Top Ten Activities to do on Australia’s Sunshine Coast.

Top ten Must-see attractions on the Sunshine Coast.

Are you heading to the Sunshine Coast, and wondering what to do? We have put together our list of our favorite things to do on your next visit to the Sunshine Coast.

Noosa Heads

Noosa Hastings Street and Main Beach

Hastings Street is the heart of Noosa, the iconic street is full of resorts, shopping, cafe’s, ice cream stores, and restaurants. The street backs onto the iconic Main beach, Number 7 in last year’s Trip advisor’s Top Ten Australian Beaches.

Noosa Hastings Street
Noosa Hastings Street
Noosa Heads - Hastings Street
Noosa Heads – Hastings Street
Noosa Hastings Street
Noosa Hastings Street

Noosa main beach is great for swimming and relaxing on the beach. Noosa Main Beach is one of the few beaches in Australia that faces North. Surf lifesavers, patrol the beach year-round making it a favorite spot for families.

Noosa Heads
Noosa Heads

Noosa Main beach is also a Favorite of surfers. Protected by headland the waves are a bit smaller, so great for beginners.

Main Beach Noosa
Main Beach Noosa

Aussie World

Aussie World is the Sunshine Coast’s own theme park. With over 30 rides and attractions, it’s a great fun family day out. Located on the Bruce Highway at Palm view it is a very popular tourist attraction for the area. It has been running for over 30 years and is open 363 days a year.

Aussie World
Aussie World

Aussie World is presently building another thrill ride the SX360 an extreme thrill ride that is opening soon.

Children under the age of 3 are free to enter. Day passes start at $30 for Seniors, Pensioner, and Concession and then $38 per person, with Family passes for 4 at $136, and a family of 5 at $167.

Address – 1 Downunder Drive, Palmview Queensland.

Aussie World
Aussie World

The Ginger Factory

Ginger Factory
Ginger Factory

Ginger Factory in Yandina is a very popular tourist destination. You can wander in for free and look around the gardens, or let your children play in the playground.

Ginger Factory
Ginger Factory

Wander through the assorted shops on site, and If you get hungry grab a bite to eat at their fully licensed cafe, or head to there Ice Creamery and try a wide selection of handmade ice cream made on site. Including a wide selection of Ginger flavored ice creams.

Ginger Factory
Ginger Factory

With added paid extras like the fun boat ride “Overboard” that is reminiscent of Disneyland’s small world, or the ginger train, that tours through the Ginger factories 9 hectares of gardens. There is plenty of things for the family.

Ginger Factory
Ginger Factory

For those interested in bees and honey, there is also a live bee show and tasting available.

50 Pioneer Road, Yandina, Queensland

The Big Pineapple

No visit to the sunshine coast would be complete without a photo in front of the Big Pineapple. The Big Pineapple is located on the 165-hectare property on the Nambour connection road in Woombye.

Big Pineapple
Big Pineapple

The Big Pineapple features the heritage-listed Big Pineapple, and Big Pineapple visitor area, the wildlife HQ zoo, as well as the Pineapple train.

Big Pineapple
Big Pineapple

There is a little store on-site that you can grab a cold drink and ice-cream, as a range of pineapple inspired mementos.

There is no entry fee to go to the Big Pineapple, however, you can pay to go on the train, visit the zoo or take the treetop challenge.

Big Pineapple
Big Pineapple

The Big Pineapple also hosts the Big Pineapple musical festival each year.

Sealife Sunshine Coast (Previously Underwater World)

Sealife Sunshine Coast, is an oceanarium, marine park located in Mooloolaba.

Sealife is a family-friendly attraction, perfect in any weather. There are over 11 amazing and unique zones.

The highlight is the 2.5 million litre tank, where you walk through a 80-metre tunnel, with shark swimming above. This takes visitors past multiple different windows showing you various fish.

Sealife Mooloolaba
Sealife Mooloolaba

Eumundi Markets

Eumundi market is an Art and Craft Market, with Farmers and bakers selling fresh products and gourmet foods. There are musicians and street performers.

Eumundi Markets opened back on 24th March in 1979. Starting with three market holders and eight visitors and now has over 600 stalls and annual visitors of 1.6 million people.

Eumundi Market is open every day of the year, on a Saturday and Wednesday, in the charming historical town of Eumundi, located in the hinterlands.

Address – 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, Queensland

Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park is 9800 acres of beautiful forests, beaches, rainforests. Noosa National Park has 15 km of walking tracks ranging from easy to medium grade.

Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park has over 1 million visits every year, and its walking trail, to Hell’s gate, is one of the most traversed trails in Queensland.

Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park

Head to the Hinterlands – Montville

Montville is a beautiful little town up in the Hinterlands. Montville is a great mixture of amazing views, wonderful dining, and gorgeous shops and art galleries.

Montville
Montville

One of our favorite shops is the Artisan Chocolate shop and Cafe in Montville, called Chocolate Country.

