Monthly Archives: August 2013

Breathtaking landscape

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If you are ever in the Sunshine Coast you must take the touristic drive route to see the magnificent Glass House Mountains. They´re simply magical 🙂

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The photos are courtesy of my friend R. as I forgot to take my camera! Can you believe it?!

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Ekka 2013

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The Ekka is an annual event in Queensland where the “bush” meets the city. It is very popular in Brisbane and attracts thousands of visitors, so much so that we even get a holiday (tomorrow) 😉
EkkaThere are lots of activities for the little ones and for the ones that like to go on thrill rides. It has a funfair feel to it, with the stands of candy floss, and the huge teddy bears waiting to be won.

Ekka1The agriculture pavilion showcases all the best produce that the state has to offer. From vegetables, fruits, wine and food. They even show case the different types of flora native in different areas of Queensland. There are plenty of places where you can sample some of local produce and lots of places to eat and drink.

Ekka2Of course, the big attraction (for me, at least!) is the many many animals. There are plenty of competitions for the best cattle, sheepdog, etc. There is also a nursery that you can enter and actually feed the animals. There are so many beautiful dogs, and horses which just made my day! I loved the farm animals too apart from the fowl which I personally do not find the least fascinating.

Ekka3And of course, there is also plenty of shopping opportunities. You´ll finds lots of crafts and of course cowboy boots and hats, and even the world-famous Hugg boots!

There are plenty of things to do! You can get your face painted, get a massage, go on rides or simply sit on the grass, eating a sundae. You can even dance to Elvis tunes, or sit in the arena and watch the monster trucks and the motorbike acrobats. Definitely, something for everyone 😉

In the evening, there is a laser light, water and fireworks show that includes fire dancers and all. It is pretty cool and a great way to close the show each night. (I have a video but have not figured out how to upload it yet…) It is really worth the visit!

Horseback Riding

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I love horses! I believe they are beautiful, intelligent and an all around amazing animals. Unfortunately, having grown up in the city I did not have much of chance to learn to ride or even spend a lot of time with them.

I have however ridden a couple  of times while on holiday. As such, for my birthday hubbie gave me a voucher for a horse riding experience, a 2.5 hours trail in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
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When we arrived at Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat we were actually surprised to find that their horses, even though gentle animals, are not the typical tamed holiday horses which simply take you for a ride. You actually have to be a somewhat experienced rider to take them out in a trail, and you need to know how to control the horse quite well.

Deb was very nice and expressed her concerns openly in regards to our inexperience. We were truly appreciative as we would not want to take any chances and would not want to put the horses or ourselves at risk.

DSC_1089But it was definitely not a wasted opportunity! Deb offered us a horse riding lesson right there and then and a voucher for another lesson at a time of our own choosing. It was actually pretty great and lots of fun.

My horse was a bit stubborn and it was not always easy to get him to do what I wanted him to, but I eventually got the hang of it. Hubbie rode a gentler female and was looking like a pro at the end of the lesson. We shall be returning soon and who knows where this experience will lead us 😀

Picnic at the beach

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DSC_1055The weather has been amazing this last couple of weeks! The skies are blue and the sun shines brightly; the temperatures have been in the twenties; and life is good 😀

DSC_1057One easy, cheap and relaxing way to enjoy these winter days is to drive down to the coast and have a picnic! The beaches are still pretty deserted, apart from surfers in the water, and you can enjoy the quietness and take in your surroundings.

DSC_1061It´s the perfect location for an afternoon nap, to read a book, to meditate, or even play around with your camera.

DSC_1109Next time I shall take my kite and see where the wind will blow it ;-p