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January 29, 2018

AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE PARK, BURRUM HEAD. QLD

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Australia is undisputedly an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. It’s a magical land rife with top notch surf beaches, world class diving sites, and Outback treks. But if you’re pledging to pursue more offbeat adventures in the New Year, you have to venture out a little further. 




We just had a long weekend enjoying peace and quiet at Australian Adventure Park, Burrum Heads.  Australian Adventure Park is situated on the Burrum River, 30km north west of Hervey Bay with many adventure activities and absolute waterfront camping. Kayaks and mountain bikes for hire. Catch and release fishing, laser skirmish, high ropes, and obstacle course. At Burrum Heads, you can explore rivers and creeks by boat or canoe, or take advantage of the clear, warm water for fishing. Burrum River Cruises offers a two-hour morning tea cruise along the Burrum River. We headed off early morning with our pup (Shari) for a three hour drive, with Kim manning the tunes and sweat treats. We arrived just as the park was setting up for the Australia Day festivals. We dropped by our glamping tent, unpacked and Kim and Shari were already in the water.




Late afternoon we jumped in the car and took a scenic drive to the tiny town of Toogoom.  Toogoom is a seaside community about 15 minutes from Hervey Bay. Here you’ll find unspoiled beaches and great fishing, as well as wildlife and bird watching. Dine at the tea gardens or at its absolute waterfront restaurant with heavenly views and great photo opportunities. We went and gave Shari a great run on the beach before heading back in the car heading to the next small town of Torbanlea.  Just 25 minutes from Hervey Bay, Torbanlea is a small historic town on the road to Bundaberg. There are 11 buildings in the Burrum Mining Museum here and they contain a staggering 4,400 items of memorabilia which reveal this region’s past as a booming coal area. We then decided to head to Hervey Bay. Hervey Bay is a pretty, coastal city, with a pleasant subtropical climate. We took a stroll along the Esplanade forshore and checked out some alfresco cafés and Boutiques shops, and a vibrant marina. We headed back to camp for a wonderful sunset.





Next morning Kim and Shari are up early for a swim, we then hit the showers and headed off to Bundaberg. Fresh produce, modern history and unspoilt beaches form the basis of this drive which winds towards Childers before ending in Bundaberg. This is a classic country drive and although it measures under 100 kilometres long, it's best enjoyed by taking delightful pauses along the way and imbibing the food and wine for which this region is renowned, as you journey through cane and farm country and breathe in fresh rural air. You'll love the beautiful scenic views. 




For a journey that hits all of the sweet spots, there's four icons in Bundaberg upon which this region was built. Starting at the Bundaberg Barrel, you will witness the story of Bundaberg Ginger Beer, before pushing on to the distillery in which its famous rum is brewed. Next stop is the Fairymead Sugar Museum before you finish at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation.




We headed further to Bargara which was a 13 kilometre drive through lush sugarcane fields and is a popular seaside area which harbours a peaceful and relaxed community ideal for family holidays away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Bargara boasts two open surf beaches and two still water swimming areas. The Bargara Streetscape project embraces the coastline with an attractive public area of walkways, decks, picnic areas and playgrounds. Cafes and eateries create an alfresco atmosphere. Kim loved the boutiques here last visit and was surprised that a couple more moved in. A hat, top and bag later we headed back in the town square for a few more shops and light lunch before a slow drive back to Burrum Head for an afternoon drink, kayak and swim session. 






We came across some fellow Brisy travels and sat around and exchanged stories while our pup was getting a lot of attention with the kids. The weekend was great because we were the only ones at camp with a dog, so Shari had freedom to go anywhere.  Another glorious sunset we headed back to tent for a well deserved sleep. A big thanks to the friendly owners that made our stay so enjoyable and we are already penciling in for a week later in the year. Burrum Heads has always been our favourite spot camping, ever!. We prefer to camp further away from Brisbane because there is more to see and do around the Fraser Coast.




