Winter is on its way and as many of us won’t be going away on holidays, it is time to start thinking about things that we can do from home during the colder months.
For some, luckily it won’t get too cold in your home towns so there are still plenty of things you can do.
But if you are stuck in the cold or wet weather, here are some great at home activities that you can do with the family...[Read More][Read Less]
A great way to spend time with the family is by having a family movie night. Get everyone to choose their favourite movie, set up in the lounge room with blankets and pillows and let the movie marathon commence.
Don’t forget the snacks for the night as well including popcorn, ice cream and lollies.
If you are feeling generous enough, you could even order pizza for dinner and have that during the first movie.
Board games are another great way to spend time with the family. Depending on the games you play it might bring out a very competitive side in some of your family members (monopoly is known for this).
Although there may be a few small arguments throughout, they are normally all in good fun and will be forgotten about after the game has finished.
Although a lot of our lives are now online, photos uploaded to social media and photos taken on our phones – doesn’t mean you cant go back old school and create a photo album.
Why not get out all the baby photos and get everyone together building a fun scrapbook for them.
It will create lots of fun having everyone looking through the old photos, bring up lots of memories and stories and it will get everyone away from technology for a bit of time as well.
Who needs to wait until spring for a clean out?
By getting everyone to go through their cupboards they can pull out the items they no longer use and the clothes that no longer fit. Once finished these items can be donated to charity to those who are less fortunate.
This activity not only helps to remove clutter but you are doing a great thing for others!
Winter doesn’t mean that all you do it sit at home under a blanket. Make the most of the winter months and the activities that you can do with your family.
We are in a very different situation at the moment, our lives as we know them are changing a lot and there are a lot of new rules and regulations in place.
During this time, there has been a lot of businesses that have either had to close or make changes to the way that they are operating their businesses. We know that this is very difficult for a lot of businesses, especially those that are small family ran businesses.
Even if you are not able to visit these businesses, it is still important to try and support them as much as you can during these times. We want to make sure we are doing our part as well and supporting where we can. There are a number of ways you can support a business that is doing it rough at the moment....[Read More][Read Less]
Many retail stores that have had to close are now trading online and still giving you a chance to purchase their items and have them shipped directly to you so that you do not need to leave the house.
Why not pop online and do a bit of online shopping for all those up coming events that you have. You can even get them shipped directly to the recipient so that you then do not need to leave the home to go to the post office to forward them on.
With many different service based businesses such as massage palours, nail shops and beauticians now closed under the new rules, you are unable to go in and spend your money to support them whilst getting a treatment. However you can still support them by purchasing a gift voucher that can then be used at a later date.
This shows that you still care and want to help them in a way that is suitable.
Another way that you can support these businesses without leaving the house or spending any money is by showing your support for them on social media. By simply liking or commenting on a businesses post, it helps that business to be seen by more people and increase their chances of gaining sales and further support from others.
This is a great way to support a business when you are not needing their products or services yourself.
Also, if you have used a small business in the past, why not jump online and leave them a review so that people can see the happy experiences you had with the business.
The current situation we are facing is forever changing with new rules and regulations constantly coming into play. We are not sure what will happen next and what this will mean. However we will continue to support as many businesses and people as we can during this difficult time. And remember, stay home as much as you can. Only leave the house when needed and practice safe hygiene routines.
Whether you are a local or a tourist to the area, Ayr boasts an array of fun and exciting spots to take the family fishing (or you can ditch them and go on your own). The area is popular both for its fresh water and salt water fishing and you are sure to get a bite or two in your travels.
Because of the different water types and locations where you can cast a line, you are able to catch an assortment of different fish.
But where do I go for my fishing session you ask? We have put together a list of some of the best spots to visit during your next trip to Ayr and the surrounding areas....[Read More][Read Less]
The Burdekin is one of the largest rivers that flows into the barrier reef and is about 700km long. Because of the length of the river, it can be difficult at times to find the fish so if you have a sounder it is a good idea to have it on and with you. Large trees are washed through the system and get caught up on the banks and rocks, this creates perfect hiding spots for fish and make for great snags. Barramundi are very popular in the water and you can catch them of all different sizes – you just need to be at the right place at the right time.
Not far from Ayr you will end up in the small township of Jerona which is home to the Baratta Creek. The Creek is known for its barramundi and although you probably wont get them as big as in Burdekin River. The fish are active however do like to hide as well, so finding snags that they might be hiding in will be your best bet at landing them.
