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Top 5 Tips for How To Camp with Kids

Camping with kids can be a really rewarding experience, or a somewhat stressful one. With kids these days spending too much time glued to a screen, and not enough time running around outside, camping is the perfect way to encourage (read: force) them to get offline and get outside. When there wifi signal is unavailable, and the batteries on the ipad are flat, what happens next? The go outside and start playing, exploring, adventuring, and enjoying the fresh air. Here are some tips from Adventure Whitsunday to help make your family camping trip a pleasure, not a pain.

1. Plan the Camping Trip Together

When the kids have a sense of choice about where they go and ownership over the final destination choice, they are more likely to enjoy it. Of course you can narrow down the options and offer them a choice of two or three camping sites, and then let the family decide the final choice together.

2. Practice at home

Get the kids camping out in the backyard one night to see how everyone goes. This will not only help you air out the tent, but it will also give you the chance to show the kids how to put it up. Experience a night in the sleeping bags under the stars, and listen to all the night-time sounds.

3. Make camp chores fun

This is an easy one because most of the time, camp chores are actually already fun for kids. They love collecting firewood, filling water containers, hammering in tent pegs, etc. You could make the camp chores into a mini competition – see who can collect the most firewood, make the best camp pancake topping, pack up their gear the fastest…

4. Lots of special snacks

Camping is hard work and your family is sure to work up an appetite. Pack their favourite snacks in little ziplock bags for on-the-go snacking. Ziplock bags will also help minimise mess from opened packages still half full of food (no food explosions in your bag/esky!). If you want to try something different, here’s your chance to slip in something new. Pack lots of healthy treats like trail mixes, fruit and nuts and it will add to the camping excitement.

5. Familiarity and lighting

Make sure you remember to take a few of your children’s favourite bedtime items, like a special blankie or soft toy, and their own pillow. Lots of lighting is good for alleviating any night time fears, and things like glow sticks and special torches make it quite exciting and fun.

 

We hope these tips help make your family camping adventure lots of fun. It’s important to keep an open mind and a flexible schedule with plenty of back up plans and alternate activities. Camping can be unpredictable, so be prepared and don’t let any setbacks or changes in the schedule get to you. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow!

Come camp with us on a powered site, it makes it much easier! We’ve got all the activities to keep the kids amused, rain, hail or shine as well. Camp with us

Easter and chocolate – yummo!

With Easter, naturally comes chocolate. And here at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, we LOVE chocolate. We love chocolate so much, that in the Easter holidays we are going to be hosting ‘Chocolate Week’!!

Come join us in Airlie Beach for some deliciously decadent chocolatey fun from April 1 – 7, 2017.

To get in the spirit of Easter (and enjoy a little pre-Easter chocolate!), we’ve created an Easter-themed board on Pinterest full of Easter crafts, games, foods, and chocolate recipes…

easter bunny crayons make your own gift easy recycled Easter bunny crayons

What an adorable Easter gift that doesn’t revolve around chocolate!

How to make Easter bunny crayons

– Buy (or recycle) some crayons and a silicon bunny shaped mould.

– Break the crayons into small pieces, and place a mixture of colours in the baking tray filling each mould to the top.

– Bake at 300°F or 150°C for 10 minutes.

– Let them cool completely before taking them out of the moulds, then package them up as a sweet gift for Easter.

Bunny footprints

bunny footprintsStart a sweet new Easter tradition to keep the magic of Easter alive. Long after the chocolates have been forgotten, they will remember following a little trail of bunny footprints throughout the house.

You can draw a short track straight from the door to the Easter baskets, or you could have a bit of fun and create a bunny hunt throughout the house, finishing with the eggs hidden in a secret hiding spot!

How to create bunny footprints

– cut out a stencil with a stanley knife

– lay stencil on floor and dust with flour

Alternatively, you could create a footprint with your fingertips alone. Use your thumb for the big pad print, and your index,middle and ring fingers as the three toes.

European Easter tree centrepiece

Europan easter tree pussy willow eggs decorationsA table centrepiece with European heritage, this can become a family tradition, a place to showcase the Easter crafts, and a centrepiece for the dining table for the Easter season.

Branches of pussy willow, with its sweet little furry buds create the perfect place to hang a selection of hand-painted Easter eggs and other Easter crafts. (For more egg tips including how to create blown out eggs, and various painting/decorating methods, see our board!)

Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free chocolate croissants

gluten-free dairy-free egg-free chocolate croissantWith so many people developing food allergies and having specific dietary requirements these days, it would be remiss of us not to include a delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free chocolate recipe for you to enjoy.

These chocolate croissants look just divine, can’t wait to give them a go!

Click on the image and follow the links through Pinterest for the full recipe.

Showstopper Speckled Egg Cake

Speckled egg cakeThis extravagant looking masterpiece is actually really easy to make! In fact you don’t even have to make the cake, you can use a store bought cake just as easily to save time (and/or your sanity).

You might want to add an extra layer of icing to the cake to make sticking the easter eggs on easier. Speckled, candy coated birds egg chocolates look the most impressive with their pastel speckly appearance.

Place the cake on the presentation plate or stand before decorating. Working in layers, start at the top in the middle and create concentric circles of eggs until you reach the bottom of the cake. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

Chocolate spoons

Chocolate spoonsA fun and easy Easter chocolate treat to make with the kids. Perfect as a gift for friends or teachers, especially to go with a mug and packet of hot chocolate.

Making chocolate spoons

– Get some good quality chocolate. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave in 20 second intervals stirring in between (or in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water on the stove). When the chocolate is 80% melted, remove from the heat and continue to stir until all melted and smooth.

– Line up the spoons on a sturdy baking sheet, Rest your spoon handles on a book to level the bowls while filling.

– Fill each spoon to about 80% full.

– Decorate with your choice of sprinkles, cachous, or other tiny lollies.

– Place the baking sheet in the fridge or freezer for 20 minutes or until set.

Wrapped in plastic and tied with a ribbon, your chocolate spoons are now ready for gifting!

One 200g pack of chocolate will be enough for about 25 spoons.

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Gav’s favourite mainland based Whitsunday tours

There’s a helluva lot more to the Whitsundays than the reef, beaches and islands, your honour! Exhibit A: Gav’s favourite land based tours…

Croc watching in the Whitsundays in natureOne of my favourite tours is the Crocodile Safari on the Proserpine River. The river and wetlands are home to lots of my buddies – native birds, mammals, reptiles and marine animals, including 150 estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles. Now as much as I’m an adventurer, I’m no idiot, so I’m happy sitting in total comfort on the boat, while we glide past the salties, some of the most dangerous crocs in the world. It’s a bit spooky when they look at me though – I swear they’re thinking ‘mmmm…lunch’.) Not today buddy!

Cedar Creek Falls in the Whitsundays can be visited from Airlie BeachWant to discover the rainforest on foot and up close with an expert? Go with Fawlty Tours (tee hee). You’ll visit Cedar Crossing and swim in Cedar Creek Falls. Just make sure to hug a giant Strangler Fig tree – they’re some of the oldest in the world.

Prefer to see the rainforest on two wheels? Jump on a Segway with Whitsunday Segway Tours and glide through spectacular Conway National Park rainforest. for a different tour of Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays with Whitsunday Segway ToursThe 9km round journey including the crystal waters of Impulse Creek is amazing.

Maybe a boardwalk sunset Segway tour with tapas is more your style? Take the 7km journey along the water’s edge past Abell Point Marina, Shingley Beach and Whitsunday Botanic Gardens, into Cannonvale then back to Airlie Beach – with a delicious stop for tapas. Ole!

Fun Rentals Robo Tours outside Fat FrogRobos (mini Segways) tours also explore Airlie Beach and surrounds with a tour to Cannonvale with coffee and cake at the very funky Fat Frog (named after a little old local celebrity – me!!!) or to the Port of Airlie Marina with a stop at Denman Cellars Beer Café.

Montes on the beach at Cape Gloucester is a good spot for lunchFancy playing Robinson Crusoe in the most secluded spot in paradise? The little hamlets of Hydeaway Bay and Dingo Beach are tucked away in the northern Whitsundays. Airlie Beach Transfers and Tours leave from Airlie Beach before arriving in picture-postcard heaven for a yummy lunch or dinner at the Cape Gloucester Beach Resort, Montes Reef Resort or the Dingo Beach Hotel.

 

And finally I do confess to be a bit of a hoon – I have my own golf cart at Adventure Whitsunday Resort and fang around the place. Ok so I’m only doing 10kmph but to this little frog – that’s fast! So the half day tour at Wings Adventure Park is revving heaven!

