Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

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…

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Light Spectacular

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Light Spectacular

Take one sprawling landscaped garden planted with 6,000 trees and 600,000 shrubs. Add tranquil lakes, cascading waterfalls and a storybook garden inhabited by fabulous fairytale characters. Toss in more than two million Christmas lights, a self confessed Christmas tragic, her long suffering husband, their slightly nutty son and a wee girl who insists on donning sequins and wings because […] Read more…

The POD at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Canberra: cool for kids

Think of Australia’s national capital and treachery, backstabbing and a revolving door of Prime Ministers may spring to mind. But we’ve discovered that when it comes to holidays, Canberra is cool for kids.   With dozens of fun hands-on museums and galleries, mind-bending centres of space and science, sprawling parks and playgrounds, bike paths and more, […] Read more…

An open letter to Vanity Fair

Greetings from Down Under: An Open Letter to Vanity Fair

Dear Vanity Fair, I must preface this missive by admitting that I am a “throwback”. This being Mr Cohen’s charming turn of phrase for describing people from Australia in a piece of xenophobic “writing” published in your magazine. Writing that is so God awful, it’s like he bought the words in a flat-pack from Ikea and didn’t have […] Read more…

Blue eyes in the stunning blue water surrounding Green Island Cairns

Cairns with Kids: Fierce creatures on Green Island

Having visited The Reef several times, I know there is a risk, despite it’s beauty, that the kids could get hot, tired and whiney spending a whole day on the water. And that the long boat trip required to reach the reef may result in those convenient on board sick bags being activated! So, to experience a little reef magic while keeping […] Read more…

Didgeridoo player at Tjabukai

Cairns with kids: Tjapukai Nightfire

Given their mother’s rampant bleeding heart hippie Kool Aid supping ways, there was never a chance our kids would grow up without respect and recognition of Indigenous Australians. But Raffles has surprised me with his passion for Aboriginal culture. We’re more than happy to indulge his cultural quest for knowledge and, wherever possible on our travels around Australia, expose him […] Read more…

Extraordinary sunset at Tali Wiru Uluru

Romancing the stone at Tali Wiru Uluru

I’ll never forget my first time. I was just 17. It was in the back of a car, my body glistening with perspiration from the heat, my heart beating with excitement. It was everything it had been cracked up to be and more. My first sight of Uluru. One moment ochre-brown, the next blazing red, […] Read more…

I'm Super... Thanks for asking! At Movie World, Gold Coast #escapers15

#Escapers15 – Solid Gold Coast

The #escapers15 teams have arrived on the glittering Gold Coast for our final day of challenges and let me tell you, they are doozies! Many of us are going to have to conquer our personal fears today… Some of us are heading up to the top of Q1 and the SkyPoint Climb, Australia’s highest external building […] Read more…

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