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Sunday, 15 December 2019

Day Trip To Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast



Day Trip To Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia.


Up early we headed to the Sunshine Coast for breakfast at The Velo Project Café which has our vote as one of the best cafes in Mooloolaba. The Velo Project was on our wish list for a long time and we caught up with friends Stuart and Kate for a long, lazy weekend brekkie.






Locals may have a go at us for sharing this neighbourhood gem, but we live by the “sharing is caring” motto, so regulars, if you’re reading, please don’t hate us. Tucked in the residential area of Mooloolaba, you won’t come by this café unless you hunt it down, which we highly recommend doing. Set in a converted garage and decked out with retro furniture and knick knacks, this home-style eatery is as far away from bland and sterile as you can get.






The service is swift and super friendly, and as soon as we’re sitting, we’re presented with menus, glued onto the pages within old encyclopedias, lemon water, and our coffee orders taken. Poured and served within minutes, we get the feeling that these guys know what it’s like to have a serious caffeine habit that needs to be looked after. Quickly sipping on smooth, strong coffees, we’re already becoming fast fans. If you can rip your eyes away from the shelves adorned with vintage world globes, worn board games and teapots sprouting greenery, you’ll be rewarded with a peek at the menu and a whiff of what’s to come.




The Velo Project focuses on supporting local farmers and local suppliers of produce and in doing so the food and drinks they put in front of you are always guaranteed to be the highest of quality; freshest they could find and sourced locally rather than abroad. Between us we ordered the Bae Watch, served with local free range bacon, fried eggs, baby spinach & house-made tomato chutney on a toasted brioche bun and Ninja’s in Paris with cracked pepper, leek & pork sausage, roasted field mushrooms, double smoked ham, fresh baby spinach, house-made tomato chutney, toasted ciabatta & a poached egg.






There is a dog menu. Isn’t that all that needs to be said? This café has a scrumptious selection of human meals, but truly takes the dog biscuit with its pet friendly menu. We order Shari a Poochy Chino which we lapped up with seconds.



The Mooloolaba Collective Markets are in the same vicinity as The Velo Project, so a good brekkie and then a relaxing outdoor shopping experience would surely not go amiss. I would highly recommend this quirky out-of-the-way venue for its top-notch service, creative decor and more-ish food delights.



DISCLAIMER: We went to the Velo Project on our own free will and paid in full for our meals and coffee. We think this place is a real gem and you should check it out for yourself.

THE VELO PROJECT
19 Careela St, Mooloolaba
OPEN: Mon – Sun 7am – 3pm
PH: 07 5444 8693






After breakfast we took a walk along the Mooloolaba Esplanade to bask in the sunshine as Kim and Kate visited a wealth of retail outlets. Where else can you enjoy such amazing seaside views while making holiday purchases from such an extensive range?
First Avenue in Mooloolaba has also emerged of late as an upmarket shopping precinct of designer products from Australia and around the world. While the Sunshine Coast may have the persistent reputation as a small coastal town, the local fashion scene is close on the heels of our city neighbours.





We then finished up at The Wharf Mooloolaba which offers a unique experience in one of Queensland’s most beautiful settings. Overlooking the Mooloolah River, visitors have the option to partake in various water-based activities, enjoy local produce at their 15 different restaurants, cafes and bars, shop at unique fashion and homewares boutiques like Meraki Thread Co, Bedouin Traders, Mikimi Resortwear and Gingers Boutique or stroll around the boardwalk taking in the Marina and river views.





The Wharf precinct plays a big role in the area offering attractions such as SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, scuba diving, cruises, whale watching and fishing charters for locals and visitors to the region, as well as some great dining and entertainment options. If you are feeling a little more adventurous you can hire jet skis, paddle boards, fishing boats or kayaks and explore the waterways for yourself.



