Amanda Cassar Local Star

True Queenslander - born and bred. I love living and working as a Financial Adviser on the fabulous Gold Coast, in my own business, Wealth Planning Partners. Our team loves assisting people take control of their financial futures, leaving them in charge of their finances, lives, family's protection and legacies.

Joined 19 October 2007 Burleigh Heads, QLD

  • Werribee Mansion

    Parks Werribee, VIC
    Great place to while away a few hours when in Melbourne. It's less than $10 to tour through the home and most has been beautifully recreated.
    Australia doesn't have a lot in the way of history, so this is about as good as something from a bygone age gets here.
    The grounds are also lovely and would be perfect for a spring picnic.
    Cafe on site also good, limited menu but tasty food.
    Worth a visit to try something different.
  • Hairy Little Sista

    Restaurants Melbourne, VIC
    Had a fabulous brekky here with a friend.
    I ordered the eggs benny but they weren't like any I'd ever had before.
    There was pork belly on crumpets, with perfectly poached eggs, and an amazing spicy hollandaise sauce with coleslaw on top.
    My friend also really enjoyed her breakfast bruschetta.
    Fantastic feed and lovely friendly service from the team.
    3 coffees and 2 breakfasts set us back $47.
  • Crabtree & Evelyn

    Cosmetics & Beauty Retailers Melbourne, VIC
    A beautiful shop with lovely service from the girls.
    It just so happened that there was a 20% off all full priced items when I visited, and also a bonus deal of Pomegranate Hand Therapy for $5 when you spent over $60.
    The gift I'd bought for a friend was beautifully wrapped and looks a million bucks. Happy days!
  • Becco

    Restaurants Melbourne, VIC
    Quite possibly one of the best Italian restaurants in Melbourne.
    Definitely a locals' favourite and very popular.
    I started with the special - battered Tasmanian oysters and they were great.
    My main of duck was also fantastic and I had to steal a share of the veal saltimbocca from a friend. All amazing!
    Highly recommended!
  • Typo

    Stationery Retailers Biggera Waters, QLD
    I'm a bit of a stationery nut and love browsing through Typo.
    I was hoping, that being in an outlet centre, prices might be a little better, but no luck.
    Still, lots of great options for notebooks, pens, novelty gear and gifts. Worth stopping by.
  • Ispa Kebabs

    Takeaways Biggera Waters, QLD
    Very generous serves and well priced. Good deals too if you combine movie tix.
    I didn't want a kebab, but staff were happy to give me all the ingredients on a plate instead.
    There was so much I couldn't eat it all, but the family were happy to help polish it all off.
    Good lunch option at Harbour Town.
  • Cotton On

    Clothing Retailers Biggera Waters, QLD
    Spent a family day at Harbour Town recently and pretty much started off in Cotton On.
    It's a large store and caters to men, women and children.
    I didn't find anything for myself but hubby picked up a few cheap T-shirts that he was happy with.
    Good outlet.
  • Reading Cinemas Harbour Town

    Cinema Biggera Waters, QLD
    Went for a visit on the school holidays and the cinemas are currently under renovations so things were a bit chaotic.
    We got in early and got our tickets and then went for some lunch.
    When we got to the theatre tho, the place was packed and as seating isn't allocated like other cinemas, it's first in, best dressed, meaning I ended up with a crook neck by the end of the movie, sitting so far in the front.
    If you like cheap, it may be worth the drive, but I prefer a less hectic experience.
  • Rusty

    Clothing Retailers Biggera Waters, QLD
    One of the nicer stores at Harbour Town shopping centre. It has a great layout, looks really modern, and has both surf clothing and boards and accessories on offer.
    Not really cheap enough to be outlet prices when I was visiting but worth a browse through when spending time at the Harbour Town shops.
  • Sounds of Silence Dinner

    Restaurants Uluru, NT
    When staying in the Red Centre, don't miss this amazing experience.
    The evening starts with coaches taking you to a sunset viewing platform with Uluru on one side, and Kata Tjuta on the other,
    Indigenous dancers entertain you whilst you much on crocodile & cucumber canapes as the sun sets.
    You're soon led down to a pop up restaurant in the middle of the desert where you watch the sun finally go down and are served great Australian wines, and a truly Aussie feed. Lamb, barra, roo, croc is all on the menu.
    But the magic happens when the lights are doused and you look heavenward in one of the darkest skies on earth to see the magic above A guide talks you through the constellations, telescopes are set up to view Saturn and the Milky Way is a stunning swathe across the sky.
    Then don't miss the lemon myrtle pudding or rhubarb crumble to finish the night off. Definitely worth doing!
  • Monte Pio Motel And Conference Centre

