Paisley Fireworks 2016 MFG

Paisley is set for a special 90s themed fireworks spectacular as the town’s annual display takes place on Saturday 3 November.

Paisley Fireworks 2016 MFG

Thousands are expected to turn out and see the skies above Paisley Abbey light up – and this year’s dazzling fireworks display will be backed by a soundtrack of popular hits from the 1990s.

The display will burst into life from 7pm with organisers recommending Bridge Street, Dunn Square and Gauze Street (section from Smithhills Street to Silk Street) as viewing points.

The funs starts in Paisley Town Hall from 2pm, with a series of free family activities throughout the afternoon – including activity workshops, animation sessions, face painting and a floor paint zone. There’s also the chance to meet cartoon character favourites with Pikachu, Minions, Superman, Batgirl, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell mascots all in attendance.

The 90s themed fun continues with iconic arcade games on the ground floor and a ‘silent disco’ – back by popular demand – for music fans of all ages.

There will also be a host of activity in the town’s County Square with fantastic funfair rides from 2pm.

Capital FM presenters Fat Brestovca and Des Clarke will take to the balcony of Paisley Town Hall for a two-hour live DJ set packed with 90s classics from 5pm before the stunning fireworks display lights up the sky above the Abbey.

Paisley’s winter events programme will continue with the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-On two weeks later, on Saturday 17 November. The festive cracker will feature entertainment from Capital FM and performances from family favourites Funbox, Princesses of Pop and X-Factor stars The Cutkelvins, as well as the famous Reindeer Parade with Santa and much more.

The winter event thrills will also extend across Renfrewshire with Christmas Lights Switch-Ons in Renfrew on Saturday, 24 November and Johnstone on Saturday, 1 December.

For more information about Paisley Fireworks Spectacular, visit

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Fancy a Cup of Paisley? Local designer Rebecca Johnstone – aka Dainty Dora – will be back at Mile End Mill in November as ‘artist-in-residence’ with an exhibition of her popular prints and illustrations featuring local scenes.

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She will also be showcasing a range of one-off textile pieces such as purses, cushions and felt hats incorporating her take on the iconic Paisley Pattern. Pop along for a chat and see her at work on her latest designs.


6-8 Nov, 11am-2.30pm daily, Mile End Mill within Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS


A Dutch based company has been awarded the £1m contract to redesign the exhibitions for the Paisley Museum Reimagined project.

OPERA Amsterdam will create the interior displays housing the museum’s internationally renowned collections as part of a major refurbishment and extension.

The museum is the signature project of Paisley’s heritage led regeneration strategy and is part of an £100m investment by Renfrewshire Council to transform town centre venues and cultural infrastructure over the next four years.

Award winning firm AL_A have already been appointed as architects for the ambitious £42m plans to transform it into an international-class destination.  Work at the A-listed building due to start in early winter this year, with an estimated completion date of late autumn 2022.

OPERA’S co-director Jo Pike says that the firm, which has worked with prestigious venues across the globe, including Kensington Palace and the British Museum in London, is excited about the ‘radical’ brief.

OPERA & Studio Louter
It will work in close cooperation with another Dutch based company, Studio Louter, and Jo, who heads OPERA with co-director Jeroen Luttikhuis, said: “There is so much here that really excited us, including the town’s rich history and heritage. The Museum Team have asked us to be bold, radical and ambitious in our approach to achieve something different.

“We are excited to work with the collection as it is very eclectic, from archaeology to textiles, to scientific instruments.”

More than double the number of objects previously displayed will go on show in 2022 with the opportunity to display parts of the collection never seen before.

The museum has the largest known global collection of Paisley shawls and also has art works by the Glasgow Boys, Scottish Colourists, John Byrne and other key 20th century artists.

Jo says that her first visit to the town and museum was inspiring and says the community will also be involved in the project.

She said: “Paisley Museum Reimagined is about co-production, it’s a museum of the community and we are going to be working with them and hearing their stories and ideas because who better an expert than the people who’ve lived and worked here and have donated objects?

“That will inform a lot of how we approach the project and help formulate our ideas and designs.”
Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, which operates the museum, said: “We are delighted to welcome on board an exhibition collection design team of such calibre as OPERA.

