Location Report

Brisbane - Location Report

Quintessential Brisbane

Here’s our guide to a day in Brisbane – full of useful information if you are there to locum or stopping over on your way to the coast

Brisbane has 2 million residents, making it the third largest city within Australia and an exciting destination to explore.  Sydney has its harbour, Melbourne its port and Brisbane has its river.  On the north bank of the river is the CBD, with its sky-scraping offices; on the ‘South Bank’ is the artistic centre of Brisbane and famous as the home of the 1988 World Expo.  We’ll show you some of our picks on these two sides of the river, plus other areas nearby like Fortitude Valley and New Farm.

AM

Start your day on the South Bank and have breakfast/brunch at Gauge.  It opened this year and has a reputation for original, quirky dishes.  Gauge has no website, but can be found at 77 Grey Street.  From there head to GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) and see if you can spot any elephants standing on their heads.  Stop for a coffee in their ground floor café, which has views of the river and city.   Make time to enjoy the parklands on the South Bank and walk along the riverside walkway to see ‘The Wheel of Brisbane’.

MIDDAY

Book a river cruise and see the city from the water – some will even take you to a koala sanctuary!

LATE LUNCH

Back on dry-land in the CBD, walk to Queen Street Mall which is full of shops and a fantastic farmers market (perfect for lunch, but it only operates on a Wednesday).  For those looking for the most stylish shops, a visit to Queen St Plaza is a must.

Brisbane Markets

EARLY EVENING

James Street is in Fortitude Valley.  The hipster heart of Brisbane, full of creative speciality shops including fashion, health & beauty, lifestyle & design.  Wander around and see what gifts you can find to take home.  Hungry?  Try and get into Longtime Restaurant & Bar.  Incredibly busy, but it serves fantastic thai food (the chefs have cooked for the British and Thai royal families!).

NIGHTCAP

Head back to the CBD and have a cocktail in the small and intimate Laneway Bar.  As the name suggests, it is tucked away and not that easy to find!

WHERE TO STAY?

Our top picks are:

Ovolo Inchcolm - “distinctly boutique hotel of impeccable style and clandestine character”.

Spicers Balfour Hotel - “Located in the fashionable suburb of New Farm, Spicers Balfour Hotel is an award-winning boutique hotel just minutes from the Brisbane city centre. Step inside this iconic Queenslander and you'll discover a chic and stylish interior.”



Launceston, TAS - Location Report

QUINTESSENTIAL LAUNCESTON

What other city has a spectacular gorge of monumental proportions and breathtaking wonder, just a few minutes walk from the city centre? Well, nowhere but Launceston, as far as we know. And not only Cataract Gorge itself, but an impressive suspension bridge, cafes and special activities connected to this remarkable natural site.

Tasmania’s second biggest city, Launceston is ideally nestled at the head of the beautiful Tamar Valley. The pretty port, around which the city has grown,  has a fascinating history and a vibrant modern day culture. Within Launceston, we recommend a wander of the streets in the compact centre to give a real feel for the colonial settlement it once was.


HISTORY IN A SNAPSHOT

Before Launceston was settled in 1806 by colonial new arrivals, the area was the living place of the Palawa people, (Tasmanian Aboriginal people) for the past 40,000 years. The Palawa people lived in harmony with the land throughout Tasmania. An essential place to explore when in Launceston is the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Here you will see a full spectrum of art, history and culture - with fun activities for that bring the history alive.


EAT, DRINK, BE MERRY

Launceston, like the rest of Tasmania, has developed a well-deserved reputation for great wine, excellent food from the local surrounds, and a buzzing vibe in which to enjoy all these good things. 

Cool climate vineyards in the Tamar Valley, the Northern Tasmania wine region surrounding Launceston, are known for their Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Tamar Valley Wine Route has wonderfully captured the best offerings of the region and made it easy to access and enjoy.

Stop for tastings, enjoy a vineyard lunch, take home bottles based on your careful sampling or have them shipped back home for when you arrive.

