Monday, September 29, 2014

The Botanist, Kiribilli, Sydney, Australia

September 2014

The Botanist is located on the North side of Sydney a few 100 meters from the Milsons Point train station.

Citrus Mocktail $8

Tacos 4 for $20 (two prawn and two bean)

Sliders 4 for $20 (two beef and two pork)

Seared Kingfish $19

The trend for shared plates continued here, but the variety on the menu impressed me. I plan on returning.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Niramaya Villa, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

August 2014

The Niramaya Villas are located about 4 km along four mile beach from Port Douglas town.

The luxury villas are spacious and very private. 

With a fully equipped kitchen, its perfect to buy some supplies and just chill by the pool.

The bonus is the pool is heated in the winter months, making a late evening dip very comfortable.

The villas were stunning, well set up with everything you need. But they were out of town if you wanted to be near the action.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

August 2014

Port Douglas is located 70 km North of Cairns, or just over an hours drive. It's a popular spot due to it's village feel, it's proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.

I stayed out of town at the gorgeous Niramaya Villas, located about 4 km out of town.

The villa was self catered so I ate in most nights but I did eat out for lunch

To be honest I didn't do much on this trip

Walk up to the lookout at the town end of four mile beach

Walk around town

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

August 2014

Cairns is a popular spot for trips out to the Great Barrier Reef. Located a 3.5 hour direct flight from Sydney, the weather in winter was a perfect, low humidity, 28C.  The Esplanade made a great spot for a twilight run. 

I had dinner at Tamarind in the Casino. While it was a nice experience it was over rated, and my pork belly wasn't crispy.

The Flying Monkey Cafe does good coffee and snacks, including this ham toastie which was perfect for breakfast.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

August 2014

I spent very little time in Townsville. But I did find a fabulous Thai place to have dinner at - Summerie's Thai.

Green Papaya Salad

The Green Papaya Salad was fabulous. I had it medium and it was nice spicy.

ChooChee Fish 

This seafood dish was fried, but not greasy. The sauce had a mild bite to it with plenty of flavour.

I nearly didn't try this place, I had a stereotype of Thai in small Australian towns. Sometimes it's good to test your stereotypes.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Yeppoon and Rosslyn Bay, Queensland, Australia

August 2014

Yeppoon is located around 30 minutes North East of Rockhampton. A large number of Islands of the south part of the Great Barrier Reef can be viewed from here and there were a large number of coffee shops and places to grab lunch.

Rosslyn Bay is only another 7 minutes south of Yeppoon and looked like a popular fishing spot.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rockhampton, Queensland, Australaia

August 2014

Rockhampton is located about a four hour drive above Bundaberg, or an hour flight from Brisbane.

The river has a reasonably good pathway that can be run or walked along, and you get a great view from any of the bridges.

Another spot for a picnic or a stroll is the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens.

It's hard to miss this church as you drive in or out of town.

The Rockhampton Art Gallery is free and a good spot to stop if the weather is bad or you have a spare hour before your flight.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

1770 and Agnes Waters, Queensland, Australia

August 2014

Located right near each other, half way between Bundaberg and Rockhampton, both 1770 and Agnes Water were a pleasant surprise.

Agnes Water

I say surprise because I didn't plan on stopping here. People at work had mentioned 1770, but I didn't really know where it was except somewhere in Queensland. But when I left Bundaberg a stop at the beach at Agnes Water and then lunch at the 1770 pub was suggested.

 It definitely was a great spot and has convinced me to be a little bit more spontaneous on trips.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia

August 2014

Bundaberg is located a four hour drive, or less than a one hour flight from Brisbane, Queensland at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.

The Botanical Gardens are one of the areas to check out if you find yourself in Bundaberg with time on your hands.

The river makes a nice spot to watch the sun go down.

But being in town on a Sunday night I did struggle to find somewhere to eat. I did end up at Grunske's by the River, but it wasn't the highlight of my Queensland meals.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia

August 2014

Lady Elliot Island, is located 8- km north east of Bundaberg, on the Queensland Coast. The Island can only be accessed by plane, usually from Bundaberg or Harvey Bay.

The weather was not my friend. With patches of sunshine, the weather was wet, overcast and windy.

People generally come here to snorkel or dive with the abundant sealife. Known for the opportunity of swimming with manta ray I missed this, but did get to snorkel with sea turtles. 

The Island itself is only 42 Hectares and worth a walk around (it only takes approximately 45 minutes).

The Island is popular for day trippers, but if you want to stay a few nights the rates include breakfast, dinner and accommodation.

Far North and Central Queensland, Australia

August 2014

I haven't posted in a while. But I do have a fabulous re-introduction with a business and personal trip to Central and Far North Queensland. More posts to follow, but enjoy the photos in the meantime!

Port Douglas

Cairns Promenade


Town of 1770

Lady Elliott Island