“Renfrewshire’s heritage and collections are globally significant and we want Paisley Museum to reflect the town’s bold and radical past as well as inspire future generations and be a valuable educational resource for our young people.

“It is the centrepiece of the work to transform the area’s fortunes by harnessing our unique cultural heritage to make us a destination and help quadruple museum visitor numbers to 125,000 annually.”
The £100m investment in Paisley town centre also includes projects to transform the interiors of Paisley Town Hall and Arts Centre into 21st-century venues, a new learning and cultural hub on the High Street, new sporting facilities and events space at St James Playing Fields, and major investment in outdoor spaces and the town’s transport links.

The museum project is also being funded by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

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The successful Your Home, Your Street, Our Community programme is set to get underway in Shortroods after local people submitted their views of what needs addressed in the area.

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A survey saw more than 160 respondents outlined the key issues they would like to see addressed and the Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership are working to produce an action plan which will tackle these problems.

Among the issues identified were underage drinking, litter and bogus callers and the local community also requested a more visible police presence in the area, more activities to be provided for young people and a crackdown on dog fouling within the area.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “The reason this programme has been so successful in other areas is that we are tackling issues that the community have identified matter to them.

“The council, along with our partners, will work hard to make a noticeable difference in Shortroods across the next three months and aim to sustain this improvement at the end of the intervention.

“I would encourage anyone who lives and works in the area to look out for the work taking place, give their support wherever possible and we will make a real difference to Shortroods as a place to live and work.”

The intervention period will last for three months with all partners within the Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership playing a role, including Police Scotland, Renfrewshire Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue and the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

Chief Inspector Simon Wright, Area Commander for Paisley, said: “I am delighted with the number of people and groups who have contributed to the Shortroods Survey.

“As a partnership we are currently reviewing what has been said and we intend to start immediately on addressing the concerns that residents and businesses have highlighted.

“We will ensure that all the activity is highlighted to the local community and my officers look forward to engaging directly with the community over the next three months.”

The programme aims to work alongside the community while carrying out intervention work to ensure that there is a lasting benefit to the area following the conclusion of the three-month period.

A follow up survey will take place following the intervention to identify the improvements made and continue the link with the local community and the partners involved.

For more information on the project, visit

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For many casino lovers, part of the entire experience is interacting with the dealer.


Although the live casino dealer is usually quite trained not to give anything away, the player can at the very least have an enjoyable experience speaking with them and making a connection. The same is true for players with other players. For those who are looking to have that experience but don’t necessarily have the means to travel to a physical casino, there is a solution in the world of online and mobile gaming. It may seem silly to think that one can play live games via one’s laptop or phone, but online casinos have crafted a perfect recipe that allows players to interact with a real dealer live. The dealer can even communicate back!


As such, one can experience the full casino adventure without ever having to leave one’s home. For those who are interested in spending their time using the best live casinos, read on to discover just where they are located.


1. Mansion Casino

Mansion Casino games one might expect for their live casino options include Casino Hold’em, 3 Card Brag, Roulette, Blackjack, and Baccarat. Some of their best features include a high-limit Blackjack game and multi-game functionality, so one can play a few different games at the same time. They also offer a welcome bonus of 500-pounds, so one get started practically immediately. With these casino favorites, the player is sure to have a great time.


2. Betway

Another excellent choice for live casinos, Betway offers some interesting games like Dream Catcher and Unlimited Blackjack. Their live casinos excel by providing VIP tables for the professionals and even has Hold’em available to play. They also offer a bonus of 1,000-pounds, so either way, a player is practically a winner at Betway.


3. BetVictor

For those who love Roulette, BetVictor has an immersive Roulette experience unlike anything else. They also offer an interesting live game known as Lightning. The highlight of this casino is that they offer exclusive Blackjack tables. So, if one wants to play with a specific group of people, one can get in on that exclusive table. Another highlight is that they have wide betting limits, so the serious players can bet some serious cash. BetVictor offers its players a 50-pound bonus.


