Where to get an Ice-cream in Noosa

10 Places to grab an ice-cream in Noosa

Happy Pops Noosa

Stay cool this summer in Noosa with one of these 10 amazing places to eat Ice-cream.

Ben and Jerry’s

One of Ben and Jerry’s seasonal delights.

3/50 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads

Ben and Jerry’s is a known for their original flavours (and original names), sundaes, smoothies and seasonal offerings.

A favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough.

Ben and Jerry’s make almost a million pints a day, and once you taste one of their amazing hot fudge sundaes you will see why.

  • Our pick – Try the Salted Caramel Blondie, hot fudge sundae with Caramel Fudge, Cream and Crushed Oreos.

Gelatissimo Noosa

A/1A Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD 4567

Whether you are after Gelato, or sorbet theres an amazing range of choices, including a variety of sugar free versions.

The gelato is made fresh in store, and changes regularly,

  • Our pick – Try the Mango Sorbet (Dairy Free) but packed full of flavour.

Happy Pops Noosa

6/49 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD, 4567

Chocolate Brownie, with Melted Milk Chocolate and toppings.

All-natural handcrafted artisanal gelato & sorbet pops. You can either choose a ready made Pop, or make your own.

A custom Happy pop is a 4 step process

1- Choose your flavour

2 – Choose your chocolate, (Melted chocolate, mik, white or dark, Caramel, or Nutella

3 – Choose your toppings (you can have three)

4 – Head to the boardwalk and devour.

  • Our pick – Try the Mango Sorbet (Dairy Free) as a Naked Pop
  • Our other pick – We can’t go past the Chocolate brownie, with vanilla bean ice-cream, freeze dried raspberries, and milk chocolate.

Massimo’s Noosa

75 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD 4567

Tourists and locals have been flocking to Massimo’s Gelateria for there artisan gelato since 1995. As you wander past you will often see a queue outside this Italian gelato shop, serving authentic gelato and fresh refreshing sorbet.

  • Our pick – grab a scoop of Raspberry and a Scoop of passionfruit for an amazing combination of flavours.

Royal Copenhagen Ice Cream

41 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD, 4567

There is something about the smell of fresh cooked waffle cones as you walk past Copenhagan that makes you want to stop and choose one of their ice-creams

This is the place to get some of your more traditional flavours, Mint chocolate, old Fashioned Toffee, boysenberry as well as some more interesting flavours , chilli chocolate, lamington.

They also sell Hot dogs, milkshakes, and other cold drinks.

  • Our pick – If it’s available, the Jaffa ice-cream is simply amazing.

Frenzy Ice-cream Van

10 Park Road, Noosa Heads

Head down to First Poihnt Carpark at the end of Hastings Street and you will find the Frenzy Ice-cream Van

For the last 27 years the ice-cream van has been serving delicoius icecream, frozen fruit yoghurts, cold drinks, coffees and hot dogs.

  • Our pick – The fruit frozen yoghurt, is amazing. One of the best we have tried. You watch as they blend in fruit of your choice into their frozen yoghurt.

Noosa Woods Ice-Cream Van

There is nothing like the nostalgia of a choc dipped soft serve cone, and trying desperately to finish it before it melts all over your fingers.

  • Our pick – Choc dipped soft serve

Noosa Amore Gelato (Noosa Marina)

Shop 14, Noosa Marina

Noosa Amore, serves Italian Gelato made fresh daily, using fresh local ingredients.

Noosa Amore also serves yoghurts, pastries, chocolates, smoothies and milkshakes.

  • Our pick – There choc mint ice-cream is just the right combination of mint and chocolate

Amo Gelato (Gympie Terrace)

Shop 2, 201 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, QLD 4566

Amo Gelato is handcrafted Gelato located opposite the Noosa river, serves Gelato, Coffee, (roasted in house) as well as cakes and other tasty treats.

  • Our pick – Toffee Apple ice cream.

A Favorite Icy treat.

Dippin Dots

Our favourite American Icy treat, Dippin Dots is found down at the river at O-Boat Hire

O-Boat Hire

222 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville QLD 4566

Now this is not an ice-cream shop, however after trying this ice-cream a few years ago in the states, we couldn’t believe it when we saw it advertised as we walked along Noosa River. This is now a favorite place for us to stop and get a cool treat.

