Townsville Whats On – up and coming events

What a better way than to start the new year and help you with all those new year resolutions, than to take an interest in the sporting events calendar for Townsville. Kicking off the year we host the upcoming events.

The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run

The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run, Townsville, 1 February 2014

The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run takes place Saturday, 1 February, 2014. Forming part of the ultimate sporting weekend, this seven kilometre run takes runners around the spectacular views of Townsville.

In 2014, organisers are excited to announce the introduction of a new 10 kilometre course. The new course will weave its way along the Northern beaches and is the perfect way to challenge yourself in the New Year! Whether you’re an elite runner, jogger or walker, everyone is welcome! Starting at 6.30am, the Sun Run will begin at The Strand.

Runners, joggers, wheelchairs, pushers and walkers are all encouraged to take up the Sun Run challenge!

Commences at 6.30am.

The Strand Cedar Lodge Motel Townsville

Battle the Barge Townsville

Battle the Barge Townsville, Townsville, 15 March 2014

Fantasea Townsville, Ross Street , Townsville

It’s man against machine in this race!

North Queensland Ocean Paddle Series offers an opportunity for paddle enthusiasts to get a little competitive while exploring the wonders of North Queensland’s oceanic waters.

NQ Ocean Paddle Series offers five events of varying distances and paddle styles in the Townsville/ Magnetic Island region to suit a range of different skills and fitness levels. Each race offers a short and long course to cater for expert, intermediate and beginner paddlers.

Race1: Battle the Barge Townsville. It’s man against machine in this race!

Paddle lovers get to hit the waters of the beautiful Townsville and Magnetic Island as they Battle the Townsville Barge to the Magnetic Island and back. This race is packed full of suspense and excitement as paddlers give it all they got to show they can overcome machine!


Adventurethon Magnetic Island

Adventurethon Magnetic Island, Magnetic Island, 29 March 2014 – 30 March 2014

Adventurethon is a multisport outdoor activity incorporating paddling, mountain biking and trail running. Our courses are off road, frequenting areas like national parklands, beaches and hiking trails to enjoy the spectacular sceneries and to experience the alfresco of Magnetic Island.

Adventurethon ensures to offer courses to suit all types of fitness levels. Routes can range from 1hour to 8hours, depending on what the competitor believes they can achieve. There are four different Adult courses to choose from and a Junior course.

Any Adventurethon challenge can be done as an individual, tag team or side by side team to gain a different experience for the day.

When visiting Townsville stay at Cedar Lodge Townsville Motel, located within close proximity to the Aitkenvale business district Cedar Lodge Motel is the closest accommodation to Townsville Hospital, James Cook University, Lavarack Army Barracks, Dairy Farmers Stadium and within walking distance to fast food outlets, restaurants and Stocklands shopping centre. Townsville airport is a 10 minute drive.

The Strand Townsville Cedar Lodge Motel value accommodation

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Townsville Hospital Cedar Lodge Motel

Having just bought the Townsville Cedar Lodge Motel located within very close proximity to the Aitkenvale business district Cedar Lodge Motel is the closest accommodation to Townsville Hospital, James Cook University, Lavarack Army Barracks, Dairy Farmers Sport Stadium and within walking distance to fast food outlets, restaurants, The Botanical gardens (great for a relaxing walk) and Stocklands shopping centre. Townsville airport is only a 10 minute drive.


Townsville is the largest city in North Queensland with a population of 160,000 people. It lies 1500km north of Brisbane by road, and is only one and a half hours by air.

The city is surrounded by tropical rainforests and waterfalls, and also lies close to the Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands and the Outback.

Townsville is a cosmopolitan city with many world class restaurants, bars, cafes and casino, and is also home to many spectacular tourist attractions.

Some of these include:

  • THE STRAND – 2.5km of beachfront boulevard featuring a rock pool, the Strand Pier, beaches, cafes, bars, restaurants, picnic spots and water park.
  • REEF HQ – The world’s largest living coral reef aquarium.
  • GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK – Snorkelling, diving and glass-bottom boats.
  • YONGALA WRECK – Australia’s best dive site.
  • MAGNETIC ISLAND – Spectacular tropical island only 30 minutes away by catamaran ferry.
  • BILLABONG SANCTUARY – A great place to learn about Australian native wildlife.
  • CASTLE HILL – Standing some 286 metres above sea level, this huge pink granite monolith stands in the heart of Townsville. After reaching the summit, either via road or trekking, the views of the city, Cleveland Bay and nearby Magnetic Island are breath-taking.
  • MUSEUM OF TROPICAL QUEENSLAND – The keeping place for the historical treasures of the ship that chased the Bounty mutineers, as well as world significant scientific coral collections.
  • ROSS RIVER – Enjoy the beautiful and relaxing walkways and paths.
  • BREAKWATER MARINA – An ideal boating destination, boasting first-class facilities with a modern floating 280 berth capacity marina.
  • NORTH QUEENSLAND MILITARY MUSEUM – Located in old gun stores, the museum collects, preserves and exhibits the history of the Australian army in North Queensland.


