Hughzies Lakeside Brasserie

A good way to break a long drive if you’re heading to the Hunter Valley and beyond is a sumptuous feed at Hughzies Lakeside Brasserie in Toronto, less than 2 hours’ drive north of Sydney. This restaurant is perched along the waterfront with several other eateries on the popular Brighton Avenue.

We visited this place for a dinner and our assigned table was by the window, with lots of natural evening light that poured in giving the space a bright and airy feel.

Dining on board the Explorer of the Seas!

Dining on board the Explorer of the Seas means an endless array of food choices, from complementary a la carte dining, specialty restaurants, buffet style meals and snacks, a classic burger joint and of course, room service.

Since our cruise was a short one, dining themes and attire were mostly casual, although dressing to impress is always an option.

Exploring the Explorer of the Seas!

Love or loathe the idea of a cruise? Once you get a taste of cruising, there will be no turning back and that was exactly what happened to us. From our very first cruise in April with the Voyager of the Seas, we found ourselves again exploring the high seas on board the Explorer of the Seas, Australia’s largest cruise ship launched in 2000.

The two identical floating resorts that we have cruised so far are both operated by Royal Caribbean International, voted as best cruise line overall by Travel Weekly for 13 consecutive years.

Little Lily’s Wine and Tapas Cafe

Little Lily’s Wine and Tapas Cafe is tucked away in the beach side suburb of Little Bay in the Eastern suburbs. It is located on the ground floor of a modern complex which is part of the new Prince Henry Estate. A brain child between husband and wife, Jorke and Bronagh, who conceptualised the idea of providing a watering hole for locals and visitors, a place for catching up, laughs, coffee, drinks and good food.

Sik Gaek Korean BBQ

Sik Gaek Korean BBQ Restaurant is nestled along Clissold Parade in Campsie and it’s part of the Dae Jang Kum group of restaurants with branches in Chinatown in the City and Eastwood in the North-West suburbs. This modern family bbq restaurant offers authentic Korean fare including the traditional Gogigui, a roasting method where the meat is prepared at the diner’s table on charcoal grills that are built into the table itself.

Review: Ibis Styles Hotel – The Entrance

It’s becoming difficult to find a budget hotel with a touch of luxury these days, but the new Ibis Styles at the Entrance, will certainly tick a lot of those boxes.

Located along the Central Coast Highway, a very short drive from the main strip of The Entrance, this three Star hotel offers panoramic views over Tuggerah Lakes, and is only a matter of minutes from the many beaches nearby.

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