Sydney National Parks

National Parks In And Around Sydney

Sydney offers the perfect city breaks with it’s plethora of events and entertainment making it popular with tourists all year round.

However, why not venture out of the city once in awhile as there is amazing array of National Parks just waiting to be discovered only a few kilometers away.

Marramarra, Sydney Harbour, Ku-ring gai Chase, Kamay Botany Bay, Coastal Walk Royal, Bobbin Head, Royal National Park, Reids Flat, Pool Flat and Dharawal are just some of the exciting National Parks in the immediate vicinity around Sydney.

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Events at Sydney Opera House

Top Events at Sydney Opera House – July & August 2016

Attending any event at the Sydney Opera house is a special occasion but there are some events that are truly spectacular.

This iconic venue is not only is one of the most desirable locations, but also produces some of the finest music and performances in the world today.

Here are some of the top events coming up at the Opera House during July and August.

Whether you live in Sydney, or are just visiting, our affordable mini bus hire services can make it really easy for you and a group of friends to attend any of these great performances.

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Sydney Events

Events in Sydney July – Sept 2016

If you are looking at visiting Sydney during July – Sept 2016 then there are plenty of events and things happening in and around the city.

Sydney has a bright and buzzing entertainment scene all year round and no matter when you visit the city there will be something to suit for everybody.

Below is highlighted some of the best events not to be missed during the July-Sept period.

Bondi Feast

11 July -25th July

A great festival of live entertainment for local homegrown theatre, music, comedy, visual arts and food all over a fortnight period.

There will be fifty performances and over one hundred artists on stage.

The event takes over the Bondi Pavilion building and the Bondi Feast showcases performances from Sydney’s finest writers, comedians, storytellers and theatre makers. Featuring Zoe Coombs, Marr, Retrosweat 80’s Aerobics, Sabrina D’Angelo, Little Fictions and the PACT Rapid Response Team.

To warm up your winter there are numerous delicious food vendors and hot cider purveyors in attendance.

PBR Australian National Finals

23rd July

A one off event and perhaps one day in a lifetime. The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) prepare to deliver a huge night of rough and tumble sport in the dirt.

It’s a spectacular like nothing else – there are twenty two riders all chomping at the bit to try to overcome the power of 52 awesome and extreme beasts namely; the bucking bulls. The battle is head to head for power, glory and to see who’s skill can out match the bulls.

Possibly the longest eight seconds of the rider’s life.

The Sun-Herald City2Surf

9th August

Possibly Sydney’s most favourite sporting event, the Sun-Herald City2Surf event is presented by Westpac and is the largest run in the world with over 80,000 participants attending each year. To give you an idea it is more competitors than London and New York put together.

The run has been taking place since 1971 and Sydneysiders are joined by participants from all over the world. The 14 kilometre race is from Hyde Park in the CBD to the finish at spectacular Bondi Beach.

Public transport is the best way of getting to the start line and also to return home but add extra time for your journey as things are bound to be a little busy.

 

kites

Festival of the Winds

11th September

A terrific day out at Bondi Beach as Australia’s largest kite flying festival is back on again. The sky will be full of kites of all sizes and shapes flown by professional, local and international kite flyers. Whilst on the ground below there will be dancing and music to accompany the kite’s.

Festival of the Winds also brings numerous attractions such as face painting, kite making stalls, an animal farm, bouncy castles and everything else that is needed for a family fun day out.

Whatever you decide to do on your next visit to Sydney then these are just some of the ideas to keep you entertained and busy. Just visit the city and explore for yourself the many attractions open to you.

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Events in Sydney April-June 2016

Events in Sydney April-June 2016

Sydney’s event calendar seems to get more and more adventurous as every year passes.

The city is a hive of activity all year around and every sort of event possible is stages 24/7 five days a week and 52 weeks a year.

Some of the more interesting happenings are listed below.

 

The Championships

Royal Randwick
2nd Apr & 9th Apr

Australians love their horse racing and the Championships is an important calendar event.

