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Do you know where milk comes from? This seems to be a common question that we ask children and sometimes the answers can be humorous and surprising to say the least.  

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Oct 21, 2015
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Maleny Dairies - Farm and Factory Tours

Do you know where milk comes from? This seems to be a common question that we ask children and sometimes the answers can be humorous and surprising to say the least. 


Here come the girls - its milking time

Maleny Dairies is a working farm and milk processing plant located on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. They hold regular Farm and Factory Tours that explain the history of Maleny Dairies and the farming, milk production process. We wanted to do this tour as it is a great way to educate the kiddies about where milk comes from and for them to experience a farm first hand.

Tours run Monday to Saturday at 10.30am & 2.30pm and cost $11.00 per person for 2 years and above (Closed on Sunday & Public Holidays). Tours run for approximately 1 1/2 hours depending on the group size.

Our tour included the following:

- Welcome and explanation of how the business came about 

- Watch a short presentation giving an overview of the business and the processes involved 

- A walk by the factory where the processing of the milk, cream, yoghurt and custard products happens. On a week day tour you will see a working factory.


Alannah - Tour Guide & Josie - Cow

- We visited guernsey cow Josie to watch her being milked by hand by our tour guide Alannah. She squirted milk onto the kids hands and they could taste it and quickly realised that milk fresh from a cows udder is warm. 

- From there we moved to the milking shed to watch the guernsey herd being mechanically milked.  The girls are milked 365 days a year at 5.30am and 3pm, so its only on the afternoon tour that you will see the milking in action.   


Guernsey girls - this is where milk comes from

- The highlight of the tour for the kiddies was getting up close and personal with the calves Cricket and Casper! They were able to feed them milk from large bottles and give them plenty of petting. The calves were super cute and seemed to have lots of personality. 


Feeding Cricket & Casper 

- The kids (my kids that is, not the goats 😆) also hand fed the goats and chickens and looked on as the 2 big piggies were also given a snack. 

- The highlight of the tour for me was the taste testing at the end! The flavoured milks, yoghurt and custard products were all available to sample.

 

There are BBQ facilites and picnic tables if you wish to stay longer and enjoy the countryside, with plenty of room for the kids to run around and enjoy the fresh air and lush green pastures.

Good times with Cricket & Casper 

Maleny Dairies is a fourth generation family owned business, they have been farming here since 1948 and have produced award winning milk, cream, yoghurt and custard products. When you purchase their delicious goodies you are supporting local farming families and helping our local economy.  If you wish to find Maleny Dairy products close to your home simply visit their website for a list of suppliers. 


Josie - aint she lovely 

A good time was had by our family at Maleny Dairies and we suggest you check it out. 

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Have you ever stroked a stingray or felt its gummy mouth on the palm of your hand as you feed it raw fish?  

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Oct 21, 2015
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Daydream Island Resort & Spa

Have you ever stroked a stingray or felt its gummy mouth on the palm of your hand as you feed it raw fish? 

Have you ever seen a shark move and breathe on land? What about hand feeding a shovel nose ray or barramundi?


Living Coral Reef Lagoon 

No? Well neither had we until we recently participated in the Guided Fish Feeding tour at Daydream Island Resort & Spa! I must say this was an absolute highlight of our stay and hopefully something that the kids will never forget. 

      

Feeding the Barramundi 

We got up close and personal with the Barramundi, dangling baby octopus just above the water to tantalise their taste buds to entice them to snatch the food from our fingertips.

The kids got to feed the stingrays by holding their hand flat with a piece of fish on their palm and sliding it underneath the stingray. The stingray then sucked the fish off their hand and all 5 fingers were left intact. Everyone in the tour got the opportunity to feed both the stingrays and the shovel nose rays. We can now say that we have hand fed Pancake and Pikelet the DDI stingrays. 

It was surprising to see how excited and keen they were to be fed, they didn't appear shy or mind being touched. Its hard to describe exactly how they felt but I would say it was a mixture of silky, smooth and a rubbery sensation on the fingers.


Feeding Stingrays and Shovel Nose Stingrays 

The highlights of this tour kept on coming with the Bamboo sharks. We now know how they feel (physically that is, not emotionally 😆), what they look like and that they can manoeuvre themselves and breathe on land. Amazing little creatures! 