4. 888 Casino

For lovers of Roulette and Blackjack, then the live games offered at 888 Casino are the place to go. There are more than 40 tables of Blackjack available that come with varying limits, so no matter what one’s skill or experience may be, one can join in on a table and enjoy the adventure. In regards to their Roulette, there is also varying limits for each game. They even have dealers who speak different languages, so if English doesn’t happen to be one’s native tongue, then one can likely find a game where one can feel connected and right at home.

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An appeal for donations of Christmas presents to give to disadvantaged youngsters is being backed by intu Braehead shopping centre.

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Bosses at the giant retail and leisure destination agreed to set up a collection point near the customer service desk in the upper mall, from Thursday November 1, for donations of gifts for children and teenagers up to the age of 18.

Now shoppers are being urged to donate brand new toys, books, games, selection boxes, presents suitable for teenagers and even intu Gift Cards to the Renfrewshire Christmas Toy Appeal. The group is also asking for donations of wrapping paper and gift bags. You can also make a difference by learning about these brands that donate to nonprofits.

The group will then distribute the gifts to parents and carers of youngsters who have been referred by various charities, social workers, community groups and the Renfrewshire Food Bank.

Renfrew mum, Lauren Roy-Sutherland, started the toy bank, which is backed by Paisley and Renfrew North MP, Gavin Newlands.

Lauren explains: “I started the toy bank because I realised that some children are given a huge amount of presents while others hardly get any, or none at all because their families can’t afford it.

“It’s a real shame that there is this inequality and kids suffer through no fault of their own. Our aim is to help families who are living in poverty.

“If you can donate even just one item, it can make a huge difference to a child on Christmas Day. It can give them self-esteem knowing they have had nice presents while other kids are telling their friends about how much they got at Christmas.”

Lauren added: “And of course, part of the joy of Christmas Day for children is unwrapping a Christmas present. Let’s make sure all children can experience that happiness.”

Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “It’s fantastic what Lauren and all the other volunteers at the Renfrewshire Toy Bank are doing.

“It must be heart-breaking for parents who can’t afford to give their kids presents at Christmas and it must be worse for the youngsters having to listen to their friends telling everyone how many presents they got to open on Christmas Day.

“I’m sure lots of people will rally round and donate even one item that can giver a child a really happy Christmas this year.”

The holiday season is typically quiet for the Scottish housing market. People are so busy with Christmas festivities that both buyers and seller take a break, leading to fewer sales. There’s an incentive, therefore, to get the sale out of the way right now, rather than waiting for the New Year to roll around.


The trick to a quick sale is to ensure that your house is presentable. You want potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves living in your home as if it was new.


It’s hard for many sellers to see how they have put their mark on their property – after all, it’s their day-to-day environment – but homes that are too quirky tend not to sell as well.


So what tips and tricks can help you sell your Paisley based house quickly? Here’s what the quick house buyer expert Susan Jones at Ask Susan Scotland have to say on the matter.


Hire A Storage Unit


When it comes to selling a home quickly, clutter is your number one enemy. You might think that enlightened buyers would see past the mess that will be gone by the time they move it, but it can make a profound difference.


The temptation is to cram all your excess possessions into cupboards and closets, but this only creates more problems when buyers start snooping. Cabinets bursting with stuff reminds them that your home probably doesn’t have enough space and that they should look elsewhere.


Try hiring a storage unit instead. Not only can you avoid the embarrassment of cluttered storage areas, but you also have space to remove excess furniture, giving you more options when it comes to staging your home.


Upgrade On A Budget


Some sellers believe that they have to spend £20,000 on a new kitchen or bathroom to make their home more appealing to buyers. But these kinds of investment rarely generate positive returns. Often sellers are better off doing nothing.


However, this isn’t always the case, especially when it comes to minor upgrades. Swapping out dull lighting for cheap LED bulbs, recovering kitchen cabinets, and installing high-quality door fittings can all make a difference and can be done on a budget for less than £1,000.


Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal


First impressions matter. They colour buyers’ perceptions of your home, affecting how they perceive issues as they explore your property. Buyers view well-presented homes more favourably, making a sale more likely.


Boosting curb appeal is easy: make sure that the front door has a fresh lick of paint, trim your hedges, and make sure that your driveway and walkways are clean and free of rubbish. Small changes can make a big difference.


