Suburban Southport: Work Hard, Play Hard on the Gold Coast

Suburban Southport: Work Hard, Play Hard on the Gold Coast

Southport is the business district of the Gold Coast city. It’s situated in the north of the city, and it’s a classic suburban Australian civilization. It has the city’s largest office space amounting to over 100,000 square-feet. Businesses and companies that are relevant beyond the boundaries of the Gold Coast have chosen Southport as their destination to make a headquarters.

You can imagine then, that the number of professionals outnumber the local populace. Many commute to the district from Brisbane and indeed from the Gold Coast. However this makes it a mixture of highly intense competitive professionals and laid back locals that just want to go about their daily lives, sipping on tropical juice and enjoying the beaches. The rich and the poor mingle together, filling up cafes and coffee shops.

The commitment to business and trade is never in doubt in Southport, that’s why there are 18 high-rise towers right now, under construction to add to the already impressive skyline of the district. Since it’s a district that has its entire eastern side, facing the sea, wherever there is hard work, there’s a play hard reward.


Suburban Southport: Work Hard, Play Hard on the Gold Coast



The future is infinity

Although the majority of Australia looks like a barren land and parts of the countryside remind you of the ancient forests around the world, the Infinity Attraction is all about futuristic experiences. The attraction sends you through around 20 mazes of futuristic worlds the possibilities of what could be thousands of years from now.

It’s something of akin to what somebody might experience while on a substance trip, but they make sure to note it is a ‘chemical free trip’, that only requires your imagination. You get glimpses of the galaxy and universe way into the future, and how we could be interacting with these new stars, planets and distances.

You can feel like you’re walking over the tops of ornate cities that travel upward thousands of feet into the sky, and through computers that are working in the matrix. It’s a bizarre but experimental attraction that lights up your senses.



Surfer’s Paradise

The district may be known for it’s high-rise towers, but the waves that come onto the shore are also high. High enough to have the beach that stretches up the eastern coast, Surfers Paradise Beach. Go a little further inland and buy yourself some boating accessories, such as clothes, shoes, hats and lots of coastal fashion.

Here you can buy a GPS to help your navigate the sometimes slender passes through the many neighbourhoods. You can also buy watersport accessories such as an overboard waterproof dry pouch for storing things like your smartphone and perhaps food. Nets and other fishing gear are also available if you want to do a spot of fishing for yourself.

The beach is calmer the further your descend south, but for the real waves you can go straight out toward the east. However going around the coast in a leisurely fashion on a hired boat, seems like the best way to spend a cool evening.

If you work hard all day long, you should be thankful that you have an awesome beach just a couple of miles away. Suburban Southport is a place of business and tall buildings, but it hasn’t forgotten that sun, sand and surfing is what Australia is all about.


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Suburban Southport a fun part of Gold Coast.

A Weekend In Brisbane – Making The Most Of Your Time

A Weekend In Brisbane – Making The Most Of Your Time

Brisbane is one of eastern Australia’s greatest cities, offering the perfect excuse for a city break. The skyscrapers and beautiful riverside setting make it an excellent city to visit, with plenty to see and do during your time there.

For a relaxing, fun trip to remember, a weekend in Brisbane is a great choice for taking a short or long break in the Sunshine state of Queensland. Take a look at these useful tips for making the most of your weekend in Brisbane.

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A weekend in Brisbane – Queensland. Pic source.


A Weekend In Brisbane – Making The Most Of Your Time in Queensland


Stay in the heart of the city of Brisbane

With only 48 hours to explore, you’ll want to make the most of your visit to Brisbane, making a city centre location a must for your break. You’ll find plenty of accommodation to choose from including luxury hotels and some incredible Brisbane Airbnb homes to help you feel at home during your stay.

With options for all budgets, you’ll find the ideal accommodation to rest your head and feet after a long day exploring the city and witnessing all the amazing and most Instagram worthy places in Brisbane.