Learning about the reef with Marine Biologist 

To top it all off there were photo opportunities with sea stars, sharks and stingrays. We learnt that the biggest clown fish in the anemones are the lovely ladies and that in the absence of a female the boys size themselves up against each other to find out who's the biggest male and he will then transform himself into a female… Quite amazing. 

This tour runs twice daily in the unique man made open air lagoon called Living Reef and it surrounds the reception and Waterfalls dining area of the resort. Public and private fish and shark feeding shows are held daily. Book a Living Reef Guided Tour that suits your family, there are 5 to choose from. 


Ocean Balcony Hotel Room

Described as the “little island with the big personality” Daydream Island Resort and Spa has plenty to offer and entertain the holidaying family. We recently had the pleasure of staying at DDI for 3 nights during the September school holidays. 

There were the 4 of us, 2 adults and 2 kids and we had booked an Ocean Balcony hotel style room. Majority of the accommodation on the island are hotel style (296 rooms) featuring either 1 King bed or 2 Queens beds. Suites are available (9 to choose from) however they are considerably more expensive. Ours was a short stay so a hotel room was completely fine. Children 14 years and under stay free and eat breakfast free daily when sharing with adults and utilising existing bedding.


Daydream Island Mermaids 

The booking for 3 nights included a shell necklace, mocktail and a welcome tote bag on arrival. Included in the Tote bag is: free portrait offer, resort activity schedule and a dining/restaurant schedule, resort map and other general information brochures.

Daydream Island Resort is rated 4.5 stars.  It is an older resort however it is neat, clean and has been renovated over the years. The resort was purchased earlier this year (2015) by a Chinese company and they have stated that they plan to restore and redevelop the resort over the coming years. 

View from the Rainforest Walk lookout 

There are 8 different dining options on the island (during school holidays) but not all are open daily, so its wise to consult the schedule and book for dinner in advance to avoid disappointment. The newly renovated Mermaids restaurant is popular and does book out quickly especially in peak seasons. 


View from Mermaids Restaurant 

We dined at most of the restaurants on the island and enjoyed our meals, there appeared to be a good variety on the menus including healthy choices for all ages and the food was fresh and delicious. A takeaway option is available some evenings from the Fishbowl Tavern if you are looking for a night in. 


Daydream Village pool

For a small island there is plenty to do, be it either on or off the island. A trip to Whitehaven Beach is a must, voted one of the best beaches in the world it does not disappoint. The colour of the water is divine and the white silicone sand is bright and pristine. As you round the corner of Whitsunday Island and set eyes on the beauty of Whitehaven beach its something that you will never forget. Simply spectacular. 

Great place to relax 

DDI really does cater to all types of family travellers with the variety of activities available. The resort has all the usual facilities including award winning rejuvenation spa, Skippers Club (kids club facility) activities desk, lobby shop, internet access, games room, tennis courts, mini golf (this is old but functional) open air cinema (looked great but only shows certain evenings so check your schedule and plan ahead), playground, outdoor chess, gymnasium, water sports, 3 swimming pools and spas, bakery, café, restaurants, retail stores and multiple island tours departing daily. 

Daydream Village playground 

Whether it be a rainforest walk with views of the Whitsunday passage, wallabies grazing on the lawn, cocktails at the swim up bar, treatments and champagne at the spa, fine dining or snorkelling at Lovers Cove there is plenty for all ages to truly enjoy themselves at Daydream Island! 

It’s a thumbs up from us! To read more or write a review Click Here 






Wow!! Awesome Fun!! Looking for an adventure activity to do on your next Gold Coast holiday? Then this is one for the whole family! 

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Oct 12, 2015
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Paradise Jet Boating - Wahoo what a ride!

Wow!! Awesome Fun!! Looking for an adventure activity to do on your next Gold Coast holiday? Then this is one for the whole family!

The staff at Paradise Jet Boating were professional and friendly. Skipper Dan was informative, entertaining and seemed to really enjoy his job of scaring and wetting his passengers a little too much. 😆

Driving directly at pylons at high speeds with last minute turns, 360° spins, getting up close and personal with the shoreline were just some of the adrenaline packed highlights of the 55 minute trip.  

