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

  • Diamond Ring Designs

    Jewellery & Watch Retailers Gungahlin, ACT
    Went with a friend who was looking to get some rings resized and remodelled, along with turning some cuff-links into gifts for her grandchildren.
    The jeweller was very thorough and helpful and spend a lot of time coming up with great options.
    I also was tempted and came away with some lovely drop rose gold earrings for my own collection.
    These jewellers are obviously quite popular and people had to come back so they could devote them their full time to their needs. Good prices too.
  • Absolute Beachfront Opal Cove Resort

    Hotels Coffs Harbour, NSW
    Stayed one night here over the summer holidays and was pretty underwhelmed.
    This place is hugely popular with young families, but seriously dated.
    I'm guessing it was pretty spesh in 1989 when it opened but not much has been done since.
    We were down from reception on the lowest level, with no views and a bed that kindly let its occupants roll and meet in the middle.
    The bathroom was pretty awful, and really old with rusted fittings.
    My salmon at dinner was nice but hubby said his parmy was really ordinary and brekky wasn't much better.
    The location is great, right on the beach and good for a walk when the pools are teeming with kids, all having a great time.
    Could probably shine again with some serious money spent on it, but otherwise, I'll keep driving...
  • Review Stores

    Clothing Retailers Canberra, ACT
    Cute dresses here, and a few retro options.
    My sister loves their clothes and came away with a new floral number on our recent visit.
    Happy helpful girls on staff too - always a bonus!
  • National Arboretum Canberra

    Timber & Forestry Canberra, ACT
    A great stop in Canberra for lunch, views and kids to play.
    Set aside after huge bushfires, this large area is regrowing many rare trees.
    There's a fabulous playground for the kids, casual and formal dining, a gift shop, bonsai display, lookouts and conference facilities.
    Lots going on here - and the pod playground is fantastic for your little people.
    Metered parking.
  • Shaw Vineyard Estate

    Vineyards & Wineries Murrumbateman, ACT
    Lovely winery and gift shop with a great restaurant on site.
    We stopped for a tasting and enjoyed their bubbles, which happens to be their most popular drop.
    There's lots of ceramics for sale at the gift shop - chicken milk jugs, platters, s&p shakers, bowls and more.
    Lovely photo opportunities on the estate too.
    Friendly service, and don't miss Flint, their restaurant.
  • Bean & Grain

    Cafes Dickson, ACT
    If you love burgers, this is your kinda place!
    Amazing smoothies too!
    Also, don't forget to take away a fabulous loaf of sourdough for home of your way out!
  • Patissez

    Cafes Griffith, ACT
    Home of the famous Freak Shake, this little boutique cafe has people driving from interstate to line up for hours to try it's tasty treats.
    My sister got into the Cookies'n'Freak shake and looooved it.
    It's a limited but really popular menu with 2 sizes of shakes - huge & monster - both quite likely being your entire caloric intake for the day.
    I settled for the gin & tonic Creme Brulee and was really happy with that!
    Amazing cakes and tarts available too.
    Definitely check it out!
  • Blooms Design Co

    Fashion Canberra, ACT
    I love Blooms and have often stopped by their store in the QVB so was pretty happy to find one in the Canberra Centre.
    Got lots of help with trying things on, and different size options.
    Walked away with three new skirts and two new tops for the wardrobe.
    Also, the specials were changing that day and the assistant kindly ran through both options for me and gave me the one with the best deal.
    Great service!
  • Bungendore Cellars

    Bottle Shops Bungendore, NSW
    Just a little bottle shop in Bungendore, but more than enough variety to grab some bubbles, sav blanc or beer for a local bbq. Friendly and helpful service too if you're after something in particular. Good two-for-one specials available too.
  • Mount Majura Vineyard

    Vineyards & Wineries Majura, ACT
    Love a stop at the Mount Majura Vineyard.
    For those hot Canberra days, inside the cellar door is air conditioned, so you can enjoy your wines in comfort.
    Otherwise, if it's cooler, enjoy the wine on the balcony. Cheese platter or breadsticks available but a little cafe on site would be great to enjoy a light lunch.
    You can also take a gumboot stroll through the vineyard if you're up for it.
    I usually come away with a bottle of their signature Tempranillo too; most recently securing the Little Dam 2013 - Happy Days!
  • Abc Shop