Promote Your Home On Social Media


Your agent has an incentive to sell your home quickly: they want commission. But you don’t just have to rely on them to promote your home. Advertise your home for sale on social media and get in touch with old friends to see whether anybody is interested.


Use A Professional Home Stager


Home staging is the art of arranging furniture and other features in such a way that maximises the chances of making a sale. Although you’ll have to pay a home stager to stage your interiors (and possibly exteriors), it usually pays for itself. Staged homes, especially those photographed professionally, tend to get much more attention on property listing websites. Studies show that properties with more than six photos tend to receive more views online than those with fewer.


Can’t afford to hire a professional? No problem. Just ask a friend to give your home a look over with a fresh perspective. Ask them what would put them off buying your house and then do something about it.


Create Airy Interiors


It will come as no surprise to many homeowners that buyers do not like dark, dingy rooms. They feel depressed and uninviting. But owners can do a great deal to improve lighting in their homes.


First off, swap out low-powered bulbs for those with higher wattages, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. When showcasing bedrooms, make sure to switch dimmers to full brightness. And do the basics, such as drawing and tying back curtains and opening blinds.

A fresh coat of light grey paint can also help rooms appear brighter, as well as clearing scuff marks of white-painted doors and skirting boards.


Finally, make sure that there is room to walk behind all the seating in your home, especially sofas, if you have the option. Furniture pushed up against the wall gives the impression of a lack of space and can make a room feel cramped.

For business owners large and small, money is an ever-present concern. It’s needed for all kinds of activities, from paying staff to expanding product lines. But securing money when you need it can be a challenge.


With the help of business finance expert Jason Andrews at Lending Expert we’ve compiled 6 examples of different types of financing options you that could prove useful in your business.


  1. Bank Business Loans


Although the credit crunch in 2008 briefly put a stop to bank loans as a viable source of finance, now that they have been recapitalised, they’re back in the market, providing business loans to enterprises. Bank loans can be a good option for some business owners, especially those with excellent credit scores, because of the relatively low interest rates. But the problem is forging a relationship with the bank in the first place.

Banks want to know that they are going to be paid back and that you have a viable business with profit potential. Convincing banks of this fact can be a time-consuming process. Often you need a loan right now, and so going through the traditional banking system can mean that you either miss opportunities or can’t afford to meet your obligations. However, if time is on your side, bank loans are still a reasonable choice.


  1. Invoice Financing


Sometimes customers don’t pay on time. It can be frustrating and lead to short-term cash-flow issues. The good news, though, is that there are companies that are willing to buy your accounts receivable (money you’re owed from customers who have not yet paid), providing you with a cash injection up front.


There are costs to this: the factoring company will charge a fee for the service. But in some circumstances, invoice financing can get you out of trouble, especially if you think payment is still weeks away.



  1. Crowdfunding


Crowdfunding relies on the internet to connect groups of lenders with a single borrower. Lenders benefit because they can offer small sums of money to many borrowers and spread their risks. Borrowers win too because they can get their hands on large unsecured loans without having to jump through the usual credit check hoops.

Crowdfunding is great for businesses with an exciting product or project that people care about, particularly things like video games. But this source of income may not function well for companies with less inspirational products, especially those that struggle to generate buzz. Furthermore, it can take time to build publicity, during which, the opportunity may have passed. Thus crowdfunding might not benefit everyone.


  1. Peer to Peer Loans


Peer-to-peer loans work in a similar way to crowdfunding, the critical difference being a smaller pool of lenders. Borrowers and lenders meet on an online platform, and then lenders offer borrowers all or a part of the money they want at a given interest rate. For businesses, peer-to-peer loans offer some enticing advantages: they’re unsecured, they don’t rely on the borrower having an excellent credit rating, and they tend to be more flexible. Individual lenders are more likely to see the merit of a project than traditional lenders.
Some business account providers, like Monzo, can offer introductions to credit brokers like Funding Xchange, who will go out and do the leg work to find the best lenders for you.


