Bundeena – the best place to stay to see the Royal National Park

The second-oldest national park in the world, the Royal National Park is the oldest national park in Australia. Dependent upon what source you use, some claim the oldest is in Mongolia, dating back centuries and others claim that Yellowstone National Park in the USA is the oldest. The National Park as it was originally named…

Day trips form Sydney – Southern Highlands (or stay the weekend)

The Southern Highlands is an area just outside of Sydney, about 90 minutes south located east of the Blue Mountains on the Great Dividing Range. It’s the kind of place you visit for weekends around the fire. The area has a wide range of walking trails and natural wonders. Take a long walk along one…

Bucketts Way, the Alternative Drive North for families.

Driving from Sydney to Brisbane – are you crazy? So many people think they don’t have time or it’s so far away. It’s a day! What’s one day when you think how much time you waste away on social media? I did this trip with my 12 month old. As it was just us driving…

Sydney – VIVID

Paris may very well be called the city of lights and that is all fine and good but move over Paris – there is a worthy contender for your title. Year on year the VIVID festival is bigger, better and adding new attractions, subtracting some others. My kids love it. If you are from out of town…

Willow Tree, Somewhere over the Range… Just

The Liverpool Plains The Liverpool Plains is where I grew up. This prime agricultural land is surrounded by the Liverpool, The Great Dividing and Warrumbungle ranges. The area is home to the Mooki, the Peel and the Naomi rivers. The main crops include barley, chickpeas, sorghum, sunflowers, soybeans, maize, wheat and cotton. There are also…

From the Ocean to the Silver City

I had been planning a trip to Phuket these holidays and then with a passport taking longer than expected we opted for a trip to Adelaide. My dear girlfriend lives there and we have chosen a road trip to the Flinders Ranges. Which is great. I have always wanted to go but the alternative was…

The Boathouse, Balmoral. Sniffing out coffee in Sydney. 

I’ve written before about The Boathouse. There are three locations in Sydney and last time I wrote about Shelley Beach. Palm Beach was there first and I’ve watched that business change and move things to create an overall better customer experience. They have done the same thing at Balmoral. Not just to make a better…

Pacific Palms, somewhere on the Australian Coast. 

Pacific Palms is an easy getaway from Sydney. (3 hour drive) The area is surrounded by water. The Pacific Ocean out to the east and behind the coastline lies Smith Lake and Wallis Lake. The area is just south of Foster and made up of Boomerang Beach, Blueys Beach, Elizabeth Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Shelly…

Hawks Nest, somewhere on the Australian Coast.

Hawks Nest. If you don’t know where it is, is only just over 2 hours from Sydney. Two of Australia’s prime ministers used to holiday here. Is that not a recommendation right there? Hawks Nest is neighbour to the Myall Lakes National Park which if you are a boat enthusiast you will delight in. The…

Bells Killcare, north away from the hustle and bustle. 

This is not a blog about family travel. That is family travel with the kids coming with us. This is however, a blog about two members of a family getting some alone time with no children. I have a girlfriend who has a girlfriend who, I’m joking. A girlfriend’s dear friend in the UK stated…

Day trips from Sydney. No 3. Wollongong

For overseas visitors, there is always the risk of trying to do or see too much and then you miss other things. This is the first of a series of day trips from our major cities. Some will be recommended as overnight to really get the most out of your trip. The concept is to…