Fairy Floss

Dippin Dots are amazing ice cream snack invented back in 1988. The ice confection is created by flash freezing ice cream mix in liquid nitrogen.

Take home pack – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Our pick – Hard to choose, the Chocolate chip cookie dough, is brilliant, but its also hard to go past the Fairy Floss.

Have we missed your favorite place or flavour, make sure you let us know in the comments below.

Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park

150kms from Brisbane is the iconic Noosa, a tourism hotspot that each year sees over 2 million visitors flock to the beautiful beaches, iconic surf, and rugged coastline.

The most iconic of these destinations is Hastings street and for those wanting to see some secluded beaches, amazing Flora and Fauna, great surfing, they will often wander up the boardwalk to the Noosa National Park.

The Noosa National Park encompasses an area of more than 4000 hectares, which also includes areas near Lake Weyba, Peregian, and down as far as Coolum.

Flora and Fauna of the Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park is an amazing place to see such a diverse range of wildlife. For those walking along the Coastal track between July to the end of October, gives you a chance to see some of the 30000+ Humpback whales, that migrate up the coast of Queensland.

Humpback Whale (Taken further down the Coast)

Year-round Dolphins can be seen off the coast. as well as Turtles and Manta Rays.

Dolphin from Hell’s Gate
Turtles at Noosa National Park
Turtles at Dolphin Point

If you look inland at the trees you will not be disappointed, located near Tea tree bay you will often see some Koala’s relaxing up in the Gum trees. The National Park is also home to many birds, lizards, goannas, and even the occasional snake.

Noosa – National Surfing Reserve

Surfing at Noosa Surfing Reserve
Surfing at Noosa Surfing Reserve

Noosa National surfing reserve covers the area from Laguna Bay at Noosa Main Beach, all the way to North Sunshine Beach.

The National Park consists of 5 world-class breaks, and three consistent beach breaks, which is why earlier this year on February 21st this year it was officially dedicated as the world’s 10th surfing reserve.

Noosa’s points are most consistent during cyclone season which runs from December to May. Check out some of the epic waves filmed earlier this year in February, when Cyclone Uesi created a storm swell.

Walking trails

Noosa National Park – walking trails.

Noosa National Park is home to some amazing walking trails. Our favorite is the Coastal walk.

Have you been to Noosa National Park before?

Walt Disney World are discontinuing free Magic Bands for Resort guests from 2021

Breaking news from Walt Disney World

This week has been a big week for Disney news. With Disney releasing their proposed reopening dates for Disneyland and Disneyworld.

They have also released their new reservation system. Now to enter in the park, you need a your valid pass, as well as reservation for the day. This is to ensure they can follow through with their limited capacity.

However the news that has caught many by surprise is that was of January 1st 2021, Disney will be discontinuing their free magic bands for resort guests.

At the moment when you book into any of the Disney hotels in Walt Disney world, you receive a complimentary magic band per guest on your reservation. These came in a variety of plain colours. Guests could also pay an upgrade to get a Disney themed Band.

Disney have instead that they will be updating their app, “My Disney experience” to bring a magic band feature to allow for this change.

But for those that love the magic band, don’t worry you will still be able to purchase them at a discount when booking. Retail locations and shop Disney will still be selling Magic Bands.

What are your thoughts on Disney discontinuing the complimentary magic bands? Let me know in the comments.

Disney world now has a reopening date

With the news coming that restrictions are beginning to lift in parts of America, Disney has announced their proposed phased reopening dates for Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, as well As the original California Park.

Beginning on July 11th Magic kingdom and Animal Kingdom will be reopening their gates at limited capacity.

July 15th will see the Gates of Epcot and Disney Hollywood studios reopening.

All the combined closures have cost Disney $1 Billion in lost revenue in the second quarter with all its parks, cruise ships and stores forced to close.

For those craving a Disney fix, Disney springs has already reopened.

10 things you need to know about Disney Springs reopening

  1. Limited Parking
  2. Reduced entrances
  3. Temperature screenings are mandatory prior to entry
  4. Face coverings are mandatory for all guests aged 2 and up. Except when dining.
  5. Social distancing is being practised, through physical distanced queues and in some instances physical barriers
  6. Reduced capacity and reduced hours.
  7. No Scheduled entertainment, no high touch offerings
  8. Increased cleanliness. Including additional hand washing stations.
  9. Disney springs is going cashless, most places will not accept Cash. (However you can purchase with cash a Disney gift card at the Welcome centre)
  10. More locations are now participating in mobile ordering. Guests can now pay for their mobile order with Disney gift cards, Apple Pay and Disney rewards redemption Card.

