A Year Abroad In... Australia

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From Port Maquaire to Coffs Harbour (NSW north coast)

The Australian East Coast is an iconic place and one that is on many travellers ‘to-do list’.  Some choose to do it as one big trip.  We decided to do it smaller chunks that are more manageable when traveling with… Continue reading →

Dolphin Marine Magic

For families with young children Coffs Harbour seems like an ideal destination.  There is much to do and to choose from.  The only limitation is how much time you can afford to stay there.  We only had a day so… Continue reading →

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is a coastal town worth a short visit.  More populated than most of the other towns along the coast, there are lots of shops and the town caters to the tourists who flock to the seaside and beaches… Continue reading →

A visit to Koala Hospital

When one thinks of Australia almost immediately Koalas come to mind.  They are cute, fluffy and are native to Australia.  Sadly, despite the fact that they don’t have many natural predators, their numbers dropped drastically in the last decade and… Continue reading →

St George Open Air Cinema

John organised a night out at the St George Open Air Cinema. He had been there a couple of years back and listening to his account of the venue I knew I would not be disappointed.  Not only was I not… Continue reading →

Australia Day

Australia Day is a very special celebration that unites the nation in a festive mood and BBQs.  But in fact it is much more than that. Australia Day, 26 January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet… Continue reading →

So This Is Christmas

This year Christmas was different from any other Christmas our family had experienced before.  Firstly, we didn’t ‘feel’ Christmassy – there was no cold, no winter misery.  Instead, we had the most glorious summer weather, sand and the ocean. Lily really… Continue reading →

Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks

There is truly no better place to spend New Year’s Eve and greet the New Year than having a picnic on Sydney Harbour. John and I did it 10 years ago and I greatly treasured this enjoyable and amazing experience. So… Continue reading →

Sydney Fish Market

Not being a seafood lover I did not expect much from Sydney Fish Market.  However knowing this is the place where Aussies do their Christmas food shopping was a reason good enough for me to go and check it out…. Continue reading →

Edward the Elf our Kindness Elf

As far as I remember we always have had a real Christmas tree.  It was – as my mum and dad joked – to heal Dad’s childhood trauma.  My dad, when he was a little boy always dreamt about having a… Continue reading →

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