Anyone looking for accommodation in Townsville can expect to feel very welcome & comfortable staying at Cedar Lodge Motel. We found the staff very helpful & Bob & Margaret (the management) were wonderful. We had to be there as my brother was having a triple bipass at Townsville Base Hospital. Bob was great in telling us how to get to places to sight see in our spare time. The rooms were exactly what we needed, Free WIFI was very quick & we were very comfortable, If I ever need to go back to Townsville I will stay there again & would recommend Cedar Lodge Motel to anyone & everyone. Great Place, Great People.
C.H. N.S.W.

Cedar lodge is the place to stay

Fun at the water park on the Strand

Cedar Lodge Motel Nathan St Aitkenvale the place to stay in Townsville

Cedar Lodge Motel Nathan St Aitkenvale


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When on holiday choose the right mode of transport….

The right mode of transport can make all the difference when on holidays.

I personally would love a 12 car garage for the various vehicles I would like to drive for the differing occasions.

Some of the transport we have enjoyed as a family when on holiday include the following….

Lombok Indonesia – what a beautiful getaway island experience and great diving there too. One night after a great meal at a local restaurant we caught the donkey home in the moonlight about 5 kms out of town. It was a fun ride and afunny thing that we had to get out and push it up the hills.

Donkey ride Lombok

Donkey ride Lombok

New York USA –  what else can you dive but a limo? Right city for a fun ride. We had a great time in New York and part of the fun was our first Limo ride.

New York Limo

New York Limo

NZ South Island in winter – Doesn’t really matter what car you drive if you visit the national parks because NZ’s protected bird the Kea (member of the parrot family) is a real menace and very destructive. Whatever car you have these birds will attach and chew out the rubber door trims and window seals and don’t try pack your skis in a luggage rack on top of the car cause they will chew that apart also.

NZ Parrott Kea

NZ Parrott Kea

But when on the Sth isle and in the Queenstown vicinity you have to do the Shotover Jetboat ride. Definitely worth a mention for a favourite form of transport.

Shotover River Jetboat

Shotover River Jetboat

Las Vegas – Red Rock Canyon USA – Back to the States and this time we dive a Mustang convertible from LA to Vegas. Great to visit the sites like Hoover Dam, Red Rock National Park and Mt Charleston all close proximity to Las Vegas.

Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas

Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas

Petra – Jordan – Middle East – What and amazing place to visit and the donkey provided a life saving moment heading up to visit the monastery at the top of the hill. He stayed on the track and in the exhausting heat of the desert the donkey saved our hard work to make the trek.

Jordan Petra

Jordan Petra

Dubai – Desert safari – This is a must do trip if visiting the UAE states. The 4WD safari over the dunes and camel rides through the desert finished off with a Bedouin Camp Dinner with Belly Dancers & Shisha.

Dubai Desert Safari

Dubai Desert Safari

NZ South Island Summer – Back to NZ again to see it in summer and what better way than in an MX5 convertible – what a great holiday and the car made it that much more fun – Driving the south island and the various sights to see was very enjoyable for the driver – highly recommended!

NZ South Island MX 5 holiday

NZ South Island MX 5 holiday

Chiang Mai Thailand – An Elephant ride through the river and jungle of northern Thailand is a must do experience and this character with the one huge tusk was a great ride on our journey.

Thailand Elephant jungle ride

Thailand Elephant jungle ride

Seattle – Alaska Cruise – the best way to do Alaska… A cruise of course. We departed from Seattle which is a great city and loved the markets district at Pike Place. Another fond memory is the Red Dog Saloon in Juneau.

Alaska cruise all aboard

Alaska cruise all aboard

Another cruise experience to share – a Mediterranean cruise – we did the Eastern Aegean sea and the Greek islands including Turkey. All good memories and you know what one has to do on a ship….

