A Weekend in Melbourne


If you are looking for a top place to stay in Melbourne you can’t beat the Grand Mercure or Mercure Welcome located at Little Bourke Street.


These are my top reasons to stay in the heart of the City :

  1. Location, Location, Location
    • Walking distance to Flinders Street Station,  MCG, National Gallery of Victoria, Chinatown, Crown Casino, South Bank, Federation Square, tram stops.
  • A short tram stop to Queen Victoria Markets.
  1. Haigh’s Chocolates Store – Located in the foyer of the hotel is the Haigh’s Chocolates store which has delectable delights.image
  2. Retail Shopping Therapy – Bourke Street Mall, Emporium Melbourne, Melbourne Central and a number of small Heritage Arcades.  A short tram ride will take you to the Harbour Town at Docklands.
  3. Buffet breakfast with a variety of cuisines.
  4. Cocoon Bar  – intimate wining and dining away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city.


Why I Love to Stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns


One of my favourite places to stay for a holiday to relax and rejuvenate is the Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns.

Here are my reasons:

1. Location, Location, Location

The Shangri-La Hotel is situated at the Marina with picturesque ocean views. The hotel is also central to the town main centre with an easy walk to shops and restaurants.


2. Horizon Club

A lovely place to relax morning, afternoon and evening with the friendliest staff. A scrumptious selection of food is offered daily for breakfast and canapés along with a full bar daily from 5 – 7pm.  The Horizon Club is well worth including in your stay.


3. Swimming Pool

The hotel has a beautiful large swimming pool with plenty of chairs and day beds to relax by the pool.


4. Restaurants with water views

There are many restaurants in Cairns and my favourite are Dundee’s, Salt House, Waterbar & Grill and North Bar & Kitchen.

5. Activities and Sightseeing

Helicopter ride to the Great Barrier Reef

A short stroll from the hotel will have you at GBR Helicopter for a scenic aerial ride over the Great Barrier Reef.  The helicopter ride goes around Green Island with a close look over the Great Barrier Reef. During the ride we spotted a stingray and a turtle. I was amazed at how beautiful and picturesque the Great Barrier Reef truly is. GBR Helicopters staff are very professional, friendly and courteous and I look forward to my next helicopter ride with GBR Helicopters at Port Douglas.


Day trip to Palm Cove

Palm Cove is a 50 minute bus trip from the main centre at Cairns and is a great spot for swimming in the ocean, beautiful beach walks and shopping.


Cairns Botanical Gardens

A taxi driver recommended the Botanical Gardens as a great place to visit whilst in Cairns. I was certainly glad I followed his advice. The butterfly enclosure was lots of fun and the orchids were spectacular.


Other activities include jet skis, jet boat rides and Great Barrier Reef Cruises.


The Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns is a wonderful place to visit and I look forward to returning with my Drone http://www.droning4all.com.


A Spur of the Moment Holiday to Auckland, New Zealand


Day One

Morning Ferry Ride to Devonport

Ferry Terminal, Auckland, NZ

Head on over to the Auckland Ferry Terminal and purchase a return ticket to the Devonport peninsula. The ferry ride is a short 12 minutes and operates regularly throughout the day. There is the option of going on a bus tour of Devonport, but it is just as easy to walk around the town. Continue reading “A Spur of the Moment Holiday to Auckland, New Zealand”