Is Brisbane a nice place for travel?

Brisbane is known as Brivegas, the metropolis of Australia. Brisbane is the third-largest town in Australia of the places where folks ought to live; a golden paradise snuggled on the gold coast.

Is Brisbane a nice place to travel? The answer is a resounding YES. Nature harmoniously integrated within the hustle and bustle of city life. No wonder people flock by the hundreds to see its beauty. When you are traveling to Brisbane, here are some of the must-see places to visit:

SkyPoint Climb. A 360-degree sweeping view of the gold coast. The climb is not for everybody, most especially for the pigeon-hearted Adventurers will love the shrill and thrill of climbing the building providing a birds-eye view of the Brisbane.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Interact with the native animals of Australia like such as Kangaroo, wallabies, koala bears, and emu in their natural environment. Connect with animals as you touch, feed and even cuddle them, with the assistance of Zoo Experts.

South Bank. A community park created for the city dwellers. The attractive park is snuggled in the middle of the busiest district within the city. The street beach, an artificial lake smacked in the heart of South Bank, offers a quick refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city life. No need to drive miles to bask underneath the sun, walk on the sandy shore and swim in the water. Epicurious Garden provides free gourmet on the go for anyone. Chill and relax while having some barbies and fresh vegetables plus fruits from the garden.

Brisbane offers an excellent way to shift from city life to nature without having to travel miles, and only within a few minutes reach. Experience a glimpse of the gold coast and be cast away with the beauty of the city. Nice is an underrated classification for best serviced accommodation Brisbane, as it is an excellent place to visit.


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How to get a home inspection

One of the biggest problems with the construction industry in Australia is that there is no Minimum requirement to become a building inspector, no registration process or national licensing authority. With this in mind, how do you get a home inspection that you can trust? You have to do you due diligence before choosing an inspector, to ensure they are qualified to give you the correct advice and carefull examination of house. Ideally your inspector will be a qualified and experienced construction professional. Who works for a fully insured and licensed building company. The company should be insured for both public and private indemnity. They should have the experience and integrity to operate in a completely impartial manner.


You want to ensure your inspector does not have a vested interest in find a problem that doesn’t exist. Thus ensuring a fair and unbiased data to work from. Look for an inspector who specializes in your particular type of build, if you cannot find one of these, try to find an inspector who works with new builds. Some inspection companies may only specialize in one type of inspection, such as a presale assessment. But once you have found the right company, you can rest assured in the knowledge that your new home is structurally sound and built to the highest quality.


If you want to avoid an expensive surprise in the future, it is always better to see issues, before you are caught for the cost of repair. Here is a list of common problems a qualified inspector should check for: That your roof is correctly tied down and your house is correctly waterproofed. The builder had used proper fixing methods. Your pool should also be inspected for any faults. He or she should check for misaligned wall, floors and ceilings. All of these can prove an expensive fix after the fact.




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How to Pick the Right Pool Pump

Contrary to what you might believe, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all pool pump. Just as there multiple pool sizes and shapes, there are multiple pool heat pumps in Gold Coast. If you have a standard rectangular pool, it may be easier to find one that fits. This article will guide you on how to pick the right pool pump, while showing you a few features to look out for that might save costs later on.


Tips for Choosing the Right Pool Pump


  • Speed: pool pumps come in either single, dual or variable speeds – fast, or slow. Single speed pumps come with just one speed setting – fast. The problem with them is that they keep running fast, even during off pool season – so more energy’s consumed. Some eco-friendly states may have laws against them, so check regulations before buying. Dual speeds allow you to switch from fast to slow speeds when the pool’s not in use. The most expensive of all 3 is the pump that comes with variable speed. They make less noise, and typically come with permanent magnetic motors that don’t require electricity to work. They last longer, and speed can usually be adjusted digitally.


  • Pool Size: there’s a really simple math to calculate your flow rate – the amount of water that moves within a given time frame (turn over). It’s calculated to find the gallons per minute (GPM). What you’ll need to know – the gallons of water in your pool and your desired turnover rate. To get the GPM, divide the number of gallons in your pool, by your desired turn over rate. Once you get the figure, divide that by 60 (minutes) and you’ll get GPM.E.g. if your pool has 30,000 gallons of water, and your desired turn over is 6 hours, your figure will be 30,000/6 = 5,000. 5,000/60 = 83.33 GPM.


