Girl’s Weekend Away

2017 was a tough year for me with both my parents passing away. So two of my friends decided that what I needed was a girl’s weekend away.

I chose Hobart since I’d been wanting to visit MONA for a while plus it was an opportunity to stay at Ramada Resort Seven Mile Beach. We decided on a 3 bedroom apartment so we each had our own room. It was perfect for catching up and the resort was in peaceful surroundings.

We flew in on Friday morning, picked up a hire car from the airport and drove to Richmond an historic town about one hour drive from Hobart. We visited the old church and wandered around the antique shops. We had afternoon tea served in silver teapot.

Saturday morning was spent at the famous Salamanca Markets. We brought souvenirs. We had lunch at Maldini Italian restaurant. Then wandered back to the wharf where we went on a horse and carriage ride around the streets of Hobart. We visited Battery Point which is the old part of Hobart where you can find some of the original houses from the 1800s still standing.

On Sunday we took the ferry to MONA. You can spend most of the day there as there is much too see. The views from the museum are fantastic. We had lunch in the cafe but its worth going to the restaurant if you can just for the views.

 

Monday morning there was time to sleep in and more time to chat before checking out. In 3 days we had seen a lot but there were more places we could have visited such as Mount Wellington.

 

Maria

Wyndham Timeshare Owner

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Delightful, Diverse and Delectable Coffs Harbour

The NSW North Coast region has just so much to offer and explore, so what better place to start this wonderful experience of beautiful beaches, multiple villages, National Parks, waterways and food stops is the city of Coffs Harbour.

Our stay could not have been better, staying at the modern and very different Wyndham Ramada Treetops Resort just a few kilometres north of the Park Beach shopping centre and this very diverse city itself.

The resort is quite different to the norm with three very modern high-rise buildings named Kookaburra, Sandpiper and Lorikeet which are all set on the side of a sloping hill with very different views. We have stayed here three times now in each of the buildings and the views vary from Rainforest jungle areas to overlooking an outstanding nine-hole Golf Course of close by Pacific Bay Resort Precinct so it’s always a pleasure to return.

The staff here are always the friendliest from our first entrance and welcome to our final farewell (until next time) and each stay included very luxurious accommodation which we just love – especially the 2- Bedroom Grand.

There is nothing like sitting on your patio for breakfast and having 3 or 4 Kookaburras on the railing next to you, or even a colourful parrot enjoying your breakfast with you – straight from the bowl!

The heated pool and spa at the Ramada is very enchanting and difficult to leave, especially with the gym and BBQ area close, but just a short stroll or drive down the road, the Pacific Bay Resort Precinct has multiple facilities that we can also use including the golf course, tennis court, day spa and multiple pools.

But Coffs Harbour city and the surrounding areas have just so many different places to visit, including beautiful beaches – large and small. One of our favourites is the Coffs Harbour Jetty just 4.km from the resort and here an enchanting walk up to Mutton Bird Island Nature Reserve for its breathtaking views of the Jetty and coastline. This must be followed by lunch or dinner at the Fisherman’s Co-Op which is open from 10.00AM to 7.00PM daily.

50 local fishermen supply the freshest of seafood which you can order and eat in a covered dining deck overlooking the fishing boats, or you can purchase straight off the boats and take it away with you.

Yes, Coffs has everything including the “Big Banana” not far from the resort which has eight great attractions including an Ice Skating rink.

For local clubs don’t miss the C.ex Club in the city with its premier dining and entertainment, but for something really different again, you should visit the “Clog Barn and Holiday Park” just 1.5 km on the north side of the town centre as you are driving in.

Here, not only will you see clog making demonstrations 3 times a day for free, but also visit an amazing miniature Dutch village with all sorts of beautiful and perfectly constructed Dutch buildings. They are true miniature replicas of the actual buildings which we have seen many times way over in the Netherlands and its photographer’s paradise and yes – it’s all free, complete with working Dutch windmills and two little working trains.

So, you will not be in Madurodam in Den Haag (The Hague), Holland which is also famous in the Netherlands for its miniature village and buildings 25 times smaller than they are in real life but seeing all the work and dream of Dutch born Tom Hartsuyker who has created this over the last 35 years is so amazing right here in Coffs Harbour. Tom is now 85 years young and still making those model houses today. All the model buildings and town centres are clearly marked as to what they are and where they are, and our memories clicked into gear as we re-visited the Cheese Market in Alkmaar and enchanting towns and cities such as Maastricht – right here in Coffs Harbour!

