Dentists Sydney, NSWDr Lane is an excellent dentist. I followed him to Macquarie Street from the suburbs as it can be so hard to find a dentist you not only like, but also trust and who doesn't charge the earth.
Restaurants Kingsford, NSWI had an early dinner here with 2 friends and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. I was a little hesitant in going there as I'd heard horror stories from friends, but was pleasantly surprised. The decor appeared to have been updated since I was last there 12 months ago, and our waiter was attentive without being overbearing.
I had the spaghetti gamberi which was delicious, as was the garlic bread. Overall we were happy with the service and the food and I wouldn't hesitate going back to try it again.
Cafes Sydney, NSWWe accidentally stumbled across The Tea Salon while we were shopping yesterday. What a fabulous accident! The plan was to just have a cup of tea and maybe a scone, but after seeing the high tea platter delivered to the table next to us we had to have the whole high tea experience! The sandwiches were delicious and fresh, the selection of sweets was fabulous and then it was all topped off with our choice of a scone and tea. I chose a lavender scone which was like nothing I've ever had before. It was served with fresh thickened cream and the choice of 2 types of jam. The tea selection was extensive and it was served in gorgeous tea pots and cups and saucers. Even the plates were lovely. Needless to say we walked out feeling very full and very content! Next time we're going to try a glass of pink Moet as well! A really lovely little find in the heart of the city. We'll be back!
Takeaways Coolangatta, QLDWe've eaten a few times at the surf club over the years. You certainly can't beat the location and there's nothing like sitting on the balcony in the warmer months and watching the surfers and even dolphins playing in the waves. The food is basic surf club food, but always quite edible and at a good price. The locals are welcoming and it can be easy to sit here for hours.
Restaurants Randwick, NSWWe had a group of 20 in the private dining room, which was perfect for the special occasion. We did have to get our food selection in prior to the night (we chose the $50 per person 3 course menu), which can be a bit hard as you don't really know what you're going to want to eat a week in advance. But, it ended up being a nice surprise on the night!
The 2 waiters looked after us beautifully and the food wasn't too bad. I wouldn't rave about it, but it was quite nice and not bad value for money. It is a BYO restaurant which keeps the price down, and the staff were attentive and happy to accommodate special requests.
The ambience of the room was lovely and it's nice and handy to parking (in the Ritz Theatre across the road) and public transport. I would like to go back with a smaller group or just the 2 of us to see what it would be like.
Takeaways Randwick, NSWI have to admit I have only ever ordered a takeaway laksa from this shop, but they are always quick, have a good lunch deal on with a free bottle of drink thrown in and the staff are always obliging with my special requests. There are always quite a few people eating in there, which is a good sign.
Hotels PERISHER VALLEY, NSWWe have stayed at the PVH 5 times and have never been disappointed. It definitely isn't cheap to stay here, but nothing about a skiing holiday is ever cheap! The beauty of the PVH is that you can ski in/ski out. The location is the best on the mountain, sitting at the bottom of Front Valley. The Perisher Centre is underneath the hotel so there are shops, food outlets, bars etc at your doorstep..... as well as the kids ski school.
The food at the PVH is the best on the mountain and they have a great wine list. There is nothing like coming back from a day on the mountain and having a cocktail on the lounge in front of the open fire.
The rooms have been refurbed in the last couple of years, and although there is still a lot of wood panelling, they are very comfortable. The hotel also has an in-house masseuse, a spa and a sauna. There is also a kids club during the school holidays. The staff remember us from one year to the next and there's a real community feel about the place.
Like I said, not a cheap place to stay, but it's worth the extra money just for the location alone.
Restaurants Paddington, NSWDarcy's is the sort of restaurant you go to for a special occasion. It has a lovely ambience, great menu and wine list and excellent service. The food was to die for, and the staff were very attentive. It's tucked away in amongst the terraces at Paddington, so off the main roads and noisy traffic. We will definitely be back.
Restaurants Bondi Beach, NSWI've eaten lunch here a few times in the last year or so and each time the food has been excellent. The balcony upstairs is a great spot on a nice day, and it's even lovely if the weather isn't perfect as they have clear plastic blinds to keep the elements out and you can still enjoy the view. They currently have a great 2 course lunch special, and I get the feeling not too many people know about it as it's rarely busy. A really nice spot with good food and good wine. The service wasn't bad either. The only negative would have to be the parking, but that's what you get for being at Bondi Beach!
Amusement Parks Kingston, QLDWe visited the track on a Saturday recently with our kids. They'd never been in a go-kart before and were very excited. As they're only 8 they were only able to go on one track, but that didn't seem to bother them. As soon as they got off, they were straight back in the line to go out again! There were also some other kids rides and games, so we ended up staying for a few hours. My husband went on the medium sized track as the large track was booked out. If we go up again we will definitely book ahead as the large track looked amazing! There were a few groups having parties and everyone looked like they were having a good time. The only disappointment was some staff hadn't turned up and the wait for food at the cafe was very long, and they managed to completely stuff up our order. But when they realised their mistake they went out of their way to rectify it and offered us free food. Our boys can't wait to go back next time we're in Queensland.