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Enjoy the heart of Brisbane: Picture by Pexels


Eating out in the Picturesque City

Food is an important part of any city break, and from breakfast through to dinner – you’ll want to take a bite out of Brisbane’s fantastic food culture. The Eat Street Markets are ideal for picking up tasty Asian street food, along the incredible setting of the Brisbane River – with plenty of bars around for you to sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

From burger joints to top gourmet restaurants, you’ll truly be spoilt with Brisbane’s fantastic choice of restaurants for you to dine at in whatever budget you are seeking.


Getting around Brisbane

Brisbane is an easy city to navigate, and while you can take advantage of the city’s excellent public transport services – you’ll want to explore on foot as much as possible. Alternatively, as a great way to see the city, why not enjoy a segway tour of Brisbane to help you see the best that the city has to offer? A fun way to get around, you’ll be able to take in a large part of Brisbane without tiring your feet!



Getting around in Brisbane. Photo by ZACHARY STAINES on Unsplash



The Epic Nightlife of Brisbane

Like any bustling city, Brisbane has a great nightlife, packed with bars and clubs that will keep you partying through the night. Fortitude Valley is a popular area for evening entertainment, while you can’t beat a few drinks from one of Brisbane’s rooftop bars – offering incredible views of the city. The atmosphere at night is electric, so make sure you take some time to see what the city has to offer.


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The nightlife is booming in Brisbane. Photo by Michael on Unsplash.


Experience the Culture

Brisbane is home to some great museums if you’re looking to add a bit of culture to your weekend. The Museum and Sciencentre offers some fascinating exhibits, although you’ll want to get there early if you want to avoid the crowds. Meanwhile, the Queensland Modern Art Gallery is worth a visit to see some of the best art that Australia has to offer if you’ve got an hour or two to spare.

City breaks in eastern Australia offer some fantastic experiences for all tastes and interests, making the perfect weekend getaway. After exploring the best that Brisbane has to offer, why not check out Sydney or Melbourne to help you make the most of your Australian travels?


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Enjoy a weekend in Brisbane. Photo by Michael on Unsplash

City Heights: Explore Eastern Australia In Style

City Heights: Explore Eastern Australia In Style

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Often, when people think of Australia; they think of white, sandy beaches, incredible coral reefs, and perhaps some of its scarier residents, like particular snakes and spiders that reside in the outback. However, there are vibrant cities along the coast of NSW and Victoria, and Australia’s East Coast are attracting more and more travellers and expats year on year.

Aside from the beautiful sunny weather; the east coast of Oz has plenty to offer its visitors in the way of shopping, culture, history, entertainment, and a thriving food and drinks scene to satiate every palate. Therefore, if you’re thinking of heading down under, or exploring more than just the beaches (although, these are a must too), it’s worth heading to some of the top cities along the coastline, and enjoying what they have to offer in a great country like Australia.

Heading to the Eastern States of Australia? Book a hotel on TripAdvisor.


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Amazing Sydney.


As with any trip, you’ll need to prepare and plan as much as you can beforehand so that you can make the most of your time there. If time flies when you’re having fun; a city-based adventure on the eastern coast of Australia will go in a millisecond. And, if you have the budget and the time; you can travel up or down the coast as you please, and check out more than one destination. Again, it’s worth making plans, and booking things in beforehand so that you don’t miss out on anything the diverse and intriguing locations have to offer the style-savvy city lover.

The following are some ideas and inspiration for those who’ve caught the travel bug, heading on their Aussie adventure, or for residents who need some advice on the cities on offer, up (or down), the east coast. Get your notebook and pen ready, and start writing your travel itinerary for your city-based adventure in Australia!


City Heights: Explore Eastern Australia In Style

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City Heights: Explore Eastern Australia In Style


Melbourne – The Great city in the South

The coastal capital of Victoria is a vibrant mix of modern development, original Victorian buildings, and a thriving, creative arts and cafe culture. This established city attracts travellers each year, and many choose to stay in the city to soak up the lifestyle, find work, and embrace all that Melbourne has to offer. More than just the place where Neighbours is filmed, Melbourne celebrates Australian talent, and actors, singers, and artist alike head to the city to make the most of the performing arts culture, auditions, and opportunities.

