Erin

Rebuilding after Cyclone Winston – Update on Fiji

We’re so glad that Wyndham Resort Denarau Island escaped TC Winston with only minor damage! The Resort team wanted to extend a massive Vinaka to all our guests who pitched in to get the Resort back up and running. Scott Walton (Resort Manager) says “We can’t thank our guests enough, for without their help we wouldn’t be in such a good position to return operations to normal!”

Stopping the furniture blowing away - Wyndham Fiji

The feedback and response from the across the community has been so encouraging. The Wyndham Resort Denarau Island is beloved, the resort team is like ‘family’ to all Owners and guests who are lucky enough to visit this beautiful island.

The cyclone’s impact on Resort employee’s homes, as well as the wider community, like Loloma Home, a nearby orphanage and women’s refuge, is still being assessed. Staff mobilised quickly after the cyclone to provide support to Loloma Home, that sustained some damage to its buildings. We know that lots of you have plans to assist Fiji to rebuild, and we’re proud to be part of such a generous community.

 

Here are just a few of the beautiful comments recieved over social media in the past few days

Vinaka to everyone for your kind messages for Fiji. We’ll be sharing them with the team as soon as we can. We’re…

Posted by WorldMarkSP on Sunday, February 21, 2016


Ann Dewhurtst - Service with a Smile

Feriel Ali - No Damage to Resort at all

Julie Foster - We will bring supplies

Fiona Mendel - Things can be replaced

Annabell Offor - Staff have been amazing

Craig Martin - Thoughts and prayers for staff and their families

Debbie Gunn - So very proud to be a Wyndham Owner

 

Photos from your Fiji resort

{taken after TC Winston – thanks to Kieran from our Exec Team}

Posted by WorldMarkSP on Monday, February 22, 2016

 

Choosing to make tomorrow’s memories today

The older I get, the more I realise just how much of life is taking the experiences and memories of my yesterdays, making them work for me today, in order to impact my tomorrows.

I can see this probably more easily with the negatives, the hurts, disappointments, failures and concerns of my yesterdays – directly impacting the way I have shied away from relationships, played it safe when considering risks, and questioning my ability and worth in situations and positions. Negatives from yesterday spill so easily into today, but being aware of this now means I can actively work to make sure the learnings from these experiences don’t taint my todays, instead, prepare me for tackling tomorrow better.

The positives from yesterdays, however, are so much stronger than the negatives – if we tap into them, and use them. And building up a base of ‘positive yesterdays’ is easily the best way to ensure your future is brighter. Even more so, building up a base of ‘positive yesterdays’ for your children gives them experiences and memories to fall back on, when their todays get tough.

There really isn’t anything better than choosing to make tomorrow’s memories today.

My best memories relate to spending time, real quality time, with family and friends.

carnarvan gorge

As a kid, my parents were always packing me (and later me and my younger brother) up to climb a mountain, camp near a stream, drive down the coast and get out in nature. Wherever we headed you can almost guarantee it was with, or to visit, family or friends.

Looking back over photo’s of my childhood I can see how my parents made a conscious effort to make memories with, and for, me. They might not have much time to spare, (my dad had his own business, which meant time off meant no pay) or a excess of money – but what they did have they invested in both my brother and I, in our then todays, and our tomorrow memories.

From the classic Gold Coast trip to Dreamworld (yes, I was a child of the ’80’s – fluro hats and high pants were in!)

To family picnics and adventures in Dorrigo National Park, inland Coffs Harbour, and fairy tale moments at the now closed,Fantasy Glades, Port Macquarie.

Heading north on an adventure to Hervey Bay and Fraser Island

fraser island

I think that is why I love where I work, and I love what Wyndham Timeshare is aboutIt’s a choice for today’s experiences and tomorrow’s memories – a choice that, although society might say ‘have more stuff to make you happy’ our Owners are bucking the trend – they know that ‘stuff’ is temporary – but memories are for a lifetime.

So here’s to living our today’s, to crafting our children’s memories and filling their heads with adventure, imagination, challenges and thrills – here’s to what counts, and what can’t be taken away from us.