What to expect in the Parks!

  1. Face Coverings
    • Disneyworld will be requiring all guests and Cast members to wear face coverings in the park, and Disney Springs.
  2. Hand Washing
    • Disneyland have added additional hand washing facilities, and hand sanitising facilities around the park.
  3. Physical Distancing
    • The theme parks will be reopening at a reduced capacity to ensure that physical distancing is able to be maintained.
    • Physical barriers may be present to ensure that social distancing is practised.
  4. Temperature Checks
    • As you are entering the parks, and Disney Springs you will need to undergo a temperature check.
    • Staff will also be undertaking daily health checks and temperature checks.
  5. Increased Contactless transactions.
    • Disney will be recommending people pay by card, with many places not accepting cash. However your can use cash at Disney Springs welcome centre to purchase a Disney gift card.
    • Disney are increasing the ability to use mobile ordering in the app.
  6. Increased cleaning and Sanitation
    • Disneyworld have stated that they are building upon their existing standards of cleaning.

If you have visited Disney before, Your next visit to Disney will be different to the last one. However it will still be magical, as it’s Disney. The most magical place on earth.

Changes to your day in the Park

  1. Parades and Nightime spectacular’s are not running initially and will return at a later date.
  2. Character meet and Greets are not running but will return at a later date. Disney have plans for new and entertaining ways that the Characters will be in the park to entertain the guests.
  1. Limited capacity in parks, hotels and Disney Springs. Not all shops and experience will be open.
  2. Certain attractions, queue’s, experiences, services and amenities will be modified, have limited availability and some will remain closed until they can safely reopen.
  3. Extra Magic hours are temporarily suspended.
  4. Booking window is now 60 days, instead of the normal 180 days.

Disney Hotels reopening

There are currently more than 25 Disney resort hotels to pick when you visit Disneyworld. These Disney Vacation club properties at Walt Disney World resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness resort and Campground will beginning to reopen from June 22 to members and guests. However if you do not have an existing booking you will have to wait a little longer. Disney have still not opening their reservations for new bookings, as they are focusing on guests with existing reservations. The only way you can book a new reservation is if you are a Disney Vacation club member.

With the news coming that restrictions are beginning to lift in parts of America, Disney has announced their proposed phased reopening dates for Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, as well As the original California Park.
With the news coming that restrictions are beginning to lift in parts of America, Disney has announced their proposed phased reopening dates for Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, as well As the original California Park.
With the news coming that restrictions are beginning to lift in parts of America, Disney has announced their proposed phased reopening dates for Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, as well As the original California Park.

Will you be going to Disneyworld with its reopening? Tell us below in the comments.

Disneyland now has a reopening date.

With the news around the world that restrictions are beginning to lift, Disney has announced their proposed phased reopening dates beginning on July 9th for the Californian parks.

On March 14th Disneyland closed its doors and will have been closed for over 4 months by the time it reopens.

But the originals parks where not the first to close, Shanghai Disney was closed on January 25th, Hong Kong Disney closed on January 26th. Tokyo Disney stayed open until February 29th.

Disney world in Florida was the last to close its gates, on March 15th.

All the combined closures have cost Disney $1 Billion in lost revenue in the second quarter with all its parks, cruise ships and stores forced to close.

We are going to look at the dates, and what you can expect on your next visit.

For those craving a Disney fix, head down to Downtown Disney district from July 9th, to enjoy the shopping and dining district.

Only 8 days later on July 17th, people will begin to walk back in the gates of the “happiest place on earth”

Why is this date significant? July 17th is the 65th anniversary of the resort.

However don’t expect to be able to be fully immersed in Disney yet, the accomodation will not reopen until later, Both the Disney Grand California Hotel and Spa and Disney’s Paradise pier are planning to reopen on July 23rd.

There is not an official date yet for the reopening of Disneyland hotel.

Winnie the Pooh ride Disneyland

What to expect!

