Hotel Review – Mantra Legends Hotel, Surfer’s Paradise

I booked the Mantra Legends just over a month before heading to Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I got a pretty decent rate (although websites do such a great job at making you THINK you got a good rate, sometimes it’s pretty hard to tell) at …

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Gold Coast versus the Sunshine Coast (Queensland)

It’s time for another rumble! And we head to Australia’s Sunshine State, home to the Big Pineapple (no really, that’s a thing!) and compare the Gold Coast, centred around towns such as Coolangatta and Surfer’s Paradise, and the Sunshine Coast, where you’ll find Noosa et al. Where do I start? Both are not too far …

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Eurovision #ThrowbackThursday – Times Eurovision Rocked!

Howdy all. Another post looking back at Eurovision over the years - today I'm looking at some examples of rock songs in Eurovision. Actually surprisingly under-represented as a genre, some songs are brill whereas others ... well they unique to say the least! Eyes That Never Lie (2009, Belarus, Petr Elfimov) This one has an …

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Why Not Consider… Iran?

How many countries are actually on the conventional ‘tourist track’? Actually, probably most of the countries in the world if you think about it. If you told someone you were headed to Iran, presuming you were living in a “western” country, you would probably expect that who you told might be a bit surprised, perhaps …

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Snorkeling Wave Break Island, Gold Coast – The VIDEO!

Hi all! I've put together a short four-minute video (underwater) of my time snorkeling near Wave Bay Island on the Gold Coast. I've been trying to identify the fish I saw - I know the one with zebra-like features is the Scissortail Sergeant, but I'm lost for any others. There are at least three types …

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Warner Brother’s Movie World…. Or Another Day of Serious Queueing!

Howdy all from the Gold Coast on my last day here, returning to Melbourne tonight. The weather has been brilliant, 25 - 27 degrees and mostly sunny the whole time, and I've really had a chance to unwind and enjoy where I'm at - yes first Sea World and then Movie Word - 'Hollywood on …

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Eurovision #ThrowbackThursday – looking to 2019

Hi all! Sorry to not ACTUALLY be 'throwing back' this week, but I thought I would share this video of the 41 participants of this year's upcoming competition, I watched it and I thought, honestly, that there's not a lot that stands out. Which I think will give Australia's Kate Mille-Heidke a chance of doing …

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