Family holidays on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast, stretching along 60 kilometres of East Australia’s pristine coastline, with theme parks, great beaches, rainforest and activities galore, makes for a perfect family holiday location.  There are plenty of family orientated hotels and resorts available, ranging from luxury options to those designed for the more budget conscious. Below are some of the best:

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Floriade, Australia

As a celebration for the coming of spring, Australia’s Floriade festival is the largest flora and fauna show in Australia, with over one million blooming flowers being showcased.  The festival runs for 4 weeks from mid-September each year in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park and entry is free.  The event attracts approximately 400,000 people each year from across Australia, as well as international visitors.

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Izakaya, Australian style

An Izakaya is a type of Japanese bar, traditionally with a relaxed and casual atmosphere, serving good drinks and an accompanying food selection.  From its origins of allowing customers to sit in the shop selling sake to its popularity throughout Japan, the appeal of good drink, sake and Japanese tapas style food has crossed the Pacific Ocean to Australia which is now proud to host several of its own Izakayas.  Check out the top 5 below:

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Top 10 Events in Melbourne, Autumn 2013

Places that dominate the big, global quality-of-life indices – your Viennas, your Vancouvers, your Helsinkis – do so on the basis of public safety, hygiene, environment, economic stability and the like. Pretty humdrum stuff. Culture and recreation, however, also play vital roles and help determine whether a city merely delivers the bare minimum or, preferably, enriches and stimulates as well. Patrons of Melbourne city hotels know what this is all about.

The state capital of Victoria has long stood proudly atop many a livability index (The Economist Intelligence Unit index for 2012 is a prominent case). That the metropolis on the Yarra succeeds with such banal regularity is a credit to a lively arts, culture and extracurricular scene that, simply put, makes Melbourne a fun, attractive place to live and, indeed, visit.

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Sydney’s small bars

As a city, Sydney ticks all the boxes for famous attractions, incredible beaches, international cuisine and a great range of nightlife.  However, set in amongst the more well-known areas and tourist attractions, are some small drinking establishments which allow those who enjoy being part of a less commercial and trendy bar scene the chance to kick back and relax alternative style.  Ensure you don’t miss out on these top 5:

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Dinner for 2 in Sydney for under $50

There are plenty of dining options for travellers who are looking to save a bit of cash in Sydney.

Pub Meals

The Beach Road Bondi contains a pub, bistro and pizza bar.  It has a wide range of offers for each day of the week, allowing people to enjoy decent meals at very low prices.  On Thursday nights, visitors can enjoy fajitas and a beer for only $15 per head, whilst Mondays are even cheaper with a hot dog and beer costing only $8. The Hotel London is another restaurant option that has a large selection of sandwiches on the menu, all priced below $20.  They also serve a wide selection of pizzas for between $20 and $25.

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Best hotels for some fun time

The Palms (Las Vegas, US)

The Palms has a wide selection of options to suit various budgets.   All the suites are individually styled to suit a variety of tastes.  Popular weekend options include staying in the Erotic Suite or the Hugh Heffner Suite.

The Ritz-Carlton (Chicago, US)

The Ritz-Carlton has a weekend suite especially designed for couples looking for a weekend of fun in Chicago.  Visitors can enjoy an in-room massage and have sushi delivered straight to their room door.

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