If beer is your tipple, why not try the famous James Boags Brewery tour? Sample beer, hear about the brewing process and get amongst it all to really understand where the glorious, amber liquid comes from and how it arrives in its splendid form in your glass. They started way back in 1881 and still insist on using crystal clear Tasmanian water in the brewing process, as well as the best quality hops and barley.

You’ll need to eat, of course. To feast on the locally produced fare that is so well represented in Launceston restaurants is a real treat. As well as dining in,  the market is a must for food lovers to explore.  Launceston’s Community Farmers’ Market is every Saturday morning from 8.30am-12.30pm in the Cimitiere Street car park. It’s great to note that the market sells only food and beverages grown and produced in Tasmania and is run within Australian Farmers’ Market Association Guidelines (AFMA) guidelines. Take a basket to fill with artisanal products, meats, cheeses, bread, local wine, cider and beer. Don’t miss the fresh fruit and vegetables of this cool climate region with its beautifully defined seasons.

It’s well worth a browse on the Internet to find the restaurants, bars and cafes that most catch your eye but here are a few to get you started:

Stillwater – Check their site for information about the now famous, Tasmanian truffles over the winter too!

How about a vineyard lunch at Josef Chromy? The award winning cellar door and restaurant in beautiful surrounds is a pretty good place to spend an afternoon.

Chasing the magic beans? The marvelous Bean Hunter site has the low down on best the best places to get a coffee in Launceston. Wander the pretty streets, with your cafe-radar on to find your favourite places for morning treats and lunches during your stay.



SO MUCH MORE TO SEE AND DO, AND TASTE

One of the best websites to browse for specifics on Launceston events, places to visit, history and natural landmarks is the Festivale site which incidentally, also contains all you need to know about the annual festival in February that draws the crowds and brings the city and region into full swing.

The region’s natural beauty is truly staggering and it’s well worth setting aside some quality time to really explore whether it’s national park day walks, or longer hikes into the mountains; a road trip along the rugged, beautiful coastlines in either direction from Launceston itself; a trip out in a boat on the sea, or up the Tamar River, its all there to savour.

Launceston, like the rest of Tasmania, is a good example of good things coming in small packages. Not to be underestimated – definitely dedicate enough time to really slow down, wander, explore, indulge and relax.

Here are some more links about places we've mentioned above, that you might enjoy browsing:

 

About Nicola Speer

Nicola Speer is Prescript’s Senior Recruitment Partner for Radiology with a focus on locum and permanent positions across Australia, New Zealand and globally.

Nicola is very happy to answer your questions.

There are three ways to contact Nicola:

  1. Call Nicola on +61 405 429 799

  2. Email nicola@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Candidate Contact' to ask a question online (with the option to upload your CV)

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Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We’d love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town
— James Hill - Founder - Prescript Recruitment

Mildura - Location Report

WHAT 

WHERE

MILDURA

QUINTESSENTIAL MILDURA

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Sunny, sultry Mildura is something of an oasis amid some really dry country, a modern town with its roots firmly in the grand old pastoralist era. Its other calling cards include art deco buildings and some of the best dining in provincial Victoria. The hinterland, too, is worth exploring, from the nearby wilderness national parks to Murray River activities that include fishing, swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, houseboating, taking a paddle-steamer cruise or playing on riverside golf courses. The weather up here is very much blue sky – you can expect warm, sunny days even in midwinter.
— lonelyplanet.com

THINGS TO DO

WINERIES

Discover local wines at welcoming cellar doors around the Mildura region. Meet the winemakers and hear about how they make their wines using state of the art techniques and equipment or traditional practices. As well as serving up great wines for you to sample and enjoy, some cellar doors and wineries run restaurants in beautiful surroundings and host musical and gourmet events.

Varieties - Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 

LOCAL PRODUCE MAP

Paddleboats

Board a historic paddleboat for a river cruise. Once an important trading route, the Murray River was busy with boats carrying wool from the region's stations and homesteads. 

PARKS AND NATURE

Did you know there are over one million hectares of national parks around the Mildura region? Pink Lakes - spectacular colours – click to read why it is has been given its name! Visit the World Heritage Mungo National Park, home of the famous Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, and explore a place rich in Aboriginal history. 

