Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Season of Love Hot Deal | Aspire Hotel Sydney

Aspire Hotel Sydney is celebrating the beginning of Spring with this Season of Love Hot Deal.

Relax on your own private balcony and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. 

Many of the balconies offer city views of the Central CBD to neighbourhood surrounds.

This Season of Love Hot Deal includes accommodation for up to 2 guests, with a botte of wine and chocolates on arrival.

*Valid for stays until 30th November 2014.

Stay close to all the action whilst enjoying the peace and quiet of this tranquil Sydney location, just a short walk to some of Sydney’s major tourism attractions such as Darling Harbour & Cockle Bay Wharf with a variety of restaurants & bars, the Powerhouse MuseumSydney Fish Markets, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Paddy’s Market, China Town and Sydney’s Entertainment Centre (Now known as Qantas Credit Union Arena).

Aspire Hotel Sydney also offers on-site secure under cover parking (charge) and 24 hour reception. Buffet Breakfast is available daily from 6.30am to 9.30am for only $15.00 per person.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Show Accommodation Australia | Metro Hotels

Show Accommodation Hot Deals currently available at Metro Hotels, Click to browse and view all Metro Hotels Accommodation promotions currently on offer:

Wicked Family Package at Metro Hotel Sydney Central

To celebrate the return of Wicked to the Capitol Theatre, Metro Hotel Sydney Central is offering this Wicked Family package from $205.00 Per Night

Sydney Show Package at Metro Hotel on Pitt

Accommodation at Metro Hotel on Pitt, Complimentary daily Wi-Fi, Chocolates on arrival and late check-out

Strictly Ballroom Hot Deal at Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour

Strictly Ballroom Hot Deal Apartment Accommodation at Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour staying in a one bedroom apartment with a complimentary bottle of Wine on arrival

Olympic Park Events Hot Deal at Metro Inn Ryde

Olympic Park Events Hot Deal | Metro Inn Ryde

Lion King Brisbane Hot Deal at Metro Hotel Tower Mill

Metro Hotel Tower Mill has a Great Lion King Hot Deal to you make the most of this amazing show!

Ipswich Show Package at Metro Hotel Ipswich International

Enjoy this great value Ipswich Show Package while taking in a show at the Ipswich Civic Centre, located just next door

Gladstone Show Package

Gladstone Show Package is a hot deal accommodation package available to be booked from Metro Hotel and Apartments Gladstone

Gladstone Entertainment Package at Apartments G60 Gladstone

Gladstone Entertainment Package | Apartments G60 Gladstone

Perth Show Package

Seeing a show at Crown, or a live concert at Perth Arena? Make the most of your evening Perth Show Package

Sydney Festival Accommodation

Metro Hotels is an official partner of Sydney Festival, Browse accommodation Hot Deals currently on offer from these Sydney City Metro Hotels

Monday, September 22, 2014

Capitol Theatre Sydney

Beautiful and iconic Capitol Theatre plays host to world famous musicals, theatre, ballet, concerts and performers. 

The Capitol Theatre is located directly opposite Metro Hotel Sydney Central on Campbell Street in Haymarket, Sydney

Seen by over 70 million people, Disney’s landmark musical event The Lion King is a worldwide phenomenon that will redefine your expectations of theatre. 

Brilliantly re-imagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney beloved film is transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience which has won over 70 major international theatre awards.

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains, this breathtaking production explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and unforgettable music including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata and the academy award winning Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

Visit the Official Capitol Theatre website to buy tickets and find additional information about upcoming shows such as Wicked The Musical, Shen Yun and Les Miserables.

Located Directly opposite Capitol Theatre provides excellent value accommodation and has hotel packages ideally suited to Capitol Theatre goers

See all Hot Deals at Metro Hotel Sydney Central

Capitol Theatre Package at Metro Hotel Sydney Central

Wicked Family Package at Metro Hotel Sydney Central

Minimum 2 Night Stay at Metro Hotel Sydney Central

Monday, September 15, 2014

Latest review about Metro Hotel Perth - Sept 2014

“Great location & friendly staff”

3 of 5 starsReviewed on 1st of Sept 2014
We have stayed here many times. The location is great as it is close to the city and to the airport.
The rooms are always clean and reasonably large. There is free onsite parking which is always a huge benefit when you are travelling. The staff have always been friendly and helpful. There is a restaurant at the hotel. There is also a shopping centre 5 min drive down the road (South Perth) with restaurants and fast food close by or Vic Park offers many food choices
Room Tip: The river side rooms offer a beautiful view of the river however when you are on the other side you get views of the hills. This side is slightly noisier than the river.

