Sitting snugly in a lush, tranquil valley, surrounded by historic villages and soaring mountains is the picturesque town of Bright in Victoria. It is shaded by oaks and eucalypts, maples and elms, with fresh, clear water polishing the river stones as it tumbles down from the alpine peaks into the meandering rivers and creeks. This spectacular setting draws you outside … [Read more...]
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Staying at a caravan park in school holidays is holiday heaven for your pre- and primary-school aged kids. It's a safe space to roam, there's plenty of potential friends, as well as a range of play equipment and/or organised activities. We found the Big 4 Bright caravan park to be all this and more, with a peaceful and convenient location by the river, only a short walk to … [Read more...]
Immerse yourself in the relaxed life of a Sydneysider on this 5 day Sydney itinerary. Experience the spectacular Sydney Harbour from every angle, squish the sand between your toes on a vast, golden beach and snuggle up to some native animals. Why visit Sydney? Sydney is a show-off of a city. The elegant beauty of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge never … [Read more...]
For an easy weekend away that the kids will love, you can't beat Umina Beach caravan park. This is one of those places that EVERYONE raves about. Especially on the north side of Sydney like we are. The Big 4 Umina Beach caravan park (officially Ocean Beach Holiday Resort) is super close to Sydney - about 1.5 hours' drive north of the CBD, has a magnificent position right on … [Read more...]
Over the hills and not far north of Sydney, the tiny hamlet of Wisemans Ferry suns itself on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. Nestled in amongst national park and almost entirely surrounded by water, this little patch of paradise is a fabulous spot for the kids to run wild while you relax. When planning your visit to Wisemans Ferry weather temperature is not important. … [Read more...]
The National Gallery of Victoria, or NGV, impresses with remarkable exhibitions year after year. The Van Gogh exhibition last year taught my uneducated brain so much about his art and life, the Monet exhibition previously evokes memories of vast canvases and swathes of colour. And this year's spectacular offering brings the legendary New York gallery to Melbourne in MoMA at … [Read more...]
Brought to you by Radisson Hotel & Suites Sydney Radisson Hotel and Suites Sydney is the perfect hotel for families, with super-sized rooms, splashtastic facilities and kid-friendly location. We spent the weekend playing tourists in our own city and had a ball! The kids loved the pool the best (no surprise there!) and we all enjoyed indulging ourselves at the breakfast … [Read more...]
Sitting in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, an hour north of the city on a ridge overlooking the Hawkesbury River is Pie in the Sky cafe in Cowan. Enormously popular with cyclists of both the human-powered and motor-powered persuasion, this unassuming cafe makes for an easy Sunday drive to get out of the city and in amongst some natural beauty. Take the scenic road to Pie … [Read more...]
Scienceworks Museum Melbourne puts fun first, learning second and, as a result, it is a brilliantly interactive museum for kids. Race Olympians, kick virtual soccer balls and design cars of the future. Rather than telling kids how awesome science is, it invites them inside it, to operate science-powered activities and make them a part of the experiment. Scienceworks … [Read more...]
Brought to you by Hamilton Island Chugging up One Tree Hill in our nifty golf buggy, toddler Alannah squealed with delight. With the wind in her hair and an adventure ahead, she was in her element. While our pre-kids travels had taken us around the globe, becoming parents brought our sights back to Australia, to exploring our beautiful backyard. No long flights, … [Read more...]