REEF SPRINTER

Operating most days, this half-day tour kicks off at Reef Sprinter’s shop on Wharf St, where each snorkeler will be handed their gear, and given a safety briefing. From there, it’s only a 40-minute journey to the Outer Reef – leaving you with over an hour to swim around the sea, and wave to the surrounding marine life.

Visit Sunshine Coast – Queensland – Full Episode Feature

The Sunshine Coast in Queensland is simply spectacular. In this episode of Eat, Play & Stay, we’ll show you some beautiful beachside destinations and we’ll be taking you inland to the hinterland as well. We begin our journey at the Glasshouse Mountains which represent the southern border of the Sunshine Coast. Then we take a trip along the Blackall Range scenic drive through the hinterland to visit the three M’s; Maleny, Montville and Mapleton. It’s over to the east coast to Caloundra and Moffat Beach to hug and camel and grab a beer or two. Then we travel up the coast to Mooloolaba for fun in the sun and an interactive experience with some friendly penguins and seals.

www.visitsunshinecoast.com

Peninsula Airlie Beach – Airlie Beach – Queensland

Wake up overlooking stunning turquoise waters whilst watching the sea life go by. Peninsula Airlie Beach is a luxurious property that will make your next vacation feel like a dream. Located in central Queensland on the shore of Shingley Beach, the property overlooks Abell Point Marina and is adjacent to Airlie Beach. It’s the perfect base for those wishing to explore the many incredible islands of the Whitsundays. It is also a great spot if you want to experience the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

www.peninsulaairliebeach.com

Blue Fish Seafood Restaurant – Darling Harbour – New South Wales

Welcome to Blue Fish Seafood Restaurant in Darling Harbour, where high quality International cuisine and friendly service combine with breathtaking views of the city skyline and the magical harbour, to bring you a stylish dining experience you won’t forget. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner you’re after, the menu at Blue Fish takes inspiration from European, Pacific and Asian cuisines, ensuring there really is something for everyone here.

www.bluefishsydney.com.au

Crystal Bay on the Broadwater – Southport – Queensland

Just a short 20-minute drive north of the Gold Coast you’ll find a wonderful waterfront promenade called The Broadwater, surrounded by attractive parkland and world-class marinas that provide a gateway to the Pacific Ocean. This ideal location makes for a unique holiday destination, and the perfect place stay is right here, at Crystal Bay On The Broadwater. They offer a relaxed and comfortable accommodation option, with a range of rooms to suit any size group or budget.

www.crystalbay.com.au

China Diner – Bondi Beach – New South Wales

Whilst we can’t travel to Shanghai, China Diner in Bondi will transport you to the heart of the Chinese city through its’ delicious menu. The modern recipes and buzzing atmosphere offer flavoursome Asian fusion dishes that will leave your taste buds coming back for more. Located just a short 10 minute stroll from Bondi Beach, it’s easy to see why this place is the local’s choice for Chinese food. A modern interior with warm lighting and stylish decor creates an intimate and unique experience.

www.chinadiner.com.au

Braza Churrascaria – Darling Harbour – New South Wales

When i think of Brazil, I think of the world famous Carnivale – a dynamic festival of fun, colour and tantalising foods. Aiming, and succeeding, to bring this vibrant energy to Sydney is BRAZA, one of the very first Brazilian barbeque restaurants to introduce the true concept of churrasco dining to Sydney…and what is churrasco dining, you ask?…it’s a unique dining experience where Passadores, or expertly trained Meat Carvers, cut and serve freshly barbequed meats straight to your plate…. Let’s find out more….

www.braza.com.au

Magpie and Stump – Mintaro – South Australia

Magpie and Stump is one of the oldest pubs in South Australia dating all the way back to 1851. So take a step back in time whilst immersing yourself in modern culinary delights. Agriculture and picturesque scenery is at the heart of Clare Valley, take the road less travelled on the stunning hiking and bike trails. And indulge in fresh local produce or explore the rich history this town has to offer.

www.magpieandstump.com.au

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge – Kangaroo Island – South Australia

With iconic wildlife and the clearest water Australia has to offer, Kangaroo Island will make your next escape unforgettable. So, relax and explore the waterfront at Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge.

The lodge is located centrally in town close to restaurants and all the main wildlife attractions. Although there was a loss of wildlife during the bushfires last year, the coastal safari is back in business and the koalas will be very happy to see you. You can also sail on the American river for the day or take a boat tour of Kangaroo island. If you feel like a stroll check out Cape Willoughby lighthouse.

www.kilodge.com.au

Apollo Bay Hotel – Apollo Bay – Victoria

Located in the heart of the seaside village of Apollo Bay, the boutique hotel is just a two-hour drive from Melbourne and on the doorstep of the Great Otway National Park. Just a two-minute stroll from the beach, the hotel is surrounded by coastal views and overlooks the foreshore reserve.

