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Going away with kids, both big and small.

Taronga Zoo Roar & Snore

As I gently stroked the surprisingly velvety feet of an echidna, I realised how fitting it is that its image should grace the reverse side of the Australian five cent coin: because this newly-hatched puggle was so small it could indeed fit comfortably on the coin. A puggle of course is a...

Travel the Whole WILD World at Taronga Zoo

Photograph by Rick Stevens for Taronga Zoo Pack your bags and grab your boarding pass to travel the whole WILD world this Summer at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Venture from the vast Africa Savannah to the forests of Asia and everywhere in between, all while meeting some of the zoos newest...

The Living History of Berrima

You could say that fate has preserved the history of Berrima. This wonderful, enchanting town sits snuggled against the gently-flowing Wingecarribee River in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Originally, Berrima was designed to be the capital of the Southern Highlands. ...

Haunting Port Arthur

Whether you’re a believer in the supernatural or not, you cannot deny some historical places and buildings in the world radiate a certain ‘energy’. What this energy is we don’t know, but stories of unexpected reactions to this invisible force field are experienced daily the world over. As...

Viva Vanuatu

To my left dense forest threatens to swallow everything in its path if not for the busy roadway that halts its creeping tendrils. To my right, I see glimpses of the turquoise Pacific Ocean between simple huts with thatched rooves and walls woven from bush materials and fancy neighbouring...

light sea dawn landscape

Overview: Tasmania, Australia

A journey to Tasmania is a rare chance to disconnect from stress and reconnect with the things that matter. About 40 percent of the island is protected as national parks, reserves and UNESCO World Heritage areas and, remarkably, these wild places are easily accessible. Hike the tallest...

Stay in a lighthouse keepers cottage in Gippsland

It seems strange to wish for bad weather on a trip, but I’m happy to see a squall heading my way. I am sitting on the back porch of the assistant lighthouse keeper’s cottage at Point Hicks in Gippsland. We are in the middle of a lighthouse road trip across the east of Victoria and the...

Anne fans step into Avonlea on Prince Edward Island

With over 50 million copies of the book sold since 1908, loyal fans of Anne of Green Gables can’t get enough of the spirited red-head and its unique setting on Canada’s Prince Edward Island. The tiniest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island is a vital player in the storyline, every bit...

Kid friendly fun at the Novotel Phuket Surin Beach

I know parents think they know it all when it comes to what makes a holiday resort kid-friendly, but I reckon the best way is to ask a kid, which is why I’m going to tell you what makes Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort cool for kids. To start we were greeted with welcome drinks and a...

10 ways to pack like a pro with kids in tow

I still look back fondly on the days when I’d toss a toothbrush, bikini and camera in a bag, grab my passport and be ready for the airport. And while a lightly packed bag still sparks joy for me, my kids are notorious for trying to shove every single thing they own, except clothes, into...