January 20, 2018

3 FAVOURITE 4WD LOCATION, SE QLD, NTH NSW. AUSTRALIA

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I was flicking through some old photos the other day, and couldn’t help but feel so thankful for the many 4WD destinations we can pack up and head out to in this incredible country. We truly do have world class beaches and national parks, and owning a 4WD means you can access the best spots that Australia has to offer. Being able to access so many truly amazing places in a 4WD is a privilege. The more we travel this stunning country the longer the list grows, but I have a number of places that I absolutely love, and would highly recommend. We can’t put these in any particular order; they are all truly special, but here are 3. We don't want give away too many secrets.

Burrum Coast

Enjoy a relaxing beach-side holiday along the Burrum Coast, home to a number of small fishing villages, and the place to enjoy unspoiled beaches, great fishing, swimming, bird watching and wildlife encounters. If you’re searching for a quiet coastal escape with some 4WD’ing fun thrown in and you don’t mind a bit of a drive to get there, then the unspoiled Burrum Coast National Park south of Bundaberg may well fit the bill. 





The park protects just over 23 000 hectares of coastal lowland wilderness made up of sandy beaches, tea tree swamps, estuaries, wallum heaths, livistona palm groves. The National Park consists of three sections Kinduna, Woodgate and Burrum River, and the first two have plenty to entice the 4wd adventurer including 14 kilometres of vehicle-accessible beach, secluded campsites with uninterrupted ocean views, a tranquil wilderness atmosphere with birds, marine and wildlife in abundance and total peace and quiet




Bundjalung

If you enjoy holidaying on the water, you’ll love Bundjalung’s combination of river, beach and freshwater lagoons. This north coast park stretches north from Iluka to Evans Head with the Pacific Ocean as its eastern boundary. This drive will guide you along a wonderful stretch of the Northern Coast of New South Wales from Ballina to Black Rocks. You’ll cruise along the coast of the 4225 hectares Broadwater National Park which protects an amazingly diverse range of plants and animals, to peaceful Evans Heads then beautiful Bundjalung National Park. Bundjalung, names after the land’s traditional owners, protects over 20 000 hectares of pristine coastal habitat that includes almost 40 kilometres of unspoilted beaches, impressive coastal headland, numerous freshwater lagoons, cypress pine swamps, mangrove mudflats, and even a patch of rare littoral rainforest. 




Ten Mile Beach is accessible by 4wd from Woody Head and offers great swimming, surfing and fishing. Throughout the park many shell middens and campsites provide evidence of the Bundjalung people who occupied the area for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. To the north of Black Rocks, the beach is used by the Air Force as a practice bombing range. At the southern end of Ten Mile Beach, Woody Head features rare coastal rainforests, and excellent campground and five picinic area including Huka Bluff which is a great whale-watching lookout.




Glasshouse Mountains





The Glass House Mountains are an awe-inspiring landscape. Let the magic wash over you as you take a leisurely drive through the Glass House Mountains National Park, stopping at picturesque lookouts along the way, or get the blood pumping with some hiking, rock climbing or abseiling. 


This interesting historical adventure heads north out of Caboolture along Old Gympie Road following the route of the Cobb & Co coaches that ran between Brisbane and the Gympie goldfields in the late 100’s. You’ll travel along forestry roads and tracks throughout the plantations of the Beerburrum State Forest and catch glimpses and views of the spectacular eroded volcanic peaks known as the Glass House. Tunbubudla (Thw Twins) are passed at close range before you pass Glasshouse Mountain Lookout.  This Is an ideal spot for morning tea of lunch as you take in the magnificent panoramic views. Heading off the road once more you will pass around the base of the largest of the Glass Houses, Beerwah and the imposing spine of Coonowrin, also known as Crookneck. 





Next are the historic Bankfoot House and then the Teamsters Way Stop, interesting diversions o the way to Tibrogargan and Tibberoowuccum. Further on is a monument to Mathew Flinders, an ancient Aboriginal bore and the site of the town Campbellville, before your trip ends at a delighted Camping and Day use.



December 24, 2017

TOWN OF 1770, LARC TOUR.

