There are times that even the simplest of everyday tasks can lead you to discover a part of Sydney that you never even knew existed. This morning was one of those times. We needed to return a car to our friend’s place in Concord after having dropped them at the airport. Not wanting to waste a trip, I did a quick google to see if there was anywhere to explore nearby and stumbled upon the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway. To be completely honest, I had low expectations but, I was wrong.
The Walkway covers more than 800 metres from Rhodes Station to Concord Hospital in Sydney’s inner-west, and runs along the mangrove-studded shores of Brays Bay on the Parramatta River. It is a living memorial and a principal site of commemoration honouring all those who fought for Australia during World War II. The focus is on the sacrifices made during key Papua New Guinea battles which took place in 1942-43 along the Kokoda Track, at Milne Bay on the south-eastern tip of Papua, and at Buna, Gona, and Sanananda on the northern coastline. Continue reading A Suburban Gem in Concord→
After a busy few days in Singapore I thought the kids would be tiring however, I couldn’t have been further from the truth. In fact the kids were just building momentum and it seemed they had more energy than ever for our next adventure: Singapore Zoo.
To be absolutely truthful, I wasn’t personally very keen to go to the zoo. I felt that we had been to Taronga Zoo a few times and I thought a zoo is a zoo is a zoo. I thought that there might be more exciting things for us to do that might be more specific to Singapore, but I was out-voted, so Singapore Zoo it was.
The zoo is a little bit out of Singapore CBD but is easy and cheap enough to get to via taxi. The first thing that strikes you about Singapore Zoo is that it doesn’t feel like a zoo at all- it feels like you are wandering around tropical rainforest and you just happen to stumble upon animals in their natural habitat at regular intervals along your way- well that might be a slight exaggeration – there are still Sea Lion shows and Bird Shows, and trams that circle around the Zoo full of tourists but really, it is a very different experience to any other zoo I have visited. Continue reading Singapore Zoo: A Family Holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 3→
OK, so ‘doorstep’ might be an exaggeration but, thanks to budget airlines, flights to Singapore can be affordable for a family. We were lucky enough to secure flights for $AUD300 return with Scoot and were invited to stay with great friends of ours who currently live and work in Singapore.
The flight from Sydney is eight hours so with two toddlers in tow it was essential to pack plenty of sticker books, small toys and, of course, the iPad to keep them entertained for the journey. There are few choices for kids on the in-flight entertainment and being a budget airline don’t expect any kids activity packs. Bring everything you need. We also brought a light blanket as these are also not complimentary on the flight and with air-con it gets chilly on the plane. All things considered, the girls did really well on the flight.
We brought new meaning to ‘campfire’ on our first family camping trip in Harrington in NSW’s Manning Valley in October 2013. A few days before we were to set off we were alerted that the Big4 Holiday Park we were booked to stay in was evacuated due to an out-of-control bushfire in Crowdy Bay National Park!
After much deliberation and calls to the Rural Fire Service and Big4 staff, we decided to press on with the camping trip… but when we arrived we were greeted by the whir of helicopters water-bombing fires still raging in the National Park and as the sun set we could almost read by the glow from the fire! Continue reading ‘Campfire’ in Harrington→
Complete with 5 days tix to Bluesfest we headed out to day 1 with the kids. Traffic congestion due to the Pacific Highway upgrade aside, we arrived at the festival site super excited to introduce the kids to some Blues.
The girls loved the festival atmosphere and were keen to explore the many stalls and stages. It wasn’t too long before they found other kids to dance with and enjoy the music.