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Secrets to a successful family holiday revealed

Just as I hopped onto a Qantas flight for Singapore, the Singapore Tourism Board revealed the results from a study that got inside the heads of five Australian families as they holidayed in the tropical island.

Kitted out with EEG headsets, the families explored the Lion City's multicultural neighbourhoods, explored the food scene, rode the theme parks, enjoyed nature-based activities and experienced iconic 'only in Singapore' attractions.

These sci-fi headsets captured the brain's electrical activity to measure emotional responses of 'fun', 'happiness', 'stress', 'interest', 'excitement' and 'relaxation'.

The project was overseen by Joel Pearson, Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in conjunction with Singapore Tourism Board Oceania.

What did they find out?
Finding 1: Family members were 'happiest' in places that were unique to the destination.
In Singapore, …

Sunrise on the beach with kangaroos

There's only a hint of light in the pre-dawn sky, but the beach is already a magnet for eager visitors.

They are not there just for the stunning sunrise over the somnolent sea, but also to bond with nature through the wild kangaroos who browse the beach each morning checking what has been washed up overnight.

Seeking beach nuts, they wander down to the beach from Cape Hillsborough National Park to browse for a feed and happily pose for photographs.

It's not just kangaroos that are the star here. A walk along the national park trails will reveal colourful birds and the dramatic blue Ulysses butterfly.

Take the Andrews Point track to climb to the top of the ridge where there are five lookouts over the coastline and the islands.

You'll find Cape Hillsborough about 800 kilometres up the coastline north of Brisbane, or about an hour's drive from Mackay.

Stay at the Cape Hillsborough Resort which offers budget accommodation and camping facilities.

Find out more about Cape H…

Why bother with a cheap steak?

Trying to save money by dining cheap and cheerful when it comes to steak is a recipe for disaster.

The odds are against you when you select the random steak on the menu and expect to bite into something tender and flavoursome. Mostly you are going to be disappointed because finding the right beef and then cooking it to perfection is something that takes a lot of effort and practice.

My next beef when it comes to steak (pun intended) is paying $40 to $50 for a meal when I have to stand in a line to order and then sit with a buzzer on my table so I can collect it when it ready. Yes, I’m looking at you pubs with steakhouses.

Maybe you enjoy the relaxed ambience of the beer garden and live for the moment when you peel back the alfoil on that Idaho potato, but if for the same price I can dine with tablecloths and table service, I know where I would rather be.

One man who knows meat is Steven Adams, owner of Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill restaurant group with venues in The Port Office Build…

How to spend 48 hours in Sydney at Hyatt Regency

That moment when you walk into your hotel room and the first word on your lips is ‘WOW’.

With corner rooms offering panoramic views over Sydney’s picturesque Darling Harbour, a wow moment at Hyatt Regency Sydney is definitely on the cards.

Opened in December 2016, the hotel is the first opened in Australia by Hyatt in the past 17 years. The new 24-story tower includes 222 additional guestrooms, making Hyatt Regency Sydney the largest upscale, full-service hotel in Australia with a total room count of 892.

While one of the 130 Club hotel rooms and suites in the hotel’s new accommodation tower from floors 8-15 may initially look like an expensive option, the Regency Club Lounge with its complimentary continental breakfast, evening canapés and complimentary beverages takes much of the ouch away.  Downstairs the exclusive check-in and concierge also go a long way towards making what can be a fairly frantic lobby into a very friendly place.

Cocooned inside your luxe room, you won’t give a…