SFI - Wrap up post 2016

Wow, so its Christmas week already, it feels like yesterday I was excited about heading off to Cambodia at the end of July. We have had so many amazing experiences this year and it’s going to be hard to top in 2017 but I’ll give it a red hot crack! So I thought this week we would wrap up the highlights of 2016, including our favourite hotels in each place.

Gold Coast Hinterland

We have visited the Gold Coast a number of times although this visit was the first time we have made it to the Gold Coast Hinterland! I had been told on numerous occasions that it was definitely worth the effort. I have to agree that it is most certainly worth the visit.


This month we visited Queensland for a snappy 5 day break. We had told the kids that we wouldn’t be doing the theme parks this time as we had only visited some of the theme parks a couple of years ago. The theme parks are very expensive for a family of 5 but there are a few options to get around that and to find some good Gold Coast theme park deals. As we had recently visited SeaWorld, MovieWorld and Wet’N’Wild, the kids were keen to visit Dreamworld. 

On our recent trip to Queensland’s Gold Coast we decided to do something different and give the theme parks a miss. We have done them every couple of years and the last time we went was only 2 years ago in 2014. We took the kids snorkelling at Whitehaven Beach this time last year so I thought we would go snorkelling again, this time off Moreton Island at the Tangalooma Wrecks.

We took a short break to Queensland for 5 days, it was supposed to be over our March long weekend as the kids get the Thursday and Friday off school as well as the Monday public holiday.  I booked the flights last May but unfortunately I somehow managed to book the wrong weekend! Last year we visited Airlie Beach and this year was Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Having a family of 5, we now need a find reasonably priced holiday apartments Gold Coast location and the Mantra…

We’ve had a big year here at our3kidsvtheworld, its not until you stop and look back that you realise just how much we have done. Before we get into our yearly wrap up, I want to thank our followers for coming along for the ride and I am hopeful that you are all getting out there and enjoying holidays with your families as well. We don’t earn a fortune but we make holidaying a priority with what we have.

Over the years while the kids were young, we have gone to Queensland on a few occasions to visit the theme parks. Depending what age the kids are at the time, depends on which parks we visit. Most recently we visited SeaWorld, Wet’n’Wild and Movieworld on a VIP 3 park super pass. We even managed to get a special price of buy 3 get one pass free which saved us $89. Its definitely one of the better Gold Coast theme park packages. 

Each afternoon Craig and I would go to the Shed Bar at Nomad’s Backpackers for happy hour between 4pm-5pm and the kids would have a play on the grass in front of the pool. Each afternoon the same barman was working, a backpacker from the UK. He asked what we had planned for our final day in Airlie Beach and at that stage we had nothing planned.  He gave a great spot to visit to kill the day, lunch at Hydeaway Bay.

On the March long weekend we took a short 4 day break to what is regularly voted Australia’s most photographed beach – Whitehaven Beach, in what we call Far North Queensland. I’m glad to say it certainly didn’t disappoint.

On the March Labour Day long weekend, Craig and I took the kids for a short 4 day break to Airlie Beach. There are so many things to do at Airlie Beach but I was certain of one, I wanted to take the kids to Whitehaven Beach. Nearly 30 years ago I promised someone  very special who has since passed away that I would get there one day and now I have done it with my family. It was very special and more than just a tick off my bucket…