Warm and welcoming, Apollo Bay Hotel offers casual dining in a spectacular setting. Take a seat on the large dog-friendly deck dotted with festoon lighting overlooking the grassy reserve. It’s an idyllic spot to watch the sunset while taking advantage of the pub’s generous happy hour with a carefully prepared cocktail.

www.apollobayhotel.com.au

Catalina Restaurant – Rose Bay – New South Wales

Family owned and operated for over 25 years, and ideally located harbour side in Sydney’s exclusive Eastern Suburbs, Catalina is the home to the finest food, wine and service in the region. From a romantic dinner for two to a large family celebration, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better venue anywhere in Sydney. Let the friendly, professional wait staff pamper you, as you indulge in a fine dining experience quite literally second to none.

www.catalinarosebay.com.au

Cumberland Lorne Resort – Lorne – Victoria

Craving a getaway that combines stunning natural reserves, seaside charm and boutique shopping? Look no further:  Cumberland Lorne Resort promises a luxury stay with everything to explore right at your doorstep. Located along the spectacular Great Ocean Road, Lorne is just a two-hour drive from Melbourne. This popular beach side getaway is known for its arts community, stunning waterfalls, natural reserves and safely patrolled beach. The Cumberland is located in the heart of Lorne’s town centre, just a stone’s throw away from the beach. Stylishly designed with all the creature comforts of home, it’s perfect for both a long or short term stay.

www.cumberland.com.au

Dryridge Estate – Megalong Valley – New South Wales

Take a scenic two-hour drive through the majestic Blue Mountains and you’ll find the picturesque, boutique winery Dryridge Estate. Nestled in amongst natural parkland and the landscape of the Megalong Valley, Dry Ridge Estate is an ideal destination for either a relaxing couples’ weekend away; or just a fun day trip to help escape the hustle and bustle of everyday city life.

Spend an afternoon at the cellar door, where you’ll enjoy critically acclaimed, exclusive wines and tasty treats, surrounded by breathtaking views.

www.dryridge.com.au

Waterside Bistro – Bobbin Head – New South Wales

After a casual and relaxed waterside dining experience like no other? Look no further than the Waterside Bistro, right here in beautiful Turramurra, NSW.

Take a short drive across the Bridge through Sydney’s North Shore, and you’ll find the Waterside Bistro nestled in the heart of the stunning Empire Marina, a pristine location quite literally, second to none.  A relaxed, casual dining experience, where you can take a seat by the water, enjoying the calming sights and sounds of all that the surrounding Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has to offer.

Whether it’s breakfast or lunch you’re after, the Waterside’s extensive menu offers something for everyone.

www.watersidebistro.com.au

Fingal Bay Holiday Park – Fingal Bay – New South Wales

Craving a seaside getaway? We have the perfect property for you. Surrounded by beach and bushland, Fingal Bay Holiday Park promises a holiday resort-style holiday perfect for couples and families alike. Just two and a half hours drive from Sydney, the park is metres from the sheltered and pristine beaches of Fingal Bay and just a five-minute drive from Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay.The expansive property has accommodation to suit every traveler type.

www.beachsideholidays.com.au

Pelican Point Sanctuary – St. Helens – Tasmania

Set on 87 acres of lush pasture, Pelican Point Sanctuary in St Helens, on the east coast of Tasmania offers tranquility and serenity with stunning seaside views. 

In the charming bayside village of St Helens, Pelican Point Sanctuary is just a two-hour drive from Launceston airport and 10 minute drive to the entrance of the Bay of Fires, one of Tasmania’s most popular conservation reserves. Surrounded by lush bushland and beautiful beaches, the modern property is ideal for nature lovers. 

www.pelicanpointsanctuary.com.au

Beaumaris Beach Guest House – Beaumaris – Tasmania

Surrounded by pristine natural beauty and positioned between the forest and the beach on the stunning east coast of Tasmania, discover the Beaumaris Beach Guest House, a stunning retreat for a restful getaway.

A two-hour drive from Launceston, Beaumaris  Beach Guest House is away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Quaint villages, beautiful beaches, inland waterfalls, along with golf courses and fine dining restaurants are just a short drive away from this stunning property.

www.bbgh.com.au

Waterview gardens Bed & Breakfast – Margate – Tasmania

Just 30 minutes drive from Hobart’s CBD lies a warm and wonderful boutique B&B. Waterview Gardens Bed and Breakfast is situated in beautifully manicured gardens, with spectacular views all year round. 

Each of the bedrooms, located on the first floor, boast plush bed linens, private ensuite bathrooms, separate sitting areas, large TVs electric blankets and reverse-cycle air-conditioning to keep you comfortable whatever the season. With tea and coffee making facilities, ironing facilities, a refrigerator and wifi, the accommodation has all the creature comforts of home. 

www.waterviewgardens.com.au

Ratho Farm – Bothwell – Tasmania

Did you know that the game of golf is one of the few sports known to alleviate stress? Breathing in the fresh air while roaming beautiful green landscapes often associated with the sport helps release much needed endorphins, which make us feel happy, relaxed and…. stress-free. 