The two day event features ten Championship races over the first two Saturdays in April. There is nearly $20 million in prize money at stake in a dazzling array for classic races for all ages and categories.

The Championships is part of the broader BMW Sydney Carnival.

 

Cracker Night

Elmore Theatre
20th April

If you enjoy a rib-tickling night of comedy then look no further than Cracker Night at the Elmore Theatre. Quite simply it is Sydney’s biggest festival of comedy featuring Australian legends, international stars and many new acts.

This night launches the Sydney festival of comedy and what a way to do it.

 

Fashion Weekend

Moore Park
14th – 17th May

The 14th of May signifies the rolling into town of the fashion bandwagon. Sydney is the fashion hub of Australia and the town has a buzz to it during fashion weekend.

The Cannon Runway will feature over 100 different designs and looks from some of Australia’s top fashion designers.

Fashion is not the only commodity on show as fans of beauty products and shopping can also heavily indulge in the fun and festivities. Find out all about the new trends in makeup, hair and nails at the huge Beauty Hub.

 

Mind, Body, Spirit Festival

Olympic Park
26th – 29th May

This is the largest event of it’s kind in Australia, enjoy four days of fun and excitement exploring all things in natural therapies and general healthy living.

Over 200 exhibitors will be displaying their wares and holistic approaches to the industry. Attend free inspirational seminars, psychic readings, meditation sessions and stage performances.

Also enjoy sampling and learning home to cook healthy food at the Soul Kitchen.

 

Vivid Light Festival Photography Tour

Sydney
1st June – 8th June

Witness the city as you have never seen it before, Vivid Sydney is back bigger and better. There will be more than 60 projections this festival along with light sculptures and innovative installations.

There are even tours you can take to show you just exactly how to take photographs of all that Vivid has to offer.

The whole ethos of the festival is based on photography and how to get the best from all the events that are happening around the city.

 

Sydney Film Festival

Sydney
8th June – 19th June

This is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the Sydney Film Festival is now in it’s 63rd year.

Films from all around the world are showcased including; features, documentaries, animation and a whole lot more.

The festival acts as an annual forum for cultural thought and discussion all about the art. Highlights of the festival include twelve films that compete for the AUD60,000 cash prize.

If you are considering any of these events for a group or party event then just contact Executive Coach Charter to arrange all your transport requirements.

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The Best Melbourne Nightlife

The Best Melbourne Nightlife

Melbourne is Victoria’s capital and is located right on the coast. It is famous for it’s old world style with tree lined boulevards and grand stately buildings. Restaurants, bars and plazas are dotted all over the city with lively events happening all along the Yarra River.

Some of the best bars and clubs you can possibly find in town are listed below.

 

Yah Yah’s

Smith Street

One of Fitzroy’s most successful underground bars. It has a less than exclusive entrance poking out from a dingy side street.

However, once past the chipboard portal things take a turn for the better. This is the sort of place that everybody drinks beer and fancy cocktails are not on the agenda.

The atmosphere is quite beatnik and arty, people are friendly and welcoming. There is even a small dance floor and stage and don’t be surprised to see the likes of a Smith’s tribute band playing.

 

The Sporting Globe

Alexander Road

Part of the Moonee Ponds empire and their latest edition in Melbourne. It is a mix of a traditional Aussie pub and American Sports bar.

The food is substantial and typical with the menu containing items such as burgers, wraps, wings and steaks.

But if it is sport you are after then the Globe is definitely the place for you. There are over 40 screens and TAB facilities, the pub also gets highly involved with the community and sponsors many local teams and clubs.

 

The Joint

Elizabeth Street

A rough and ready haven favoured by backpackers and tourists alike. The Joint is famous amongst the younger crowd and packs a mighty punch most nights.

Situated on Elizabeth Street below a backpackers hotel it is a casual hangout with plenty of pool tables, video games, juke box and relaxing areas just to pass time and enjoy a bottle of cool beer.

The location is ideal right next to Flinders Street Station so getting there is easy and prices are low.

