Otways Tourist Park Review

A little while ago we had a free weekend and were searching for somewhere close to home to spend a few nights.  We’re blessed with the Great Ocean Road and Bellarine Peninsula right on our doorstep, but were looking for something different from our usual getaways.  And so, we happened upon the Otways Tourist Park.

Large grassy drive through sites. Image: Otways Tourist Park

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10 fun family games for travel time

by on June 30
in Tips

“Are we there yet?” morphs into cries of “He’s looking at me!” Then it’s incomprehensible screaming with flailing arms and desperate parents (OK, me) wishing the car had one of those nifty privacy screens like the limos have.  Ah, the road trip with no games for travel planned.

A small arsenal of travel games can save your skin, not to mention your sanity and your eardrums, on a long road or plane trip.  These are a few of the games that work Keep reading …

Otway National Park, Victoria

by on June 28
in Victoria

It’s hard to believe that two such beautiful, but contrasting areas of natural beauty can be found side by side.  That’s what we have here in Victoria with the coastline of the Great Ocean Road and the equally Great Otway National Park.  Lucky, huh?

A lot of people miss the Great Otway National Park though. Keep reading …

Family Style Finds

by on June 25
in Links

On the last Friday of each month I’d like to share the interesting bits I found on the web.  These are some of the things that caught my eye over the last few weeks.

Free things to do in Melbourne

I think this list from Why Go Australia pretty much nails it.  The kids might not be so interested in the lanes and window shopping, but everything else is great family fun.

7 kid friendly picnic ideas

Relaxing with a family picnic is a fantastic way to enjoy your surroundings, new or old.  Zen Family Habits is known for it’s simple, practical tips and these are no different.

7 ideas for screen-free travel with kids

I can vouch that all these ideas from this post on Simple Mom work better than a DVD player.  One idea I hadn’t thought of was to tell family stories.  What a lovely, quality way to spend travel time.  I would be careful having the kids read books in the car, as it can induce carsickness in those prone to it.

An Australian Alphabet

This review by Playing by the Book is of a wonderful Australian book called Possum & Wattle – My Big Book of Australian Words.  I love that the book focuses on real words rather than the colloquial slang than no-one uses.  I’m keeping an eye out for this one in the bookshops.

Camping checklist

I’ve just discovered List Bean and, being a bit of a list junkie myself, have fallen in love with it.  This camping list is a bit more comprehensive than my packing list, as we keep a lot of stuff in the caravan ready to go.

Enjoy!

Happy travels,

Family trip to the snow. Heeelp!

by on June 23
in Tips

This year we plan on taking the kids for their first visit to the snow.  I have to admit that skiing isn’t one of my favourite things. The last time I was on a high mountain with white stuff I spent most of my time on parts of my body other than my feet, sliding down a hill fearful for my safety.  My husband, on the other hand, was a keen cross country skier and has been eager for the kids to experience the wonders of snow for some years.  So, I’ve been picking my friends’ brains and researching my little heart out in the hope of having a fun family experience later in the year.

We’re not doing the full on ski holiday.  A day trip is plenty for this blogger.  I’m hoping a little tobogganing, followed by a snowman and a snowball fight will see us through.

These are a few links that have helped my decidedly un-snow bunny outlook:

Help me readers!  What are your tips for taking the kids to the snow?

Happy travels,

Image by Tony the Misfit

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