Greek Isle Cruise - Eastern Agean

Greek Isle Cruise – Eastern Agean

So I hope you can see we enjoy a number of modes of transport when on holiday – it can make the holiday experience that much more memorable.

Enjoy your holiday occasions.


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Plan your visit now.

  On the 26th January every year Aussie World and the Ettamogah   Pub hold a very successful Australia Day event called the Australia Day Dunny   Races.We’re currently recruiting teams for the Dunny Races and   you’re invited!

Australia Day at Aussie World is considered one of the major events on the Sunshine Coast. Publicity for this event is substantial and includes editorial and photographs pre and post event in local and state newspapers, radio and television news.

The Dunny Races are held in front of the Ettamogah Pub from 9am to 12noon and are free to watch. All other races and games are for the kids and take place inside Aussie World. To take part, or to watch the other Australia Day games and activities, guests purchase a pass to gain entrance into Aussie World. Activities inside are family friendly and targeted towards children enjoying Australia Day with their family.

Sunshine Coast Aussie World dunny race

Sunshine Coast Aussie World dunny race

The Australia Day Dunny Race team package is as follows:
– Winning team crowned “Dunny Race Champions of the World” and awarded a cash prize of $1000
– Various prizes for each heat leading up to the grand final
– Potential television, press and radio coverage pre-event at the Dunny Race media launch on Tuesday 22nd January and coverage of the Dunny Races on Saturday 26th January 2013
– Your logo of the Australia Day page of the Aussie World website throughout January 2013
– Space of each Dunny for your corporate signage and decorations
– Ten complimentary passes to Aussie World for your employees or guests to be used on Australia Day 2013
– No charge room hire at any Aussie World venue valid until 30 June 2013

The total potential value of all this is over $3500 and the Dunny Team cost is only $200 per team (all entrants must be over 18 years of age and the jockey must weigh at least 55kgs).

If you’d like to be part of this event contact Aussie World direct.


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September school holiday things to do on the Sunshine Coast.

Sept 22nd – Oct 1st. The sixth annual Caloundra Music Festival is a not for profit family-friendly community event celebrating the environment, cultural achievements and community pride of the Caloundra area. The beautiful Kings Beach will come alive to the diverse sounds of the high quality Australian and international artists. Roving performers, beach-side carnival, buskers and free children’s entertainment add to the experience. This event is one of the top music festivals in Queensland and quickly developing a national reputation. Come along in late September where people of all ages soak up the music and party in the sun by the beach. Visit the event web site to keep up to date with artist and ticket announcements. New this year is the Caloundra Fringe Festival operating during school holidays, the six days prior to the ticketed show. The Fringe will showcase Sunshine Coast’s cultural and creative talent with many activities free of charge.

A variety of theme parks offer various deals for the holidays.

UnderWater World @ Mooloolaba Wharf

Open the new 4 zone tunnel on Sept. 22nd.

Australia Zoo @ Beerwah

The Ginger Factory & Nutworks and the Chocolate Factory @ Yandina

Have all kind of yummy treats.

Sunshine Castle Bli Bli

Laserzone Sunshine Coast – Warana & Caloundra Rollerdrome

The Big Pineapple @ Woombye has re-opened and making their delicious Ice Cream Sundaes again – a perfect treat on a warm spring day.

Big Kart Track Pty Ltd @ Landsborough – lots of extra fun on a wet day

Aussie World @ Palmview – have you tried the Giant Redback yet?

6th – 7th Oct. The 2012 Noosa International Sevens Festival will be an outdoor entertainment property involving a Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) sanctioned and Australian Rugby Union (ARU) supported, elite seven-a-side rugby championship for men and women, and supporting social entertainment. Hosted at the beautiful Noosa Dolphins rugby ground at Sunshine Beach, Queensland, and held the weekend preceding the Gold Coast leg of the International Rugby Board HSBC Global Sevens rugby series, the event attracts elite teams from Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. Arguably one of the premier Sevens-rugby tournaments in the Southern Hemisphere, is the Noosa International Sevens Festival.


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A long hot summer coming….

Yes that’s right – the news is it’s going to be a long hot summer….

DITCH the umbrellas and unpack the swimmers and sunscreen, book your summer holidays because meteorologists are predicting a long hot summer.

Yes, you heard correctly under all those layers of clothing and blankets. Summer will be hot and dry.

