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What to do in Byron Bay

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It’s almost six months since we made the move to Brisbane from our beachside home of many years. Whenever I meet someone new or catch up with an old friend, the first question I’m usually asked is, “do you miss the Sunshine Coast?”. I do. And I don’t. This move of ours was a long

Escape to Spicers Hidden Vale

Spicers Hidden Vale

For the past two months or so, I’ve been absorbing everything city life. I’ve been asked on many occasion if I miss the beach after our move from the Sunshine Coast. This question usually illicits a tilt of the head and a few seconds’ contemplation on my part. And then a, “no”. For now. The

Farewell Sunshine Coast. It’s been swell

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As you read this post, our “life” is being loaded on to a big truck. Destination Brisbane. This farewell has been a long time coming. It’s been part of our long-term plan since Mr SY took his first job in Brisbane five and a half years ago. Planning and prepping for this moment does make

9 tips for a girls’ getaway to Bali

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A little over 12 months ago we were standing under a big, old mango tree, solving the first world’s problems over champagne while celebrating my girlfriend Simone’s 39th birthday. As the mango flowers dropped around us, a seed was planted for her 40th. I didn’t think much more of it (blame the champagne) until March

The Model and Me (Bali edition): Binny

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There’s no escaping the humidity and the heat when in Bali. Except, of course, if you remain in an air-conditioned room or standing in a pool drinking cocktails. I totally endorse those two options – and may have employed them myself while in Bali last week – but there comes a time when you need

The Model and Me (Bali edition): iAllure Kaftans

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You know my love of a kaftan, don’t you? Can’t get enough of them. My love of them is probably equal to the places I like to visit where kaftans are appropriate attire. If you could see my suitcase for Bali this week, you’d find day and evening kaftan options. It’s just how I roll

How to pack for a trip to Europe


Returning to England on a fairly regular basis is something I love to do. It’s where I was born and my roots lie deep and strong in the old country’s green and pleasant land – despite my new love for Australia, particularly Western Australia which I now call home. But it doesn’t matter how many

Things to do on the Gold Coast that don’t involve the beach

FEATURED Things to do on the Gold Coast that don't involve the beach

The Gold Coast and I have a long-standing relationship. The Glitter Strip was our Mum’s Christmas holiday destination of choice through the 1970s and early 1980s. Although, to be honest, there was not much glitter involved in these trips. Christmas lunch was held in a hot, fibro shack at Mermaid Beach. We feasted on a

7 reasons to love Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

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I was a guest of Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat* It may have been five and a half years since I’d driven up the very steep driveway that leads to Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat but those five plus years disappeared in a breath. Specifically a deep breath. Deep breaths being the only kind of breathing encouraged at this

Postcards from The Whitsundays

5 things to do in The Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia

What makes for a great escape? For me, it’s the SMALL things that make for the BIG memories … The scent of aromatherapy oils wafting from a vapouriser lit in your bathroom. The genuine smile on the faces of EVERY staff member you so much as walk by. White ginger and pear herbal tea served

My 5 Sunshine Coast top things to do

5 Sunshine Coast top things to do

As I was out riding on Saturday afternoon (I’ve taken to stealing Miss SY’s beach cruiser bike while she’s otherwise occupied … and this time she was out in the surf), it dawned on me on this glorious autumn day that it was indeed the anniversary of my arrival on the Sunshine Coast – 23

Keeping it Real: the Easter getaway edition

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Hello Tuesday after an Easter getaway. You’re looking not so fresh from where I’m sitting. I can see the souvenirs you have left me in the form of a mountain of washing. And if I do not see a glass of Villa Maria sav blanc again, well at least until Friday, it will not be

Top 10 places to propose in 2013

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Just quickly, I received an email yesterday from travel company, Escape Travel, and they had compiled a list that caught my eye: the top 10 places to propose for 2013. Such lists always amuse me because Mr SY proposed in his undies beside our bed. And that bed was not in any exotic location. And

12 tips for where to shop in Melbourne

12 Melbourne Shopping Tips

It’s no secret that when I hit a new city, country – or small town for that matter – I like to suss out the shops. It’s in my genetic makeup, I’m sure 😉 There’s something way more relaxing about the browsing that takes place away from home. You’re not really shopping with a specific

13 tips for travelling to Bali if you are a newbie

13 tips for travelling to Bali if you're a newbie

* Updated October 30, 2013 Bali has always been on our list of places to visit. So many good friends had been and fell in love. When we booked and surprised the kids with this end-of-school-holidays trip, we had a pretty good idea we’d fall in love too. I’ve since been back again on a

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