Sea Life and Mooloolaba Beach| Queensland Destinations

How to get there

Sea Life is located in Mooloolaba which is approximately 1.5 hours from Brisbane CBD. We’d definitely recommend leaving early in the morning as traffic can get worse during the day.

What to do there

Mooloolaba Beach is beautiful with a great playground, a few cafes and lifeguarded beaches right there. We had ourselves a picnic on one of the many tables provided close to the playground. The beach also has a walkway that runs the length of it – great for a evening stroll or morning run.

Sea Life is the aquarium located right in Mooloolaba and only 2mins drive from the beach. We highly recommend it! Isaiah and I weren’t sure exactly what to expect going in but we were pleasantly surprised at the range of animals to see and the experiences available. We were there for a total of 3 hours. The aquarium is set out in a circular type pathway but you can walk back and fourth between all the areas at your pleasure. In particular we did this with the Ocean tunnel as there were just so many animals to see. Another thing of note was the seal show, we recommend asking at the check in area what time the seal show is… the only reason we didn’t miss it was that we were accentually right there and saw people lining up! There are also a few side pathways to different areas so make sure to go through all the doors (the penguins are behind an automatically closing door). Isaiah’s favourite animals to see was the penguins (see our youtube video for a cute clip of one falling in!). My favourite was either the seals playing underwater or the jellyfish which were stunning!

How much it costs

General admission for Seal Life is $44 each and there are more extras that you can buy onto of this, such as a swim with the sharks experience, getting a photo with a seal or feeding the penguins. For all the info check out their website!

Tips

Just a few tips for making your visit to Main Beach even better! You CAN take in food and non-alcoholic drinks so take a snack! One note is that you do need to book your tickets online before you come, but this process was simple and the tickets get emailed to you for you to either print out or download to your phone. Sea life was very popular especially with families, although we enjoyed it being just the two of us! The lines were fairly long though so we recommend getting there a little early even though you’ve booked. Even though there was a line we did get in on time. They take your photograph when you get in and a printed version of these are available for $36 at the end, however you also get a QR code that gives you access to digital versions of these for free which is what we did.

Take your time and feel free to go back around for another viewing if you feel like it!

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The Drake Conversation moves house

What’s happening?

You guessed it… We sold our house! After what seemed like the shortest timeframe after placing our home up for sale our house was sold. Over the next few weeks we began packing away our belongings, getting ready for clearing the property and moving onto our next.

Where are you now?

We have been blessed enough to have family and friends have their homes available for us to stay in. So until we find our new home we will be moving between these places.

What’s the plan?

Super simple plan really… once we find a new place and successfully purchase it we will move in!

What does this mean for The Drake Conversation?

Our blog here, and our Youtube content will be continuing! So don’t worry you won’t miss out on anything. We will continue to visit places and share them with you. You might find we have a different backdrop depending on where we are staying at the time of filming.

We hope you enjoy our video above! Don’t forget… we want to hear from YOU. Where have you explored recently and what is one of your favourite destinations!?

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Main Beach Gold Coast | Queensland Destinations

How to get there

Main Beach is located in Gold Coast and is between a 40 and 60 minute drive from Brisbane depending on the day. We went early on a Saturday morning (5 AM ?!?!) and didn’t experience any traffic.

What to do there

Main Beach is an absolutely stunning location with incredible views of both the city and the beach and so many things to do that there is something for everyone!

It offers both the beach and grassy option to spend your time. With picnic seating, public BBQs, bicycle tracks and playgrounds for kids; this place has got you covered. We got there early in the morning because we were having a family photoshoot in preparation for Christmas. We haven’t seen the photos yet but we are sure the scenic beach and early morning sun made for some fantastic photographs!

After the beach photographs we had breakfast at the Lark Cafe which is just across the road, super convenient and incredibly delicious. After some sunbathing and a quick dip in the ocean we went off to Harbourtwon shopping centre (which is about a 10 minute drive from Main Beach) to do some Christmas shopping..

How much it costs

Everything is FREE at main beach other than purchasing drinks or food. You can enjoy the facilities and views only at the cost of your time.

Tips

Just a few tips for making your visit to Main Beach even better! As always… Take your time to explore! Wander around the area, find your perfect beach and ocean view. Enjoy the fresh air and walk along the beach and most definitely find your favourite coffee, ice cream or lunch from a local business.

Don’t forget to have fun!

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Wynnum and Manly Shoreline | Queensland Destinations

How to get there

Wynnum and Manly are located East of Brisbane city. You can take public transport to get there, however you might also find having your own vehicle to get there will make it a lot easier.

