Aussie Family Holiday Friday – News, Ideas and Inspiration For Your Family Holiday


Hello, it’s Friday, thank goodness and here’s my weekly round-up of news, tips and hot travel topics for this week.

My first question is, do you go with the family to foodie festivals? Would that work with your family? Read on for news of two food festivals that are coming up.

But first…. 

There have been some fabulous travel posts from bloggers this week, so I’ll get started with a few of those:

The Carnival Spirit Costs Explained

Elise from the blog Mummy Hearts Money has done a terrific family-focussed explanation of a trip aboard the Carnival Spirit with an emphasis on costs involved and value for money.  Elise describes herself as an ‘Full time mum, full time office worker, little bit blogger and all around tightarse.’

It’s rare to read such a down to earth and practical travel post, you will really relate to this one. I was on the same trip and agree with her points, good and bad.

Read Elise’s post here.    

Read a review of the DPCon14 conference and trip on Mummy To Twins’ blog here.

There are often specials and sales on the Carnival Spirit, probably best to ask a travel agent to explain when to expect these.

Carnival Cruise #DPCON14 Mummy Hearts Money Ship 2 

Two Great Posts On Shopping in Milton and the Southern Highlands in NSW

Having read these two posts I have realised that I need to sharpen up some travel writing skills, namely exploring shops and writing them up.

Carolyn at Desire Empire has a great post on the joys of Milton with focus on home wares shops.

Beth at Baby Mac has a beaut post on great shops in her back yard of the Southern Highlands.

I need to hone my shopping writing skills. Where’s my credit card?

Basque Country Milton

Kelly at Be A Fun Mum had THE BEST EVER post about family camping equipment, totally inspiring.

And finally on the travel bloggy front, lets not forget my post this week about Real Scottish Holidays. Och aye!

Real Scottish

… and in other holiday and travel news….


Last Few Days of Sale at Paradise Resort On The Gold Coast

I keep my eye on the Paradise resort website as it looks like a great spot for kids. Plus I read this enthusiastic review on it on one of my fave travel blogs Gourmet Getaways, click here.

There’s a big sale on, only lasting a few more days. We’ve stayed at the Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast, which was fun but next time I’d like to stay in a more central area and this place looks good, especially with these specials, click here.


Ocean Swim Safaris – On My Travel Bucket List

Be still my beating heart. ONE DAY I shall be able to join one of the Ocean Swim Safaris to exotic locations like Vanuatu and Fiji.  Not this year and probably not for a few years, but a girl can dream.

Check this out:

The Vanuatu swims in 2014 include the Vanuatu Open Water swims on June 11-14, and Espiritu Santo Swim Week from June 16-20. We’re planning 2014 to be even better than 2013, when we enjoyed record numbers at the Vanuatu swims, with the first inaugural Espiritu Santo Swim Week following the Vanuatu Open Water Swims in Port Vila.

Read more about Ocean Swim Safaris here.  

 Adelaide and Tasmania’s Foodie Festivals

Savour Tasmania is a culinary festival running throughout the Apple Isle from 21st – 25th May. In this festival local and international chefs prepare meals using the freshest and finest Tassie produce. Full details here.

Tasting Australia runs in Adelaide from 27th April – 4th May, this is a huge festival of eating and drinking with dozens of activities, exhibitions and hands-on classes. This year’s themes are Eat, Drink, Share and Think. There are Kids In The Kitchen events too. All details here.

Words To Go is the festival’s forum for food and travel bloggers and social media influencers, and I’m thrilled to be attending that event and some foodie events afterwards.

Aussie Family Holiday Friday

And finally… Do You Need Some Holiday Help?

I’ve had a few emails recently asking for advice finding family accommodation at Jervis Bay, always happy to advise and I MUST get a grip and write a post about it then I can just refer people to that instead of wittering on by email.

Now then, do you have a holiday or travel question you’d like to ask? I’m a very good researcher – though I say so myself – and very happy to help out.

I do love reading around about travel and holidays, it’s all armchair travelling, isn’t it?

Have a great weekend.


Read more Escape + Explore here.

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  • Reply April 4, 2014

    Desire Empire

    Wow Seana I can see this is going to become a great travel resource to refer back to when researching destination options..

    • Reply April 4, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Thanks carolyn, I have been thinking it’d be good to make a list somewhere of items or topics. I’m planningt o start a holiday/travel linky as well, after Easter I think. Do you think that would work??

  • Reply April 4, 2014

    Desire Empire

    PS thanks for the inclusion.

  • Reply April 6, 2014


    We’re in the midst of planning a camping trip in the south coast, Jervis Bay, perhaps? Off to read Kelly’s post about camping equipment but if you also have any tips on where we can stay…much appreciated!

    • Reply April 6, 2014

      Seana Smith

      White Sands Holiday Park in Huskisson is good. Right on beach. Or Easts Kiama. Maybe best to start somewhere with good facilities.

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