That’s because El Nino is back. Well, at least it is predicted to come back

Weather Channel Metorologist Felim Hanniffy said it looks like El Nino would develop in late August, early spring.

“Fingers crossed we will be needing sombreros and sunscreen,” Mr Hanniffy said.

“It will depend on the strength but it will mean below average rainfall, drier conditions and general higher temperatures.”

But, and there is always a but, the long wet spell we’ve just suffered through has led to an abundance of brush growth. When the dry spell hits, that will increase the likelihood of bushfires. So start cleaning out your gutters now.

El Nino will tend to affect the eastern states more because it is driven by a rise in sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.

Long hot summer coming

Sunny Coast welcomes a long hot summer

The dams are full, the lambs are fat and the sprinklers are running again. But weather experts are warning Australia’s east coast to brace for a return to dry conditions, perhaps even drought, as another El Nino event looms.

After two consecutive years of record rainfall and devastating floods brought on by La Nina, the Bureau of Meteorology warned yesterday that climate indicators show a shift towards drier weather patterns, and a potential swing to the opposite phenomenon, El Nino.

Warmer waters in the Pacific Ocean can trigger an El Nino, which brings less rainfall and drought such as the one that drained Warragamba dam to one-third of its capacity five years ago. Cooler waters bring on La Nina and associated wetter conditions, including those that spurred this year’s floods across NSW, and the devastating Brisbane floods the previous summer.

The Weather Channel, which measures the event using different indices, called the result early, declaring yesterday that El Nino had returned. ”Sea surface temperatures through the central tropical Pacific Ocean have gradually warmed during the past few months and are now more than 0.5 degrees above average, passing the threshold for El Nino conditions,” said senior meteorologist, Tom Saunders, adding that the rise must persist for five months before the event is ”fully fledged”.


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Noosa International Food & Wine Festival 2012

The Noosa International Food and Wine Festival is considered Australia’s premier Food and Wine event.

If you have never been its something that a Sunshine Coaster must add to their must do list.

I went last year with my daughter and enjoyed a great day out.

The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival runs from 17 to 20 May with numerous big-name Australian and international chefs (boasting over 180 leading international and national chefs, winemakers, media personalities) fronting up to host demonstrations using the best of local produce for inspiration on the finest of gourmet meals.

Sunny Cost Noosa Food & Wine Fest

Sunny Cost Noosa Food & Wine Fest


May 19, from 11.30am

This is when Australia’s top food reviewers put themselves on the line in front of chefs, restaurateurs and their readers. This is your chance to grill them about how they go about forming an opinion on a restaurant and the execution of its menu as they don aprons and get up the courage to prepare a range of picnic dishes. Last year’s winner,The Courier Mail’s  taste reviewer Margie Fraser, backs up to go head-to-head with the likes of MasterChef maestro Matt Preston, The Australian’s Necia Wilden and John Lethlean and The Adelaide Advertiser’s Tony Love.


May 19-20, from 10am

Not only is the festival perfect for seeing how magnificent produce is turned into mouth-watering dishes – and then getting to devour them – it’s also the perfect place for what foodies also love to do lots of talk about food and issues like the reviewing of restaurants. Over two days, The Courier-Mail is pleased to host convivial discussion, with panellists including Stephanie Alexander, David Thompson, Graeme Blundell, Lizzie Loel, Queensland taste editor Fiona Donnelly and reviewer Margie Fraser, along with Escape editor Brian Crisp and News Queensland editor-in-chief David Fagan. See you there!


May 20, 10am-2.15pm

Big names from across Australia and overseas including Hong Kong’s Alvin Leung, Italy’s Davide Scabin, Japan’s Seiji Yamamoto and the UK’s Fergus Henderson rattle the pans to show their way of doing things.


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My 10 top travel destinations

My 10 top travel destinations that we have been lucky enough to explore and enjoy.

In no particular order.

Jordan – Petra

Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed.

Petra, the world wonder, is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.

Entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1km in length, which is flanked on either side by soaring, 80m high cliffs. Just walking through the Siq is an experience in itself. The colours and formations of the rocks are dazzling. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh (Treasury).
This is an awe-inspiring experience. With the sun hitting the face of the wall highlighting the stunning spectacle.

A massive facade, 30m wide and 43m high, carved out of the sheer, dusky pink rock-face and dwarfing everything around it. It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of an important king and show the amazing work of these ancient people.

