Nestled in the rolling green hills of the Southern Highlands, Berry is a stylish little haven, filled with amazing food and gorgeous homewares. At 2 hours south of Sydney CBD, the Sydney to Berry drive makes for a lovely family day out. We do this drive regularly and find plenty of things to do in Berry with kids and along the way there. Visit this quaint country village and … [Read more...]
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There are high teas that welcome kids, and then there are high teas completely devoted to kids. Every school holidays The Langham Melbourne creates an adorably themed kids high tea with sweet creations that show off the immense talents of the pastry chef. Sing is the movie of the moment - even the preview was awesome. Did you see the mama pig belting out a number in … [Read more...]
At about 2½ hours north of Sydney, the Sydney to Hunter Valley drive is ideal for a weekend away. But when visiting the Hunter Valley, instead of heading straight to the wine, stop off at a few fun, outdoor sights along the way. The lush beauty of the Hunter Valley is unmistakable. Its rolling green landscape is vast and the endless rows of vines are like soldiers on parade. … [Read more...]
Sitting by the huge picture windows overlooking the beach as I nurse my long black, I watch the kids helping themselves at the pancake machine. They love that machine! There's something wonderfully luxurious about a breakfast buffet. Where you can have omelettes cooked to order, the kids can try new things (or stick with old favourites!) and you don't need to lift a … [Read more...]
Brought to you by Nuffnang and Dream Lover Even if you've never heard of Bobby Darin, his is a remarkably inspiring story. This US pop singer from the 1950s and 60s truly went from rags to riches. This young boy, told he wouldn't live past 16, was determined to defy the doctors and his humble beginnings to be a star. With multiple hit songs like Splish Splash, Mack the … [Read more...]
Brought to you by Nuffnang and Singin' in the Rain The catchy toe-tapping songs in this brand new, high-energy production of Singin' in the Rain had me jigging about in my seat. I adore old-school movie musicals and was thrilled that this new show has mastered every aspect to create a production that well deserves the sell-out West End season and multiple Olivier Award … [Read more...]
This was the Gold Coast theme park holiday when my 8 year old daughter joined me on the dark side! When it became all about the thrill rides. It was thoroughly proven on The Claw at Dreamworld. She was keen, but I was worried it would be too much, too scary for her. But as the ride spun and swung through the clear blue sky, something changed between us. As we laughed and … [Read more...]
Billabong Camp is one of three accommodation options in the grounds of Taronga Western Plains Zoo (aka Dubbo Zoo), but it is not merely a spot to lay your head, it is an all-inclusive camping experience, chock-full of unique activities from late afternoon until morning. I am not a camper. My camping experience is limited to girl guide camps and a high school tour of Central … [Read more...]
As magnificent as Taronga Western Plains Zoo (aka Dubbo Zoo) is, planning a trip out here can be a daunting prospect, simply because it's so far away from anywhere. At approximately 5 hours from each of Sydney and Canberra, you definitely need to allow some time to get here. On our recent trip we headed off at lunchtime on the Friday before a long weekend, had two days at … [Read more...]
Brought to you by Mitsubishi Motors Australia Way out to the north west of Sydney, in the flat sheep-covered plains of central New South Wales, lies Dubbo, home of the magnificent Taronga Western Plains Zoo. With the Sydney to Dubbo drive being over 5 hours drive, this road trip needs at least a long weekend to do it justice, preferably more. Especially when there's so much to … [Read more...]