  • In-Ground or Above-Ground Pool? The location of the pool’s filter will affect the position of the pump. A filter located above the pump requires a top-mount pump. A filter on the same level as the pump requires a side-mount pump. Find out if you have a sand, cartridge or DE filter, as that’ll affect the type of filter you get.


Know how many horsepowers you want, and what type of plug you prefer and you’re good to go.

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Are handcrafted engagement rings worth it?

Are you looking forward to get married to the love of your life? Do you want to impress her with the right engagement ring? If you are going to get engaged to your ladylove you should consider buying a handcrafted engagement ring. A lot of people wonder, “are handcrafted engagements rings worth it?”

The best thing about handcrafted rings is that you can make it more special by getting them customized. A well designed engagement ring will leave her stunned; and fall in love with you even more. An engagement ring that your fiancée will be able to show to her friends is one of the best thing you can ever give her.

When you buy a stunning handcrafted engagement rings, it will be one of the many designs available on the market. It is possible what you buy for your lady, another man has bought the same thing for his lady. When you buy a handcrafted ring, it means that it is unique and there is no chance that someone else can ever have the same ring.

If you think are handcrafted engagements rings worth it then you must know that these rings are highly higher in value than the regular premade rings available in the jewellery stores. As the ring is handcrafted and made with utmost care and passion, it will have greater value too.

When you are going to buy handcrafted rings for your fiancée, you would have to visit a certified and reputed jeweller around you. If you have any design idea on mind, share the same with him and he will take your design idea as inspiration to create an excellent engagement ring for your special day. You can also talk to the jeweller to make matching rings for you too if you want similar looking rings for both of you. He will make a ring for him and a ring for her so that you both look a perfect couple.

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Know how to pick photography studio lights for great photography

When you are designing your own photography studio, you should ought to pay attention to the different elements of the studio and one of the most important thing is the lights. You are going to make sure that you have the perfect lighting in your studio that will help you in getting the best quality results. But for this you even need to know how to pick Etoile Collective photography studio lights so that you will get the most controlled environment for practicing your passion. Moreover, there are different kinds of lighting that are available for your studio but you should definitely need to choose the one that will suit your preferences and requirements.


Getting high quality photographs can be accomplished with the help of professional gear so that you will enjoy endless creative possibilities of playing with shadows. Whether you want to add a sparkling light source or creating a glow to your photographs, you also have to look for a studio lights that offers you high quality lighting. You should also keep in mind the budget that you have set aside for the purchase of the studio light so that you will be within your set budget. When selecting a studio lights, you ought to take into account the strobe power of the light so that you need get the required level of fall offs, guide numbers and light output.


When buying studio lights for the first time, you should also have to understand the watt seconds which means the amount of power consumed by the lights so that you will get the kind of photographs that you desired. You even have to consider purchasing the best light stands that will allow you to get the desired level of studio flash that will help you get the right angle and distance to the subject.

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Tips on Buying The Best Online Shoe Shops Australia

When shopping for the best online shoe shops Australia there are a few important aspects that must be taken into account. Online shopping has become a highly popular trend these days due to several benefits that it has to offer. With that said, buying shoes online may be daunting, especially if you are not used to Internet shopping, but it is relatively convenient. In this article, you will find out about the process of shopping shoes online.

When looking to purchase shoes online from a shoe shops in Australia, one of the most important things to do is to consider the size. You may have to enter the correct size manually. It is recommended that you look for shoes in your size, rather than buy shoes and then see if they are the right size. Selecting your size is not difficult because online shoe shops would allow you to pick the size.

With so many types and options available, you could be tempted to purchase more than you want. So before you start shopping, it would be better if you could set yourself a budget and stick to it.

A major problem that deters people from shopping online is the risk of fraud and identity theft. For this reason, it is absolutely vital that you know the features to look for, in order to ensure that you are shopping at the right site. Here are some key aspects to look for:

  1. Make sure that the site is safe and secure.
  2. Make sure that the site offers secure payment methods.
  3. Check reviews to see if other customers are satisfied with the service provided.

