Sheraton Grand Mirage, Gold Coast

During the recent school holidays we had an opportunity for a quick mini-break on the Gold Coast.  My brother-in-law who lives in Los Angeles had to fly to the Gold Coast for a business trip.  As he was coming out with his family, we all decided to join him – but not for the business […]

Salt Grill, Surfers Paradise

For years I’ve been visiting the Gold Coast and sadly, always come away disappointed with its food scene.  Time and time again we’ve had disastrous dining experiences with over-priced and dated food served on paprika dusted plates.  But the times they are a-changing. Having just returned from a recent trip to Surfers Paradise, excitingly, along […]

Peppers Soul, Surfers Paradise

Last month Drew had to attend a conference on the Gold Coast.  He would be away for two nights and rather than sit at home staring at the amount of overdue domestic duties, I decided to join him.  Not for the conference, but for the two nights of R&R in a resort at Surfers Paradise. […]

The Dunes, Mount Coolum

I’ve just returned from a Christmas holiday where a few days before Christmas we drove north to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, a journey that took 13 hours, to a holiday house in Mount Coolum. The idea was to spend Christmas with Drew’s family; something we hadn’t done for at least a decade.  The idea of travelling […]

Dreamworld, Gold Coast

I don’t know of many families who go on a holiday to the Gold Coast and get in and out without visiting a theme park.  Almost as famous as the brilliant weather and the beautiful beaches are the theme parks of the Gold Coast. There are adults who don’t like theme parks and who avoid […]

George’s, Sanctuary Cove

While the Gold Coast is envied by Australians living in other cities because of its almost continuous days of sunshine and warm temperatures and its outstanding tourism attractions, generally, the envy stops with the food scene. I know things are improving and I know one day I’ll have the dining experience that’s going to make […]

Intercontinental, Sanctuary Cove, QLD

Sanctuary Cove is about a 45-minute drive north of the Gold Coast airport.  Opening in 1986 with five days of celebrations that included performances from Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston, Sanctuary Cove was designed as a community where you could live in a resort-styled setting. Sanctuary Cove features two 18-hole championship golf courses, a 300-berth […]