What to do there

Wynnum and Manly have so many great spots to relax by the shoreline, go for a fish at the end of the wharfs, or even go for walk or ride up and down the shoreline path! But if those aren’t your speed you can also visit the Wynnum Wading pool. This pool is filled by the seawater at high-tide and retains the water during low-tide, and it allows visitors to enjoy the water without having to enter the open water. When we went there it was an extremely hot day so we HAD TO get some ice cream! We tried a Tim-Tam flavour and Ferrero Rocher flavour from Matilda’s Art of Gelato.

If you take a 20 minute walk south of Wynnum you’ll arrive in Manly (2 minute drive south). Manly has a similar relaxing feel to it and also provides great space and activities for families. Manly has a Bayside park with climbing structures as well as a playground. BUT one of the coolest things is that they have an outdoor cinema! Go look online for “Manly outdoor cinema” to find the upcoming events. But importantly they are all FREE. So what we would suggest is: 1. get to Manly, 2. order some fish and chips from our favourite place (Sea Vibes) and 3. cosy up with a blanket and watch a movie in the outdoors!

How much it costs

Apart from our ice creams and our fish and chips, all of the locations are FREE to access. Did we mention the outdoor cinema is free too?

Tips

Just a few tips for making your list to Wynnum and Manly even better! Take your time to explore! Wander around the area, find your perfect sea view, your satisfying shoreline walk, and most definitely get yourself some well deserved ice cream and fish’n’chip dinner! Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen (it can get HOT)!

Don’t forget to have fun!

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Brisbane CBD | Queensland Destinations

How to get there

There are so many ways to get to Brisbane CBD! If you choose to drive just make sure to book a park before you get there! Otherwise you can use the public buses or the Citycat – Brisbane’s river ferry.

What to do there

There are SO many things to do in Brisbane CBD – but if you’re just spending the day in the city like we did we’d recommend visiting the Roma Street Gardens as one of your stops. These beautiful gardens are a quick walk from King George Square and have great spaces to walk through or have a picnic in. There are some great spaces for the kids with playgrounds and wide open spaces… and LOTS of lizards to chase! We loved our brunch at The Garden Room cafe right on the edge of the gardens and served some great pancakes and coffee!

What would be a trip to the CBD without stopping by the shops? Queen Street Mall is a great shopping street and has a few extra shopping centres off it. It’s also got plenty of places to stop off for a drink or some food.

For dinner we went to Rico Bar and Dining and loved it. Positioned right on the river it had great views! We’d definitely recommend booking a table early to get a table by the window. We’d also recommend the paella! It comes in seafood, meat or veggie and in a serving for two! They also had a great selection of tapas and mains.

How much it costs

Apart from the food our only cost for the day was parking, we recommend checking out Secure Parking and booking through them.

Tips

Just a few tips for making your visit to Brisbane CBD even better! Take the time to explore! when you’re there go for a wander down the alleyways along Queen Street Mall and see where it takes you! Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Don’t forget to have fun!

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Cancelled??| Changing our plans

Our Europe trip

When we started this blog and our youtube channel. We had started planning for an amazing trip through Europe! It was going to be six months long and we were going to be going through Greece all the way through to Scotland. We were especially excited to spend a long period of time in Italy and were intending on having Christmas in Belgium. We were SO EXCITED! Everything was coming together, we had got leave approved from our jobs we had figured out all of the finances. Then all of a sudden March hit and Covid-19 changed the world.

What’s changing?

We had so many cool ideas for what to share with all of you while we were overseas. While this isn’t happening now we are putting more focus and time into exploring our own backyard in Australia. So you will still get to join us as we discover amazing locations and share our experiences with you.

We have recently started a series called “Where to go in Brisbane?” So make sure you go back and check out our previous posts if you missed any! In this series we are going to various parks, gardens, walks and so much more! All of these places located within short driving distance of Brisbane CBD.

What else are you doing?

We’ve felt like we have been in limbo the last few months. Waiting to see if restrictions lift, waiting to see if Covid-19 disappears, waiting to figure out what we will do. Europe was a big start to a bigger plan we had. So we’re essentially just moving the Europe trip to a later time in our lives and now…… We are getting ready to move house! We are in the process of selling and are looking at moving into a new place soon!

The Future of The Drake Conversation

We are still so excited for the future and what we will be doing. At this stage due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions in place we will be focussing on local travel within Queensland mainly near Brisbane. As restrictions lift our options increase for places that we can explore and share with you. We have lots of ideas that we are so keen to do and share with you, so stay tuned in!

We want this platform with you to be a conversation, we love hearing from you. Reading about the places you have recently explored is so exciting and makes us want to go there too! So please send us a message saying Hi and share a place you have discovered recently.

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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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