Orpheus Island, Queensland {our trip!}


Imagine there’s a place where you’re treated like the Queen, even when you’re just a commoner, where food just arrives and it’s just what you’re feeling like, where kind people play with your kids so you can actually eat breakfast/lunch/dinner with two hands and no stress, and the sun kisses your skin softly, warming you up just enough that you could go for a swim but not so much that…

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Magnetic Island, Queensland {our trip!}


I know a place has a bit of magic in it when I feel a sense of sadness about leaving. And I felt that sense of sadness when I left Magnetic Island. It’s just got something about it. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a few of the islands in Queensland {but have so many more yet to visit!}, but Maggie, as the locals call it, is different. The…

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Catching my breath


I feel like, lately, I’m forever trying to steal moments to catch my breath. I’m sure that many people feel the same way, with kids and work and life and everyday demands… it can often feel like we’re searching for a moment to just catch up, and remember to breathe. Do you feel that way too? Last week we flew home from the States, drove home and showered and then…

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5 fun eateries I found on the Gold Coast


Having just spent a very lazy and relaxing week on the coast where we indulged in such good food, I felt it a community service to share what we discovered. Our home is under an hour away from the Gold Coast, so we often head up to explore and grab something yummy to eat, but it was nice to be living right in the middle of everything for a week…

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Our Tasmania Travel Diary


Last week we did a whirlwind trip to Tasmania. I’m going to be completely honest and say that I didn’t know much about Tasmania before I visited. My neighbours, who travel for around 9 months of the year, are currently spending six weeks touring the whole island. Before they left I picked their brains on what to do and see, giving them a map to mark out everything that I…

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Dubai with kids

Atlantis Hotel, Dubai

A few weeks ago I shared a post on our flight to Dubai, and today I wanted to share about our time in Dubai. I want to first start by saying that Dubai was always on my travel bucket list, but I was a little bit apprehensive about traveling there. Why? Because I’d heard that you had to cover up, that it was ridiculously hot and that you could land…

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10 things you really need to do in Hawaii {Oahu}


A few weeks ago we arrived home from a jam-packed few days in Hawaii. I am really blessed that I have been able to see so much of the world through blogging. To be honest, before blogging I had very little desire to travel. I was really content with traveling up and down the east coast of Australia { and still am, because it’s so beautiful} but now I have…

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Hawaii-bound: Share your advice please!


Do you have a dream destination in mind? Somewhere that you dream of traveling to? Mine used to be the Maldives. That was before kids. And now it’s Hawaii. Hubby and I started dreaming up a trip for next year, because it’s been a dream of ours for a very long time. We were working on budgets, and savings plans, and dates… and then an email popped into my inbox…

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How to travel with kids and not go kerazy


I wrote last week about our trip to Hamilton Island. The night before we were about to leave I asked Hubby if he was excited, and he replied with a “Ah, not really”. It wasn’t that it wasn’t a beautiful destination or that we weren’t grateful for heading off to one of the most beautiful places in the world, it’s just that traveling with kids isn’t like traveling without kids….

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Travel diary: Our Hamilton Island getaway


Last week we jetted off to Hamilton Island for three days as a family. I’d been to Hamilton Island before, but never past the jetty right near the airport, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. About a decade ago, when Hubby and I went to Daydream Island, we were told that it was a bit tired, so I went in not really knowing what to expect. A little back…

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Noosa with kids: Things to do, see and eat, and where to stay


Last week I was fortunate enough to travel to Noosa for work. As you may {or may not} know I’m represented by an agency called The Remarkables which looks after a whole bunch of bloggers, and each year we get together to learn things, connect with each other and enjoy a tourism destination. This year that destination was Noosa, and the Sunshine Coast. Luella was too little to leave behind,…

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Best-kept travel secret: How to get the cheapest flights in Australia


I’ve only just been bitten by the travel bug. Up until about two years ago I was one of those people that was happy exploring my own backyard, with an annual road trip thrown in and a few weekends away added to the mix as well. I guess that’s more than some people {Mum, I’m looking at you!}, but it wasn’t really until I ventured overseas that I realised that…

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All aboard: A weekend on the P&O Pacific Jewel


Prior to this past weekend I was a cruise virgin. I’d never been aboard a cruise ship, and my freshness was evident by the fact that I repeatedly called the ship a boat, even to the Captain. He wasn’t very impressed. “Do you know what the difference is between a ship and a boat?” he asked. I shook my head and moved the conversation on as quickly as possible. Whoops….

