Raise Backpackers

The most precious rocks of all.

Gold. As soon as you arrive in Kalgoorlie it’s everywhere. Not actual gold, but references to it, tales about it and puns everywhere you look. The newspaper is called the Kalgoorlie Miner and the best dessert at the pub is…

Riding on Air – A week on Gili Air, Indonesia.

We were walking down the sandy paths looking for a restaurant. Not one in particular, just one that looked OK, one that could accommodate the 8 of us, with something that the kids would eat. Our 4 year olds disappeared,…

Sydney – what was I thinking?!

January 2016 In the weeks leading up to our trip to Sydney I started to panic. I was having the familiar feelings of “What the hell was I thinking when I booked this?!” I always get pre-travel anxiety but this…

Top 10 Fiji!

Freshly back from Fiji, I’m trying something new on the blog, writing about our trip in Top 10 format so that it’s easier to write and quicker to read! These are the 10 best things we did in Fiji, followed…

Cruising into Singapore (Part 2)

We all had one last cruise ship breakfast overindulgence and then disembarked the Dawn, one and a half packets of nappies and 3 bottles of wine lighter but with 12 bags in total. We left our luggage at the port…

Cruising out of the Perth winter (Part 1)

The lady at immigration counted the passports I handed her, and then began counting my kids, leaning over the counter to check the littlest ones that she couldn’t see from her seat. “You’re a champion”, she said, “taking all these…

10 ways you can make family travel more affordable.

A year or so ago I decided I’m going to take my kids away every school holidays. I want them to see as much as they can outside the walls of our house and I’ve always thought, if you don’t…

Glamping in the South West April 2016

We’re back! We had a wonderful adventure which was everything I wanted: my girls spent days running around largely unsupervised and all 3 of them doing the thing all the good parenting blogs tell us they need more of –…

Uncamplicating

A friend of mine suggested I write this post. She has 3 kids around the same ages as mine and was taking them camping, and asked me to write “Uncomplicating Camping”. I said that I would, but the truth is,…

The Beach house for Easter

I’m very fortunate that my parents built a “beach house” when I was little and we went there pretty much every school holidays my entire childhood. It’s like my second home. It’s in a small town by the beach on…