The sun is out, the air is still cool. It’s early morning in Brisbane and the city is just waking up, the surroundings are already waiting for you to be explored! Here are the 21 best day trips from Brisbane.
9/11 is a day when all Americans, young and old, take a moment to remember the 2996 lives that were lost, and honor the courage of the service members and first responders who continue to protect this country. This year marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and there are several events around the Grand Strand for locals and visitors alike to show their respect and reverence on this day of patriotism!
City of Myrtle Beach is hosting a Remembrance Ceremony on September 11th at 1:00 pm at Warbird Park. A steel beam from the north tower of the World Trade Center has been installed at the 9/11 Memorial in Warbird Park in The Market Common. Former New York City firefighters who now live in Myrtle Beach donated the beam as thank you to the local community for their support.
At Doug Shaw Stadium, the American Football Women’s tackle football team will be playing 3 games, each honoring civilian, service members and first responders who lost their lives. The schedule is below:
- The first game “Pentagon Bowl” will kickoff at 12 pm. Pregame- special event and coin toss will be at 11:30 am.
- The 2nd game “Never Forget Bowl” will kickoff at 3:30 pm. Pregame- special event and coin toss will be at 3:00 pm.
- The 3rd game “9/11 Memorial Bowl” will kickoff at 7:00 pm. Pregame- special event and coin toss will be at 6:30 pm.
Tavern in the Forest in the Carolina Forest community is hosting a Red, White, and Brew block party on Sept 11th from 3:00-11:00 pm with craft beer samples, entertainment, and more family fun. A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to local charities benefiting first responders.
Brookgreen Gardens, located in Murrells Inlet, presents the A. Thomas Schomberg collection of sculptures portraying the loss following the 9/11 attacks. These sculptures will be housed in the Rosen Gallery, which is included in the garden admission and will be displayed from September 11th until early November.
Check out these other events on September 11th – although they are not specifically connected to remembering 9/11, we have the freedom to enjoy the beautiful weekend because of the sacrifice of so many!
Junior programs are back at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm just in time for fall. Head on out to the farm for a special event on Saturday, September 11th filled with kid’s activities and outdoor stations to make your own ice cream, learn about Native American history, and more.
The Market Common will be hosting an Art In Common festival on September 11th and 12th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. There will be local artists and vendors showcasing their hand made goods such as jewelry, metal art, wooden bowls, and more!
On my most recent visit to Sydney, I stayed at Primus Hotel which is located on Pitt Street, right in the CBD and within a stone’s throw to the beautiful Queen Victoria Building, Pitt Street Mall for a shopping fix and Darling Harbour to chill by the water with a drink.
Opened in December 2015, Primus Hotel occupies the former Sydney Water Board headquarters from the 1930’s. I loved the big rooms which all have absolutely gorgeous art deco design, iPod docks and free wifi throughout.
My room, a Deluxe Suite, had a beautiful king bed plus a separate room with a sitting area with sofas, LCD TV and big windows. The room had a large soaking bath as well, so relaxing!
In the evening, it was time to have a cocktail at the stylish lobby bar. I also got the try the delicious charcuterie board. If you are one for a High Tea, Primus Hotel offers that now as well. And then, if you are ready for dinner, head over to the adjoining restaurant The Wilmot. Order your meal with an accompanying drink from the extensive selection of local craft beers and imported, vintage and international wines.
The Palm House
This stylish boutique cottage encapsulates all that is appealing about a coastal home.
With European Oak herringbone floors and French doors that open onto an idyllic poolside backyard, you will have everything you need to enjoy a relaxed, yet refined, break along the coast.
Decorated with items from Morocco, Indonesia, and India, the Palm House has a vibrant feel that is perfect for both couples and groups. Whether you want to catch some sun rays by the pool, fire up the BBQ, or try some home cooking in the wide-open kitchen and dining spaces, there is something for everyone.
The Palm House blends in with the local residential area, creating a feeling of genuine homeliness as you enjoy some of the best accommodation on the Sunshine Coast.