See more - click here for the Visit Mildura list of other parks to visit.

TOURS

Discover Mildura are organisers of day trips in and around Mildura.  Run by locals who can help you explore the Mungo National Park, explain the local history with heritage trails and show off the best of the food and wine available.

WHERE TO EAT

Stefano's Café Bakery – Great coffee & pastries
Pizza Café at the Grand – Modern Italian
Jim McDougall in Stefano's Cellar - fresh, contemporary menu

WHERE TO STAY

Wide variety of choice available – from camping to luxury options and everything in-between (you can also sleep on a houseboat as you glide down the river!). Click here for Visit Mildura's list of options.

Mildura is sunny, pretty and relaxed. I loved the palm trees, wide streets with great cafes where you can sit outside and watch the world go by.
— Ian Ormesher // Prescript Recruitment

GETTING THERE

Mildura is on the border of New South Wales and Victoria as well as being less than a 90 minute drive from South Australia.  Well connected with flights from Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

 
Mildura’s big blue skies, sun soaked days and welcoming locals will cast a long and lasting impression, leaving treasured memories of holidays here.
— visitmildura.com.au

KEEN TO WORK IN MILDURA?

Prescript can help great doctors find great places to work in both locum and permanent positions. Call us on 1300 755 498 or email contact@prescript.com.au - we'd love to hear from you.

Alternatively, click on the button below to 'register as a candidate', 'subscribe for updates' or 'request a call'. 


Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town
— James Hill - Founder - Prescript Recruitment

Sydney - Location Report For Doctors

Sydney

QUINTESSENTIAL SYDNEY

Such a stunning city with all the iconic sights such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge that have become symbols of this incredible place – but there’s more to Sydney than the obvious big names.

Take a step into some suburbs outside the CBD, find some secluded beaches and harbour havens, meander pretty streets and dine in some of the hidden treasures that local foodies revel in and tourists make their mission to find.

HUNGRY?

How about some of the little restaurants and bars around Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Paddington? These suburbs are close to the city but another world in culture and style.

There is a rich cultural diversity in the culinary world in Sydney too with the best in Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Lebanese being just a few on the long list.

WALK AND EXPLORE

The beaches and harbours of Sydney are a must see. So vast you could take a lifetime to explore them all. On a shorter trip, why not walk the famous Bondi to Bronte coastline? The pathway meanders along right on the edge of the cliffs and provides incredible views and photo opportunities. Especially beautiful are the early mornings and late evenings where the colours glow.

Watch the ever-present surfers carving it up on the waves and if it’s during the warmer months, enjoy a dip, between the flags on Bondi, Tamarama or Bronte Beach.

If an ocean swim is not for you, try the iconic Icebergs Swimming Pool or Bronte Pool. In the harbours, you might enjoy a swim at Camp Cove, Neilson Park or Watson’s Bay.

FANCY A SPIN ON THE HARBOUR?

Boats are a symbol of Sydney’s water culture and there are no shortage of enviable yachts, sleek launches and stylish cruising vessels to see. An accessible, quick, cheap and lovely way to get on the water is to take one of the Sydney ferries. A trip to the suburb of Manly, another famous beach spot, takes only half an hour by ferry from Circular Quay, right in the heart of the CBD. Great views are on offer from the ferries of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge too.

CULTURE

Walking and viewing some of the contemporary and traditional art collections and galleries around Sydney is a pretty good way to spend a few hours. The Art Gallery of New South Wales, beautifully situated in the parklands overlooking the harbour, is free to visit and has an extensive collection of Australian, European, Asian and contemporary art. The Museum of Contemporary Art, right down by the water in Circular Quay is another of the big hitters – check their site for the latest exhibitions.

As well as the ever-popular big galleries, a walk around the streets of arty suburbs such as Paddington is a sure way to take in some cutting edge exhibitions by practicing artists. The Martin Browne Contemporary gallery, and in nearby Woollahra, The Oleson Irwin Gallery, are a good starting points.

