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Editor’s note: When in Queensland for that family vacation, check out one of the many farm stays dotted through the countryside for an experience the little ones love! Here, Li Lin shares with us memories from her Sunshine Coast Farmstay, at Wittacork Dairy Cottages – of smiles and giggles aplenty. This was the view from our veranda, the horizon shrouded in the morning mist, of our Sunshine Coast farmstay in Queensland, that I’ll always fondly remember. We spent three nights at Wittacork Dairy Cottages in December 2013.  My…

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…

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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….

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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…

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My husband had to attend a conference in South Bank, Brisbane, recently. My boys and I decided to tag along for some rest and relax. We stayed at The Capitol Apartments in South Brisbane. It is a short 10-min walk away from the Brisbane Convention Centre as well as the South Bank Riverside park and restaurants area. Also just a 5-min away from the South Bank bus station and the South Brisbane train station. During this time, we (my sons and I) mostly roamed around the South Bank…

Seaworld with kids, Dolphin show

  During our 6-day stay in Brisbane, we made two separate day trips by train to Gold Coast, one to visit Sea World and the other Warner Bros. Movie World. We have actually bought a 3-in-1 VIP passes for the three Gold Coast’s Theme Parks. The pass included entries to the above 2, as well as Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast, for about AUD$100 per person. The VIP Pass is very good value, even though we had to miss Wet & Wild because we were short of time. Sea World…