- Location: Mooloolaba
- Price from: from A$271/night
- Sleeps: 4 people
- What makes this Airbnb unique? The unique interior design of the Palm House and secure gated parking for two vehicles sets it apart from the rest.
As you drive further south, you will pass through the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch, possibly the most photographed spot along the cliff-facing road. The arch has been build as a tribute to World War I servicemen and it’s a good spot to stretch your legs.
Have Lunch In Lorne
Alternatively, head on into Lorne, another few minutes further down the road and check out the charming galleries, local boutiques and of course, Lorne Pier. I had lunch here at HAH Lorne Beach, small sustainable café by the beach serving up incredible homemade food and also rents out surfboards, bikes and SUPs.
Hot tip: If you have been on the lookout for koalas, the best place to have a guaranteed spotting is at Kennett River!
Stay overnight in either Lorne or Apollo Bay. I stayed in the later. This will get you a little faster to the 12 Apostels the next morning.
There is a nice and unexpected Italian place called Casalingo Italian in Apollo Bay, which I can highly recommend for dinner.
1. Where To Stay In Sydney For First Timers: Sydney CBD & Darling Harbour
The Sydney CBD and Darling Harbour are definitely the most popular and best areas to stay in Sydney for tourists.
I recommend staying in either of those two neighbourhoods when visiting the city and looking for where to stay in Sydney for the first time.
Here you will find the main tourist attractions like the Opera House, Royal Botanic Garden and Sydney Harbour close by.
Darling Harbour is the quieter, family-friendly choice to the city center but it’s still super close to all the action and therefore one of the best locations to stay in Sydney.
Since Darling Harbour has a lot of museums, theaters, the popular Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, art exhibitions and plenty of entertainment venues, it truly is one of the best areas to stay in Sydney with family.
If you are also passionate about shopping, then this is one of the best places to stay in Sydney as it is known for its streets filled with stores, waiting for shoppers.
Both the Sydney CBD and Darling Harbour are great areas if you are wondering where to stay in Sydney without a car, because they are easy to navigate by foot or metro. Also, Circular Quay is right there, making it easy to catch a ferry to Manly or go Harbour hopping to destinations like Taronga Zoo, Watson’s Bay and more.
Today we’re celebrating our 49th anniversary. That’s almost five decades of working towards a clean, healthy, sustainable ocean.
I am humbled when I think about all Ocean Conservancy has seen and accomplished since 1972.
We’ve celebrated incredible ocean victories like establishing fishery catch limits to prevent overfishing in the Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act in 2006 and the first International Coastal Cleanup in 1986. We’ve witnessed mind-blowing ocean discoveries, like new bioluminescent sharks and ancient fossils that illustrate what the ocean looked like eons ago.
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We’ve also seen great challenges facing our ocean, like the increasing effects of climate change, the infamous BP oil spill in 2010 and a rapidly changing Arctic ecosystem. To be honest, it’s easy to let the challenges facing our ocean feel overwhelming. But in those moments, I am inspired by our dedicated staff, partners and supporters like you—I know that together, we can achieve our dream of a healthy ocean.
One thing that has become very clear in the last 49 years: ocean conservation is about so much more than our ocean.
It’s about protecting the air we breathe and the food we eat. It’s about dismantling systemic racism and pushing for climate justice in the face of a rapidly changing planet. It’s about standing up for the democratic process and rights of all people regardless of which political party is in office.
But despite our challenges, I’ve never been more hopeful for the future of our ocean. More and more people are advocating for their governments, employers and the private sector to take immediate climate action to protect each other and our ocean. We’re having critically important conversations about the importance of diverse voices and viewpoints in conservation. And we are witness to a generation of young people who seek to live in a sustainable, just and equitable world.
I couldn’t talk about our future—or our past—without talking about YOU.
Our dedicated supporters are joined by a love of our ocean, and we could not do our work without you. It’s because of you that we can look ahead with confidence and excitement.
I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished in 49 years. And I can’t wait to see what the next 49 bring.
