Cadogen Street Park | Queensland Destinations

How to get there

As the name states, this park is located on Cadogen Street in Carindale. This is approximately a 20 to 30 minute drive south of Brisbane CBD.

What to do there

Cadogen Street Park is unique because the park itself includes an awesome 18-hole Frisbee golf course! We had a go on the course and it was a lot of fun. Make sure you pack your Frisbees, and if you’re a serious Frisbee Golfer make sure you have your good quality frisbees as the cheap plastic ones you might get from the store (like Big W, Target, Kmart) aren’t going to cut it for serious play.

It’s a wide open area with plenty of seats and a table for you to have a picnic at, on our visit we set up a picnic on the group under a shady tree which was great.

How much it costs

Visiting the park is completely free! AND it is also free to use the Frisbee Golf course. All you need to do is bring your own frisbees and be considerate of any other visitors also using the course. There is plenty of free street parking so there is no need to worry about walking far to get there.

Tips

Just a few tips for making your trip to Cadogen Street Park even better! Bring your frisbees and have a go at the Frisbee golf course! Make sure you pack some food and water if you’re trying the course as it can take awhile depending on your skill level and it can get very hot! Don’t forget your sunscreen and picnic blanket!

We’d love to hear from you if you have played Frisbee golf before (if so where?) and whether there is another great place that we can highlight in a future blog post and Youtube video.

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Newstead | Queensland Destinations

How to get there

Newstead is located right on the Brisbane River and it a 10 minute drive East from the Brisbane CBD. You could also catch the CityCat from any point along the river.

What to do there

We would highly recommend Mica Patisserie on Breakfast Creek! Think every kind of pastry and tasty treat that you could dream of! So yummy! The coffee was also great. It’s located right on the creek under the Mercedes building. It’s also just a two minute walk away from Newstead Park. So you could definitely take your pastries and have a picnic there. Newstead Park also has a museum called Newstead house which is one of the oldest buildings in Brisbane.

One of the other great things to do and you said it’s go for walk along the river. There’s a great boardwalk that lots of people were taking advantage of going for a cycle or a run.

How much it costs

Mecca patisserie is a high-end cafe so the cost for the pastries is about six dollars each but the coffee was fairly standardly priced at five dollars for a ice latte. The parking was paid for street parking close by but we would recommend parking in the Bunnings close by for 2hrs free.

Tips

Just a few tips for making your trip to Newstead even better! Take the time to explore! when you’re there go for a walk along the river and see where it takes you! Don’t forget your sunscreen and picnic blanket.

Don’t forget to have fun! Take your time wandering through the many pathways.

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Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary | Queensland Destinations

How to get there

The Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary is located within the Daisy Hill Conservation Park which is approximately 25mins south from the Brisbane CBD. When you arrive you enter a circuit loop that goes around the park and has pockets of car parks along it. The Koala Sanctuary’s best parking is the first car park you come across. Though there were lots of families and visitors there on the day (Saturday), we find a car park very quickly.

How much it costs

Both the Conservation Park and the Koala Sanctuary is completely open to the public and FREE. The main thing to note is that if you are intending on going into the Koala Sanctuary you will need to book a time-slot in advance on their website to ensure you can visit!

What to do there

It is such a peaceful place, I was saying to Kristy when we were there “It feels like we are away secluded from everything, yet still so close to everything.” We have enjoyed taking a picnic lunch and eating at one of the many tables that are scattered across the area. We also saw others using the Barbecues for lunch, playing sports in the open sections, going for walks through the park, and even using the mountain biking trails. It really is “jack of all trades” sort of place with something for everyone.

Tips

Just a few tips for making your day at the Koala Sanctuary even better! Take the time to explore! when you’re there go for a walk along the path and see where it takes you. When we were there we found a little spot that was being set up as a wedding venue that we had never seen before!

Don’t forget to have fun! Take your time wandering through the many pathways.

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Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mount Coot-tha!

How to get there

The Brisbane Botanical Gardens are located at Mount Coot-tha which is approximately 17mins west from the CBD. Once you’re there there is lots of free car parking available both right outside the information centre and also across the road. We came on a Saturday during school holidays and though it was busy we still found a park in the main parking quickly.

How much it costs

To visit the actual gardens is totally free, as is the parking. You can also visit the Planetarium for free, however they do have Cosmic Skydome shows which you can buy tickets for on their website. They also have a cafe there to buy food if you didn’t bring anything to eat.

