Travel tips and news, thoughts and trends – something for everyone
This newsletter is only just going to make it into September, but it’s been a busy month. And this month the place to be is the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The days are warm, but not too hot, with just a hint of the humidity that will make life fairly sticky in mid-summer. The nights have been a mix of warm and cool, with a few storms to keep us amused. There was even a wallaby with a little joey bouncing around on the front lawn a few days back. See below for a few ideas on what to do on the Sunshine Coast when you visit.
What to Do on the Sunshine Coast
Although most people look on Noosa as the main event on the Sunshine Coast it is a surprisingly big area with a diverse range of things to keep you busy. The coast runs from Caloundra in the south to Noosa in the north, and takes in the larger places like Mooloolaba and Maroochydore and many smaller places along the way. The beaches range from awesome to amazing with the sheltered waters behind Bribie Island and along the Noosa River contrasting with the big ocean beaches around Perigian and Coolum. There’s a different beach for every day of your stay.
* the Eumundi market, inland about 15 minutes from Noosa, is a must-do. Saturday is the big day with smaller markets on Wednesday and Sunday.
* the Noosa Farmers’ Market is on Sunday morning, down along the Noosa River. It’s a great spot to try out some local foods
* the Ginger Factory at Yandina is another foodie stop with a great little train ride for the kids
* Australia Zoo is a big attraction – think the Irwins and some big wildlife – up by the Glasshouse Mountains
* a nice day drive is the loop up around Maleny and Mapleton through the Blackall Ranges
* another is up to Hervey Bay and Fraser Island, although that’s a big day if you want to spend time on the island
* if it’s wet spend some time shopping at the Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore
* and wander along Hastings Street in Noosa, although avoid Sundays if you have a choice as it can be very busy
– that travel agents and brokers still book
* 65% of all flights
* 85% of all tours and packages
* 90% of all cruises
* 55% of all car hire
* 55% of all hotels
People do still value the assistance and added value a travel specialist offers
Airlines and tour providers are jostling for position as the first Earlybird fares and products are released for the coming northern hemisphere summer. If you want to get the best prices and availability then now is the time to start gathering information and looking to book. Even package providers like coach tours and river boat cruises release an Earlybird range so you can pull together a very good value package and relax knowing that your travel arrangements are already in place for next year.
We have a very special tour available for those who like to put a bit back into where they travel. Les Village, on the northern coast of Bali, has opened their village to dive and snorkeling visitors to help them rebuild their reef as part of a Reef Restoration Project. Destroyed by unsustainable fishing practices and cyanide, the reef was in a dire state. But over the last few years the villagers have placed the underwater framework for a new reef (using huge concrete slabs) and have been slowly planting it with plugs of new young coral taken from nearby. Their new reef is already beginning to grow. Several beachfront cottages have been built to provide accommodation and the villagers provide all the hospitality. This is not resort-style travel with all the luxuries, but a fascinating way to participate in a worthy cause and have a great trip at the same time.
The trip is ex-Auckland for 9 days/8 nights and starts from $3150 pp twin share
New Brochures in this Week
* Cox & King’s Exotic Escapes
* Albatross Tours
* World Journeys
* Contiki Europe
* Tempo Self-Catering Apartments
* Royal Caribbean
I am very happy to visit at your home or business if you would like information and help with your travel plans. There are so many options to choose from and it’s not easy to pick the best ones. So feel free to call or email and arrange a time to get together, or we can meet in your favourite cafe if that’s easier. My contacts are at the top of this newsletter.
are two of our favourite aspects of travel – they are such a treat and a great way to mark something special in your life. From contemporary lodges to sumptuous super yachts and fabulous safari camps there’s plenty to choose from. But closer to home we also have some beautiful luxury and wilderness stays right here in New Zealand and Australia. Call us for details. And if you like to fly-fish check out our New Zealand Fishing Lodges site.
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We always have a few travel group specials available through the NZ Travel Brokers website.
Most are to destinations within the South Pacific, from the Chatham Islands to Rarotonga, but they also head further afield to Europe, India and North America
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Sue Farley – Travel Specialist – Nelson
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