Monthly Archives: April 2011

HOOPLA HOOPLA! Roll on Down to the Best of Darling Harbour!

It’s on again ladies and gentleman!

Hoopla Festival

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 Look up, look down, look all around – the circus is in town!

Go cir-crazy at Australia’s annual circus and street theatre festival as some of the world’s best acrobats, jugglers, stunt performers, sideshow and street theatre acts are let loose in Darling Harbour this Easter long weekend.
Now in its 14th year, Hoopla is Australia’s annual circus and street theatre festival featuring a world-class mix of Australian and international performers.

For five days and four nights, Darling Harbour hosts everything from large scale performances in the Big Top to intimate side shows in the Carnival of Dreams, plus brilliant buskers throughout the precinct.

Hoopla Festival
12 noon – 5pm (except Monday 25 April, 1pm – 5pm)
22-26 April 2011 FREE

There’s more to Hoopla than you think!
Hoopla Nights
6pm – 10pm
22–25 April 2011
Tickets from $5 to $15

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Come on DOWN


Its Easter Time @ Best of NSW

Happy Easter Everyone!

YES We are staying open! While everyone else gets 5 days off we will still be operating and serving you with great tourism options for Sydney and right around Australia. We will be CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY ONLY. Other than that its 9:30pm-5:30pm daily

For those of you who need it spelled out:

09:30am – 05:30pm – Saturday 23rd April 2011 – Easter Saturday
09:30am – 05:30pm – Sunday 24th April 2011 – Easter Sunday
09:30am – 05:30pm – Monday 25th April 2011 – ANZAC DAY – Easter Monday
09:30am – 05:30pm – Tuesday 26th April 2011 – Easter Monday’s Public Holiday



The Royal Easter Show Sydney is on now and tickets are selling fast. 14th – 27th April The Royal Easter Show is Australia’s Largest Event! Come in and Buy Tickets (that include your transport) and pick up and Australian Made Pink Lady easter Egg on your way!


We are so excited to present our Easter Chocolate collection this week. The chocolate collection has been a big hit behind the scenes, and it has actually taken a bit of effort to make sure the collection is available to you as many of the staff have been eyeing the chocolate for themselves. The Easter Goodies have come from Pink Lady, which is an amazing confection company that has been making chocolate in Australia for over 70 years. Originally started in Melbourne in the 1930’s by Mr George Gorog and Mr Zoureff, two European immigrants the company has grown to be considered one of the finest chocolate companies in Australia. The highlight is of course Pink Lady’s Chocolate Bilbies, Wombats and Koala’s.  For those of you unfamiliar with Easter in Australia, the chocolate Bilby has been an Easter tradition for over twenty years.  The tradition started as an Australian replacement to the Easter Rabbit. The rabbit is an introduced pest to Australia, which has caused many problems over the years, and it was felt that it was more appropriate and festive to have a much loved local animal like the bilby, which is a small marsupial closely related to the Bandicoot. It wasn’t very long before the Chocolate Bilby became an indispensable part of Easter in Australia.

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Best of The Whitsundays with Anthony

Help Queensland get back on its feet! Give yourself a Holiday @ Koala Adventure Island

Flying into Hamilton Island on Tuesday morning from Sydney, eyes glued to the aircraft window at the sight of the Whitsunday Islands down below. The tiny little Islands amongst the clear bluey, green coloured waters.

A short ferry ride from Hamilton Island to Adventure Island, also known as South Molle Island, past some over-developed islands with resorts that encompass the whole island. You arrive at Adventure Island with the sight of lush greenery, beautiful waterfront with towering cliffs surrounding you. Jumping off the ferry you walk the long wharf to the resort spotting masses of fish, stingrays and even spotting the odd turtle swimming in the bay.

Adventure Island has different accommodation options to suit all budgets – backpacker dorms, garden view rooms, ocean view rooms and beachfront bungalows. The facilities on the Island include a swimming pool, bar, tennis court and 9 hole golf course. The bush walks on the island are classed as some of the best in Queensland, I walked to Spion Kop which is on the headland as you enter Adventure Island bay. Spectacular scenery as you trek through the bush, through mini rainforests to windswept cliff faces where the grasses are at a permanent 45 degree angle due to the wind. But as you approach the sheltered lookout at the end of the walk, the view across the bay is breathtaking.