Mondays aren’t so bad when it’s a three-day weekend! With Labor Day right around the corner, we’re ready to savor our day off with some fun in the sun. Whether it’s listening to live music al fresco-style, scoring some back-to-school deals or cruising the harbor via boat, the opportunities are endless. With that said, we’ve rounded up five family-friendly activities in Newport Beach for you to enjoy this three-day weekend! Don’t forget to set your email to OOO.
Nothing beats live tunes and harbor views. At Lido Marina Village, you and your fam can enjoy a little bit of everything this Labor Day weekend—from shopping and dining to live music out on the Lido Deck. Enjoy fresh air, sunshine and the sounds of local musicians every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 -3 p.m. And when the kiddos get hungry, stroll over to Circle Hook Fish Company for delicious sea-to-table bites like fish and chips, wonton poke tacos, oysters on the half shell, Thai coconut clams and a full kids menu. Your little ones will love the options here almost as much as you’ll love the view!
Whether the kiddos are back in school or about to start their year, a little back-to-school shopping is a must! Fashion Island, Newport Beach’s premier shopping destination, boasts a number of retail shops offering in-store Labor Day discounts. Cruise around the center and pop into stores like Vineyard Vines, Gorjana or Bloomingdales, which is running an exciting Shop for Good campaign that supports DonorsChoose. Every dollar goes directly to the classroom to raise funds for school supplies, mental health resources and books. Warby Parker also offers eye exams for children ages four and up. Swing by to browse their selection of kids’ glasses, only available in store.
Set sail on the harbor this with City Cruises by Hornblower! This vessel/event company hosts a variety of Newport Beach boat cruises throughout the year that are worth every penny. This weekend, you and your family can enjoy a festive meal on the water by reserving your spot on their Brunch Cruise. The event includes a scenic two-hour yacht cruise, a gourmet plated brunch, free-flowing champagne, and sparkling cider or complimentary soda, juice, coffee, and tea, and specially curated background music. Book your cruise today at www.cityexperiences.com/newport-beach.
Looking to turn your three-day weekend into a three-day staycation? Balboa Bay Resort is making it easy to stay and save with its Sneak Away on a Weekday package! This exclusive package offers vacationers a full 15% savings on everything from room accommodations and recreation rentals to Drybar and spa treatments! Take full advantage of this weekday offer and experience the grandeur of this newly renovated property on the bay. Balboa Bay Resort is the perfect family-friendly hotel with amenities like poolside cabanas, water sport activities, a reimagined on-site restaurant (A+O Restaurant | Bar), a luxury spa and more. Don’t miss out on this unbeatable offer!
To avoid the crowded restaurants and bars this weekend, head to the beach for a curated picnic planned by The Picnic Collective. This unique local company specializes in creating original pop-up picnic experiences for any occasion. Leave the planning to the pros this Labor Day and revel in the beauty of a perfectly curated picnic on the beach. The Picnic Collective team will set up (and take down) everything for you, so all you have to do is show up! Expect plenty of fresh flowers, floor cushions for each guest, decorative umbrellas and grazing boards for snacking. There is no better way to kick off or wrap up the three-day weekend ahead.
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger
Noosa is a real charmer when it comes to holidaying along the Sunshine Coast. It’s got stunning stretches of sandy beach, unbeatable national parks, and enough of a social scene to keep you happy too.
But what about when it comes to where to stay in Noosa?
Well, there’s plenty to choose from, and we’ve narrowed down the best Noosa accommodation on the market right here.
Why Stay in Noosa?
You’ll never be short of things to do in Noosa, whether you’re staying for a few days or a few weeks. Check out these highlights that aren’t to be missed while you’re in town.
- Explore Noosa National Park, a glorious 9,800 acres of rugged forests, rising dunes and stunning coastal views.
- Relax on Noosa Main Beach or watch the sunset over this picture-perfect bay.
- Wine and dine along Hastings Street, Noosa’s main street full of independent cafes, fascinating art galleries and up-market restaurants.
- Take a day trip to the quieter side of Noosa – Sunshine Beach, where you can enjoy a huge stretch of golden sand to yourself.
- Join a kayaking tour along the Noosa Everglades, famous for its tea-coloured waters, stunning reflections and unique Australian wildlife.
Where to Stay in Noosa?
