Posts Tagged ‘Visit NSW’

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…

The Three Sisters from Echo Point, Katoomba

Art attack on a Blue Mountains family break

No one could ever accuse my children of being unimaginative… peculiar, overly dramatic and eccentric most definitely, but not without creative flair. Especially when we travel as anything new seems to come with a bizarre bonus fictional narrative from both Raffles and Sugarpuff. Which is how we find ourselves descending into a thick fog of smoke […] Read more…

Kookaburra landing at Banjo's Bush Retreat

Digital Detoxing in the Hunter Valley

“Mama, what was it like in the olden days?” asks my soon to be e-bayed offspring. Geez. How old does this kid think I am? While searching the site for the best category to list him under and thinking about a fair “buy it now” price, I explain that when we weren’t saddling up our dinosaurs or […] Read more…

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