  1. Merchant Cash Advances


A merchant cash advance (MCA) is a relatively new form of business funding. Businesses that use point-of-sale terminals can borrow money more easily because lenders can track their moment-by-moment cash flow. These advances are particularly useful for firms without a substantial credit history: lenders can simply assess the point-of-sale history of the company and decide how much to lend and at what rate, there and then. Repayment plans reflect how much money a business is likely to make based on POS sales.


  1. Asset Finance


Growing businesses often have significant capital requirements. Tesla, for instance, has spent more than $5 billion on Gigafactory 1 to produce batteries it needs for its electric vehicles. Asset finance is a particular kind of secured loan that businesses use to get the equipment they need for production. Rather than paying upfront for the asset, asset finance allows companies to spread the cost over a fixed term.


Asset finance can work in two ways, either allowing companies to lease equipment and roll over financing at the end of the term, or hire purchase, where the business owns the product after completing the hire term.


In summary the good news is that there are plenty of finance options available which provide various advantages. Some you may be familiar with, while others could be new, but all can play a part in helping you to expand and grow your business.


Paisley in Scotland is well known for its unique cloth, but it’s also famous for another reason, paranormal activity. There have been many unsettling and disturbing events that have taken place in the town of Paisley over the years, with some suggesting the place is very much cursed. With somewhat of a tragic past, it’s easy to see why people visit the area now, as they go in search of ghosts and other paranormal beings.


It’s believed that Paisley is haunted due to a dark curse from a group of witches. Back in 1696, an 11 year old girl became unwell in mysterious circumstances. Her behaviour became increasingly erratic, with the cause and cure for her illness unable to be found. It then became apparent that the girl was being affected by a group of witches. In the end, a group of seven suspects were convicted of their crimes, being sentenced to death by hanging and burning at the stake.

Witches have always been a huge talking point and of special interest to most of us, which one of the main reasons Paisley has kept its allure. In fact, witches continue to inspire many aspects of lives, whether it maybe movies like Into The Woods starring Meryl Streep to games like Which Witch created by mFortune.

These events have led several in the supernatural world to believe that Paisley has been cursed ever since, with various locations said to be haunted as a result. Sma Shot Cottages on Shuttle Street has played host to ghost hunts in the past, where many have heard doors slam and experienced feelings of extreme emotion. Oakshaw High Church is said to play host to a ghostly sprite known as “Wee Leach,” who is believed to lurk around the spire.

Other haunted places to visit include the Royal Alexandra Infirmary, where a grey lady is said to float around the place. Some have also reported seeing a man dragging a body bag, whilst footsteps and beds moving have also been heard. Paisley Abbey is also said to be a hotbed of paranormal activity, with a ghostly monk said to float down the aisles, while at Glencoats Memorial Hospital you can expect to find the ghost of Lady Glen-Coats herself. There have also been claims of a White Witch roaming the venue too, who is believed to be a former nursing sister from the hospital.

With Paisley being known for paranormal activity, it will come as no surprise that the town uses this to their advantage. Their annual Halloween festival has been a big hit with people as it is spectacular and loaded with everything Halloween related that you can think of. It takes its inspiration from the Paisley Witches, and features some amazing aerial performances and acts, as well as pumpkin carving, story telling and trick or treat booths. There’s arguably no better place to enjoy Halloween in the UK, with the festival having been listed as one of the best in both 2016 and 2017.

If you’re into ghosts, witches and all things spooky, then Paisley is the perfect place to visit, especially at Halloween.


PAISLEY’S Central Library may have closed, but its free Bookbug sessions for kids are still going on at a new venue.


Bookbug’s new home every Monday is at The Lagoon Leisure, Centre, in Paisley.

The Baby Bookbug Group meet to hear stories being told, sing a song or two and generally have lots of fun from 10.15am to 10.45am and the Toddler Group meets from 11.15am to 11.45am.

Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years programme, encouraging parents and children to read together from birth along with a range of fun activities.

Paisley Central Library will move to a temporary home in early 2019 next to the Lagoon Leisure Centre before moving to the new learning and cultural hub being built on the High Street when it re-opens in 2021.

Public access PCs are available at the Paisley.Is offices at 5a High Street, Paisley. Library staff will be on-hand to assist visitors and the opening hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9am – 5pm and Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 8pm.