Here’s to making happy memories.

Share yours 

at the beach

I Came. I Saw. I DIY Failed.

To set the scene, I once thought I was a fairly handy person – growing up my dad was a tradie and my mum an electrician of sorts, so I grew up pretty much thinking most things to do in and around the home were completely within my grasp. Rewire an old lamp – done. Prime, prep and paint a living room – ha, simple.  Change a car tire – ho hum, challenge me much?

Now, I appreciate my parentals setting me up with a healthy ‘I can do anything’ view on life, (I must admit, I can do most things… as long as they’re around to help!), and the new obsession with reality DIY shows have added fuel to my ‘I reckon I could do that’ tendency, but, when it comes to me, DIY should come with a warning label   DIY Warning Label

WARNING: This project will be

  • More time-consuming than it looks on a 30 minute episode of ‘The Block’;
  • Harder than the YouTube help video (which was missing steps anyway);
  • Difficult, there’s no hiding the fact– it’s going to be ridiculously difficult – to remind you – whole professions exist for the purpose you are DIY-ing. People have trained for years, what you plan to learn and do in an hour;
  • Painful, you will hurt yourself. You will have bruises on bruises, your back will ache and your eyes will water. Prepare for pain. Full stop.

But no, those DIY shows, Bunnings and Masters Sheds, and YouTube help videos don’t warn you do they – you walk in to one of the aforementioned stores, chat to the 15 year old expert on bath tub resurfacing agents, nod along as he explains that it’s ‘simple to use’, load up on all the paraphernalia, get home excitedly, oblivious of the chaos about to rein down…

(On a side note – resealing a bath is a big, messy, stinky job. You will be without a bath tub for minimum 48 hours and, there is a very good chance you will bounce between fume high to fume headache.  Do you have housemates? Think again, they will flee as the mice ran to follow the piper. Happy relationship? Doesn’t stand a chance, you’ll be doing the washing up for weeks. Healthy respect for your ability to push on and complete a project? Well, that was always up for negotiation anyway, right?!)

 

Car Maintenance Fail

Changing Oil

Changing your oil and oil filter – a DIY task with many success stories. With only 4 essential items, this DIY is a sure winner.

DIY Oil Change Essential Items

  • Wrench/spanner
  • Tray for expelled oil
  • New oil
  • New oil filter

Simple, right?

I have the car on the driveway, have lifted with a jack, put a few pieces of newspaper down to prevent the possible drip, and positioned myself under the car.

I take the spanner, locate the drain plug and remove.

Drain plug stuck? Just apply more pressure. Still stuck? Position yourself better, to be able to apply more pressure to the spanner and drain plug. Stiff thing isn’t it.

Reposition yourself so you put your whole body behind the spanner, suggest really getting into it by laying on your back and using both hands to get a good levering action.

There she goes. Plug releases… quickly. My face = line of fire.

Learning?

Oil is not a replacement for hair conditioner

A point for trying?

The engine was cold (see, procrastination isn’t such a bad thing after all!)

 

I came. I saw. I DIY failed.

 

Landscaping Fail

Lawn Care

Mowing lawns. I’ve been doing it for years – a regular Saturday chore – mowing was a task mastered. Of course. Dad’s mower wasn’t bought from Aldi.

DIY Lawn Care Essential Items

Mowing is a straightforward task, the concept is simple and there is really only 1 essential item

  • Mower

Now, should you not have a mower, they can be purchased easily from one of the many specialty mower stores, or general hardware stores. Whoa. Those babies are expensive.

Lucky Aldi is selling mowers (?!!!). Electric? No problem – how different can it be to what you’re use to? Plug it in. Turn it on. Mow. Easy.

Well, yes. That is true, electric mowers are simple to use, cheaper to purchase and an environmentally cleaner alternative to petrol.

But I do suggest you change your mowing style.

As a kid I prided myself on straightly mowed lines, tight turning circles and evenly mowed grass.

As an adult I naturally just followed the same pattern.

The difference? Petrol mower = a standalone machine. Electric mower = attached to an extension cord.