What to do there

There are so many places to visit here I couldn’t possibly list them all. Part of the wonder of these botanical garden is the different areas you can wander through and sit in. There are benches all over the gardens and along the pathways for you to just take a minute or 10. Some of our favourite areas are the arid region plants, the conifer trees, and the pond.

Tips

Just a few tips for making your day in the gardens even better! At the information centre there are some great resources for you but I would definitely recommend getting a map of the gardens to carry around with you. The area is large and there are so many pathways, it’s easy to get lost. Also don’t forget your sunscreen, water-bottle and hat. That sun can be intense!

Don’t forget to have fun! Take your time wandering through the many pathways.

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Travel Trivia Challenge!

Challenge yourself!

We thought it would be fun if we did some Travel related trivia, and we were RIGHT! We learnt some really interesting and cool facts about places from all over the world. Have a look out our video above if you want to do some trivia along with us.

BUT we have put some questions below for your interest and entertainment! So read ahead and see how many of these questions you get right! (We’d love to hear from you too, so let us know how many you get correct).

Q1 – Russia’s first fast-food restaurant opened in Moscow in 1990, but which chain was it?

A. McDonald’s B. Pizza Hut C. Starbucks D. Dunkin Donuts

Q2 – Sinapore’s national anthem is in micro-text on the back of which of their notes?

A. $50 B. $2 C. $100 D. $1000

Q3 – Which member of the Beatles has a park in Havana named after them?

A. Paul McCartney B. John Lennon C. George Harrision D. Ringo Starr

Q4 – As of 2019, where is the world’s largest natural flower garden?

A. Dubai B. Pattaya City C. London D. Versailles

Q5 – A famous bridge in which city is known to locals as: The Coat Hanger?

A. San Francisco B. Sydney C. Newcastle D. Florence

Q6 – In 2014, the Mayor of Mexico City ordered that taxis must be which colour?

A. Green B. Yellow C. Pink D. Orange

Q7 – Which city is home to the only royal palace in the United States?

A. Boston B. Honolulu C. St Louis D. Las Vegas

Q8 – As of 2019, where would you find the largest indoor aquarium in the Western hemisphere?

A. Boston B. Chicago C. Baltimore D. Atlanta

Q9 – Which city would you be in if you were viewing art at The Prado?

A. Madrid B. Berlin C. Birmingham D. Paris

Q10 – At which tourist attraction in London would you find Traitors’ Gate?

A. Buckingham Palace B. the Tower of London C. The Palace of Westminster D. St Paul’s Cathedral

We hope you enjoyed these trivia questions, you’ll find the answers below. Don’t forget to contact us below!

Answers

Q1 – A. McDonald’s, Q2 – D. $1000, Q3 – B. John Lennon, Q4 – A. Dubai, Q5 – B. Sydney, Q6 – C. Pink, Q7 – B. Honolulu, Q8 – D. Atlanta, Q9 – A. Madrid, Q10 – B. the Tower of London

What’s next?

We will be exploring a cool water related destination soon so keep your eye out for our emails in the next few weeks!

We would love to know where you have explored or are exploring. You can contact us through the box below.

If there are any places you would like us to explore we’d love to her about them too!

Stay safe and we’ll talk soon!

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Day out at the Eumundi Markets! Eumundi, Queensland Australia

How our weekend began!

This weekend we headed off to the Eumundi Markets! We have both been there a few times and have always enjoyed the day out and seeing what is available there. These markets have a wide variety of goods which are amazing! We’ll go into more detail below…

Eumundi is approximately an hour and a half drive north of Brisbane city. We left at about 8 in the morning and arrived just before 10am. The drive there is easy, we used our GPS most of the way but the signage is clear if you know what motorway to stay on. The scenic environment is great to see on the drive the further out you get from the city. I personally love seeing the tall trees and forests as we drive past.

Where did we go?

Our plan for the day was to enjoy a couple of hours at the markets then head back along the Blackall Range Tourist Drive (check out our previous blog post for more detail on this Drive!) towards Montville, where we would stop for some food before heading home.

But more specifically we stopped at the following places during our day out:

  • Eumundi Markets
  • Dulong lookout
  • Mapleton
  • Kondalilla Falls
  • Mayfield Patisserie and Chocolates Cafe – Montville

What did we do?

