HOT: Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, cnr Ballato Rd and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne

  Melbourne is lucky enough to enjoy not just one, but two Royal Botanic Gardens. The one in South Yarra is a popular destination for families but I urge you to also visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne. Cranbourne Gardens contains one of Victoria’s most previous areas of native bushland. At its heart is […]

The HOT List: Best Child Friendly Cafes and Restaurants in Melbourne 2015

We love to eat out with our kids and here’s my Top 10 list of family-friendly dining out experiences in 2015. Bookmark it, save it, print it and bon appetit! Foxtrot Charlie, Brunswick Trendy menu, a secluded sunny back seating area and a tub of toys to keep kids amused. Proper & Son, South Melbourne A […]

HOT: Red Hill Epicurean, 165 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South

Red Hill Epicurean is a large gourmet food destination focusing on the Mornington Peninsula’s producers and vineyards and it’s a must-do if you love good food and wine. The site spans two venues – the spectacular atrium ‘The Shed’ housed in the former Red Hill Cool Store and framed by large timber columns from an old […]

HOT: Miinot Gelato, 71 Melville Rd, Pascoe Vale South

Melbourne heat wave = daily gelati tasting. And while Miinot Gelato is hidden away in Pascoe Vale South it’s well worth the trip. If you’re local, lucky you! The tiny shop is on a main road but not really close to anything else – no cafes or shops near it. Nevertheless, on my arrival there is a […]

HOT: Royal Croquet Club 2015, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Royal Croquet Club, a fun summer food and entertainment festival, has returned to Melbourne for the second year but only for a short time, finishing up this Sunday 20 December. It’s the perfect stop off after visiting the Artplay playgroun, a city Christmas trail or an arty adventure at the National Gallery of Victoria.  Picking up where the […]

The HOT List: Top 13 Places to go in Sydney with Kids

Sydney is a world-class city that’s right on Melbourne’s doorstep – and hence a fantastic place to visit with kids, even if just for a few days. In fact, Lonely Planet considered it one of Australia’s Top 10 family-friendly destinations. If you have limited time here’s a short itinerary of where to stay, eat and […]

HOT: Main Ridge Dairy, 295 Main Creek Rd, Main Ridge, Mornington Peninsula

Main Ridge Dairy is an artisan goats cheese factory and farm in Main Ridge, doctor Mornington Peninsula. Pretty goats greet you, symptoms both in sculptural and real form, as you take the steps down to the architect award-winning farm building. It houses the working processing facilities and cheesery, a small cafe and gift store. The […]

The HOT List: Best Child Friendly Cafes for Shopping

Shopping is hungry business, sick particularly with kids. Here’s a list of my Top 10 HOT family-friendly cafes with great food where you can also do your shopping. Tick off your Christmas list now! For toys, books, medications clothing, homewares: NGV Gallery Kitchen The National Gallery of Victoria is an easy-going pit stop after a […]

HOT: Slice Girls West, 4 Yewers St, Footscray

Slice Girls West is an offshoot of the CBD’s popular pizza parlour Slice Girls and their new Footscray digs continues its formula for good, cheap pizza with a bit of cheeky zig-a-zig-ah! The entrance to the cafe/pizzeria is hidden down a unprepossessing alley and is marked by small sign inviting you to ‘slice up your […]

HOT: Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney

Australian Museum is Australia’s oldest museum, right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD opposite Hyde Park. If you’re in Sydney with young kids, then it’s a must do – mainly because of the excellent Kidspace for under 5s.   Australian Museum is housed inside a 19th century sandstone and to that extent it provides an […]

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