Travel: Our holiday in Tasmania

A holiday in Tasmania (1)

I have to admit, I’ve been procrastinating. I’ve finally edited all of my photos from our trip to Tasmania at Christmas.

Mum has asked not to be photographed in my travel writing and photography from now on, so this is the last mention I will make- the rest of the blogs will be from a purely technical travel writing perspective. But you know, I still believe in the power of travel to heal grief.

So as a little teaser, here is a video I made of our first stop Bruny Island.

A full blog is to follow.

Travel: Main Beach Gold Coast

Have you ever had one of those weeks, when you knew you just needed to get out of the house, or you would go nuts? That you couldn’t really afford to go on a holiday, but if you stayed inside, that despite the predicted wet weather, and the fact that you would normally curl up under the doona and read a good book, that this time, it would literally be your undoing?

Welcome to my world. After a long, frustrating week, I was facing a wet weekend at home. I had no plans and it was looking bleak. Rather than slide down a slippery slope to the blues, I decided to take positive action and just get out of the house.

There is something magical about the effect of the ocean on your psyche. The sound of the ocean is calming, and there is nothing better than a long walk along the beach, no matter the weather. Yes, I activated plan personal health and had a solo holiday on the Gold Coast.

There was a condition. I wasn’t going unless I could have ocean views. Direct ocean views. I didn’t just want to hear the ocean, I wanted to see the ocean. I wanted to be as close as possible, with no big high rises obstructing my view.  I spent an entire evening searching for the apartment of my desire, and in the end decided on Main Beach.  

Main Beach?! Yes, not Surfers, not Burleigh, little known Main Beach. For me, what was important was to not hear drunken party revellers at 2am as they bar hopped, I wanted to hear the ocean.

Two bedrooms was a little more than I needed, but it was that or nothing. After my children were collected on Friday evening, I drove to Main Beach and checked into my apartment- Sunbird Beach Resort.

To find out unbiased reviews of Sunbird Beach Resort click on this link.

About Main Beach:

Main Beach is the “main” surfing beach of Southport at the northern end of the Gold Coast. Tedder Avenue– a two-minute walk from the apartment is known for its cafes and restaurants and is beautifully lit with fairy lights in the evening. I’ll have to try that another time because I brought with me a bottle of wine that fellow travel writer and photographer Amanda from The Alpha Odyssey had gifted me for my birthday. I had a bag of hot cross buns, a container of fresh pumpkin soup, some fresh grapes and plums and I intended to literally relax on the couch and not move.

I spent Saturday attending a travel industry seminar, and Sunday catching up with friends. I enjoyed the accommodation and the location would recommend it, and I would definitely recommend it as being family-friendly and solo holiday friendly!

If you’d like to book a holiday at Main Beach, use the booking map below. I use myself for all my holidays. Please note that if you book a holiday using the search tool below I will receive a small affiliate payment at no cost to you.

Cat Cuddle Cafe

Sometimes all you need is a hug.  A hug actually makes you feel better, because a hormone known as oxytocin is released from your brain and sends messages to your body, which promote feelings of devotion, trust and bonding, which well, they make us feel happy. So if you’re in need of a hug, or just a different location to have a cup of coffee, or an activity to entertain the kids, I recommend the Cat Cuddle Cafe!


The Cat Cuddle Cafe was opened in 2015 by Pussies Galore Rescue, and is Brisbane’s first cat cuddle cafe.  


Why a Cat Cuddle Cafe?

Let’s ask them:

Cats are our passion and rescue is our mission. We wanted to create the perfect environment for cat lovers to enjoy and interact with cats.

To fulfil our mission of rescuing a ridiculous amount of cats, our cats will be highly trained to make you fall in love with them, ultimately leading to more adoptions. Seriously, they will be working it.

All of our kitties will be rescue cats. Unlike other cat café’s around the world, our cats will be up for adoption. Our adoption process though, is very stringent. Don’t think you are just going to walk out with one of our cuddle stars without being given the Spanish Inquisition.

We need to know that you have considered adding a fur baby or two to your family very seriously. This commitment is for the life of the cat and could be more than 20 years.



The Cat Cuddle Cafe has moved from Red Hill to Lutwyche.

483 Lutwyche Rd, Lutwyche QLD 4030



What is that hole? Is it alive? I shall pounce on it!

Need to know:

  1. You need to BOOK to have a cat cuddle experience. It is $10.50 per hour per person.  Coffee and cake are additional.  Book here
  2. Please do not disturb sleeping cats.
  3. Check what time the cats are most active- we had a 10am booking, and most of the adult cats were asleep, which meant that given the number of adults in the room, my kids were a little disappointed. They got a chance to play with the kittens, however, with around 10 + adults and kids all wanting a cuddle, the kittens soon tired of it all. They were happy to play with all the toys, however, Hamish didn’t really get a cuddle.  The manager helped out by bringing cats and placing them on his lap, however, they kept jumping off. Next time.
  4. You can do Yoga with the Cats (Thursday night $25) and also Knitting with the cats! Check the site for details, and if you do any of these- please send me photos!