Thus, you ought to consider all of the above-mentioned aspects when finding the best online shoe shops Australia. These guidelines and tips would allow you to buy the best shoes online at a reasonable price.

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How to get fast internet in Australia?

The Internet business plan has become an indispensable part of most of the Australian population. A big percentage of the total population uses the internet for one reason or the other. With the growing demand for internet services over the past few years, the number of service providers has also increased. At present, there are several internet providers in Australia. However, not all of them are the same. There are differences in the services they offer. One of the most important factors when choosing an internet service is speed. Most of the time, people choose an internet provider by speed. So, most people think about how to get fast internet in Australia. Let us take a look at how we can get high-speed internet service in Aussie land.

Several companies have been conducting speed tests in order to find out the fastest internet in Australia. The results of different companies are different than others due to some factors. According to Business Insider, the fastest internet speed is offered by Telstra. Their speed test was based on Netflix i.e. how long did the videos take to buffer videos. According to their January report, their top speed reached 4.38 Mbps. It is to be noted that this result is for their NBN service only. Their non-NBN service ranked number 4 on the list of fast buffering speed on Netflix standing at 3.83 Mbps being the highest.

The second highest on their list was Optus giving a speed of 4.04 Mbps offering three different types of service – fiber, cable, and DSL. The third one is Exetel that showed the highest speed of 3.99 Mbps while using Netflix.

As you got to know about the services of the three best companies, you should not worry about how to get fast internet in Australia. You may choose one of the options mentioned before so that you can enjoy using fast internet in your home or office.

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Jason Cesani and Nadia Husiak are the creative force behind the colourful and mesmerising textile design studio, Printink, based in Collingwood, Melbourne.  With an experimental eye for geometric design and natural colours, this inspiring duo who met while studying at RMIT, offer an eclectic range of hand screen-printed products that are 100% locally designed, sourced and crafted.


For those who don’t know, how would you describe your work?

Tinker by Printink Studio is distinguished by its celebration of colour, nature, imagination, nostalgia and the mesmeric beauty of patterns. Our designs uplift and imbue their environments with lightness, spark and cheer. The bright, bold and distinctive prints prize and preserve the artisan skill of hand drawn designs and the creative adventures involved in hand screen printing our fabrics.  All products are unique and Australian Made.

The colour-fuelled lifestyle range spans homewares, linen tableware, fashion accessories, organic toddler, babywear. We also are planning to launch a small capsule range of women’s fashion.


How did the Tinker by Printink journey begin, what Is your story? Who or what inspired you to begin in your field?

We were both drawn to textile design for various reasons, however there was always a strong passion we both shared – for pattern and surface design. We actually studied together at RMIT in the mid 90s, completing our BA in Textile Design, majoring in screen print. (Jason is now a sessional lecturer at RMIT).

After finishing university, we all had the opportunity at different times to work with Georgia Chapman, formerly of Vixen Australia along with freelance work. It was an inspiring environment to work in, everything we did was hand screen printed. It allowed us to gain incredible knowledge and expertise of different techniques that helped structure our skill set.

Around the same time, there was a resurgence of the ‘handmade’ that was starting to make a comeback. With our confidence and desire to create something that was our own, we took the plunge and started Printink Studio.  Our Tinker label shortly followed a couple of years after and was launched in 2008.  The Tinker label has grown into a lifestyle brand crossing many genres, from homewares to organic kids’ clothing and fashion accessories.  Each product, garment and fabric is printed by us in our studio in Collingwood and we work alongside some amazing talented local makers who also help manufacture some of these products.

#handprintedforyoubyus is incorporated in all our branding and we are strong believers of our hash tag and mantra.


What are your current artistic influences and what inspires you to carry on doing what you’re doing?

With all our ranges, our mantra is to incorporate a variety of geometric designs and work them back alongside florals.  We use a combination of hand drawn elements and motifs to create all-over patterns and then juxtapose them with bold lines and geometric shapes. Colour is a major component and alongside pattern is one of the most important qualities that make up the Tinker brand.


What’s a typical day for Tinker by Printink?