Not only are there the bigger, mainstream spots to fish – there are also plenty of little creeks that boast fish as well. Finding the little creek systems is not difficult and you are bound to catch a jewfish, flathead and barramundi. The smaller creeks are a lot of the time more fun as you can boat down them without the worry of too many people around.
Be mindful that these areas are still home to the crocodiles so ensure that you are paying attention to your environment and staying vigilant.
Fishing is a hobby that many enjoy and we are sure that you will enjoy your fishing in Ayr and the surrounding areas.
One of the best parts about going on holidays is not having to cook. Being on holiday is all about having fun, getting to try new things and being able to relax and not have to worry about your normal day to day activities – cooking dinner included.
When you book in at the Parkside Motel not only do you have a professionally serviced room to stay in that caters to your needs but you also have the option to dine at the in house bar and restaurant...[Read More][Read Less]
The restaurant is exclusive to the guests of the Parkside Motel, meaning you will always be able to get a table and have a quality meal with your family.
This makes your stay even more enjoyable as you do not need to leave the premises for a quality meal, you don’t need to worry about cooking and you don’t need to spend large amounts of money on take away food that may arrive underwhelming.
The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 6pm and not only can you dine in but you can also request to have the meals delivered to your room – so you can enjoy a restaurant quality meal in your pyjamas!
The bar is also open from 6pm so you can stop and have a drink or two before ordering your dinner or simply come in just for a few drinks before heading back to your room.
We ensure that all of our meals are made with fresh, local produce and our menu changes throughout the year in accordance with what is in season.
Our fish dishes are very popular and the fish is locally sourced from Burdekin.
Not only do we have fresh fish but we also have a range of steaks from the grill.
Your meals can be topped with different gravies and toppers to make them more exciting.
To view the full menu Click Here.
Cooking shouldn’t be something you need to worry about when you are on holidays, so when you book in at Parkside Motel Ayr – we take care of that for you.
We take the stress away, give you a chance to try the local produce and have a hearty dinner that will have you wanting more.
And don’t forget to check out the dessert of the day to compliment and finish off your meal.
Everyone loves a holiday and taking a holiday can have many benefits on both our minds and our bodies. However it is not always practical to be taking a week or two off to go and enjoy some holiday time. If you are not in a position to take a proper holiday, why not take a weekend off from work and your everyday life and have a weekend getaway to recharge and refresh before the week ahead. A weekend getaway can have many benefits and can be as good as a proper holiday.
A few reasons you should embark on a weekend getaway include: ...[Read More][Read Less]
Our everyday lives can be very full on at times and we can become overwhelmed with the number of tasks that are involved in getting through the day.
By taking a weekend away you are able to leave all these worries at home, spend some time relaxing and even come up with new ways to cope with the different parts of your life.
Even if you are not in a position to go on a proper holiday, it does not mean that you should have to miss out on doing fun and exciting things.
Why not book a weekend away where you can experience even just one or two new adventures and get a thrill before having to head back to work on the Monday.
The great thing about weekend getaways is that because you are not spending a lot of money on going away for a few weeks, you are able to book in a number of smaller weekend holidays instead and can experience different areas each time.
You have an opportunity to see different areas and ways of life around Australia and all whilst knowing you will be home for work the following week.
If you have not booked a weekend away before or feel like you are due for another one – jump online and start looking for your next destination.
One of the most important and enjoyable parts of going on a holiday definitely has to be finding all the local places to eat and drink. Being in a different area means that you can experience different cuisines, local produce and all the flavours that the locals enjoy cooking with.
When visiting Ayr you will not be disappointed with the options available to you when it comes to dining. There are a number of very popular restaurants and cafés that are favourites with not only the locals but the tourists as well ...[Read More][Read Less]
The Chill Parlour is a quaint little café that boasts beautiful breakfast options and amazing coffee. There are plenty of tables indoors where you can dine in and enjoy a meal or you can grab a coffee to go and continue your adventure.
If you are looking for Italian cuisine than this is the place to visit. It is both a bar and a restaurant so you can stop in for a meal and a few drinks or simply have a few drinks before moving on to your next stop. Their menu is full of authentic Italian dishes that will have you wanting more.
Who doesn’t love an authentic Indian dish? Cava Indian Restaurant is home to many Indian dishes that will have your mouth full of flavour and excitement. There are both dine in and take away options so you can either have a meal there and not have to worry about any washing up or take it back to where you are staying and enjoy a meal in.
