Oaks Festival Towers with kids

Editor’s note:  For large families or groups of friends travelling together, a home stay or an apartment stay usually works out better logistically – having a kitchen and laundry facilities adds convenience and flexibility! Azreen Noor shares with us her review of a well equipped apartment she found in Brisbane.  Our entourage of 4 adults and 7 kids needed a well-located base for our time in Brisbane.  After searching through home stay websites, browsing hotel booking sites, we decided to book two two-bedroom apartments at the popular Oaks…


The theme parks in Gold Coast need no introduction!  We have already planned to visit Seaworld during our vacation to Gold Coast, along with our friends and their kids.  It was however an impromptu decision to give ourselves the extra treat while we were there – taking a scenic Gold Coast helicopter tour that is! In fact, even after we’ve decided to book a ride on the Seaworld Helicopters, we were still set to give it a miss if we couldn’t take the 1-year-old baby onboard with us….


Editor’s note: For our Muslim readers, Azreen Noor has two Brisbane Dining recommendations to share with you.    A super bonus for Muslims staying at the Oaks Festival Tower – there are a couple of halal eateries located near the hotel.  That’s always handy when travelling with kids (who can fall hungry at the most inconvenient times). Nandos, of the peri peri chicken fame, needs no introduction.  All Nandos in Australia are certified Halal. A Nandos outlet is just at the ground floor of the hotel (located at 108 Albert…

pretty girl at botanic garden

Our trip to Brisbane and Gold Coast, with our family friend, was meant to be a chillax kinda trip.  Between us we have seven kids (three mine, four theirs), so you can imagine the amount of energy we need to burn off daily! These are two parks our kids thoroughly enjoyed during our time in Brisbane – these green spaces in Brisbane makes for enjoyable afternoons for the whole family.

Amazing Bestbrook Mountain with kids

Our two families stayed at the amazing Bestbrook Mountain Resort for two nights, as a break in between Brisbane city and the Gold Coast. The resort is located at the small village of Maryvale, 90 minutes from Brisbane and 2 hours from Gold Coast. The ranch made for a great home stay, or farmstay near Brisbane!  The best part about Bestbrook Mountain Resort, is definitely its people. From the start, right through to the check out, from the warm reception we had, right through the fond farewell, our…