About Me

Welcome! My name is Jesse Simmons (The Night Owl) and this is my place to write and share my experiences, the world as I see it after dark! I am married with 3 beautiful children, Alex, Mindi and Bart. My husband runs his own building inspection company and works extremely hard for us. God bless him but I wish he could be home more often! I will share my experiences and thoughts on my local community. I hope you enjoy and feel free to contact me anytime!

Things to Do With Family

Things to Do With Family Around Brisbane and the Gold Coast


Things to do in Brisbane and the Gold Coast

It gets easier to manage my family when everyone is at peace with one another. As a mum, I strive to give my family the best mother’s love they can get. One way that I have discovered is really helpful in making a good and loving family is maintaining a happy family. Besides ensuring they are comfortable at home, I ensure that I prepare them for a busy week by taking them out for weekends to relax them and take away tension from them. They always kick off the week on a high tone every time we have a weekend out.

Activities to Do With Family

There are many places yuo can spend time with your family in Brisbane and Gold Coast. Too, there are lots of things to do with family in Brisbane and Gold Coast. Here are a few activities that you can opt for with your family:

  • Whale watching: consider paying a visit to Moreton Bay to watch the huge and gigantic humpback whales as they entertain you in the cool and azure waters. Children will enjoy a reduced gate pass, therefore suitable to carry your kids along.
  • O’Reilly’s and Mount Tamborine: Gold Coast and Brisbane will offer you a cool escape from the hustles of your daily life. At O’Reilly’s and Mount Tamborine you will enjoy a magnificent scenery at the Lamington National Park which is a listed World Heritage center.
  • Crocodile watching: do you love the sight of this gigantic reptile? Well, am sure your children would find it interesting to see the creature they mostly see in movies. You can watch crocodiles at Croc Express in Brisbane and have a really good time.
  • Sea-animal encounter: sea animals are always fan to see. You can take your family to the Sea World Australia to have a look at various sea animals as they are quite thrilling to watch. This is present at both Brisbane and Gold Coast and will not cost you much especially if you are a resident of Brisbane.


There are a host of other things to do with family in Brisbane and Gold Coast such as:


  • Flying high with hot-air balloon
  • Visiting Currumbin wildlife sanctuary
  • Visiting restaurants
  • Shopping
  • Site-seeing in cruise ships as well as in helicopter
  • Having some adrenaline sports such as mountain climbing

There are lots of things to do with family in Brisbane and Gold Coast. Having a family day out helps me ensure everyone is happy and prepared to face the week with a clear head!…

Our Family Trip to Noosa Heads

Our Family Trip to Noosa!


Being a mother of three children is as rewarding as it is exhausting! My twins, who turned four this March, seem to be in constant need of supervision and my seven year old daughter, who is in love with her school, wants round-the-clock help with some project or the other. While I love spending time with my little ones, I was dreading the April vacation which would keep them out of school and at home all day!

A family trip to a sunny beach sounded like a dream. The kids love the water and while they splash around having a good time, it would give my husband and me the much needed opportunity to put our feet up and unwind. My friends had once told me about a surf camp they had attended in Noosa Heads. Their vacation pictures were filled with lovely cool beaches, lush green landscapes and mouth-watering food! I had been longing for a vacation to Noose heads ever since and this April seemed like the perfect time!

Traveling to Noosa Heads


Noosa Heads is about 136 kms from Brisbane. It is a beautiful drive with exotic views. The drive does not last for more than a couple of hours, which is a huge relief! It is not a long drive which requires us to keep the kids entertained and if the traffic is light, the kids enjoy the drive as well. We had stocked up plenty of sunscreen and made sure we had packed in an extra set of sunglasses and hats as well!


We had booked our accommodation in a private home resort in Cooloola Hill which is the hill behind the Noosa Junction. Since it was a vacation we wanted to be pampered by a full-service and not raise a finger around the house. We are also a couple who enjoy solitude. A private home resort fulfilled all these needs.

It was early afternoon when we turned in to the driveway of our home for the next four days. What we say was spectacular! It was a huge house facing the water. The three things I instantly fell in love with were:

  • Ample of sunlight filtering in through the designer windows
  • Luxuriously decorated master bedroom and thoughtfully done rooms for the children
  • A tropical indoor swimming pool!


Even before we could think of what to do on our first day, the kids were changing into their bathing suits and dragging us to the pool!

The Underwater World

The next day we had booked the kids in the Ocean Ranger program at the Underwater World in Mooloolaba. We thought it would be a great idea for them to interact with the animals and spend some quality time learning more about the sea life! The program was inclusive of lunch so we did not have to be worry about anything.

The Ocean Ranger Program included:

  • Beach exploration with a guide
  • \Interaction with animals
  • A special date with the seals. This was a great hit with the kids!
  • The children were even allowed to feed some animals
  • They were shown how the animals were looked after
  • An exclusive photograph
  • A participation certificate which the kids run to fetch every time we have a visitor!


The Dingo Creek Vineyard

My husband and I treated ourselves to a day at the Dingo Creek Vineyard. It was a little more than a half an hour drive but every bit worth it. Right from the tastefully done timber cellar doors to the artistic deck, everything about the Vineyard is welcoming. A trip through the vineyards planted with chardonnay, merlots and a whole variety of grapes makes you want to be one of the wine connoisseurs who spend their life amidst something so beautiful and exclusive.

Restaurants and Fine Dining

If you want to pamper your taste buds you should not miss out on the lovely brunches and smoothies at Café Vin Cino at Noosa Marina! If you are there on a Sunday you can spend a fun day visiting the markets on the marina, spending time strolling around and end it with a scrumptious treat at the Rump House Restaurant!

Other interesting places to eat at are:

  • The Noosa Surf Club House has an amazing restaurant pumping with some good old energy and lovely food
  • The Bistro C situated along the beach is ideal to sit, relax and refresh yourself with some lovely food and drinks


Some of the other places you could plan to visit are the Australian Zoo and the Sunshine castle. As we headed back from the vacations, the kids were snoozing on the back seats and I found myself thinking that one short trip is just not enough to drink in the beauty and luxury of Noosa heads.

I am going to need to plan another long vacation to this place sometime soon!

Check out this vid to see some more of Noosa – This is actually a surfing video but the one I wanted wouldn’t let me embed. (I am not being paid to promote Noosa Heads)