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Bush Tucker Garden – the Photos

Bush Tucker Garden – the Photos

Bush Tucker Garden - The Photos

Bush Tucker Garden – The Photos

Ok, so we remain a little excited about our wonderful new garden area, incorporating our bush tucker, herb, tea, tropical and orchard fruits sections.  I have taken a few photos for you – below you will find our Bush Tucker Garden – the photos album!

What you will also notice is the most amazing grassed area, lined and ready to go for some great touch footy championships amongst our guests.  This new garden area can be reached by entering through our new “secret” door – hand picked from an old Queenslander and a perfect entrance to the wide open spaces of the garden.

…and when you are all exhausted after your exertions, there is nothing better than sipping a cool drink poolside with our refurbished pool deck and new outdoor furniture (direct from Cosh Living) or maybe perch on our funky, red, designer bar stools as you chat whilst preparing a great meal (using the cookbooks we have on hand – including Local Steven Snow’s “Byron Cooking & Eating” or a great selection of Donna Hay Cookbooks…)

ah, but I digress…  Back to the latest photos – including ones we have from inside showing our new purchases!

Happy holidays – dream about what is possible; believe you can do it; make the most of your leave; plan, book and enjoy your holiday; then dream about where you will go next!  It is your turn!

Would you like to book or find out more about us?

Check out our rates, (yes, we do accept credit cards – through our paypal!)

Look at our last minute accommodation specials or

Send us an enquiry now! 

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Until next time – enjoy your day wherever you are from La Maison Pacifique “The Peaceful House” and your boutique designer luxury holiday home vacation rental in Casuarina, New South Wales, Australia – half way between the Gold Coast QLD and Byron Bay NSW, Australia.

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Di Hendy
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La Maison Pacifique
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How to choose Travel Insurance

How to choose Travel Insurance

How to choose Travel Insurance

How to choose Travel Insurance

We love providing helpful advice to all our friends, so it please us enormously when we were recently contacted by Alison Rex Paulin of Travel Insurance Direct in relation to our earlier post about Top Tips for Stress Free Travel.  The lovely Alison has now compiled for all La Maison Pacifique subscribers, friends, guests and followers her Top Tips on How to choose Travel Insurance – and you know they will be great as it comes from an Industry Professional (and a real person!)

Thanks again Alison, and read on for her/our Top Tips on how to choose Travel Insurance:

Buying travel insurance is becoming more complex in Australia as there are so many insurers to choose from.  Here are some tips to look out for when you buy.

Comparison Sites

Comparison sites are a go-to for those who are starting their search.  Be aware that comparison sites are a business, they charge a fee for companies to get “compared”, and some of them don’t see the value in that.  Consequently not every travel insurer is included in the comparison – because they’re not there, doesn’t mean they’re no good.  There are some comparison sites that will ask for your email address and contact information before providing you with a quote and that can put people off.

Travel insurance is included with many credit cards.  You will need to meet strict terms and conditions in order to activate the insurance for your holiday such as, meeting a minimum spend on your card for flights.  There may also be a high excess that can’t be reduced.  Ensure you understand the benefits of the policy and if you don’t, then contact them to find out.

When looking for travel insurance, here are some things to consider:

1. What am I covered for if I am sick or injured overseas?

If you think of the worst case scenario then trust is a big factor when considering travel insurance.  Ask yourself, do you think this company will look after you if something goes really wrong?  Is there a 24hr/emergency assistance number?  Will you be  repatriated to Australia?  Will they fly someone over to be with you?  Do you have to pay medical costs upfront?  Is the underwriter a name I recognise?

2. What’s the excess?

If you need to claim, the excess will be deducted from the final amount they pay you.  Some insurers will allow you to reduce the excess for an additional premium.  Check which benefits the excess  to and if its applied to every claim or just once.  If there is a low premium, check whether there is a high excess.

3. Are my medical conditions covered?

Many insurers will cover your medical conditions which are stable and low risk such as asthma and allergies.  Some insurers consider all your medical history and will only look at conditions you’ve had 90 days before you buy.  Existing medical conditions relate to the travellers and usually to relatives at home as well.  If you have elderly parents whose illness may mean you need to cancel your trip, then find out what you’d be covered for.

