The HOT List: Top 10 tips for travelling to Tokyo with children

I’ve had some reader requests for tips on travelling to Tokyo with kids, based on my experiences with a 2.5yo and 4.5yo. So here are my Top 10 tips for travelling to Tokyo with young children, when you’re still negotiating nappies, prams and naps. Note Australian passport holders do not normally require a visa for tourism […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Where To Go With Kids in Tokyo

Tokyo is an excellent destination with kids. There are lots of attractions for all interests, it’s clean, safe and well-organised and people are friendly and polite. Public transport is cheap,  relatively easy to navigate, runs frequently and on time. If you’re catching taxis the city streets are amazingly uncongested thanks to low car ownership and […]

The HOT List: Family Friendly Ballarat – Top 10 Places to Go With Kids

Ballarat is one of Victoria’s major regional centres in the centre of the Goldfields region. The 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne means its doable in a day but with so many things to do and places to eat it’s worthwhile enjoying a longer stay. Here are our family-friendly tips for a weekend away to Ballarat. STAY: […]

HOT: Maddingley Park Adventure Playground and Lerderderg Gorge, Taverner St, Bacchus Marsh

Today’s #WhereToGoWednesday is a guest post by Erika Jonsson, western suburbs writer and mum of two sons under five, ‘El Guapo’ and ‘Lightning’. She takes us on a family-friendly trip to Bacchus Marsh. Thanks Erika! Our family loves day trips. They don’t have to be a long way from home – in fact, about 40 […]

HOT: Healesville Hotel, 256 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

Healesville Hotel is a cosy, historical gastropub in picturesque Healesville Yarra Valley. It’s a great destination for family dining because the kitchen opens from 12 midday and doesn’t close till late, which means it’s possible to eat dinner at family-friendly hours – in our case, 5pm. Healesville Hotel’s menu reflects the seasonality and availability of […]

HOT: Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa, 1309 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen

Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa is one of the most well-established wineries with accommodation in the Yarra Valley and the 4.5 star resort is a great place to cosy up in winter. It recently won “Best Regional Accommodation of the Year” at  2015 Tourism Accommodation Australia (VIC) Accommodation Awards for Excellence. We decided to […]

HOT: Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Rd, Healesville

Healesville Sanctuary is one of three zoos that Zoos Victoria manages and it’s focused especially on Australian wildlife. As such, it’s a great place to take international visitors as well as being a unique place for kids to learn about their native environment. Healesville Sanctuary is the smallest of the three zoos and so you […]

HOT: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat

Sovereign Hill is an open-air museum in Ballarat which recreates Ballarat’s boom years in the 1850s as a world-famous goldfields township and Victoria’s largest inland city. The theme park is spread over 25 hectares with many original buildings, shops selling authentic souvenirs and guides dressed in period costume. I haven’t been to Sovereign Hill since I […]

HOT: Eureka Gardens playground, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), 102 Stawell St South, Ballarat

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) is a fantastic destination for visitors to Ballarat, particularly if you have kids in tow. M.A.D.E‘s foundations are the physical site of the Eureka Stockade and celebrate the spirit of the uprising. While the exhibitions inside are interesting and well-curated for adults and older kids, for the […]

HOT: The Miner’s Church, 224 Scotchmans Lead Rd. Buninyong

The Miner’s Church is a unique family-friendly accommodation in picturesque Buninyong, a small township close to Ballarat in the Goldfields Region. The 3 bedroom self-contained cottage is the former family home of the hosts, Doug and Julie Brady. The Wesleyan church dates back to the 1850s when Buningyong was bustling with the gold rush and […]

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