The Royal Melbourne Show is the closest thing we get to Disneyland

Spinning around: living the high life at the Royal Melbourne Show. Photo: Jason South
By Alana Schetzer

Melbourne has long been devoid of a proper theme park. That's not an opinion, that's a fact. But for two glorious weeks of the year, Melburnians get to play at the Royal Melbourne Show - the closest thing we poor deprived beings have to Disneyland.

It's 12 days of fairy floss, dizzying rides and the aroma of farm animals. And I love it.

For many Melburnians, a trip to the Show was a highlight of their childhood. What started in 1848 as a way to bring the country to the city, the Show evolved to a fun festival that organisers expect more than half a million people to experience.

Although Melbourne is known as a major events powerhouse, most of those events centre around sports, food or art. The Show is one of the few celebrations of pure fun, where not thinking is encouraged and scoffing your face full of curly fries, ice-cream and cheese samples is the order of the day.

And it is not just kids that love to line up for showbags. Big kids love it too. The Royal Melbourne Show is enjoying a resurgence in popularity with the crowd that grew up with Cabbage Patch Kids and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The first time.

I am very much one of those people. I celebrate the beginning of September not because it is the first day of spring but because the countdown to the Show can begin. Love everything about the Show - the crowds, the endless choice in showbags full of sugar and dubious-quality toys, the baby animals that look bored and buckets of over-priced hot chips drenched in tomato sauce.

I obsessively scan the showbag guide, make a list of must-see attractions and plan them by which time is optimum for avoiding the biggest queues. In other words, I treat a day at the Show like Henry VII treated the Battle of Bosworth.

Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria chief executive Mark O'Sullivan says the Show has found a new flavour with adults. Fresh food has been a big part of that, with gourmet showbags, cooking classes, pop-up restaurants and demonstrations part of the appeal.

"The RASV has made a conscious effort to grow the Show's appeal to a broader audience by placing an emphasis on promoting and celebrating the agricultural industry's entire value chain at the Show – from paddock to plate," he says.

"The popular Tastes of Victoria Pavilion was introduced in 2012 and showcases the state's top products and foodie experiences from some of Victoria's most esteemed producers. This areas provides Show visitors an opportunity to sample award-winning food, wine, beer and cider, learn expert tips from local chefs and meet the producers behind some of Victoria's top products."

This year,  Estelle, Hammer & Tong and Pho Nom will be among the pop-up restaurants to, er, pop up in the Tastes of Victoria Pavilion, plus the new Burch & Purchese Dessert Bar.

For the smaller kids - plus myself - this will be the first year guests can meet and greet Mickey and Minnie Mouse and let out their inner diva with the Frozen Karaoke Marquee.

One of the keys to freshen up the Show was the 2006 redevelopment of the showgrounds in Flemington, which has allowed an assortment of new and ever-changing indoor and outdoor events
Technology has also played a major role in changing the Show, O'Sullivan says.

"To engage Show visitors across a range of platforms, the RASV was an early adopter of social media and now has a combined online community of more than 73,650 across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that are engaged all year around."

Personally, I'm a theme park nut. I was practically raised at SeaWorld and any holiday without a whiz on a rollercoaster is not, in fact, a holiday.

I have had the good fortune of visiting Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, DreamWorld, MovieWorld, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm and Hong Kong Disneyland. Yes, theme parks can be expensive, noisy and exhausting, but that's only if you don't go in without a military-strength strategy.

My theme park motto is: You cannot expect to have fun; you have to plan for it.

And no matter how big or small a park is, the agenda generally stays the same - to avoid the crowds, not spend a squillion dollars and leave in one piece.

  • 1. Arrive early. Make the effort to get up early and arrive about half an hour before the gates open. Do not be distracted by the sight or noise of children. If you got there first, you go in first. Little Timmy or Tina can just wait.
  • 2. Visit the showbag hall early. It gets insane-busy very quickly but there is usually a lull in the morning. Get in and get out.  
  • 3. Bring a plastic poncho with you. The Show charges a small fortune for these, so pick one up for a few bucks at a $2 store and you'll be able to get through the water rides without needing to rinse yourself out.
  • 4. Hire a locker. Shove your showbags and other stuff in them and your sore arms will thank you.
  • 5. Wear comfy shoes and pack sunscreen, a water bottle, hand sanitiser and a will to live.
  • 6. Get lunch at the Country Women's Association's canteen early. It is one of the most popular places to eat.  
  • 7. If you want to save money, go later. In its dying days, you can often get further discounts on showbags, such as two for one.
  • 8. Fill up for free by going on a sample tour in the food pavilions.
  • 9. If you love rides, buy tickets in bulk. You will save money and time in the queue buying them each time.
  • 10. Go and meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the Entertainment Dome. This is not a drill, I repeat, go and meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

If you are anything like me, then the annual show is not enough to quench your roller coaster appetite. It is not always possible to jet off to the Gold Coast or Disneyland, but Victoria is not without its options. The most notable is Luna Park in St Kilda, which is home to the classic Great Scenic Railway and the Power Surge.