Montville
Montville

All the chocolates are produced in house at Montville, they also make delicious fudges, Chocolate bark and have an impressive collection of lollies as well.

Montville
Montville

Australia Zoo, Beerwah

Australia Zoo is located near the Glasshouse Mountains and is located on 1000 acres.

Australia Zoo is one of Australia’s most iconic zoos, and one of Queensland’s most popular tourist destinations.

Australia Zoo
Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo was opened back in 1970 by Bob and Lyn Irwin as the Beerwah reptile park. over the next twenty years it continued to grow and included the Crocodile, but 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″

Australia Zoo has grown into 110 acres with a lot of different exhibits, from Crocoseum (Crocodile show), African animals, Tigers, South East Asian Animals, Rainforest Aviary, Australian animals, animals rescue operations, rehab hospital, and a strong emphasis on conservation and rehabilitation.

Address – 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, Queensland.

Glasshouse Mountains National Park

Driving down the Bruce Highway you can see the distinctive peaks of the Glasshouse mountains. Listed on the Queensland and National Heritage register, the Glasshouse Mountain National Park is a popular place for nature lovers and those that love to go for a hike.

Glasshouse Mountains
Glasshouse Mountains
Glasshouse Mountains
Glasshouse Mountains
Glasshouse Mountains
Glasshouse Mountains
Glasshouse Mountains
Glasshouse Mountains
Glasshouse Mountains

Have you traveled to the Sunshine Coast? What would be your Top ten Must-see attractions on the Sunshine Coast?

Are there any other places that would make your Top Ten activities list?

Tell us in the comments below.

Sunshine Coast is the third most populated area in the Australian state of Queensland.
Sunshine Coast is well-known for its pristine beaches, scenic drives and unspoiled national parks. 
Sunshine Coast is famous for beautiful ocean to the hinterland, Most restaurants in this region take advantage of fresh local produce
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Sunshine Coast is the third most populated area in the Australian state of Queensland.
Sunshine Coast is well-known for its pristine beaches, scenic drives and unspoiled national parks. 
Sunshine Coast is famous for beautiful ocean to the hinterland, Most restaurants in this region take advantage of fresh local produce
Come see our top ten things to do on the Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast is the third most populated area in the Australian state of Queensland.
Sunshine Coast is well-known for its pristine beaches, scenic drives and unspoiled national parks. 
Sunshine Coast is famous for beautiful ocean to the hinterland, Most restaurants in this region take advantage of fresh local produce
Come see our top ten things to do on the Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast is the third most populated area in the Australian state of Queensland.
Sunshine Coast is well-known for its pristine beaches, scenic drives and unspoiled national parks. 
Sunshine Coast is famous for beautiful ocean to the hinterland, Most restaurants in this region take advantage of fresh local produce
Come see our top ten things to do on the Sunshine Coast

Chocolate Country – Artisan Chocolate in Montville

“Chocolate is happiness that you can eat.”

Chocolate Country

We love Chocolate in our house and one of our favorite things to do is to go around and find Chocolate Mills, Chocolate Factories and Chocolate shops.

We decided to head up to the very scenic Montville in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to Chocolate Country. Montville has a population of 970 people and has a reputation for quality dining, art galleries, and beautiful panoramic views.

Montville
Montville

Chocolate country has been making and serving quality Artisan handmade chocolate since 1993. But Chocolate Country is more than just a chocolate shop, it is also a cafe, and a chocolate school.

Chocolate Country

Chocolate Country has a huge selection of quality chocolates, that are made in Montville.

Chocolate Country Chocolate Country

The cafe has a range of food, with a great range of coffee, hot chocolate made with belgium chocolate, as well as a variety of drinks.

Chocolate Country

They serve delicious chocolate tasting platters, or if devonshire tea is more your flavour, they bake fresh scones daily. 

Chocolate country doesn’t just have chocolate, their honeycomb is divine, and our children loved their huge variety of lollies you can purchase by weight.

Chocolate Country Chocolate Country

The Chocolate Country School has a maximum of 8 people in each class. Covering a whole range of techniques that allow any chocolate lover to fully understand and master how to work with chocolate.

Chocolate Country

Next time you head to the Sunshine Coast, make sure you take the windy road up to Montville and find Chocolate Country, you won’t be disappointed.

Do you love Chocolate? What is your favorite flavor? Tell me in the comments below.

Chocolate is happiness that you can eat.”
We love Chocolate in our house and one of our favorite things to do is to go around and find Chocolate Mills, Chocolate Factories and Chocolate shops. So we decided to give Chocolate Country in Montville Sunshine Coast
Chocolate is happiness that you can eat.”
We love Chocolate in our house and one of our favorite things to do is to go around and find Chocolate Mills, Chocolate Factories and Chocolate shops. So we decided to give Chocolate Country in Montville Sunshine Coast
Chocolate is happiness that you can eat.”
We love Chocolate in our house and one of our favorite things to do is to go around and find Chocolate Mills, Chocolate Factories and Chocolate shops. So we decided to give Chocolate Country in Montville Sunshine Coast

Best Streaming Services in Australia

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Australian Streaming Services
Australian Streaming Services

Since the launch of Netflix and Stan in Australia in 2015. Streaming services have really taken off.

