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Best Beaches in Thailand

Thailand boasts some of the top beaches in the world. It may be hard to pick a top one, but you know it will be breathe-taking when you visit. Read below for some of our top beach picks for Thailand and imagine yourself there walking barefoot down the soft sand towards the immaculate water. Thailand Beach   Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Leh Famous for being the backdrop to the movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio, The Beach, Maya Bay is as picturesque as it gets. From towering cliffs ... Continue Reading

The 10 Benefits of River Cruising

This post originally appeared on Flight Centre Australia by Ashton Rigg. The tides are changing when it comes to cruise holidays, with many travellers swapping the open seas for an intimate riverscape. River cruises have become the journey du jour for holidaymakers seeking the three Ls: leisure, luxury and landscapes guaranteed to give their cameras a workout. So, why choose a river cruise over a traditional ocean-bound voyage, or add one to your existing itinerary? Here are 10 benefits ... Continue Reading

Queensland’s Great Beach Drive is Your New Goal

This post originally appeared on Flight Centre Australia by Ashton Rigg. There are road trips, and there is the Great Beach Drive. Instead of endless stretches of boring bitumen, the road ahead is paved with golden sand. Rather than stopping at servos to fuel up on lukewarm pies, you can pull off, cast a line and reel in a fresh catch for lunch. You can set up camp wherever your heart desires, or map out your journey to include overnighters at B&Bs in the heart of the Hinterland or ... Continue Reading

8 Reasons to Say Hi to Mackay, Queensland

This post originally appeared on Flight Centre Australia. Mackay is one of those places that grows on you. At first you might not even be aware of its existence, but once you’ve had a taste of that sweet, laidback lifestyle you’ll start to ‘get it’. Mackay promises plenty of natural highs, from rock-hopping around secluded gorges to waking at sunrise and unzipping your tent to find a mob  of wallabies bounding along the beach. Get acquainted with Central Queensland in this big ... Continue Reading

Road Trippin’ Tropical North Queensland

This post originally appeared on Flight Centre Australia. The Sunshine State shows off its good side in the Tropical North, where back-to-back World Heritage landscapes spill onto luxury eco resorts, flourishing farmland and wilderness primed for the intrepid traveller. Queensland delivers an ever-changing world outside your car window, definitely worth stopping to explore further. This round trip will help guide you to some of Tropical North Queensland’s must-see sights. CAIRNS TO ... Continue Reading

Gold Coast Theme Park Survival Guide

This blog originally appeared on queensland.com No other time on the calendar signals theme park time than summer school holidays. The knockout combination of time off from the everyday shackles of the school bell (and work emails) coupled with sunny days and, well, awesome Christmas pressies (like theme park tickets, perhaps?) equals a day out the whole family will enjoy. Once you’ve figured out which theme park is for you, check out these handy hints for making the most of your day ... Continue Reading

City Scoop: Gold Coast

This post originally appeared on Flight Centre Australia. The Gold Coast has established itself as one of the most popular east-coast destinations in Australia. Visitors tend to know the main features that make it so attractive; the exhilarating theme parks, incredible wildlife experiences and sun-soaked beaches. However, there’s so much more that makes this part of Queensland a must-visit spot on any itinerary. We chat to one in-the-know about their top tips on where to eat, drink and ... Continue Reading

The 5 Best Day Trips from Brisbane

This post originally appeared on Flight Centre Australia.   More rental cars leave Brisbane Airport than any other airport in Australia. True story, and the numbers don’t lie: the Sunshine State capital really is the perfect hub for highway warriors. In one direction, the glittering Gold Coast cityscape calls for you to replace those driving moccasins with dancin’ shoes. To the north, the mega-chill Sunshine Coast towns egg you on to go barefoot along the beach. From ... Continue Reading

A Foodie’s Guide to Noosa and Surrounds

This post originally appeared on Flight Centre Australia.   More than just bronzed bodies, perfect waves and balmy Queensland weather, Noosa and surrounds promises a natural larder and dining scene fit for even the most refined foodie. Whether you’ve a day or a week here, Noosa’s culinary smorgasbord sizzles with a line-up of top-notch cuisine, relaxed alfresco cafes and must-visit markets. SPIRIT HOUSE RESTAURANT AND COOKING SCHOOL Poached fish broth bubbling away (photo: ... Continue Reading

Discover the Best Food & Wine in Australia

We’re shining the spotlight on the best Australian food and wine experiences and escapes. Whether it's gourmet fare you are seeking, the latest offerings from a culinary master, or a chat with a local producer at one of the myriad of markets around Australia, you will find an abundance of flavours to tantalise the most discerning of palates.   We've put together some tips for your next escape in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and Tasmania ... Continue Reading

