Townsville Tourist and Lifestyle Village – A Budget Travel Review

This week, six months after our move south, we’ve returned to our home-town to visit family and attend the annual Palm Creek Folk Festival. This gave us the perfect opportunity to do a Budget Travel Review of the Townsville Tourist and Lifestyle Village. Townsville is Australia’s largest urban centre outside of the Sunshine Coast some 1300km to the […]

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Palm Creek Folk Festival Townsville

We’ve made the 1250 km road trip north from Coolum to attend the Palm Creek Folk Festival. If you’re joining us for the event head 40km south of Townsville and turn right to Mountain View Lake Eco Park where the Best Little Festival in the North takes off.  Mountain View Lake Eco Park The lake […]

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What to do in Coolum

Australia is a massive country to explore and it goes without saying that a Queensland beach experience is high on many holidayer’s To Do List. Mine reads something like this. Cool blue water. hot summer days. crashing white foam. sandy toes. salty lips. fish & chip sundowners. drinks on the deck. repeat. Hello Coolum! Mid-way […]

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Mossman Gorge Walk

At 135 million years old, Mossman Gorge forms part of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world.  From Mossman, the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest begins it’s northward journey to Cape Tribulation and a rendezvous with Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It’s the ideal walk for a sneak rainforest preview. How to Get to there. Drive […]

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Why you should visit Port Douglas in Far North Queensland

Location Location Location The success of Port Douglas is all about Location. Just one hour’s spectacular drive north of Cairns Airport in Far North Queensland, with the waters of the Great Barrier Reef lapping the shoreline and the prehistoric rainforest of the Daintree calling, the tiny town of Port as the locals label it, delivers […]

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Top Five Sunshine Coast Coffee Spots

It is three months since we shifted from Townsville in North Queensland to Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. In an attempt to find furniture for our home, we joined a Buy Swap and Sell Facebook group, which it seems, is a surprisingly easy way to become locals. We’ve clambered down steps to […]

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Stumers Creek Dog Friendly Beach at Coolum Australia

There are more than 4.2 million pet dogs in Australia with 39% of households owning one. Aussies love their beach-time and want to share it with their four legged friends. Just walking the dog for half an hour daily is said to improve fitness, lower blood pressure, build stronger muscles/bones, lower stress levels and give […]

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How to visit Eumundi Market

Our family are serial Sunshine Coast holiday-makers and no Robinson holiday is over without first having visited Eumundi Market, at least once. Hubby and I were discussing the other day why we keep coming back year after year – 20 years to be precise. In this post we discuss the Market’s success and advise how to […]

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Jellies at Coolum Beach

Jelly Blubbers are appearing like blobs of Alien gloop at Coolum Beach. I’ve seen bright blue Jellies before, but this batch is in the brown colour range. There are many different species with the biggest I’ve seen measuring 35 cm across, ranging down in size to a cute 6cm. Coolum Beach is on the Sunshine […]

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A Tropical Aussie Christmas Downunder

It seems like Christmas has turned into a divisive time of year. The threat of terrorism is rife and political correctness raises it’s head once again. Christmas is a happy time of year for us – one where we meet up with friends and family, enjoy good food and company, river swims and try to […]

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