March 2017 archive

Welcome paint at Waradah Aboriginal Centre

A cultural connection at Katoomba’s Waradah Aboriginal Centre

Who’d have thought that a visit to an Aboriginal dance performance would lead to one of the most authentic and incredible Indigenous experiences of Raffles young life? Certainly not me. But that is exactly what happened at Katoomba’s Waradah Aboriginal Centre. We find ourselves at the centre after stopping to wax philosophic with Katoomba’s famous […] Read more…

Chilling on the breakwall at Nobbys Newcastle

A family escape at Crowne Plaza Newcastle

“Mum, this place kinda feels like home,” declares a smiling Raffles within minutes of checking into the harbour front Crowne Plaza Newcastle. And while our actual home may not boast a marble-clad foyer, an army of friendly-staff or stunning views over Newcastle’s working harbour, he’s right, this place does radiate a special “at home” kind […] Read more…

Stunning SIngapore from the Swissotel Stamford

He said, she said: Singapore by kids

Given Singapore’s national sports are eating, drinking and shopping it’s hardly surprising that, as a card-carrying hedonist, Singapore has my name written all over it. But there’s so much more to Singapore than conspicuous consumption and if I put my slightly sozzled epicurean inclinations to one side, I still love it. Because it’s also clean, […] Read more…

20 absolutely essential family travel hacks

20 absolutely essential family travel hacks

Before Raffles and Sugarpuff completed our merry travelling circus, holidays were mostly about picking a random destination, finding a super cheap deal, chucking a bikini and a camera in a backpack and hitting the airport ready for adventure. But that was then and this is now and travelling with two kids in tow requires a lot […] Read more…