Where to eat in Merimbula

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Feeling hungry while you are in Merimbula and don’t know where to eat then hopefully this guide can help you decide where to have a feed. Merimbula for its size has a plethora of restaurants and cafes and these are some of the places which we have eaten at over the years in which we have been coming here.  Enjoy and bon appetite.

 Best cafes for brunch

You are on holiday, there’s no need to wake up early and there’s no better thing to wake up and go out for hearty meal in the middle of the morning when you have all the free time you need to relax sip on a coffee while eating some great food, for me usually eggs.
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What to do in Merimbula

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Merimbula’s Main Beach

Every Winter when I was growing up my parents used to take us on holiday to Merimbula, a quiet but very beautiful town located on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales. I never really enjoyed it at the time because it was a coastal town and we couldn’t enjoy the beautiful beaches in the area. When my parents retired they moved to this town and over the years I have gained a better appreciation for this town,so without further ado here is our guide  of what to do in Merimbula. Continue reading

Guided around Sydney on Free Sydney walking tours

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I had always wondered what were the point of these walking tours, having first seen them when travelling through Europe.  I thought what cold they really show me or teach me what I couldn’t find out by myself by just wandering the streets through the city. So to be honest I had never ever planned to take one of these day tours especially in my home country even though I hadn’t spent much time in Sydney. Continue reading

kuranda is not for the Australian traveller

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Kuranda, sorry to say we just don’t get the appeal, everyone raves about this little village. How if you are in the Cairns/ Port Douglas area that you have to go, that it will be the highlight of your trip but unfortunately we just felt like a tourist trap. Maybe for a foreign traveller they may have a different appeal as most of the attractions cater to Australian wildlife and Australiana arts and craft. We did though enjoy the train ride up on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. I think the price for the family to do this day trip is one of the reasons I also think it’s a trap. Continue reading

Snorkelling The Great Barrier Reef Low Isles

Whether you are in Cairns or Port Douglas one of the must things to do is to take a boat out to the Great Barrier Reef. There are a few options which are very popular with day trippers that sail either out to Fitzroy or Green Island which are closer to Cairns or a trip out to the Low Isles which is closer to Port Douglas.

As we were staying in Port Douglas we decided to take the Quicksilver catamaran out to Low Isles as the islands are only 13 kilometres from Port Douglas. This helped with our decision as well as the fact that the tours are catered for roughly fifty people where if you were going out to one of the other islands the boats are much larger and cater for around 100 people. Quicksilver is one of four companies that are licensed to moor at Low Isles.

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A day in the Daintree Rainforest

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Port Douglas is a small town of 3000 people located about an hour from Cairns in  North Queensland. The town is fortunate to be close to two World Heritage sites the world famous Great Barrier Reef as well as having the Daintree Rain forest as its back yard. With many tour companies running day tours out to the forest then this is the easiest and best way to explore the area if you have limited time. Continue reading

Escape The Gold Coast, hike the trails in Lammington National Park

You have just spent the past few days soaking up the sun during the day and partying through the night and in between checked out the Theme parks that make the itinerary on any trip to the Gold Coast but it is now time to escape, you’re not in any mood to be amongst the crowds anymore, you have had enough of the morning hangovers. You just want peace and quiet but where can that place be. I’ll tell you just here.

Lammington National Park is just over an hours drive from Surfers Paradise, the heart of the Gold Coast. Once arriving the contrasts will hit you instead of the thumping of the DJ’s music you will hear the chirping of the birds. Instead of being surrounded by built up skyscrapers you will be surrounded by the sub tropical rain forests that has been listed as a  world  heritage site since 1994.

On the plateau of Lammington National park lies O’Reilly’s Guest house which is the only accommodation in the park. O’Reilly’s have been offering guests a place to stay for nearly 100 hundred years. It now features 66 rainforest retreat rooms free of television and telephones and 48 self contained Eco lodges.

O’Reilly’s may have been isolated from the rest of Australia with the National park surrounding it however Bernard O’Reilly became an Australian hero in February 1937 when he found the crash site of a Stinson airplane. He helped rescue two survivors John Proud and Joe Binstead, four other men died in the crash.

Lammington National Park may not be the oldest park in Queensland but it is one of the most significant often being referred to as Queensland’s National Park. If you’re a fan of hiking and waterfalls then you have come to the right place with the park consisting of 160 kilometers in trails and over 500 waterfalls.

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Moran Falls

We stayed two nights at O’Reilly’s and while the rooms were clean and well maintained you are definitely paying for the convenience of being able to sleep in the National Park, close to the trails.From the room we looked out over the open fields where early in the morning and at dusk you could look out and see the pademelon, a rabbit sized marsupial which has similar features to a kangaroo grazing on the lawn.

At the time our son, Rei was quite young so we couldn’t venture out on the long tracks we however filled the days on shorter trails but still very rewarding. One morning,we ventured out to  Moran Falls where the water gushed, plummeting eighty metres to the bottom. The sunlight bounced off the water forming rainbows, we stood and watched as we lost our thought to the rhythmic flow of the water. Another we made our way to The Wishing Tree, which is the tallest tree in the park, we crossed a suspension bridge that crossed over a fern gully, we scrambled up Mick’s Tower a lookout that the rangers use to check for signs of bush fires that Australia is well-known for.

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The view from Mick’s lookout

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The wishing tree

The most popular in terms of people due to its convenience is the Tree-Top walk  which are made up of nine suspension bridges hovering fifteen metres above the ground. We have done a few of these walks in Northern Queensland and Malaysia but never seem to see anything extra even though you are supposed to be closer to the wildlife so we were left a little disappointed.

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Tree top walk

During the down time we relaxed in our rooms, soaked in the jacuzzi and spent enjoyable time feeding the rosellas that fly in everyday looking for food.At night with no TV and being in the middle of the forest you may wonder what we were left to do. However O’Reilly’s show documentaries filmed in the park and have tours to the glow worms that really do look like stars twinkling in the sky.

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How to get to O’Reilly’s

 

Unfortunately if you don’t have a car then getting there takes a little organization and becomes a little expensive if you are more than one.  There is no public transportation to the park so one must organize with a company that makes day tours to the park to drive you and pick you up when you would like to return to civilization.