Great Destinations for Your Winter Caravaning Holiday

Travelling in winter is often cheaper, so get your caravan hooked up and get out on the road!

Just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself. A winter caravan trip is every bit as special as you don’t have the heat of summer, but rather can enjoy the heat of a campfire instead. Caravan park and camping fees are also generally cheaper and tourist prices in retail stores fall
in popular towns. Here are three interstate destinations to consider if you’re planning to get on the road to enjoy the cooler months.

Opal Inn Caravan Park, Coober Pedy, SA

The Opal Inn Caravan Park is a popular place to stay for caravanners and campers who visit Coober Pedy, in the heart of outback South Australia.

BIG4 Beacon Resort, Queenscliff, VIC

Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula is a popular holiday town. Surrounded by a national marine park, nearby townships, local wineries, bike trails and the Great Ocean Road.

Albany Holiday Park, Albany, WA

Whale season arrives on the west coast with the winter months and runs through to the end of October. Albany is one of the great places to catch the humpbacks cruising by during their annual migration.

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The Grey Nomads – June

Whether you have an hour, a day or a lifetime to travel there is always somewhere new to explore. Check out these locations below and start planning your next adventure.

Within an hour…

Bribie Island Season Museum

Come and see the latest exhibition, Out of the Blue – an environmental success story. A grassroots project that began in Far North Queensland has made inroads into removing and repurposing discarded fishing gear from our oceans. Hear the stories, see the art that was made, and understand how this is a story that everyone can be part of.

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Within a day… or a few

Robe, South Australia

Tucked away on South Australia’s rugged Limestone Coast, Robe has a remarkable history. Still boasting more than 80 historic buildings and sites,
you can walk the streets and coastal pathways, reliving Robe’s remarkable history and the events that have shaped a town that time once forgot.
Why not hitch up the caravan or camper trailer and turn it into a mini holiday. There’s so much to see and do, it won’t be a holiday to regret!

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Within a lifetime…


Best for: beach, romance, watersports, culture and history, nature, escapism.
The Caribbean’s most fascinating country: a heady mix of faded Spanish colonial cities, sputtering Fifties Cadillacs, wonderful live music and world-class cigars. Holiday options include city breaks to sultry Havana, the beautiful tobacco heartlands of Viñales, the crumbling colonial town of Trinidad, and the sights related to Che Guevara.

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Winter Tips for Pet Owners

Just because cats and dogs have a natural fur coat, doesn’t mean they don’t feel the cold just like we do.

If you’re starting to feel cold and uncomfortable, chances are that your pet might be feeling the same way. Even if your furry friends are inside pets, it’s likely they’ll still feel chilly. Here are a number of simple ways you can keep your pet rugged up and warm this winter.

When your pets are outside or on walks in the cold, they may benefit from an additional winter coat. This is especially important if you have a thin, older or short-haired breed. A good pet-coat or jumper is more than just a fashion accessory! It will provide coverage from the neck to the base of the tail, while also protecting their belly – keeping the warmth in and the cold out. Make sure your pet’s coat is the right fit and isn’t restricting movement. Remember, don’t leave your pet’s coat on once they are in a heated, indoor environment as they may overheat.

You can make a few simple adjustments to their bedding to ensure they are properly protected from the cold. Keep pet beds away from drafts and elevated off cold, hard surfaces. You should raise the bed off the ground and add an extra blanket for warmth and comfort. To really spoil them, place a heating pad or disc in their bed to gently warm up the bedding and create a cosy, warm and safe sleeping environment.

If your dog is usually kept outside, bring them indoors at night to sleep somewhere warm and dry, away from the cold. Cats are notorious for finding warm spots around the house, like the afternoon sun through a window, or sitting close to heaters. Dogs will also seek out sources of heat during colder weather. Be wary of your pet sitting too close to heaters or fires, as they can fall asleep and end up with dried out skin or worse, burns.

Why Wait? Life is a Special Occasion!

Rather than waiting for some big event to celebrate, celebrate life now.

Did you know that 88% of Australians admit to hoarding items they will rarely, or never, use? Although a large number of items are kept for sentimental reasons, many other possessions remain untouched for years because they are saved for those rare ‘special occasions’.

But, why wait? Life is a special occasion. Locking your prized possessions away and keeping them out of sight is counter intuitive, so rather than hoarding or hiding those items, do something with them.

Here are four top tips for making the most out of unused items.

1. Take an inventory of everything you own
How many unpacked, unopened boxes do you have? You know, those boxes that you are going to get to ‘one day’…? How about making that one day, today? Open those boxes. Take an inventory. Know what you have.

2. If you don’t use it, get rid of it
Instead of having unpacked boxes with items you’ve probably forgotten about, or, things in your house that sit there day after day not being used, put those items
to use. If you don’t use it, get rid of it. Donate unused items to charity, gift them to someone who will appreciate them, or sell them for some extra cash.

3. Enjoy the best of everything
Life is a celebration. Are you celebrating? Are you having fun? Do you allow yourself to enjoy the best of everything? If you are buying a bottle of wine, buy the best one you can afford, and savour it. If you are eating dinner out, don’t just grab fast food; go somewhere you will have great cuisine and an enjoyable experience. Treat each day as the special occasion that it is.

