hospital which opened in 1989. This year saw over 12 000 animals admitted – which is a service provided free of charge. As you can imagine treating, rehabilitating, releasing sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife means the hospital has grown to be one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world. The work the hospital offers is invaluable and donations are always welcome. Plan to stay a good 5 READ MORE

Tropical Fruit World – Duranbah New South Wales

I love fresh fruit and veg and I think this stems from my upbringing. My first recollections of our family home in Bundaberg was of Citrus trees – Oranges and Lemons, clusters of Banana’s. Custard Apples so huge that as much as you tried, you could not finish one all to yourself. My Mum was a keen gardener, having been raised in Fiji she and my Dad understood the value in planting your own crops and tending to them to ensure they had food for their ever-growing young family. My most favourite memories are being in the garden with Mum picking pods of peas, gathering fresh eggs from the chook house, grabbing a Guava straight from the tree and tucking into these if I felt hungry after exploring the yard. We are blessed in Australia with the abundant supply of great quality fruit and vegetables and a place dear to READ MORE