Result? One turn too tight proved that plastic coated electrical extension cords are no match for the almighty blades of the electric Aldi mower.

Learning?

A skill mastered in childhood does not necessarily translate to adulthood.

A point for trying?

Electrical safety switch has been tested and, I am pleased to say, fully functional.

 

I came. I saw. I DIY failed.

 

Pet Grooming Fail

Coat Clipping

All I can say is – my poor dog

Learning?

Dog hair is evil stuff. It will get up your nose, inside your shirt, in your eyes. It will itch, make you sneeze and your eyes water. Your dog will not stay still. She will not trust that evil buzzing razor thing in your hands (smart dog) and will not want to make friends with it. She will not stand nicely whilst you ensure all hair cut is an even length. She will be left with random tufts of hair, and may resemble the mythical Australian Bunyip. And mostly, dog’s are embarrassed by bad hair cuts too.

A point for trying?

At least I had treats.

 

I came. I saw. I DIY failed.

 

Home Renovation Fail

Demolition

I’m not bragging when I say – I have mastered DIY demolition. Some might say, if awards were given out for A-Class home DIY demolition I would definitely be in with red hot chance at taking out the top prize.

So why is this on your DIY fail list, I can hear you think?

Well, the thing about DIY demolition is that it’s only half of the story. DIY demolition must be followed by DIY construction. I am an A-Class DIY demolition expert, and a very sad N/A DIY construction novice.

DIY Demolition Essential Items

  • Appropriate Wreck-it Ralph style device – think hammer, crowbar, mallet or a foot attached to the bottom of a strong kick
  • Drill/screw driver for those more finicky items
  • Wheel barrow/rubbish bin/hire skip bin
  • High energy music (trust me… it makes it oh so fun)

With these essential items you can go ahead and demolish away!

Old kitchen cabinets? Unscrew those hinges! Remove those draws! Rip that bench top off! Get that wall mounted oven unit unhooked (by a professional electrician – I’m gung ho, but that’s a no go)

Bathroom outdated? Easy fix! Get that nasty old vanity out! Remove that tired glass shower screen! Lever off those cracked tiles!

Pink carpet? (Yes…) Get that stuff outta here! Stanley knife that bad boy up – stat!

Whoa.

Hmm, that kitchen bench and oven were kind of handy for everyday life, you know, for cooking and eating and stuff?

Ahh, the shower screen’s purpose is now a little more evident, and the vanity did serve one major purpose – to hold the sink up.

Sigh, who knew that carpet was held down by a bazillion nails. And in an older house, near the coast, joy of joys, many are rusted (had a tetanus booster shot lately?)

So carpet, and subsequent nail removal I am happy to report, is complete. Back breaking and highly unpractical, given all furniture had to be shuffled between rooms until I had finished, in the hours after work, over 2 months.

Kitchen has been replaced. 2 years on. No power points or kitchen exhaust… but benches and oven.

Bathroom. Well. A tiler was called and tiles replaced. Bunnings sells extendable shower curtain rods and curtains – so that’s a win. But vanity. Well, if I said that teeth cleaning occurs in the laundry tub, you’d get the picture.

Learning?

Demolish only once construction is finalised.

A point for trying?

I really am very good at DIY demolition.

 

I came. I saw. I DIY failed!

Game the System: Max out your 120 days off a year

Last year one of the most commonly uttered phrases in a working person’s vocabulary was

          | “I want to get away from it all, but I just don’t have time!”

or derivatives thereof (“*Sigh* just want to get out of here but have too much to do”, “Too much to do, not enough time” or even just “Argharhghhahghhahh” which can be interpreted as “Oh deary me, I feel rather overwhelmed and am in much need of a holiday repose, but feel obligated to complete the jobs before me and my task list appears to be related to Pinocchio’s nose and is growing at an alarming rate”).

(Source Unknown; potentially an extrapolation of the authors own thoughts and observations!)

 

Well I’m here to call your “not enough time” excuse and raise you a way to totally game the system in 2015.

