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Stay-cation in Paradise

They had me at ‘welcome’, winning me over with a glass of champagne and our room keys to kick-start our stay-cation in paradise. Every parent with a large suitcase, rolling suitcase of toys, beach bag and three kids in tow could use a drink to start a holiday – even if it was just an overnight trip! (and yes we tend to over pack!) A perk of publishing is a media famil (a term used to get familiar with a pro ...

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Tips for Travelling with Kids

Travelling with kids can either be an awesome experience or a nightmare. You can give your kids a wonderful experience that they will never get in the school yard, it can be great for your relationship and it can provide your family a lifetime of beautiful memories. However, anyone familiar with the challenges of parenthood would agree that the stress of travel combined with the stress of parenting could be ...

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Suburb Spotlight // Paradise Point

Nestled along the Gold Coast Broadwater and tucked in behind Ephraim Island and Sovereign Islands, Paradise Point is one of the hidden treasures on the northern end of the GC. The Esplanade is rich with atmosphere with alfresco dining on one side and fantastic parklands and water access on the other.   PLAY The parklands along the Esplanade stretches against the pristine waterways of the Gold Coast Bro ...

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A Royal Family Getaway

I was that woman who walked into the serenity of One Spa at RACV Royal Pines Resort high strung, talking fast, oversharing with a crazy request to 'rush' my massage so I could get to the football game. Skip forward 45 minutes precisely and a bell sounded to end one blissful treatment. My tight shoulders and tense toes were back in the land of 'weekend' and I was one relaxed mama ready to play with the famil ...

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Island of Surprise

Bali has a mixed reputation among travellers, probably due to the many mainly negative media stories that come out of the area. While it was never on Belinda Glindemann's travel wish list, she was delighted to discover a gem.   I’m going to admit straight up that Bali has never been on my travel bucket list. For years, I’d associated the tourist hotspot with drunken hooligan travellers, drink spikings, ...

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Breathe Break

For many, a kid-free weekend away looks like a sandy beach, smells like salt air and feels like a shot of Vitamin D. But rather than head east to the coastline, why not make like one of the Pet Shops Boys and 'Go West' to inhale the beauty of Toowoomba and the Southern Queensland Country?   OK, I’m going to admit it straight off the bat. It’s been the best part of a decade since I’ve packed a cut lunch ...

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Day Trippin’ // Sunny Coast

Moving to the Sunshine Coast hinterland was the best decision my parents ever made for our family. As much as I now love the busyness and culture of Brisbane’s big city, I do have to say that the hinterland will always be home for me. There is just something so comforting about being surrounded by green trees and breathing fresh air. This is one of the many reasons why the hinterland is the perfect location ...

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Family Holiday Freebies Too Good to Refuse!

For anyone who has ever been to Fiji, you’ll know that is one of the perfect holiday destinations for a family getaway. There’s something for every member of the family - casual or challenging golf courses for dad, pampering spa treatments for mum, outstanding kids’ club activities for the little ones and luxury resort environments to enjoy some uplifting down time. Because we know haven readers love a barg ...

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Loving Iluka

Iluka has everything you need to enjoy that relaxing getaway with your family. Situated in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, Iluka is less than a two hour drive from the Gold Coast and is one of Australia’s magical destinations.   Providing something for everyone, Iluka is nestled idyllically on the northern mouth of the Clarence River, and is surrounded by Bundjalung National Park, World Heritage lis ...

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Hidden Treasure // North Stradbroke

While North Stradbroke Island is less than an hour from the mainland by ferry, this island paradise will have you and your family feeling like you are a million miles away. One word: Bliss.   What does your version of paradise look, feel and smell like? If it looks like a white sandy shell-covered beach, feels uber-relaxing and smells like salt air, then North Stradbroke Island is calling your name. ...

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