The heritage library will go to a temporary home in Mile End Mill for the next four years then move back into the museum when it reopens.

The work is part of an investment in Paisley town centre venues by Renfrewshire Council to support a wider push to use the town’s unique cultural and heritage assets to transform the area’s future and bring new footfall to the town centre.

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Renfrewshire Renaissance in Fungi

Paisley Natural History Society is continuing its winter programme of evening talks with an illustrated talk by Dick Peebles (Clyde and Argyll Fungus Group)) on Thursday 1st November at 7.30pm in the Wynd Centre, School Wynd, Paisley

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Fungi include some of the most important organisms in both ecological and economical terms. This talk will introduce us to fungi’s place in the natural world and provide some specific Renfrewshire examples.

A must for anyone with an interest in this large and diverse kingdom of moulds and toadstools.                                                                 

Admission to the talk is free of charge and open to everyone.

For more information about the Paisley Natural History Society visit our website at contact Lesley Hill (Club Secretary) on 0141 884 3352.

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Belize, Central America

A strip of sandy beach perfect for burying a chest with pirate treasures, several hundred coconut trees, a pair of huts is what you expect to see in such a beautiful place as Tobacco-Reef Island, which is part of Belize. All of the most important things are hidden in the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. So don’t forget to grab your equipment for snorkeling. A walk along the coast of this atoll will take just a few minutes, but the magnificent barrier coral reef, which is a local landmark, extends far beyond the limits of visibility, as it is part of the world’s second largest barrier reef. If rest in paradise will get boring, you can get to the neighboring Goff Reef, which is smaller.

Kuna Yala, Panama

The Kuna Yala Archipelago, also known as the San Blas, is located in the Caribbean, off the coast of Panama. This semi-autonomous territory is inhabited by the Kuna aborigines. The islands that make up the archipelago are often nothing more than small palms that grow on a small piece of white sand. Some of the islands are inhabited. This modest, natural beauty peacefully coexists with aboriginal shacks. Beach holidays here can be varied with tours to local villages, where women are still dressed in sophisticated traditional dresses. Before taking a photo, don’t forget to ask if the locals are OK with that. Also, vacationers can feel themselves like Robinson Crusoe by visiting any of the uninhabited islands.

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Ilha Grande, Brazil

Even members of the royal family do not have the right to ride a car through the local territories. Access to transport is prohibited in the Brazilian Ilya Grande which is covered with rain forests. This tropical island is designed for a quiet and simple life. You can spend evenings here in one of the beach restaurants, enjoying meals from freshly caught fish. During the day, one of the entertainments can be almost a three-hour walk to the picturesque beach of Lopez-Mendez, which has preserved almost pristine natural purity.

Koh Tarutao, Thailand

The word “Tarutao” comes from the Malay language and is translated as mystical or simple. Koh Tarutao is an island in the Andaman Sea, framed by magnificent beaches. The rainforests in the depths are inhabited by venomous snakes and other wild beasts. Thousands of political prisoners once lived here, forced to survive and become pirates during World War II. The remains of the prison have survived to this day. Tarutao is a well-protected national park. You will not find tourist crowds and luxury hotels here. This is a great place to relax in a rustic style. You can reserve bungalows but only in three zones for guests of the island. Each has its own restaurant, which serves simple Thai food. Be sure to check out for all of your travel-related news!

Heron Island, Australia

Many tropical islands boast beautiful, azure-colored ocean waters, white sand, and palm trees swaying in the wind, but most of them seem to have come from some postcard. Heron Island is not like that. It is located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef and is far removed from the Australian Queensland. There are all the characteristics of a tropical paradise but with one exception – there is still wildlife here. Herons, terns, thin-necked petrels, whales, sharks, turtles, and other fauna are the main inhabitants of the island. Their life flows before the eyes of anyone who visits the island. is a great website dedicated to travel. Be sure to give it a try and find the best places for traveling right now!

The number of tourists is limited and strictly controlled: the surrounding nature is extremely sensitive to any changes. So, a small island, 800 meters long and 300 meters wide, is never crowded. Guests stay in wooden beach bungalows. There is only one restaurant on the Heron Island, but there are excellent opportunities for diving and snorkeling.