Fortunately, there is not a typical day for us, especially when you introduce a three year old into the business (she is in the studio with us 2 days a week!).  We are the face and sole runners of the business so juggling our time to meet deadlines for our clients and be the creative force behind Tinker is certainly challenging…but we would not have it any other way.   Hand screen printing would be the only thread of ‘typical’ for us that links all the components of our business together.


Which other designers are you looking forward to seeing when you come to Bowerbird, 5-7 May?

Julie White for her colourful and distinctive scarves and products (plus she is local).  Temono, for their beautiful hand crafted leather goods (you can never have too many belts!!), plus we have recently done a collaboration with them.  So we have printed our designs onto leather which they have made into bags, purses etc.  Erin Lighfoot for her beautiful crafted ceramic ware.


What’s your favourite piece of your own work that will be available for at Bowerbird?

With autumn on its way and winter around the corner….. our favourite product that we will have at Bowerbird would be our new silk/wool scarves.  They’re amazingly soft and light, but so super warm and comfy.  Plus with the addition of colourful bold designs printed on them they are a must to accessorise any garment, with the added bonus of staying warm.


What advice would you give other aspiring artists and designers?

Nowadays artists, designers, students and graduates have so many options.  You can be more of a hand made designer and maker, or you can work in many commercial areas that use designers, not just in textiles, but fashion, graphic design and many other areas of this creative environment.

Advice would be to love the freedom that design can give you in terms of its creativity and having an artistic appreciation.


Is there anything else you’d like to share with anyone who is reading this and coming down to Bowerbird?

Looking forward to seeing everyone at there and escaping to Adelaide for the weekend.  Plus if we are organised enough we will be launching a small women’s wear capsule collection which we would love to have with us!!!!

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Leaving behind the managerial nine-to-five to follow his passion, Pete Cromer is from the Victorian Surf Coast and a man who lives by the light of the morning sun. An artist, designer and illustrator who creates his own bright and colorful patterns, Pete combines his artistic passion with his love of native Australian flora and fauna of all shapes and sizes in delivering some unforgettable design collections.


For those who don’t know, how would you describe your work? 

My work is meant to put a smile on your face. I like to create works that are bright, colourful and evoke feelings. I experiment with my mediums working across paint, collage and sculpture. I’m inspired by the personalities of my subjects – everything and everyone, in my eyes, is full of colour and life. I like to bring that out using colour and shapes.


How did the Pete Cromer journey begin, what is your story? Who or what inspired you to begin in your field? 

It was an itch that needed to be scratched. I was working as a creative manager for a company and it was very unfulfilling. I need challenges in life. I constantly have ideas in my head, so I quit and just gave my own thing a crack. Best thing ever.


What are your current artistic influences and what inspires you to carry on doing what you’re doing? 

Todd James, Amy Sol, Dan Lam just to name a few. Love their use of colour and forms, makes me feel good. I get inspired by the people I live with, they are just the best bunch of people and I’m grateful everyday to have them in my life.


What’s a typical day for Pete Cromer?

I live by the sun, so I get up when the sun rises and have a coffee and go to the gym. When I get home, I pop the kettle on for another coffee, and go through emails and plan my day. My husband works with me too, so I delegate a few tasks to him and then head down to my studio in Torquay by mid morning.  Here I create my collages and experiment with new ideas and mediums.  Time flies when you’re having fun. I try to revisit any emails later in the day just to keep on top of them. Some days are heavily creative and others are heavily hustling. I don’t like to work in the dark so by pm I’m done for the day and get home and unwind.


Which other designers are you looking forward to seeing when you come to Bowerbird?

I love seeing all the others designers and it will be great to see new ones too.  I am a sucker for Unforgettable Products. It’s so addictive.


What’s your favourite piece of your own work that will be available at Bowerbird? 

My favourite piece would have to be the Resin Budgies and Druids.  They are fun and colourful and each of them has their own personality.


What advice would you give other aspiring artists and designers? 

Back yourself and be yourself. Don’t worry what everyone else is doing, focus on your own path, it’s yours, not anybody else’s. Be friendly, work hard and go with your gut.


Is there anything else you’d like to share with anyone who is reading this and coming down to the Bowerbird design markets? 

