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Check out our eco-friendly travel tips

Posted on September 18, 2020


Travelling is an exciting thing to do. Whether it is a family holiday or a business trip - it is always something to look forward to. When you are planning your trip, how eco-friendly are you? Do you think about how to complete your trip in an eco way?

Check out below a few tips we have put together for travelling in an eco-friendly way...

 Take reusable items

When you are travelling, you may not notice it at the time but there is a lot of waste that is created. Rather than buying single use items such as water bottles, try taking your own reusable ones with you. This can include drink bottles, shopping bags and reusable wipes. By taking these items with you, you are reducing the amount of waste that is going into landfill.

  Stay in a centralized spot

When choosing your accommodation, try and find somewhere that is central to all the places you would like to visit. This means that you can reduce the amount of driving that you need to do. Or you may be able to take advantage of the local public transport.

Reducing your carbon foot print by walking or using public transport is a great way to be eco-friendly on your time away.

  Take your rubbish with you

If you are needing to use single use items or have rubbish that needs to be disposed of – make sure you take it with you. Leaving rubbish laying around can result in small animals getting injured from getting stuck in it or trying to eat it. It also adds to the build up of pollution and landfill.

  Re-use clothes / towels

Rather than putting your towels out for house cleaning each day or throwing your clothes in the wash after one wear – try using them for a few days. Obviously things such as underwear or clothes that have gotten properly dirty need to be washed after wear. But if you are able to wear the same pair of jeans again or use your towel after a second or third shower – try your best to do it.

These are just a few simple tips that can help you to be a little more eco-friendly when you are out and about travelling. Do you have any other tips? We would love to hear them.


Travelling tips during the school holidays

Posted on September 1, 2020


With school holidays coming up and then again in December for the Christmas holidays, it is time to start thinking about whether you will be going away or not. Taking the kids travelling when they are off school is an experience that they will not forget. It is exciting, adventurous and it teaches them about different things that they might not experience from home.

Check out our tips for travelling during the school holidays...

 Book Early

The first step is to try and book in your accommodation and flights as early as possible. Many places will put their prices up as the school holidays get closer, meaning if you are not prepared you may end up spending a lot more.

By booking early, you not only have the chance to get the accommodation that you want and need for your family but you can also get the best prices possible.

  Choose somewhere educational

Although holidays are meant for fun, it is still a great idea to try and go somewhere that they can still learn a few new things. It could be that you take them to an area where they can try new outdoor activities such as fishing or water sports. Or you could find somewhere that has a lot of history that they can learn about.

Of course, still find plenty of fun, kid based activities as well, but if there is a chance to learn something new -then take it.

  Organise down time

You should always account for time throughout the holiday for rest and down time. Pack tablets, books or colouring activities for the kids to use back in the motel so that they are still occupied but relaxing and not spending the whole holiday on a high. Let them recharge and then get back to your next activity. The last thing you want is for them to be getting cranky and frustrated because they are overtired.

  Have family meals together

It is important to keep some level of home life while you are away on holidays, so eating meals together is important. Even if you spend the days doing different things, get together of a night and eat dinner together. Talk about the activities that you have done throughout the day and discuss what is on the plan for the next day. This will help you all come together and enjoy each others company.

School holidays are not far away, start looking for your new holiday destination and getting prices on your accommodation.

And most if course – enjoy your family time away.


Check out the history of Ayr and let this help you add it to your bucket list

Posted on August 1, 2020


For anyone who has been to Ayr, they know the beauty of the area. Many travelers will skip past Ayr on their road trips and visits to North Queensland. This is not because they don’t want to visit, but more because they are not aware of the beauty, the history and of course the amazing people. Ayr was built on the sugar cane industry and has grown with beautiful people, buildings and culture over the years. Check out below the history of Ayr and let this help you add it to your bucket list...

 The First Inhabitants

  • Prior to the arrival of Europeans the area was home to Aborigines from the Bindal language group.
  • They lived on the land, harvested and grew their crops.
  • There are many aborigines still living their culture in the area and you can see magnificent artworks.

  The Explorers

  • Burdekin was first explored in the 1840s.
  • In the 1860s Europeans had moved into the upper reaches of the valley and began creating their homes.
  • A township, Wickham, was established in 1864. It was destroyed by floods on the Burdekin River a few years later.
  • The coast, being marshy and difficult, was ignored for many years.  It wasn't until the 1870s that R. W. Graham of Lilliesmere and A. C. Macmillan of Airdmillan settled on the lower Burdekin and started growing sugarcane.
  • In 1879 they decided to pool their resources to form the Burdekin Delta Sugar Company and this was sufficient for a small settlement to be formed on the northern side of the river.
  • In 1883 Airdmillan established a sugar crushing mill and then in 1884 Kalamia Mill and the Pioneer Mill were opened in the area.