 

Paris Jazz Club

Goldie Place

If Jazz is your thing then a visit to Paris Jazz Club is a must as it is probably Melbourne’s premier live Jazz venues.

The atmosphere harks back to 1930’s Paris and there is a resident smooth live jazz band laying down some serious beats.

It is easy to forget that you are actually in Melbourne as intimate little rooms are lavishly decorated with candle light flickering as illumination.

The walls are adorned with pictures of previous performers and the art deco mirror just above the bar is a focal point.

Paris Jazz Club is actually a series of rooms; Paris Cat Bar, Paris Cat Basement and the Paris Gallery.

The menu is not extensive but people are here for the music and to sip on exotic drinks; cocktails, martini’’s, champagne and vintage whiskeys.

If you wish to sample some of this lively nightlife and wish for transportation then Executive Coach Charter can arrange suitable transport for your group outing.

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The Best Wineries Around Melbourne

The Best Wineries Around Melbourne

Possibly one of the most famous wine producing regions in Australia is the Yarra Valley in Victoria.

Victoria is a beautiful state and the Yarra Valley is central to that with the Dandenong Range of hills silhouetting the scenery with their majesty.

Some of the grapes grown and wines produced are amongst the best in the New World Wines in the world. Below are a selection of some of the best wineries to visit if you are touring in the area.

 

TarraWarra Estate

TarraWarra Estate produces exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as some single block heritage varietals and estate blends.

The Estate boasts a unique terroir and the site is made up of individual blocks and planted with selected clones. The first vines were planted in 1983 with the intention of producing high quality wines.

The estate has native bushland together with waterways and free roaming cattle. It offers an excellent Cellar Door and a remarkable restaurant.

 

Foxeys Hangout Winery

The cool climate in the beautiful hills of the Mornington Peninsula are excellent for producing some qualities wines. The three flagship varieties are; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The winery also produces an award winning Shiraz and a vintage port.

The Cellar Door and kitchen is located at picturesque Red Hill next to the farm. You can dine overlooking the open kitchen whilst sipping wines carefully selected to accompany your food.

There is also a unique facility to allow you to help make your own sparkling wine.

 

Montalto Vineyard

The estate comprises 6 vineyards across the Mornington Peninsula. The range of the vineyards allows the production of complex and interesting wines.
Montalto Estate has a five star rating from Halliday’s Wine Companion and has numerous trophies and gold medals for their past vintages.

The restaurant is also highly rated with French inspired food but comprising of seasonable produce. There are floor to ceiling windows that take advantage of the breathtaking views overlooking vines, olive groves, lakes, wetlands and a glimpse of the ocean.

 

All Saints Estate

This is an imposing estate as soon as you pass through the elegant gates and drive down the avenue of tall elms and see the stunning gardens in front of the old castle.

The estate produces a large range of award winning wines together with a selection of fortified wines.

All tastings are tailor made to your particular wine interests but also to help you understand all the wines produced. Overlooking the vineyards the Terrace Restaurant gives the visitor the opportunity to enjoy the marvellous wines accompanied by top class cuisine.

There is also a specialist gift shop offering some of Victoria’s gourmet produce from; chutneys, sauces, olive oils, chocolates, spices and top cheeses from home and abroad.

If you are considering a tour around this special wine producing region then
Executive Coach Charter can offer you specialist service for all your needs.

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THE BEST GOLF VENUES IN THE BRISBANE AREA

If you are crazy about golf and all you can think about is; holes in one, birdies and chipping out of bunkers to inches from the pin then Queensland is the place for you.

Queensland has a plethora of world-class golf courses and hosts some of the best tournaments located in some of the most unique locations. There are three world-class courses on the Gold Coast, one being the home to the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters and the Australian PGA Championship.  

The courses can take you to some of Australia’s best and varied countryside. The Whitsundays on Dent Island is the only island-based championship golf course in Australia. If you would like to visit a more tropical region to sample the reefs and rainforests then North Queensland’s courses of Port Douglas, Cairns and Palm Cove are ideal. And the Sunshine Coast can offer Pelican Waters a course designed by Greg Norman.