For a ‘standard’ job (whatever that is!) a working week consists of 5 days on and 2 days off – not that much is standard now days – split shifts, night shifts, FIFO workers and work from home-ers are all very common work choices. But to go with the average and make my illustration easier, let’s go with the classic 5 day working week.

 

There are 52 weeks in a year with 2 non-working days a week. Living in Australia or New Zealand will give you, on average, about 10-12 public holidays per year (depending on your state/country) so the numbers quickly stack up:

Weekend Days 104
Public Holidays 10
Total Non-working 114
Days in a Year 365
% Non-working 31%

With 365/366 days a year, 114 non-working days = almost one third, 1/3, of a year we’re NOT working?!

 

Say what?

Bush walking on holiday

Add to that any holidays your job allows, on average between 10-20 days, depending on part time or full time work, then the year starts to look a lot more manageable!

We’re in the second month of the year already, which means 14 non-working weekend days + 1 public holiday down already.

 

So knowing that we have 1/3 of our year NOT working – how do we game this system and make sure we’re not letting these valuable days slip by unnoticed.

Well simply, it comes down to one thing, and borrowing the well-known motto of the Scouts

          | BE PREPARED

Be Prepared ... for Holidays

 

System Hack#1

Prepare your year from the outset. Decide what’s important this year (i.e.: making memories & living) and what’s ok to let slide every now and then (i.e.: ensuring the nature strip outside your house, which isn’t your land anyway!!, is occasionally not mown, clipped and resembling a golf course on tournament day).

  • Prepare: Calendar – mark out ‘have to do’ weekends as early as you can. Then set aside at least one weekend a month to ‘do something fun’, be it something new or something different, this is the weekend (even if it’s just one day) ‘chores’ can’t interfere with.
  • Prepare: Major breaks – mark out at least three 3-day breaks, long weekends are great – but don’t be confined to the ‘norm’ – 3-day mid week breaks are great too, beat the crowds, cheaper prices and you still get the weekend for washing/mowing/cleaning ‘have to’s’ . I aim for one 3-day break once a quarter, and try for one 1-week or 2-week break in the other quarter.

 

System Hack #2

Prepare your adventure kits. To make it fun, that’s what I refer to these as – but in reality these are just a few staples that are packed, ready to go if any ‘adventure worthy’ opportunity arises.

  • Prepare: Picnic kit – get a rug, some plastic cups, plates and cutlery, put them in a box and in the boot of your car. You are now ready for a spontaneous picnic! Simply grab a hot chook and some salad on your way and your adventure is waiting
  • Prepare: Beach/river kit – this is a no brainer for me, I have a bag packed with my swimmers, towel and sunscreen ready to go for whenever. This is just where my swimmers live, so they go back here every time, ready to be grabbed in the mad rush out the door when the sun comes out!
  • Prepare: Walking/exploring kit – shoes or boots with socks already stuffed in the top, ready to be grabbed and thrown in the car should a weekend photo taking and exploring inspire you. I’m an Aussie bush-walker myself, so you’ll catch me out and about walking somewhere pretty much every other weekend!

 

System Hack #3

Prepare your working week. Sometimes I can feel like I work work work during the week, then on the weekend I garden, wash, fix, clean and then I’m back at it on Monday. Whilst I’m gardening, washing, cleaning – I’m not enjoying my weekend. So I put aside half an hour to an hour every afternoon after work for these chores, so my weekends are mine. It’s been a hard habit to create, but I’ve found I have to, to get back to work and enjoy it and not feel like I’m working to maintain a house that I never enjoy.

  • Prepare: Basic Chores – split your basic chores into bite sized pieces and tackle a few during the week. Save the big chores for your day off, but set aside one weekend a month to tackle these – spreading them out across multiple weekends can be a drraaaaagggggggg!

 

**Bonus Hack** to Game the System

We’ve all heard the phrase “variety is the spice of life” right? Well, turns out this phrase is backed up by psychology!