Accommodation in Noosa is spread out between a few distinct areas, all of which offer up their own unique landscapes, atmosphere, and social scene. Choosing where to stay is an essential part of enjoying your holiday overall.
So, let’s take a look at the different areas of Noosa!
#1 Sunrise Beach and Sunshine Beach
Situated just east of the main town of Noosa, and within walking distance of several stunning stretches of sand, this area offers up a laid-back ambiance and is home to some of the most sought-after Noosa resorts.
For this reason, accommodation does tend to be on the more expensive side, but it is more than worth it for the stunning seaside views.
#2 Hastings Street and Noosa Main Beach Area
Sitting at the heart of Noosa, this is a great option for holidaymakers hoping to be in the thick of it all. Hastings Street is lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes, all of which are packed at all hours of the day. And, for when you need a little sun-time, Noosa Main Beach is just a walk away.
Do take note, however, that this is one of the most popular beaches in Noosa. You’ll find a range of Noosa accommodation along Hastings Street, from budget hostels to flashy hotels.
#3 Noosa River and Gympie Terrace
Located a little further out of town, this is usually the last place people consider when they’re choosing where to stay in Noosa. While it is one of the quieter areas of town, it still offers up the same stunning landscapes and charming independent highstreets that you’ll find elsewhere in the area.
All with the added bonus of the Noosa River, ideal for spending a day by the water. What’s more, you tend to get a lot more for your money in this area of Noosa too!
Best Noosa Accommodation
Enjoying both the conveniences of Hastings Street and the relaxing nature of Noosa Main Beach, On The Beach Noosa Resort, provides guests with the best of both worlds.
Made up of several stunning self-contained apartments, complete with spacious private balconies and spa bath facilities Noosa luxury accommodation doesn’t come much better than this!
What’s more, away from your private retreat, you can enjoy an outdoor pool, a spa pool and a fitness centre.
Noosa accommodation in the heart of Hastings and close to the beachfront is in plentiful supply, but they usually come at a price. 10 Hastings Street Boutique Motel offers some of the best along the strip, sitting at the far-east end of Noosa Main Beach, moments away from Noosa National Park, and just back from Hastings Street, you can be indulging at a fine-dining restaurant at one moment, and exploring the rugged rainforests in the national park in the next.
10 Hastings itself is made up of modern suites, a large studio and a 2-bedroom apartment, which all come with private balconies.
- Location: Hastings Street
- Price from: A$230
- Sleeps: 2 to 4
- What makes it unique? Great value if you want to stay directly on Hastings Street.
Noosa’s Luxury Rainforest Retreat in Little Cove gives you the chance to get away from it all. Lose the crowds, immerse yourself in nature, while still enjoying the luxuries of one of the best holiday rentals in Noosa.
Despite its remote and private location, this holiday home is still within walking distance of both Noosa Main Beach and Hastings Street, allowing you to enjoy the busy streets and lovely restaurants when you choose to.
Inspired by Scandinavian interior design, the open-plan, four-bedroom house features stylish driftwood floors, natural stone furnishings and large open windows to enjoy your surrounds. The house is that nice that we wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t venture out of it during your getaway!
- Location: Little Cove
- Price from: A$620
- Sleeps: 8
- What makes it unique? Sitting in a tranquil rainforest environment, you don’t get much more relaxing than this!
A private beach, spacious apartments, river views, an outdoor pool, communal sauna and tennis courts… could you ask for much more from accommodation in Noosaville? Culgoa Point Beach Resort is made up of self-contained apartments, allowing you to enjoy your holiday in any way you see fit.
Treat yourself to a Beachfront Premium apartment complete with stunning sea views and easy access to the private beach, or try something a little more low key with the loft-style apartments that offer equally as beautiful views over Noosa River from the top floor.
- Location: Noosa Parade
- Price from: A$490
- Sleeps: 2 to 6
- What makes it unique? Escape the busy beaches and enjoy this resort’s private beach with just a handful of other guests.
If it’s an affordable beach holiday that you’re after, this super-cute tiny house will definitely do the trick! Offering up one of the most unique types of accommodation in Noosa, this beautifully designed house has everything you need in one compact space.