Photo courtesy of Paradise Jet Boating

There were also calm environmental aspects of the journey.  While exploring the Gold Coast waterways we spotted nesting Ospreys, saw a large pod of dolphins including a baby frolic and swim around the boat (this was a magical experience) and perused the exteriors of multi million dollar mansions on the Sovereign Islands. 

All photos are courtesy of Paradise Jet Boating

This really is a fast and fabulous adrenaline filled trip! The kids (5 & 7 years old) thought it was awesome fun and wanted to go faster (of course they did 😳😆).

We would most definitely recommend Paradise Jet Boating as a safe and fun family adventure, one to never be forgotten! Thanks again for a great trip guys and we will be back!!

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We recently had a great day out at Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast.  There was 5 year old Alexis, 7 year old Max and myself on a sunny Saturday.  
 

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Oct 12, 2015
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Aussie World - We had a blast!

We recently had a great day out at Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast.  There was 5 year old Alexis, 7 year old Max and myself on a sunny Saturday.  


The kids have asked me many times if they could go to Aussie World as we drive past it on the Bruce Highway.  Well much to their delight we finally made it there and all had an awesome fun day. 


Photo courtesy of Aussie World  - Redback 

Purchasing our tickets was a simple and quick process with the staff being efficient and friendly. Their all inclusive admission price means all the rides are unlimited, always a bonus and makes for good value in my opinion!! Once inside the gates we had our map and made a plan for a day of fun filled activities.  I did notice how clean and neat the theme park was (if you have read my other blogs you will know that I am a bit of a germ phob, so I do notice these things wherever I go...) and I was pleased with the cleanliness I saw at Aussie World. :) 

There were heaps of rides and attractions to keep the kids and I busy for the entire day. Some favourites included (but not limited too, I may have missed the odd one), The Plunge (this was a favourite for all 3 of us and we had numerous rides) Giant slide (also a favourite for all 3), the Voyager Simulator, Redback, Dodgems, Tin Lids Tea Party, Ballroom Blitz, Platypus Ponds Mini Golf, Ferris Wheel,  Mozzi Musta, Bug run and Tykes trolley.  


Tin Lids Tea Party

There are around 30 rides, attractions and games to entertain you and various dining options to nourish you including The Pub - the iconic landmark (formerly know as the Ettamogah).

All age groups are catered for, Alexis being 5 years old wasn't able to go on all of the rides due to the height restrictions but there was still plenty of rides/attractions that she could enjoy, as the little ones are well catered for and there are rides that require an adult accompaniment. i.e. the ballroom blitz. 


Photo courtesy of Aussie World - Ballroom Blitz 

In addition to the rides there are other attractions such as the Illusionarium (a new addition) Crazy mirrors, Leak'n'Logs (the kids loved this area, we took swimmers and at the end of the day they played here. It is a water play area with tipping buckets, water jets, a tin shed that emulates a thunder storm and they would get splashed by a huge spray of water every time a "log" would come down the Plunge ride) side show alley and mini golf.


The Plunge, Leak'n Logs & Ballroom blitz 

Aussie World is the only theme park of this kind on the Sunshine Coast (north of Brisbane) and I would recommend it for families of all ages as a great day out. It doesn't have the hype or the size of the Gold Coast theme parks however there is plenty to keep everyone of all ages in the family entertained for the day and without the long lines and waiting times.  For me this is a definite plus, not having to wait in very long lines with 2 energetic kids in the heat for one turn on a ride. At Aussie World we were able to go on the rides numerous times with very little waiting in line. 

We ate at The Cafe, which had a wide variety of choices on the menu including heathy options.  The service was prompt and the food delicious. We were eye balled by a gun wielding bush ranger while we ate our foot long hotdogs and saw an escaped convict fleeing the scene. Just a typical lunch date with the kids... :) 


Illusionarium

"If you’re looking for thrills and excitement then you will find it all at Aussie World – right in the middle of the Sunshine Coast on the Bruce Highway. There are rides that will get you soaked, make you green and dizzy, there are simulators and slides, bumps and coasters! For the kids or the big kids at heart, we offer FUN for all ages. Aussie World is where families and friends come to spend quality time with each other, to have fantastic fun, receive unforgettable service and take home memorable moments to last a lifetime." Aussie World website excerpt - We agree with this statement. 

Thanks again for a fabulous family fun day Aussie World, we will see you again soon. 

