Angler’s Rest, Greenwell Point

Last weekend Drew had to be on the South Coast for an appointment.  Rather than battle the two-three hour drive there and back in one day, he suggested we have a mini-break and enjoy a night away. Drew’s appointment on the Sunday morning was in Nowra so it made sense we stay either in Nowra […]

Montrose Berry Farm

When I was growing up in New Zealand every time it was berry season my parents would drive us a short distance to where the berry farms were located.  We’d look for signs saying, ‘Pick Your Own’ and we’d turn into those driveways and spend a few hours filling buckets with raspberries, blackberries, loganberries and […]

Stuart’s Point, NSW

I absolutely enjoy five-star luxury holidays and escapes however, equally, there is something very special about a no-frills holiday in a place so trapped in a time warp it is reminiscent of summer holidays from long, long ago. A generation ago a lot of people grew up with the annual three-week family holiday commencing on […]

The Dunes, Mount Coolum

I’ve just returned from a Christmas holiday where a few days before Christmas we drove north to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, a journey that took 13 hours, to a holiday house in Mount Coolum. The idea was to spend Christmas with Drew’s family; something we hadn’t done for at least a decade.  The idea of travelling […]

Roop Niwas Kothi Hotel, India

Last month I let you know that next year I’m heading to India with Rush Expeditions for a 10-day boutique tour.  The good news is, you have the opportunity to come with me. We will be spending our time in Northern India which, because of the incredible scenery, architecture and historical significance of the region, […]

Dreamworld, Gold Coast

I don’t know of many families who go on a holiday to the Gold Coast and get in and out without visiting a theme park.  Almost as famous as the brilliant weather and the beautiful beaches are the theme parks of the Gold Coast. There are adults who don’t like theme parks and who avoid […]

Tour to Northern India

I’m excited to announce that in March, 2016, I’m hosting a tour to India.  A boutique tour for just 16, I’d love you to come with me. Steve McHardie is a partner of Rush Expeditions, a unique travel company catering to small-group private tours.  While Rush Expeditions takes expectant travellers to exotic, unique and off-the-beaten-track […]

Espiritu Santo’s Best Tourism Attractions

In March of this year a Category 5 cyclone devastated Vanuatu.  Our family was fortunate to holiday in Santo in January.  We stayed at the Barrier Beach House and became friendly with Shane and Shendel who own and manage the boutique resort. Vanuatu is made up of 83 islands spread out over 12,000 square kms […]

A Day at the Royal Easter Show

My older children will be quick to tell you they had a deprived childhood because unlike other families, every Easter they weren’t taken to the Royal Easter Show. We did go once or twice but as it is often crowded and as some children like to run away, be difficult, fight with their sister, have […]

Things To Do In Sydney That Are Free

With the school holidays on the horizon and families needing to find funds for entertainment and activities, many mums and dads are trying to find ways to entertain kids without dipping into the piggy bank. Today I discovered a bush walk in Hornsby that is central to most parts of Sydney, is very scenic, is […]