No create hub would be complete without lively cafes, bars, and restaurants, so you’ll find plenty of those too. Head to Auction Rooms for gourmet coffee in the morning, grab lunch in Higher Ground (if you manage to get a table), and spend your evening in Union Electric Bar & Rooftop Gin Garden sipping on gin cocktails and nibbling the Asian-inspired cuisine.

Wherever you decide to head in Melbourne; it can always be enhanced by some extra thought and attention to detail. Why not check out sites like and ensure that you’re reaching each eatery in style. A special night out will be made all the better if you’re driven from door to door, so skip the bus for the occasion, and arrive in style. If you’re full of food and drink, and ready to soak in the culture; head to the Melbourne Recital Centre and enjoy performances from both local and international artists.

The ACMI gallery always has a new exhibition on, making it the perfect place for some quiet contemplation, and a feast for your eyes.  For even more innovation; Arts House is a contemporary centre for performance, so you can go and see performers push the boundaries, and you’ll leave having had an unforgettable experience. A Melbourne adventure can be as relaxed or as intense as you want; it’s a city that can offer something for all, and you’ll find creativity around each corner.


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Enjoy great coffee. Image found here.


Sydney – Australia’s Biggest City

Sydney is a tourist destination with a reputation for its beautiful beaches, opera house, bridge, and harbour all around the world. And, while you’ll probably want to check some of those landmarks off your list (three of which you can do pretty much at the same time); there’s more to the sunny city than iconic locations. You’ll find a contrasting scene of the modern, designer shopping centre, with smaller, creative suburbs nearby.

Head to the city centre and CBD if you’re after the latest in designer fashion or tech; you can also head up the Sydney tower and eat in the revolving restaurant (an unparalleled view, literally). For independent shops and boutiques; head towards Surry Hills and down Oxford Street into Paddington for more of a mix when it comes to shopping. Check out sites like and discover some of the city’s best-kept boutique secrets (and be prepared to have your credit card ready).

After all that shopping and walking; you’ll need to refuel. When you’re visiting one of the most famous harbour side cities; you’ve got to try the seafood on offer. Fish at the Rocks is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike, and Bennelong is much the same. For more inspiration on where to dine, take a look here and book your tables in advance, so you don’t miss out!


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Explore Sydney at night. Image


Brisbane – The City of Life and Entertainment

For an even warmer climate; it’s time to head north to Queensland, and visit the state’s capital of Brisbane. Travellers have described the city as a clean and tidy haven, and they’re not wrong; the modern architecture glistens and shines next to the water’s edge, and there is a contemporary feel throughout the popular location.

It’s not just the architecture that oozes modernity; there is a growing contemporary art scene, and there are notable interactive exhibitions in its Museum and Sciencentre, that aren’t to be missed. The Queensland Modern Art Gallery also resides in the sunny city, ensuring that culture vultures are satisfied and will leave full of knowledge and new experiences to tick off their list.

Whichever city you decide to explore (or maybe you’ll do all three); make sure your plans, ideas, and bookings are in place so that you don’t miss out. If you like the sound of doing something, the chances are that others will too, so ensure that you beat the crowds and plan your Australian city adventures thorough for an unforgettable experience.


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Admire Brisbane’s art. Pexels.

There’s A Whole Lot More To Brisbane Than You Thought – Queensland

There’s A Whole Lot More To Brisbane Than You Thought – Queensland

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Despite its many and varied pleasures, Brisbane doesn’t get quite the fair shake it deserves amongst non-Queenslanders. International types who might be able to tell you a fair bit about Sydney, Canberra, super-cool Melbourne or even Perth will just stare blankly at you when you mention the capital of Queensland.