Aussie World hosts several exciting events throughout the year including their Halloween FestEvil from Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st October 2015 - To read more Click Here

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Paradise Resort really is all about the kids! When I say kids, I mean tweens and younger will really enjoy this place.  This is a 4 star self rated resort that is focused on entertaining the little people so that everyone in the family has a great holiday.  Their slogan is "heaven for kids... paradise for parents"  

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Sep 04, 2015
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Its all about the Kids - Paradise Resort

Paradise Resort really is all about the kids! When I say kids, I mean tweens and younger will really enjoy this place.  This is a 4 star self rated resort that is focused on entertaining the little people so that everyone in the family has a great holiday.  Their slogan is "heaven for kids... paradise for parents" 

Z4K Waterpark - photo courtesy of Paradise Resort 

It is the only resort in Australia where every accommodation package includes a complimentary session per child (0 - 12 years) per day in the famous Zone 4 Kids Club. The Zone 4 Kids Club is fully supervised which allows parents time to escape the daily routine and indulge in some holiday pleasures. 

Zone 4 Kids Club - photo courtesy of Paradise Resort 

The list of child friendly activities is extensive.  I will dot point them below (now forgive me if I miss some as the list is long...) 

* Giant Z4K waterpark 

* Indoor and outdoor playground

* Zone 4 Kids Club - morning and evening sessions with various planned activities for different age groups and you get a free session per child per day! 

* Planet Chill Ice Skating Rink

* Rock climbing/Playground/Commando Course 

* Laser Tag 

* Movie nights

* Captain and friends Live Show

* Jungle Gym at reception - a great idea for the kids to play while you check in 

* Pool and spa area 

* Giant Chess board

* Games room 

* Adults only Zone/Spa

* BBQ area 

Wow so much to do in your own resort! You will never need to leave. In addition to the above list there are all the usual facilities of a resort such as - restaurants, mini mart store, gymnasium, juice bar, cafe, bistro, resort shop (you can buy socks here if you forget yours or the kids for the ice skating) secure parking and guest laundry. 

Bunk bed room type - photo courtesy of Paradise Resort 

I was here for 3 nights with my 5 & 7 year olds. We had booked a Superior Resort Room which consisted of a queen bed and one single bed.  The room was bright, clean and neat with a mini fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. For the adults if you are looking for a swanky five star hotel in the heart of Surfers Paradise with fluffy slippers, robes and luxurious toiletries, then this is not the place for you (you will need to pack your own body wash and shower cap). 

There was only the 3 of us in a Superior Resort Room and it was an acceptable size. If there were 4 of us as originally planned we would have needed to have a trundle bed in the room which I think would have made it a bit squished. So I would suggest that for a family of 4 to book either a junior bunk house, king bunk house or a superior family room to allow for more space.  

There are different daily activities to entertain the kids - photo courtesy of Paradise Resort 

My overall impression of this hotel is that it is really all about the kids, as the children theme runs throughout the entire resort. It is different and unique for the Gold Coast and the kids did have a great time, they loved the waterpark, they ice skated for the first time and tried most of the activities. The free Kids Club is an absolute bonus! 

The children being entertained and occupied is the goal at Paradise Resort Gold Coast and we all know that when the kids are happy, the parents are happy and that equates to happy family holidays for the whole family!!  

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"I love the Ginger Factory mum, my bestest ride ever was the boat". This was a random comment from my 5 year old daughter a week or so after our visit to the The Ginger Factory.  It was obviously still on her mind remembering the good time we had as a family.  The boat ride she was referring to is the "Overboard" ride.  

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Sep 01, 2015
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5 Reasons To Visit The Ginger Factory!

"I love the Ginger Factory mum, my bestest ride ever was the boat". This was a random comment from my 5 year old daughter a week or so after our visit to the The Ginger Factory.  It was obviously still on her mind remembering the good time we had as a family.  The boat ride she was referring to is the "Overboard" ride. 

Entrance to The Ginger Factory

The Ginger Factory really is a great day out with the kids! A statement that they use in their promotional material is "a great day out shouldn't cost the earth, which is why we have free admission to our park and gardens". Free entry... you have to love that! The parks and gardens in my humble opinion were lovely.  

I also noted (being a self confessed germ phob) how clean and tidy the place was! All the facilities and grounds of the property were really neat and clean. Love it!

