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 »

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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Vivid Sydney, 2018

Vivid Sydney: Baby, Leave The Lights On For Me

This year, we did something we said we’d never do: we went to Vivid Sydney with a baby! Well, Miss One is creeping closer to Two; but we argue to ourselves that she’s only just more baby than kid. Why? Because she still loves to be strapped into the baby carrier for adventures. Read 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 »