Archive for the ‘Australia’ Category

Photo of the Week: Sydney

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

While I was spending a semester abroad in New Zealand, I decided to use part of my semester break to hop over the Tasman to visit my uncle who lives in Perth, Australia. Since I had to fly into Sydney anyway, I decided to stay for a day just for fun. Had I known what a great city Sydney is, I would have allotted much time there. But, being as it was, I crammed as much as I could into my 36 hours there. Including taking a ferry from Circular Quay to Darling Harbor, which is where I got this shot:

What in the World?

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Where am I today? Cruising through Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska! But I’ve cooked this up for you while I’m gone: Since I’m not currently home (or at work) to read the news everyday this week (I’m on a cruise, remember?), I had to prepare this edition of What in the World? ahead of time. Meaning [...]

What in the World?

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Here’s what going on around the world this week. The U.S. The BP oil spill, while slowly getting under control (so it seems, at least), is likely to plague the Gulf well into fall, and maybe even longer. Engineers were finally able to fit a cap onto the gusher, which is allowing them to capture [...]

That sign said what?

Monday, May 17th, 2010
Recently on the New York Times website, they featured a collection of hundreds of photos of funny signs that readers submitted from around the world. Most of these signs are funny because of things being lost in translation. Others are just plain amusing. You can see them all here. This collection inspired me to share [...]

The Beach Club, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

The Beach Club Resort is located in the centre of Mooloolaba. With a great beach, a lovely esplanade, lively restaurants and quirky shops, this is our favourite town on the Sunshine Coast. Malooloolaba is also an excellent base for exploring the area. All the pretty little towns of the Sunshine Coast – from Caloundra to Noosa – is within easy driving distance. So is the hinterland, comprising the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains, the picturesque towns Montville and Maleny and the wonderful Australia Zoo, legacy of the late Steve Irwin. The Sunshine Coast also offers excellent water activities, including diving among sharks or to the sunken ship HMS Brisbane.

The Beach Club offers convenient, comfortable and affordable lodgings. It’s one block from the main street, so you won’t be bothered by noise from traffic. If you prefer swimming in a pool rather than in the ocean, The Beach Club has a nice one, as well as a child-friendly glass-bottomed shallow plunge pool, a sauna and a gym.

My kids and I stayed in a large apartment with two bedrooms, a large living room and a full kitchen. We stayed 4 days. The apartment would have been well-suited for a much longer stay as well. All apartments have patios or balconies, the superior ones have quite large balconies, great ocean views and private BBQs (this is Australia, after all).

The Beach Club is good value for money. Rates (for two people) begin at AUD 175 per night, then gradually decrease to 105 per night for longer stays. Special golf or diving packages are also offered.

The Beach Club
First Ave
Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast
QLD 4557 – Australia
tel + 61 7 5478 3000

Review by Anne-Sophie Redisch of Sophie’s World; twitter: SophieR
Photos courtesy of The Beach Club.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2010
Being in the newspaper business, I often get the chance to read a lot of random Associated Press copy. This usually happens not because of my job, but because I get bored and start surfing the AP wire for interesting stuff that maybe isn’t breaking news, but that’s still cool or interesting. I stumbled upon [...]

Thousands of words.

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
They say a picture is worth a thousand words… so I just posted thousands upon thousands of words in the new Travel Photos section. Go check out some of my favorite photos from some of my favorite destinations, including Italy, Ireland, China, and Australia. I saved the best (and largest) album for last — New [...]