If we want to feel like we’ve had a break, to remember and recall the events of the days we weren’t working – turns out we need to inject a little variety! Everyone gets the basics of how habits are formed – we do things enough times that our brain begins to recognise the pattern, so when we start the habit our brain kicks in to ‘auto-pilot’ and carries on with little to no thinking required by us. I’m sure everyone has had that moment of realisation driving to work… “I don’t remember getting here!” because we’ve done something habitually so many times, it rolls into one and we forget that past 5-10 minutes of driving. Well, our brain does the same thing on weekends and holidays, by doing something new or different, or breaking a routine we’re more likely to engage our brain during these moment and remember. 

By remembering our moments, where we’ve done something different, seen a new sight or explored a new area, we ‘lengthen’ our days – the variety means our brain can’t ‘habitual-ise’ our weekend and roll it into an amorphous blob of  “where did that go? I don’t even remember what I did on the weekend!”

 

So, claim this year as the year you’ll turn the tables on the ‘norm’, to game the system, max out your 120 days off, and milk the year of all its wondrful-ness!

Cape Byron Lighthouse

 

Erin

Erin shares her perspective via the Wandrful blog on creating (and trying to maintain) balance in everyday life, how taking time off to rekindle relationships, renew friendships and explore the previously unknown brings vibrancy, creativity and a lightness to life.  Connect to Erin, and any of the Wandrful team via facebook.

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Your top 7 Excuses for the Festive Season

Everyone loves the festive season, right?

The tinsel bits in the Christmas tree (also in the carpet, your hair, the baked ham…) , carols on repeat and plethora of ‘shopping centre Santas’ of Christmas, and the massive build-up and anticipation of New Year’s Eve…

Throw in family, add a dash of inappropriate uncle jokes and shake with a good splash of overindulgence.

What’s not to love!

Festive Excuses

 

If, on the rare occurrence I know, you need a little festive season down time – but want to avoid the guilt trips and causing unintended offence , here are a few well prepared, tried and tested Festive Excuses.

Warning: Festive Excuses should be used sparingly and with care. Directions for use include ensuring consistent excuses are given by all parties (partners – word up on the current excuse – get your stories straight people!) , all care should be taken to ensure loved ones are respected and given some festive time – because that’s what the season is about really – so excuses should be scattered with care and attention. Festive Excuses are intended for down time, short escapes and quick-getaways-to-avoid-an-awkward-conversation only, and should not be used for attempting to avoid the season altogether (suggestions for complete avoidance include travel, going ‘unplugged’ or declaring Bear Grylls is your hero and heading west, preferably on foot…with a shovel and a piece of rope, which later you make into a raft).

 

To avoid big gatherings

Plan a reunion with friends. Make it impressive (think fancy invites, matching napkins and a facebook group – post to group regularly to ensure online family see updates) and ensure the Festive Excuse includes a comment along the lines of “this is a once in a lifetime opportunity” or if that is laying it on a bit strong run with “I really feel responsible – they don’t have anyone else”

Travel. The best way to use travel is to have a partner/friend/travelling companion ‘surprise’ you with the travel plans at the last minute. Oh dear – the dates just happen to fall over that planned family/work/friend gathering you were ‘so looking forward to’ – but you can’t change the dates as it’s too late. Variations on this Festive Excuse include the ‘a great deal came up and I just had to jump on it’, ‘I won a competition I entered on the internet and these are the only dates’ & ‘I had this on my bucket list / resolutions for this past year, and I feel it’s time I made a stand and completed one of my resolutions’.

Note: This Festive Excuse can cover an extended period, if necessary – it is recommended to space travel Festive Excuses year on year off, as it has the distinct drawback of being a Festive Excuse that is remembered, and so therefore can appear deliberate.

Festive Excuses

 

To escape an awkward conversation

Festive Excuse Classics

“I just have to go freshen up”

Check watch: “Oh no, I just remembered I promised [insert name of someone they don’t know] I’d pick them up from the bus stop

Check phone “So sorry, I just got a message from [insert name] and have to call them back”. If escape needs to progress to complete fleeing – talk on phone in full view (out of ear shot), look concerned, apologetically shrug and point at phone and then walk away quickly. Don’t pause, don’t look back.

