Summer Land Camels

If you haven’t visited Summer Land Camels, then you have missed not only a wonderful day out, but also, a highly entertaining experience.

The farm is the 3rd largest in the world. Around 600 camels are on site and another 300 off site. That’s a lot of camels! And yet, look at the beautiful mum above, so happy and proud of her baby. Yes I can confirm, the camels are all happy and well looked after.

We were so lucky to hear from Jeff Flood who gave the most interesting history of how he ended setting up the farm. If you have the opportunity to talk to him, you should, and listen. Love hearing how something came about being, it gives you so much more perspective! We were then treated to a behind the scenes tour, with his son Corey, who was very informative and happy to answer questions. Big thank you to both and all staff who were relaxed, helpful and friendly,

The cafe and shop is located in the awesome old renovated Queenslander above. Love the wrap around verandah giving you the most incredible uninterrupted views across this gorgeous part of the Scenic Rim.So how about a few facts.

Firstly, Camels do not spit, they do not stink, they do not have top teeth, and, apparently, they are not grumpy! But camels also have the solving iq of a 6 year old human equivalent, just keep that in mind. I mean we all know how cunning our little humans can be!

Why are camels simply amazing animals? Many reasons. They have the best wool, their milk is second only to human milk, mix them with normal farm stock in dry conditions and your cattle and sheep will not lose condition. Plus, they rarely become ill. Worms are their biggest problem, but, if wormed regularly, even ticks don’t appear to affect them. Seriously, how special are these incredible creatures?.No those guys are not deceased, they are simply chilling and enjoying an afternoon nap. And yet they look somewhat like a camel puzzle! I do wonder how comfortable it can possibly be to sleep like this, however, they obviously find it to their liking.

In the middle of January, they are still losing their winter wool, with awesome shiny coats showing through. The tufts on their neck were really cool up close, set at regular intervals, totally different to a horses mane, it looks like someone has threaded those little tufts by hand. And then there are the beards underneath the neck. They are quite cute. Their life span? About 50 years.

We were so lucky to be allowed into the paddock with youngsters. After curiously checking out the invading humans and their camera gear, some turned their backs. Not sure if this was the ostrich approach of if I cannot see you, you are not there, or they were simply regrouping to decide on the next strategy. Whatever it was, still kinda cute!

Check out the wool on this baby! Oh and guess who this was?? It was my little mate Marvin from the Sandgate Jingle on the Bay. You may remember that article from a few weeks ago. He was the little man who was quite vocal in his displeasure at being separated from his home. We found out, Marvin was bottle fed and has a little mate Ella who is so bottle fed. The two are very close. When Marvin left to travel to the other side of Brisbane and be a star in the parade, little Ella missed him. She was more than delighted when Marvin arrived home.The Scenic Rim is simply stunning. With the farm location, you are on the edge of this beautiful part of Australia. If I was a camel, this paddock with a stunning outlook, would be my pick. I’m not sure they notice, but pretty sure I would!

We have so much to learn from these incredible animals, seriously these guys are very relaxed and cool. Make sure you go check them out some time. Visit the cafe, check out the retail shop, try a camel milk gelato, purchase some feta or milk to take home. Or, just have a coffee and chill on the balcony, whilst you watch the majestic camels beyond. Oh, and listen. The noise they make is awesome, very chilled, laid back, almost lazy, yet enough to make you know they have an opinion.

I for one, will now be adding this to the list of where to take our visitors when they stay. Go and check it out. Hope there are plenty of babies when you go, they are simply, too cute! Might see you there!

Emporium Hotel – South Bank, Brisbane

Before you enter the glittering building itself, your eyes are drawn to the spectacular display of colour inside the Emporium. Add to this the sparkling Christmas decorations at the time, and you could not possibly walk by without even a glance.

Upon entering you are met with a friendly greeting from concierge as well as a building oozing in sparkling, reflective finishes. Not only can you stay in this hotel, you could also buy an apartment and reside here, permanently. But today, was for a Christmas event, held in The Terrace bar on the 21st floor.

To visit the bar, ride the lift from the ground floor up to the 21st floor. The lifts continue the sensory overload theme of this hotel. Beneath your feet and on the walls, constantly changing scenes light up your ride.The trip to the terrace is worth it. A massive bar dominates the back wall of the room, overlooked by a moving canvas of neon. The glittering ceiling rolls back to reveal a glass roof, giving an added air of space to the area.Even the floor moves, with lighting continually changing from square to square.There is a constant wow factor here. Just as you are focusing on one area, something else lights up and catches your eye. But there is one overwhelmingly beautiful view which is most definitely the cherry on the top for this impressive building.Brisbane comes to life beneath the balcony, with breathtaking views across Southbank, Brisbane river to the city and beyond. Personally, I could spend hours here, just watching the living, breathing city, going about its day to day business.Sunset is always impressive, however 21 floors up with a totally uninterrupted view of our wonderful city (yes I may be biased here, but seriously, Brisbane is pretty cool!), it is simply stunning.

You cannot access the pool area, unless you are staying on premises, however, imagine lounging around this infinity pool with a sprawling Brisbane City laid out before you. It’s pretty hard to find such an uninterrupted view anywhere.Parking is available directly beneath this complex, or in the nearby Southbank car park. However, if you would like to come sit, wile away some time over lunch, dinner, or enjoy a catch up drink with friends, then try the train. The hotel is built into the platform of the South Bank train station, really, how much more convenient do you want!

Impress your visitors as you stop by here for one of Brisbane’s most incredible vistas. It will be pretty hard to find someone who finds this view blasé. Or, book in and treat yourself to weekend of indulgence. With all of South Bank on the doorstep, this area has a lot to offer!