The Treasury Petra Jordan

The Treasury Petra Jordan

Greece Athens Agean Sea Greek Islands – You would all know about how stunning and amazing these places are, they are featured on every second travel show series. You simply have to go there.

Santorini Greek Islands

Santorini Greek Islands

USA Bryce Canyon

Not far from the Grand Canyon and Zion Nat’l Park Utah’s Bryce Canyon is worth a stop. You do not hear much if anything about it but it is as fascinating in its own right as the Grand Canyon. Famous for its worldly unique geology, consists of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have shaped the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes, including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called “hoodoos”.

Like Uluru the time of day can transform these valleys and peaks into a stunning visual display. If you are in the area it’s a must stop destination.

Bryce Canyon USA

Bryce Canyon USA

Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

What can I say – it’s something you have to do.

This is a classic route, which sails from Seattle or Vancouver up through the Inside Passage. Most trips will stop in Ketchikan, which has just about as many bars as people and some very fine totem poles. They then continue to the state capital in Juneau, home to a lovely glacier and some nice heli-seeing tours; Skagway, a gold-rush port with some nice hiking not far out of town; and the granddaddy attraction of Alaska cruises, Glacier Bay, where you’ll see 11 tidewater glaciers spilling their icy wears into the sea.

One thing the travel agent and cruise lines don’t tell you is that it rains more than 50% of the time and obviously this limits photo opportunities, so do not expect the awesome scenery you see on the brochures. If it turns out well and you get fine weather, great, but don’t go expecting that. With that said it is still a magnificent trip and who doesn’t enjoy a cruise.

Alaska Glacia

Alaska Glacia

Canada –  Banff / Jasper Nat’l parks, Athabasca Glacier, Vancouver / Victoria

Banff & Jasper Nat’l parks would have to be the best Nat’l parks on the American continent for beauty and animal interaction.

Icefields Parkway
Most people find it hard to tear away from Lake Louise, but a great swath of sensational country awaits north along the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93). Named for the Columbia Icefield and the squadron of glaciers visible along the route, the parkway bowls along for 227 kms, passing through long, forested river valleys cradled by walls of dazzling peaks. Drivers frequently spot elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, black and grizzly bears, wolf, or caribou. After about 34 kms of forest and crag, pull over beside Bow Lake for a good look at Crowfoot Glacier clinging to the scabrous cliffs of Crowfoot Mountain. From the lake’s north end, you can make out Bow Glacier Falls, a ferocious cascade plummeting nearly 120 mtrs. A 4.7-km trail leads to its base.

One of the world’s great drives.

Italian / Austrian Alps

Italian / Switz Lakes district – European beauty at its finest

We are lucky enough to have cousins in Italy on the doorstep of both of these visually stunningly scenic areas.

The Italian Lakes District:

The name evokes romantic images of twisty roads and James Bond car chases, palatial lakeside villas owned by movie stars, a daring rowboat escape in A Farewell to Arms, and young Darth Vader in love. Luckily, you don’t have to be a Jedi or George Clooney to enjoy what the region has to offer. The Lakes are best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, but if you only have two days to explore the area you can still cover a lot of ground and get a good taste of both the Swiss and Italian sides of the border.

Locarno, Lago Maggiore sitting on the northern tip of the lake just over the border into Switzerland, Locarno has a pleasant mix of the rustic and the luxurious, the pace is slow and comfortable, and the natural beauty of the setting is tough to beat. With the mild weather, the palm trees, the pizzerias, the sunbathers tanning themselves by the lake, it can be hard to convince yourself that you’re in Switzerland.

Lago di Como – If you only have a few days in the area, one of them should be spent exploring Lago di Como. The roads around the lake are twisty and narrow – the drive from Como to Bellagio is more scary and exhausting than it is fun, so ferries are highly recommended for touring the lake. The drive from Locarno through Lugano and along the shore of Lago di Lugano, while beautiful, will more than satisfy most drivers’ tastes for winding lakeside roads.

Lago Maggiore Lago di Como

Lago Maggiore Lago di Como

The Italian Alps – The Dolimites

Just an hours drive  from Venice you start to climb up the foothills of the Italian Alps the Doimiti World Natural Heritige.

Take a drive or hike or bike your way through the unspoilt landscapes of this world heritage listed area.