We thoroughly enjoyed the markets! We saw cool electric guitars made from wooden cigar boxes (the guy playing them was really good too), we heard heard really creative music which included a didgeridoo and was crossed with a modern pop sound. There were so many crafts as well, Kristy had so much fun at a “Make your own candle” stall. There seriously is something for everyone there, if i was to write down everything I saw the list would be very long… Let us know if you are interested in everything we saw and we will let you know!

We bought some delicious fresh cinnamon donuts, an authentic German Bratwurst and a potato slinky (always a favourite… Haha!)

We spent about 20 mins getting to the top end of the Blackall Range Tourist Drive after we left the markets and almost immediately found our first lookout. Dulong lookout just south west of Nambour. Funnily enough it was spelt two different ways on the sign “Dulong” or “Doolong”, We weren’t sure if it was a mistake but we did find it amusing nonetheless.

Next stop was Mapleton, we weren’t here for long as it was a small and quiet town. We talk a short wander down to a lilypond and then headed off again.. We were on a bit of a time schedule here so we probably could have explored some more but were eager to reach Montville for a meal. Kristy noted that the lilypond would likely look very pretty when they were all in bloom. So we might see that another time.

We passed through the next town Flaxton which is very close to the Kondalilla Falls (which we are going to explore fully another time!). We took a short walk to the first lookout along the Kondalilla Falls walking track. It was actually quite a funny experience, we didn’t really intend to stop at Kondalilla Falls but we did when we saw the sign. But we had both worn white shoes which is NOT the correct footwear for a forest walk! We also found out that to reach the falls it was a 2 hour walking circuit so we didn’t have the time, but we WILL be back!

Our last stop, Montville. This was our last stop in our previous post too. We ate some freshly baked sausage rolls and enjoyed a stunning view across the landscape from the Mayfield Patisserie and Chocolates Cafe. We definitely recommend stopping here for a meal!

How we liked it…

We LOVED it! Eumundi markets are amazing all on their own, with something for everyone it is a great day out. But combining that with a scenic drive through the Sunshine Coast hinterland makes the day even better.

While driving the Blackall Range Tourist Drive we also noticed signage for other tourist drives in the area so we may go and check them out at some point too. But something that we will definitely be doing soon is the Kondalilla Falls walk, so stay tuned for that!

We hope you get to visit and experience the Eumundi markets and the Blackall Range Tourist Drive soon!

We want to hear from you! Have you been to Eumundi markets? Where should we go and explore next? We look forward to hearing from you!

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Blackall Range Tourist Drive, Queensland Australia

How our weekend began!

This time our weekend wasn’t really planned out. We had certain things happening for sure, I was shouting my Dad a movie for an early father’s day and Kristy was heading to the library. But we wanted to DO SOMETHING MORE. So we took to trusty Google to research where we could go for the day and what we found did not disappoint!

Where did we go?

We discovered there was a tourist drive just north of Brisbane (1 and a half hours drive to get there) called the “Blackall Range Tourist Drive”. This drive takes you on a route through Queensland’s mountains and some popular touristy suburbs.

It’s also really close to Australia Zoo! So you could literally spend an entire day on the drive and the zoo and you might not even have enough time!

What did we do?

We drove most of the drive on the day and it was very easy to do, simply follow the signage on the roads! The roads are marked clearly with the Blackall Range Tourist Drive on them.

We stopped at a number of lookouts along the way, McCarthy’s and Gerrard’s to name a couple. The views are absolutely amazing, it was so great to see. We also stopped in at Maleny which is great suburb and we got some pies for lunch there. We were going to be heading to Montville next which is another great touristy suburb… but… we came across a place called “Gardeners Falls”.

So I took a detour and we explored this place “Gardners Falls” and wow! It was so cool! It was this large stream that had small waterfalls and a larger one at the end. We saw a number of families there that had taken their kids swimming which looked fun. We’ll put a photo up here so you can get an idea.

Once we arrived at Montville we took a walk down and up the main street that had a lot of historic looking buildings and nice walkways. We also got ice cream there because…. well… why not right?

We had stopped at quite a few places along the drive and we had to cut our day trip short so we headed home after visiting Montville. But we are planning to finish off the drive in the next couple of weekends.

How we liked it…

We thoroughly enjoyed our day out following the Blackall Range Tourist Drive! If you are ever in Brisbane or north of Brisbane you should 100% make a day of it and check it out. Maleny and Montville are great places to stop along the way and have some food for drink before continuing on the drive.

After seeing Gardeners Falls and seeing that people would swim there I think next time we will be more prepared and might pack our swimming gear. So if you like swimming in a mountainous area maybe consider packing yours too if you go.

