Having been timeshare owners since 2000, we have enjoyed many years of the magnificent WorldMark family life, in all manner of luxury from the east to the west of Australia and Tasmania, as well as New Zealand
Following a week in Fiji in May we were home a week and then onto Sydney for another four nights.
Although we live in Sydney, we are about 60 kilometres from the CBD so have found Wyndham Sydney Suites to be perfect for either a weekend stop to take in a show, or simply enjoy some shopping, or head off to the beach to relax. The team in Sydney are just like family and always make you feel right at home.
It was my 60th birthday on May 2nd. I kinda put Greg on notice that I would like him to organise something, as usually it is me who organises not only his significant celebrations but mine also. I knew he had organised some travel plans but I did not know any details. Two weeks before my actual birthday we had a gathering at home where, as usual, I had organised the food and drinks etc. and he had done the inviting! It was a lovely night but there was still no mention of where we were going and nobody would even confirm that we were going any time soon.
The Monday after the party he told me we were off to New Zealand, but didn’t specify Wanaka, as we had been talking about going to Auckland. Anyway, I packed and we usually leave from Gold Coast airport so on the Friday we set off and he said let’s have lunch at Kirra Surf Club before checking in to Wyndham there for the night. We had just got our lunch when in walked three of our dearest friends, Stephen and Leslie-Anne and Kay, who we have known since our school days, shortly followed by my younger sister Mandy who lives at Airlie Beach. My other sister had been at the party at home but obviously Mandy had not. So the surprises kept on coming and I was told we were going to Wanaka, which is one of my favourite destinations.
It’s been a few months since our trip to Shoal Bay but I wanted to share with you yet another great adventure with Wyndham, as my kids still talk about how much fun they had and how much they would love to go back & stay here.
For this quick getaway I took my three kids to Ramada Resort Shoal Bay and left my poor husband at home working. It was in the January school holidays and it’s difficult sometimes for both parents to get time off work together. This was a good chance to give him time to concentrate on his work and for me to spend some quality time with our kids before we started another busy year of school.
After an afternoon spent wandering the quaint old village of Richmond with its convict past and now home to delightful shops, and fortified with a delicious hot chocolate, we arrived at the resort for a three-night stay. Our plan was to explore some of the sights of southern Tasmania. We received a warm welcome and settled in to our comfortable, cosy room. The setting amid the native bushland is lovely and we saw birds and wallabies around. Congratulations to the company for preserving this precious area.
When searching through the many resorts available through Wyndham, we decided that Ramada Port Douglas looked like the tropical getaway we were hoping for! After doing a bit of research it became very clear that this was a prime wedding destination and since we have been together since 1995 and have two beautiful children but have not yet managed to make it down the aisle, we decided that Port Douglas would be the perfect destination to get married. Not only did it give us the chance to “run away” and elope, it also gave us the opportunity to have a private and personal wedding with our children.
During our membership of 13 years, we have now visited Ramada Resort Golden Beach 10 times, for a week at a time. Beautiful, clean and with a great location on the water, what makes this resort even better for us is that it is only an hour’s drive from our home in Brisbane.
Caloundra, which is the nearest city, has so much to offer. Great shopping, good restaurants and entertainment – we never fail to find something new every time we come here.
This photo has been taken many times by visitors to Golden Beach and will be taken many more times by future visitors.
This was my second visit to Wanaka – this time in a different season. The first visit was in September 2014 during winter – this visit was in November 2016, and WOW, the change is breathtaking! From fully-covered snow peaks with grey landscapes to now, peaks highlighted with the snow remnants, colorful mountainsides and river beds covered with native flowers. Valleys are greener and days are longer to enjoy the varied landscapes of blue lakes, with time to reflect on a well-placed seat beside the lake. I stayed at Wyndham Vacation Resorts Wanaka, set among the trees, away from the busy centre of Wanaka – so so peaceful.