If you have a kid - or are just a big-kid at heart - there is Dockland's Wonderland Fun Park. Designed for children aged eight and under, it's a bite-sized park with a carousel, pirate ship, dodgem cars, and enough popcorn to satisfy everyone.

Outside of Melbourne, a handful of fun parks litter the countryside - Adventure Park near Geelong, Gumbuya Park in Tynong and Fun Fields in Whittlesea. Most of these parks are water-based, with slides and boats, plus the mini golf and dodgem cars.

Thirty-three-year-old Winston Tan admits he got his childhood all wrong. The communications professional only attended the Show once as a child but he started going religiously a few years ago. He has been eagerly awaiting the showbag guide to be released.

"It's a very Melbourne thing, the Show,"  he says. "It's very Melbourne. I recently visited the Gold Coast, where it's very glitzy glamour, and it made me realise there's something quaint about the Show. It doesn't take itself too seriously. It has a lot of heart to it, which places like MovieWorld don't have.

"I'm a sucker for showbags. There's something about opening a showbag and seeing all these lolly brands you've never heard of and toys that will break on the train on the way home.

"I remember going when I was six or seven and I got the Inspector Gadget showbag. It included sunglasses with windshield wipers. Which never worked, but you don't ever really expect them to, do you?

"It's one of those silly things about the show that I'm blindly attracted to."

As tastes change and new audiences find something to like about the Show, O'Sullivan says the Show will continue to evolve with them.

"The RASV will continue to work on enhancing the Show experience through analysing research to better understand customer needs, wants and expectations and enhancing the event program to ensure it continues to evolve, innovate and respect the event's heritage so that it remains relevant, exciting, entertaining and great value for families, teenagers and adults alike."

Personally, I have already practised my drills and will be willing to push a five-year-old out the way if they get between me and the animal nursery.

As for Tan, he's waiting to flick through the showbag guide and make a long list of goodies, which will, of course, include the famous Bertie Beetle offering. He'll be stuffing his wallet full of pineapples to splash on rides, food and games throughout the day, but given it only happens once a year, he is OK with that.

"At the end of the day, it's completely exhausting but you've had such a good time, even if you do end up paying $10 a hotdog. But that's half of the attraction."

The Royal Melbourne Show is on September 20 to October 1.
For more information, visit

Luna Park

Wonderland Fun Park

Adventure Park

Fun Fields



Book now for popular summer holiday events in Melbourne

Santa's Magical Kingdom
Santa's Magical Kingdom sold out last year.
Charlie and his grandfather were lucky enough to find the golden ticket that granted them entry into Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, but if parents and grandparents want to avoid missing out for the most popular summer holiday events the key is to book months in advance.

Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy bring famous fairytales to life for three shows in January but you can book now for Disney Live Three Classic Fairytales. Likewise the musical The Tiger Who Came to Tea, which opens on January 2.

Older kids may prefer Grease The Musical, playing at the Regent Theatre from December 6, although tickets are already selling fast.

You'll need to start thinking about Christmas next month. Tickets for Santa's Magical Kingdom, which sold out last year, go on-sale October 6.

You can book for Carols By Candlelight, which has been popular for almost eight decades now, from November 1. Tickets are already available for Cirque du Soleil's Totem, playing at Flemington Racecourse from January.

If you want the kids to be a bit more active, consider planning a day trip to Victoria's Enchanted Adventure Garden in Arthurs Seat for some tree-surfing fun.

Closer to the city, ArtPlay and ACMI both host very popular workshops with limited numbers so keep an eye on their websites as well:

Disney Live Three Classic Fairytales


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gladstone national parks, lookouts, horse riding, wine tasting, golf, food markets and bushwalking

Welcome to Gladstone

Gladstone is a beautiful holiday destination located 550 kilometres by road north of Brisbane, Queensland. Gladstone is blessed with 280 days of sunshine every year and balmy, subtropical climate. The area offers a wonderful array of exotic islands, city parklands and gardens, fun outdoor activities, abundance of wildlife and other unique locations to explore. Gladstone Airport is located only an 8 minute drive away from the centre of the city. 

Running along the coast of this city is the heritage listed Southern Great Barrier Reef, where it is home to a mixture of fourteen breathtaking inhabited and uninhabited islands. Also located nearby are untouched National Parks, rugged headlands offering spectacular lookouts, man-made Lake Awoonga and botanical gardens.  