Those who can tell you anything about it at all might mention the famous Wheel or perhaps the artificial beach at South Bank Pools. Nonetheless, there’s a whole lot more to this picturesque and culturally rich city that more than merits a trip up north. Whether you’re looking for adventure, picturesque scenery or just a cool place to party, Brisbane has it all. Read on and I dare you not to fall in love.

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There’s A Whole Lot More To Brisbane Than You Thought – Queensland



Explore Kangaroo Point Cliffs

While most will be aware of the sensational views to be had from Mount Coot-tha few will be able to tell you as much about Kangaroo Point. Sure, Coot-tha has the botanical gardens and the Sir Thomas Brisbane planetarium but Kangaroo Point has lock climbing, ample picnic space and of course the famous Story Bridge.

Who says you have to go all the way to Sydney for a bridge climb? It may not have an opera house, but Brisbane offers up a dramatic skyline of its very own.


See some underground theatre

Many cities in Australia have a thriving theatre scene but Brisbane offers something truly unique. Why not add an extra dose of theatricality to your theatrics with an operatic performance deep underground in the imposingly beautiful Spring Hill Reservoirs deep beneath the city streets.

The underground facility used to provide water to the city but was closed and repurposed in 1962. There the Underground Opera Company perform lavish productions amidst some of the finest acoustics in the world.


Party on the boat at Moreton Bay

If you’re celebrating a special occasion like a birthday, stag or hen party or just feel like raising the roof, picturesque Moreton Bay is the place to get the party started on one of the many party boats. Bring your own food and drink or enjoy the on board facilities as a host of cruise companies offer bespoke solutions to suit a range of tastes from the sophisticated to the downright raucous. Click here for more information. From the bay you can sail along the Brisbane river and along to a range of island destinations.


Get your koala fix at Lone Pine

Who doesn’t love koalas? That’s right absolutely no one. But all too often we have to admire them from afar in the wild or in Australia’s many nature parks. Not so at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Built in 1927 it is the first and largest of its kind, allowing the cuddly marsupials to enjoy the pleasures of the country’s unique ecosystem free from fear of deforestation or human mistreatment.

You can wander the picturesque grounds and see the little critters at play or for a nominal fee you can handle and pet them. Everything you wanted to know about the iconic marsupial can be found within this wonderful and picturesque place in Australia.


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More to Brisbane. Picture by Pexel

Sydney to Brisbane: The Drive Of Your Dreams on Australia’s East Coast

Sydney to Brisbane: The Drive Of Your Dreams on Australia’s East Coast

Forget about Route 66 or La Route Des Grandes Alpes; the Australian Pacific Coast Drive is one experience you have to see for yourself and a trip you will want to do over and over again.

If you’re touring Australia, the drive from Sydney to Brisbane will offer you some of the best views in the world, with plenty of adventures along the way. Here are just some of the highlights you can look forward to during your trip on Australia’s East Coast.


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Drive on the left from Sydney to Brisbane. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Sydney to Brisbane: The Drive Of Your Dreams on Australia’s East Coast


Experience spectacular Sydney

Perhaps Australia’s most famous city, you’ll need to take a few days before you set off on your trip to make the most of it. Enjoy some of the highlights of Sydney such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, while also taking some time to explore the city’s incredible beaches. It’s a beautiful city with a lot to offer – the perfect place for you to begin your trip.


Sydney Harbour Bridge meets the Opera House.


Get up close with koalas

After visiting Sydney, one of the first stops along your route is Port Macquarie, where you’ll find the famous Koala Hospital. While you won’t be able to hold or touch a koala (it’s illegal in New South Wales), you will get the opportunity to see many of them, as well as find out about the fantastic conservation work being done at the hospital to protect them. A lovely experience with one of Australia’s most treasured animals, this stop is a must for your trip.


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Attempt a little Koala spotting in your drive. Image: Pexels.