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Agnes Water & The Town Of 1770 has been on our Travel ‘Bucket List’ for a long timeand we are glad we ticked off this gem of an area before it got overpopulated. As far as sleepy little beach towns go, 1770 off the Southern Great Barrier Reef is among the best. A quiet, charming pocket of beautiful beaches and swimming spots mixed with lively restaurants and cafes makes it an ideal place for a family vacation or an escape with loved ones. More than just a pretty face, 1770 (also known as Town of  Seventeen Seventy) has an incredible history. The town is built on the site of the second landing by Captain Cook in May all the way back in, you guessed it, 1770! Each year the locals re-enact the historic landing as part of an annual festival held in May.




For a trip you will never forget, jump aboard the pink LARC - an amphibious craft that will take you for a ride across deserted sandy beaches and pristine estuaries. The ex-military Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo (LARC) vehicle makes a comfortable ride for exploring the natural joys of Bustard Head and Eurimbula National Park.  This is Queensland's only operating Lighthouse open to the public. The LARC is one of those big, hulking vehicles that can drive on land and go in water. It’s also a great way to see another side of 1770 and the local area if you don’t have a boat of your own.




The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and will show you places and animals you wouldn’t have seen otherwise, as well as share local history. The LARC is definitely worth doing and suitable for all ages.



You'll hear the tales of tragedy and triumph as early white settlers and lighthouse keepers struggled to tame this remote wilderness. You will have a guided tour in the light keeper's cottage, now a museum of artefacts and light station memorabilia. You will see some of the prolific wildlife that inhabits the area and you will gasp in awe at the spectacular panoramic view from the balcony of the historic Bustard Head Lighthouse.





And on the way home, you can experience the thrill of sand boarding down the towering dunes of Middle Island. The LARC's (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo Vessels) are named in honour of Sir Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Carl Solander, the two eminent botanists who accompanied Lieutenant James Cook aboard the Endeavour on their voyage of discovery. Full day tour includes morning tea, lunch and an Aussie Billy tea.




December 15, 2017

TABLAO FLAMENCO CORDOBES, LA RAMBLA. BARCELONA

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Barcelona is filled with lively flamenco shows and an abundance of delicious tapas restaurants to fill up your evening.  Flamenco is the musical style comprised of an intense emotional chant or song over a fast-paced beat that thrums through an exquisite dance. Although it originated in Andalusia, flamenco is popular all over world, with dance schools in South America, the United States, and Japan. Still, the best place to see a flamenco show will always be in Spain, so why not try in Barcelona?



Hold tight! Here comes the most perfect Flamenco dance show in Barcelona city that you may watch in your life. When it comes to Flamenco, our tour stopped into Tablao Cordobes, a famous venue that has seen dozens of amazing artists since its inception in 1970. As Tablao Flamenco Cordobés has a sister venue in Sevilla, these performances are some of the most authentic in the city. They regularly feature flamenco legends like José Maya, a superstar dancer who has performed in cities and festivals all over the world with artists like Marc Anthony and Beyoncé. The choreographers create new shows designed to honor performers from the past, like the current “Carmen, Carmen, Carmen” performance that pays tribute to world-famous flamenco star Carmen Amaya.



Tablo Flamenco Cordobes promises you’ll taste the best music and dance show in Barcelona city. For a fascinating, magical and passionate night we highly suggest you see this astonishing place once during your trip. Sangria, delicious and various local food and a live Flamenco dance show. What can we say more? Go and get a seat to make the best of your trip in Barcelona city.



KEY HIGHLIGHTS

Tablao Cordobés is located in the heart of Las Ramblas and is one of Barcelona’s best Flamenco Clubs
Witnessing the passion and beauty of Flamenco is a must-do in Spain
Choose the dinner option to enjoy sumptuous local delicacies before the show.





OVERVIEW

Enjoy a night of Flamenco at the Tablao Cordobés nightclub. The Tablao Cordobés is located on Las Ramblas - the vibrant heart of Barcelona.
Flamenco is one of the most famous Spanish art form. It is an intimate and passionate dance and witnessing the beauty of Flamenco is a must-do in Spain.

If you wish you can enjoy a dinner of local specialties during the Flamenco show.