 

Festive Excuse with a Twist

Pull someone else into the conversation. Example: “Uncle (so and so) did you know John’s cricket team won this season?”, this casual conversation deflection will leave you time to make a polite excuse and walk away

End the conversation. This takes practice – but is a highly prized skill, not just useful for Festive Excuses. Watch successful, polite, busy people – they do this so well. It’s a case of nod, nod, nod – wait for the pause or intake of breath and then simply “It has been so nice talking to you / catching up. I better mingle / catch up with [insert someone else] / chat to partner about our plans tomorrow.” Then just walk away.

Festive Excuses

 

The festive season, Christmas and school holidays can be jammed with family, friends, social gatherings and responsibilities – all of which are usually fantastic, but sometimes a little space and breathing room (carol free) is required! Enter Festive Excuses – here to help you in your time of need. But don’t limit to the Christmas period – Festive Excuses are good for all festive events – from family birthdays and BBQ’s, to your friends children’s grade 3 graduation ceremony. Yes, apparently these exist.

 

 

11 scenic photos from where we’d rather be

Are you on holiday now, taking time out to smell the sea-salt crusted air or walking a cool, damp rainforest track to the sound of bell birds?

No?! Well as everyone knows there’s only two types of people – those on holiday, and those planning for the next holiday!

It’s time to start planning…

Enter the zone of holiday planning peacefully with these photo’s, from around this place we are blessed to call home – our lovely islands in the Asia Pacific.

Western Australia Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Western Australia – Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Tasmania - Cradle Mountain

Tasmania – Cradle Mountain

Hunter Valley - NSW Australia

New South Wales – Hunter Valley

New South Wales - Fingal Bay, Port Stephens

New South Wales – Fingal Bay, Port Stephens

Victoria - Cape Otway Lighthouse

Victoria – Cape Otway Lighthouse

New South Wales - Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie

New South Wales – Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie

New Zealand - Rob Roy Glacier, Wanaka

New Zealand – Rob Roy Glacier, Wanaka

New South Wales - Crescent Head

New South Wales – Crescent Head

So follow the bridge, the road or the path – chase those holiday dreams and start planning your escape today!

You’d look great… in the great outdoors

There’s nothing better than an empty to-do list, flat battery on the phone and a day of no ‘have-to’s’. But truth be told the chances of that happening are usually pretty slim! So when life gets busy, its time to head outside, get the walking shoes on,  a day pack on your back and head for the clear air and blue skies of the great outdoors.

I’ve talked before about how I’d rather be outside, how being in nature brings out your creative and problem solving side … and it’s true, going for a walk over the weekend, or escaping the rat race during the week is one of the most grounding, mind awakening and mentally stimulating things to do.

Where to walk

GOLD COAST

EASY Kirra Hill – “The Eagle”

Kirra Beach

Where: Garrick Street Kirra

Why: Catch spectacular views to the east, over some of the best surf beaches in Australia. Turn your head a little and you’re looking back down south over Coolangatta, or north towards Currumbin, over the stretch of Kirra Beach. Turn your back to the ocean to see the westerly hinterland ranges that run behind the Gold Coast – Springbrook National Park and Mt Tambourine to name a few ‘speccy’ spots.

Virtual visit: Can’t get to Kirra? Virtually walk via Google - http://goo.gl/maps/5okS8 … you won’t be disappointed!

 

INTERMEDIATE Springbrook National Park – “Natural Bridge”

Springbrook Waterfall

Where:  Exit off the Pacific Motorway at Nerang (exit 69) and follow the Nerang–Murwillumbah Road

Why: The Natural Bridge is worth seeing, either by day to enjoy the unique waterfall or after dark to discover the park’s amazing glow-worms. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!

MapSpringbrook National Park Walks map 

NORTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES

EASY Coffs Creek Walk and Botanic Garden

Bushwalking Coffs Harbour

 

Where: Access via the Coffs Harbour CBD, about 1km east along Harbour Drive, turn left into Hardacre Street – the entrance and parking area is at the end of Hardacre Street.

Why: Take a quiet wander through the dappled shade of native trees along a meandering boardwalk, or sit and watch the birds on the estuary … this easy walk is a nice contrast to the sandy beaches of the Coffs coast!

