Bents Basin, Greater Western Sydney, NSW

An overnight camp in south-west Sydney

Here we go: our first family camping trip! When we were just a duo, we’d often pack the car up and head into the wild for a night or two under the (tented) stars. We had backpacking-in a tent and a swag to a campground down to an art — and then, we expanded the travel gang.

This is not our first attempt at family camping. Not for want of trying, our loose plans to load up the car with camp gear and a baby had fallen apart a few times before: a storm was forecast, or we were in the depths of a sleep regression, or the campground was booked out. Our plan was to head out to a National Park within 1 to 1.5 hours of our home in Sydney: the travel would encompass nap time, and we could spend an afternoon/evening/morning outdoors before returning the following day.

With a tinge of spring in the air, we grasped a vacant weekend in our calendar and sourced a campground that met our criteria. Royal National Park was booked out (again), The Basin (Kurin-gai Chase National Park) required coordinating a ferry crossing, and Cattai National Park was still a bit chilly at night. Bents Basin Conversation Park it was — we booked our spot and off we adventured! Read More »


Aloha Hawaii: 9 Days in Beautiful Kauai with kids

Here we go: our first international trip as a family of three. Hawaii, Miss (nearly) Two’s first country; as we have travelled to the US regularly since 2009.

We have two weeks to spend in Hawaii: the first nine to be spent exploring Kauai before we return to Oahu to chill on the shores of Waikiki. Kauai, aka The Garden Island, is a short 45 minute flight from Oahu. Our hearts race with excitement as we embark on the 45 minute drive from the airport to our holiday home. Ahead of us we have beach exploration, dinner discoveries, coffee on the lanai, and plenty of kid-tastic chaos.  We are holidaying here with dear friends: they’ve travelled from New York City with their Miss 5 and Mister 1 to join us in Hawaii. The destination is ten hours by air for all of us; we’ve just arrived from different spots on Earth. 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 »

Jervis Bay, South Coast, NSW, Australia

Jaunt to Jervis Bay

Are there more kangaroos here than people? We mutter this between us as we unpack our things at our AirBNB self-contained cottage a short walk from St George’s Basin. There’s at least six ‘roos lazing out just over the fence in the backyard. It’s a picture-perfect winter’s day: the skies are sapphire, the sun is warming and the outlook is olive green the way only the Australian bush can be. But back to the nation’s famous marsupials. We actually feel a bit outnumbered. Read More »