Family Fun on the Sunshine Coast

Just an hour or so north of Brisbane lies the beautiful Sunshine Coast. With so much to do for families, this stunning region is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Kiwi families. Enjoy golden beaches, fascinating wildlife and beautiful rainforests on your next holiday. You don't need to spend a lot or travel far for an amazing family holiday location. With its many unbroken golden beaches such as Noosa Heads, Mooloolaba and Caloundra, the Sunshine Coast is an ideal location ... Continue Reading

Discover Australia: Spotlight on Queensland, West & South Australia

There's no better way to explore Australia’s food and wine than going on your own journey of discovery. Read on to explore Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia for the best food & wine. Discover Australia and their beautiful landscapes on a self-drive holiday in Australia.  Experience superb locations filled with some of the best food and wine Australia has to offer while enjoying the freedom of the open road. With many wineries, breweries and activities on offer it will ... Continue Reading

Discover Singapore’s hidden gem of Peranakan culture and cuisine!

Despite Singapore’s rise as a modern city-state, more traditional Peranakan culture remains overlooked by travellers who come in search for great food and a local way of Singaporean life. While the Peranakan recipes are kept close to the Peranakan community, Brett McGregor on TV ONE’s newest series Taste of a Traveller is on a mission to experience some of the wild flavours and tastes that make Peranakan dishes remarkable. Peranakan is a term most commonly used to refer to the ... Continue Reading

Romantic Holidays on the Gold Coast

You don't have to travel far for a romantic holiday. The Gold Coast is the perfect spot for a romantic escape with stunning coastal views, award winning wineries and beautiful sunsets all at hand.   Gold Coast Coastline Renowned for its beauty, the Gold Coast boasts 59 kilometres of stunning coastline. These world-famous beaches are perfect for taking a long romantic walk along the beach. Why not pack a picnic, a bottle of bubbles and watch the sunset go down with your loved ... Continue Reading

Discover Australia’s Best Food and Wine Getaways

Heading across the ditch and love to try a bit local food and wine? Read on below to see some of our best recommendations in Australia to do just that. From cruising out to the Yarra Valley to relaxing in the sun in the Hunter Valley! Victoria Melbourne is a jigsaw of tiny laneways where you will find many hole-in-the-wall cafes, bars and restaurants. It's also well known for the Victoria Markets, an excellent place to try out the local produce. Not far from Melbourne city centre ... Continue Reading

Family Fun on the Gold Coast

As a kiwi traveller, the Gold Coast is an ever-popular choice for  a family holiday. If you’re worried about how to keep the kids (and yourself!) entertained while on holiday, read on and check out our top picks for creating a memorable family holiday! Theme Parks Movie World offers thrilling rides and attractions featuring all of your favourite Warner Brothers characters. Here you can see characters like Bugs Bunny, Batman, Scooby-Doo and even Indiana Jones! Sea World is great for ... Continue Reading

Sunshine Coast – Perfect for Families

Sunshine Coast with it's own International Airport is the perfect region to escape to with the whole family. From visiting the world famous Australia Zoo, exploring the lush rainforest / quaint villages of the Hinterland to visiting some of the best beaches in Australia. Read on to get some awesome insight in to the Sunshine Coast. Australia Zoo A short drive from most of the main cities in the Sunshine Coast, this is a must-do when visiting here! Australia Zoo is very well set up for ... Continue Reading

Queensland family holidays – things to see and do

Looking for a wonderland of adventures to satisfy the whole family? Create a memorable experience with a visit to Queensland! From enjoying the sun, sand and surf on the Sunshine Coast, riding a roller coaster in the Gold Coast, to exploring Brisbane’s inner city beach as well as zip lining through the Daintree Rainforest north of Cairns, Queensland is really a land full of dreams. For inspiration on Queensland family holidays, have a read below on some of our top picks. Stepping into ... Continue Reading

Tropical North Queensland – Best Escapes

Heading away to Tropical North Queensland? From relaxing on the beach, trekking the rainforest, to finding the best places to eat, we have you covered! Here are some of our top tips of things to do and see while visiting this sun-drenched region. Great Barrier Reef Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most popular things to do when visiting Tropical North Queensland. This World Listed Heritage destination is even visible from space! Boasting some of the best snorkeling and ... Continue Reading

Brisbane for families – Places to go

Brisbane is a fantastic place to take the family away to as it's only a short 3 hour flight from Auckland. Being the largest city in Queensland, everything is located nearby! Have a read below on some highlights for travelling to Brisbane with a family.   Streets Beach, South Bank Not very often you see a white sandy beach in the middle of the city! This man made beach is the perfect place to go to and relax with the family. You don't have to worry about dangerous waves or sharks ... Continue Reading