KEEPING HEALTHY

Sydney’s health food and fitness scene is thriving. Testament to this are the fit bodies on all the beaches at dawn every day, exercising and enjoying the natural surroundings. For visitors too, there are plenty of yoga or Pilates classes that can be attended on a casual basis. There are gyms and outdoor fitness programmes, swimming schools, dance classes and more.

To keep up the energy and the healthy approach to life, why not try some clean, organic juices, smoothies and food from some of the well-stocked organic shops that can be found in most suburbs?

MARKETS

Wandering a city’s markets is a perfect way to really get a feel for a place. Sydney has a host to choose from. Most are on weekends with a few standouts for food being Everleigh Markets in Redfern – Every Saturday morning. Everleigh is a farmers’ market packed with fresh, quality produce, cheeses, meats, baked goods and more. You can also dine there on freshly made food, coffee and juices for a hearty market breakfast. Other great food markets include Bondi Beach – Every Saturday morning and Marrickville – Every Sunday morning.

For clothes, arts and crafts, try Bondi, Glebe, The Rocks and Paddington. Check online for details of times and addresses.

MORE

Of course there is SO much more to Sydney – We hope you enjoy exploring and recommend you take also some suburbs further afield that are culturally rich and diverse.

Find your way and discover. Let us know any favourite spots, recommendations or discoveries.

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Icebergs Swimming Pool - Bondi Beach - Sydney - Australia

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Canberra - Location Report

When you visit Canberra, prepare to experience one good thing after another. Because whether it's world-class wining and dining, iconic national treasures or breathtaking adventures, everything you're after is just moments away.

QUINTESSENTIAL CANBERRA

Canberra is often overlooked by visitors to Australia in favour or Sydney and Melbourne, but it is the best location to explore Australia's culture and heritage through its many galleries, museums and the old & new federal parliament buildings.

Known as the ‘Bush Capital’, it is surrounded by forest, farmland and nature reserves.  Canberra is a planned city with wide boulevards lined with large buildings and green open areas surrounding spacious suburbs.  The focal point is Lake Burley Griffin, with its impressive water jet fountain.

THINGS TO DO AND SEE

The Australian War Memorial – very moving with exhibits from dioramas of battlefields to modern interactive displays

New Parliament House – daily, free guided tours. See the House of Representatives and the Senate and stand on top, under the giant flagpole and admire the view.

Galleries – the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia are great to explore and show key moments and people which help tell the story about Australian identity.

The annual Floriade Festival – flowers (in their thousands), plants, music and market stalls. It gets incredibly busy, but worth going for the atmosphere.  This year it runs from Saturday 17 September until Sunday 16 October 2016.

Lake Burley Griffin – put on your trainers and cycle around its 35-kilometre perimeter, or if that is too ambitious you can walk/jog certain scenic sections.  From a certain look out point you can see Yarralumla which is the official residence of the Governor-General and where The Queen stays on her visits.

FOOD & DRINK

PLACES TO EXPLORE NEARBY

Canberra Wineries - Did you know that within a 40 minute drive there are 140 vineyards with more than 33 wineries? Take a tour and sample some distinctive, award-winning cool climate wines. Click here for a fun list to work your way through....

Jervis Bay is a two hour drive from Canberra on the New South Wales south coast.  Famous for its white, sandy beaches. 

Australian Alps - Bushwalk in Namadgi National Park or venture further afield and climb Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's tallest peak. 

 

WANT TO WORK IN CANBERRA?

Prescript Recruitment helps great doctors find great places to work – if you want to experience life in Canberra contact us and we’d be pleased to help you with locum and permanent positions.  Click on the button below to request a call, subscribe for updates or register as a candidate.

Bundaberg Location Report

Located a short 300 kilometres north of Brisbane, the Bundaberg region is the first point of entry to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. This area encompasses a diversity of coastal, island and hinterland areas.

QUINTESSENTIAL BUNDABERG

Bundaberg is the largest town in the Fraser Coast region and is known across the land more for its eponymous dark rum and fruit-farming backpackers than its coral-fringed beach hamlets. The town proper is an agricultural centre with some friendly pubs and a decent regional art gallery.
— Lonely Planet

HOW TO GET THERE

  • Bundaberg is served daily by Virgin and Qantas.
  • Tilt Train stops at Bundaberg train station en route to Brisbane.
  • Drive from 1.5 hours from Hervey Bay. 
 