There is now a huge selection of shows available at the touch of a button.

Streaming even with Australia’s sub standard internet speeds is the best way to watch Tv in Australia. All the main free to air channels have even got in the action and have on demand catch up tv available.

Here we look at the Paid Streaming services available in Australia.

Apple TV

On demand streaming at $7.99 a month

You can download shows to watch later

6 simultaneous screens.

All Apple shows are Apple originals, notable shows, The morning show with Jennifer Aniston, Reece Witherspoon, See (Jason Moama), Dickinson (Hailee Steinfield), Oprah’s book club.

10 all access

On demand streaming at $9.99 a month

No 4K / No Ultra High Definition

Needs internet – no offline viewing

3 simultaneous screens

You can sign up for a free 30 day trial

Notable Shows – Survivor, NCIS, late show with James Corden, Bachelorette, The Good fight, Hawaii Five-O, Neighbours.

10 All access
10 All access

Prime Video

On demand streaming at $6.99 a month

4K / Ultra High Definition available

Select titles can be viewed offline

3 simultaneous screens

You can sign up for a free 30 day trial

Notable Shows – Bosch, Grand Tour, Goliath, Fleabag, Jack Ryan, Jonas Brothers Chasing happiness, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, The listener,

Disney Plus

On demand streaming at $8.99 a month

4K / Ultra High Definition available

Select titles can be viewed offline

4 simultaneous screens

You can sign up for a free 7 day trial

Notable Shows – Disney, Star Wars, The Mandalorian, High school musical the musical, Pixar films, Disney movies.

Disney plus
Disney plus

Hayu

Hayu is the place to go to stream reality tv.

On demand streaming for $6.99 a month

HD viewing available

Offline viewing is available

Only able to watch on one screen at a time.

You can sign up for a 1 month trial

Notable shows – Revenge body with Khloe Kadashian, The simple life, Vanderpump rules, The real housewives franchise, Top chef, Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Netflix

Netflix has three levels of subscription

Basic, Standard and Premium. Whilst the content is the same the Video quality, simultaneous streams are different.

Basic at $9.99, is as the name suggests basic. Max video quality is SD, you can only stream one show at a time.

Standard at $13.99 allows HD video quality and you can watch on 2 seperate accounts at once.

Premium at $19.99 allows 4K/UHD viewing and also allows 4 people to be watching at once.

Netflix has a one month free trial

Notable shows, Orange is the new black, You, Jessica Jones, The defenders, The Witcher, Stranger things.

netflix
Netflix

Stan

Stan has three levels of subscription

Basic, Standard and Premium. Whilst the content is the same the Video quality, simultaneous streams are different.

Basic at $10, is as the name suggests basic. Max video quality is SD, you can only stream one show at a time.

Standard at $14 allows HD video quality and you can watch on 3 seperate accounts at once.

Premium at $17 allows 4K/UHD viewing and also allows 4 people to be watching at once.

Stan has a one month free trial

Notable shows, Before the release of Disney, Stan was the place to stream Disney shows, but even without Disney there are plenty of shows to keep you amused.

Pop culture shows like, Buffy, Dr Who, Scrubs, to shows like Family guy, Greys anatomy, Nashville, I am the night, The handmaids tale.

Stan
Stan

Free to air catch up tv for free.

You can either watch it on Freeview or the individual apps.

ABC Iview,

SBS on demand

7 Plus

9 now

10 play

Red Bull TV

Let me know in the comments, your favorite way to watch TV.

Australian Streaming Services
Australian Streaming Services

My Travel Wish list

“Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets”

Dubai UAE
Dubai UAE

Yesterday I was talking to soletmeexplore about her bucket list, 101 places that are on her bucket list. Many of them that she has already been too and it inspired me to start writing down my own travel wish list, places I want to visit.

For those already a regular on our Facebook page and blog would have heard of our “Travel dream board” that we created with our children, full of places they want to travel, and yes, Disney is a focal point. But there are many places I want to visit that I haven’t added to the board.

As a traveller, and a Photographer some of the places on my travel wish list I have been to in the past, well before I had my DSLR camera, with my Olympus 3MB camera in hand, some I have been to and managed to take photos.

Together with my children, we have created a Travel Wish List, a list of places we want to visit or revisit.