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Get thee to the Gold Coast: What to do, what to eat & where to stay


We didn’t holiday much as kids {the budget didn’t stretch that far} but when we did, just once mind you, it was to the Gold Coast. My parents piled us 4 kids into our Tarago and we drove the 16 hours to the sunny Gold Coast. I was so beyond excited, and wanted to remember EVERYTHING that I kept a journal of all the little details. Including how many stairs…

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The perks of travelling alone


I paced up and down the busy street, my anxiety growing with each step. I’d officially lost my hotel. I was alone, in a foreign country with a phone that wouldn’t work. Alone. My heart raced and I fought back tears. ‘I knew you shouldn’t have come’, I told myself. ‘I’m never EVER travelling alone again’, I vowed. And I kept walking, looking up for my hotel. I reached a…

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Singapore: Things to do & places to stay


So far I’ve shared a bit about Singapore; a few photos of our trip and the food {seriously, the food!} and now it’s time for the best bit – the things you need to put on your to-do list. 1. Singapore Zoo I’ve seen a Zoo or two in my time. When I was nannying one of the kids I looked after loved going to the zoo so we’d go…

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Singapore: What to eat, and where to eat it


I’m slightly {OK, a lot} embarrassed by sharing these photos. In my head I’d planned to take photos of the beautiful food before we’d eaten it. That was the plan. I’d be that annoying person at the start of the meal, keeping everyone’s pesky hands away and pleading, “Please don’t eat yet! I haven’t taken a photo!” Instead we all got caught up in the eating moments, and the trip…

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Singapore, according to my iPhone.

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Last year, just before Christmas, we packed up and jetted over to Singapore for a few days. I knew not much at all about Singapore before our trip. In fact when the team from Tourism Singapore initially called to invite me on the trip I said, “Oh, it must be fate. I bought Singapore noodles last night.” “Umm… Singapore noodles aren’t really from Singapore,” she laughed. I did know just…

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Malaysia: Things to do, see and eat


I didn’t know what to expect from Malaysia. It was my first time traveling to an Asian country, and my mind was open. I didn’t read up or research, but just prepared myself for whatever would come. At first I was overwhelmed. I wanted to soak up everything, photograph everything and enjoy it all too. In the beginning I felt like the odd one out, the tall blonde Australian amongst…

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Hervey Bay: Have a whale of a time!


Last Friday we packed a bag, jumped in the car {puppy included} and headed 5 hours up the coast to Hervey Bay – home of Australia’s best whale watching. First stop was dropping Bronte at a puppy resort for two nights. There were tears. Is it weird that right next door to the resort there’s a pet cemetery? Yes? We’ve never been to Hervey Bay before, but the beauty of…

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This is the place


This is the place I met him for our first date. We ate pizza and watched football. He gave me butterflies. This is the place he told me three words. I love you. I whispered them back. This is the place where I sat on his floor and cried when he told me he had to go away for work. This is the place where I waited for him, missing…

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I had morning tea with the Prime Minister. And I liked it.


Earlier this week, Wednesday to be exact, I sat working beside my husband who was nursing a fractured knee. “Oh. My. God!” I shrieked.I received an email that I need to read to him, word for word. I’ve had moments like this before, when emails come in and I can’t breathe and my heart jumps up and out of my body {like when I got picked for the Queensland trip}….

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10 of my favourite holiday photos


{This photo was taken at Flames restaurant – and isn’t one of my pics. I just wanted to share one of the whole gang. We were trying to dance.}. The past week up in The Great Barrier Reef was the most jam-packed I’ve ever experienced. We went from one activity to another, without time for a lie down or breather in between. It was perfect though. I shared it with…

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Up in the air encounters

I had a 4 hour wait at the airport yesterday morning, after my blogging trip up north. I bought a handful of magazines for the flight, jotted down notes of things I didn’t want to forget from the workshops and did some people watching as I waited to board. A man caught my eye, with his neon coloured shoes, a denim vest and a limp as he walked. He walked…

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8 things I’ve discovered on my Great Barrier Reef trip

We’re sitting in our second {and last} blogging workshop in a tree-top type room in the Silky Oaks lodge, the river running beside us and the rainforest around us. Here’s what I learnt yesterday: 1. Banana Twinkies are the bomb.comLast night we went to Palm Cove for dinner. It was a five course menu at a restaurant named Nu Nu. We had people playing Ukeles as we ate. As you…

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