The Ginger Factory combie

To be honest I didn't expect to enjoy the Ginger Factory as much as I did, I was thinking that it would be more fun for the kids not the adults, but I was wrong.  I did notice whilst there that the demographic of the crowd was either more mature or younger families and both age brackets seemed to be enjoying themselves.  For that reason I do think it would be a really good place to visit for those families who are doing the multigenerational holiday. 

Our days itinerary included the following 5 activities:

1. Live Bee show - where we learnt about the fascinating world of bees and taste tested different varieties of honey.  We all now have a new appreciation for bees and what amazing clever little creatures they truly are and just how important pollination is for our food supply. 


Live Bee Show display 

The kids were fascinated with seeing the busy bees buzz around the hives. There are actual active hives on display behind perspex glass so you can experience firsthand what actually goes on inside a bee hive and watch the bees performing their different roles. Did you know bees have 5 eyes and an inbuilt GPS?!? 

Real bee hives behind perspex glass 

2. Overboard Boat Ride - this is a ride for the little ones, both my 5 and 7 year old enjoyed it.  You ride in a boat through a tunnel decorated with different handmade puppet scenes from around the world where you need to spot the Gingerbread man in each display.

Overboard Boat ride - photo courtesy of The Ginger Factory 

3. Moreton Train Ride - this is a gentle train ride around the beautiful sub tropical gardens, taking you past the attractions of the park, spotting real chickens and roosters beside the tracks and waving to the tourists. 

Moreton the ginger train - photo courtesy of The Ginger Factory 

4. Ginger Factory Tour - this tour explains the history of Buderim Ginger, through the viewing window you can see onto the factory floor where the ginger is being processed and you will learn more about their world class ginger products.  My favourite part of this tour was the taste testing at the end! You get to try some yummy food and a ginger drink, highlighting ginger products and recipes.  I'm not a huge fan of ginger but the food and drink on offer was delicious, I am now a ginger convert and even purchased a few ingredients! 

Meet here to join the Factory Tour 

Factory floor 

5. Decorate your own Ginger bread men - We ended our day with the kids decorating gingerbread men purchased from the Ice Creamery. It was fun watching their creativity flow with icing and lollies :)

Let the creativity begin! Ginger bread men decorating 

Lunch from the Ginger Cafe was delicious and washed down with a ginger beer.  We checked out the quaint and quirky shops in Ginger town, in all we spent a good 5 hours at the Ginger Factory and left with some yummy Australian ginger and honey products! 


Ginger town 

I would say that the Ginger Factory is a great day out with the kids! Our family had a great day and we created memories that will last a lifetime. Its a good sign when they are asking to go back again...  To read more about The Ginger Factory or to write a review Click Here


Wow wow and double wow! If you are looking for a family friendly 5 star resort in Fiji then look no further then Vomo Island Resort! It is a resort where families can experience Fijian culture coupled with natural island beauty and outstanding luxurious facilities. You will be at ease and relaxed from the moment you step onto the island.  It’s only a short 15 minute helicopter flight or an hour and half boat ride from Nadi. 

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Aug 01, 2015
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Vomo Island Resort - Add it to your bucket list!!

Wow wow and double wow! If you are looking for a family friendly 5 star resort in Fiji then look no further then Vomo Island Resort! It is a resort where families can experience Fijian culture coupled with natural island beauty and outstanding luxurious facilities. You will be at ease and relaxed from the moment you step onto the island.  It’s only a short 15 minute helicopter flight or an hour and half boat ride from Nadi.


Aerial View of Vomo Island Resort 

We all loved Vomo Island Resort! There was hubby, 4 year old Alexis, 7 year old Max and myself.  When we arrived on the island we immediately felt like we were at "home", we received a traditional welcome song, shell leis, drinks and friendly smiles and greetings from the staff. 

We were very pleased to see white sandy beaches surrounded by a turquoise ocean, coconut palms swaying in the breeze and hammocks begging for us to relax.


Not a bad spot for a little hammock time 

The 4 of us were booked into a beach front villa.  The villa has a king size bed and 2 lounges which convert into good sized single beds for the kids. There is a curtain for partitioning off the 2 areas. There is an interconnecting door to the adjoining Villa which is great if you are travelling with a larger family group or perhaps with older children where more space or privacy is required.  

