Many families dread school holidays because they can quickly become one of the most stressful times of the year. Fortunately, that stress is easy to avoid according to Professor Bob Montgomery, the president of the Australian Psychological Society.
Montgomery believes that most of that stress is caused by parents’ failure to properly calm children. He thinks that calming strategies can make school holidays the relaxing experience they’re supposed to be.
Strawberries are one of Australia’s favourite foods for cooling off this summer, and now there’s a study to prove it.
A survey by the SilverNeedle Hospitality group, as part of its Cool Summer campaign, asked Aussies to rate their favourite ways of staying cool this summer.
School holidays are here, as parents already know. Fortunately, there are now lots of fun activities for kids of all ages in Brisbane.
Some great school holiday activities in Brisbane include:
If you’re a golfer visiting Sydney, this guide provides a snapshot of the world-class golf courses at your fingertips, along with the nearest Meriton Serviced Apartments to make your stay complete.
Where to stay
Meriton Serviced Apartments, Parramatta – situated in George Street on the banks of the Parramatta River, within easy walking distance of Parramatta CBD. These 202 luxury oversized apartments provide all the comforts of home plus all the facilities of a five-star hotel, including indoor pool, spa, sauna and gym. Boasting a modern contemporary new look after a multi-million dollar refurbishment, Meriton Serviced Apartments are the ideal place to stay and play in Parramatta. . .
Nearly five million people call Sydney home and when you combine the beauty of the city with the number of things to see and do, it’s not hard to understand why. When you next visit the coastal city, make sure you get the best out of your trip by visiting some of these places.
Sydney Harbour is a natural playground for locals and tourists alike, where you can enjoy sailing, swimming, kayaking, diving and spectacular walks around the foreshore. The harbour is a busy place and there is never any shortage of water taxis, ferries or thrill-filled speedboats. Visitors can take a leisurely cruise around the waters or take a trip out to Manly, Watsons Bay or Taronga Park Zoo.
This year’s Brisbane Tennis International attracted more than 105,000 people during the eight day tournament.
Queensland Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey said that this year’s success had cemented the tournament’s reputation as a premier event on the global tennis scene.
It is easy to see why the Gold Coast are still one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations. In addition to some of the world’s best beaches, the region contains a wide variety of activities for the entire family.
Some great family activities on the Gold Coast for the Holidays include:
There are plenty of great spots to visit while you’re holidaying in Sydney. What’s more, you don’t necessarily have to pay a cent. The Telegraph listed ten of the best attractions that are all free.
Coogee to Bondi walk – take a stroll along the coastline with breathtaking views and idyllic coves and beaches to explore along the way.
Despite what some people think, a visit to a theme park or a series of theme parks can be a very affordable family vacation. Here are some excellent tips for saving money on your next trip to the Gold Coast.
- Go in the off-season. Many theme parks offer special deals to attract visitors in off season months such as April, May, and June. To make your visit more enjoyable, the lines will be shorter and the crowds will be smaller. Check the park’s website before you book because some attractions are closed for maintenance in the off-season.
- Take advantage of multi-pass tickets. These get you into two or three parks for the price of one. Movie World, Sea World, and Wet ‘n’ Wild currently have a locals VIP pass that gives locals unlimited entry for just $89 until June 2014. DreamWorld, WhiteWaterWorld, and Skypoint have a similar arrangement.
- Purchase tickets ahead of time from the park’s website instead of at the gate. The websites often offer special deals and discounts, such as multi-pass deals that are not available anywhere else. More importantly, you don’t have to stand in line to buy tickets.
- The biggest cost at the average theme park is the concession stand. Limit your spending in the park by bringing a set amount of money and giving each child just a few dollars to spend.
Shopping around and using a little common sense can make a theme park visit a fun and affordable holiday.
Brisbane is an exciting city offering an abundance of things to do – from eating out in the mouth-watering range of restaurants to exploring the magnificent sights on North Stradbroke Island. Brisbane is never short on entertainment, the only trouble is knowing where to start.
A well planned city, getting around this sub-tropical capital is easy thanks to great walking paths and good public transport. South Bank Parklands is an easy stroll from the heart of the city, yet you feel like you are a million miles away with the picturesque lagoon and beautiful beach.