Sydney’s Best Playgrounds – Parramatta Park {Updated}

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Have you been for a visit to Parramatta Park?  Whaaat!??  Well, come on, start packing the picnic stuff, get the stroller folded up and get over there.  The Park is a beautiful spot and very … [Read more...]

Watching Whales Around Sydney


Whale watching season is upon us. Myself and the kids saw some whales heading north in July when we were in Jervis Bay. We hope we will see some heading south again soon. There are many places to … [Read more...]

The Playground At Taronga Western Plains Zoo – What a Cracker

Playground at Dubbo Western Plains Zoo

Call me old-fashioned. Call me the mother of three boys. Call me whatever you like! I know mothers often write about feeling brain dead at the playground... but not me. … [Read more...]

Billabong Camp at Taronga Western Plains Zoo – Our Family Review

Simiangs at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

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...]

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park – Sydney’s Best Animal Parks (updated)


Fancy meeting a bilby? Coming nose to nose with a tawny frogmouth? Saying hello to a koala and a kangaroo? How about a little escape from Sydney and a visit to the delightful Australia Walkabout … [Read more...]

How To Treat Bluebottle Stings – Sydney’s Most Annoying Sea Creatures!

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Yes, these stings were as painful as they look. Ouchy ouch! Bluebottles are commonly found on Sydney beaches, and indeed, around all of Australia. The official name for these marine maniacs … [Read more...]

25 Things I Love About Sydney – Part 5

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Hello, today marks the final part of my 25 Things I Love About Sydney posts... find Part 1 here,  Part 2 here, Part 3 here and Part 4 here. This series has been celebrating the fact that it's been … [Read more...]

Seahorses in Sydney – The Aquarium Exhibit + Interview With Seahorse Expert

Weedy Sea Dragon TMARSHALL APR 2012 copy

I have been mad on seahorses since I was just a young scuba diver. Many moons ago, I was diving along the shark nets at Parsley Bay and came across some of these elegant creatures. They were just … [Read more...]

Horse Riding in Sydney – Riding Lessons For Beginners

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Sydney is a terrific city for horse riding. There are stables in the heart of the city at Centennial Park, plus several on the bushy outskirts of the city. Then there's the delights of trail rides … [Read more...]

Leech Bites – More Gross Sydney Animals Sucking My Blood


Look I'm an animal lover, but some species can really stretch a friendship! We have leeches in our garden when it's wet and they seem to love me a lot more than I love them. Silly little suckers. … [Read more...]

Scottish Stories – A Muddy Walk To See The Lambs

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So it struck me as we walked along this muddy farm track, that my wee lass has never really spent much time in mud. What fun she's missed! A lovely cousin of mine has a house that was originally … [Read more...]

Sea Lice Stings And How To Avoid Them – Annoying Sydney Sea Creatures Part 1


  Good morning, have you been for a swim in the ocean lately? Encountered any stinging sea creatures? I'm starting a wee series on Sydney's Most Annoying And Itchy Animals. Where better … [Read more...]

Mistakes Made in Melbourne 1989 Version


Ah, I've just walked past the hotel on Exhibition Street in Melbourne where I resigned from my first TV job. Which turned out to be the best job I ever had. Which is all highly reminiscent of … [Read more...]

Sydney Photo Friday – The Bold and The Beautiful + Me


Ah, Manly Beach, you always make me feel so free. I wasn't able to get to Manly early enough to join The Bold and The Beautiful swimmers, but I did catch a photo as dozens of them came ashore at the … [Read more...]

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary {formerly Oceanworld Manly} Review

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Myself and Minnie the Minx and her friend just had a very lovely time visiting the recently re-launched Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.  The girls hadn't been before and they had such a ball looking at, and … [Read more...]

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary Photos


Just a wee taster of some photos for Wordless Wednesday.I'll be posting all the info you need for a terrific family visit to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary next week. Plus a great giveaway, a family pass to … [Read more...]

Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney, Australia – Visiting with Young Children

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A must see! Whether you're a visitor to Sydney or you've lived here all your life, a visit to the Zoo is always a good day out. … [Read more...]

Whales and Dolphins Videos- Jervis Bay

Dolphins Jervis Bay

My children have been asking to see the little bit of video we shot of the dolphins who came to say g'day when we were on our fast boat trip around Jervis Bay. And now they've got themselves off to … [Read more...]

Sydney School Holidays Day 28/47- Long Reef Beach

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This is such a cool idea, a weatherproof book showing lots of sea creatures. It's at Long Reef beach, see map below.  Long Reef Aquatic Reserve is here, one of only 12 aquatic reserves around … [Read more...]

Sydney School Holidays Day 16/47- Pony Rides for Preschoolers

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The twins had been asking to go for a pony ride for quite a while. So just before Christmas I called around our local horse riding centres and asked how we could go about getting them in the … [Read more...]

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