Drive a 4WD off road buggy in the Whitsundays at the new Wings Adventure ParkYou jump in a mini ‘open air’ 4WD to explore the Whitsunday hinterland, rocketing through grasslands, wetlands, creek beds and up and down hill climbs. Then tackle the man made course including the log hop, tyre crawl and off camber challenge. My favourite bit is the mud pit challenge, roaring through my natural muddy habitat – whooohoo! Happy as a pig in you know what.

So now you see what fun is to be had on land – get into it! Book a Whitsunday Mainland adventure now!

Gav Adventure
Tour Director of Paradise

Gav’s favourite camping recipes

Most of you don’t probably know I’m a bit of a foodie frog. So I see no reason in whipping up boring meals when you’re camping. Here’s a taste of what I love to cook when I camp out. Most you can cook on the barbie – but some rippers are perfect for the campfire. And no – it’s no coincidence many are on the sweeter side of life. Camping is not the time to watch one’s waistline! Bon appetite!

-Gav

Chocolate frog croissants

Decadent – but a must do for breakfast, dessert or just a snack.

4 croissants
8 chocolate frogs

Cut each croissant in half lengthwise. Place two chocolate frogs over the bottom of the croissant (or break them up into small pieces if you’d prefer). Place croissants on foil on top of the barbecue and heat up for around 5 minutes until the frogs have melted. (Or chuck them into the campfire coals for 5 minutes – turning a few times). Serves 4.

Breakfast’s in the bag

omelette-in-a-bagBreakfast in a flash and no washing up!

8 eggs
100g tomato chopped
100g bacon diced
½ cup grated cheese
2 spring onions finely chopped
salt and pepper
4 Glad zip lock sandwich bags

Crack two eggs into a zip lock bag, close up then squeeze and shake to mix well. Add remaining ingredients. Mix again. Squeeze the air out of bag. Place bags in pot of boiling water on campfire flame or stove. Turn water down to gently simmer – omelette is cooked in around 15 minutes. Serves 4.

Fudgy frog pond

400g tin sweetened condensed milk
500g dark chocolate
4 chocolate frogs
75g butter
1 tsp vanilla

Melt condensed milk, chocolate, butter and vanilla in a saucepan over low heat on the barbie or camp stove. Stir until thick. Pour into a baking paper lined tray, tin or bowl. Place chocolate frogs on top. Refrigerate until set. Cut up and enjoy. Serves 4.

Dinner’s foiled

6 large chicken chops or thigh fillets
1 large onion, thinly sliced
3 tomatoes sliced in thin rounds
6 potatoes, sliced thin
1 red capsicum sliced thinly
Your favourite seasoning or marinade

Season the chicken and marinate with your favourite flavouring/sauce. Place a piece of chicken on a sheet of foil, then layer with vegies on top. Repeat with other pieces of chicken and vegies. Wrap up well and place in the coals of your campfire or on the barbie for around 45 minutes. Serves 6.

PERFECT CAMPFIRE TREATS

Campfire choc orange frog muffins

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1 pkt chocolate muffin mix
6 oranges
6 chocolate frogs

Stir up the muffin mix according to the directions. Cut the oranges in half and scoop out the flesh to eat later, or squeeze them for juice. Just be careful not to damage the orange peel.

Fill one half with the chocolate muffin mix. Place a chocolate frog into the middle of the mix so his head is pointing up. Cover with remaining (empty) orange half and wrap in three layers of aluminum foil. Repeat with other orange halves.

Throw them in the campfire and turn every minute or so for about 10-12 mins. Unwrap and eat this gooey, steamy ball of deliciousness with a spoon.

Campfire popcorn satchels

campfire-popcorn2 tablespoons popcorn kernels
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
Aluminium foil

Place the popcorn and oil on a square of heavy-duty aluminum foil of about 40-50cm square. Fold up and seal the edges to form a loose pouch, leaving room for the kernels to pop. Tie a corner of the pouch to a stick with a piece of string. Shake over a fire until popped. Serves 1.

Oozy cheesy pond

The perfect hot dip with crusty bread.