 

BRISBANE COURSES:

 

RIVERLAKES GOLF COURSE

One of South East Queensland’s most picturesque and difficult courses. Riverlakes is one of the newest Championship Standard being completed in 1999.

It is surrounded by the Logan River and has the magnificent California Creek flowing through it feeding a series of large ponds that are dotted all over the course. With a combination of Bermuda Grass Greens; fairways and rough comprising Wintergreen Bermuda Grass the course maintains the highest standards.

 

THE BRISBANE GOLF CLUB

The Brisbane Golf Club is one of the longest established golf institutions in Australia. Established in 1896  the founding members set out to build an exceptional course together with the traditions and culture that make an unparalleled club.   

The clubhouse is heritage-listed and overlooks an 18 hole championship course. Ranked amongst the top 100 courses in Australia, the Brisbane Golf Club is the only

golf course in Australia to have a champion’s green putting surface installed on over 700 golf courses in the USA.  

 

KEPERRA COUNTRY GOLF CLUB

Excellently located only a twenty minute drive from the CBD of Brisbane. It is set in Queensland’s rainforest showcasing hundreds of different types of trees and scores of bird species make this course one of the most picturesque in the region.

Keperra is more than a fantastic natural space, it is also a very special golf course that provides 27 holes that are arranged in different combinations to provide three very distinct courses to test every level of ability.

Natural fairways with Bermuda or Tifdwarf greens have been made out of the local vegetation and water obstacles in the rainforest. So that each course require good length, accuracy and a steady hand on the greens.  

 

INDOOROOPILLY GOLF CLUB

Indooroopilly

The club was established in 1940 Indooroopilly has been enjoying golf for nearly 75 years. It is one of the closest courses to the centre of Brisbane being just 10km away.

The location is picturesque being right on a bend of the Brisbane River the complex is quite unique.

Indooroopilly incorporates 36 championship holes of golf. There is a separate driving range and practise putting green next to the clubhouse. Allowing golfers to loosen up and practise before tee off time.

The club also hosts a number of social events such as weddings, banquets and is a meeting venue. Visiting golfers can enjoy the courses every day apart from Saturday which is reserved for members. However, the West Course is strictly for members only.

Brisbane-Airport

Brisbane Airport Your Comprehensive Guide

The Brisbane airport is the third largest airport in Australia. Smaller only than the airports in Sydney and Melbourne. It is the only passenger airport for Queenslanders. Over 30 International carriers operate flights in and out of the Brisbane airport and 46 domestic carriers to make up one of the busiest air routes for the Asia-Pacific Region. The Brisbane Airport is a mere 13 KM from the city centre and it handles 17.5 million passengers annually.

If you find yourself lucky enough to be travelling to Australia and will be visiting Brisbane by air then you will find the following information very useful. Everything you should know about Brisbane International Airport.

 

Information on the Terminal

 

Brisbane International is the only international terminal serving Queensland. There are no curfews enforced in Brisbane as there  are in Sydney. Millions of passengers are welcomed around the clock to the Brisbane airport. As such Executive Coach Hire has no restrictions on pick up or drop off time. We don’t care what time of day it is or what day of the year we will pick you up on time every time.

Due to increased demand for international flights all three terminals have been modified and upgraded to cater to the Airbus A380. The airport has enjoyed renovations to make inter terminal travel easier and more efficient. The three terminals, International, Domestic, and Cargo can now be reached by the inter-terminal train. These trains leave every terminal every 15 minutes around the clock. This makes it a lot harder to miss a flight.

 

Shopping and Upgrades to the Brisbane Airport

 

Shopping_UpgradesFor international travellers there are a number of Duty Free shops on the third level, while domestic shoppers will want to stick to level 2. There are a number of brands covering goods such as luggage, fine jewelry, surf gear, outdoor wear, sunglasses and eye wear, several gift shops, and several book & magazine shops. Brands you will find include Guess, Billabong, Rip Curl, Sunglass Hut, Victoria Secret and many more.