Places around Australia

There is something magical about Australia, it really is a unique place. Australia is the world’s largest island, covering 7.692 million km. It is home to many different climates from the mild temperatures of Tasmania, to the tropical heat of the Daintree. It really is an amazing place to visit. We have been to the most northern tip of Australia’s mainland, Cape York. Travelled the Nullarbor, with the longest straight stretch of road in the country 146.6km without a bend or turn. But there are still so many places left on my list to visit

  • The Kimberleys
  • Theme parks
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) – ✓
  • Noosa – ✓
  • Swim with turtles at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
  • Sydney Opera House – ✓
  • Drive across the Nullarbor – ✓
  • Great Ocean Road – ✓
  • Fraser Island – ✓
  • Daintree Rainforest – ✓
  • Drive a Golf Buggy around Hamilton Island – ✓
  • Be above the clouds on Mount Wellington
  • Visit Paronella Park
  • Three Capes Track – Tasmania
  • Wave Rock
  • The Pinnacles
  • Stand at the Northern tip of Australia’s mainland, Cape York
  • Climb one of the iconic bridges, ie Story Bridge, Sydney Harbour bridge
  • Run on the Bolte Bridge

Places around the United States of America

  • Roadtrip to visit nearly all of U.S National Parks
  • Epic American Roadtrip
  • Yosemite National Park 
  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon 
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Mese Verde National Park
  • Monument Valley
  • New York – ✓
  • Alaskan Cruise
  • Las Vegas – ✓
  • Grand Canyon – ✓
  • Hawaii – ✓
  • Big Sur, California
  • Hearst Castle – ✓
  • Washington DC – ✓
  • Broadway
  • Universal Orlando
  • Mount Rushmore
  • See the Statue of Liberty
  • Empire State Building 
  • See the Golden Gate Bridge 
  • Eat a Steak in Texas
  • Bourbon Street. New Orleans
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Visit Chicago
  • Visit NASA in Florida 
  • See an American Football Game
  • Drive Route 66

Canada

    • Rocky Mountaineer
    • Banff National Park– ✓
    • Visit Edmonton Mall– ✓
    • Visit the Yukon and see the Northern Lights
    • Stay at Lake Louise – ✓
    • Maid of the Mist boat – Niagara Falls
    • Niagara Falls – ✓
    • See an Ice Hockey game

Epic Disney

New Zealand

  • Milford Sound
  • Hobbiton
  • Ferry from North to South Island
  • Bay of Islands
  • Glow worm caves at Waitomo

Europe

  • Ireland – ✓
  • Trinity College, see the Book of Kells.
  • Northern Ireland – ✓
  • Visit the set of Game of thrones – ✓
  • Capture the Northern Lights on camera
  • Visit Scotland
  • Paris
  • Head to the Louvre
  • Eiffel Tower
  • London
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • See the Colosseum
  • See the Mona Lisa in the Louvre
  • Tower of Pisa
  • West End
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Athens
  • Colosseum

  • Visit Antarctica
  • Great Wall of China
  • Dubai – ✓
  • African safari
  • Bora Bora
  • Maldives
  • Japan
  • Bahamas

This list is only a snapshot of the places we have been to (Bold and Italics) and the places we want to go to.

What are some places you think we should add on our list?

Let me know in the comments below.

As a traveller, and a Photographer some of the places on my list I have been to in the past, well before I had my DSLR camera, with my Olympus 3MB camera in hand, some I have been to and managed to take photos. Together with my children we have created a Travel Wish List, a list of places we want to visit, or revisit. As a traveller, and a Photographer some of the places on my list I have been to in the past, well before I had my DSLR camera, with my Olympus 3MB camera in hand, some I have been to and managed to take photos. Together with my children we have created a Travel Wish List, a list of places we want to visit, or revisit.  My Must-See Travel Destinations. As a traveller, and a Photographer some of the places on my list I have been to in the past, well before I had my DSLR camera, with my Olympus 3MB camera in hand, some I have been to and managed to take photos. Together with my children we have created a Travel Wish List, a list of places we want to visit, or revisit. As a traveller, and a Photographer some of the places on my list I have been to in the past, well before I had my DSLR camera, with my Olympus 3MB camera in hand, some I have been to and managed to take photos. Together with my children we have created a Travel Wish List, a list of places we want to visit, or revisit. 

Creating a dream board with kids.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

As adults, we love to dream big dreams, dreams for ourselves, for our business, for our children. When we first got married we would attach photos of things that we were aiming for on the wall in our room, to remind ourselves what we were working towards. From holidays, cars, houses, jobs, qualifications even just inspirational quotes they helped drive us forward when we where busy renovating houses, doing the extra hours, so we knew that whilst there was a cost involved it was worth it.

Our children too have big dreams and a lot of them revolve around places they want to visit around the world.  We decided to make a dream board with them so they could see what we were aiming for.