1 wheel of camembert or brie cheese
Crusty bread

Wrap cheese in heavy duty aluminium foil and place near coals of campfire until melted – around 10 mins. You’ll need to turn the cheese occasionally. (Try it on the barbie too!) Unwrap carefully and dip in with hunks of crusty bread.

 

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Kids Birthday Party Ideas

It’s our 21st birthday this year at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, and we’ve been researching party ideas, so we thought we’d share them with you! There are so many amazing, creative, fun ideas out there for kids birthday parties and we’ve had a ball collecting some of our favourite ideas for our own birthday.

We’ve created a new Pinterest board full of kids birthday party ideas just for you. It’s full of food ideas, cakes, party games, decoration and more for kids and adults. Here are some of our favourites:

Monster eyeball straws

monster straws for party drinksHow to get the kids to drink something healthy? Stick a monster eyeball drinking straw in it, of course!

All you need is:

– Straws, any kind will do but the paper stripey ones do look particularly monstrous
– Royal icing (you can buy this from the supermarket, try Orchard White Icing)
– Black edible marker
– Strong frosting

How to make these monster eyeball straws

Roll small balls of White Icing and draw a dot with a black edible marker (available from good baking stores). When the black dot has dried, make the eyeball stick to the straw with a little dab of stiff icing. To make a good icing that will set hard, whip an egg white until stiff peaks form. Then gradually sift in 1- 2 cups of icing mixture, in small amounts, whipping after each addition. Continue whipping into firm peaks)

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Backyard Twister

backyard twisterFun for kids and adults alike, you can create a Twister game board on your own lawn, using only a handful of easy to get supplies.

All you need is:

– a flat area of lawn, with plenty of spectator space around it
– a cardboard box and stanley knife or scissors
– 4 cans of spray paint – red, green, yellow and blue
– measuring tape
– 8 pieces of paper and 2 bags

How to make backyard twister come to life at your house

Use a dinner plate to mark a circle on one side of a sturdy box. Cut out the circle using a stanley knife or scissors. Use a measuring tape and one of the paint colours to mark out 4 equal rows and place a tiny spot to mark each of the 6 dots in each row.

Turn the box upside down, so you are holding the spray can inside the box, line up each dot in the centre, and spray four neat rows of 6 dots in each colour. using a box instead of a flat sheet of cardboard helps to contain the splatter and give you nice crisp circles without any errant spray paint escaping.

On one sheet of paper each, write the colours and left hand, right hand, left foot, and right foot. Place the colours in one bag and the body parts in the second bag. Draw one colour and one body part out at a time, and place that body part on a circle of that colour.

Minecraft party ideas

minecraft monster creeper face doorMinecraft seems to be all the rage at the moment, and a popular theme for both dress ups and decorations. Thankfully, there’s quite a lot that is pretty easy to make, and you can get the kids involved. This door is an example of just how easy, yet effective, it can be.

All you need is:

– a cheap green plastic tablecloth
– sticky tape
– a black permanent marker or black paint

How to make a minecraft door

Stick the green tablecloth to the door with the sticky tape. Draw or paint on the ‘creeper’ face. Done.

We’ve got several more Minecraft party ideas on our Pinterest board.

‘Frozen’ themed birthday cakes

Frozen birthday party cake ideasLet it go… let it go… no we can’t seem to be able to let Frozen go! Frozen is still the number one birthday party choice for many young ones these days, and we’ve found this stunning series of 15 Frozen themed cakes.

From extravagant ice castles, ruffles, sparkles, Snowdrifts and more. There are cakes featuring Elsa and Anna, Sven and Olaf, and more.

We’ve got more Frozen birthday party ideas on our Pinterest board.

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Gav gets love struck on a Whitsunday sailing adventure

Sailing catamaran On Ice sails the WhitsundaysThere I was at Abell Point Marina about to hop onto the seriously slick 14m catamaran On Ice for a 2 day, 2 night sailing adventure, when I saw her, the most stunning frog ever to hop on this earth.

Amazing caramel coloured skin with dark chocolate patches the colour of her eyes. Impossibly long legs. Taut, toned body. Suddenly I wished I’d worked harder on the gym’s ab machine.

We set sail and as the bar opened, with sucked-in tummy, I hopped towards her with two glasses of wine. She smiled. My back legs went wobbly and another passenger wore the wine.