    Cards & Gift Shops Canberra, ACT
    Found a fabulous book recently for a friend who had a baby that explained all the amazing different ways families could come together and be made these days. If you're a book lover, or enjoy your BBC shows, the ABC store has everything you need.
    Friendly service. Easy transaction.
  • Veronika Maine

    Clothing Retailers Canberra, ACT
    Was looking for a new pair of black work pants recently and thought I'd try Veronika Maine.
    Unfortunately, couldn't find any full length long pants that worked for me, but did come away with a great pair of black culottes (which I haven't owned since the 80's!) that'll be great for more casual occasions.
    Staff were incredibly helpful with changing sizing options, and were very friendly and chatty.
    Lovely shopping experience.
  • David Jones

    Department Stores Canberra, ACT
    Always love a wander through DJ's when I'm at the Canberra Centre.
    Their Christine Re design home wares caught my eye on my latest visit, as did the shoe sales (as they always do!)
    Staff seemed a bit thin on the ground, but it's a well laid out store and easy to find what you're looking for.
    Spread over a few levels, there's all the usual departments to see.
  • Lin & Barrett Pty Ltd

    Clothing Retailers Canberra, ACT
    I wandered in to Lin & Barrett to see if they had special Caesarean pants for a friend who'd just had a bub.
    Unfortunately, they didn't.
    However I did walk out with a fantastic summer beach dress and tried on a couple of swimmers that were on special.
    Lots of great lingerie available here too with professional fitting assistance if needed.
  • Kidstuff

    Toys & Computer Games Retailers Griffith, ACT
    Brilliant range of toys for little people here.
    Teddies, dolls and even toy vintage cars! And rocket ships and rocking horses!
    If you can't find a special gift here for your favourite kid, then I don't know where else to send you.
    Even a bit of fun for the big kids to have a browse!!
  • Mania Shoes

    Shoe Stores Griffith, ACT
    Lovely range of gorgeous shoes, fabulous heels, boots and flats here.
    Also accessories, jewellery, fascinators and friendly service.
    Worth a browse!!
  • Asian Arts Manuka

    Wholesalers Griffith, ACT
    Lovely Japanese and Chinese objects here, from home decor, ornaments, plates and bowls and sake sets.
    Definitely worth a browse for some Asian treasures when visiting Manuka.
    I wandered away with a few cute little birds and my sister picked up some gifts for her children too.
  • Sammy's Kitchen

    Restaurants Canberra, ACT
    I nearly always end up having a feed at Sammy's when I'm in Canberra. The food is fabulous!
    Gotta love sharing plates of teriyaki pork belly, sweet & sour pork, duck, fried rice and so much more.
    Definitely worth a visit!
  • Calvary John James Hospital

    Hospitals Deakin, ACT
    A friend recently had a baby by Caesarian at CJJ and we were pretty unimpressed with the service on the wards.
    A 5 night stay was booked for her first baby.
    Some assistance was offered with teaching breastfeeding.
    By day 4, we had to request that the bed linen be changed as it hadn't been done once.
    We also had to request that the baby receive a bath and the nurse gave her a splash in the sink but didn't teach the mother how it was to be done at home.
    The bathroom was only cleaned once during the stay and bin emptied once. Floor wasn't cleaned at all.
    A call bell could 5 to 45 minutes to be answered.
    I'm not sure if they're extremely understaffed or just disinterested.
    Charts also had some incorrect information noted.
    (The pull out sofa bed for support people to sleep in was painful and uncomfortable to sleep on.)
    Cafe also is closed most of the weekend which is pretty inconvenient for visitors.
    A pretty disappointing experience and a relief to be home.
  • The Big Banana Gift Shop

    Cards & Gift Shops Coffs Harbour, NSW
    If you're a sucker for souvenirs from all the places you've been, you're bound to find something at the gift store.
    Magnets, key chains, name plates, banana and monkey soft toys, t-shirts and so much more.
    There's a great reminder of your Coffs visit here if the banana splits and family photos aren't enough!