4. What’s the cover for your belongings?

If you are taking expensive gear with you, is depreciation applied when you claim or is it “new for old”? Can you pay extra to have your valuable items covered for what you paid?  Is there cover for items you have borrowed or buy on your trip?

5. What activities are you planning to do when you are away?

If you are skiing, snowboarding, sailing or surfing you will need to check whether your policy covers you while you are doing these activities.  There may be exclusions or limitations to the cover – for example, you may need to pay extra if you are skiing there may be certain conditions around the licence you need to have if you plan to ride a motorcycle or scooter.

6. Any recommendations?

The best recommendations you can get are from your friends or family who have made a claim and have had a positive experience.  Have a look on review sites, facebook pages and social networks to see what others are saying about the insurer you want to go with.  If people have had problems with the insurer, see how the company manages it on social media.  Email the insurer a question and see if you are happy with how they respond to you and how quickly they respond.

and… don’t forget – a little research time is never wasted

Spending a bit of time researching can save you a lot if things go wrong, so if you can, don’t leave your travel insurance decision to the last minute.

Article written by Alison Rex Paulin.  Alison is the Customer Experience Manager for Travel Insurance Direct.

Happy holidays – dream about what is possible; believe you can do it; make the most of your leave; plan, book and enjoy your holiday; then dream about where you will go next!  It is your turn!

Would you like to book or find out more about us?

Check out our rates, (yes, we do accept credit cards – through our paypal!)

Look at our last minute accommodation specials or

Send us an enquiry now! 

You can also Contact us for more information or Subscribe to our free monthly email newsletter

Until next time – enjoy your day wherever you are from La Maison Pacifique “The Peaceful House” and your boutique designer luxury holiday home vacation rental in Casuarina, New South Wales, Australia – half way between the Gold Coast QLD and Byron Bay NSW, Australia.

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Di Hendy
Property Consultant & Interior Designer
La Maison Pacifique
Telephone – call +61 411 452 759
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Taste of Kingscliff & the Tweed Coast

Taste of Kingscliff & the Tweed Coast

Taste of Kingscliff & Tweed Coast

Taste of Kingscliff & Tweed Coast

We love local events and the upcoming week is no exception – the annual Taste of Kingscliff & the Tweed Coast provides a plethora of opportunities to explore our beautiful region, meet the locals and sample what is some of the best produce you will find for miles!  With a range of events – from a free picnic to a Wine and Cheese Night, the Taste of Kingscliff & The Tweed Coast provides one of the best opportunities yet to sample our Coast!

You can find the official website here – or just read our copy below for the information as at today!

The official opening of the inaugural Taste of Kingscliff and the Tweed Coast is at the Cudgen Leagues Club on Friday 11 July 2014.  The event will be officially opened by Geoff Provest MP and will include lunch, guest speaker and finishing with the cutting of the Cakes By the Moon festival cake.

The lunch will commence at Noon and ticket cost of $45 includes beer, wine and soft drink.    Tickets to this event are strictly limited and must be purchased on-line.  Those wishing to attend can follow the booking link below.

Click Here for Opening Luncheon Bookings

Friday 11 July  6pm      MEMPHIS NIGHT @ Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club    Free Entry

Tommy Memphis  Step out in those ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ Hound Dogs because ‘I Just Can’t Help Falling In Love’ with Tommy Memphis.  Join in a night of fun with some rockin tunes and a fabulous Memphis inspired menu at Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club.  Entry is free and Tommy is sure to get you on your feet dancing.  Stay tuned for more menu options.

Contact Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club on

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 July –  10am to 5pm daily     

Scoot Airlines TWEED’S BIGGEST PICNIC      Free Entrypicnic

Tweed’s Biggest Picnic will feature in Jack Evans Boat Harbour on Saturday 12 July and Sunday 13 July 2014.  Two days of food and fun in the park overlooking the gorgeous harbour on the mighty Tweed River in the heart of the Tweed Heads CBD.  The event will feature a large family picnic area to enjoy the many food options offered by a number of local and visiting food & market traders and stage entertainment from 10am to 4pm each day.

As well as eating there will also be feature displays and demonstrations showing various techniques of how to make, bake and create!  Local and renowned chefs will show off their skills and offer you handy tips and techniques of one of the oldest and loved arts in the world – cooking!  Music and other entertainment will also be on offer as Aria Events and Entertainment present visitors to the event a taste of what the Tweed Shire has to offer and also to bring out that amazing chef in you!

