HOT: Alison Lester Gallery, 1 Falls Rd, Fish Creek

Fish Creek is a small town in the Prom Country on the road to Wilsons Promontory. While it only has about 800 residents it is known as the artistic hub of Gippsland as it boasts an unusually large number of galleries and arts and craft outlets, mainly catering for tourists who pass through Fish Creek […]

HOT: The General Food Store, 377 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald

The General Food Store is THE place to eat in Emerald if you’re serious about your food. It’s often named in good food lists and Dandenong Ranges travel guides and is popular with locals and visitors.        The reason? They focus on using seasonal ingredients sourced from Victoria. Their coffee is by Coffee Supreme […]

HOT: Montrose Community Playground, Montrose Recreation Reserve, 950 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Montrose

Montrose Community Playground is an imaginative community-built playground set amongst the leafy Dandenong Ranges. It’s located within Montrose Recreation Reserve which also contains sports ovals, sports pavilion, open space, bushland areas, tennis courts and netball courts. It’s well worth a special trip as it’s large enough to entertain little and big kids for hours and […]

HOT: Koonwarra Food and Wine Store, South 2 Koonwarra-Inverloch Road, Koonwarra

You’d never imagine that a tiny Gippsland town of Koonwarra can boast an artisan bakery, homewares store, organic produce store and a food, wine and produce store. The picturesque village is located on the South South Gippsland Highway between Foster and Leongatha and the reason for its existence is that there was one a train […]

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

Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city, doesn’t seem to top a lot of lists for what’s hot in family travel – but it should! Every neighbourhood is different, the attractions are world-class (in an understated way, typical of the city itself), it’s very easy to get around and almost everyone speaks perfect English. Plus there are few places […]

HOT: Winter Wonderlights, Sovereign Hill, 3 Bradshaw Street, Ballarat

The Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights are back for another year as part of the Ballarat’s Winter Festival from 1-30 July 2017. Expect a magical day out in olden day Ballarat with snowfalls, Christmas decorations and stunning light projections! Sovereign Hill is one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations and a place to immerse yourself in […]

HOT: Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

If you’re looking for a perfect nature play + cafe combo that’s not too far from Melbourne…then Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens and The Piggery at Burnham Beeches in Sherbrooke is it. The gardens is one of the jewels of the Dandenong Ranges. It is particularly stunning in Autumn, with the changing colours of maples and beeches, […]

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 […]

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