Designed with a Hawaiian surf theme in mind, you’ll be waking up to exposed beams and bright windows, all surrounded by tranquil tropical gardens.
Unfortunately, pet-friendly accommodation in Noosa is hard to come by, and you’re not allowed to bring your pets here. However, the resident kelpie and labradoodle, Eddie and Stevie are happy to be your furry friends for the weekend.
- Location: Sunshine Beach
- Price from: A$150
- Sleeps: 2
- What makes it unique? The gorgeous decor makes this an instagrammable dream destination!
If you’re looking for something a little different from the Noosa hotels around town, then this charming apartment, tucked away in Little Cove is a great place to look.
Despite being just a five-minute walk from Hastings Street, Little Cove Court enjoys tropical forest surroundings and ocean views from its private balcony.
All apartments come with a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious double room and modern ensuite, all of which will be spotless on arrival. And for those moments when you need a little respite from the sun, you can take a dip in the communal swimming pool.
- Location: Little Cove Beach
- Price from: A$500
- Sleeps: 2
- What makes it unique? Sits just moments away from Little Cove Beach, an undiscovered spot by many in Noosa.
Noosa accommodation on Hastings Street is about as central as it gets, and the Tingirana Noosa is no different. Like many hotels along Hastings Street, Tingirana offers guests a choice of self-contained apartments that sit directly across from the ever-popular Noosa Beach and Laguna Bay.
This unbeatable location means you can relax on the beach, explore the national park and go for a bit of window shopping, all in one afternoon.
- Location: Hastings Street
- Price from: A$750
- Sleeps: 3
- What makes it unique? Featuring both an adults pool and children’s pool, this is a great option for any families looking for a getaway in Noosa.
Noosa Heads accommodation is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a quieter retreat, and this Chic Coastal Escape just so happens to be right there. Equal distance from Hastings Street, Sunshine Beach and the Noosa River, this is a great choice if you enjoy being able to walk everywhere by foot.
The two bedrooms can either act as two double or twin rooms, accommodation both families and groups of friends that are heading off on their holiday. And the spacious, bright and warm living room is an ideal place to unwind at the end of the day.
- Location: Noosa Heads
- Price from: A$180
- Sleeps: 4
- What makes it unique? Beach-vibe interior and chic 70’s design.
Nestled between the other luxury hotels and restaurants along Hastings Street, the Sofitel Noosa Resort stands out thanks to its five-star facilities.
This includes a stunning day-spa, heated outdoor pool and spacious private apartments complete with balconies. With an onsite restaurant and bar, and quick access to the beach, you’ll need a good excuse to leave the hotel during your break away.
- Location: Hastings Street
- Price from: A$325
- Sleeps: 2 to 3
- What makes it unique? Treat yourself to dinner at the onsite restaurant for top-notch seafood dishes.
Searching through the many Noosa apartment hotels on offer can be hard work, but the Sebel Noosa Hotel is worth putting right at the top of your list. The hotel’s central location means you’ll be enjoying the very best of what Noosa has to offer right on your doorstep: beautiful natural landscapes and a booming social scene.
Outside of your luxury apartment, complete with kitchenette facilities, you can also make the most out of the two outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzi facilities.
- Location: Hastings Street
- Price from: A$330
- Sleeps: 2 to 6
- What makes it unique? Stay fit whilst on holiday with Sebel’s handy fitness centre, free to use for guests at the hotel.
Offering an affordable alternative to the other Noosa apartments along Hastings Street, Seahaven Resort is the perfect choice if you’re looking for luxury within a budget.
Each of the modern holiday apartments has a private balcony and full kitchen facilities and enjoy direct access to the beach.
- Location: Hastings Street
- Price from: A$245
- Sleeps: 2 to 4
- What makes it unique? You’ll have three beautiful heated pools to choose from!
A heated pool and a rooftop terrace are just two of the things that makes Saks one of the most popular options in Noosa for accommodation on Hastings Street. And it’s no surprise why!