Creating a dream board with your kids

Now the thing when you create a dream board with your children it has to be what they want for themselves, not what you think they should want. For our youngest daughter, her number one travel location is Hamilton Island, we go there at least a year. But there was no way she was going to put anything on there until a large photo of Whitehaven Beach was on the board. For our oldest, her travel goal is to go to every Disney resort in the world. So more than half of the board revolves around Disney, with the largest picture being a Disney cruise.

Our youngest had one place he wanted to see, Toy Story Land… nothing else mattered. There was no point asking him for multiple places as in his mind nothing else mattered just walking into Toy Storyland and going on Slinky Dog Dash.

Important things I learnt when making a Dream Board with my Children.

  • They often want to go back to the places they have visited before. A lot of the places that they put on the board were places we have taken them to before. Places like Canada, Disney, Whitehaven beach.
  • You can’t be worried about whether it is symmetrical, whether it is cut out correctly. Items will be cut out on angles, attached over the top of each. There will be spaces. Don’t worry, It needs to inspire them, not you.
  • It is often hard to get the ‘correct images’ for your child. The traditional way of going to get a brochure from a travel agent is a lot harder, especially if you want to go to a large number of places. So we used a mix of google images, our own images, we head into travel agents and get brochures. We also bought a couple of travel magazines to cut out as well.
  • It needs to be somewhere that your kids see it regularly, we put ours up on the wall beside our dining room table so every night when we sit down to eat, we can look at it. Be thankful for the places that we have already been to. Be inspired by the places we have yet to get to.
  • Your Children will surprise you. I never realised some of the places our children wanted to visit, places like the Great Wall, the London eye, Central Park, Statue of liberty, stone henge.

 

Have you created a dream board with your children?

Do you enjoy travelling with your kids?

What places do you want to go to?

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

 

Trip advisor’s Top Ten Australian Beaches 2019

Over 85% of all Australians live within 50 km from the coast, making the 50,000 km of coastline, 10000 beaches a huge part of Australia’s identity.

Going to the beach in Australia is probably the most iconic part of our culture. It is what we are known for, and Trip Advisor have put together a list of the best beaches in Australia.

1. Manly Beach – Sydney, New South Wales

Manly Beach is located on Sydney’s North Shore.  Manly beach consists of three areas, South Steyne, North Steyne and Queenscliff. South Steyne has a year-round lifeguards. Queenscliff and North Steyne are patrolled between October and April. Volunteer lifesavers also patrol on weekends and holidays during the busier months. Within walking distance, there is a selection of shops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs

2. Surfers Paradise – Gold Coast, Queensland

Not just a beach, but Surfers Paradise is a suburb and the heart of the vibrant Gold Coast. Surfers Paradise has a population of almost 24,000 people. It’s main feature is the busy Cavill Mall, which is a great entertainment and shopping area. The beach is 3km of beautiful sand, clear water and plenty of tourists. Surfers Paradise is home to lifeguard tower 34, that is manned 365 days a year, however, times vary day to day.

Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise

3. Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, Western Australia

1270 kilometres from Perth sits Western Australia’s Turquoise Bay, Located only metres from the Ningaloo Reef, this beach is a known Snorkelling location.  There are over 500 different species of fish at Ningaloo Reef, as well as Coral, Turtles, and squid.

4. Mooloolaba Beach –  Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Mooloolaba is located 97kms north of Brisbane. Home to Mooloolaba Surf Club. Mooloolaba is known for its lovely white sand.

5. Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, Queensland

Whitehaven beach is a 7km stretch of amazing white silica sand, and clear turquoise blue waters. Located on Whitsunday Island, accessible via helicopter or boat from Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach. This is a magical sight to behold. Hill’s inlet is located on the Northern end which is where many amazing photos of the white sand and blue hues of the inlet blending together as the tides shift to create an amazing mosaic that changes on a daily basis. The southern end is where most of the tourist boats end up.

  • © Sarah McPherson Photography
    Hill Inlet – Whitehaven Beach

    Whitehaven Beach
    Whitehaven Beach (Southern End)

 

6. Bondi Beach – Sydney, New South Wales

Bondi Beach would be one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, located only 7km from Sydney. Bondi Beach is listed as one of Australia’s top visited tourist sites in Australia. It is only 1km stretch of beach, but has two Life Saving clubs, Bondi Surf Bathers life-saving club, and North Bondi Surf Lifesaving club, and is manned 365 Days a year.

7. Noosa Main Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Located 136 kilometres from Brisbane is Noosa Main beach. Noosa main beach is great for swimming and relaxing on the beach. Noosa main beach is one of the few beaches in Australia that faces North. Patrolled year round by Surf lifesavers, it is a favourite spot for families. Protected by headland the waves are a bit smaller, so great for beginners learning to surf. Noosa Main beach is located within moments of Noosa’s iconic Hastings Street. Main beach has a boardwalk that runs down it and there are also restaurants that line the boardwalk.

