Cino Bambino – Brunswick Heads

Standard

Recently we Happened to be passing through Brunswick Heads and had a chance to check out Cino Bambino who we’ve been wanting to check out for a while.

It’s a cute little shop in the Even cuter town of Brunswick Heads. If you’ve not had a chance to explore this part of the world, make sure to do so and spend a bit of time at it!

IMAG0499

We arrived at Cino Bambino mid Morning for coffee and snacks, but after this visit would definitely consider coming back for Breakfast or Lunch.

IMAG0498

Inside you’ve got a variety of awesome sweets/snacks in the cabinet and a decent menu, both of which contain a great amount of Vegetarian options.  Inside is both Cozy and communal, there is also a blackboard on the wall and a heap of crayons for your little one to have fun with.

We settled on an absolutely delightful muffin that appeared made in-house and the cutest little citrus tart for RZ.  This was actually the first time we’ve managed to dine in for a coffee in quite a while in Aus, it definitely feels child friendly.

IMAG0501

When you’re done with Coffee and tasty snacks you can head just across the road to the decent playground and let your little one work off some of that energy.  We found this one of the more chilled out playgrounds that we’ve been too around Aus.

We’ll definitely be back to Cino Bambino soon and ready to explore more of Brunswick Heads.

Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Old Sydney

Standard

If it’s all about location for you, this is your hotel!

 

Being IHG loyal and quite a fan of the Holiday Inn brand, it seemed only a matter of time before we’d end up here and we are glad we did.

The hotel is located inside a lovely old building in The Rocks are of Sydney, just north of the CBD and Circular Quay.  Being based around here made me enjoy a trip to Sydney for the first time, maybe because it feels a little like Melbourne!

If you’re going to be staying here, its probably best to not have a car as you don’t need one and parking is quite expensive.  If travelling light, you can access the hotel quite easily from Circular Quay train station via a leisurely walk along the water toward the International Cruise Ship Terminal.

Being an Older building expect tall ceilings and old window frames.  We only managed a corner room on the 3rd floor and expected a lot of noise from the alley below but were pleasantly surprised by how quiet the room was.  The A/C is apparently the original system installed in the building and currently getting replaced, it wasn’t terribly noisy but did struggle to cool under afternoon sun.  We were absolutely comfortable and whilst you may think that the price tag is greater than what you receive you must remember what a brilliant location you’re in and the charm of an older building.

We did have breakfast whilst there which is the same standard that we’ve come to expect across Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza properties in Australia.

The absolute standout feature in this property would have to be the Rooftop Deck and Pool.  It has some of the best views in Sydney!

IMG_9758

There are also house phones located on the deck so that you may order food and drink as you please!

IMG_9751

The view also highlights how much you can see in this part of town, make sure to head out and just stroll around the rocks with no particular direction, you never know what you might find down a random alleyway.

All in all we had a great stay and wouldn’t hesitate in returning when wanting to explore the rocks again.

 

 

 

A Coffee Crawl in Cairns

Standard

Australia may not be a country that you consider when thinking about great coffee, but believe it or not we do grow and roast here! This post will cover three producers that we visited in Cairns in March.

All 3 are located approximately 45-60 minutes from Cairns in and around Mareeba.  If you’re looking to break up the drive Kuranda makes a great stop, located just before or after the beautiful winding drive up the range depending on which direction you’re heading.

You can visit the properties in any order you please that we’ll write about them in the order we visited starting with Jacques.

Jacques Coffee Plantation

Jacques was probably my favorite plantation to visit and one that you should probably leave a little time for if you enjoying outdoor activities! Before you get into the activities, coffee and food though make sure to have a read here about the battles faced by Australia’s first commercial coffee plantation along their journey.

IMG_9660

The drive from the property gate to the Cafe takes along gravel road lined by coffee trees, when we visited the berries were in different stages of ripening and displaying every colour from green to red. As you pull into the carpark it’s hard to miss the microlight popping it’s nose out of the garage/hanger adjoining the cafe.

IMG_9654

If you’re an aviation fan you’re not just limited to a Microlight, Jacques also have a Gyrocopter onsite that can take you for a 20 minute spin around the property.  If aviation isn’t your thing, a segway tour is also offered. One third of the My Little Earth team has experience with Segway’s and commented that the off road version on offer at Jacques look’s like a brilliant time!

IMG_9652

We didn’t get to try any of the activities but did get to enjoy a Double Espresso among the trees and bushes.  Jacques have a decent Lunch menu with a couple of the usual Vegetarian options, see attached menu and brochure!

Lunch Menu

Brochure

Website

Certainly give them a visit if you’re in the area, you can even go on a tour of the plantation for $15 which includes a Complimentary Coffee and Coffee Liqueur.

Skybury Coffee

Our next visit was out to Skybury Coffee, on the other side of town.  If you’ve traveled through the domestic side of Cairns airport you will have no doubt seen their shops about the terminal,  the coffee experience at their premise is much better however!

The plantation sits side by side with the Australian Coffee Center, the facility where you can relax, have a feed and enjoy some coffee.  The View is an amazing one, we spent quite a bit of time here over lunch gazing out over the landscape and keeping company with the Kookaburras hanging about.

IMG_9666

Veggie burgers can be a funny thing.

You might get nothing more than a potato scallop in place of the meat patty or you may end up with an amazing homemade Veg patty, the burger here was very deliciously the latter.  It was super tasty and filling, it seemed based on beans which is always a winner with me.

IMG_9663

The meal didn’t give us much room to wash down coffee, but the obligatory Double Espresso was still enjoyed!

Wandering around the Australian Coffee center you can pick up Beans, Coffee Accessories and fruits such as Banana and Papaya which are grown alongside the coffee.

We’d recommend making Skybury/Australian Coffee Center your lunch break, the great food on offer and brilliant location cemented this choice for us.

Brochure

Website

Coffee works

On our way out of town we saw sign posts for this place, we decided to stop in briefly but really shouldn’t of.

If it had only been the fact that it wasn’t the kind of place we’d normally enjoy visiting it wouldn’t be so bad but add that to the fact that we got a very very ordinary long black and iced tea alongside the staff of the day not really caring and you leave with a sour taste in your mouth.

IMG_9694

Coffee growing in the carpark

We are not generally folk to criticize and it could well just of been set’s of circumstances combining on the day but do some research on their website before deciding to go and see if it’s your kind of place.

Website