  1. Face Coverings
    • Disneyland will be requiring all Cast members and guests to wear face coverings in the park
  2. Hand Washing
    • Disneyland have added additional hand washing facilities around the park.
  3. Physical Distancing
    • The theme parks will be reopening at a reduced capacity to ensure that physical distancing is able to be maintained.
    • Physical barriers may be present to ensure that social distancing is practised.
  4. Temperature Checks
    • As you are entering Downtown Disney District and the theme parks you will need to undergo a temperature check.
    • Staff will also be undertaking daily health checks and temperature checks.
  5. Increased Contactless transactions.
    • Disney will be recommending people pay by card, with many places not accepting cash
    • Disney are increasing the ability to use mobile ordering in the app.
  6. Increased cleaning and Sanitation
    • Disneyland have stated that they are building upon their existing standards of cleaning.

Changes to your day at the Park

As Disneyland now will be running at a significantly lower capacity they have changed the way you purchase tickets for the park.

  1. Park reservations
    • All Park attendance will now be managed through a brand new system. This requires all guests, no matter what type of ticket (including Annual pass holders) to reserve their ticket for attendance.
  2. No New tickets
    • If you dont already have tickets or annual pass to Disneyland, then you are going to have to wait a little longer. With a temporary pause on new tickets. No news yet on when they will be issuing new tickets. At the moment they are trying to get through previous reservations and tickets.
  3. Limited capacity in parks, hotels, restaurants and downtown Disney. Not all shops and experience will be opening.
  4. Certain attractions, queue’s, experiences, services and amenities will be modified, have limited availability and some will remain closed until they can safely reopen.
  5. Whilst Character meet and greets will not be running at the moment, Disney have plans for new and entertaining ways that the Characters will be in the park entertaining the guests.
  1. Parades and Nightime spectacular’s will return at a later date.

What does that mean for Marvel Avengers Campus?

Over the last couple of years, Marvel fans have been waiting for the opening of Disney Californaia Adventures newest area “Avengers Campus” which was slated to open in July 2020.

Unfortunately they will have to wait a little longer, with it postponed indefinitely, Disney are yet to release a new time frame.

Are you planning to go to Disneyland when it reopens?

Tell us in the comments below.

Ten places everyone should visit in Australia

With the International borders looking like they are going to be closed for at least the next twelve months we have put together our list of Ten places you should visit in Australia.

Whitsundays

The Whitsunday Islands rest on the North East Coast of Queensland, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The Whitsunday Islands are made up of 74 islands, Hamilton Island its largest habited island has its own golf course, airport and primary school. Daydream island is the smallest measuring just 1km in length.

The Whitsundays are full of stunning landscapes, from dense rainforest, amazing white sandy beaches, hiking trails and grand resorts.

Two of the must see locations in the Whitsundays are the iconic heart Reef, located out at Hardy Reef.

But probably its most famous location is the iconic Whitehaven beach with 98 % pure silica sand. As you look out on the amazing seven kilometres of sand you see the amazing colours of the turquoise, blue and green water.

If you make it to Whitehaven beach you need to head up to the Northern Island to Hill Inlet, where you see the swirling sands.

Uluru

Uluru also known as Ayers Rock is a huge Rock formation found in the Northern Territory. Uluru is made from Sandstone and stands, 348m high, rising 863m above sea level.

Uluru is famous as it appears to change colour depending on the time of day. From Burnt orange, to intense red.

Uluru

Whilst you cannot climb Uluru anymore there are some great walking trails around the base. Whether you want to walk the full 9.4km circumference, or just take a small stroll, You get a real perspective of its size as you walk around the base and see the traditional drawings, the water falls.

Uluru
Uluru

Uluru can be accessed with by air, with direct flights from most major airports to Alice springs, which is 4 hours away, then hire a car or jump on a coach to get there.

Or catch a flight with Jetstar and virgin to Ayers Rock airport, pre Covid19 there were daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns, and 3-4 times a week from Brisbane.

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road starts at Torquay, only 90 minutes from Melbourne. The 243 km road is on The Australian National Heritage list and runs all the way to Allansford.

Most of the road hugs the coastline and there are great little towns, iconic lighthouses, waterfalls, and beaches. nature reserves and cliffs along the way.

The most famous of these would be the iconic Twelve apostles, as well as the Loch Ard gorge, and London Bridge, Gibson steps.

Great Ocean Road
Twelve apostles Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road

Visit the Far North Queensland

Port Douglas – Cairns and beyond.

When I think of Far North Queensland, I think of rainforests, beach, and ancient geological wonders, Like the Undara Lava tubes, limestone caves and volcanic craters.