Enjoy a Whitsunday sunset at sea on On IceWith a fresh pour and the sun setting, I discovered she was Lolita, a Spanish painted frog born in a vineyard rainwater tank just outside Barcelona, and she was loving the exotic tropical Whitsundays. By the time we anchored in Hook Passage for the night, I was completely hooked.

Alas tonight the luxury of my private double cabin with my own bathroom and shower would be wasted on just me. They say I’m charming but I know my limitations. Even with the most stunning star gazing my talents weren’t good enough to woo her to my cabin tonight.

So next morning I awoke to the smell of coffee and my testosterone sizzling.

HILL INLET, WHITEHAVEN BEACH - The WhitsundaysAfter breakfast we sailed to Whitehaven Beach and my big chance to get her alone. With two stand up paddleboards I offered her my guided tour of the most beautiful beach in the world. My charm, the white sand and turquoise water worked. After, while the scene from Hill Inlet Lookout took Lolita’s breath away, I was ready to sweep her off her pretty little webbed feet.

As we set sail to snorkel Dumbell Island’s fringing reef, she emerged in a custom made wetsuit to protect her skin from the salt water and I’d brought mine too. Hers defined her body, accentuated her curves. I took 20 minutes to wedge myself into mine. Damn my gym slackness.

We spent a few blissful hours snorkelling, holding hands. She spotted rainbow coloured parrotfish, turtles and giant maori wrasse as I planned how to turn On Ice into the love boat at Hook Passage tonight.

After dinner, I suggested she could freshen up in the luxury of my private ensuite and she hopped at the chance. (Yes! There is a frog god!)

I put the wine on ice and quickly scattered tropical fronds and leaves I’d collected on my secret beach hunt, over the bed. Sure humans love crisp white linen but us frogs can’t resist a fresh bed of green.

She emerged, her skin glowing a shade darker caramel from the day’s sun. She took one look at the bed and her eyes softened as the exotic tropical green beckoned. Clearly she’d never slept ‘tropical’ before.

Sorry, since this is a G rated blog, I can’t enlighten you on the famous mating habits of the Whitsunday green tree frog here.

Whitsundays near Hayman Island - snorkelling from aquaglide inflatable on on iceNext morning we sailed to Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island, then to Langford Reef, where quite exhausted, we snorkelled from the Aquaglide inflatable. Lying down, you put your face in the water. Lolita loved it. I lay with my face to the sun dreaming of our honeymoon at Hayman, of what our babies would look like (what colour do you get when you mix caramel and chocolate brown with bright green?)

I dreamed of us hosting tapas nights at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort. Of our kids growing up in our own paradise. Maybe we’d open a tapas bar in Airlie Beach. The skipper interrupted my dream saying it was time to head home.

Lolita and I enjoyed the fun wave riding back to Abell Point Marina. Snuggled together in the ropes, I vowed to say adios to my bachelor days. Gracias On Ice.

Gav Adventure
Love struck in paradise

Gavin Adventure mascot of BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort on the jumping pillows

Find out more about on water adventures in the Whitsundays

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Halloween Costumes, Decorations and Food Ideas

Halloween is a spooktacular time of year to have some fun with kids costumes and spooky Halloween decorations at home. Here at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort we will be hosting the 10th annual Come Camp and sCare event on the night of 31st October, Halloween itself! It’s a great opportunity to come and join us for some good old-fashioned family fun, and get dressed up to join in the spooky Halloween theme

We’ve created a new Pinterest board full of Halloween themed ideas just for you. It’s full of decorations, food ideas, and costumes for kids and adults. Here are some of our favourites:

DIY glow in the dark spooky eyes

Halloween spooky glow in the dark eyes
These are so simple to make, all you need is old toliet rolls, glow sticks and a pair of scissors/stanley knife. Definitely need the help of the grown-ups for the cutting, but maybe the kids can draw the eyes.

All you need is:

– Old toilet or paper towel rolls
– Glow sticks
– Scissors / stanley knife
– string & sticky tape

How to make these spook glow in the dark eyes:

Draw an eye design on the side of the roll. Using scissors or a stanley knife to cut the eye shapes out. Activate a glow stick and sticky tape it to the back inside wall of the toilet roll. Hang with string, or just place them in the trees/garden to freak everybody out!

 

Creepy hand ice cube for a punchbowl

Halloween creepy ice cube handCreepy!

