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The Big Q // Where are Some of the Best Family-Friendly Places to Spend time on the Gold Coast?

The Gold Coast is one of the most perfect places to take in the spring school holidays. Warmth, sunshine, fresh air, saltwater, relaxation. So, where are some of the best family-friendly places to spend time on the Gold Coast? Gold Coast City Council mayor Tom Tate: “The Broadwater, either on a boat or relaxing along the foreshore. The water is calm for little ones and there’s always so much going on.” Gold ...

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Grandad Comes to Town

When the kids drive you to drink, you can (literally) at the first gin and whisky distillery on the Gold Coast! We love a family business story too and this one is cool. Granddad Jacks Craft Distillery is run by father and son duo, David and Luke Ridden. They are recreating age-old family recipes as an ode to David’s grandfather (who passed away at the ripe old age of 93 and up until that point had a whisky ...

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Loves // Spring 2018

Playpa Get lost under the sea or explore the stars with Playpa. These fun 8m paper rolls are printed with a repeating design that your kiddo can colour, sticker and play on, providing countless hours of artistic fun. RRP $22.95 www.olliella.com.au   Sunnylife Make the sunny season one to remember with Sunnylife's Insta-famous inflatables. Cooling down in the backyard just raced to a whole new level of ...

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Picnics Places to Please

Enjoying a family day out these school holidays doesn’t need to be expensive or extravagant – sometimes fun can be as simple as packing a picnic and heading to one of our local beaches or parks.   John Laws Park, Burleigh Heads Otherwise known as ‘Burleigh Hill’, John Laws Park is the ultimate GC sundowner spot. Find a patch of grass, or a picnic table if you’re lucky, and set up to watch the sun set o ...

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Hide and Seek

Know what the terms ‘geocache’, ‘muggle’ or ‘trackable’ mean? If not, let us let you in on a cool little secret that’ll turn your school holiday downtime on its head… There’s a very addictive pastime that’s taking over my children (and maybe even the ‘big’ kids in our household): Geocaching. As readers of this story, you’ll probably fall into one of two groups: You’ll be shaking your head in disbelief that ...

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Short and Sweet Retreats

Can’t get away for a ‘big’ holiday these school holidays? No fear. Grab your map and compass because we’re heading off in all directions in search of the best weekend destinations to recharge the family batteries. North It may only be a couple of hours away, but there’s so much to do and see at the Sunshine Coast that you really do need to spend the weekend there. Whether you’re meeting animals on land at A ...

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Fighting Food Waste at Home

Our global wastage epidemic has been the topic of much discussion lately (thank goodness!) but, as with all conversations about really, really big issues, it can be hard to know how you can make an impact at home – or whether you even can. Turns out, there are a tonne of small things you can do in your own home that can help make a big difference globally. But first, it helps to know what we’re up against. ...

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Recipe // Vietnamese Meatball Soup

This Vietnamese Meatball Soup is a delicious, fuss-free meal that is both nutritious and healing. Ingredients 1 tablespoon coconut oil 4 cm piece ginger, finely grated 3 cloves garlic, finely grated or crushed 3 cups chicken bone broth/ stock 400 ml coconut milk 1 tablespoon turmeric, ground 2 tablespoons fish sauce 1 tablespoon coconut sugar 4 kaffir lime leaves, vein removed and thinly sliced 6-8 spring o ...

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Having a Moment // Grazing Platters

Just when you thought a cheese platter couldn’t get any better, grazing platters burst onto the scene on a mission to satisfy our most indulgent desires – and make our get-togethers as #instagrammable as possible. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a family reunion or just want to take your picnics to the next level, a grazing platter is the ultimate appetizer. A smorgasbord of cheese and crackers, breads a ...

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Night at the Matt-seum

Why would a furniture retailer invest in $58k worth of fake animals? To put the FUN into FUrNiture, that’s why! Matt Blatt, the eclectic designer furniture retailer, has always claimed to be more about entertainment and excitement than traditional retailing, and the company is taking that promise to the next level with its latest arrivals. The incredible new animal collection will turn showrooms into a magi ...

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