THINGS TO DO AND SEE

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Visitors can witness nesting and hatching turtles over the summer months on Mon Repos beach, on a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service ranger guided turtle encounter.

This summer discover the world of Bundaberg Rum like never before. Book a tour today.


Jasmin Geisel explores the coastal town of Bargara, near Bundaberg.

Welcome to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, where the slightly cooler water temperatures, make way for some of the most visible snorkelling and diving on Queensland's 2300km World Heritage-listed icon. From colourful corals, tropical fish and mega-fauna like turtles, manta rays and reef sharks - watch this episode to see why it's worth donning your fins and snorkel mask to dive into the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

For lots more great ideas on things to do and see, click below.


About Prescript Recruitment

For more information, a great place to start is www.prescript.com.au

You'll find information about our locum and permanent recruitment services for doctors, hospitals and practices.  You'll also find links to our blogs, location reports and other resources.

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Coffs Harbour - Location Report

QUINTESSENTIAL COFFS HARBOUR

Coffs, as it’s known to the locals, is a modern, vibrant city, situated approximately half way between Sydney and Brisbane, right on the water on the Northern Coast of New South Wales. If you like a combination of natural beauty of country and coast, within a welcoming community, Coffs ticks the boxes. It can be a peaceful getaway, or a fun action-packed adventure, the choice is yours. The Things To Do In Coffs Harbour website offers a great overview and a positive, fun vibe along with beautiful photos.

If you have stuck to the capital cities within Australia, or just encountered Coffs while passing through, we encourage you to come, stop, stay a while and enjoy. It has a great deal to offer.


NATURE’S PLAYGROUND

The best of land and sea come together in Coffs Harbour where you can walk the stunning national parks, whilst overlooking the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Nature reigns supreme here on the Central Coast of New South Wales. And there are activities to match every opportunity the natural environment offers.

Whale watching, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, surf rafting – the coastline is stunning here in Coffs Harbour. Whether you want a fully guided activity, or just a dip in the ocean at sunrise or during the long, warm days, you’ll not be disappointed.


FOOD – THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE

Coffs offers a great selection of restaurants, cafes and bars to enjoy. From the fine dining modern Australian, to casual family diners through to the new healthy eating options that have popped up and are taking the coast by storm. The list on the below Trip Advisor link, gives some excellent choices and makes it easy to browse and select places that appeal to your specific wishes. Of course, being a seaside town, good old fish and chips, eaten on the beach, from the paper, salty and hot with only the seagulls to keep you company is perfection in this lovely environment.

LOCAL MARKETS

Fresh, local, seasonal. If you like to eat the best of food from the fertile surrounds of the Central Coast, you’re in luck in Coffs.  

The big one is Bellingen Markets, on the third Saturday of every month. Over 250 stall holders pop up to offer the best of fresh produce, artisan products, crafts, live music and lots of other family entertainment. Just half and hours drive south of Coffs, it’s a great day out.

Harbourside Markets, held every Sunday, beside the jetty right in Coffs is another great place to wander, eat, browse the wares made by talented locals.

This site gives you a comprehensive overview of all the markets in the region.


GETTING TO COFFS HARBOUR

Being ideally located between Sydney and Brisbane, with many points of interest along the way, a road trip, stopping and settling in to Coffs Harbour is a great thing to do.

There are direct flights in to Coffs from Sydney and Melbourne too. In fact, Coffs Harbour Regional Airport is one of the largest and busiest regional airports in New South Wales. An easy hop - touch down and you’re there, no big-airport hassles, just a relaxed and welcoming new pace of life.

Coffs Harbour - NSW

Coffs Harbour - NSW

 

Interested to see Coffs Harbour for yourself?  Prescript has great locum & permanent opportunities in Coffs. Contact me at nicola@prescript.com.au or click on the 'Connect with Prescript' button below to request a call.