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row of chalets at RAC Karri Valley Resort

RAC Karri Valley Resort Review: What to Expect

Set hidden in the West Australian Southern Forests on Lake Beedalup is the recently renovated RAC Karri Valley Resort.  Several years ago, during a trip to Pemberton we stopped in to have a look at the resort.  We were so impressed with the idyllic location we vowed to one day return. Finally, we have returned…

blue pool with gazebo

Review of Blue Ocean Villas Kalbarri Family Accommodation

As I am planning our holiday to Kalbarri on the Coral Coast of Western Australia it takes me quite some time to search and find the perfect Kalbarri family accommodation. I begin doing my research during April of 2020 when all the world is told to “stay at home!”  But I can see a glimmer…

bed with rolled towels, bedside lamps and sheer grey curtains

Family-Friendly Holiday Apartment Review of Avani Melbourne Central Residences

Recently we visited the city of Melbourne in Victoria Australia on a family holiday.  I spent weeks during my planning for this trip looking for the perfect Melbourne holiday apartment.  It needed to offer self-catering facilities, central location, activity options for our 11-year-old son (for downtime after spending the day exploring) and finally it had…

limestone rocks along the great ocean road

Great Ocean Road Day Trip Review: What you Need to Know

As you research your trip to Melbourne, Victoria one of the things that will keep popping up to do will be a Great Ocean Road tour.  As you continue with your research you will learn that this coastal road is located several hours from the CBD and that there are so many options on how…

ferry heading towards penguin island

Pristine Penguin Island Attractions: What to Do

As a child, we took short family getaways to Shoalwater Beach, located south of Perth in Western Australia.  The beaches were white, the water was clear, the sea was calm and you looked out to the nearby Shoalwater Islands.  I use to see people walking across the sandbar to the rocky limestone island called Penguin…

Riverview Tourist Park review

Riverview Tourist Park, Margaret River Review

Accommodation choices surround the outskirts of the Margaret River town in South Western Australia’s Margaret River Region but few places to stay are in town, riverside and offer camping, caravanning and cabins for couples and families.  But we found one – which we loved!  It’s called the Riverview Tourist Park.  Let me tell you all…

five things to make travel easier including Sleep Keeper, travel bottles, scrubba, ear plugs and eye mask

10 Really Useful Travel Accessories

There are some unique travel gadgets out there and then there are some useful travel items.  Not necessarily essential travel gadgets but they are things to make travel easier. So let’s look at what are good travel accessories and why you should buy them for travelling whether it’s backpacking, road tripping or taking a luxury…

Cloudy dat at Emu Beach, Albany Western Australia

Big4 Emu Beach Holiday Park Review, Albany Western Australia

It’s not often you can find a location let alone an accommodation that caters for all demographics.  We recently stayed at the Big4 Emu Beach Holiday Park in Albany, Western Australia and what a find this place is!  Even though we are staying at this Emu Point accommodation on a family holiday, it is not…

beach chairs, inflatables and beach toys all part of what to pack for the beach

What to Pack for a Beach Day: 11 Essentials for Your Beach Bag

Spending a day on the beach is one lifes free of luxuries, but if you’re not prepared you can come home burnt, blistered, dehydrated and covered in bites. to avoid all this you need to know what to pack for a day at the beach. So I’m here to help you with what to take…

Reviewing the cabins at Wave Rock cCaravan park, Hyden Western Australia

Wave Rock Caravan Park Review: What to Expect

Wave Rock (as it is famously known) is located just outside the West Australian town of Hyden.  Roughly a four-hour drive from Perth (see below for a map). The rock’s official name is Hyden Rock and encompasses the Wave, Breakers and Hippos Yawn.  Of the 150 000 tourists who come to see the Wave each…

A330 Singapore Airlines economy class review

Singapore Airlines Economy Class Review (with Kids)

Air travel – it is both exciting yet arduous.  Exciting because it means you are off for an adventure to a new destination but arduous because basically nobody enjoys sitting in an economy seat for hours on end.  So it’s really important to choose the right airline for you.  That’s why I’ve put this Singapore…

My Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket reviews of all the facilities and amenties at this Karon Beach hotel

My Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket Reviews: What You Need to Know

There’s just a plain pink wall.  It doesn’t look very enticing.  We are on the northern fringe of Karon Beach and about to turn off the top of the hillside road into Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket.  But driving down the steep curved concrete driveway we are greeted by the turquoise blue Andaman Sea and the…

SilkAir Review: Flight from Singapore to Phuket (Boeing 737)

SilkAir Review: Flight from Singapore to Phuket (Boeing 737)

SilkAir is the wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines offering over 50 short to middle-haul flights throughout Asia.  SilkAir began in 1989 under the name of Tradewinds the Airline, as part of Tradewinds Pte Ltd which exclusively marketed holiday packages for Singapore Airlines.  In 1992 the airline was renamed SilkAir. Today the airline’s focus is…

The best Sanur food we found during a family holiday to Bali in Indonesia.

Best Sanur Restaurants: Places We Love Eating Out in Bali

One of the joys of travel is food.  And finding great restaurants is always a delight.  That’s why I want to share with you the best Sanur restaurants in Bali, that we have found during our passed family holidays to Bali. Bali is a South East Asian island full of contrasts.  Each Balinese location has…

My review of a Pemberton farm stay at Diamond Forest Cottages in the Southern forests region of Western Austalia

Diamond Forest Farm Stay Review: A Pemberton Cottage

As I hand back our Diamond Forest Farm Stay Cottage key to our hosts Mark and Kerriann, my son Lewis is presented with a certificate detailing the farm skills he has performed over the past few days.  “I think a few more things could have been added to the list, ” I comment with a smile. …

A Bali cycle tour gives your the chance to learn the Balinese culture

Bali Greenbike Adventure Review: What Your Need to Know

This Bali bike tour memory is from one of our wonderful Bali family holidays back in 2015.  These cycling tours through Bali are still on offer providing you with a great way to discover the real Balinese lifestyle. Finding the true Balinese culture is difficult when taking a family trip to Bali. Most holidaymakers stay…

Discussing the family friendly facilities at the 7 Penang Hotels along Batu Ferringhi beach, Malaysia.

6 Fun Penang Family Resorts in Batu Ferringhi

Penang is one of my favourite family holiday destinations in South East Asia.  There are just so many things to do in Penang.  Plus there is a good variety of fun family Penang hotels.  My favourite area within Penang to stay is along the northern beach of Batu Ferringhi.  Most of the resorts along Batu Ferringhi were built…

My Review of the Updated Cervantes Caravan Park (RAC Cervantes Holiday Park)

My Review of the Updated Cervantes Caravan Park (RAC Cervantes Holiday Park)

Cervantes is a small coastal town in Western Australia named after an American vessel that sank off its coast in 1844 and is now the home of many a lobster fisherman.  So why would you visit Cervantes?  Well, it is the closest town (a mere 10 minutes) to the Pinnacles Desert.  Plus it’s got beautiful beaches, great…

A review of the Watermark Restaurant in Perth, western Australia at the Internatinal on the Water Hotel.

The Girls Bling It Up at Watermark Restaurant, Perth

I have just driven to the end of Epson Avenue off Great Northern Highway in the Perth suburb of Ascot.  Eucalypt trees line the banks of the murky Swan River.  To my right, in stark contrast, is the pale concrete structure of the International on the Water Hotel.  A little uncertain, I assume, “this must be…

My review Garuda airlines economy class from Perth to Bali

Garuda Indonesia Review: Why it’s One of My Favourite Airlines

Garuda Airlines has had some well-documented trouble times.  It’s enough to make you question, should I fly with Garuda Indonesia?  But they have managed to pull themselves out of the doldrums.  So much so that it has become one of my favourite airlines.  Learn how it will become yours with my Garuda Indonesia review. In…

Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites review

My Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites Reviews (Prime Plaza Suites Sanur Bali)

They say you should never travel back.  Back to a place that exceeded your expectations.  The place that left you with such wonderful memories.  Memories that you have raved and raved on to anyone who would listen.  They say you should never go back because surely next time it will disappoint.  This is my Prime Plaza Suites review of…