HOT: Hutch & Co, 251 Main Street, Lilydale

Lilydale may be the end of the train line but you can still find a hub of inner city cafe cool at Hutch & Co, thanks to the owners of Chapter Too in Heathmont. Hutch & Co is located on Lilydale’s main street, a highlight amongst the unremarkable strip shops. In the 1800s the spot […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Tips for Cruising with Kids

          Cruising with kids is becoming an increasingly popular form of family holiday. A resort-style boat can be good value when you include the endless food, onboard entertainment and babysitting services. We recently went on our first family cruise – a short 5 night trip aboard the Golden Princess from Melbourne to Port […]

The HOT List: Top 9 Tips for Visiting MONA with kids

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) Hobart is Australia’s largest privately-funded art museum and since 2011 it has become a huge drawcard for visitors to Tasmania. MONA’s collection is a reflection of the owner David Walsh’s personal taste. There’s a mixture of antiquities, photography, paintings, video and immersive installations from Australia and around the […]

HOT: Commonfolk, 16 Progress Street, Mornington

Mornington’s Main Street is full of cafes but if you’re after the BEST food and coffee in town it’s worth taking a little detour away from the beach to the gritty industrial side to Commonfolk cafe. Commonfolk is primarily a roastery and inside the large roasting shed is a fantastic cafe with the sort of hip […]

Sovereign Hill ‘The Story Lives On’ – Giveaway!

Sovereign Hill Ballarat is an open-air museum that recreates the goldfields town and the lives of its people during the 1850s gold rush. To bring more of the history to life Sovereign Hill has just launched a new campaign called ‘The Story Lives on’. As part of this, they have created three beautiful, cinematic films, depicting […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Road Trip Songs for Kids

Easter weekend is the busiest time of the year on Australian roads and Kinderling Kids Radio, Australia’s most popular kids radio station, can help you survive those family road trips with kids! Kinderling Kids Radio recently surveyed 1000+ parents of under 5s to compile the ultimate soundtrack for surviving a road trip with toddlers in tow: 1. Let […]

HOT: Lillydale Lake Playspace, 435 Swansea Road, Lilydale

Lillydale Lake Playspace is a unique new nature-based playground that replaces the previous wooden and metal playground located at Lillydale Lake. There has been a few detractors grumbling that replacing the extensive, functional (but highly flammable) playground and the addition of a water play area has not improved the area. However, I disagree! Aesthetically I […]

HOT: MсGаіn’ѕ Nurѕеrу, Cafe and Fооd Stоrе, 1 Sіmmоnѕ Cоurt, Anglеѕеа

MсGаіn’ѕ Nurѕеrу, Fооd Stоrе аnd Cаfé іѕ a hіddеn jеwеl іn Angelsea and it’s one of my favourite places to eat out on the Surf Coast. A visitor’s first encounter at McGains is the gorgeous food store. It’s enough to make a foodie salivate….but make sure you proceed to the cafe. The cafe is sprawled […]

HOT: Yarra Valley Railway, Healesville Station, Healesville-Kinglake Rd, Healesville

Yarra Valley Railway is a heritage railway that trundles along a restored track from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Future goals include reconstruction to Yarra Glen and Lilydale. It’s a jolly ride into yesteryear, starting with antique Healesville station setting the scene. The track winds through some scenic areas of Yarra Valley, with the most exciting […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Places to Go with Kids in Mildura

  Mildura is a terrific place to visit with kids at almost any time of year. Its Mediterranean climate means hot summers and mild winters, with rain unlikely to trouble you for long. And it’s a city that’s easy to enjoy with children without breaking the budget – many of the best things to do are […]

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