But there is more, the shop you will enter upon arrival is absolutely full of everything Dutch from nick-knacks, books, clogs, wooden cuckoo clocks and superb hand painted Delftware, and of course, this is where the clogs are actually made, and right next door is “Big Oma’s” restaurant which is open every day at 8.00AM and serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and Dutch delicacies such as croquettes.

Another very different and interesting place to visit is the family owned Carobana Confectionery Factory and retail shop at James Small Drive, Korora, north of Coffs Harbour. Here you will see (and taste) yummy Carob coated products including Honeycomb, Rocky Road, Nut Brittles, Macadamia Honeycrunch and coated apricots just to mention a few. Production days are Monday to Thursday and the best time to visit is in the morning where you will see enormous 5kg slabs of Honeycomb being made.

If you want to travel a little further on the northern side, don’t miss the very different town of Woolgoolga (or Woopi as its known to the locals), then south to Sandy, Emerald, Moonee and Diggers Beaches, and don’t miss the beautiful 10-minute drive just a few minutes north of the resort and up through the banana plantations to Sealy Lookout. Here you will walk out on the Forest Sky Pier and see the magnificent views down across the city and coastline.

Travelling South of Coffs harbour, Sawtell is another “must see” with its picturesque fig tree lined avenue full of boutique shops, and inland is the Dorrigo National Park

Flying into Coffs Harbour? Well the Airport is just 6 km away from the Ramada Treetops Resort.

So there you have it, and we have really only touched the surface of this amazing and beautiful mid NSW Coast city, so make sure you book in to stay at the Ramada Resort Coffs Harbour – Treetops for your next delightful holiday.

For more information on the Carobana Confectionery Factory go to: www.carobana.com.au

For more information on the Coffs Harbour Fisherman’s Co-Op go to www.coffsfishcoop.com.au

For more information on the Clog Barn at 215 Pacific Highway Coffs Harbour, go to: www.clogbarn.com.au

 

Graham

Wyndham Timeshare Owner

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70th Birthday Celebration in Fiji

 

As Wyndham owners, we always love travelling to our favourite destination Wyndham Resort Denarau Island though late December / New Year’s Eve was an extra special occasion.

After months of planning, our NZ family plus extended family & friends from Australia and around the world, got together to celebrate my Auntie’s 70th birthday. With several of us being owners, we booked out a number of rooms in advance to accommodate a large group of us. For the 1st time my wife, kids & I got to stay in the deluxe grand apartments. Stunning views, extremely luxurious and generous in size. Total Bliss.

Days leading up to the birthday party the group spent time relaxing by the pool , visiting the Marina’s shops and restaurants, and local attractions (Sleeping Giant Zip Line, Bula Water Park , Denarau Golf Course). We were also lucky enough to take a boat trip to out to see the surf break, courtesy of Fiji Surf. It was amazing. BBQ lunch on board a catamaran, snorkeling around a private island resort, hot sun & beautiful blue ocean.

The 70th Birthday party celebration was held at the resort’s Mamacita Mexican Restaurant. We had the entire front deck reserved for us. Guests enjoyed delicious island style food and local entertainment. It was a fabulous evening!

 

As part of our stay we enjoyed local New Year’s Eve celebrations with amazing fireworks on the beach, music and drinks by the pool to welcome 2018!

A couple of days later it was time to part with family & friends, as we started to make our way back home. We had an incredible time, packed full of fun Fiji memories! We can’t wait to go back again.

 

Chad and Donna

Wyndham Timeshare Owners

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Short Break in Ballarat

Oh what to do when a couple of Brisbane shift workers have 3 days off together….it’s easy when you’re WorldMark owners! Do a quick search on the website for what’s available on those precious few days and go!

Fly to Melbourne and jump into a hire car.

Drive 1.5 hours and stay in our beautiful Ramada Resort Ballarat.

Walk 7 kms around Lake Wendouree and be a part of the most extraordinary array of ecosystems.

Drive to Bendigo and climb the lookout tower before having a drink at the art gallery.

The next day drive across to Mount Gambier in South Australia…some people ask “Wye?”  But we say “Why not?” After all we’re on a short break from Queensland!”

