Dreaming of a trip to Disneyland ?  Factor the cost of tipping, airport transfers and travel insurance into your budget

Hidden travel costs. Budgeting for family travel

If you listen closely you might just hear me sigh.  Two days out from our next big trip and, despite being a veteran traveller the last minute costs are piling up.  I’m not talking about the airfare and accommodation costs – these were paid for long ago.  There are many lesser known travel costs that,…

Autumn leaves in the Dandenong Ranges

The best places to see autumn leaves around Melbourne

Nature’s paintbrush has marked Melbourne and surrounds red, yellow and orange.  Autumn is well and truly here so there is no time to waste – get outside and view those pretty autumn leaves.  We’ve done some of the leg work for you already though – sourcing some of Melbourne and surrounds most stunning locations to…

Zippizap balance bike

Zippizap Balance Bikes

I wish we were one of those cool bike riding families.  You know the ones – you see them at the park, the parents on bikes with their amazingly proficient bike riding offspring zooming along behind them.  Cooler still, one of those families that ride down mountains on bikes together, or that head off on…

Surfing lessons were led by the folk at "Go Ride a Wave" who runs surf schools around Australia.  FYA my son stood up 5 times.

Kids Adventure Outdoors Festival at Anglesea

Kid’s just don’t spend enough time outdoors these days.  Thankfully there is a festival designed with the purpose of getting kids (and parents) outdoors by engaging them in activities that will hopefully lead to more time spent outdoors in the future.  This is our round up of the Kids Adventure Outdoors festival, held annually in…