Take a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef and swim, dive and snorkel amongst turtles, clownfish and gorgeous corals.

Take a visit to the ruins of a castle, There is something magical about wandering the ruins of Paronella Park covered in vines. This is the perfect spot to explore, imagine and daydream.

Paronella Park

Far North Queensland is also home to the worlds oldest tropical rainforest. The wet tropics is 9000 sq km (About the size of Cyprus) and includes 30 different national parks. Running from Townsville, up to Cooktown is full of history, waterfalls, world heritage areas. You will not be disappointed.

Far North Queensland
Far North Queensland
Paronella Park
Paronella Park

Cradle Mountain – Dove Lake

Cradle Mountain - Dove Lake

Located in the Cradle mountain – Lake St Clair national Park is Tasmania’s iconic Cradle Mountain. Whilst it is the sixth highest mountain in Tasmania, is close proximity to both Launceston, (2 hours) and and hour and a half from Devonport make it undoubtedly the most famous peak in the state.

A great vantage point to see Cradle Mountain is at Dove Lake, this popular lake has well maintained paths that incircle it and on a clear day you get a lovely view of Cradle Mountain.

These paths also continue onto Cradle Mountain, for those that want to walk to the peak it is about six and a half hours and very strenuous climb.

Port Arthur

Port Arthur

Port Arthur is a very sombre yet historical site in Tasmania, that well worth visiting. Port Arthur is a town and former convict settlement that is located just under 100km from Hobart.

Port Arthur is a world heritage site, from 1833 to 1853 it was the destination for Convicted British criminals, and stayed as a prison until 1877.

Located on 40 hectares of land, with over 30 buildings you can learn all about the history of the area.

Glass house mountains

Located on the Sunshine Coast, near the Beerburrum State forest is the beautiful Glasshouse mountains.

The 13 mountains including the largest hill, Mount Beerwah which rises 556 metres above sea level, are a significant peak on the landscape of the Sunshine Coast.

Located an hour from Noosa and an hour from Brisbane, they are full of walking trails, abseiling locations, and home to six small townships, linked by country roads and rail.

Glasshouse Mountains
Glasshouse Mountains

Phillip Island

Phillip Island, is a island located about 140km from Melbourne, with 97km of beautiful coastline . Phillip Island is 26km long and 9 km wide and is home to the Phillip Island Grand Prix track.

People swarm to the island in summer for Surfing, with many iconic surf breaks located on the island. As well as the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island on Summerland Beach home to the little penguins.

There is one entry onto the island, a 640m concrete bridge connects the town on mainland San Remo, with the Phillip island town of Newhaven.

Phillip island is extremely popular over Summer and its population increases by 400%

Chocolate Factory
Surfing lesson
Surfing lesson

Craig’s Hut

Craigs Hut

Located in the Victorian Alps of the Great dividing range, is the iconic Craig’s hut. Located atop Mt Stirling, about 50 kms from Mansfield, it is famous as the set for Australia’s iconic film. The Man from Snowy river.

Unfortunately during the bushfires in 2006, the original hut was burnt down, however it was rebuilt and as of 2008 was reopened to public visits.

The only way to get there is to walk the 1.2km walking trail from the day visitor area, or to arrive via 4WD.

Mt Stirling

Go West.

Western Australia covers and amazing 33% of Australia’s landmass, however only has 10% of Australia’s popuation. It is a beautiful rugged area with such a wide range of landscapes from beaches, gorges, caves, waterfalls and rock formations.

Pinnacles

Western Australia is also home to wildflowers not seen anywhere else in the world.

Kalbarri Natures window
Kalbarri Natures window

Western Australia is so vast that it has one person per square km, or 2.5 people per square mile, with its capital Perth having a density of approx 739 per square mile.

Compare that with California, and Los Angeles that is approximately 100 times the population density. Los Angeles population density is 253.9 people per square mile. Los Angeles’s population density is 7484 people per square mile.

Western Australia

What are some of the places that you would have on your must visit list?

10 places you must visit in Australia
10 places you must visit in australlia
10 places you must visit in australlia

Gold Coast Themeparks have now got a reopening date!

Our house is very excited today with the news that the Village Roadshow themeparks now have a reopening date.

The CEO of Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Clark Kirby, has said in media releases they were taking a “conservative approach” to reopening, with a 50 per cent capacity at each park.