Overall it was so nice to just get out of the house and go somewhere new. We liked it enough that we want to go back and finish it! So stay tuned for when we share what we find on the later half of the Blackall Range Tourist Drive.

Enjoy the drive and the sights! Let us know how you liked it!

We want to hear from you! Have you been on this drive before? Do you have a favourite local drive or lookout spot? We look forward to hearing from you.

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Secret Beach! Coolangatta QLD

How to find it…

We recommend walking there from Coolangatta along the boardwalk. So many great views and stop offs along the way. Walk south along the coast from Coolangatta Beach you’ll pass Greenmont Beach (which is basically the southern end of Coolangatta Beach) and then Rainbow Bay (with it’s beautiful rock formations). On the small head between Greenmont Beach and Rainbow Bay there’s a lookout which is up some steep stairs from the boardwalk up to Pat Fagan Park. We definitely recommend stopping here! We saw a pod of whales playing around some boats further out and 3 dolphins surfing closer in! Once you’ve continued along the boardwalk to Snapper Rocks (which has another great viewing point) you’ll need to keep going around the point and soon find yourself looking at a cute little cove with a bright green rock painted like a frog. I’m not sure if the name of the beach inspired the rock painting or vice versa but it’s a clear indication that you’ve made it! Welcome to Froggie’s Beach!

How we liked it…

We happened to go to Froggie’s Beach on a public holiday so I’m not sure it was the best time to go. The beach was popular with the local families and, that particular morning, very popular with the surfers. Since we’re wimps and it’s the middle of winter here in QLD Australia we didn’t swim as the water was a bit icy but Isaiah couldn’t resist a scramble over the black volcanic rocks and I had a sunbathe on the sand. Personally I preferred Coolangatta Beach with it’s plenty of space and wide view of Coolangatta and Gold Coast but it was certainly fun walking along the boardwalk in search of this ‘secret’ beach!

Enjoy the walk and the swim at the end! Let us know how you liked it!

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Exploring the Natural Bridge Circuit! Will We Find Glow Worms?

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In our previous post Kristy gave you some details about our recent trip to Coolangatta! During this trip we decided to go and explore some “local” Glow Worm caves. I say “local” because we actually thought they were closer than they actually were. However it was only a beautiful hour drive from where we were staying!

Our Glow Worm Search

The glow worm caves are located in Springbrook National Park, specifically on the Natural Bridge hiking circuit. When arriving there I was a little nervous as the road to get there was pitch black and there were no other cars on the road (Kristy was laughing at how ‘nervous’ I was!). However upon arrival we noticed there were quite a few people there at night, most with young families too!

The walk itself was relatively easy, quite a few steps up and down but overall the circuit wasn’t very long. It took us about 20 minutes to complete it and we were taking our time. The sounds were so exciting! The closer we got to the glow worm caves the louder the waterfall located within it became. We were so excited too because we did see glow worms – despite it being the middle of winter (apparently they are even more spectacular in Summer!).

Unfortunately our camera couldn’t get a great photo of them, but make sure you check out our video above where you will see a sneak peek at the glow worms!

Seeing the glow worms was great but other than that we didn’t get to see much on the walking circuit due to the lack of light (duh). If you go here at night we would recommend getting yourself a pair of head-lights (Check them out here – https://amzn.to/3jeNtWG) . We saw a couple with them on the way in an realised it would be something we will definitely be packing for next time!

We enjoyed the circuit at night and so we decided we’d come back the next day when there was daylight so that we could enjoy the rainforest views, waterfalls and rock formations!

Day visit

It was well worth going in the day time AS WELL!

I’ll get to the walk in a moment, but even the drive there was great (no nervous Isaiah haha) as we could see the forests and lakes on the way. There was even one section where the trees were growing out of the water that looked dead but so cool to photograph (see below).

The Natural Bridge circuit was also popular during the day with quite a few families visiting it. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting Springbrook National Park in the day time. Being able to put visuals with the magnificent sound of the waterfall was great, and how stunning is that water?!

During our day visit it started to RAIN! Haha! While unexpected it was still an amazing time, we could enjoy the waterfall out of the rain due to the rock overhang which was so pretty to see too.

There are other walking circuits at Springbrook National Park, we were going to check out another one however decided not to since I had forgotten a raincoat and was already soaked after one circuit. (So learn from my mistake and pack a raincoat just in case!)

