River Tubing On The Mulgrave River Near Cairns With The Kids


The kids and I did a whole heap of fun (and sometimes scary) adventures when we were away in Cairns and Port Douglas. It's taking me forever to sort through the photos. I blame my PT office job … [Read more...]

Miracle on the Great Barrier Reef – Kids Take Holiday Photos of Mum For Once


Miracle1: Teens in photo with their mother. Miracle2;  Teens smiling, more or less... Do you come home from a holiday and realise there are no photos of you beacause it was you using the camera all … [Read more...]

Muddy’s Playground On The Esplanade In Cairns

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Alright, we admit it, we are playground nerds. And when in Cairns, there's one huge and very marvellous playground which demands to be visited. So we got straight over there one sunny day. Luckily, … [Read more...]

Why We Are Loving The Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

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Now then, it had been more than 20 years since I'd stayed in Cairns and back then it had been strictly backpacker-only accommodation and all I was lugging around was my diving gear. When I started … [Read more...]

News: Family Activities at The Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

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Hello! Here's some news about the Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains.  I'm keen to get up some posts that readers will find useful, newsy items as well as keeping up my reviews of places I have … [Read more...]

Family Holiday Packing List For Cairns, Port Douglas and Other Hot Spots

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So we're off to Cairns and Port Douglas on Thursday, and in an atypical move, I'm aiming to be quite organised about packing. Generally, I'm very relaxed and pack haphazardly at the last … [Read more...]

The Residences, Centennial Park – Luxury Family Accommodation in a Sydney Icon


Feast your eyes on these lovely photos of some unique accommodation in the heart of one of Sydney's best known parks. These are two newly renovated, heritage, self-contained cottages within the … [Read more...]

Sydney’s Most Luxurious Weekend Away – Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort

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What to do when you need a week's holiday far from everything, but you just can't get away for that long? What to do when you've got enough cash to pay for a whole week away, but no-one to mind the … [Read more...]

Escape + Explore – Top Ten Responsible Travel Tips from ASTW

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Just a quick post from me today as I'm jet lagged and feeling quite unusual.  Really, though, the journey from Glasgow to Sydney was easy. I was able to spend a week with Mum in Scotland only because … [Read more...]

At Home With Mum In Scotland In The Springtime

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I'm feeling so lucky and so very grateful to have been able to come over to see my Mum in Scotland this past week. Mum's hip replacement seems to have gone well and she is getting about on crutches … [Read more...]

Escape and Explore – Sydney, Bali, Botswana and A Blog

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Club Med Bali Upgrades Have you been to Club Med Bali too? My twins and I had a lovely break there last year, and now I'm foaming at the mouth to get back to check out the resort's latest luxurious … [Read more...]

Camel Riding and Sandboarding – An Adventure for Teenagers In The Deserts of Dubai

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Well, hello from Dubai where I'm on an 18 hour layover. So I thought I'd pop up some photos of and information about a day trip my teenagers did in the desert around Dubai when we stayed here at the … [Read more...]

Escape + Explore: Australia’s Best Family Travel Blogs

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This Friday's holiday and travel inspiration comes courtesy of some excellent Aussie family travel bloggers. Check out my list below and you will find literally hundreds of ideas, with very practical … [Read more...]

Escape + Explore – Family Travel Ideas in South Australia and Beyond

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Well I'm just back from an all-too-swift visit to Adelaide for the Tasting Australia festival of South Australian food. And I'm desperate to get back to South Australia, not just for the grub but to … [Read more...]

Road Trip: Sydney, Dubbo, Orange – Things To Do and Accommodation

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Here's a little grabbag of info from our recent road trip out to Dubbo. Some reviews of our accommodation and thoughts on the trip itself. Hope you find something useful. 'Take the road less … [Read more...]

Escape + Explore – Aussie Family Holiday Friday


Happy Anzac Day to all the Aussies and Kiwis, hope that you are having a restful day today, and thinking, as we are, of our servicemen, living and passed away. Great gratitude from this … [Read more...]

Billabong Camp at Taronga Western Plains Zoo – Our Family Review

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It was all 'westward ho' for myself and the twins last week. We went on a four day, three night expedition to Dubbo, with the main focus being a trip to Taronga Western Plains Zoo. … [Read more...]

Escape + Explore – Aussie Family Holiday Friday

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Oh who doesn't adore a bit of escapism? I may spend a lot of time doing the dishes, but that never stops me dreaming of... Sydney, Australia, Asia, the wide wide world! … [Read more...]

What are you doing over Easter? Some School Holiday Ideas, Activities and Outings

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Do you tend to make a few plans well before the school holidays arrive? I do, especially for the school holidays when my husband will be away at work. He arrives home a week after the kids go back … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

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