Sea World 26th June

Top ten things to do on the Gold Coast

Sea World is run by totally different company than the American namesake with more of a focus on rehabilitation.  Seaworld is an oceanarium, marine mammal park, and theme park.

It has a great children’s area for younger children and a few rides aimed at older children, teens, and adults. With many more due to be opened over the next twelve months. Sea World has a large focus on sea animals.  It has the license to Nickelodeon, so our children love meeting the Paw Patrol characters, Sponge Bob and TMNT.

Paradise Country 26th June

Take your children to an Australian homestead with a great variety of Australian animals including kangaroos, koalas, and emus. At Paradise Country you can take a farm tour that includes several shows which feature boomerang throwing, stock Horse demonstrations and learning how to make billy tea and damper.


Australian Outback Spectacular 3 July

Located on the Gold Coast between Wet n Wild and Movieworld is the Australian Outback dinner show.

Featuring, singing, Horse riding the show is extremely entertaining. and whilst you watch the show you get a feast on a wonderful 3-course dinner. We have been numerous times and it doesn’t disappoint.


Movie World 15th July

In Australia the Gold Coast is the home of Australia’s theme parks, Whilst Florida might have Disneyworld and Los Angeles might have Disneyland.

In Australia, we have “Hollywood on the Gold Coast” Warner Brothers Movie world.

Movieworld is the home of entertainment. A visit to Movie world will see you immersed in DC Superheroes, with multiple rides themed on the superheroes. There are also rides based on Lego, Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo. For fans of Harry Potter there is merchandise and some theming on shops, however no rides.

It is also home to active Movie studios, the blockbuster Aquaman was filmed there, as well as Thor – Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales and many more amazing films.

Movie World is home to the longest, fastest, and tallest hypercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere, the DC Rivals Hypercoaster, and the amazing VR rollercoaster themed on the Joker, Arkham Asylum


Wet n Wild 15th July

Wet n wild

No matter what the weather Wet n Wild remains open, whilst many locals find it to cold during the winter months, the pools are heated through Winter so it is a great time to go with lower numbers. Located adjacent to Movie world it has 4 pools, 17 water slides, and 2 Children’s areas.

Dreamworld – Dates TBC

Dreamworld has yet to release there opening dates as they wait for clarification on the border opening dates.

Dream World is set on 210 acres in Coomera. With its own waterpark next door, Dreamworld and WhiteWater World are home to more than 40 rides and slides including 7 Thrill Rides.. Dreamworld is a real favorite with the pre-school crowd, as it has ABC and Wiggles licensed areas. Dreamworld also has rides connected to Dreamworks.

Dreamworld is also the home of some very cute tigers.

But for those of us who love Lego, you don’t need tickets to buy your favorite lego from the Lego store with an entrance on the outside of the park. Dreamworld is the home of the thrill ride on the Gold Coast and recently had opened a new ride.

But for our family who love Disney. Our favourite Fun Fact is that some designers who worked on Disneyland and Walt Disney World helped design some of Dreamworld.

Are you excited about the reopening?

Chocolate Easter Egg Fudge

Easter is a time of Chocolate decadence, and with our friends at Jayco Ballarat we have out together a video of our favourite Chocolate Easter Egg fudge recipe.

Chocolate Easter Egg Fudge

Ingredients

  • 2 Packets of Creme filled Easter Eggs
  • 2 x 180g Chocolate Blocks
  • 1 Tin Condensed Milk

Method

  • Cut Easter Eggs in half and put aside until later
  • Break up chocolate and place in Saucepan with condensed milk over low heat.
  • Once fully melted and combined take off the heat
  • Mix in half of the chocolate eggs
  • Pour fudge into the tin
  • Decorate with the remaining half of the Easter Eggs
  • Refrigerate for 5-6 hours
  • Then devour

Variations

  • In this recipe we used Salted Caramel, however we have also used creme eggs, Caramel eggs and Oreo and Caramilk eggs.
Creme Egg Chocolate Fudge
Oreo Egg Chocolate Fudge

You can also use your leftover chocolate from Easter

(Who are we kidding, who has leftover Chocolate)

Tell us below in the comments what variety of fudge you would try first.

Australia Zoo – Home of the Crocodile Hunter.

Australia Zoo, Sleeping Koala

Located near the iconic Glasshouse mountains, on the Sunshine Coast is Australia’s iconic Australia Zoo. 