Restaurants Broadbeach, QLDWe had a late breakfast here with our children on a recent trip to the Gold Coast. The location, service and menu was excellent. I'm fussy with the way I like my bacon and eggs cooked, and it was perfect! Nothing was too much trouble for the friendly waitress and everyone was really happy with their meals. We will be back for sure!
Casinos Broadbeach, QLDWe stayed at the casino with our children for 2 nights. The room itself was quite nice. A little cramped for the 4 of us, but we spent such little time in there that it didn't really matter. Our first night was spent on level 7 and unfortunately the noise from the band playing in the bar below was so loud that I found it difficult to get to sleep. We moved to a higher level the next night, but the noise was still quite bad. A bit of a shame really considering we rarely get away with the family and the accommodation certainly isn't cheap.
The location is good and the pool facilities are really lovely. The buffet breakfast is also quite good and having the monorail at our doorstep to take us over to the Oasis Centre was also handy.
Not too sure if I'd stay here again. I think I'd prefer to stay in an apartment with a bit more space for less money.
Gyms & Fitness Centres Moore Park, NSWA great gym with wonderful facilities. The equipment is up to date and there is plenty for everyone to use. Very helpful staff always on hand to answer questions and it's a really clean and friendly environment. I have yet to try a group session, although I have been told they are excellent. The personal trainers are great and although they're not cheap, you can reduce the cost if you train with a friend or 2.
There is also a great cafe where you can grab a bite to eat after a hard training session, and easy parking. I'm not a gym person, but this gym is so good that I actually look forward to going there!
Takeaways Dickson, ACTWe seem to end up at this McDonald's every time we visit Canberra. Quick, easy and clean, it's a good option when we need a meal in a hurry..... especially with the kids! Easy parking and they have TV's to keep the kids amused.
Cafes Sutton Forest, NSWWe stopped off here on our way down to Canberra recently. It was the Easter long weekend and the place was busy, but I was served by a really friendly staff member who managed a smile and a quick chat. The coffee was good and the toilets were clean. A handy spot to stop for a toilet break, a snack and to stretch your legs.
Restaurants Canberra, ACTWe stayed at the Novotel and had a few relaxing drinks at the One Bar before heading out for dinner both nights of our stay. The staff were young and keen to please, as well as being helpful when we were looking for a place to eat..... with one calling and making a reservation for us. A lovely relaxing space to have a drink, and a reasonable selection of cocktails and wines. Quite a nice bar as far as hotel bars go.
Restaurants Canberra, ACTGood Thai food with good service and at a reasonable price. From the mixed entree to the curry and stir fries, every dish was delicious. Friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. Probably not the sort of place I'd go to on a first date if I was trying to impress, but a reasonable restaurant for a relaxed night out.
Restaurants Canberra City, ACTWe visited the restaurant with our 8 year old boys and a couple of good friends recently. The restaurant had a lovely feel and the friendly waitress was very attentive.... not only to the adults, but also to our kids. The menu was extensive and we thoroughly enjoyed the antipasto platters we shared for our entrees. My king prawn linguine was delicious, and my boys didn't leave a thing on their plates! Actually, not one of us left anything on our plates!
A lovely restaurant that we wouldn't have discovered down the laneway if it wasn't for for the help of the conceirge at our hotel. A great little find that we will go to again on our next visit to Canberra.
Adult Education Canberra, ACTThis was our 3rd visit to Questacon. We took our boys when they were 4 years old, 7 years old and now as 8 year olds. They loved their first 2 visits, but this one was different. Unfortunately they have renovated some of the exhibits and they have removed some of the old favourites. It was the Easter long weekend so it was very busy and the queues were ridiculously long to get on to anything. We gave up after about half an hour and left. Such a shame as our boys had such wonderful memories of this place. We might give it a few years before returning. Maybe by then there will have been yet more changes made and our boys might find new things to discover.
Hotels Yarralumla, ACTWe popped in to the Hyatt for high tea on the last day of our 2 day visit to Canberra. We had stayed at the hotel many years before and remembered it's architectural beauty and fabulous service. This time we had our children and a couple of friends. We found a table outside in the courtyard, which was protected from the breeze and caught the sun beautifully. Although the indoor area is stunning, it was lovely sitting outside on a sunny autumn afternoon.
The food and drinks are expensive, but it's not the sort of place you would go to often, so it was nice to have a little splurge..... and a great way to finish our fabulous weekend in Canberra. And the staff dressed in period costumes added a special touch..... as did the silver service with the Devonshire tea.
We can't wait to go back and next time we will stay at this beautiful hotel.