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13 road-tested (and medication-free) ways to help kids with car sickness

Car sickness is every parent's nightmare. We've road-tested lots of strategies for dealing with it, ranging from classics to new ideas. Here's what happened. … [Read More...]

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5 things that could ruin your snow trip (and how to avoid them)

A trip to the snow can be the best fun or a complete disaster. Some of this is within your control - so how can you avoid the things that threaten to ruin your snow holiday? … [Read More...]

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A very north-east winter

“If you can survive your first winter here then you’ll be right, love,” a long-time local told me. That sounded ominous … so how have we done? … [Read More...]

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Everything you need to know about visiting Flinders Island

Flinders is far from the most famous of Australia's islands, but that could be the very reason to visit. This spot is truly remote, and absolutely worth getting yourself to. … [Read More...]

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The travelling siblings

From the moment the youngest member of our family was born, our two girls just clicked. But with four years between them, at no stage of their childhoods will they be at similar stages. Travelling … [Read More...]

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We just want to hang out

One of the great things about moving to the country is meeting new people - and it's intriguing to delve into their minds to find out why they chose to move. … [Read More...]

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What makes your heart sing?

Abbey sat next to me and I closed the magazine I'd been reading, so we could chat. The question was on the front cover. What makes your heart sing? "What does that mean, Mum?" … [Read More...]

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How my love affair with walking began

My love affair with walking ties in with my love affair with my now-husband. I was 18 when Steve and I met - and I was a whingey walker. I lived at the top of my suburb's tallest hill and, two suburbs … [Read More...]

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Exploring Dame Nellie Melba’s (you know, from the $100 note) secret garden

Over a couple of recent trips, I've found myself quite inspired by the original feminist, Dame Nellie Melba. If that name means nothing to you, then you're probably like me and don't see many $100 … [Read More...]

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Photography expedition: the old Beechworth Hospital facade

I love an outing with my camera in hand. You know how some people say you shouldn't watch life through a viewfinder, that you need to put the camera down to take things in? Well, sometimes it works … [Read More...]

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22 reasons to fall in love with walking

When I tell people I love to walk, they look at me like I'm a bit soft. Yeah, everyone walks, is the thought I can see in their eyes. It's not 'real' exercise. But here's the thing: walking is … [Read More...]

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Why I don’t drink alcohol anymore

I don't drink anymore. There, I've said it. My reasons for giving it up aren't the usual ones you hear. Alcohol has never been a big part of my life; aside from an expensive French champagne or a … [Read More...]

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Should we tell our kids they’re special?

One of life’s greatest tragedies is that we lose the solid belief we hold in ourselves as young children. My two-year-old thinks she’s amazing. The way she reacts to her own day-to-day … [Read More...]

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Why it’s hard to develop a strategic plan for a creative business

Last month I went to a great workshop about strategic planning. It was good for lots of reasons: meeting other business owners in my new community, being part of a hands-on exercise run by a … [Read More...]

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How to be a good house guest

We've had quite a lot of people staying with us at our new place so far. We love having them all, and I thought I'd share the one thing that makes a great house guest (aside from being wonderful … [Read More...]

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ADVENTURE

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An overnight hike with kids at Wilson’s Prom (and related lessons)

Every hike we do throws new challenges at us and our kids, and our latest adventure was perhaps the biggest lesson in resilience for our family yet. … [Read More...]

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Rainforest scuba diving

It wasn't until weights were tucked into my gear that I realised why I'd never wanted to scuba dive. I'm not at my most confident in the water, and the idea of being weighted down below the surface … [Read More...]

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Swimming with seals and dolphins: the experience I had to have

It took a while to figure out what made me book Swimming with Dolphins. Because while it might sound like great fun and a really special experience, it’s actually something I’d done before… and hated. … [Read More...]

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CAMPING

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My first ‘glamping’ experience

I love to keep things basic when camping, so thought the wilderness retreat ‘tent’ at Wilson’s Prom would be a bit soft. As it turns out, maybe I’m happy to soften up a bit.

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Out the back of the William Creek pub

William Creek – population 10 – is South Australia’s smallest town. But somehow, referring to it as just a dot in the middle of nowhere underestimates the power of this place.

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10 tips for camping with toddlers

Camping with toddlers is great fun (truly!), although there are some things you need to know ahead of time. These ten tips will help make it an experience worth doing again and again.

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TRAVEL WITH KIDS

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13 road-tested (and medication-free) ways to help kids with car sickness

Car sickness is every parent’s nightmare. We’ve road-tested lots of strategies for dealing with it, ranging from classics to new ideas. Here’s what happened.

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The travelling siblings

From the moment the youngest member of our family was born, our two girls just clicked. But with four years between them, at no stage of their childhoods will they be at similar stages. Travelling together changes that.

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Photography expedition: the Beechworth Gorge

“Do you want to stay up later tonight and …” “YES!” (A six-year-old doesn’t need to know why she’s allowed to stay up late. It doesn’t matter what else is happening; not being told to go to sleep is the ultimate in life.) “Well, I’m going to take you on a photography expedition,” I explained. And […]

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