Map: Have a peek at the Coffs Botanic Gardens and all its offers

 

INTERMEDIATE Dorrigo National Park

Dorrigo Skywalk

 

Where: The Dorrigo Plateau is about 60km west of Coffs Harbour. Access is via Dome Road of the Waterfall Way about 2 kilometres east of Dorrigo.

Why: I can’t tell you how much I love this part of the country. The waterfalls, towering tree’s, Bell Birds calling, Lyre Birds courting… the Bellingen Valley and Dorrigo National Park are must do day trips from Coffs Harbour. Take it easy and visit the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre – and be blown away on the Skywalk

 

SURF COAST VICTORIA

INTERMEDIATE The Surf Coast Walk – Torquay

Surf Coast Walk - Torquay

 

Where: The Surf Coast Walk runs the length of the coastline from Point Impossible all the way down through Torquay, Bells Beach and Anglesea through to Fairhaven. The whole track is 30 kilometers long, but can easily be done in bits and pieces, as it winds itself around the coast line, not far from the coastal road in most cases.

Why: The Victorian Coastline is world renowned for its rugged beauty, winding around coastline, inlets, tucked away beaches and secret surfing spots – the Surf Coast Walk is the best way to see the gateway to the Great Ocean Road by foot.

Map: Check out the Great Ocean Road walks guide to plan your walk, from 20 mins to 20 hours!

 

 

So when life gets busy turn off, tune out and head bush

 

You’d look great…Resort Style living @ home

Every year the resort development team at Wyndham Vacation Resorts update a number of resorts and rooms, refreshing the look and feel of the resort for guests. Employing internal and external stylists and designers the Wyndham team have loads of experience when it comes to getting a modern resort style look!

Here are some of the tips and hints, plus Pinterest boards for your inspiration!

 

CLUTTER

Clear up clutter with clever storage and hidden devices. Have strategically placed baskets, boxes, draws and hidey holes for all of life’s much needed clutter.

COLOUR

Go neutral for your base and pull out your theme colour, or a variation thereof, for a feature wall, door, or statement furniture piece. Don’t be afraid of colour, patterns or clashing elements – but when in doubt, the age old adage stands – less is more!

FABRIC

Fabric and fabric choices are where resort style living comes to the fore – fabric choices for resorts reflect a number of things, both practical and aesthetic. Practical elements include, of course, the long wearing nature of fabric choices, the durability and ‘cleanability’ of floor and chair coverings, cushions and lounge furniture is a must for resort stylists. Aesthetically, a resort stylists challenge is to achieve a ‘home away from home’ comfort level feel, heightened with elements which reflect the unique nature and location of the resort, accentuating the key features of the resort and providing a truly relaxing, yet highly desirable, look and feel for guests to walk in and feel like they leave their troubles at the door!

FURNITURE

Furniture choices too, reflect the unique aspects of the resort, in addition room size, shape and the number of guests who could be using the space is a key factor in furniture choice. If a family of four is staying the room it is essential enough dining and lounging seating is available for everyone to enjoy. Likewise in your home interior styling the number of people you want to be able to seat is essential to take into consideration when choosing furniture. Do you often have guests stay and watch movies all together? Then choosing a lounge suite which suits is important – whilst the 4 seater might be lovely – it is difficult to have a comfy chat when you’re sitting in a row – so maybe an individual 2 and 3 seater might be better.

LIGHTING

Lighting choices abound, and choosing feature lighting is now an essential part of an interior stylists roll. Base lighting must provide the practical element to be able to cook, read or study, but recent trends see oversized industrial lighting, stunning glass pendants or exposed light bulbs added to spaces as much for their aesthetic ‘art like’ qualities, as well as their practical light providing ones too!

FINISHING TOUCHES

Flowers, plants, cushions, painting, photographs and prints – the finishing touches are what make a house your home. Giving your family photos, children’s drawings and favourite prints the same coloured frame and picture mat will allow your treasures to shine, whilst also mimicking the resort style living we love!

 

CITY CHIC

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CONTEMPORARY BEACH

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ECLECTIC

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