Not only are there a number of beautiful and yummy restaurants throughout town that you can eat at, but we also have a licensed bar and restaurant on the premises at Parkside Motel for all our guests to enjoy. It means that you can experience quality dining without having to leave the complex. Our menu incorporated locally caught fish and fresh produce to not only give back to the local community by purchasing from the local businesses but also gives you an opportunity to see and taste the local cuisine and produce.
Choosing where to eat when out on holidays can be difficult if you do not know the area, make sure you check out the local reviews, speak to the local people and find what they love. If they are regulars to certain places – you can be assured that they have some pretty decent food.
Travelling is something that many people dream about. Whether it is an interstate holiday or an overseas holiday it is one that many will have on their bucket list.
A big factor to consider when travelling is the weather and the time of year that you are travelling in. Of course we can not predict the weather and it does its own thing on a daily basis, however you should be prepared for the typical weather patterns in the area that you are visiting during that time of year.
Travelling during the summer and warmer months can be difficult to gauge depending on the area that you are visiting. Even though it is summer the area you are travelling too may be prone to tropical storms or rains during that time – so you need to be prepared for that as well.
No matter where you are travelling during the summer months, you need to ensure that you are able to access plenty of water and easily. If you are taking a road trip to your destination make sure that you have plenty of ice water in the car so that you are not having to stop constantly to purchase water for those in the car. There may also be stretches of road where there are no shops for long periods so you need to have supplies with you...[Read More][Read Less]
Knowing what to pack is one of the harder things to do when preparing for a holiday. Do some research in the weeks leading up to your holiday to determine how the weather has been and pack according to these temperatures. However it is important to still pack a set of clothes (or two) that are for unpredicted changes in weather. You never know when a cold snap or rain fall is going to hit, so you need to be prepared.
If you have travelling into areas that have high temperatures make sure that you have adequately packed your medications and that they are not at risk of becoming too hot.
Many medications need to stay under 30 degrees Celsius so make sure that they are in a cooler bag that will keep them from getting too hot and potentially ruining them.
And last but not least, make sure you have sun screen with you and that you are using it!
Even if it is a cloudy day, there is a high chance of you getting sunburned and the last thing you want is to be spending your holiday in pain due to sunburn and peeling skin.
Travelling with kids can be stressful at the best of times. There is so much to think about; where you are going, what you need to pack and how to keep them occupied for the trip whether it is via car or plane. Another thing that you need to think about when travelling is whether you are being eco conscious with your travelling. There are definitely some things that you can do whilst travelling to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment and still remain practical and have fun during your holiday.
Whether you are driving or flying the amount of stuff you take with you does make a difference. The more the car or the plane weighs the more carbon emissions that are produced. Try to pack as light as possible and only take the essentials needed for the trip...[Read More][Read Less]
If you were at home you wouldn’t grab a clean towel for every single shower, you wouldn’t run the TV and Air Con 24/7 and you wouldn’t have hour long showers. Treat the hotel as if you were still at home and continue all the energy saving measures that you have at home whilst you are staying away from home. It does make a difference.
If you are travelling to somewhere that has rainforests, bushland or natural attractions make sure that you stick to the designated tracks and follow any rules that have been put in place by those who maintain the area. If you are going off the track when bushwalking or going through a rainforest you risk damaging the natural habitat of the native fauna and flora. There are many endangered animals in Australia and it is very important to ensure that they continue to have an environment to live in.
When visiting small towns throughout your holiday it is a great idea to support the local businesses. This not only helps to keep them in business and provide them with an income but it also helps to boost the economy of their small town and provide their family with security and support.
Family holidays are about making memories and having fun. The memories that you make should not only be a reminder to you but also a reminder to the environment. Take care of the environment when travelling and take the steps to ensure that you do not damage anything and that you preserve the natural habitats.
Going on a family holiday? It is such an exciting time, being able to make memories with your kids and provide them with a fun few days or weeks away from home right? Well yes, the holiday itself will be exciting however as a parent who is about to go on a long drive with a car full of kids you are probably stressing, dreading and thinking why the earth did I decide to do this. Don’t stress too much, there are ways that you can make the car trip that little bit simpler on everyone.
