On our recent trip to Queensland, we flew in and out of Brisbane, reason being that we got cheap flights with Jetstar. Upon arrival we hired a car and headed straight down to Surfers Paradise where we had decided a spend a few days. On the way back we had a spare day to spend in Brisbane, so we headed into Southbank and took a Brisbane River Cruise (click for more information) before heading out to the airport.

Gold Coast Hinterland

We have visited the Gold Coast a number of times although this visit was the first time we have made it to the Gold Coast Hinterland! I had been told on numerous occasions that it was definitely worth the effort. I have to agree that it is most certainly worth the visit.


This month we visited Queensland for a snappy 5 day break. We had told the kids that we wouldn’t be doing the theme parks this time as we had only visited some of the theme parks a couple of years ago, you can read about that visit here. The theme parks are very expensive for a family of 5 but there are a few options to get around that. As we had recently visited SeaWorld, MovieWorld and Wet’N’Wild, the kids were keen to visit Dreamworld. 

We took a short break to Queensland for 5 days, it was supposed to be over our March long weekend as the kids get the Thursday and Friday off school as well as the Monday public holiday.  I booked the flights last May but unfortunately I somehow managed to book the wrong weekend! Last year we visited Airlie Beach and this year was Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.

For the fourth year in a row Melbourne has hosted White Night, a now annual event that is also held in 13 other locations around the world including Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Chicago and Montreal to name a few. In Melbourne it is held around the end of February for one Saturday night from 7pm until 7am.

On the weekend I attended the Adventure Travel Film Festival held in Bright, Victoria every February. This was the first time I’d attended the festival and honestly the main draw card for me was Tony Wheeler, the founder of Lonely Planet, who was presenting early on Saturday morning.

Phillip Island

Keira and I regularly go to Sydney to visit her best friend Bella who she met when we were living up there. This time we had the pleasure of having Bella and her family here in Melbourne for the Australia Day long weekend. As we had a four day break we decided to head off some where nice for the weekend – Phillip Island was the choice.

On one of our trips to Sydney last year, we had a free day to fill in and thought we would go for a drive to Palm Beach which is where Home & Away is filmed (fictitiously named Summer Bay) on the northern beaches of Sydney.

For the second time in 12 weeks, we decided to park our camper trailer at Porepunkah, approximately 6kms from Bright in the Victorian high country. Bright is one of my favourite towns in Victoria as its such a pretty place, this time of year though its very busy which is why I was happy to camp at Porepunkah.

Unfortunately we chose the worst day to go to one of the most beautiful places in Tasmania,  Cradle Mountain, but luckily it does not take away from the beauty of the place. I chose the Sunday as Craig was still in town and if it was snowing I wasn’t sure I would be confident to drive there. I didn’t want to drive all the way and turn around because I was nervous with the kids and weather conditions.