Main Beach - Noosa
Main Beach – Noosa

8. Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland

Burleigh heads is located between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta on the beautiful Gold coast. Known for its Surfing closer to the headland, and swimming in the more protected area. Located nearby to the Burleigh Heads national park. Burleigh heads is surrounded by Large towering trees, which give you good areas of shade making it a popular picnic spot in the summer sun.

Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Heads

9. Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia

Located at Broome is the beautiful 22 kilometre stretch of beach. Known for its beautiful white sand. Located on the Eastern Indian Ocean. Cable beach is famous for its Camel rides, offered at sunset and sunrise.

10. Mindil Beach, Darwin, Northern Territory.

Mindil Beach is located near Darwin’s central business district. Mindil Beach is famous for its iconic Mindil Beach sunset markets that run in the dry season. Mindil beach is located only 2kms from Darwin’s city centre. Whilst you might occasionally find people swimming there, it has a high chance of jellyfish and crocodiles so is not recommended.

 

What do you think of Trip Advisors 2019 list of best Australian beaches?

I have to admit I have made it to nearly all these beaches, only three left to go and I would agree that all of them each bring something different to the list, and deserve to make the top ten Whitehaven Beach would still top my list.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite beach in Australia is.

 

Some of my other favourite beach side locations.

North Burleigh - Mick Schamburg Park Lookout
North Burleigh / Miami – Mick Schamburg Park Lookout

cabarita beach New south Wales
Cabarita Beach, New South Wales

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Catseye Beach – Hamilton Island

Catseye Beach - Hamilton Island
Catseye Beach – Hamilton Island

 

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Whitehaven Beach by Air – A Collection of Photos.

A visit to the Whitsundays wouldn’t be complete without stepping on the award winning, Whitehaven Beach.

© Sarah McPherson Photography
Hill Inlet – Whitehaven Beach

When travelling to the Whitsundays one of the most popular ways to spend the day is to headover to the award winning Whitehaven Beach.  Whitehaven Beach is a 7km stretch of Beach that is located on Whitsunday Island, the largest of all the 74 Whitsunday Islands. The Island is 275.08 km2. Whitsunday Island is located directly opposite Hamilton Island.

Whitsunday Island is accessible from Airlie Beach, or Hamilton Island by Boat, Sea Plane or helicopter. It is a popular location for both day visitors, and overnight visitors. With 6 different camp grounds and a variety of different tourist companies bringing tourists over.

Whitehaven Beach is known around the world for its amazing crystal white Silica sand, that is incredibly fine, and it’s beautiful turquoise water.

In the past we have headed over by boat and spent the day at Hill’s inlet (Northern end) and swam at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach. We have taken a boat to Chalkie’s beach and wandered through the Island back to the southern strip of the beach. This time though we wanted to do something different.

As we where staying at Hamilton Island, We decided to look into Hamilton Island Air to see what was available.

Hamilton Island air has nine different tours you can choose from Hamilton Island, some of them are purely scenic flights over the Reef, Whitehaven or Hamilton Island. Some take you to Reefworld, others to both Reefworld and Whitehaven Beach.

After much thought we decided on the Heart Reef and Whitehaven Stopover and it didn’t disappoint. In this tour you start with a scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier reef including flying over Heart Reef, Reef world, then you get to see Whitehaven Beach from a different perspective. Flying over Hill’s inlet before landing on the beach and having a lovely picnic for two on the beach, halfway between the busier southern end and Hill’s Inlet.

Hamilton Island Air picnic is lovely with an assortment of fruit, cheese and biscuits and muffins. Some cold water and a lovely bottle of champagne.

After our pilot set up the picnic for us, he wandered off leaving us alone on the secluded beach.

After about an hour on the beach we travelled back to Hamilton Island with a memory card full of images.

 

© Sarah McPherson Photography
Whitsunday Island

© Sarah McPherson Photography
Whitsunday Island by air – Robinson R44

© Sarah McPherson Photography
Hill Inlet

© Sarah McPherson Photography
Hill Inlet

© Sarah McPherson Photography
Heart Island

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Hardy Reef

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Plum Pudding Island

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Heart Reef

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Hardy Reef

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Whitehaven Beach – Robinson R44

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Whitehaven Beach

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Picnic at Whitehaven Beach

 

If you ever get a chance to take a Helicopter flight out of Hamilton Island I recommend the Whitehaven Beach stopover.

 

Come see Whitehaven Beach from a new perspective from above

Come see Whitehaven Beach from a new perspective from above

Come see Whitehaven Beach from a new perspective from above

List of Films and TV shows filmed at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast

A visit to the Gold Coast wouldn’t be complete without checking out Australia’s most popular theme park, Movie World. Known as “Hollywood on the Gold Coast” but what many people don’t realise is that next to Movie World is a real active Studio.