On the way to S.A. be sure to stop on the side of the road and pick fresh apples straight off a wild tree (something us folk from subtropical Brisbane have never seen!)

Of course then there’s no excuse not to drive the stunning Great Ocean Road. (You’ll think you’re in an Australian scenic calendar)

 

Back to Melbourne and then Brisbane and home to reality.

No worries, there’s a WorldMark shortbreak just around the corner! Just like right now, as we write this, looking over Pumicestone Passage from one of our favourite resorts, gorgeous Golden Beach, on another WorldMark short break.

 

Paul and Maryrose,

Wyndham Timeshare Owners

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Why we went from 12,0000 credits to 100,000+ credits in 3 years?

We began our WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham journey in November 2014 when we purchased 12000  Credits.

We had been Time Share owners since around 2004  where we would enjoy our “floating week” every year or perhaps exchange it for another resort, we were somewhat limited in what we could do with our time share ownership.

Since becoming WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham owners we have discovered a whole new world of Time Share flexibility and experiences.

We have fully utilised our membership having holidayed at all Victorian Resorts (apart from Ramada Resort Dinner Plain) and nearly all the NSW Resorts.

We have used our Personal Choice, Club Travel,  RCI exchanges, Ice Cruises  and 241 cruised. We have enjoyed a Club Travel arranged APT Vietnam Cambodia Mekong Cruise, and another club Travel arranged 241 Cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong with an extended stay in Hong Kong, using personal choice.

In October this year we enjoyed 5 days in Darwin staying  at the Ramada Suites Zen Quarter (courtesy of Wyndham Rewards) The photo below is from the café deck at sunrise have you ever seen a better breakfast location. 
We enjoyed a Darwin City Tour, The Jumping Crocodile and Litchfield Park tour and of course the Kakadu tour then jumped on the Ghan to Adelaide Wow what a trip! And all paid for by our personal choice options. Upcoming holidays with the whole family are 8 nights in the 4 bedroom grand at Ramada Resort Seven Mile Beach and the 7 nights at Ramada Resort Port Douglas and 7 nights in WorldMark Resort Cairns next September.

Our WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham experiences have been excellent to the extent that we steadily increased our ownersip to the  reach 100 Club membersip earlier this year.

Our ownership has been the best lifestyle investment we have ever made. WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham ownership really makes the World your oyster, you just need to learn how to open it up!

We would like to thank the following WorldMark South Pacific staff for assisting us in our lifestyle adventures and achieving our goals. Mark Wells (Torquary), Daniel Trovato (Shoal Bay) and Alex Damoli from membership enhancement.

Peter and Rosie,

Wyndham Timeshare Owners

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Surprise Surprise at Kirra Beach!

How could you possibly have a special family holiday with all seven of your grand kids, celebrate the Melbourne Cup, attend opening night of Chicago at the Bangalow Theatre and have your three children throw a surprise 50th wedding anniversary party? All in a week! Yes, Wyndham Kirra Beach is the ideal venue.

It started with the concept of having a week on the Gold Coast with our children, who live in Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane. They have seven children between them – our seven grandkids. We live in Sussex Inlet, three hours south of Sydney.

We booked three units at the lovely Wyndham Kirra Beach where the friendly Wyndham staff helped make our time super enjoyable. The seven small children, aged between three and eleven just love the resort pool.

Then to add cream to the cake, throw in theme parks, our own Melbourne Cup party and the chance to attend the opening night of Chicago where our singing and dancing daughter-in-law was starring.

Unbeknown to us our children had put out an invite (to anyone) via Facebook to attend a surprise 50th wedding anniversary! The date they selected was about two months ahead of the actual special anniversary, hence we didn’t have any idea of the party. People came from Sydney, Berry, Batemans Bay, Gold Coast and also included Fay’s sister from Cairns and my brother from Canada that we simply thought wanted to just join the family gang on a holiday. On our way between Sydney and the Gold Coast some of our family were able to stay at Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie Wyndham resorts.

We’d stayed at all of those resorts, and guess what? We’ll return to them all too! Thanks family and thanks to WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham.

Graham and Faye,

Wyndham Timeshare Owners

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Perfect Golden Beach Holiday

We were staying a fortnight at the Ramada Resort Golden Beach in August 2017. We loved it every day, nice view from our balcony in the ninth level. Sunrise over the sea and sunset over the Glass House mountains. Every day sunshine specialty coming from Melbourne with its cold winter days. Owners BBQ, good place to speak to other owners and having a sausage and a beer.