Our first impression of the Villa was once again wow, they are modern, fresh and spacious, with a lovely bathroom, huge walk in robe, all beachfront facing with sun lounges on the deck. The view is divine with coconut palms, hammocks, white coral sand and crystal clear ocean views. 



Beach Front Villa bedroom and bathroom 

The natural beauty of the island is divine (we love nature, can you tell...), the water colour is just magic as the island is surrounded by reef which provides amazing snorkeling. There is a huge array of colorful fish, corals, star fish, white tipped reef sharks (the poodles of the shark family so I have been told) and the visibility was really good. 

The kids absolutely loved the snorkeling and its literally 30 steps away from the front of your villa.  The resort provides all snorkeling gear so that you can go on your own anytime or you can join one of their daily snorkeling safaris.  I have never snorkeled with any type of shark so seeing the Reef sharks chasing a school of fish up close was definitely a highlight of the trip! 


Snorkelling just off the island! 

The Vomo Kids Village was fabulous! It is large, clean, colourful and bright, air conditioned, with lots of books, toys, dress ups, a media room with kids size bean bags, craft area, play equipment and a large outdoor area. There are activities organised for each session, they do morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Meals can be ordered and eaten at the kids club. 

The kids absolutely loved it, it was "their most favourite kids club ever"! They did bracelet making, crab racing (they got to bring their pet racing crabs home with them) cultural and outdoor activities. Every session they wanted to go and play with their new 'best' friends and try all of the activities. There were quite a few children at the resort which was nice to see and they all seemed to be having a really good time and the parents looked relaxed ;)



Kids Village!

The restaurant serves stunning cuisine, everything we had was delicious, al carte breakfast, lunch and dinner and the cocktails were fabulous. My favourite was the Vomo Lady. The staff were genuinely friendly, professional and polite. They all knew our names before we had even met them which I think is a very nice touch. 

We were departing on a 4pm boat back to Nadi and the reception staff had organised some snacks for the children to be packed and given to us to ensure that they wouldn't be hungry on the boat, we had not asked them to do this, so it was a lovely surprise when we received the food items and it was a very thoughtful kind gesture. Its the little things that make a big difference!! 


Bar, restaurant & pool area 

I would recommend you have drinks at the Sunset bar and watch the sunset (its only open from 5pm till 7pm each day), magic views, peaceful setting and fabulous cocktails.  The resort also offers swimming pool, golf, tennis, PADI diving, day spa and babysitting. The WiFi is free, multiple devices can be connected and there is excellent coverage on the island.  


Sunset Bar 

All four of us are definitely "raving" fans of Vomo Island Resort and we can't wait to go back! A great place for all ages and they truly welcome families!!! Read More information and the latest views on Vomo Island Resort. 

   

Let me start by saying that we love Fraser Island. It is an amazing place and is in the top 5 of my “favorite places to see in Australia” list. Hubby and I have seen quite a lot of Australia as we travelled around this big brown beautiful land for over 14 months BC – before children. 

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Jul 29, 2015
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A nature lovers paradise - Kingfisher Bay Resort

Let me start by saying that we love Fraser Island. It is an amazing place and is in the top 5 of my “favorite places to see in Australia” list. Hubby and I have seen quite a lot of Australia as we travelled around this big brown beautiful land for over 14 months BC – before children.

Kingfisher Bay Resort really is a lovely place to stay! It’s a great home base for exploring the island, as you can take your own 4WD onto the island or take a tour which departs daily from the resort. If exploring isn't on your agenda then you can simply check in and do nothing but relax, it’s that kind of place.

View of resort foyer across the Wallum bush lands of Fraser Island 

On this recent trip to Kingfisher Bay Resort it was our plan to relax and enjoy all of the features that the resort has to offer.  There was myself, hubby, 7 year old Max and 5 year old Alexis. 

Our Kingfisher Bay Resort experience started with us driving to Hervey Bay, checking in at River Heads for the barge (passenger and vehicle barge) to the island, parking the car in the secure car park, taking the courtesy bus down the hill to catch our ride. The trip from the mainland to the island takes approx. 45 minutes.


Passenger and vehicle barge - River Heads to Kingfisher Bay Resort 

On arrival at the island you disembark the barge to then ride the ‘island train’ to reception for check in.  We had booked interconnecting hotel rooms for this particular trip. The resort does offer hotel rooms, villas, lodges and houses. 

