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Sights and Sounds: Mazes and Places in Victoria

I’ve always had a thing for mazes – especially those life-sized hedge mazes like the one I saw in Ashcombe Maze when I was younger: Judging from the reaction I had from the boys when we visited The Maze in Swan Valley, I reckon they’re partial to mazes as well. Unfortunately, the hedge maze wasn’t ready back whenContinue reading “Sights and Sounds: Mazes and Places in Victoria”

Sights and Sounds: Fremantle Market

During our trip to Perth, we also visited Fremantle Markets where we spent half a day. It is sort of reminiscent of the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. What is there to see at Fremantle Markets? Lots of fresh food… There was also Freo Honey Shack that G1 got to sample and they were also selling freshContinue reading “Sights and Sounds: Fremantle Market”

Sights and Sounds: Swan Valley – Western Australia

Just 25 minutes away from Perth’s CBD is Swan Valley. There is so much to do there that you could spend a few days just trying to get through it all. The Swan Valley information site offers a few day trip itineraries you can follow: Indulge your senses Cultural discovery trail Swan Valley family funContinue reading “Sights and Sounds: Swan Valley – Western Australia”

Sights and Sounds: The Pinnacles – Western Australia

G1: We’re going to see stones in the desert… The Pinnacles Located north of Perth in Nambung National Park, the Pinnacles is a two and a half hour drive away from the city. Rated as the top attraction to see in Cervantes by TripAdvisor, the Pinnacles are interesting limestone structures out in the desert. AlthoughContinue reading “Sights and Sounds: The Pinnacles – Western Australia”

Sight and Sounds: Ipswich Rail Museum

I know I promised to write about our adventures in Brisbane so here we go… Ipswich Rail Museum If you have a child that is mad about train, you can’t miss this one… Unfortunately for us, by the time we visited, Aristotle was over his Thomas the Tank Engine craze. Even if your child isn’t nutsContinue reading “Sight and Sounds: Ipswich Rail Museum”

Activities: Melbourne Playground Crawl

Update: this post was written in 2013. Some of the information may be out of date. There’s nothing like a playground to get a child excited, and when you’re in Melbourne, there are playgrounds everywhere. Every neighbourhood has several playgrounds to choose from. The best about young children that is so wonderful is that they aren’tContinue reading “Activities: Melbourne Playground Crawl”

Activities: Sherbrooke Forest

If you’re wondering about the silence, it’s because we took a trip down under…  One of the things I really miss about Australia is the great outdoors. You don’t have to go far to be immersed in greenery – something we sorely lack back home. One of the first places we visited was Sherbrooke Forest.Continue reading “Activities: Sherbrooke Forest”

Sights and Sounds: Puffing Billy – Dandenong Ranges

We were recently in Melbourne for a holiday and this is a good place to take the kids… If you have a child that loves trains – especially Thomas and Friends – then you really have to take him on Puffing Billy (up in the Dandenong Ranges). Puffing Billy is an old steam train that puffsContinue reading “Sights and Sounds: Puffing Billy – Dandenong Ranges”