On 1000 acres, Australia Zoo is one of Australia’s most iconic zoos, and one of Queensland’s most popular tourist destinations. The Zoo itself is on 110 acres with a huge range of exhibitions.

Its centrepiece is the Crocoseum (Crocodile show), made famous but the late Steve Irwin. The Original Crocodile Hunter. Bur Australia Zoo has been around before Steve made it famous with his Khaki shorts, and Loveable enthusiasm for Nature.

Crocoseum - Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo was opened back in 1970 by Bob and Lyn Irwin, Steve’s parents, as the Beerwah reptile park, and over the next twenty years, it continued to grow and included Crocodiles. Australia Zoo really rose to prominence when it was taken over by Bob and Lyn’s son the late Steve Irwin and his wife Terri in 1998.

Expanding from Reptiles it has grown into a huge variety of different exhibits, Including African animals, Tigers, South East Asian Animals, Rainforest Aviary, Australian animals, animals rescue operations, rehab hospital, horses, and a strong emphasis on conservation and rehabilitation.

Australia Zoo
Australia Zoo
Australia Zoo
Bindi's Island - Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo Tickets

One Day Ticket

  • Adult – $59.00 
  • Children (3-14 Year Old) – $35.00
  • Family 2A 2C – $172.00
  • Family 2A 3C – $189.00
  • Pensioner – $47.00
  • Student – $47.00

Two Day Ticket

  • Adult – $87.00 
  • Children (3-14 Year Old) – $51.00
  • Family 2A 2C – $258.00
  • Family 2A 3C – $283.50
  • Pensioner – $69.00
  • Student – $69.00

Annual Pass

  • Adult – $109.00 
  • Children (3-14 Year Old) – $69.00

Extra Benefits to the Annual Pass

  • 20% Off Caddie Tours
  • 10% Off Retail
  • 10% Off Feeding Frenzy Eateries
  • Loyalty Program – Retail & Encounter Credits
  • Annual Renewal Packages

Extra Opportunities for Adventure

Animal Encounters 

Australia Zoo has dozens of animal encounters available from the cute and cuddly koalas, to more adventurous walk with the tigers.

Animal encounter - Australia Zoo

Zoo Keeper for a day

Children aged between 4 and 15, will love Australia’s Zoo, Zookeeper for a day, a program that runs in the school holidays. This program allows children to go behind the scenes.

Koala - Australia Zoo

Tours

After a personalised 5 hour adventure with a tour guide. Then sign up to one of Australia Zoo’s Walking, or Golf buggy style tour. You can also book a personalised tour of the Wildlife Hospital as well.

Kids Zoo

Kids Zoo is a great place for children to see Baby farm animals, calves, lambs, kids and piglets.

Australia Zoo - Kids Zoo

Where to eat at Australia Zoo

I don’t know about you but our children seem to get hungry the minute we turn up somewhere and our visit to Australia Zoo was no exception.

Crikey Cafe Foodcourt

Located up above the Crocoseum is a large food court, called the Crickey Cafe. Serving a variety of fast food, from salads, hot chips, sushi, burger, pizza. There are a huge variety of drinks including a variety of hot and cold drinks.

Crickey Cafe

Dingo Diner

Dingo Diner is a great place to grab a coffee, cake in a relaxed cafe style environment.

Laughing Frog Lolly Shop

If your kids are after a sweet treat, then the Laughing Frog Lolly shop has over 300 lollies for sale, as well as delicious ice creams. The Laughing frog lolly shop also sells Coffee’s as well.

Laughing Frog Lolly shop

Kiosk’s through the park

Also located through the park are other kiosks that sell drinks, ice creams and coffee.

Ways to cool off.

Water Park

Water Park - Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo has a awesome Water Park located near the Lolly Shop and Dingo Diner, perfect for the children to cool off on a hot Queensland day.

Human Sprinkler - Mist

We even have human sprinkler cool down stations and fantastic misters to cool down.

Australia Zoo Opening Hours

9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily

Christmas Day – closed

Address

1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, Qld, 4519

Located near the iconic Glasshouse mountains, on the Sunshine Coast is the iconic Australia Zoo. 

Come find out why Australia Zoo is a must see on your next trip to the Sunshine Coast
Located near the iconic Glasshouse mountains, on the Sunshine Coast is the iconic Australia Zoo. 