Enjoy not one, but 48 national parks Along the Way

While you will get to explore and enjoy hundreds of miles of striking coastlines, you’ll also pass through several national parks en route along the Pacific Coast drive. Make a point to stop at Bouddi National Park along your journey, a stunning sight to see combining rainforest and marine life to offer a unique experience as you make your way through the Central Coast.


Stop and enjoy the water – Activities Are Waiting

The great thing about the Pacific Coast Drive is that you can take it all at your own pace, giving you plenty of time to stop and enjoy the water. One top recommendation is to visit Nelson’s Lagoon, which you’ll find in Mimosa Rocks National Park. It’s a secluded spot where you can enjoy stand up paddle board experiences and other water adventures to help you make the most of your trip. If you can enjoy a spot of sailing along your journey, it does come highly recommended, and there’ll be ample opportunities to enjoy the Australian coast along the way.


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On the lookout over Australians waters.


Soak up the sun in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is one of the world’s best-known beach towns, ideal for surfing and enjoying the sun by day and a thriving nightlife after dark. Laid back, relaxed and offering some amazing experiences, you’ll have plenty of incredible things to do in Byron Bay. Time your visit right and you could encounter a festival during your stay, adding to the party atmosphere and giving you the chance to let your hair down.

The drive from Sydney to Brisbane offers some truly incredible sights that you won’t forget. Plan your journey in advance and make sure you tick off as many on your list as possible to help you make the most of your amazing Australian adventure.


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The Gold Coast can be found on the way from Sydney to Brisbane.

How To Enjoy The Great Barrier Reef Off the Queensland Coast

How To Enjoy The Great Barrier Reef Off the Queensland Coast

The Great Barrier Reef is perhaps one of the most well-known attractions in the whole of Australia. Located just off the coast of Queensland; it’s an excellent place to visit alone or with your friends and family.

The Great Barrier Reef is visible from space, and it’s also home to no less than six-hundred different types of hard and soft coral. If you like the idea of visiting the reef and seeing it firsthand, use some of the advice from this page when planning your trip. With a bit of luck, this article will assist you in leaving no stone unturned.


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The Great Barrier Reef from high above. Credit.


Getting to the Great Barrier Reef

It’s always sensible to fly from your location to Queensland if you want to visit the Great Barrier Reef. The Gold Coast airport is the most suitable landing destination, but you could also arrive at Brisbane airport if worst comes to worst. It makes sense to take your driving licence because hiring a car is going to work out much cheaper than using taxis or public transport.

Also, Australia is a vast place. Getting from A to B can take hours, and you’re always going to feel more comfortable if you’re behind the wheel and you don’t have to deal with buses and trains.


The Great Barrier Reef

Under the sea. (picture by Pexels)



Finding places to stay

Some people choose to book accommodation in Queensland when they plan to spend time at the Great Barrier Reef, and there are hundreds of hotels you can book online with ease. Just check out some of the best booking and comparison sites to ensure you don’t overspend. However, there are also lots of islands in the area of the reef that also offer accommodation. Some of the most frequently chosen islands include:


  • Bedarra Island
  • Brampton Island
  • Daydream Island
  • Hamilton Island
  • Lizard Island
  • Magnetic Island


Organising a tour


There are lots of options on the table when it comes visiting Australia and seeing the reef firsthand. Many people choose to arrange a snorkelling experience that enables them to get up close and personal with the coral. If you aren’t a strong swimmer or you don’t want to get wet, there are plenty of glass bottomed boat tours available that will give you the best possible view of the reef without getting in the water. Just be sure to make all the bookings before you leave home to avoid disappointment. Also, making the arrangements in advance will mean you can relax a little more than you otherwise would have done during your visit.

Now you know how to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland; you just have to set the wheels in motion. When all’s said and done, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the world, and so everyone should try to see it during their lifetime. Depending on where you live, flights to Australia can become expensive.

For that reason, it’s always wise to start making plans as early as possible so you can ensure there’s enough money in those accounts by the time you plan to travel. Enjoy!


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Enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. (Picture by Pexels)

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