Great music on Saturday with Bill Jacobi – @V Grant – @Elizabeth Lord – Leigh James and Denis Warren!
Fabulous food demonstrations on Saturday featuring Ilias The Greek sweets at 2pm @Gozleme World at 3pm.

The morning will be Craig Scott from Tumby Sauce CO – Damien Pigot from Crepes Bretonne and the amazing Debra Allard from Cheeses Loves You making a mozza and cultured butter! Oh yeah!

Monday 14 July  10am      WALK THE WHARF    Free Entry BOOKED OUT

tweed marina Enjoy a relaxing morning as we wander from the Tweed Marina and gain some insight into our local wharf and fishing industry. Learn a bit about the history of the Tweed River with the Tweed Historical Society and how it all began.  Get a few tips on filleting fish and cleaning crabs from an industry professional.  The walk will finish in Ray Pascoe Park with a cooking demonstration and tasting with local Chef Anthony McCulloch.
This event will begin at Tweed Marina at 2 River Terrace Tweed Heads at 10am.  This is a FREE event and numbers are strictly limited.

 Tuesday 15 July  6.45am  Saltbar Salt Village Business Networking Breakfast – $27.50    

business networking breakfast small  Join us for a business networking breakfast at Salt Village with a focus on food.  Guest Speakers will deliver talks on product and  business development and insight into growing a business from a small to medium/large business.  Ticket price will include fruit, juice, a hot breakfast, tea & coffee and a Taste Gift Bag.

This is a ticketed event $27.50 per person – no concessions.

Click Here to buy your Breakfast Ticket

Tuesday 15 July  10am  Cakes By The Moon Cake Decorating Class – Free Entry BOOKED OUT

Cakes by Moon shop  Would you like to learn some fabulous tips on how to decorate cakes just like a professional?  Well this event offers participants an intimate class in Kathy’s gorgeous cake shop on Marine Parade Kingscliff and the opportunity to enter the world of cake decorating and develop your skills.  This event is absolutely free and includes a gift bag from Cakes By the Moon.   Numbers are strictly limited for this event.

Wednesday 16 July   10.30am    High Tea on the Tweed    $40.00 per person

high tea 1 Join us for a lovely morning cruising on the Goldern Swan with Tweed Endeavour Cruises  down the mighty Tweed River.  Enjoy a gorgeous high tea by Invitation Cuisine and a lovely relaxing 2 hour river cruise.   High Tea is served on a layered cake stands and is laden with sweet and savoury delicacies. Travelling with Tweed Endeavour River Cruises[Party and Booze Cruise Boat]    A range of flavoured tea by Local Madura Tea Estates and local Byron bay coffee is available served with full fat milk and soy milk option, lemon slices sugar cubes, raw sugar and honey in beautiful tea cups sauces and plates, with pretty teapots and silverware.

Click Here to book your ticket for a High Tea on Tweed.

Thursday 17 July 10.30am    Madura Tea Farm Tour and Lunch – Free** BOOKED OUT

madura tea farm shot  This is a great opportunity to visit our local operating Tea Farm – Madura Tea Estates – and discover the processes involved in growing, producing and distributing tea!  This free tour includes free return bus transfer from Tweed Heads Visitor Information Centre (10.30am) and Kingscliff Visitor Information Centre (10.45am) departing from and returning to the respective Visitor Information Centres, for guests to disperse to one of their favourite Kingscliff & Tweed Coast cafés or restaurants of choice.

Thursday 17 July  6pm    Wine & Cheese Movie Night    $25 per person
BOOK NOW – ALMOST FULL!

cinemax stephen The Cinemax Cinema in the Azure Building on Marine Parade Kingscliff welcomes guests to enjoy the Australian premiere of the French drama romance film, A Promise, in their art house movie cinema.  The movie will be preceded by a wine and cheese tasting in the theatre foyer.  Enjoy wines from the Robert Oatley Vineyards and a selection of cheeses from Nimbin Valley Dairy.  The price includes entry for one adult into the theatre and the tasting.  Tickets are strictly limited and sell quite quickly, so get in early to avoid disappointment.  This is an 18 + event.