This giant ice cube is really easy to make, and is guaranteed to have people looking twice at the punchbowl.

All you need to do is:

– Fill a rubber glove with water, tie in a knot, and freeze. If you can place the fingers in a way that looks slightly natural but kind of broken, even better.
– Peel or cut away the rubber glove
– Plonk the giant frozen hand ice cube into the drink
– Sit back and watch!

 

Easy DIY kids ghost costume you can make at home

Halloween easy DIY kids ghost costume you can make yourself at homeQuick and easy to make, all this little ghost costume needs is an old white sheet, or piece of fabric. Measure the height of the person, and then double it if you are buying fabric. (Works as an adults costume too!)

How to make a DIY ghost costume:

– Fold the fabric or sheet in half, and cut strips from the bottom open end up to about knee height
– From the top folded half, cut a round neck hole
– Place the piece over the head of the wearer, and get them to stand with their arms out like the picture
– Taking two of the outermost strips, cut them further, right up to wrist height and then tie them together to secure around the wrists
– Add a white beanie and some spooky face paint and voila! You have a very quick and easy to make ghost costume

 

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Keeping Kids Busy

School holidays can be a particularly trying time to keep the kids entertained and having fun. There’s nothing worse than cries of “Mum, I’m boooored!” on day one of the holidays. Here at IG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort we pride ourselves on our ability to keep the kids entertained.

Now, we’d like to share some of our favourite Pinterest pins with you. They’re full of fun kids activities to keep the little ones happy all day long. Here are three of our favourites:

Marshmallow Shooter aka Pom Pom Popper

Marshmallow pom pom shooter fun for kids BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday ResortThis cheap and easy little device is our most popular pin, believe it or not!

All you need is:

– Some sturdy cups (or 2 to double them up)

– Regular sized balloons

– marshmallows or pom poms

– scissors

How to make a pom pom popper

Chop about one third off the bottom of the cup/s. Tie a knot in an uninflated balloon. Cut the tip off the balloon. Stretch the cut balloon over the lip edge of the cup/s. Place a pom pom or marshmallow in the centre of the balloon, near the knot, and draw the end of the balloon backwards.Launch your pompom at a target and see how far it can fly!

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Couch Car Hot Wheels Racing Track

couch-hot-wheels-car-trackStuck inside on a rainy day?

Get the kids to build a safe, non-marking, car racing track in the living room!

Using just some masking tape, you can create anew racing track every time they play, inspiring their creativity and imagination.

And using soft masking tape won’t wreck the furniture!

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Paint Bag Writing Tablet

paint-bag-writing-tabletThis is a fun little exercise for the younger ones, and new school students who are starting to learn to write.

Fill a plastic ziplock bag (tightly!) with paint. For added fun, you could add some glitter!

Give your little one an implement to write with – cotton bud works well, as does any blunt-tipped pencil-like object (chopstick, pick-up sticks, wooden peg).

To clear the bag easily, don’t tape it to the table. You’ll be able to pick it up and swish it around, then lay it flat again.

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Gala opening of The Palm House and Open Week

The Whitsundays’ newest function and event centre

Saturday 30th August 2014 marked the official opening of a labour of love for BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort owners Naomi and Greg McKinnon. The Palm House is Airlie Beach’s newest function centre, wedding and event venue and conference room, and will be launched to the public at a gala dinner.

The Palm House, situated on the Whitsunday Coast of Queensland, will be one of the largest function centres on the mainland. Suitable for theatre-style or cocktail functions of up to 250 guests, the room can also be divided into three smaller rooms for up to 100 guests each. The rooms can be configured to suit all types of meetings and business events. From classroom style, boardroom layout, to a gala dinner, the Palm House is very flexible, just like its namesake, the palm tree.

Conferences and corporate events at The Palm House Whitsunday Airlie Beach

With a host of modern facilities more than up to the standard of any capital city event venue, the Palm House is proud to stand tall. The Palm House is full service venue with exacting standards and brilliant staff. A large commercial kitchen allows for on-site catering and there is also the serene Palm Pavilion which can be utilised for wedding ceremonies, break out areas and cocktail functions.

The almost botanic-like gardens have been busily planted over the last few months, and are full of palms, ferns, cycads, bromeliads, and many unique tropical species.