  What came next?

  • In 1886 a State school was opened for children to start attending.
  • The Ayr local government division was formed in 1888.
  • The 1890s saw the opening of both the Church of England and Catholic Church.
  • A private tramway was built in 1901 between Ayr and Townsville.
  • In 1904 a small dairy factor was opened and dairy production was started.
  • Ayr was connected to Bowen by rail in 1913, making transport easier.
  • In 1914 the town received electricity from the Delta Theatre's generator.
  • In 1928 the John Drysdale Memorial Clock was opened in the main street and can still be seen today.
  • By 1930 a bridge had been built to connect the town with Home Hill. The town clock was officially unveiled.
  • The first public hospital was built in 1945 bringing healthcare, jobs and security closer to home.
  • In 1958 the bridge to the south of Ayr, known as the 'Silver Link' was completed. This bridge is 1,097 metres long. 
  • Production continued in the area with the Home Hill rice mill opening in 1968. 
  • In 1988 the town established its own Mango Growers Association.

The history is rich in Ayr and the surrounding areas. It is built on production, family and local resources. Those living in Ayr today understand the history and are proud of where they are living.

So why not add Ayr to your next trip up through Queensland and see it all for yourself.


Easing of travel restrictions

Posted on July 21, 2020


July has brought with it a few new changes to the restrictions in Queensland. This is a good sign and shows that we are moving in the right direction. These changes mean more businesses are opening up. There are less restrictions on the number of people allowed at events. And it also means that you can go up to the bar and order a beer.

One of the biggest and most exciting of the restrictions easing is that around travel. There are changes for both intrastate and interstate travel now happening...

 Intrastate Travel

As of the 1st July there is no restrictions on intrastate travel. Which means for those living in Queensland you are able to visit friends and family all around the state. This is a big change that many have been waiting for. With travel for both business and pleasure now allowed it means that there will be an increase in tourism. This will help to restart our economy and get those small businesses back into action.

  Interstate Travel

A big change that is almost here is the easing of restrictions around interstate travel. Queensland will be reopening the borders for all states and territories, except for Victoria. This means that family and friends that have been patiently waiting to come and visit are now able to do so. Many parts of Queensland are popular tourist destinations and this will boost that back up again. This will happen from the 10th of July.

  What you need to know

As the borders reopen, there are some conditions. Those who are living in Victoria will not yet be able to visit Queensland due to their continuing Corona Virus cases. Also anyone who is travelling to Queensland will need to sign a declaration to state that they have not been in Victoria in the past 2 weeks. This is to help ensure that we do not suffer a second wave.

Even with travel opening, you need to be aware of restrictions for events and in households and ensure that you are still abiding by those.

This is an exciting time and many are ready to start travelling again. Remember that there are still risks involved and if you have been sick recently, try to hold off on travelling until you are feeling better.

We look forward to welcoming many families back into the Parkside Motel and helping you to have a holiday to remember. 

Activities to take part in Ayr and surroundings

Posted on July 03, 2020


Getting outdoors and exploring is a highlight of any holiday. Luckily for those travelling to Ayr, we have plenty of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Check out below some of our favourite outdoor activities in Ayr and surroundings. You will not be disappointed with the activities to take part in...

  Yongala Dive

This is a magnificent activity to take part in. You can experience the beauty of the ocean and everything in it. Situated on Alva beach, you can take part in a diving experience with instructors walking you through the steps beforehand and during the dive. They show you how to handle the gear, take you out to the spots and give you the full experience.

  Fishing

What is a holiday without stopping for an afternoon of fishing? There are plenty of great spots to fish in and around Ayr. Fishing for barramundi is very popular and an activity that many enjoy.

You can choose to speak to the locals and find out a few good spots (if they will give away their secrets) or you can explore and find a few yourself. There is options of both salt and freshwater fishing all nearby.

  Heritage Town Walk

Taking a walk along Queen Street and surroundings and you will be able to do the Heritage Town Walk. You can simply walk down the street and look at all the different places in your own time or you can grab a copy of the Town Walk brochure which lists 20 spots to visit. The full walk will take around 90 minutes to complete.