Cortina Italian Alps the Dolomites

Cortina Italian Alps the Dolomites

Taiwan – Taipei Night Markets Snake Ally – home of the exotic, weird and wonderful

The infamous (creepy ) Snake Alley is now a well-publicized tourist venue, home to much more than vendors serving exotic reptiles. There you can find stinky tofu, durian, and turtles (the variety served on a plate). The ‘alley’ is littered with vendors and, among them, cages containing the snakes. They pick up a python and cobra and tease them into a fight until the strike and bite each other – they then slit down the underbelly of the snake. The vendor then pulls out the main artery and the blood then pours out into whatever receptacle is available. This blood is what is offered for sale to anyone in the shop, or anyone inspired by the gruesome spectacle. The blood is served in shot-glasses alongside several other concoctions, the contents of which vary, and may or may not include anti-venom. If you are lucky, the vendor will also serve a portion of snake soup – a light broth including what is unmistakably a segment of a snake’s body. If you think you can stomach the sight of this and other weird and amazing things take a walk down snake alley.

UAE Dubai Desert Safari – the city and the desert are both brilliant in so many ways.

A must for everyone who is visiting UAE. This is one safari you can’t do back home.
This tour departs in the afternoon across the desert of Dubai with several photo-stops during an exciting dune drive to the first destination a camel farm. The drive continues across the desert. Watch the beautiful sunset before reaching the campsite where you have the opportunity to do a camel ride and get a henna design on hand or feet. After working up an appetite enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and shisha (the famous Arabic water pipe) and watch our belly dancers performing a show around the campfire by starlight.

DUBAI Desert Safari

DUBAI Desert Safari

Australia WA Esperance, Broome, Darwin – We have some amazing places here in Oz.

Esperance: For squeaky-white beaches, getting off the beaten track and bunking down under the stars, head south to Esperance.
This place is so relaxed even the kangaroos sun bake on the beach.

Broome: Where the sky meets the land, the desert meets the sea, where white sands, red rocks and cobalt blue waters come together; on a peninsula not more than 15km long, here rests the town of Broome. Often referred to as the southern gateway to the Kimberley, this tropical seaside town simply oozes charm and character. Yet it’s not just the spectacular setting, warm winter days and balmy summer nights that make Broome a ‘one of a kind’ holiday destination.

Broome Coastline

Broome Coastline

Dawin: It’s a rockin’ city

We know Darwin is a must-visit holiday destination for travellers around the globe and now we have proof. Darwin offers a “pumping nocturnal scene, magical markets and restaurants, and world-class wilderness areas just down the road, today Darwin is the triumph of Australia’s Top End”. Just love the Mindil Sunset Markets.

Papua New Guinea – Jungle Trekking / Scuba Diving

PNG is recognised internationally as one of the best dive locations in the world with twice as many marine species as the waters of the Red Sea and up to ten times as many as the Caribbean. The country is surrounded by the Bismarck, Coral and Solomon seas whose constant movements feed and enrich the marine environment. With 17,000 km of coastline and 45,000 sq kms of reef systems, divers can enjoy minimal contact with other dive groups. The immense diversity of sites include barrier reefs, coral walls, coral gardens, patch reefs, fringing reefs, sea grass beds, coral atolls and wrecks. Being known as a potentially dangerous place to visit the reefs are in excellent condition due to lack of human interaction.

Kimbe Bay: Walindi Diving. Very sheltered and the diving is usually very calm and relaxing. There a lot of outstanding dive sites (more than 190 reefs). The reefs are rising from approx. 600 metres (1800 feet). All dives in this part of the world are exceptional. This is true not only for divers, but also for snorkelers.

PNG diving

PNG diving

Of course its always great to come home to the Sunshine Coast

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A Sunshine Coast Staple – The Noosa Farmers Markets…

We enjoyed a weekend off from the usual hectic pace we live. Living and working in the hospitality industry on the Sunshine Coast is great … can you feel a ‘but’ coming?? But when you work 7 days a week and on call 24/7 you can rarely relax.

We did however have a weekend off recently and although it was wet we still enjoyed a few Sunshine Coast hot spots which we visited. Where do you expect a sunny coaster to go on holiday? Another place on the Sunshine Coast of course so many things to enjoy here.

Please don’t think our choice is an inexperienced one as we have been to more than 30 countries most of them multiple times and have stayed in well over 500 destinations. But we do love the sunny coast and her special & secret places.

We rarely can do anything together unless when taking a holiday so we enjoyed a day of culinary delights starting with the Noosa Farmers market – that is a great way to start a Sunday morning.