Just soak up the amazing designers and atmosphere. My husband will be working on my stand too, he’s not as shy as me, so come by and say hello and enjoy the market.

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For some of the best chocolate brownies, cakes and sweets around, Four Seeds is a sweet tooth’s little piece of heaven. We caught up with founder and baker extraordinaire Mim Gollan, to discover more about the flavoursome delight that is Four Seeds.


For those who don’t know, how would you describe your work?

Two words — chocolate brownies. Or four words — salted caramel chocolate brownies. Or, if you (like me) have coeliacs, or an intolerance to gluten, then you’ll want to hear six words — gluten free, salted caramel chocolate brownies (but don’t tell the gluten lovers – they’ll never guess). Four Seeds’ retro kitchen cupboard pops up at events and festivals around Adelaide, serving up soul-nourishing chocolate brownies and a range of other small sweets. I have a couple of feeding philosophies, first and foremost that sweet treats should be satisfying, and second that even people with special food needs should be able to enjoy flavourful food. At Bowerbird I will have gluten free, dairy free, vegan and sugar free options –so hopefully no one has to miss out on a little energy kick to fuel their shopping experience. Also, when I’m not popping up around Adelaide, I create buttercream cakes for special occasions like weddings and birthdays and I supply small sweets to a number of local cafes.


How did the Four Seeds’ journey begin, what is your story? Who or what inspired you to begin?

I’ve always loved creating delicious and wholesome food, and even better if I can share it with others. When I was a toddler Mum had to balance me on her hip whenever she was in the kitchen, I had to watch what she was doing. After a decade of working in an office environment, I wanted to ditch the days of fluro lights and leaving the office as the sun set. I tested the waters with Four Seeds as a weekend hobby and my ever-patient boyfriend and I spent weekends baking and attending markets. Over time Four Seeds has grown to be my full-time profession (but is still Jesse’s weekend ‘hobby’).


What are your current artistic influences and what inspires you to carry on doing what you’re doing?

My Instagram feed is full of magnificent buttercream cakes, Scandinavian home wares, stunning (and immaculate) kitchens and glorious floral arrangements. Not all of these images inspire my baking directly, but they certainly feed my inner creative and let me dream a little along the way too.


What’s a typical day for Four Seeds?

A typical day? There is honestly no such thing. I’ve drawn myself up a weekly schedule, and each day is supposed to start with time in my garden. Unfortunately this is rarely (never) the case because I have a terribly habit of trying to pack too much into each day and writing unachievable to-do lists for myself. So instead of serenely waltzing into my day, I get straight onto the ‘important’ things like baking and replying to emails and doing my BAS and washing the dishes and washing the dishes (repetition intended). Needless to say I’m still working on that life balance thing, but I’m determined to get there.


Which other designers are you looking forward to seeing when you come to Bowerbird, 5-7 May?

Bowerbird has become like a big family reunion for Jesse and I. This coming event will be our eighth market, so many of the returning designers are now friends – incredibly talented friends. That makes it hard to list any favourites. However, we are building a new house this year, so I’m looking forward to being tempted by some creative homewares, and of course I’ll wistfully dream over a piece by Alfie & Audrey.


What’s your favourite piece of food that will be available for at Bowerbird?

Chocolate Brownies!! Bowerbird does such a great job of providing a fabulous spread of food, and it keeps growing! Now that I can’t eat gluten, my food choices are generally limited whenever I eat out, and that’s a very sad state of affairs when food plays such a strong part in my life. However, Let Them Eat always keeps me well fed and Sit Lo’s spring rolls are delicious.


What advice would you give other aspiring chefs?

I’m so not qualified to give any advice, especially not to a trained chef. But if I was giving myself advice, I would remind myself that there are only 24
hours in a day, and no matter how much I wish for more time there is only so much I can achieve in a day. While I do tell myself that, I’d be too embarrassed to show you the schedule I’ve been keeping since the beginning of 2017, it’s completely insane!


Is there anything else you’d like to share with anyone who is reading this and coming down to Bowerbird?

We’ll be changing our position this year, you’ll find your favourite brownies in the middle of Bowerbird, so you can have a quick break and energy top-up as you explore the amazing talents and creations that make BB one of our annual highlights.

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