As well as these added luxuries, Saks offers all of its guests spacious and modern self-catered apartments equipped with a full kitchen. Add in the fact that it’s just moments away from the soft sand and turquoise waters, and you’re in for a winner of a hotel for your trip.
- Location: Hastings Street
- Price from: $450
- Sleeps: 2 to 7
- What makes it unique? A rooftop terrace with sweeping views over Noosa Main Beach.
Harbouring the perfect balance between a hotel and a villa, Peppers Noosa offers guests the best of both worlds. Splashing out on a villa here will give you complete independence and peace of mind to enjoy your holiday as you wish, while still enjoying the luxuries a five-star hotel provides.
Luxuries that include a highly-regarded restaurant, swanky cocktail bar, two heated swimming pools, a small fitness centre, games room and a day spa.
- Location: Noosa National Park
- Price from: A$650
- Sleeps: 2 to 9
- What makes it unique? Some villas come with their own private pools.
With so many great accommodation choices available, choosing where to stay in Noosa to suit your taste and budget should be a piece of cake!
Whether you choose to stay in an apartment that overlooks one of the secluded beaches or one that sits on busy Hastings Street, we wish you a lovely holiday.
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Did you know, it’s only 138 days until summer! And you better believe we’re counting down and crossing those days off in our calendar…
If you’re looking at buying some new beach towels to gear up for endless sunny days, here are some things to consider.
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When buying a new beach towel, you want to look for a fabric that is absorbent, dries quickly, and doesn’t get too heavy when wet. Bonus point if it’s made from sustainable fabric.
And how does sand free sound to you?
Cotton vs Microfibre
While most beach towels are made from cotton, they do hold sand easily and often don’t dry fast and therefore get smelly and heavy. This means they need to be washed often. Cotton towels also frequently pill or have small cotton fibre balls attached to them which can be annoying.
If cotton is your preferred fabric, try and opt for organic cotton as it’s grown without harmful chemicals that ultimately contaminate water and soil. Organic cotton also uses far less water to grow since rain is used more often than irrigation.
Or look for a different towel fabric altogether. This is where microfibre comes in.
Our Breathing Travel towels are made from luxe waffle microfibre, in fact, they used to be plastic water bottles!
As we are proudly designed in Australia, a country full of natural beauty, coastal abundance, beaches and the ocean at our doorstep, we made a promise to manufacture with recycled fabrics. This means, we save plastic bottles from landfills and oceans and turn them into our beautiful towels. With your purchase, you are directly helping to clean our planet.
Recycling Plastic Bottles
How does it work you ask? In essence, the plastic bottles are collected, washed, chopped and then melted and spun into our polyester microfibres. Microfibre beach towels are not only more absorbent but also more durable than cotton, they don’t shed or pill and will usually last for years when cared for right.
Our Breathing Travel towels are antimicrobial and odourless, so they need to be washed less to further reduce environmental impact. They are also quick dry, just hang them out and they will be dry in no time, no dryer needed!
Best of all, our towels are sand free, you can simply shake the sand off and it won’t stick to the fabric. This making them perfect for anything from the beach to pool, travelling, camping, boating, picnics, sports and much more!
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Nobody likes a paper-thin beach towel that feels sticky and just moves around water and that doesn’t actually dry your body. If you’re buying your sand free towel online, you might not be able to feel the fabric firsthand.
One of the reasons why people visit our Breathing Travel stall at the local markets is to come to feel the beautiful waffle texture of our towels. We often get surprised reactions and customers telling us how unexpectedly soft and luxurious they feel. Indeed, we do not use sticky suede fibres like other sand free towels in the market.
We are confident that you’ll love our towels, but if you’re ordering your sand free towel from across the country and you change your mind, you can send them back within 30 days and we’ll give you a full refund. For more info, please view our Shipping & Returns Policy.
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We think a beach towel should be functional but also fun and bright, so you can easily spot it on the beach (& show it off).
We have various different towel designs and three sizes for you to choose from.
Our most popular is our Standard Sand Free Towels, which are a full beach towel size 160x80cm. This makes them perfect for lying on the beach, for the pool, travel, yoga, as well as picnics, camping, boating and much more.
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