Come find out why Australia Zoo is a must see on your next trip to the Sunshine Coast
Located near the iconic Glasshouse mountains, on the Sunshine Coast is the iconic Australia Zoo. 

Come find out why Australia Zoo is a must see on your next trip to the Sunshine Coast

Find out more fun things to do on Australia’s Sunshine Coast.

Best Weekend escapes near Ballarat.

This year there is a huge push in Australia to #holidayherethisyear. Tourism Australia are urging all us Australians to try and spend our holidays this year, in our tourist towns that have been greatly affected not only by the bushfires, but also due to the decreased numbers in tourists arriving.

Port Fairy - Bike ride

One of the great ways to support local towns is to head off and see our own backyard on the weekend to a town with an empty fridge in the Caravan, an empty cupboard and buy from the locals in the area.

We decided to have a look at some of the great places we could hitch up our caravan and head to within a couple of hours of Ballarat.

What we found was that within an easy two – three hour drive from Ballarat, you can find a huge variety of things to do. From Bike riding, wineries, day spas, hiking, beaches.

No matter what the weather there is a weekend escape to suit you and your caravan.

Grampians

Located 150kms west of Ballarat is the spectacular Grampians National Park. Grampians is renowned for its amazing hiking, as well as a great place to see native Australian animals.

The town of Halls Gap is a very popular tourist spot for Caravanners

Lorne / Apollo Bay (Great Ocean Road)

140 kms south of Ballarat is the beautiful seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay located on the iconic Great Ocean Road

Whether you are after a relaxing holiday, want to see amazing waterfalls, or just want to laze at the beach. Lorne has it all.

A popular camping / caravanning spot is the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park, where you can relax and unwind on the foreshore.

Our favourite thing to do whilst at Lorne is to drive to the local waterfalls, Sheoak Falls and head up amongst the beautiful fernery to take it all in.

Daylesford

If you are after a relaxing weekend then Daylesford should be high on the list. Popular due to it having Australia’s largest concentration of natural mineral springs, it is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Located only 45kms from Ballarat. It’s the perfect place to go with your van and enjoy a weekend break.

Leave the Caravan behind, and take the fifteen minute drive to the Chocolate Mill located in Mount Franklin.

Book in for a massage, or spa at Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa.

Dine in one of the amazing world class restaurants.

Chocolate mill
Chocolate mill

Nagambie

180 kms and just over 2 hours away from Ballarat is the gorgeous Lake Nagambie, this artificial lake created back in 1891 is a very popular spot for boating enthusiasts.

Nagambie is also getting a real reputation within the wine industry, it gives its name to the Nagambie Lakes wine region, with its two most notable wines, Mitchelton and Tahbilk.

Mitchelton winery is also a very popular spots for weddings, and engagements. With an amazing view from Mitchelton’s observation tower.

Take a wander through town and see the statue of Black Cavier, born in Nagambie, she remained undefeated her whole career.

Warrnambool

Also located along the Great ocean road, about 170km from Ballarat is Warrnambool.

Warrnambool is the perfect place between June and October to do a spot of Whale watching, especially on Logan’s Beach.

Warrnambool also has hot springs, sheltered beaches, scenic lighthouses that are still in use today.

History buffs will love learning all about Maritime history, at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime museum.

Port Fairy

One of our favourite weekend locations is also located on the Great Ocean Road, Port Fairy is about 200 kms away from Ballarat, 28 km west of Warrnambool.

Port Fairy name has an interesting history. Originally back in the early 19th Century, whalers and seal hunters used the area, and named the area Port Fairy reportably after the sealing ship, The Fairy.

However later in 1835 John Griffiths established a whaling station in the area, and James Atkinson a solicitor from Sydney purchased land in the area and created a Harbour and renamed the area Belfast after his hometown in Ireland.

By the mid to later 19th century Belfast had become one of Australia’s largest ports, and in an Act of Parliment in 1887 renamed the town. Port Fairy. Which it has stayed.

Port Fairy is steeped in History, with over 50 buildings protected by the National Trust of Australia. The town runs a very successful Folk festival every year. It is a popular spot amongst Golfers, as well as Surfers, and bike riders.

Yambuk

Also located along the Great Ocean Road (Are you also sensing a pattern here) is the amazing Yambuk Giant Slide, located on the sand dunes this 33m long slide is a favourite for Adults and Children alike.

Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road

Where are some of your favourite places to visit near Ballarat.

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