If shopping is not your thing simply log onto the Optus Wireless Connect network to surf the web, or get prepared for your next business meeting. The airport lounge has sofas for watching TV and desks for conducting work. The free Wi-Fi is limited to an hour only.

 

Accommodations

 

There is only one hotel located in the Airport Village and it offers on-site accommodations as well as shuttle service among the terminals. The Novotel Brisbane Airport Hotel requires reservations as it is by itself.

 

Overnight Laws

 

If you are arriving late and leaving early there is no curfew in effect at the Brisbane airport. This makes things a lot more convenient than the same situation in the Sydney Airport. It certainly means a lot less time running back and forth with extra airport transfers to avoid breaking curfew.

If you find that you want a room and Novotel is full Executive Coach Charter will pick you up in a mini bus and your private driver can take you to another accommodation a short distance away. Remember the airport is only 13 KM from the city centre so there are always options. Being a locally owned and operated company we have an advantage over some of the other guys as we have our finger directly on the pulse of Brisbane.

 

Dining, Drinking and Coffee at the Brisbane Airport

Dining, Drinking and Coffee at the Brisbane Airport

There are 35 different restaurants, cafes and bars at the Brisbane Airport. There is something open 24/7 somewhere. There are some American staples like KFC, Subway and McDonald’s, a great juice bar, kebabs, pie, a steakhouse, asian inspired cuisine, a few different places for burgers, Krispy Kreme, a couple sushi places, and even a Mexican inspired place. There is no shortage of places to grab a snack, a meal, a dessert, or a cocktail. If you will be spending an ample amount of time in the Brisbane Airport you will not starve.

 

Kids at the Brisbane Airport

 

The Brisbane International Airport has baby changing facilities on all floors of all terminals, they are equipped with microwaves and if you run out of baby supplies just visit News Travels. There are a number of eating options for snacks for kids of all ages, and the wi fi should keep the older kids busy. If you will be arriving late the nearest hotel is Novotel.

 

What to do with an animal at the Brisbane airport

 

If you are travelling with an animal, whether a Guide Dog, pet, or assistance animal you will be delighted to learn that Brisbane is the first airport to have installed a bathroom facility dedicated for animals to use. The animal “bathrooms” officially opened in April 2014. There are two locations, airside Level 3 Departures at International and Level 2 opposite Gate 25 Central Area at Domestic. Now passengers no longer have to leave the building when their animals have a call to nature.This is especially convenient for international passengers who will not have to deal with customs and their animal.

The animal bathroom installation is a small part of making the airport completely accessible for persons with disabilities and Brisbane International is at the forefront of the movement.

 

Transportation to Brisbane

 

You already know that Brisbane’s CBD is only 13 KM away from the airport. There are a number of transportation options to get you from the airport to the city and vice versa. There are options to suit all time schedules and budgets.

Taxi

If you don’t mind the risk of waiting in line, and possibly paying too much the taxi can be the most hassle free way to leave the airport. Get your bags and get in a line, tell the driver where to go and that is it. This is the best option if you haven’t made prior transportation arrangements, and you don’t want to wait for the bus.

Train or Bus

There are public transport options in the form of both buses and trains and if you want to use time to pay for your transport instead of money this is the way to go. These options are very inexpensive but take a lot of time. If you have a lot of luggage they can be quite cumbersome, if you are travelling lightly though and have an excess of time you will see more at the leisurely pace of public transport.

Airport Transfer Service

For the astute business traveller, or the family that knows they want zero hassles, and zero delays, and for the traveller who demands the most for their money airport transfer service is available. Airport transfer service for groups of 2 – 200 can be arranged. There are options such as private car, limo, mini bus, mini coach, budget bus, and luxury coach.

If you are one who requires every detail attended to then we encourage you to contact Executive Coach Charters to arrange top notch airport transfer service tailored to your specific needs and budget.

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