We 100% recommend visiting Springbrook National Park and the Natural Bridge walking circuit! It’s not far from Gold Coast or Brisbane and is a great time out with your family! We will be back to check out the other walking tracks that we didn’t get to.

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What to do in Coolangatta, QLD Australia!

Isaiah and I decided to get away for a couple of nights last week, we were already heading down south for a friend’s wedding so we chose as far south along the Queensland coast as we could go! Coolangatta. With border closures in place at the moment (darn COVID!) we were careful to book a place on the QLD side of Coolangatta, and not accidentally cross over in any of our explorations.. Did you know the QLD and NSW boarder goes right down the middle of it?

Where to stay?

We booked through Booking.com and found a great serviced apartment at the Reflection Towers. even though we were only on level 3 we had stunning views looking right across to the beach and ocean. We would highly recommend booking a room here not just for the views but the apartment themselves were great! The staff were friendly and helpful. And the apartment was large with a full sized kitchen (great for cooking up a brekky to have on the balcony!), dinning area, lounge, 2 bathrooms, comfy bed and a large balcony with more seating. Something I always look for in holiday accommodation is a bath or spa as we don’t have one at home and I just love relaxing in them! Reflection Towers didn’t disappoint here either as the room had a large bath with jets AS WELL AS a heated pool and spa for all the residents to use. There was contact tracing in place and the gym was closed due to hygiene measures, but the ammenities were still great! There is an outdoor Teppanyaki grill area as well as a theaterette that you can book through reception, which would be great for larger groups. The other amazing thing about Reflection Towers was the locality of it, literally on Marine Parade you will be within walking distance of multiple beaches, restaurants, cafes, ice-creameries, and grocery stores. Overall we were so happy with our choice to stay here!

Which beach to go to?

The Gold Coast beaches are renowned for their golden sands and blue waters. With Coolangatta at the very southern end of Gold Coast, we were not disappointed! Now the blue-ness of the water definitely depends on clear sunny skies but even on the one overcast day we had the beaches were stunning!

There are a few great options to choose from if you’re staying in Coolangatta; Coolangatta Beach blends into Greenmount Beach with beautiful long coastline. South-east is Rainbow Bay which is super popular with the locals, at low tide the southern point creates rock pools to explore. Then further south to Snapper Rocks and around to the Secret beach is a great walk along the boardwalk and up to the lookout (we saw a pod of whales and a few dolphins!). North, you can walk up to Kirra Point Lookout and then around on a beautiful boardwalk to Kirra Beach which goes all the way up to Currumbin.

What to eat?

We actually loved eating take out pizza or home cooked breakfast on our balcony, but if you’re going to go out here are a few places we recommend…

Bellakai Cafe on Marine Parade was great to sit on the balcony and watch people walking along the beach. Isaiah had the Bellakai Breakfast with eggs, bacon, chipolatas, baked beans, grilled tomato, mushroom, hash browns, and toast it was a BIG breakfast for all those grumbling stomachs. I had the blueberry pancakes with ice cream, maple syrup and berry compote. Delish! The coffee was great and they also had a number of fresh juices on offer.

For ice cream fans there were TWO great ice-creameries. Gelatissimo and Messina have so many options to choose from! The only thing we found was they didn’t open until 2pm! We were hankering after ice-cream after our morning walks along the beach so this was a little disappointing. This was during the week though and they do open slightly earlier on the weekends.

Anyone looking for a place for dinner but not sure what you feel like? Currumbin Markets are for you! Technically not in Coolangatta, they were a short 10min drive so we’re going to count them as local. Located in the front area of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the open at 4pm on Fridays till late. There were about 15 food stalls with food ranging from Balinese to Indian to Greek and so many others! We split a Greek deep fried bread that was more like a pizza with bacon, cheese and other goodies on it. We also had a fresh peach iced tea with popping boba in it and some crispy veggie gyoza. So yummy! We spent $26 for the 2 of us so it was very budget friendly and we were so full afterwards! Would definitely recommend this place not just for the great food but also it was so popular with many young families and couples, with places to sit and enjoy the live music and festoon lights.

What to do?

Apart from heading to the beach or walking the boardwalk for the day there are a number of things to do. We adventured out to some glow worm caves (there’s a post about this coming soon!) which we would so recommend. There’s also Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary which, though it costs $40 a ticket, is a great way to experience Australian wildlife in person with an area filled with kangaroo that you can feed or go and watch the bird feeding among other wildlife experiences.

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