    Hotels Maitland, NSW
    Recently had a one night stay for business when travelling the Hunter Valley for work, and this is certainly a unique and different hotel.
    There's ample car parking out the front, none under cover, and you will need to lug your own cases from car to reception to room.
    There's an abundance of oversized urns, plastic plants and cut glass mirrors. My bedroom, backed on to a balcony with views over the pool area and surrounding countryside.
    It was a cool night and the room thankfuly heated up quickly. The bathroom was quite old fashioned and chilly, but room also had a desk to work out, table to dine at, cupboard to hang wardrobe and tea & coffee making facilities.
    The heater was quite loud tho, and it's easy to hear noises from other rooms such as toilets flushing, so spent a restless night.
    The food however from The Pines Restaurant was great and it'd be worth stopping by just for a meal, whether you're staying in house or not. Even the breakfast was a good size and lovely room service options served when requested.
  • Brenden's Gallery

    Framing Varsity Lakes, QLD
    Brenden's has been around the Burleigh area for years, with a Gallery with art for purchase, plus all the custom framing options you could possibly need, even three different types of glass available to show off your precious pieces. The clarity of the Museum glass is amazing (and pricey!)
    Also able to put pics on canvas.
    About a two week turnaround in the busy times.
  • French Connection

    Clothing Retailers Bilinga, QLD
    A nice little women's wear retailer in the Gold Coast airport to while away some time in when waiting for a flight, or you've forgotten to throw something extra into the luggage.
  • BWS

    Bottle Shops Robina Town Centre, QLD
    Good little bottle shop at Robina Town Centre close to the newer Woolworths.
    Not a huge range, but enough to get you a nice bottle of wine.
    Also some good two-for-one deals on the Woollies dockets or deals on spirits.
  • Parks Australia - Uluru-kata Tjuta National Park

    Federal Government Yulara, NT
    A $30 entry fee here to enter one of the gorgeous National Parks Australia has to offer.
    If you want to get up close and personal with Uluru and Kata Tjuta this is the place to visit.
    A must for all Aussies and tourists alike!
  • Crossroads

    Clothing Retailers Burleigh Waters, QLD
    Large Crossroads at Treetops with mostly casual gear available. Women's tops, pants and skirts at reasonable prices. Cheap stuff to dag around the house in here.
  • Nail Affair

    Beauty Salons Reedy Creek, QLD
    Unfortunately a painful experience.
    I wanted an infill but they wanted to remove my nails and start over. After attempting to remove one nail, I begged her to stop and just do the infill.
    Haven't been back.
  • Ayers Rock Helicopters

    Tours Yulara, NT
    Recently enjoyed the extended (36 minute) sunrise flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta with Ayres Rock Helicopters and our fabulous pilot Julio. Cannot recommend seeing these amazing formations from the air, highly enough.
    Julio picked us up at the resort, took us to the airfield, ran through the pre-flight checks and showed us a great time whilst with us, before dropping us back at the resort. Definitely a Must Do when in the Red Centre! Brilliant time had by all!
  • Sails In The Desert Hotel

    Hotels Yulara, NT
    Had a truly lovely experience recently when attending the Business Chicks first conference at Sails in the Desert.
    The first room I was allocated had a key that didn't work and a Do Not Disturb sign on the door, but I was quickly changed to a different room, which was fine. As part of the Accor Advantage Plus club I was able to take advantage of the high speed internet too.
    The dinner on site outside was lovely and servers ensured all those with food allergies were taken care of - no mean feat with 90 women to get through.
    The conference facility room was good but had a couple of issues with heating / cooling to keep everyone happy.
    There was sooo much food, well catered for and it was healthy and there was always plenty for everyone.
    The bedroom was spacious and comfortable with 2 double beds. On site dining options were good.
    Reception service was a little slow, but we found staff went out of their way when possible to take great care of us all (thanks Peter!)
    Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to visit the amazing Uluru & Kata Tjuta. (Ayres Rock and Olgas)
    Highly recommended.
  • Vapiano

    Restaurants Sydney, NSW
    The first time I'd found a Vapiano's was when on holiday recently in Dubai, so I'm guessing it's a global chain, seeing the layout and serveries are all the same.
    Ordering is a little different, as you're given a card on entry that you swipe at whichever counter you order from - Pizza, Pasta, Salad & Antipasto etc. You're given a buzzer then, that goes off when your order is ready from the relevant counter.
    Nice feed for a lunch, and cold drinks with friendly service.