Destinations

Exploring the Galapagos onboard the Mary Anne

The Galapagos Islands have been on my wish list since high school, when I learnt of the famous Botanist, Charles Darwin. So when we decided to visit South America the Galapagos Islands where the first thing I locked into our itinerary. The Galapagos Islands welcome tourists but the numbers are restricted so even when I booked nearly 10 months in advance berths on the boats where already filling fast. After explaining what type of experience I...

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Cuba

We've just returned from Cuba with our kids and I decide to prepare a little list of things that will help you make the most of your Cuban holiday! Firstly a bit of information about Cuba! Cuba is a Caribbean island. It has sugar white beaches and the countryside is dotted with tobacco fields and farms, making the country famous for its legendary cigars. The capital, Havana, is lined with pastel houses, 1950s classic cars and Spanish-colonial arc...

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New Caledonia

New Caledonia is just a few hours flying time from Australia's east coast. This little South Pacific French territory is made up of dozens of islands. It's known for its palm-lined beaches and marine-life-rich lagoon.   Many people may have visited its capital Noumea on a cruise ship out of Australia.  This gorgeous tropical paradise is a destination of its own with activities and accommodation to suit families of all sizes and budgets. The...

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Vietnam

Vietnam is an Asian country with approx 96 million inhabitants, its vibrant, colourful, easy to explore, welcoming to tourists and offers a diverse range of activities, sights, architecture, lifestyles, food and culture and the Vietnamese people just love kids! There is controlled chaos on the streets, exciting markets, history, villages, beaches, and accommodation choices including homestay, flaoting villages, hotels or resorts.  Its a truly...

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Vanuatu

Vanuatu is a small nation in the South Pacific and one of Australia's closest neighbors.   Only a 3½- 4 hour flight from the East Coast of Australia.  With its tropical islands, fantastic range of resorts and activities it is perfect for families! Vanuatu is a haven for those looking for a tropical escape without compromising the benefits of modern conveniences. The nations capital, and home to the international airport is Port Vila, located o...

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Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland

Hamilton Island is one of my favourite places to take a break.  Its the largest inhabited island in the beautiful Whitsundays located just off the Queensland Coast. With daily tours to The Great Barrier Reef, 40 different activities, 10 restaurants, 6 pools, over 20 shops and boutiques, a chapel, daily direct flights from the mainland, 20km of bushwalking trails and a year-round temperature of 27.4C - Hamilton Island is a fantastic choice for you...

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New Zealand

New Zealand is divided into two main islands the North and the South.  Both are stunningly beautiful and each one has unique sites and spots to visit.  The currency is the NZ Dollar, food is similar to whats on offer in Australia.  ATM's are widely avialable and English is the main language. Their seasons are the same time of year as here in Australia but generally with cooler temperatures due to the country being further from the equator.  They...

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Thailand

Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand features a modern capital city, a pastoral countryside, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation. Each year Thailand is discovered by millions of visitors, many of which are families, drawn to the prist...

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China

China is a massive country with a strong culture but moving at an incredibly fast pace. Its fast growing economy is making it one of the worlds most powerful countries.  chengdu giant pandas reviewIts architecture is turning heads and yet is is home to vast farming regions, peaks, rivers and spectucular countryside full of culture and traditions. No trip to China is complete without visiting the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warri...

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Malaysia

Malaysia is one of my favourite places. It's a great place to take kids. Malaysia includes Peninsula Malaysia and Borneo Malaysia. Malaysia celebrated 50 years of independence in 2007, and is one of the rising stars of South-East Asian tourism. A vibrant mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and tribal influence have created a mix of peoples and culture that make it a colourful and intriguing place to visit. With the added bonus of some of the most wonde...

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