There are a lot of activities in this area this month. In Brisbane, We have Brisbane Festival. Also in Toowoomba which is about one and half hour driving distance, there is also a significant event happening. This is The Carnival of Flowers, which held from 20th to29th September.

The Chronicle Garden Competition

First of all, I need to recommend you visit the private gardens of the Chronicle Garden Competition and I think that is a must-do event. Many passionate locals turned their private gardens into stunning floral showpiece . to participate in this competition. Those gardens are gorgeous, and some yards are big, like a small botanic garden. For the detailed address of those gardens, you need to buy the 20th Septemeber of The Chronicle which is available in most of the local newsagent in Toowoomba. And if you would like to spend a bit, there are some bus tours ($45 Adult, ) to take you to those gardens, Toowoomba Visitor Information Center will have more information about this.

Queens Park

Besides, there is a giant carnival and flower show in queens park. It is the primary site of this activity. There will be a lot of beautiful flowers and some live music too.

USQ Japanese garden

Besides queens park and those private gardens, the USQ Japanese garden is also a must-do place. There are too many flowers in full bloom, stunning.That is an Authentic Japanese Graden. If you read those photo I took in there; you cannot imagine that in Toowoomba, not in Japan.

Grand Central Floral Parade Float Parade

If you have time, you can also participate in the Grand Central Floral Parade on 21st September at 3 pm. By then, there are dozens of flowery floats will parade near Queens Park, Starting at he corner of Herries & Hume St .

Toowoomba Picnic Point

Please do not miss the Picnic Point. There are not too many blooming flowers to enjoy, but there is beautiful scenery. Where you can take a panoramic view of Toowoomba.

I believe that this will be suitable for your whole family, that will be the best activity for you this weekend.

CELEBRATEBRISBANE RIVER OF LIGHT

From today to 28th September, we have a major annual event held in Brisbane, Brisbane Festival. There are different activities in the Brisbane districts, please check their website for further details. However, the most of events are held in their main stage at culture forecourt.

The most attractive event is Light of River which is a lazer show at the Brisbane River. There were similar events in the past years. Almost every year, I went out to Brisbane City to watch. In this year, the event will be held every night (except Monday) 6.15pm,8pm,9pm from 6 Sept to 28 Sept. The vintage point for this event is Culture forecourt at Southbank.

Lastly, please do not the closing event of Brisbane Festival, Riverfire at 7pm on 28th Sept.

Gold Coast Show

This times is my weekend recommendation is Gold coast show. It is from Friday to Sunday, at Broadwater Parklands. I would call it, the Gold Coast version of Ekka, a giant carnival. Thus, there are farm animals for kids, camel rides on the beach and music shows, and even Showbags. Almost everything EKKA has, there will be too, just smaller. Also, it is a fireworks show at 7 o’clock on Sunday and 8 pm on Friday and Saturday. The most important thing about the “Little” EKKA is free admission(However, you may need to pay the parking)! So I believe it will be suitable for everyone in your family!

date:30-8-2019 To 1-9-2019

Time: 9am to 9pm

Venue: board water parkland

Free to Entry

EKKA 2019

EKKA 2014

From tomorrow to 18/8, EKKA will be held in RNA showground. This is the largest agriculture show in queensland. Thus,  there are a number of corp and animals!

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Besides of these, that sounds like carnival. It got some rides and some live performances at night!

Rides @EKKA

Another signature item of EKKA is  showbag which is a bag contains commercial merchandise. These merchandise will have much higher value than the price tag of a showbag. 

Also, there are some must-eat food at EKKA. The first one is strawberry ice cream which is the most famous food in EKKA. Some of my friends said you can only have it in EKKA.

That is a kind of very special ice cream. At the most top level, there is a whole strawberry. Next strawberry ice cream is under placed under that.  Then there are some sliced  strawberry inside the cup. Finally, at lowest level,  vanilla ice cream is placed at the base. It tasted different in each level. That is very very tasty.

strawberry ice cream@EKKA

Secondly, I wish to recommend Tasty toast with cream cheese. I love it. That is very tasty creamy!

Cheese Taostie@EKKA

Another signature item of EKKA is  showbag which is a bag contains commercial merchandise. These merchandise will have much higher value than the price tag of a showbag. 

Showbag

Please do not miss that!

Night Noodle Markets 2015

From today to 4th August, it is the Night Noodle Markets again. You can go to the cultural forecourt of the South Bank every night to “sweep the streets” and taste Asian street food. During the period, there were more than 20 Asian restaurants stalled there, such as:

Filipino skewers – Hoy Pinoy, there is a big charcoal stove to do skewers!

Hoy Pinoy
Charcoal grills

And Flying Noodles, Chu the Phat, Calabang, Wok Master, May’s Malaysian Hawker, etc.

Of course, it will not be just about “food” , there will be some live music performances too.

I believe that this year’s night market will be quite exciting!

However, according to the experience of previous years, the amount of food they sold is not too significant. If you want to eat enough, each person will spend almost $20, and please remember your bank card, only accept the card, not cash.

