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Burbury Hotel and Apartments – my weekend staycation with the kids

In the years we’ve lived just north of Canberra, we’ve been to and reviewed so many different places and events in Canberra, so when people come and visit, I can pull together an itinerary for anyone… except that I can’t answer one question – Which hotel should we stay at? So when my husband decided… Read more »

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Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社)

Fushimi Inari (伏見稲荷大社) is a Shinto Shrine located at the base of Mt Inari in Kyoto. Inari, is the God of rice and is also seen as the patron saint of business. So you can imagine, this is a very important shrine to the Japanese! The foxes you see around the shrine, which my son… Read more »

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Canberra’s Enlighten Night Noodle Market (with toddlers)

 Last night I took the kids to Canberra’s Enlighten Night Noodle Market. Just me, a 3yr old and a 5yr old… Yup. But there were a few things that made this year much more manageable with children.   More food stalls! This year there are 21 different vendors. More places meant the queues were slightly smaller. But… Read more »

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National Gallery of Australia Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

“The Palace of Versailles has never before lent a collection like this, drawn from all over the palace, to an exhibition outside France.” NGA director Gerard Vaughan I was lucky enough to be invited to an Instameet organised by the gallery. Champagne and masks provided on arrival, then a private tour of the exhibit!  … Read more »

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Casey Jones Gastropub

When you’ve been having a terrible week, there’s nothing better than nipping off to the pub for a beer with a mate. Is there? In keeping with this theory, my friend and I managed to find a day off together so we headed over to Casey Jones for a mid-week, midday beer and burger. On… Read more »

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Helm Winery

With over 140 vineyards and 30 cellar doors, Visit NSW states the Canberra Region is home to Australia’s most rapidly growing wine regions. The Yass Valley is fast becoming the region to visit for wine connoisseurs. However, Helm is not a new kid on the block. Established in 1973 it was one of the region’s first commercial… Read more »

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A Food Lover’s Tour of The Rocks

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited on a Food & Wine tour of The Rocks. We visited four different venues, sampling their menus as we went. The Fine Food Store Opened in 2004, these fourth generation coffee roasters are famous for their fragrant brews. In addition to amazing coffee, they also offer home-style… Read more »

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National Museum of Australia: History of the World in 100 Objects

Last week the geek in me was let out big time. I haven’t looked forward to an exhibit so much since the National Library had the ‘Treasures from the World’s Great Libraries’ exhibit (oh, back in 2002). The cause for this girl getting her geek on was the Instameet for the National Museum of Australia’s exhibit… Read more »

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Kidtopia Festival & Ticket Giveaway

Ok Sydney families. This post is for you. Kidtopia is a festival specially curated for children aged 5-12years and, luckily for us, the adults are allowed to come along! Cory Watson, Head of Parenting at Fairfax Events says Kidtopia will provide “a vast array of fun and educational activities and entertainment, wrapped up in a festival vibe that the… Read more »

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Finding Dory at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

A little while ago my daughter and I snuck off to Sydney for some mummy-daughter bonding. My Little Miss was most excited because she knew we were going to SEA LIFE Aquarium at Sydney Harbour. We hadn’t been there since she her brother had been born. Needless to say, we are big fans of the… Read more »