Posts Tagged ‘Central Queensland’

Vitamin Me

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Thanks to Tourism Queensland for the image

Hi all

Not a regular post (or semi-regular as it has been a while since I blogged).

For those who follow me on the Twitters, Facebook and Path know, I won Tourism Queensland’s Vitamin Me competition.

I have had a lot of questions on how it all works, how I got it and what I plan to do with it.

So, since I am, at my heart, incredibly lazy – read on.

Tourism Queensland ran the Vitamin Me competition, promoting having a break in Queensland to recharge yourself – getting your dose of Vitamin Me. This competition was part of a larger marketing strategy – which is still going on. By visiting their webpage, you could test your own levels (feel free to post your score in the comments). Since I am often away , am always thinking about what I might do for my next adventure, and 90% of the time love my work, I scored very high. This high score did nothing to help me win, but made me feel better about taking some many weekends away.

There were 175,000 entries, of which some 44,500 were unique. I only entered once.

From these 175,000 entries, my entry was randomly drawn and I won the prize – $10,000 of Vitamin Me time in Queensland.

The prize works similarly to a gift voucher. I don’t have to use it all at once, however it expires in 12 months.

I can use the voucher on anything that can be booked through SunLover Holidays – the travel agency associated with Tourism Queensland (these are the same peeps who did “Best Job in the World). This means flights, transfer, activities, tours, hire cars etc can be attributed to the voucher. The only time food/drinks would go on, would be if they were part of a resort package or cruise etc. Unfortunately I find the SunLover Holiday webpage terrible to navigate but if I search on google, then search for the provider there I can generally get around it.

So what am I planning to do?

Well, firstly I am using a small amount to do a day trip diving out of Port Douglas on the SuperSonic. I will be in Cairns over the break anyway, so this will be my first chance to put the prize into use. I was going to do a day trip anyway, this just means I do it on Tourism Queensland vs my Visa card.

Other things I am planning are (in no particular order):

  • The Dinosaur Stampede at Winton
  • Diving the Yongala
  • 4 day Coral See Mike Ball Dive expedition (was thinking of doing it at Easter but some friends are thinking of going in May, so will probably go then).
  • Mt Isa Rodeo
  • Mountain retreat with some friends and some wine (and spa treatments if I can find somewhere)
  • Mackay – so I can eat at Sorbellos again!

I will be flying Qantas as much as I can as I am hoping to reach Platinum status (geek moment).

All in all this is an epic prize. Crisscrossing the state is going to rock. I love Queensland – such an amazing state! I can’t wait to experience more of it.


Review – The Gladstone Yacht Club (Queensland)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

I spent the afternoon looking out over the river and towards the islands. Bliss

Located at the river end of the main drag in Gladstone (Goondoon St), this club is perfectly located to enjoy the breeze from the ocean up the river. Catering for any and all, the Yacht Club ticks the boxes to be a “go to” location, no matter your dining or drinking need.

I was there for about 5 hours hours on a Saturday and saw very distinct types of clients. We had the hi-vis group, there shortly after opening, possibily their post shift drinks and eating burgers and “bar food” inside by the bar. Then there was a “date crowd,” couples and small groups of friends (no kids), who sat outside with me on the covered balcony – predominately ordering from the restaurant menu. Finally between 1.30pm and 2.00pm the families arrived – with the parents eating from the restaurant menu and the kids from the bar menu. I can easily see this as a fantastic venue for drinks and dinner as well.

Great location.
Caters to all.
Good choice of food.
Decent price.
Food was good quality.
LOVED the salt and pepper squid on pineapple salsa!

Wine list was lacking.
Garlic Prawns were over cooked.
Garlic Bread was over cooked.
Asked for a good space between entre and main – twice – yet it came out within 20 mins.

I had a lovely day – a day away from real life, work, and first world problems. Nothing like sitting on a balcony on a perfect day, drinking wine, eating good food and relaxing. I would certainly visit again if in town. It wasn’t awesome, but location and lack of choice make up for a lot.


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