Front desk at the resort are always willing to help with any requests for snorkel hire, internet access or laundry facilities. There is a café and a restaurant for your meals, with a wide variety of foods to choose from.

Pride of Airlie is a gorgeous catamaran, she is based on the island and is your ticket to the rest of the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven beach. She departs at 8am and returns at 4pm, spending the whole day island hopping allowing passengers to snorkel and explore to their heart’s content on some uninhabited islands and reefs.

Returning back to Adventure Island each evening allows you to get your land legs back and relax at the bar with fellow travellers.

A spectacular island with so much to do and see, highly recommended to all people young and old to experience the beauty and seclusion of a jewel in the Whitsundays.

Adventure Island is a must experience for anyone wanting an island getaway!


Best of NSW

Best of The Blue Mountains with Gray Line and Lala

The Blue Mountains national park is a major icon near Sydney. You can experience fresh mountain air as you rise above Sydney and enter the spectacular Blue Mountains region. The Blue Mountains is perfect for exploring the best that nature has to offer. There are so many ways to get to The Blue Mountains but we still believe one of the best ways is a guided tour.

Gray line offers several levels on their tours, I did an all inclusive tour which meant everything was prepaid and there was no hassle for the whole day.

I had an early start meeting at the Gray Line office (Star City coach terminal) @ 7:55 am. Then the lovely started. The coach was big and comfortable; seating place big enough so that I was comfortable throughout the day (there was also there is bath room on board). We crossed The Sydney Harbour Bridge heading to our first stop Featherdale Wildlife Park (45 mins away from Sydney). It’s very friendly zoo, I really liked it. All animals are native. You can cuddle up to a koala take a picture for FREE!!! Hand feed kangaroo, wallabies and emus or just relax in the parks kiosk. We stayed there around 45mins to 1 hour.

Katoomba was our next stop, which is in the heart of the Blue Mountains National Park and is the location of the Three Sisters. We got off at Echo Point which is the best lookout to see Three Sisters rock formation. We then rode the scenic cableway across to scenic world. On the cableway you can get really awesome 360 degree view of Blue Mountain and waterfalls. We had our buffet lunch at scenic world; it is revolving restaurant while you eating you can still enjoy the beautiful view of the Mountain. After lunch we take another 2 rides the skyway and the (Worlds Steepest) railway and have a little time to walk around.

The little garden village LEURA is our next destination. We have 30mins to wandering around. Then we are on our way back headed for the city. Our driver sends us to Homebush bay ferry terminal then we take a Captain Cook river cruise back to Sydney Darling Harbour and Circular Quay. If you get off at Circular Quay you can see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge from the water.

Our lovely Blue Mountain trip ends at Circular Quay!

Hope you enjoy

Best of NSW
Travel Consultant

Best of NSW – The Rocks Ghost Tour

On The Rocks Ghost Tour you can listen and be apart of “authentic ghost stories, learn the bizarre facts that lurk beneath the surface of Sydney’s historic rocks as you are led by your ghost host on a lantern lit walking tour”.

It was quite different to what I expected but very good. The Ghost Host of the tour was very theatrical and good at keeping the group in order. I never had any trouble hearing him and I found the story telling was superb. We started at Cadman’s cottage and worked our way up through the rocks and under the bridge, ending at an archaeological site in Milsons point. The rocks at night is very different to during the day.

The tour was not very scary, though there were a few moments that were a little spooky. Mostly the tour was just funny. The guide had a great sense of humour and managed to tell each of the stories in a way that had me smiling through most of the tour. Each participant of the tour was also given a role to play for each of the stories which kept everyone involved and really added to the experience.

A couple of the stories were a bit inappropriate for younger kids but it was all handled very well by the host. All and all I was amazed by how fun the tour was and how quickly it went, in compared to the rocks walking tour.

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