Happy Friday to you!
Here’s my weekly round-up of news, ideas and inspiration for Australian families planning a holiday.
Or a visit, or a school holiday activity because Easter is coming very fast. Can you feel it?
North Stradbroke Island Holidays
I read a fantastic roundup of information about this holiday hotspot off Brisband this week. Check out the post on Champagne Cartel here.
Fiji With Teenagers Ideas
I’ve been thinking that I’d love to take my teenagers on a more adventurous backpacking type holiday sometime soon. Not sure how feasible that will be for our family, but I’m making a note of this company. Awesome Fiji organise backpacker-style trips to the islands off Fiji. Nothing like a bit of island dreaming, is there?
Awesome Adventures Fiji’ also runs a voluntourism program, Vinaka Fiji. I’d love to send my teens (and me!) to volunteer their time on sustainable communities, education or marine conservation programs, all the while staying at Barefoot Island Resort in the Yasawa Islands. Sigh….
Family Hotel Deals for Easter Across Australia
Crown Melbourne is offering three different family packages in its three hotels: Easter Escape, Family Time and Family Retreat. Check them out for their excellent accommodation plus family-friendly extras.
In Sydney, Ipswich and Perth, Metro Hotels and Apartments have special Easter deals with a range of extras like entry to Sydney’s top tourist attractions, free DVDs and wifi, and more.
Moonwalks at The Royal National Park
Understand Down Under is a Sydney tour company with fresh ideas and heaps of energy. I love the idea of their Moonwalks and photography tours in the Royal National Park south of Sydney. Most UDU trips wouldn’t be great for very young children, but great fun for the older kids and teens. Book us in!
From The Streets – Street Art Exhibition
When: 22nd March – 27th April
.M Contemporary Gallery
37 Ocean Street, Woollahra Sydney
The raw creativity of street artists from around the world is showcased in this exhibition. See live street art being created when it opens on 22nd March.
Website Facebook page here.
A Royal Tiffin Tea at The Langham Sydney
Kids will love the Prince and Princess Tiffin Tea held at the Langham these school holidays. Inspired by the favourite foods of Prince William, Princess catherine and baby George, tuck into cucumber and roast beef sandwiches, banoffie tart, sticky date macarons and more.
Dates: April 1st – May 1st Monday – Friday 12noon – 5pm
Saturday 12.30pm – 2.30pm and 3pm – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 4pm
Cost: From $49 Monday to Friday and $59 on weekend
Tel: 02 8248 5220
89-113 Kent Street, Sydney
A Little Bit of Italy in the Hunter Valley
Happening on April 12th and 13th in the hidden gem of the Hunter Valley region, the Broke Fordwich, the event is a quick and easy day trip from Sydney. A Little Bit of Italy the will host an array of Italian and local delights including music, dancing, Bocce, market stalls, car and motorbike shows and 5-star dinning under the stars.
Are you inspired?
I know I am.
Myself and my twins, who’ll be eight in May, are planning a pre-Easter visit to the Zoo at Dubbo, can’t wait.
Stand by for a Dubbo Zoo family pass giveaway on this blog soon.
And I’m off later this arvo for a three-ay trip on the Carnival Spirit, this little jaunt carefully disguised as ‘work’ as I’m attending the 4th Digital Parents Conference on the cruise.
Shhhh… don’t tell my hubby and the kids that I’ll actually be having a bit of R + R as well as going to the conference!
Have a great weekend wherever you are.
What will you and your family be up to?