Saturday, 30 November 2019

Colour Frenzy Sunshine Coast



Colour Frenzy Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Australia


Kim never needs any coaxing to go for a walk or run. Bright and early Sunday morning Kim, Shari and friend Kate entered and completed The Sunshine Coast Colour Frenzy. Arriving at 7:00am at Kawana Lake, Sunshine Coast Stadium with a light warm at 8:15am, then followed run/walk at 8:30am. The course was a 1.25km loop track with multiple colour zones set up along the way and the best part is you can do one, two, three or all four laps of the course, and there’s no timing or pressure, so you can go like a bull out of the gate, or take your sweet time and colour yourself silly.




The Color Frenzy 5K is none other than the brightest, most fun 5K in the land. At the Color Frenzy 5K the focus in not on how fast or how far you can run, what type of exercise you enjoy, or if you’re an avid runner. Instead, they welcome any and all participants looking for a colorful good time. Frenzy staff and charity partners are also there to help make sure you get your share of the colour goodness.





They love to see happy dogs enjoying the Colour Frenzy fun and getting Colourful too. Not to worry the colour is completely safe and brushes off easily. All dogs are welcome as long as they are friendly, on leash and good in crowd with adults, children and other doggies.





The foam section was a big hit. Shari was first hesitate on the first lap, but loved it on lap two and three. By the end of lap four, Kim and Kate where twin Smurfs.





Their goal for the events in 2020 is to help all the amazing Animal Rescues across Australia. It is something that the Colour Frenzy Team are passionate about. They want to help support and give back to the many different rescues in Australia who do so much for any and all animals




Saturday, 16 November 2019

Our Trip To Paws at the Park Gold Coast Dog Markets




Paws at the Park, Gold Coast Dog Markets, Queensland. Australia

The Gold Coast is blessed with spaces to take the dog for a bit of fresh air and exercise. So we got up early for the one hour drive down the M1 stopping first at Burleigh Heads Hill to check out the surf and surfers, early walkers and lined up at Nook Espresso. John Laws Park offers one of the most magical views anywhere in the world and was a buzz. 






We then headed back so Shari could have a run and swim at Pizzey Park. Prizzey Park, Miami, has a great enclosed agility area which is safe for dogs of all sizes to play in. The lakeside area of this Miami dog park is also perfect for man’s best friend to have a scamper and sniff around. You can enjoy a walk around the lake, with the pine trees as a backdrop. Pizzey Park is considered one of the best Pet Friendly areas on the Gold Coast. Shari got to stretch her legs, swim, chase and play with other friendly dogs.


Canine friends can play a wide variety of roles in a person’s life. They can be the food allergen detector, the stress reliever, the security officer, the travel companion and even the wingman. However, it’s a fact that they won’t be around forever. This is why you should treasure every moment you have with them.We then headed to Country Paradise for Santa Paws in the Park.






We last attended the Gold Coast’s largest dog market on the 3rd December 2017 at the Cleveland Showgrounds. The market is the brainchild of two small business owners — Jenna, who owns Doggie Tea and Hugo’s Ice Creamery; and Lia, of oodle&co. The idea began and grew slowly, with the two friends just attending normal markets with their businesses. After several of these events, the concept of promoting in these markets was born. They both thought that it would be amazing to have a place where all local dog businesses owners can showcase their products and services to dog lovers.
Their first market started in April 2016 with only 20 stall markets with 500 attendees. After holding several markets, it has rapidly grown, now with more stalls and activities for everybody.






Paws at the Park is Australia’s largest free dog market event and we seem to always miss the August event held at Mudgeeraba Showgrounds. The Gold Coast’s favourite doggie market event was back again today, Sunday 17 November with a festive twist. At Santa Paws at the Park, you’ll have the paw-fect place to pick up this year’s Christmas presents for your fur-kids and snap a photo with Santa Paws himself!







The Christmas market was moved from Cleveland to Country Paradise Parklands. Country Paradise Parklands is a wonderful, open space, community-managed parklands situated in Nerang. The sprawling grounds feature stables and a large paddock for the Healing Hooves program, a community garden, a large main building and workshop for the Men's Shed. There was over 100 market stalls for all those Christmas gift ideas, educational seminars and demos, off-leash areas for small and big dogs, food trucks, plus competitions and raffles with thousands of dollars in prizing.






