Beaches

Little Lifesavers – super cute kids Aussie swimwear (shot ‘on location’)

Image of small person sporting her Girls Lifesaver Swimmer from Between the Flags on Mission Beach, Australia
Small person splashing  ‘Between the Flags’

The iconic yellow and red of the Australian lifesavers on patrolled beaches can’t be missed. And being a big fan of all things Australian I couldn’t resist these super cute little lifesaver swimsuits.

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Want to go on my holiday? Great places to stay in Tropical North Queensland

Image of Lucy and small person in pool at Sea Temple in Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia
Splashing in the HUGE pool at the Sea Temple in Palm Cove

We stayed in some amazing accommodation while visiting Tropical North Queensland last month. Obviously I do a fair bit (OK tons!) of research before we go, but I also got a lot of help from the fabulous team at Bridge and Wickers. I like booking my holidays to Australia with Bridge and Wickers as it’s pretty much a no-brainer as they have high standards like me 🙂 As you can imagine I am a reasonably (alright, very!) demanding client so anyone with the patience to deal with me must be good.

Actually I do have to add that Bridge & Wickers have in fact just won the ultimate ‘Ozcar‘ from Tourism Australia as the best travel company so you don’t just have to take my word for it!

So here’s where we stayed and a mini review of each place:

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On a Mission!

Image of Lucy swimming in the pool at Castaways, Mission Beach, Queensland Australia
Lovely beachfront pool at Castaways

Am currently residing in Mission Beach, Queensland and loving it. Am a HUGE fan of Mission beach and this is our third visit here on our many travels Down Under. Mission Beach is actually a number of beaches all in a row (making up around 14kms of the sandy stuff) about 2 hours drive south of Cairns. We are in ‘North Mission’ (as opposed to Wongaling or South Mission).

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What do you call a 4-mile beach without a spade on its head?

Image of small person at helm of Sailaway Low Isles cruise, Port Douglas, North Queensland Australia
Small person at helm of Sailaway – Low Isles cruise, Great Barrier Reef

Answer: Port Douglas

An old joke the Douglas (dug-less) one, and probably more funny if you’ve had a nice glass of wine (which I’d had when I wrote that).

I want to do a ‘while I am here’ post about lovely Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland.

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THIS is why I LOVE Australia

Image of bucket of prawns and a glass of fizzy at George's feeding time at On the Inlet restaurant, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
My ideal diet: prawns & bubbles!

I got asked a question this week (thanks Frank!) that I actually get asked all the time… why am I not living in Australia? (given that I am clearly quite taken with the place!). Well the answer is…

… actually there are a few parts to this answer, and in explaining it I’ll showcase exactly why I love Australia.

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Love and Australia

Image of Heart Reef in the Whitsundays, seen from our sea plane out of Airlie Beach, Queensland
Heart Reef in the Whitsundays

As my one concession to it being Valentines Day thought I would have a romantic 5 minutes and share places in Australia that I love, are special and hey – one of them is even heart-shaped!

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Insider guide to Sydney, Australia.

Image of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney, NSW
The Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney

Read a really good guide to Sydney over the weekend in the Sunday Times.

Clearly written by a local ‘Sydneysider’ it had some great tips for:

  • beaches
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • things to see
  • suburbs to explore
  • shopping
  • countryside

Well worth a read if you’re heading to the lovely harbour city any time soon…

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Location Location Location – the best places in Australia?

Image of pelicans on Belongil Beach, Byron Bay, NSW
One of my favourite photos of one of my favourite places in Oz – pelicans on Belongil Beach, Byron Bay, NSW

I am a huge fan of Kirstie and Phil and their location/relocation on-screen shenanigans, so am doubly excited that this week sees the lovely Phil hot footing around Australia helping people to buy a house Down Under. Phil Spencer Down Under is on this Friday (22nd January) Channel 4 at 8pm.

There was an article in the Sunday Times at the weekend written by Phil where he listed some his ‘ideal’ places to live in Australia.

So where does Phil like (and do I agree?):

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What to do on Christmas Day in Australia

Image of Sydney's bridge climb
Sydney’s bridge climb is open on Christmas Day

I had a great question sent to me about what there is (and isn’t) ‘to do’ over the Christmas holidays in Australia.

Got me thinking (and googling) what you can and can’t do over Christmas if you’re visiting Australia. The question I was asked specifically related to Sydney, so here’s what I found out for there first…

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Cheapest flights to Australia EVER and they leave NOW! Book your summer holiday Down Under.

Just a quick note to let you know: if you’re thinking of heading to Australia this summer, you can for only ÂŁ469 return!

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