The resort is eco friendly and engulfed in the natural Wallum bush lands. The design and layout of the resort, considering it is over 20 years old doesn’t seem dated, it is built with lots of timber and iron and feels as though it has aged well and blends into the native surrounds.  It is quite a large spread out resort but you don’t notice as the buildings are enfolded into the natural landscape.


Hotel rooms set amongst the bushland of Fraser Island 

The natural beauty and the diversity of things to see, do and explore on Fraser Island are huge and anyone who loves nature, native flora and fauna, crystal clear lakes, large sand dunes, old growth forest, white sandy beaches is going to love and adore this place. It really is a nature lover’s paradise.

We were happy with the interconnecting hotel rooms, they were simple, clean and functional.  The view from the balcony was spectacular, looking over the bush and swamps out to sea views. The sunset over the ocean from our balcony with a glass of bubbles in hand was very nice indeed. 


Interconnecting hotel rooms 

Sunset - view from our balcony 

As a family we did lots of fun activities - swimming in the 3 pools and beach, played at the playground, (kids played, I pushed, husband watched), walked up to the look out (this was easier then expected and with minimal complaining from Alexis) the view was stunning, made sandcastles on the beach, caught soldier crabs and explored the beach and bush lands.


Main pool area - 1 of 3 pools in the resort 


View from the look out  

We joined a ranger guided canoe paddle and night walk during our stay. The 1.5 hour canoe ride took us along the shoreline of the island and into a mangrove creek. This was an educational and fun experience for us as a family and would recommend it to all ages and fitness levels.  The night walk was good fun too, spotting an array of different nocturnal animals around the resort. Both our canoe trip and night walk were lead by Ranger Maddison who was knowledgeable, friendly and informative.


Ranger guided canoe paddle with the family

The kids wanted to participate in the Junior Eco Rangers program. This is like a Kids Club that’s run on school holidays only, where they participate in a range of activities such as learning about nocturnal animals, the sky at night, building a campfire and toasting marshmallows, scavenger hunts etc. The idea of the program is to be educational and fun for the kids.

We had booked in for a night Junior Eco Rangers Program where they went on a night walk discovering nocturnal animals, learnt about the night sky, they had dinner at The Sandbar restaurant and played games.  They were scheduled to do a campfire with marshmallows however it was raining on and off so the itinerary was adapted. Ranger Maddison was running this group and I felt confident to allow the children to participate, the night program runs from 6 to 9pm. 

 
Ranger Maddison - Junior Eco Rangers 

The kids had a great time, they played with other children and had adventures. A huge highlight of the evening was seeing a dingo and how the Ranger had taught them to behave around dingo’s and what they should and should not do. It was an educational and fun experience and they came home from the evening happy, regaling tales of their adventures.

While the children were off on the Junior Eco Rangers program we took the opportunity to enjoy a lovely dinner for 2 at the Seabelle Restaurant and Cocktail bar (Kingfishers fine dining option). Delicious!! The food was amaze balls and the service was great. A very good night was had by all!!

Kingfisher offers all the usual resort facilities set in a nature lovers paradise on a world heritage listed island. I would most definitely recommend that you go there at least once in your lifetime.

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Looking for fun exhilarating activities to do while your staying in Fiji? Well we have an adventure for you! How does quad biking, zip lining, water falls, mineral pools and covering yourself completely in mud sound? Sounds good?!?! Well then, Go Dirty Tours based in Nadi are the people for you. 

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Jul 05, 2015
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Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!!!

Looking for fun exhilarating activities to do while your staying in Fiji? Well we have an adventure for you! How does quad biking, zip lining, water falls, mineral pools and covering yourself completely in mud sound? Sounds good?!?! Well then, Go Dirty Tours based in Nadi are the people for you.

We booked this tour for my husband, 7 year old Max and 4 year old Alexis (I was working). With much excitement and anticipation and a wave goodbye the family jumped in a taxi and were off to the Go Dirty Tours office to start their adventure.  Go Dirty Tours do offer a free pick up service from Nadi and other regional hotels. 

Brian and Alexis on the road, ready for adventure!

The tour started with the usual formalities, drivers licence for the quad bikes, safety gear check etc and away they went. Brian and Alexis were on one quad bike, Max was on behind Junior the Fijian guide and 2 other tourists were on another quad. 