Free admission

time:

Monday – Wednesday : 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Thursday & Friday : 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Saturday :4.00pm – 10.00pm
Sunday : 4.00pm – 9.00pm

Location: South Bank, cultural forecourt

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Coles Little Shop 2

 coles shopping trolley - little shop

Last year, the little shop event in Coles was very successful. I had a lot of friends who were crazy about it; they were trying to get every mini-collectibles. The 2nd series of Little Shop has started now. Same as last year, if you spend more than $30 in Coles or Coles Express, even with Fuel, you get a mini-collectible toy, such as mini-peanuts butter, mini-bread roll, mini-toothpaste. We are not crazy about that, but we are keen on that. This year, even we bought a little toy coles shopping trolley for holding the mini-collectibles. Are you keen on that too?

 coles shopping trolley - little shop
Sunset Grill Bar
Sunnybank Community & Sports Club

Usually, my dearest dad takes mother and me for our once weekly dinners out every Sunday. However, I told dad that I couldn’t have dinner out with him tomorrow night because Origin Two was happening! Would he please take mother and me out for dinner tonight instead? Dad said yes!

We live around ten minutes away from The Sunnybank Sports and Community Club. Aside from pokie machines there’s also a restaurant tucked deep within the building. The meals there are reasonably priced and the serving sizes are decent, leaving you satiated, if not full, after your meal. Dad prefers ordering two meals for three people.

There are nightly specials; since we often visit there Sunday, we know the Sunday special is a roast.

Tonight the two special dishes($15 each) were stir fry chicken with rice and fried vermicelli with beef. Perfect; we didn’t even need to check out the menu and just ordered those two specials for us.

Usually we all just drink water but suddenly tonight dad orders himself a Jim Bean Whisky and Cola! Mother and I both sneak sips from the bottle~

Our food arrives promptly and we all tuck in. Somewhere in the distance, applause can be heard; there’s live entertainment tonight!

The Sunnybank Sports and Community Club hires decent chefs because the white rice we were served tonight was soft and delicious. Often, when Westerners attempt to cook rice with a saucepan, the rice comes out hard and crunchy, eww!

Perhaps we’ll come back here for dinner again after the mighty Maroons have taken out the Origin series!

Notes:
Kid Free – Monday to Thursday – Get a free kid mealm,purchasing a main meal from the a la carte menu
$9 Roast Dinner on Sunday

Address:
Sunset Bargrill
Sunnybank Community and Sports Club
 470 McCullough St,
Sunnybank
QLD 4109

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Free Ice Skating at Indooroopilly

These two weeks

Now is the school holiday period, so there are several activities for children around Brisbane. Last Sunday, we went to the ice skating at Indooroopilly Shopping Center. In the 1 level, near coles, they set up a small ice rink with real ice! Although that is small, they offer all kinds of gears included skates, and that is free of charge. Also, even your kids is too young to do skating, they can sit on kangaroo trolley to skate.
Because that is free of charge, you are offered a 15-minutes session in the rink. The purpose of this event is to allow the kids to try skating.
Lastly, this event will be ended on this Sunday. However, all online pre-booked sessions are booked out. You need to try the walk-in session 10am-4pm (or 10am-8pm on Thursdays). You will be allocated the next available timeslot on that day. This event is top-rated, so I suggest you go to try on the weekday.

Kid Eat Free at IKEA

Kids Eat Free

During these two weeks, that is the school holidays period. You may be headache about finding the activities for children. Maybe, shopping IKEA is a good option. From today to 14/07, free meal for kids under 12 from kids menu with any adult main meal purchased. That is a good deal. Moreover, after our shopping in IKEA, you can bring your children to Daisy Hills Kola Center, they can see koalas in a natural outdoor setting. This activity is free too

The Deck - Glen Hotel Dinner

Last night, the parents and I hit the Glen Hotel for dinner; it was my shout!

The Glen Hotel’s the nearest eating place to where we live; it’s literally just down the street!

Dearest dad wanted steak so I ordered one for him exactly the way he likes it: “medium rare with pepper sauce, please.” As for mother and I, we ordered a fisherman’s platter to share.

We chose a comfortable booth seat to sit. The other option would have been outside with our backs to the heaters that look like street lamps but last night wasn’t too cold so we picked a spot inside.

Our food came only after a short wait and it was delicious! The fisherman’s platter came not only with battered fish and chips, but even calamari rings and a scallop! Dad’s steak arrived practically bleeding (which was fair enough; I’d ordered it medium rare for him after all) and we all shared, although mother and I only nibbled the edges of dad’s steak because we prefer our meat cooked, thank-you very much!

Best of all, there was even live entertainment! Just one lone man with a guitar but because he used a mixer, it honestly sounded like he had extra vocals and a band to back him up! Dad and I clapped heartily for him whenever he finished a song; as we left I waved and he flashed me a thumbs up~

To top the night off we even ordered an adorable mini little round strawberry cheesecake to share. As with everything we share between the three of us, I cut dad half while mother and I had one quarter each. Mother also enjoyed all the cream squirted to one side of the plate!

All in all, what a night: it’s great to discover that you can have a fancy dinner out for three people costing less than one hundred dollars!

-Em

Address:
24 Gaskell Street
Eight Mile Plains
QLD 4113
Tel:07- 3270 6666

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