List of Films and TV shows filmed at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast

The Studio is one of three major studios in Australia. The Gold Coast studio is owned by Village Roadshow and consists of nine sound stages, three water tanks, including Australia’s largest purpose-built water tank. It also has many more facilities to ensure it can film both small independent productions, to huge Blockbusters part of both the DC and Marvel Universe.

When you start to look into the Studio you begin to realise why there is such a huge emphasis on Scooby Doo in the Park. The studio was the filming location to two of the Scooby Doo Films both the 2002 and 2004 films starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jnr.

Whilst they are separate entities there is obviously some good cross-promotion that goes on.

When you drive around the Hinterland and beaches liked the Spit you can see why any Films and TV shows are filmed on the Gold Coast.

The other two studios are located in Melbourne, the Dockland studios Melbourne, And Sydney’s Fox studio, however, Village Roadshow studio is the largest studio lot in the Southern Hemisphere with the stages having an overall size of roughly 156775 sq ft.

Recently the Village Roadshow studio was utilised to film the Blockbuster film, Aquaman starring Jason Momoa. If you are lucky enough to go into Movie World at the moment there is a fantastic display with Props, Costumes and Set pieces from the Film.

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We had such a great time looking through all the memorabilia and decided to put together a list of some of the more notable Films and TV shows filmed at Village Roadshow Studios.

    • Scooby Doo
    • Scooby Doo 2
    • Pitch Black
    • Peter Pan
    • Nim’s Island
    • The Marine
    • House of Wax
    • Ghost Ship
    • Fools Gold
    • Beauty and the Beast (Australian Movie)
    • Daybreakers
    • Crocodile Dundee in LA
    • The Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    • San Andreas
    • Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead men tell no tales.
    • Unbroken
    • Thor Ragnarok
    • Godzilla vs Kong
    • Dora the Explorer (Live action Movie) to be released in 2019
      • 20,000 Leagues under the sea (Tv Mini-Series)
      • Animalia (Animated series)
      • Beast Master (Tv)
      • Paradise Beach (TV)
      • H2O Just add Water (TV)
      • Sea Patrol 2 (TV)
      • Terra Nova (TV)

These are just a few of the Movies and TV Shows that have been filmed there with many more to be filmed there in the future.

Did you realise that some of Hollywood’s biggest shows were filmed in Australia?

List of Films and TV shows filmed at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast List of Films and TV shows filmed at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast

We love movies and movie sets and were lucky to visit Kualoa Ranch in Oahu, the location of Jurassic Park and many more famous movies.

What movie sets have you visited? Tell us in the comments below.

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Top ten things to do on the Gold Coast.

Are you one of the 13 million visitors heading to the Gold Coast this year and wondering what should we be doing. We have compiled our list from our time living on the Gold Coast and our visit there.

Top ten must-see destinations on the Gold Coast.

1. Visit a Theme Park.

  • Movie World

In Australia the Gold Coast is the home of the theme parks, Los Angeles might have Disneyland, Orlando might have Disneyworld. But in Australia on the Gold Coast, we have “Hollywood on the Gold Coast” Warner Brothers Movie world. A Village Roadshow Theme Parks.  It is the home of DC Superheroes, Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Harry Potter (although this is just through merchandise and some theming on shops). It is also home to active Movie studios, seeing the newest blockbuster Aquaman 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. At the moment you can walk through and see many of the sets and costumes form Aquaman in a special display in the park.

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  • Sea World

Gold Coast also is the home to Sea World, also a Village Roadshow Theme Parks. Although it has a similar name and branding to the American Seaworld, it is run by totally different companies with more of a focus on rehabilitation.  It is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, and theme park. It has a great younger children’s area and a few rides aimed at older children, teens, and adults. With a large focus on sea animals.  It has the license to Nickelodeon, so children will love meeting the Paw Patrol characters, Sponge Bob and TMNT.

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  • Paradise Country

Also part of the Village Roadshow Paradise Country is an Australian homestead where there is a variety of Australian animals including kangaroos, koalas, and emus. You can head on a farm tour that includes several shows which feature the making of billy tea, boomerang throwing, and stock Horse demonstrations.

  • Dreamworld

Dream World is set on 210 acres in Coomera, it has 27 rides including 5 roller coasters. Dreamworld is the home of Wiggles World, and an ABC kids land with a few wiggles themed rides. A real favorite with the pre-school crowd. Dreamworld also has rides connected to Dreamworks. Dream World has a Lego store that can be accessed from outside of the park, so you don’t need tickets to buy your favorite lego. Dreamworld is the home of the thrill ride on the Gold Coast with 9 thrill rides.

Fun Fact – some designers who worked on Disneyland and Walt Disney World designed some of Dreamworld.

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2. Visit a Water Park

The Gold Coast has great weather most of the year and is home to two water parks.

  • Wet n Wild

No matter what the weather Wet n Wild remains open so is beautiful no matter what time of year it is. To help with the slightly cooler winter months the pools are heated through Winter. Located adjacent to Movie world and also a Village Roadshow Theme Park, it has 4 pools, 17 water slides, and 2 Children’s areas.

