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Coolum Love and eateries at Coolum Beach, Queensland
Beaches & Coasts

Coolum Love and Where to Eat in Coolum Beach, Queensland

Here’s a shout out to some scrumptious eateries at Coolum, Queensland. I was lucky to enjoy a girl’s getaway for a friend’s 50th. Needless to say, we weren’t cooking! So I can give you the rundown on where we ate in Coolum. My Place – thank you for your tapas, cocktails and friendly service. Everyone raved about the garlic prawn hotpot and the linguini marinara. I loved the koftas, garlicky edamame beans and garlic pizza. I tried the passion fruit and Coolum Love cocktails – they were delightful, too! Bombay Bliss brought on the curries and naan. Yum. In our

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Cliff Boardwalk, Coolum Beach, Queensland
Beaches & Coasts

Days out: Coolum Cliffs Boardwalk, Coolum Beach, Queensland

Check our Instagram page to see more of the Coolum Cliffs Boardwalk – what a beautiful beach to walk on. It was great to see Nippers out training and so many enjoying the location on the popular Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane. If you are staying at Coolum, try to walk up for sunset as well as a sunrise or earlier morning walk. On my morning stroll – I firstly walked north, then back south, up the boardwalk to Wilkinson Park on top of the headland and was rewarded with a whale splashing! There are tables, chairs, toilets and a

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Purple Mango Camping and Brewery

The Purple Mango Camping, Cafe & Brewery, Northern Territory

The ‘Best little cafe in the bush’ is our newest stopover for campers. Located only 50 minutes outside Darwin at Marrakai just off the Arnhem Highway, its a perfect stopover for travellers to Kakadu. Facilities include toilets and hot showers and both powered and unpowered sites. Spots are grassy and shady and the kids can explore the gardens and mango trees, there’s a local Corroboree Wetlands tour, its perfect for birdwatchers and visitors to the jumping croc cruises. The campground is accessible from Marrakai road which is dirt or via Clarke Rd which is now sealed bitumen. Owners Kylie and

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Mt Kosciuszko lookout - Vic 180

Free camp at Mt Kosciuszko Lookout, Victoria

I was so excited the last time we visited Mt Kosciuszko Lookout (Victorian site 180 in Camps 11) – we spotted the peak itself! Initially I thought the white was part of the clouds – until I realised I was looking at Australia’s highest mountain. When you consider you walk up the mountain from Thredbo in NSW, it is pretty amazing you can spot it all the way from Victoria. The last time we drove through, it was hiding behind the clouds. We were also thrilled to have made it to Victoria at all – thankfully before the lockdowns. This parking area

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8 Ball Aitken

10 hours of music at River Heads Rocks, Queensland

8 Ball Aitken The Rolling Stones Experience is coming to the Fraser Coast…. Another fantastic band not to be missed Miz Bully Band are heading down from Darwin, bringing their soulful songstress Miz Bully to set the scene. Held June 26, come along to Fraser Coast RV Park for camping and dancing under the stars. There’s 10 hours of music – with five bands including 8 Ball Aitken, Miz Bully Band & Rolling Stones Experience.  On Friday 25th:  Limited camping sites will be available for the event, usual check in time after 2pm – set up camp – relax around your camp fire (there

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Wellington Dam Mural - image Taj Kempe

Collie Mural Trail a must see! Western Australia

Wellington Dam Mural – image Taj Kempe Visitors are flocking to the south-west town of Collie in WA to see the State Government’s $1.5 million Collie Mural Trail, including the biggest dam mural in the world. The Collie Mural Trail town walls include 16 town murals. Fifteen Western Australian artists and one from interstate were selected to paint the town murals with their designs including references to the history of Collie, Aboriginal culture and the natural environment. The centrepiece of the trail is the Wellington Dam’s impressive 8,000 square metre mega-mural being painted by Australian artist Guido van Helten. The

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Rod and Pam Elkington
Life on the Road

An ANZAC Story: Push to the Bush

Rod and Pam Elkington On April 15, Pam and Rod Elkington will set out on an outback trip with a difference. Along with other veterans they will visit remote towns and tell them about ANZAC Day.  “When we first started Push to the Bush,” said Rod, “Wyandra had 15-16 kids in the school and we marched on ANZAC Day. There were whole heaps of mums and dads asking questions – turns out they weren’t alive when we came back from Vietnam. “It was the whole family – so we’re actually getting two chops at the cherry!” That was 16 years ago,

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Toogoolawah Showgrounds
Budget Campsite

Choose your spot at Toogoolawah Showgrounds, Queensland

Did you know at Toogoolawah Showgrounds, you can park anywhere you like? And they are community run, not by council but by the Show Society? We spoke to Bill, who sometimes helps out the caretaker, and knows the area, just north of Esk in the Brisbane Valley, quite well. He said you can choose your spot – “all 40 acres – we’ve had nearly 400 caravans here once!” It only costs $20 a night and $3 for the dump point for non patrons. He pointed at the yards, near the entry, “They have a campdraft there every year, plus rodeo

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