Lake Awoonga
Lake Awoonga

Kroombit Tops National Park
Kroombit Tops National Park

Gladstone National Parks & Lookouts

Gladstone's region boasts magnificent landscapes to be explored in its national parks, scattered throughout the area. If you love bushwalking (hiking) and beautiful expansive scenery, then make sure you visit Gladstone's parks for breathtaking views.

Gladstone Trail
Gladstone Trail
From towering cliffs, to amazing lookouts, sweeping valleys, wondrous waterfalls and lush flora - can all be experienced when you drive and trek through Kroombit Tops National Park. Kroombit Tops is home to a range of native species of frogs and birds, and also wild horses (or brumbies as they're known locally) can sometimes be spotted in the area. The park is also famous for the wreckage of a World War II American Bomber that crashed on the site in 1945. 

Wander through Isla Gorge National Park and discover the sweeping sandstone cliffs, intricate maze of gorges and extraordinary rock formations that mysteriously change colour with the rising and setting of the sun. The park offers marvellous lookouts that gives you an awesome view of the valley below. Isla Gorge National Park is home to evergreen rainforests of Eucalyptus trees and a multitude of native fauna - from grey kangaroos to whiptail wallabies, honeyeaters, wedge-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons. During spring (between September to December) the plateau radiates in stunning displays of wildflowers.

Isla Gorge National Park
Isla Gorge National Park
Isla Gorge Track
Isla Gorge Track

Taroom - Isla Gorge
Taroom - Isla Gorge

If you prefer more coastal landscapes, Deepwater National Park is located right by the sea with sandy shores, untouched freshwater creeks, sand dunes, rock pools and marsh-land vegetation for exploration. For animal lovers, the park has an abundance of varied native wildlife - from black cockatoos, brahminy kites, water birds and emus to little turtle hatchings that spawn from their nests at night. Due to the rough terrain, access to this national park is by four wheel drive vehicles only.

Deep Water National Park
Deep Water National Park

Mixed Recreation – Horse riding, wine tasting, golf, food markets and trekking

The Gladstone region also has other recreation activities on offer, such as horse riding and historical gold mining at Boyne Valley, kangaroo watching and wine tasting at the Gecko Valley Vineyard and Winery, trek up Mount Larcom to reach the peak for a 360-degree view of Gladstone, play a round on the course at Gladstone city Golf Club, shop at the Gladstone Library Square Markets for fresh local produce and eclectic trinkets or go four wheel driving through the rugged landscapes and trails throughout the region.

While Gladstone is renowned for its beaches, islands, industry and fishing, there are many little-known activities that will add more depth and adventure to your trip.

Boyne Valley
Boyne Valley

Drive along the winding scenic route to regional Gladstone at Boyne Valley (an hour's drive from Gladstone) and enjoy the friendly country hospitality when you arrive at the Many Peaks Hotel - famous for their delicious steaks. The valley is home to beef, dairy, mining and sawmilling industries - but the community also caters to tourism. There's horse riding where you get to explore native bushland on horseback, or go on historical goldmining tours to learn about the history of the community, or go hiking, canoeing and four wheel driving in the region.

Less than 10 minutes’ drive from Gladstone city is the Gecko Valley Vineyard and Winery, where you can visit the vineyard and go wine tasting for a glass of flavours unique to the area. Encircled by expansive rolling bushland, with the majestic Mount Larcom as the backdrop, the site has a cafĂ© serving dishes and matching wines, a visitor's shop selling locally-made craft, chocolates and merchandise, and the area is frequented by local populations of kangaroos. With Mount Larcom close by, do the challenging trek up the mountain and get spectacular 360-degree views of the entire city below.

Mount Larcom
Mount Larcom

The scenic 18-hole course at the Gladstone Golf Club is located near Stockland Shopping Centre in Gladstone city, with a pond water feature recently added. The clubhouse has a pro shop, bistro, fully licensed bar with takeaways available for members, rental carts, equipment hire and more.

Gladstone Golf Club
Gladstone Golf Course

If you love shopping and browsing at fresh food markets, then drop by the Gladstone Library Square Markets to experience what local producers have on offer. Delightful fresh fruit and veggies, arts and crafts, second-hand goods and more are on display for purchase. 

Metro Hotel and Apartments Gladstone plus Apartments G60 Gladstone are located conveniently in the centre of Gladstone.

Both properties are perfect for short or long stays as they offer fully serviced apartments with fully self-contained laundry services.

The hotel is located on top of a hill, which means many rooms have excellent harbour, city and hinterland views. The property also boasts an onsite restaurant called Rocksalt (popular with the locals), a swimming pool and barbeque area, plus undercover security parking.

The fully serviced Apartments G60 Gladstone can also cater to extended stays of six months or more.

Click here to view Metro Hotel and Apartments Gladstone
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Apartments G60 Gladstone
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Metro Hotel & Apartments Gladstone
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