  • WhiteWater World

Situated next to Dreamworld a short park hop away is Dreamworld water park Whitewater world, with one wave pool, 10 water slides, and 2 children’s areas.

3. The Beaches

The Gold Coast is home to so many beautiful beaches, from the Famous Surfers Beach to the great surf beaches of Kirra, and Coolangatta. There is a beach to suit every beach taste. I love walking along the beach each morning and seeing the beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Many a photo has been taken from these beaches.

 

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4. Natural Bridge

In the far southwest of the Gold Coast, in the Springbrook National Park is Natural Bridge and cave creek, featuring a beautiful rock formation, that was formed from the force of the waterfall over the cave made from Basalt.

The walk is only 1 km and quite easily accessible, as we have taken our four children down multiple times.

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5. Australian Outback Spectacular.

Australian Outback dinner show is an amazing Dinner Show located on the Gold Coast, now with a new show Heartland that tells the story of Australian farmers battling a five-year-long drought. Featuring, singing, Horse riding. 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.

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6. Visit Surfers Paradise

A trip to the Gold Coast wouldn’t be complete without visiting it’s most famous beach and beachside town. Surfers Paradise. Surfers Paradise is abuzz with action, from great restaurants, including the Hard Rock Cafe, Ripley’s believe it or not, and a giant Timezone where you can buy a fairy floss from a machine and watch it get made.
Whether day or night there is always something going on, and the beach is patrolled by some of Queensland’s finest Lifeguards.
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7. Whale Watching

Through the months of May to November jump on a whale watching tour, to see the amazing Humpback whale as they migrate. This area is commonly referred to as the Humpback highway due to a large number of Whales seen through Whale watching season.

8. Go shopping at Pacific Fair

A visit to Gold Coast wouldn’t be complete without checking out Pacific Fair, set on 38 acres. With a recent expansion, it is a shopping centre sure to have everything and anything you need. With over 400 specialty stores, and a huge range of eateries. We always make sure we drop in.

 

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9. Check out one of their amazing markets.

Did you know that the Gold Coast is home to so many different markets, probably the largest and most well known is the Carrara Markets located on 10 acres with over 350 different stalls. Open on Saturdays and Sundays. Carrara Markets is great for all ages with pony rides, animal farm, our kids favorite the bungee trampoline and face painters.

10. Stay at a great Hotel, Resort or Holiday Home.

The Gold Coast has such a huge amount of different holiday options, from Waterfront high rises, Caravan Parks. So book your favorite accommodation, and relax and enjoy all that the Gold Coast has to offer.

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Paronella Park

Paronella Park – The Dream continues…….

On our last trip up north to Cairns, we decided we needed to visit the Winner of #1 Must do in QLD, Paronella Park and it does not disappoint.

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

Paronella Park

Feed turtles, walk through gardens and get lost in the imagination of what it would have been like in its heydey.

Jose Paronella had a dream, a dream to build a castle.

Paronella Park

And 120kms south of Cairns In 5 Hectares just behind Mena Creek falls, that is what he did.

He not only built a castle but tennis courts, bridges, picnic areas and over 7500 tropical plants and trees.

Back when it was an operational castle it also had a movie theatre which on the weekend would be transformed into an amazing space for live music, complete with a giant ball of mirrors.

For many years the Paronella’s invited the public to join them in their Spanish inspired castle complete with North Queensland’s first Hydro Electric pump, that powered the 13-acre site. The public enjoyed visiting the Castle from 1935 when it opened until 1946.

When tragedy struck.

Upstream from the park work was done and lots of trees and bushes were cleared, when the wet season came, all those logs and debris went down the river, and piled against the railway bridge destroying it. This became like a domino effect, sending the bridge, the trees, logs all down towards the castle.

The Paronella’s were upset to find the Hydro damaged, the refreshment almost destroyed, and the Theatre and foyer damaged. But they were not broken…. They began to rebuild.

The rebuilt Park stayed in the Paronella family until 1977. When they sold it.

In 1979 tragedy struck again with a fire that devastated the castle, followed by significant damage in 1986 by Cyclone Winifred, A flood in January 1994, Cyclone Larry in 2006, and Cyclone Yasi in 2011.

This has all contributed to the ghostly shell of the castle you see today. Something so magical to see.

When the current owners purchased the park in 1993 they too had a dream…. A dream to rebuild the legacy of the park and put it back on the map as a must see Tourist attraction.

They have restored the Hydroelectric system (Original 1930’s). They are preserving the castle, without rebuilding.

Paronella Park… the dream continues.

Paronella Park

Paronella Park

Paronella Park

 

 

Make sure you check out some of our other favorite places we visited.

Whitsunday Fishing Charter
Whitsunday Fishing Charter

Fairy Park Anakie
Fairy Park Anakie