Click Here to book your ticket to the Wine & Cheese Movie Night

Thursday 17 July 6pm   Roast & Roll Up Barefoot Bowls at Cudgen Leagues Club – Pay on Night

bare foot bowls Treat yourself to a fun night of bare foot bowls on the green under lights at the Cudgen Leagues Club.  This is a great opportunity to try the game of lawn bowls with family, a group of friends or work colleagues.  Thursday night is Roast Night at the Club, so why not book in for a meal and a game of lawn bowls. Payment for this event is direct to the club and includes $9 for a Roast or $8 for members and green fees of $5 per person.

For bowls bookings contact Club Reception –

Friday 18 July   Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club Street Bazaar –  Free Entry

katmandu-kitchen-award-shot Kingscliff’s Marine Parade will come alive to the public with static and interactive displays of music, art and street entertainment from 5pm into the night.  This is a free family friendly event encouraging local and visiting families to come and enjoy a festive atmosphere on the street and select from the fabulous food options our Kingscliff’s dining precinct has to offer.   2014 will not see a street closure but will offer visitors a taste of what Kingscliff has to offer from Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club bistro and entertainment lounge through to the marvellous Mexican delights at Baja Restaurant.

More details coming soon!

Saturday 19 July  5.30am arrival    SCOOT LONG TABLE DINNER – $85 per person

LTD ppl bloke laughing  We are very excited to announce the Scoot Long Table Dinner is back in Lion’s Park on Marine Parade in the heart of Kingscliff on Saturday 19 July 2014.  It will be hard to top the menu and entertainment from last year, but organizers promise to deliver what they anticipate will be the ‘must do’ event of 2014 including performances from the Caldera Institute and Murwillumbah Theatre Company.  On-line ticketing is now open and again will be limited seating, so make sure you get in early to secure your table.

Please be aware that seating positions and food requirements are taken at the time of the booking and done by you!  If you wish to sit with your friends you will need to organise your party prior to booking online.  Click here to book!

Bon appetit!

Sunday 20 July  8am – 4pm   Gold Coast Airport TASTER AT SALT   Free Entry

picnic people market

This year’s event finale will be a tasting event at the beautiful Salt Village on Sunday 20 July 2014 from 8am.  Bring the family along for a morning produce market and a wonderful choice of hot and cold foods from a range of local traders and international inspired delights!  Also on the menu will be a number of cooking displays and demonstrations from local restaurants and food creators.

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while you shop and eat your way around our taster @ Salt while listening to the chillaxed tunes & creations of local artists.

Peppers Salt Resort _ Spa - couple poolside Discounted stay packages are available at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa in Salt Village, South Kingscliff.  Book a One Bedroom Apartment including full buffet breakfast, in-room movies and WiFi for 2 adults at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa for the special rate of $199 per night.  Valid for travel  from 11-20 July 2014.   Subject to availability.

To book call or email salt@peppers.com.au and quote ‘taste’ to receive the above special event rates

Taster @ Salt

Make sure you check back often for the latest updates, or follow us on facebook!

….Have we convinced you yet that your Casuarina NSW holiday could be your best ever at any time of the year?  All you have to do now is book your beach holiday!  Northern Rivers area NSW (including Kingscliff, Casuarina, Pottsville and Cabarita Beach) is the perfect spot – and its location is ideal – 1/2 way between the Gold Coast and Byron BayPatrolled beaches line the coast.  We even have CarlaLisa and Pete’s top tips on things to do in Kingscliff! You can even book a picnic or high tea with Teaspoon High Tea Events!  Check out our blog and news, location and attractions and what’s on and markets for more great tips and things to do on your Northern Rivers summer holidays!

Happy holidays – dream about what is possible; believe you can do it; make the most of your leave; plan, book and enjoy your holiday; then dream about where you will go next!  It is your turn!

Would you like to book or find out more about us?

Check out our rates, (yes, we do accept credit cards – through our paypal!)

Look at our last minute accommodation specials or

Send us an enquiry now! 

You can also Contact us for more information or Subscribe to our free monthly email newsletter

Until next time – enjoy your day wherever you are from La Maison Pacifique “The Peaceful House” and your boutique designer luxury holiday home vacation rental in Casuarina, New South Wales, Australia – half way between the Gold Coast QLD and Byron Bay NSW, Australia.

Di Hendy - Di 4 Interior Designs

Di Hendy
Property Consultant & Interior Designer
La Maison Pacifique
Telephone – call +61 411 452 759
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