Tasmania for Christmas 2019

We have been calling Hobart, Tasmania home since January 2019. We have lived through part of a Summer and all of a Winter and we aren’t scared off. You see, people say the winters are harsh, bitter and never ending but we loved watching the change of seasons and rugging up by the fire.  We love everything about exploring this beautiful island and hosting our family here this Christmas will be busy and fun.

Pooley Winery

All time favourite winery in Richmond. We are there most weekends and it is hard to stay away. The tasting experience is exceptional and the setting is beautiful. The wine is outstanding.

Puddleduck Winery Picnic Day


BYO Picnic lunch to this wonderful venue with inside and outside areas you can book. A playground for the kids, duck feeding, wine tasting (for the adults) in a beautiful setting, this is sure to be a great family day out.

The only condition of this venue is that all drinks (including kids drinks) need to be purchased onsite. This is a great deal considering we can take everything else in to this awesome venue.

Read about the venue HERE


Hastings Caves


Approximately 1 hour and 45mins drive through the Huon Valley and the apple orchards will bring you to Hasting Caves and Hot Springs.

Formed millions of years ago, the dolomite cave is one of two show caves found in Australia. You will discover spectacular subterranean formations including flowstone, stalactites, columns, shawls, straws, stalagmites and the unusual helictites.

The cave is spacious there are no narrow passages.
We can secure a pre lit wood fired BBQ to cook lunch and explore the caves and swim if you dare (in the hot springs)

I suggest leaving home by 8:30am to arrive at the Caves by 10:15am. We could then take in turns to visit the caves.
A trip to the apple shed with house made cider could be included on the return journey.

Cost is $24 / adults $12 / kids.
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Sydney to Hobart Race


Tasmania gets the party started – from 27 December – as the participants make their way down the coast.

A warm welcome awaits you in Tasmania at the Hobart Race Village on Constitution Dock – the ultimate celebration venue for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finish. Once the village opens at midday on December 27, the festivities begin.

Children’s games and activities in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Village will keep the younger attendees busy, with The Taste of Tasmania festival, Australia’s oldest and largest food and wine festival, taking place nearby.

CYCA supporter Musto will be selling race merchandise in the Village, while celebrated Tasmanian yachting photographer Richard Bennett will again be displaying his stunning imagery.

The Hobart Race Village will be open from midday to 10pm on December 27, and from 10am until midnight up until the end of the race. It will however remain open until 1.30am on New Year’s Eve where you can welcome in 2019 with a prime view of Hobart’s fireworks show!

To see the entertainment schedule and read more go HERE


Taste of Tassie


If there’s one week on the calendar in which Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart, truly shines, it’s during the Taste of Tasmania festival.

The summer climate is superb, yachts from one of the world’s great ocean races, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, fill the city’s docks, and Tasmania’s finest flavours are in abundance all around the waterfront venue.

Watch world-class street performers, settle into a bean bag for an outdoor movie in the park, and graze your way through the sumptuous flavours of the state.

From 28 December – 3 January
Free Entry


These are just the highlights. We also thought the following would be fun too:

Adults only trip to wineries
Trip to Redbanks for Shooting
Day trip to Port Arthur and the Lavender Fields via Cubed Coffee and Bangor Winery.
Trip to Mount Wellington to view the whole city from 1200m
Salamanca Markets on Saturday morning
Salmon Ponds fish feeding
Visit to Mona (lots to do, see and explore outside and around the venue)

First Passport Stamp – Tokyo, Japan

In May 2013 I obtained a passport.

14 days later I left Australia. It wasn’t Italy, but I was on my way!
Tokyo was nothing like I had expected but so much more.
With the trip so quickly arranged and a full schedule leading up to the departure there was no time to research my guts out (like I normally do).
And this was no small feat. Three adults (one 70 year old) Four teenagers/preteens and one toddler all to Tokyo for five nights!

Ginza was stunning

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6 top travel tips my Facebook friends loved

Some quick tips from my recent long haul trip to Europe. Add them to your repertoire if you haven’t already.

View from the on-off bus

Up, Up and away!

Your carry-on kit contains the only belongings you will see for many hours if you’re travelling long haul so it is important to have everything you need.

I have labeled each person’s passport with their name on the front. This makes identifying your passport through customs super easy and much less fumbling.

If travelling with a child, pack a turkish towel too. They roll up and are compact. They will service everything from water slippages all over your seat or clean blanket or pillow.

Inside your carry-on kit, along with all the usual suspects, should be a leisure suit for each of the travellers to change into for the long haul flight, or a spare t-shirt if you are just flying short haul. Change out into your comfortable clothes after take off and back into your nice outfit before landing. This will ensure you are feeling the best you can as you walk off the plane in your new destination.

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Long Haul with Toddler

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I pounded my heart out on google leading up to the first long haul European trip with a toddler. There were many posts with lists and great ideas but none of them mentioned some of the things which can go horribly wrong. A broken stroller, 34 hours flying direct and one frazzled mamma makes for an interesting story. I don’t plan on boring you with all the details, but rather save you from such drama. Continue reading


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