Before piling everyone into the car, make sure that your car seats and boosters are all properly secured into their spots and are restrained. This is the most important step to ensure that everyone is safe and secure throughout the drive. When stopping for rest breaks, check the buckles before putting the kids back in to make sure that their little hands have not been playing around and unplugged anything...[Read More][Read Less]
When going on a road trip there is going to be a lot of packing needing to be done. Not only for the actual holiday but there is also things that you need to have packed and in reach or handy locations in the car for during the trip. Try to pack as much of the car as possible the night before to avoid having to pack the morning of the trip when you have little eager children waiting to leave. Try to pack as minimal as possible, especially if you are going to be spending a few days in the car.
The last thing you want is for the kids to be in the back of the car complaining that they are uncomfortable. This is going to make the trip seem WAY longer! Where possible equip them with little blankets and cushions to help them stay comfortable
Keeping the kids occupied throughout the trip will help save the sanity of everyone in the car. Putting together little activity packs for each child will help to keep them occupied and distracted throughout the drive. Colouring in books, reading books, figurines and dvds will help during the drive. Also don’t forget the snacks! Cut up fruit, biscuits, chips and sandwiches are all foods that are relatively low mess foods that should be okay to snack on whilst driving.
Choosing an ideal time to leave will depend on a few different things including; how far you are needing to drive, the age of your kids and the route in which you are taking. Where possible try to leave either late at night or very early in the morning if you are doing a long drive. This means that you may get a couple of hours of your little ones sleeping and will make the trip seem like it is going a lot quicker.
Travelling with kids does not need to be a stressful affair and with these few little tips you just may make it out alive 😉
Happy travelling and if you have any other tips that may help feel free to share them!
Christmas morning is something that we look forward to all year! Once you become a parent the excitement of Christmas is tripled. It is a time where the excitement that you once felt as a child is able to be given to your children. It is your time to start new traditions, play new games and give your children a smile from ear to ear.
There are many traditions surrounding Christmas and each family does things in their own little way. The traditions that you create are all part of the magic of Christmas.
Christmas morning is a time where you can add in your own little traditions, ones that mean something to you and your family and that will give your children something to get excited about.
These are some of our favourite Christmas morning traditions...[Read More][Read Less]
Depending what time your kids wake you up on Christmas morning, it may still be a little chilly – yes I am talking about the 5am wakers! However whatever time you are up in the morning a great tradition to start is hot chocolates with marshmellows.
Have the first thing of the morning for the kids to open as their own mug with hot chocolate sachet and a few marshmellows. Have everyone sit together and enjoy their warm hot chocolate before ripping into the surprises left by Santa.
So many people think about the big Christmas lunch but no one ever thinks about breakfast! Breakfast is in fact the most important meal of the day 😉
Set a tradition for a family Christmas breakfast with all the trimmings. Pancakes, fresh fruit, toast, bacon, eggs – you name it. Start the day right by all sitting together to enjoy a meal. Spend the time talking about the presents that have already been opened, the people who are coming over and what the kids are most looking forward to (presents, the answer is presents).
It does not matter what age you are, if you are all in matching outfits it is going to look damn cute!
Why not start a tradition of everyone wearing the same thing. You can change throughout the day but even for a little while if your kids see you wearing the same clothes as them they are going to think it is HILARIOUS! Plus it will make for some amazing photos.
Every Christmas lunch needs a dessert. Why not spend the morning making a gingerbread house together with the kids that can be used as a centerpiece during the lunch and then given as dessert afterwards.
The kids will love being able to decorate the gingerbread house and putting their own spin on it. Plus it means that they can snack on the decorations whilst making it.
Christmas is all about giving and sharing. Why not take a plate of cookies over to your neighbours in the morning and wish them all Merry Christmas. Spend a bit of time with each of them and let them know that they are welcome throughout the day if they like. This will help teach the kids about including everyone and making sure that no one misses out during the festive period.
Christmas is a very fun and exciting time and it is best enjoyed with those you love and care about. Why not put your own special spin on Christmas by adding in your own traditions and celebrations. There are many traditions now that take place in the lead up to Christmas and on Christmas Eve including; Elf on the Shelf, Christmas Eve boxes, leaving cookies out for Santa and much more. But no one really thinks too much about Christmas morning. Start your own traditions with your kids that they can continue once they have their own families.
What traditions are you going to start this year?
Going on a family holiday is an exciting time – especially if it is the first one. The hardest part about planning a family holiday is deciding where to go.
You need to find somewhere that everyone will enjoy, that is within your budget and that will help you to create life long memories.