The Noosa Farmers Market, EVERY Sunday at The Noosa Australian Rules Football Club on Weyba Road, Noosaville between 7am and 12pm we showcase some of the finest and freshest produce in the region.

Nestled amongst the fragrant gum trees, every Sunday a hive of activity takes place. The Noosa Farmers Market is genuine, it’s honest and it’s packed with produce that makes your mouth water.
There are so many different types of stalls at the markets from fresh organic produce, freshly squeezed lime drinks, sumptuous marinades and sauces, beautiful and aromatic skin care products, nuts and seeds, olives and tasty tapenades, herbs and just caught seafood, freshly baked bread and creamy cheeses amongst a variety of exotic and yummy foods to try and great coffee to sip as you wander round.

So indulge the senses, relax, taste, wander and unwind as you discover an array of sumptuous and flavoursome organic fruits and vegetables, gourmet condiments and exquisite fruity jams amongst some of the most beautifully hand crafted products you will find. Find out more about the products we showcase here.

Grab a coffee and some brekky and take the time to enjoy your experience at the Noosa Farmers Markets, listen to the live music and let the kids go wild on the jumping castle.

They have even written a cook book based on the fruit, veg and protein you can buy from the Noosa markets.

Noosa Sunshine Coast Farmers Market

Noosa Sunshine Coast Farmers Market


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For all the Fisho’s – Tips on catching beach worms on Marcoola Beach

Top Tips to catch Beach Worms at Marcoola beach Sunshine Coast.

We get a lot of Fisho’s visiting us here at Discovery Beach.

Fishing the beach on a warm summer evening, exploring every gutter for its population of Yellowfin Bream, Sand Whiting or flathead has got to be one of the best sedatives around. Bait that draws fish to a hook like relatives to a will reading is live beachworm. The humble marine worm is absolute dynamite in the surf and fished live with 6-8 kilo line will increase your hit rate overnight. Almost all surf beaches are home to the beachworm and with a bit of practice and PATIENCE you will be one of the few who can boast that they fish using live, self-caught beachworm. Herewith easy instructions on snaring this long, slippery marine animal. Pick a day that has little wind and get down to the beach about two hours before dead low tide. Contrary to belief, beachworms don’t just frequent the low tide mark, but reside about half-water to be amongst breaking surf ensuring that they get a good flow of titbits to feed on. You will need a bait bucket preferably attached to a belt, a stick, some nylon stocking, a metre of string, a pair of worming pliers and some stinky fish such as tuna, pilchards or best of all, kipper.

Fill the nylon stocking with the fish, keeping a small piece out for hand bait. Tie the stocking up with the string and tie the other end of the string to the stick. This is now your “stink-bag” or berley which will help you locate the worms. Look for flat sandy areas on the beach that enjoy a constant wash with the outgoing tide. Waft the bag around the washes and check for little “V” shaped areas as worms stick out their heads searching for the source of the smell from the stink-bag. When you locate an inquisitive worm, dig the stick in the sand above the worm, then take a stance above where the worm showed his head. Slowly offer the hand bait to the head of the animal without touching it. Do this underwater as the wash comes in or goes out so as not to spook the worm. Wait until the worm has sunk his teeth into the bait and is arching his back to draw the food underground. Now slowly slip the jaws of the pliers around the worm whilst it’s being distracted eating the hand bait. DON’T RUSH. YOU HAVE PLENTY OF TIME. Close the pliers slowly. The pliers will grab the worm and the teeth will stop it shooting back underground. Keep digging round the worm and pull gently. If you pull too hard you will break the worm. Put the worm in the bait bucket and pat yourself on the back. This is because you have probably tried doing it a hundred times before and this is the first time you have caught a worm! It will take time and patience, and it will be frustrating, but persevere.

When you have enough worms for a session, take them up the beach and roll them in dry sand. Slide you fingers down the worm to remove the slime and put the worms back in the bait bucket with some fresh damp sand. Only catch enough worms for your immediate needs and if you do have any left over after a fish..PUT THEM BACK. Worms, dropped into a jar of metho for about five seconds will take well to freezing and will act as great stand-by bait.

Now you are ready to fish at Discovery Beach Marcoola.

Have fun on the Sunshine Coast and visit Marcoola the gem of the Coast.

Sunshine Coast Beach Holiday at San Marino Marcoola Beach

Sunshine Coast Beach Holiday at San Marino Marcoola Beach

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