Short clip for Flamenco in Barcelona, Feb 2014 @ TABLAO CORDOBES.
November 07, 2017

CROC JUMPING ADELAIDE RIVER, NT.

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Like us if you've ever wanted to get up close and personal to a croc then do what we did and take a cruise along the Adelaide River, home to over 1,600 crocodiles. The famous Darwin Jumping Crocodiles are actually in the Adelaide River, about 70 klm down the Arnehm Highway to the mining town of Jabiru and Kakadu National Park.





We joined an exciting cruise on the scenic Adelaide River to see powerful saltwater crocodiles as they propel themselves high out of the water to snatch their prey. With the help of experienced guides we learnt more about these magnificent creatures, and had the opportunity to watch these crocs jump for food, from the safety of the boat.




Cool and calm behind his dark sunglasses, our guide showed no signs of fear as the first croc repeatedly lunged out of the river. Curious, we asked if he ever come close to being pulled into the water. Smiling, he said that he’d once panicked and held on to the pole as a croc tried to pull both the meat and him into the river. Luckily, an American bodybuilder on the cruise grabbed onto his T-shirt just before he was pulled over the railing.







As the boat glided down the river, our captain announced, that he’d spotted another croc to the right. Straining, I could barely make out what seemed to be a log floating on the edge of the riverbank. Eventually, the log began to move smoothly toward the boat. As it came closer, I could see the croc’s clear yellow eyes focused sharply on the dangling meat. Nearly 20 feet away, it disappeared below the brown water. Suddenly, the croc reappeared about five feet from the boat and lunged at the tempting treat. Just as fast as it attacked, it disappeared under the surface with barely a ripple.





By the end of the day, we were lucky enough to spot almost a dozen salties, ranging in size from barely three feet long to the huge 7 feet. Each time, the guide chatted calmly with us as the beasts snatched the meat dangling only a few feet from his sandals. With observation spots both on the lower level near the water and from above on the open canopied deck we always had great views of the saltwater crocodiles.

As both the afternoon and the cruise ended, we waved goodbye to our fearless guide and drove toward Darwin.








Fun saltwater crocodile facts


  • Salties can jump out of the water so far that only one third of their tail remains underwater
  • Salties can, and do, prey on humans
  • They grow new teeth as and when they are needed
  • Crocs swallow stones. This is thought to help both with digestion and buoyancy.
  • They can swim up to 15 to 18 mph in short bursts (24 to 28 km/h)
  • Crocodiles bask in the sun with their mouths open to regulate their body temperature
October 21, 2017

PICNIC AT THE DAY ON THE GREEN, SIRROMET WINES. QUEENSLAND

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Do you want good food, fine wine and great music in magnificent locations, and some great artists? Well we have enjoyed many great outings to A Day On The Green. The very first A Day On The Green was held on Australia Day, January 26 2001 at Morning Star Estate, Mt Eliza, Victoria with Australian artists Renee Geyer, James Morrison and Stephen Cummings. Concert goers can bring their own food, meet the artists at the signing desk and purchase products from the hugely popular merchandise range; as well as many other activities and events throughout the day.



The incline on the green at Sirromet Winery in Mount Cotton means that there are no really bad vantage spots, but for the premium experience I highly recommend getting front admission tickets. It not difficult at any point to be three, four people back from the stage, with room to spare. But we always prefer the general admission.


A Day On The Green have stumbled onto what feels like a close-to-perfect recipe with their one day winery-hosted festivals. With only one stage and limited, but great number of bands and you can plonk yourself down on your own camp chair and enjoy an afternoon and evening of fabulous music without having to frantically consult conflicting schedules, argue with mates or schlep through mud to stand 100 metres away from a band that looks like ants.

 A Day On The Green experience encourages people to get away for the weekend, and as such, regional areas experience a huge injection of tourism funds into accommodation, restaurants, shops and facilities, providing a huge boost to local communities.




