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    St Kilda Beach

    We took a lovely bike ride along the coast from here to Half Moon Bay, stopping for a swim on the beach. Later that night we came back to sample the nightlife we'd heard so much about, and wasn't disappointed. Metropol Bar and Cushion Lounge were the two we visited and had a good boogie. Wednesday in Cushion Lounge is $5 pizza night!

    We were lucky to be part of the 100th anniversary and witness Novak Djokovic defend Rafael Nadal after 5 hours and 53 minutes - whew! Even if you aren't a tennis fan, go for the atmosphere and try spot some famous faces in the crowd.

    Our family really enjoyed visiting this zoo. Particularly the great window where you can watch the seals swim past. They have a lot of great animals who all seem pretty content. The day we went the elephant and zoo keeper came onto the lawn while we were eating our picnic lunch! They have good facilities available so you can spend a whole day there if you want. Take insect repellent. We got ravaged by mosquitoes as we sat by a very lovely Japanese pond.

    A surprisingly lovely little botanical gardens/nature reserve just a short walk from town. It is largely Acacia trees and desert shrubs, but these are gorgeous when in bloom. And the Bean Tree Cafe located in the gardens has some of the best coffee in NT!

    When driving west out of Waihi along SH2 you quickly encounter the Karangahake Gorge, which is a very nice area to spend a bit of time in this area of Coromandel. Some amazing walks but with steep steps and also dark tunnels so good walking shoes and a torch essential. Turn your flashlight off when you are in the pump room, and when your eyes are accustomed to the dark you should see glowworms.

    Places To Eat

    These burgers are delicious! And not badly priced. Yummy fresh ingredients and great flavour combos. The chips are chunky and come with home made tomato sauce. It's a great spot they've got on the corner of busy Cuba St, and I love the repurposed caravans.

    The Goat in the Boat Restaurant

    An interesting name for a wonderful, welcoming place. Maria greeted us warmly as soon as we arrived and made us feel right at home. We both chose the souvlaki and could tell it was made with love. Want to know how it got its name? You'll have to ask Maria yourself!

    Heaven for those with a sweet tooth. This was the best ice cream we found in Melbourne, I must admit we stopped there a number of times! There are so many different flavours - from the traditional to Baileys, salted caramel, Nutella, walnut and pear cheesecake... I could go on!

    Tucked in the back of an Irish shop in a the gorgeous heritage area of the Rocks, The Tea Cozy serve a good old-fashioned Devonshire tea, with loose leaf tea in vintage teapots (including cosy of course!), and fresh homemade scones with regional gourmet jam.

    This is THE place in Auckland. The venue is amazing right in front of all the yachts and the food and service is just perfect. The waiting staff are so attentive that you don't even need to fill up your own water glass! Food is delicious and the atmosphere great whether your in for eats or in for drinks.

    Traveller Tips

    Heaphy Track

    If you head north from Westport you follow the amazing West Coast up past Granity to Karamea. This is a beautiful yet wild part of the country where you find the entrance to the Heaphy Track. This is a five day walk taking you to Golden Bay.

    The Red Decker

    Hop on here for an informative tour of the city loop, Cascade Brewery and Mount Wellington. A hop on/hop off option is available for the city loop. Easy!

    Auckland Art Sessions

    Within Auckland Art Gallery there is an area where you can join in a actually do some art of your own. On Saturday's the gallery runs a free kids art session on the mezzanine level which is great fun!


    Take a rental and drive along the side of Lake Wakatipu for 50 minutes to Glenorchy. Here is where you will see some of the areas best scenery. You can drive beyond the town into the national park. Or you can take a jet boat ride up into Southern Alps. What every you do you will need more than half a day to absorb this wonderful area, otherwise known as Paradise.

    Drive on the beach

    This is one of the few beaches in New Zealand where you can drive along the beach.

    Facts about Pacific

    French & small

    Akaroa was originally settled by the French as a whaling station in the 1800's. It has a population of just over 500.

    Oldest yet finest

    It's no wonder the wines here are great - the Barossa Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine producing regions, and one of the world's finest. You'll be spoilt for choice amongst the 150 wineries there, I know I was!

    National Parks

    The Sunshine Coast region has more national parks than any other region in Queensland. Great Sandy National Park even includes sections on Fraser Island.

    Waitarere Beach

    Waitarere is a quiet seaside village with a very long beach - many places to walk and cycle or walk on the beach or in the forest.

    "The quiet part of the Bay"

    The sleepy little seaside village of Soldiers Point is regarded by locals and regular Sydney visitors as the "quiet part of the Bay'...especially around Christmas/New Year & Easter holiday times..!