I may spend a lot of time doing the dishes, but that never stops me dreaming of… Sydney, Australia, Asia, the wide wide world!
Here are a few of the gorgeous places I’ve been travelling around this week – digitally at least.
Hope you will find something handy, entrancing, motivating or even just pretty.
As it’s Good Friday next week, Aussie Family Holiday Friday will be taking a break for the long weekend, but will be back on Anzac Day, Friday 25th.
Sydney’s Most Family-Friendly Cafes
If only there were one definitive list!
There isn’t but a relatively new blog called Little Munch is going great guns and has descriptions of some excellent cafes, lots of which are in the west of Sydney.
What I love about this blog is the very detailed descriptions and the photos. That’s what we need before we go to a new place. Websites and blogs which just give names and addresses are just not helpful.
Check out this list of Sydney’s Best Child-Friendly Cafes By Suburb, that’s SO handy. Well done, Rebecca.
I’ve done a list of great cafes beside playgrounds, and also just a general series of detailed descriptions of good family cafes here.
Finding Family-Friendly Hotels – The Preferred Family Hotels Website
It’s often tricky to find the best family-friendly hotels, but here’s one website to browse if you’re looking for upmarket accom. No youth hostels here!
The Preferred Hotels Group is the marketing organisation for a collection of 650 of the world’s best hotels. They’ve launched Preferred Family, showcasing 250 of the world’s best hotels for families.
This isn’t a useful site for Australia AT ALL as only one hotel is listed, the Lyall in Melbourne. But it’s a gorgeous site to browse and daydream. I just went for a wander to their hotels in Kota Kinabalu, and found two resorts on Gaya Island just off the city. I was last there scuba diving in the late 1980’s… marvellous to pop over digitally to see where I might take the kids one day.
The website has a great section called Three Days In… with family itineraries for many different locations, definitely one to bookmark.
So this is just one family hotel-finding options, but a very well presented one…. and who doesn’t love nosing around gorgeous hotels? Website here.
Word Of Mouth Works Best – The Maria Island Walk in Tassie
Don’t you reckon word of mouth is always the best way to find great destinations, hotels, cafes, anything?
I was at my swimming training and saw my lane buddy had a Maria Island Walk water bottle.
‘Oh, did you do that walk?’ I asked.
‘Yes, it was great, we loved it…’ and she then chattered away for ages telling me all about it. Put that walk on my bucket list!
Children are welcome on the walk, they need to be able to walk a maximum of 13km in one day. The youngest walker so far was 6.
The Maria island Walk looks similar in style to the Bay Of Fires Walk we did in January and is similarly priced, over $2000 per person for the four days. Expensive, but luxurious and absolutely memorable, I bet.
Commercial Travel Blogs – Escape Travel
Escape Travel is a pretty large commercial travel agent, so you know that whatever is posted on their website’s blog does aim to help you chose a holiday from Escape. But, you know what, it’s got plenty of useful stuff worth reading on it, like:
Health and Fitness Holidays With The Family
I’ve had a very jolly time browsing around the website of a new Australian company, Health and Fitness Travel. They’ve researched and teamed up with a wide range of resports worldwide, all focussing on wellness and exercise. And they do have a Family Holiday section, check it out here.
I’m already planning a wee expedition to
But I know that the International Man of Mystery would give that the knock back and take us all to this place instead:
Right then, back to the dishes…
Where are you dreaming of today?