Tropical gardens at The Palm House function and event centre in the Whitsundays Airlie Beach

Open Week – 2-5 September 2014

Following the gala opening, the Palm House at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, was open to the public for an ‘Open Week’. Visitors and locals are invited to inspect this new event venue which will be set up to showcase different types of functions. Visitors were able to pop in every afternoon between 2-5pm to view different set ups and to see how flexible the space is for meetings, corporate events, weddings, birthday parties and other special events, with the venue’s dedicated Group and Events team on hand to discuss various function options.

Open Week Times:

The Palm House was open for inspection from Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th September 2014, from 2-5pm.

For more information, visit www.thepalmhouse.com.au or call 07 4948 5444.

Gav’s favourite water based Whitsunday tours

Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays

Working here in my paradise can be a tough job. Like exploring the best Whitsundays tours for our customers. As always, I’ve applied myself wholeheartedly and here they are…

Quick frog biology lesson no 1: Rainforest frogs’ pads of sticky hairs on our fingers and toes and loose sticky skin on our bellies makes us great climbers. But moi, the Rock Star Frog? I can climb the highest. Yep I’ve been sky-high on Air Whitsunday’s sea plane trips to the reef. What a way to see the Great Barrier Reef and because frogs’ eyes bulge out the sides of our heads, we see in nearly every direction. Awesome!

Want to explore the Great Barrier Reef at sea level? Cruise Whitsundays will get you there onboard their high-speed vessels. Snorkelling of course is a must do. Except for moi! The first time I jumped in my skin started absorbing the salt water and well, let’s just say I had a lot of attention from the lovely first aid lady onboard and it took months for my skin to get back to ‘slippery-little-sucker’ condition. Now I hop aboard the semi-submersible to see the coral and fish the dry way – cos they haven’t yet invented wet suits for frogs – dammit.

And if you want the ultimate bragging rights, then ‘Reef Sleep’. After the day-trippers head home, you’re left in peace to watch the sun set and the underwater world really come alive. Do a night dive – amazing! Then sleep in a swag under the stars or in your own private bedroom. (Question for the universe: if a frog farts in his swag on the Great Barrier Reef at midnight, and nobody hears it, did it actually happen?)

Next on anyone’s sand bucket list is Whitehaven Beach, seven kilometres of gorgeous white sand and warm turquoise waters. And a great way to go is on one of Ocean Rafting’s semi-rigid inflatable vessels, powered by 500hp engines. Whoohoo what a rush!

Beautiful Hill Inlet on Whitehaven Beach in the WhitsundaysYou get to stop at the unbelievable Hill Inlet Lookout. And if you’re lucky on the walk to the inlet over the hill, you’ll be able to see some green ants crawling up some trees. Here’s another must do… (and I’ll start by telling you I am not kidding). Gently pluck the ant from the tree and turn it round so that it’s bum is facing you, then lick its bum. This is my classic bush tucker ‘flavour bomb’ experience of all time. Amazing. I won’t reveal the flavour, I’ll let you discover it yourself. It’s delicious.

Once at Hill Inlet Lookout you will be equally amazed at the sensory explosion of incredible scenery before you. Spectacular Whitehaven Beach sparkles before you and below you (hopefully, as I found) hundreds of sting rays wallowing in the shallows.

After all this sensory exhaustion, you just have to nourish your taste buds again with a delectable lunch on Whitehaven Beach. The trip back is also a blast – when the Ocean Rafting boats join up in a drag race home. Way too much fun.

Frogs LOVE Jetskiing in the Whitsundays and you will too!Like Jet Skiing? Whitsunday Jetski Tours have the latest Sea-Doo 3 seater jet skis and I must say, a frog driving a jet ski is a good look! Take a 1.5 hr guided tour (around 30kms) exploring Pioneer Bay and Airlie Beach or a 4 hr tour to Daydream Island with a full resort pass for 2 hours plus more. Depending on which tour and time of year it is, you could see sea turtles, dugongs, sea birds and even whales. (No frogs though, not unless I’m on board.)

You could also see these wonderful creatures with Whitsunday Stand Up Paddle in the calm waters of Shingley Beach. You’ll learn all about this newest water way to go!

Gavin Adventure, frog mascot of BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in Airlie BeachGavin Adventure from BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
Happy touring our beautiful Whitsundays.

Gav Adventure,
Purveyor of Paradise