Parents, the inevitable has arrived: school holidays start this weekend. But don’t be caught off guard, there’s plenty for the kids to do between now and 5 October.
Here’s our round up of a few activities in Australia and New Zealand that will keep the whole family entertained this spring.
No two days are the same for Siony, a housekeeper at Best Western Plus Garden City Hotel in Canberra. Siony can be assigned to a large business conference, refreshing the poolside bar and lounge or servicing guest rooms.
Eight hours after check-out, the phone call from a distressed mother came through to Best Western Central Motel & Apartments in Queanbeyan New South Wales. After travelling 700km, and checking into their next destination, the family’s road trip had suddenly turned sour; four-year-old Emily’s favourite teddy, the creatively-named Pink Ted, could not be found.
Adults refer to Toowoomba as a mini-Melbourne or the ‘Garden City’. Only 1.5 hours drive from Brisbane, it’s an easy weekend destination for many Queensland and Northern NSW families.
But how do you get the kids excited about a weekend in a city they’ve never heard of? Here are some insider tips in the words of local kids Jasmine, Mary and Jorja. Read more about ‘Toowoomba – a local kid’s perspective’
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′