Posts Tagged ‘Visit NSW’

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…

Raff scooting by the rusting hulk of a crane on Cockatoo Island

Rockin’ Cockatoo Island with kids

While we’re notoriously light packers, packing the kids scooters when we’re heading on a road trip is something that’s not negotiable. Our kids have quite literally dragged theirs from one end of Australia to the other. Until, that is, Raffles’ rickety old scooter shuffled off this mortal coil and Sugarpuff grew too tall for hers. […] Read more…

Snuggling up for movies at the Novotel

Oh, my Darling: A Novotel Staycation

The winter blues make the best of us over-sleep and over-eat.  But rather than fighting it we’ve decided to embrace the over-indulgence with a weekend away, at home. As the school holidays approach, the kids are getting a little tired and crabby. And so am I because a couple of whiney-arsed kids will do that to […] Read more…

soaking up the sun on the balcony of our guest room at Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Central Coasting at Crowne Plaza Terrigal

“Are we there yet?” calls a little voice from the back of the car for the 90th time in as many minutes. As we pull into the driveway of the palatial Crowne Plaza Terrigal, our gorgeous digs for the Mother’s Day weekend, I’m pleased to confirm that indeed we are. My tiny travellers love a hotel stay […] Read more…

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