A question that many people are left with is whether to travel overseas or stay within Australia and travel interstate...[Read More][Read Less]
There are many benefits to both overseas and interstate travel however we always recommend travelling around Australia before venturing overseas.
When travelling overseas you are given the option to see how many different cultures and people live their lives. Many parts of the world live very different to Australia and it is amazing to watch how they live and get involved in their culture whilst you are there.
When travelling overseas it can become a lot more expensive though. There is the need for passports, sometimes visas and then of course the airfares and accommodation on top.
Staying within Australia is still a great way to travel and have a family holiday.
Even though you are still within the same country, Australia has many different areas and the way of living in the different areas does vary a lot.
If you are from a colder area than travelling to somewhere like North Queensland will give you an insight into the warmer parts of Australia.
You will see many different types of fauna and flora across Australia and some that you have never heard of.
Another benefit of travelling around Australia is that in the event that something does happen and you need to cut your trip short than you are easily able to get home.
When traveling around Australia as well, you have the option of whether you want to drive or fly. You get a chance to see many different areas in the same amount of time that you would experience just a small part of another country.
Many people do not realise just how beautiful Australia is and the wide range of different areas we have within this beautiful country. So before you order your passport and book your overseas flights, check out a few different Australian areas and see the beauty that you have on your own door step.
Whether you are going on a holiday for a few days or a few weeks, there are always essentials that need to be packed. And 90% of the time you will forget at least one of them – lets face it, it happens!
When deciding what to take with you it is important not to over pack because if you are flying it means that you may need to pay extra depending on how much your luggage weighs. If you are taking a road trip, the last thing you want is to have the car overloaded and everyone cramped.
Here is our list of the 3 essentials to take when travelling...[Read More][Read Less]
Obvious right? But when packing your clothes it is important to make sure that you are not taking more than you need. Find out if the place you are staying has laundry facilities and whether you are able to access them. This means you are able to take less with you
Even if you are travelling in the middle of summer, you need to make sure you are also packing at least one set of warm clothes. The weather is very unpredictable and you don’t want to be caught out without a jumper.
Whether it is just Panadol or if it is daily medication that needs to be taken, it is important that you have them all with you and that they are clearly labelled. It is also a good idea to have a list in your medicine box that you take with what each of the medications are, who they are for and when they take them. This means that in the event of an accident those who are tending to you are able to see what medications are being used and what conditions a person may have.
Phone chargers, camera chargers and laptop chargers are pretty easy to get your hands on if you do forget them, however it can become a costly exercise. Make sure that you pack enough cables for the different devices and have them in a waterproof container or pack throughout the trip to avoid them getting damaged.
The last thing you want is to miss out on a perfect selfie moment because your camera or phone has ran out of battery.
It also is very important to have a charged phone in the event of an emergency.
There are plenty of other things that you need to take with you when travelling, however these are our top three.
What other things do you make sure you never travel without?
Ayr is located roughly 90km from Townsville and it is a little area that many people seem to skip when they are doing a road trip up through Queensland. However Ayr is its own little hidden gem and there is plenty to do within the area.
Check out our list of the best things to do when visiting Ayr...[Read More][Read Less]
The SS Yongala Wreck is one of the worlds best diving wrecks and it is one of the best scuba diving spots in Australia.
You get a chance to see an abundance of marine life, ship wreckage and beautiful corals throughout your dive.
One of the most popular activities for both locals and tourists alike is fishing. The boat ownership for the Burdekin District is one of the highest per head count in the state and it shows when you see the number of people out on their boats.
There are a range of different spots that you can fish from, breeds that you can fish for and of course plenty of opportunity to enjoy a fresh fish dinner afterwards (even if you didn’t catch any)
The Ayr area is known for its beautiful wetlands. They are not only beautiful to look at but they also create an amazing photo opportunity. The wetlands just behind Alva Beach are fantastic and you will get an even better view of them when you in the countryside not far from the rivers.
If fishing or scuba diving isn’t for you than there is also the opportunity to do a bit of bird watching whilst in Ayr. Driving around the countryside will give you the opportunity to see a range of different species of birds in the fields or flying above the lagoons.
Ayr is a small town that is full of friendly locals that are happy to stop for a chat and to give you some advice on the best places to stay or to eat whilst you are in town.
Ayr is more than just a drive through town on your road trip. So next time you are heading through Queensland and you have the opportunity to stop in Ayr, spend a few days here exploring.