Easts Beach, Kiama, NSW, Australia

Kicking about in Kiama

A sandy, summery stay down New South Wales’ stunning South Coast has been on our travel wish list for years. We’ve visited Bega, Jervis Bay and Berry on our adventures before; just never when it’s warm enough to take a dip. Finally, just weeks shy of our planned relocation to Queensland, we make the trip down to Kiama to explore a known jewel of the region.

Just 2 hours south of Sydney, Kiama is a little seaside town nestled between Nowra and Wollongong. It’s often been a stop-off for us on South Coast road trips. The view from the highway – rolling green hills inland and sparkling jewel sea lapping the coast – was enough to mark it in our memory.

Without agenda, purpose or a plan we drive south for a weekend to renew and relax. With Miss Two an avid beach-goer, all we’re seeking are quaint mornings by the sea, day naps and early dinners with the sea air tangling our hair. We got it all on this trip. In spades. Read More »

Ocean views from Harrington, Manning Valley, NSW

Unmissable Manning Valley: 5 Fave Family Friendly Things To Do Near Taree

Three hours north of Sydney’s outer fringe lies the magnificent and peaceful Manning Valley: brimming with scenic countryside views, pretty beaches and friendly locals. Mr Travel Tales’ family hail from this region; as such we have spent many weekends relaxing and recharging here away from our city life.  

Here, in no particular order, are some of our favourite things to do as a family when we visitRead More »

The view near Mount Banks, Blue Mountains National Park

Back in Bilpin: A Farm Stay Weekend in the ‘Other’ Blue Mountains

When I write Blue Mountains, you might think: Echo Point. The Three Sisters. The Scenic Railway. Leura Cascades. The mountains are all of those (well known) things; but there is so much more to see, do and experience amongst the eucalypts.

It was an unplanned weekend camping trip in 2013 when Mr Travel Tales popped the question here. A misty and moody weekend in 2015 when Mr Travel Tales and I tied the knot here. On our third anniversary, we return to our favourite nook of the mountains for an autumnal getaway (Miss Toddler In Tow), enjoying those moments we’ve had before and making new memories along the way. Read More »

Welcome to Melbourne sign, Victoria, Australia

48 Hours Living Like A Local In South Melbourne

When in Melbourne: eat, drink and … go shopping. Right?

We’ve visited cosmopolitan, cultured, coffee-crammed Melbourne a number of times as a couple. Graffiti lanes? Check. Chapel St? Check. Queen Victoria Market? Check. Eat cake and wander the pier in St Kilda? Check. This trip, it’s our first citybreak with the kiddo and we’re keen to explore a whole new (non-touristy checklist) side of it; whilst remaining true to its charm. Read More »