They left the office and headed North through Nadi, past the airport and out into the bush. The first stop for fun and adventure was the Zip Lining, there are 7 sections to the zip lines and they aren't for the faint hearted.  The kids loved it! The were clipped onto the line and whizzed away, no hesitation. 

 

Max zip lining! 

With the zip lining finished it was time for lunch, this was provided as part of the package, there was a salad roll, drink and a piece of fruit which they ate at a picturesque picnic area. Once lunch was done they were then off to the waterfalls for a swim! This was the first time the kids had ever swam at a waterfall so it was exciting for them to play and cool off.  

Lunch break at the picnic area 


Natural beauty of Fiji 

Quad biking - Check, Zip Lining - Check, Lunch - Check, Waterfalls - Check, now off to the mud pools

Back onto the quads and off to the thermal mud pools. This is an area where a mineral mud pool and other natural artesian springs bubble up from the ground. The idea is to cover yourself completely in mud from head to toe, let it dry and then wash off in the warm pools.  You wash off first in the dirtiest pool and work your way through the pools until you are completely clean and you are in the clean pool... 

Junior applying mud masks!


Covering yourself and others in mud! Great fun!!

The kids loved it!! They thought it was great fun covering themselves and dad in mud, lots of mud, glorious mud! But it was mineral mud so that makes it ok :) The mud is actual really fine and washed away easily and they all swore that their hair and skin felt softer and smoother. 

Time to let the mud set!

Washing off

 

And all clean again - mineral springs

After they were all washed clean it was time to mount up on the quad bikes and return home.  This was a full days trip and everyone should have been really tired when they returned to the hotel but they were all on a high and very happy with the days adventures.

Our family would definitely recommend this tour!! Junior the guide was really friendly, professional and the kids liked him alot . Max thinks Junior is the best quad bike rider ever! Lol.  I am sure they will be talking about their adventures in Fiji for years to come!  

"Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all" unknown 

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When I asked the kids (4 & 7 years old) if they wanted to go snorkelling with friendly White-tipped reef sharks tomorrow, they responded with a very excited and definite YES! We were staying at Denarau Island in Fiji and I was looking for activities to keep my high energy family busy.   

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Jul 05, 2015
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The kids went snorkelling with sharks!!!

When I asked the kids (4 & 7 years old) if they wanted to go snorkelling with friendly White-tipped reef sharks tomorrow, they responded with a very excited and definite YES! We were staying at Denarau Island in Fiji and I was looking for activities to keep my high energy family busy.  

I had heard about a trip out to The Yasawas to an island called Barefoot Kuata Island where you could snorkel with lots of reef sharks.  I was told that reef sharks are "like the poodles of the shark family" and I know that we all love to snorkel and that my 7 year old son in particular would really enjoy this experience. So we booked it!

With about an hour and half boat ride on South Sea Cruises from Denarau Port we arrived at Kauta Island (gateway to The Yasawas) where we were welcomed onto the island.  From here we transferred into a much much smaller boat and headed out to the snorkelling area.  The water colour was just magic, clear and aqua blue.  Our local Fijian guides for the day were Voy and Sye.    

The kids were keen to get in the water and snorkel! The visibility and weather conditions were really good. 

Voy was really friendly and helpful with the kids, he was full of knowledge about the islands, the marine life, was a great underwater photographer and can blow a very awesome bubble ring!! See the photo below. Alexis was 4 at the time and was learning how to snorkel so she had a floatation ring, myself and Voy to assist her. 

There was an abundance of colourful fish, corals and of course lots of white-tipped reef sharks. This particular area is where there is a high concentration of reef sharks. 

It was an amazing experience snorkelling with the "poodles of the shark family" and we got some great photos and even better memories that will last with us forever! It was a fabulous family experience. 

Love these photos! Our Nikon underwater camera does a great job! 

We snorkelled for approximately 2 hours and then we headed back to the resort at Barefoot Kuata Island to the recently completed day centre which includes 3 pools and a locally crafted bar, to relax and enjoy some food and drinks, swim in the pool and wait for our boat to return to Denarau Island. 

We all had the BEST day, we have told everyone who will listen about our Shark snorkelling experience!! The kids absolutely loved it and want to go back to Fiji and do it again.  It really was a great family friendly activity to do and we would highly recommend it!!

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