  Home Hill

Located on the southern side of the Burdekin River, 12 km from Ayr, is the small town of Home Hill. Home Hill is known for its large and beautiful gracious "Comfort Stop" which was opened in 2005 and is designed to persuade travelers to take a short stop in the town.

The building has plenty of facilities including toilets, hot showers and a parents room.
The small town is really little more than some interesting historic buildings along the Bruce Highway.

 

Ayr and the surrounding suburbs are beautiful and a must see if you are travelling to the Northern end of Queensland. Spending a night, a few days or booking for your full holiday to the area. You will not be disappointed by the things to see and do in the area. And don’t forget the friendly locals. Everyone loves a chat and will be more than happy to help you find different places to visit, the best cafes for food and the best places to stay while you are in the area. Give us a call today to book in your accommodation for your next holiday to Ayr.


Things you need to know before you start travelling again

Posted on June 02, 2020


As restrictions start to ease, we are starting to be given more freedom to move around and to get back a bit of normality to our lives.

This includes the re-introduction of intra-state travel...

  What does it mean?

Intra-state travel means that you are allowed to start travelling within your own state. This is both for business and personal reasons, which means that you are able to start booking holidays again – providing you are staying in your state.

This is an exciting time as we have been cooped up at home for weeks on end now and many people would be wanting to get out and explore a little.

  Things you need to know

As we start opening up for business again, there are things that you still need to know and adhere to when leaving the home. If you are booking holidays, make sure you speak with the motel or place you have booked and find out if they have any requirements or changes to their facilities whilst you are there. It may be that they choose to not open communal areas such as laundries or shared change rooms.

Be aware of everything you need to take with you and be prepared as some areas are still experiencing stock issues within their local grocery stores.

  Things to remember

Although the restrictions are starting to ease, it doesn’t mean that we are past the covid-19 threat.

When booking your holidays and leaving the home, make sure you are still maintaining social distancing where necessary and practicing proper hygiene including hand washing.

If you are ill or not feeling the best, stay home and don’t risk passing anything on to those around you.

Book ahead and be prepared before you go.

  And most of all, enjoy yourself!

I has been a rough few months for everyone including the local businesses so when you do venture out, whether it is for a holiday or just down to your local shops – remember to thank those around you for their hard work and dedication through this difficult time.

Relax, enjoy yourself and be proud of the sacrifices that you made to help flatten the curve.

Happy Holidaying!


Great activities to do from home during winter

Posted on April 30, 2020


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...

  Family movie night

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

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.

  Scrapbooking

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.

  Charity clean out

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.


How to support small businesses in these rough times?

Posted on April 02, 2020


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....

  Do some online shopping

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.

  Buy a gift voucher

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.

  Support on social media

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.


Where to go fishing

Posted on March 20, 2020


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....

 Burdekin River

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.

 Baratta Creek

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.

 Little Creeks

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.


Not having to cook is one of the best parts about going on holidays

Posted on February 28, 2020


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...

  Who can access the restaurant?

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.

  When is it open?

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.

  What can I expect on the menu?

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

Posted on February 3, 2020


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: ...

  Relaxation

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.

  Thrill Factor

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.

  Experience New Surroundings

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.


Choosing where to eat

Posted on January 20, 2020


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 ...

  Chill Parlour Ayr

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.

  The Swae and Ivy

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.

  Cava Indian

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.


3 things to remember before and while travelling

Posted on January 05, 2020


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.

  Hydration

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...

  Packing Clothes

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.

  Medications

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.


How to reduce your cabon footprint whilst travelling?

Posted on December 17, 2019


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.

  Pack Light

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...

  Treat your hotel like your home

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.

  Respect the Environment

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.

  Support Local

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?

Posted on December 04, 2019


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.

  Seating

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...

  Packing

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.

  Comfort

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

  Activities and Snacks

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 when to leave

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 Traditions

Posted on November 19, 2019


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...

  Hot Chocolate and Marshmellows

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.

 Christmas Breakfast

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).

  Matching Outfits

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.

  Make a gingerbread house

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.

  See your neighbours

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?


Whether to travel overseas or stay within Australia and travel interstate?

Posted on October 29, 2019


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...

There are many benefits to both overseas and interstate travel however we always recommend travelling around Australia before venturing overseas.

  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.

 Interstate

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.


3 essentials to take when travelling

Posted on October 20, 2019


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...

  Clothing

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.

 Medications

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.

 Chargers

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?


Things to do in Ayr

Posted on October 2, 2019


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...

 Scuba Diving the SS Yongala Wreck

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.

 Fishing

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)

 Wetlands

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.

 Bird watching

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.