4. Make each day special
Every day, use or wear one thing that you would normally save for a special occasion. Hesitancy to overuse expensive or beloved items is understandable, but the reality is, what if you’re forever waiting? The satisfaction that can be found in life is a choice. When we hoard our prized possessions, when we save our items for that ‘one day’, we miss out on the job and celebration that life can be. What if you made the choice to really live?

If you’re a bit rusty on choosing, here’s a tool you can use: you have 10 seconds to live the rest of your life, what do you choose?

Okay, now that life is over. You have another 10 seconds to live the rest of your life, what do you choose? As you practice choosing every 10 seconds, it will become very clear that choosing is a powerful thing; your choice creates. Use that choice to choose the satisfaction of life and living.

Article from: Gary Douglas, Life Begins At.

The Grey Nomads – April

Whether you have an hour, a day or a lifetime to travel, there is always somewhere new to explore. Check out these locations below and start planning your next adventure!


Within 1 Hour

Buckleys Hole Regional Park 

A bird watchers and keen fisherman’s dream destination!

The park covers 87.7 hectrares of costal forest and wetlands on the south-west of Bribie Island, with freshwater lagoons, woodland, open forest and beaches ready for you to explore.

The park is a rare jewel of untouched beauty – be safe and enjoy nature’s playground.

For more information visit Buckleys Hole Regional Park

Within 1 Day


The Commonwealth Games isn’t the only big thing coming to Brisbane and the Gold Coast in April… FESTIVAL 2018 is a 12 day, action packed event where you can experience music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film.

The best part about it? This festival is coming to Brisbane (so you don’t even have to worry about battling the traffic on the GC if you don’t want too) AND most of the events and exhibitions are FREE!

For more information visit Festival 2018


Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli

Travel to the solemn Gallipoli Peninsula battlefields on the anniversary of the landing and wander through Anzac Cove to the Nek and Lone Pine. Walk through the trenches, attend the prestigious dawn service and hear the stories of heroism and camaraderie immortalised in Australia’s Anzac history. This journey provides a great opportunity to pay respects to the fallen of World War 1 and to reflect on what they fought for.

For more information visit Overseas Commemorations

Using up those leftover Easter Eggs

Ever get tired of eating Easter Eggs? We didn’t think so either… but on the off chance there’s an abundant amount leftover, here’s a few ideas that you can put an Easter Egg touch to in the kitchen

Hot fudge sundae

Melt all your eggs in one saucepan and use the mixture for a hot fudge sundae

Chocolate pudding

Make a chocolate pudding filled with melted Easter Eggs.

Easter Egg brownies

Easter eEg brownies are an easy way to use a mountain of leftover chocolate eggs – just simply add them to the top of your favourite brownie mixture

Choc chip biscuits Easter style

Replace chocolate chips with broken chocolate eggs for a twist on your favourite choc chip biscuit recipe

Mini Easter cheesecakes

These tiny tempters can be enjoyed by chocolate lovers of all ages

Easter slice

This decadent slice is full of caramel gooeyness, coconut, and ground ginger


Why not invite your new neighbours around for a cuppa and sweet treat – I’m sure it would be more than appreciated!


What do you remember from the Melbourne Cup?

What do you remember from the Melbourne Cup?

With November comes one of the most celebrated sporting events of Australian history – The Melbourne Cup. The race was first run in 1861 and has since been fondly named “The Race that Stops as Nation”.

While Melbourne is the only lucky city that gets to enjoy a public holiday on this day, Queenslander’s still firmly take part in the tradition. Whether it be at work, school or down at the local RSL or pub, everyone stops to watch the two-mile thoroughbred horse race where many iconic horses and their jockeys have been crowned champion.

One of the most famous winners of the cup was undoubtedly Makybe Diva, a horse that won the infamous race three years in a row, a feat never completed by any other. Makybe and her team rose to fame and is the highest stakes-earner in Australian racing history. This beauty of a horse has finished with winnings of more than $14 million upon her retirement.

Another notable cup day was in 2015 when Michelle Payne took out the title, riding Prince of Penzance to become the first female jockey to win the event. Ms Payne became an inspiration to young girls with their hearts firmly set on rising to the top of the racing world.

The Melbourne Cup has seen its fair share of adversity triumphs but this has been coupled with a few disasters and scandals as well. But no matter what happens on the first Tuesday of each November, Australians love for the cup has never faded.

Orianna will be hosting their own celebrations for Melbourne Cup Day! Residents at Orianna enjoy getting together to celebrate many events throughout the year. When you become a member of Club Orianna you can join in the fun too! Find out more now.

Apps of the Month

Apps of the Month

Looking for a cool new application for your mobile phone that can solve a problem for you? Check out the latest applications we’ve reviewed this month!

1. Miiski

This fantastic new application for iPhone and Android allows you to take photos of your skin and moles and more easily track your spots changes. In recent times you would have to document the changes in your skin with pen and paper however this app allows you to keep a timeline and you can compare and contrast changes over time and consult easily with your GP.

2. Uber
Schedule a ride just by tapping the car icon on your phone and confirming your trip details! Then all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

3. Goodreads

Just finished a really good book and want to tell others about it or struggling to find something else to read? Discover and share your favourite books on the Goodreads app. Don’t purchase a book solely based on its cover anymore, find out what others think first!

Household Ingredients for Health and Vitality

We all know the importance of healthy eating at any stage of life. As we get older, we may become deficient in key vitamins or simply have different health requirements from our foods than we did when we were younger. Read more