North-west of Newcastle in NSW is the Hunter Region, home to the Hunter Valley vineyards. The acclaimed birthplace of Australian wine, the region is brimming with more than 150 wineries and cellar doors. But wine is not all the region has to offer. Did you know the Hunter is also home to three unusual attractions, all within a 20 minute drive from each other? Read more about ‘Unusual places to see on your Newcastle to Hunter Valley roadtrip’
Australia’s national parks have some of the most breath-taking sceneries, enriched history, and unique natural beauties. Taking a day trip with your children will surely entertain them, as well give you a chance to pry them away from the allure of iPads, iPhones and all things digital. Here are three of our favourite national parks to visit with the kids. Read more about ’3 national parks in Australia the kids will love’
Go on, take a hike! Winter is here, a perfect season to take a bush excursion with your family and friends. All you need is a bit of free time, a place to stretch your legs and a durable pair of walking shoes. You can be a hiker-in-training by starting with walks around your neighbourhood, working up to a local mountain rainforest or gorge. But don’t head out on a half- or full-day hike without these five essential hiking accessories. Read more about ’5 essential items to take on your next hike’
Drinking coffee can be an adventure when you’re travelling. Instead of lining up for a takeaway cup at your favourite café in the morning, you’re waking up in a new city with new sights, sounds and coffee brands you’ve likely never tried before. Paired with a good barista, your perfect cup of Joe may be waiting for you around the next corner. But how do you know where to go first? Read more about ‘Five Best Western hotels serving the best coffee’
One of the must-do‘s on Australia’s east coast is a stay at Airlie Beach. It is worth a visit, even if you just have one or two days. Airlie Beach is the ‘Gateway to Heaven‘; a little piece of paradise. Enjoy your stay at Airlie Beach and be inspired by my highlights: Read more about ‘How to relax on holiday at Airlie Beach’
The Queen’s Birthday long weekend is fast approaching. I don’t know about you, but it’s a rare chance for me to spend some quality time with my family and friends. A 3-day weekend means I can also plan a spontaneous trip. Here’s four fun activities I’m putting on my long weekend bucket list.
I’ve always been too busy to visit Melbourne. I work long hours, so usually I’m racing around on weekends doing all the chores, groceries and washing.
So last weekend, I booked my first ever flight to Melbourne with a group of girlfriends. It was a dangerous one-off for us all, and you know what? We loved every wicked second. Read more about ‘What I learnt from my first time visiting Melbourne: Part 1′
I’ve made a habit of skiing in New Zealand every year since I left high school. I’m a full time nurse now, but when I was deep into the books studying, saving up every last cent to blow on New Zealand’s ski slopes was what kept me sane leading up to exams. Read more about ’5 Things You Didn’t Know About Queenstown’
Focusing on work when you’re away from your kids for days at a time can be challenging. Instead of rising at the crack of dawn to start preparing lunches, breakfasts, laying out clothes for school each day, you find you’re stuck in a hotel room worrying about how well the family is coping while you’re away. Read more about ’5 organisational tips for mums travelling for work’
Joan and Laurie Appleby are celebrating their retirements this month. Joan, the former housekeeper at Best Western Banjo Paterson Motor Inn for 35 years, and Laurie, the former manager at Great Lakes Airport for 28 years, said it’s time to see Australia.
“We’re planning to get a Winnebago and drive around Australia,” Joan said. “It’s quite daunting, this will be the first big trip we’ve taken together after being in Lakes Entrance so long.” Read more about ‘Checking out of Lakes Entrance after 35 years’