International artists who have performed for A Day On The Green include Alicia Keyes, Billy Idol, Blondie, Boz Scaggs, Bryan Adams, Cheap Trick, Chris Isaak, Crosby, Crowded House, Cyndi Lauper, Daryl Hall & John Oates, DEVO, Diana Krall, Don Henley, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Fleetwood Mac, Garbage, George Benson, George Thorogood, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Jamie Cullum, Jewel, Joan Armatrading, Joe Cocker, John Fogerty, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Jordin Sparks, Leonard Cohen, Lionel Richie, Lucinda Williams, Madeleine Peyroux, Mariah Carey, Marlon Williams, Meatloaf, Melody Gardot, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Paul Simon, Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart, Rodriguez, Ronan Keating, Roxette, Roxy Music, Sade, Sheryl Crowe, Simple Minds, Simply Red, Sting, Steely Dan, Steve Winwood, Stills & Nash, The B52’s, The Beach Boys, The Motown Show, The Pretenders, The Proclaimers, Tom Jones, Train and Violent Femmes.






Australian artists who have performed for A Day On The Green include 1927, Adalita, Alex Lahey, Archie Roach, Baby Animals, Ben Hazelwood, Bernard Fanning, Boom Crash Opera, British India, Choirboys, Clairy Browne, Clare Bowditch, Cold Chisel, Dami Im, Dan Sultan, Daryl Braithwaite, David Campbell, Diesel, Dragon, Eurogliders, Gang Gajang, Glenn Shorrock, Guy Sebastian, Hoodoo Gurus, Hunters & Collectors, Husky, Ian Moss, Icehouse, INXS, James Reyne, Jebediah, Jimmy Barnes, John Butler Trio, John Farnham, John Paul Young, Jon Stevens, Kasey Chambers, Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan, Kira Puru, Lanie Lane, Lisa Mitchell, Little Red, Lowrider, Machinations, Mahalia Barnes, Marcia Hines, Mark Gable of Choirboys, Mark Seymour, Mark Wilkinson, Megan Washington, Melody Pool, Mental As Anything, Mi-Sex, Michael Paynter, Missy Higgins, Models, Montaigne, Moving Pictures, Ngarie, Nick Barker, Noiseworks, Oh Mercy, Paul Kelly, Pete Murray, Pseudo Echo, Renee Geyer, Richard Clapton, Richard Clapton, Rose Tattoo, Ross Wilson, Russell Morris, Sarah Blasko, Sean Kelly, Sheppard, Something for Kate, Spiderbait, 'Swanee', Steve Kilbey, Stonefield, Tash Sultana, Tate Sheridan, Tex Perkins, The Angels, The Badloves, The Black Sorrows, The Clouds, The Dead Daisies, The Living End, The Meanies, The Preatures, The Temper Trap, The Waifs, The Whitlams, The Wolfgramm Sisters, Thirsty Merc, Tim Finn, Tim Rogers, Tina Arena, Troy Cassar-Daley, Vanessa Amorosi, Vika & Linda Bull, Wa Wa Nee, Washington, Wendy Matthews, Xavier Rudd and You Am I.



 





One of the Australian acts was Jimmy Barnes. Jimmy Barnes is the heart and the soul of Australian rock & roll. After 40 years on stages of all kinds, Jimmy is an icon – his nickname “Barnesy” conjures up thoughts of rock music at an ear-splitting volume, and of soul standards given a unique reading. Jimmy has been through it all, and lived to tell the tale and that has earned him a place in Australia’s heart and heartland. Along the way he has sold more records in Australia than any other domestic rock & roll artist. Jimmy’s live shows are legendary for their intensity.






Daryl Braithwaite became one of Australia's most successful pop singers, both as a solo act and with the band Sherbet. More than two decades on from the partnership that produced the multi-platinum albums Edge (1988) and Rise (1990) Daryl is a regular and one of the favorites. 





Noiseworks was formed in Sydney with the lineup of Steve Balbi on bass guitar and backing vocals; Stuart Fraser on guitar and backing vocals; Kevin Nicol on drums; Justin Stanley on keyboards, harmonica and backing vocals; and Jon Stevens on lead vocals. After quickly establishing a solid following on Sydney's pub rock circuit, Noiseworks was signed by CBS. Their first single, "No Lies", reached the Top 40 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart. "Take Me Back" was more successful, making No. 7, and became one of the band's best known songs.






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