Aussie Family Holiday Friday – Travel News, Ideas and Inspiration for Aussie Families

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Sunrise over Point Perpendicular at Jervis Bay last weekend – click to see photo at full size.

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….

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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.

Read more about the packages here.

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.

Check out the Metro locations and deals here.


Crowns Towers by night, photo courtesy of Crown

Sydney Ideas

 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!

Check out their website here.  The Moonwalk info is here.


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.

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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.

See my photos of a Langham Tiffin Tea here.

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

Langham website here.

Tel: 02 8248 5220

89-113 Kent Street, Sydney

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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.

 A Little Bit of Italy website here.

Read my posts about the Broke area here.

Broke Regional Images Hunter Valley

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?



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  • Reply March 21, 2014


    What some great ideas Seanna. Some that I’ll be bookmarking too – I was a little bit taken with Fiji, but then high tea at the Langham in Sydney might be more do-able on a quick break, oh but I want to go to the Hunter Valley too! So much to see and do, so little time.

  • Reply March 21, 2014

    Robyn (Mrs D)

    Wow isn’t that picture of the street art fantastic!! I love it. I think my Miss H would love a princess afternoon tea these holidays – perfect thing for a mummy and daughter afternoon. Happy Friday xx

  • Reply March 21, 2014


    Have a fantastic time, you lucky thing!

  • Reply March 21, 2014


    Oh I think it is such a good idea for you to have a backpacking holiday with your teenagers!! I wish I had of done that!! Do it!
    I also like the idea of volunteering, there is a program that both hubby and I like in Bali at a tourism training school and ashram. It would be such a good feeling to give back.

  • Reply March 23, 2014

    Deborah Dickson-Smith

    I have an Aussie suggestion to add: Heron Island – great diving for the big kids, Heron Island Junior Rangers club for the littlies. This comment box won’t let me add a link but you can find my 8 reasons to visit on my home page still anyway :)

    • Reply March 23, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Thank you Deb, now why won’t it let you add that URL to the comment. I will give it a try. I’d LOVE to get to Heron one day. Both my sisters have been and rave about it.

  • Reply March 23, 2014

    Seana Smith

    Here’s the link to Deb’s post about Heron Island.

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