If you’re an animal lover you know you’ve said once or twice before. What if that dog idea dream could become your next business? With so many people having dogs instead of children, products and services that help people care for their four-legged family members are in a growth pattern that doesn’t seem slowing down anytime in the near future. There was some great stores and imagine the owners trying to cement themselves in this world is a hard no matter what you’re doing. Now imagine doing that in this dog-eat-dog corporate world. Unlike big corporations, these markets offer you unique products that will be as incredible as you think they will. You’ll find unique twists on traditional possessions, or entirely unique ideas that create products that you never even knew you needed before you saw them in that shop. There are lots of local makers who bring their personal experiences, skills, and creativity to their products. So take the time to go to a local market event sometime and you’ll find out how these local people bring the soul to their products. And believe me; it might just make your day.




We love to Follow them on social media and make sure we share their deals or products and announcements so to help them get a wider net for people who will be interested in their products.

ANIMALE PET ACCESSORIES
ASH TO ART
BARKER AND FETCH
BARKLEY AND PIPS
BELLA’S PET FOOD
BEST 4 PAWS
BEST FRIENDS RESCUE
BIGGIES RAW PANTRY
BK BOUTIQUE
BOCHETTA PLUSH TOYS
BUDGET PET PRODUCTS
CHICA + CO
CHRISTENSEN’S DOG BEDS
COCO KABOO
COSY CRIBS BESPOKE PET BEDS
DISHY DOGS
DIZZY DOG COLLARS
DOGGY HAMPERS
DUNDIES
ELITE MACRAME
FETCH N FUN WELLNESS & DAYCARE
FOUND BY THE HOUND
FRANKIE & EMMETT
FROM THE DOG
FURRTRITION
THE GOLDEN BONE BAKERY
GOOD BOY BONES
HAPPY PAWS CO
HUGO’S ICE CREAMERY
INNOVATIVE PET PRODUCTS
K9 THREAD CO
KIMBERLEY KAPERS
KISS MY PONYTAIL
L'BARKERY
LILLIE & LOTTE
M & L HANDCRAFTED
MAX AND KODA
MONTI AND CO
PABLO & CO
PAWS A MOMENT GIFTWARE & BAKERY
PAWPEDICS
PET ACCESSORIES WAREHOUSE
PET POTIONS AND REMEDIES
PETSPA
PLUTO AND ALLY TREATERY
THE POD GREYS
POWER POOCH
PURELY YOURS
THE SCEPTIC OIL CONVERT
SNIFF & SNORE
SNUFFLE EMS
SUNDOGZ
TED AND PATRICK
TRICK 4 TREAT
WET NOSE PRODUCTION
WILD DOGZ AUSTRALIA


It’s important to remember that dogs are social animals. There’s a reason we call them our best friends: They are wired to spend time with us, watch us and help us. It’s hard for dogs to become great at their job of companion if they don’t ever spend any time in our company that’s why we take Shari on as many adventures as we can. We don’t leave her at home or palm off to neighbours so we can have adventures. If she can’t come we find something that she is welcomed at.


No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls

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Tony And Kim are Travelers, Adventurers, and Bloggers from Brisbane. Tony & Kim + Shari Outdoor Adventures has something for everyone to enjoy including what adventures you can have in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and Overseas. One thing’s for sure: once you start browsing our blog, you’ll be booking annual leave before you can say “bucket and spade”. While we don’t identify ourselves as writers, We've always been travelers. From a young age, we both were given the opportunity to travel and spend countless hours on family road trips & vacations to what seemed, at the time, distant places.We got our first taste of traveling as a couple in Palm Cove, Queensland on our Honeymoon and learned about each others same passion.We are not writers, so why blog? It’s a commitment to ourselves that holds us accountable. It’s the home for our Adventure Stories. We want this blog to inspire you, to inform you and to add fuel to your Wanderlust. We hope you’ll join us on this adventure!