If you’re planning a trip away, why not combine your love of golf with a stay at the unique Ratho Farm, right here in the Central Highlands of Tasmania. Just a scenic 1 hour drive north of Hobart, Ratho Farm offers 4-star, boutique-style accommodation, along with a wedding and function venue situated in the beautiful town of Bothwell. 

www.rathofarm.com.au

Penghana Bed & Breakfast – Queenstown – Tasmania

Take a scenic 3 hour drive from Launceston to the stunning west coast of Tasmania, and you’ll find the Penghana Estate Bed and Breakfast in Queenstown.  

Built in 1898, Penghana offers old world hospitality in a tranquil, elegant environment with modern day comforts, where upon arrival you’ll be personally welcomed by your hosts.  

Settle into a range of accommodation options, from a budget style self-contained ground floor studio right through to fabulously appointed VIP suite, featuring a separate dressing room, sitting area and ensuite offering spectacular views over Queenstown towards Mount Owen. 

www.penghana.com.au

Kurrajong House Bed & Breakfast – Launceston – Tasmania

Nestled in the leafy streets of Launceston, Tasmania lies Kurrajong House, a historic home with all the elegance, charm and warmth you could ever want on a weekend getaway. 

Built in 1879 the Victorian-style house has been stylishly renovated, seamlessly blending heritage charm and modern comfort. 

The majestic property is located just a 15-minute drive to the airport and a seven-minute walk to Launceston city, where you’ll find the century-old Boag’s Brewery, boutique stores and Launceston Sea Port for fine dining on the waterfront. 

www.kurrajonghouse.com.au

The Grand on Macfie – Devonport

For a getaway filled with history, heritage and heirloom, head to The Grand on Macfie. This wonderful Victorian era property provides unsurpassed views over the Mersey River and the Bass Strait, nestled on the calm coastal city of Devonport, Tasmania.  Located just 800 metres from the Devonport Ferry Terminal and a short drive from the Devonport Airport, The Grand on Macfie is ideally located and easy to get to.

The grand house is 120 years old, and is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and grounds. Sit by one of the stain-glassed windows or balcony and look on to the vast ocean; take a seat in the shared lounge and mingle with friends and fellow guests, or kick back in the garden with some banter and a barbecue.

Accommodation at the residence is spacious and expansive. All rooms feature soaring ceilings, genuine antique or antique-styled King and Queen beds, classic ensuites and tasteful décor.

Rooms are fitted in Victorian and Parisian style with airs of luxury. Feel like royalty on the plush-four poster beds; recline on the chaise lounge by the bay window; and admire the genuine antique furniture, which dates back to the mid-1800’s.

High tea at the heritage accommodation is an experience not to be missed. Served in the Grand Dining Room, the tea offers an exquisite selection of hot and cold delicacies, mini pastries, fresh sandwiches and fresh, bottomless tea and coffee. The tantalising treats are served on beautiful bone china, and is served every Saturday and Sunday from two pm.

Every morning, a full Irish or English breakfast is served at the property, offering a fully cooked or continental breakfast included with your stay. Spend your day exploring the best Tasmania has to offer, smelling the aromatic roses in the gardens, and getting reacquainted with Tasmania’s prestigious past, here at the historic Bed and Breakfast, The Grand on Macfie.

www.thegrandonmacfie.com.au

Grand Palais Beachfront Resort – Alexandra Headland

The Alexandra Headlands is a coastal community located on the sunshine coast, situated just 100 kilometres from the bustling city of Brisbane. Known to locals as the Sunshine Strip, here you’ll find spectacular beaches, clashing waves and the Grand Palais Beachside Resort, with some of the best ocean views Queensland has on offer.

Positioned on the beachfront, the resort offers a variety of accommodation, ranging from studios to one, two, and three bedroom apartments. Each residence is completely self-contained with a private balcony or courtyard, fully equipped kitchen, wifi, and air conditioning to beat the heat.

Ideal for both couples and groups, the apartments boast an ensuite with spa, while rooftop rooms contain a private rooftop entertainment area, complete with a BBQ. Upgrade to the oceanfront view room to catch stunning vistas of the shoreline. At ground level, guests can take a dip in the shimmering, turquoise pool, or relax on the gas-heated patio. For those looking to explore, bikes are available from the onsite rental store. The resort’s accommodation is not only stylish and modern, but it is also conveniently located close to Sunshine Coats best cafes, restaurants, entertainment, as well as many popular shopping and nightlife spots.

Alexandra Headlands is famous for it’s relaxed, cheery atmosphere, and attracts sun bathers and surfers alike. One of the best patrolled beaches on the sunshine coast, the rolling shores and rumbling waves are a swimmers and surfers delight. Land lovers can appreciate the large, illuminated skate park, cluster of BBQs, parks and picnic areas, as well as an array of diverse restaurants, all located just a short stroll away.

There’s nothing quite like taking in the breathtaking sights of the Sunshine Coast’s beaches from your private apartment, or relaxing on your own personal terrace in Queensland’s famous sub-tropical climate. And why not take in these sights at the ideally situated Grand Palais Beachside Resort, which is sure to be a traveller’s favorite.

www.grandpalais.com.au