A September school holidays travel tale for AFL footy fans

Sorry NSW. I love you, but I’m not sure whether I can again stay with you in the September school holidays. “Why?” you ask. Yes, I agree your weather was warm and your beaches sublime, but your total lack of interest in AFL meant we missed out on being part of something special. See, we … Continue reading “A September school holidays travel tale for AFL footy fans”

Blue Lotus Water Garden – a spot of Asia in the Yarra Valley

There are many things to do with the kids when visiting the Yarra Valley, including Healesville Sanctuary, the Yarra Valley Chocolate Factory, not to mention a family friendly winery or two. But there is one special place that doesn’t seem to make many lists of family activities. On the face of it, I can see … Continue reading “Blue Lotus Water Garden – a spot of Asia in the Yarra Valley”

Cheap and cheerful things to do in Melbourne

I must admit to being initially surprised when I read that Melbourne is the number one domestic tourist destination that Australian families want to visit over the next two years. As a born and bred Melbournian, I can get a bit blasé about my hometown. But then there are those times when you get out … Continue reading “Cheap and cheerful things to do in Melbourne”

Great holiday family accommodation on special

When it comes to organising holidays with kids, trying to find a deal or specials on flights and accommodation is important. That’s because the less we spend on getting and staying there, means the more we can spend on nice meals and family friendly holiday activities. Family Friendly Accommodation does not have the most properties … Continue reading “Great holiday family accommodation on special”

Visiting Barwon Park Mansion

On a rather damp and dark day on Victoria’s Surf Coast, we decided to head inland from Torquay to visit Barwon Park. This 42 room bluestone mansion was built in 1872 and bequeathed to the National Trust in the 1970s. I have wanted to visit since I was a girl – always curious as we … Continue reading “Visiting Barwon Park Mansion”