Klaus, 

Wyndham Timeshare Owner

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Our Great Trip to Port Douglas

We had a great holiday this year at Ramada Resort Port Douglas. We had a fabulous 7 days! My stories start that we are Grey Nomads and on the road a far bit when we can. Early this year we took a trip to North Queensland and the tablelands and western Queensland. We left Brisbane on the 15th May and head north up Bruce Highway. We arrived in Gladstone on the 16th where we had to stay for 4 days as there was a big rain depression came down the coast, so that left us 6 days to get to Port Douglas to arrive on 24th May, as we were to couples towing caravans this was a tight schedule. It was a great trip up and arrived in Port Douglas in the morning of the due date we had arranged to store our caravans at a storage centre at a reasonable cost.

We then book into the Ramada mid-afternoon. We were very happy with the units but parking was at a premium first in best dress.

We had trips to Cairns, Kuranda by train and car, Daintree Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, a day around Port Douglas shopping and site seeing. All in all this was a great way to incorporate our resorts and our touring holiday.

The Ramada Resort Port Douglas’ hospitality was great and the staffs are friendly and very accommodating. We will have no hesitation in staying there again and would recommend this resort to any one, not the big 5 star flashy resorts as there are a lot of units in the resort.

After our week in Port Douglas we continued our holiday and next stop was the tablelands and then south to Charters Towers and west to Mount Isa and then back to the coast and home. A great trip was had by all.

Next year we will incorporate another resort on the road. Thank you WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham!

Linda and Jeff, 

Wyndham Timeshare Owners

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Reminiscing Golden Beach

I have stayed at Ramada Resort Golden Beach twice and I love that place with a passion. I intend to go back again in 2018.

I often think about it and look at photos so I can imagine being there. There is so much to do in the area as well.

There is nothing like being out on the balcony having breakfast, and having the sun rippling off the Pumicestone passage waters, or doing the same in the later part of the afternoon with a glass of wine plus cheese and crackers.

Errol, 

Wyndham Timeshare Owner

 

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Off to Torquay we go!

The first six months of this year have been full of stress and drama, and the Queen’s Birthday weekend offered an opportunity to escape from our everyday lives for a while, live a little adventure and enjoy a whole heaping of relaxation!

Off to Wyndham Resort Torquay we go!

Leaving home on the east of Melbourne, we decided to forgo sitting in the holiday traffic all the way through town and headed down the Mornington Peninsula to Sorrento to board the ferry across to Queenscliff.While the adults sat back and relaxed on the deck enjoying a cup of coffee and cake, Masters 4 & 8 entertained themselves with the on-board binoculars, hunting for Pirate Ships and shark fins. While the wind was fresh, the sun was shining and it was a brilliant start to our getaway.

The new online check-in system meant that everything was waiting for us upon arrival – just collect the map and the keys and up to our new home for the next couple of days.  We had a lovely 2 bedroom apartment on the ground floor, plenty of room for the five of us.  We spent the remainder of Saturday relaxing in the resort, exploring the playground and facilities before fish and chips from the local takeaway restaurant. Sunday dawned crisp and bright, just screaming for a pre-breakfast stroll along the beach.  Perfectly situated directly in front of the hotel is Torquay Beach, and within minutes of leaving the apartment we were sharing the beach with hundreds of people who had the same idea, most of them with a puppy or two tagging along.

We spent the rest of the day exploring what the Surf Coast had to offer – filling our bellies (and a few shopping bags) at the Chocolaterie and Ice creamery, up and down many steps to watch the waves crash on the shore of Bells Beach, more steps at the Aireys Inlet Lighthouse and finally a tired return to our apartment for an easy dinner and a few games of cards. We spent the evening with a few families like us who braved the cold Melbourne night for a dip in the pool.  We weren’t brave enough to tackle the outside pool while it was only 5degrees out, but the kids and I had a ball with the others in the inside pool.

Monday was departure day but the 12 pm checkout meant that we could take our time and relax – so after a relaxed breakfast, packing our things into the car and some shopping and amazing bargains at the outlets, a tired but relaxed crew headed back home.

Ann-Marie, 

Wyndham Timeshare Owners

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