Lion King musical cast surprise passengers on plane with impromptu song

KATIE CARLIN Passengers on board the Virgin Australia Flight 0970 from Brisbane to Sydney were treated to a once in a lifetime experience when the cast of The Lion King the musical spontaneously broke out into a rendition of 'The Circle of Life'.

Idyllic country family getaway

Tuppenny Farm, Heathcote, Victoria

SHERIDEN RHODES This gorgeous farm stay in central Victoria harks back to simpler times and offers kids the chance to experience country life, writes Sheriden Rhodes.

Treasures of Tuppenny Farm

Tuppenny Farm is owned by landscape architect Paula Kilpatrick and finance executive Antony Elliott.

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How to take an Easter break with the kids


TRACEY SPICER Depending on the age of your kids, Easter can be a tricky time of year.



Family cruising holiday to remember


AMBER ROBINSON Amber Robinson and family find an island to treasure while cruising the south Pacific.

Apps to keep kids entertained on holidays

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TRACEY SPICER Are their enough apps to entertain kids long enough to make them less annoying while on holidays?

Bindi Irwin backlash over SeaWorld partnership

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Peter Mitchell A US-based animal rights group has blasted Bindi Irwin’s decision to enter a partnership with US marine theme park company, SeaWorld.

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The danger in Bangkok is real and tourists need to know

Anti-government protesters on the streets in Bangkok.

Lindsay Murdoch After living through a night of gun battles across the Thai capital Lindsay Murdoch is telling Australians what our government’s is failing to do.

The one thing camping gives modern-day kids

The freedom found in camping.

Nova Weetman If you have been reluctant to get back into camping since having kids here is one very good reason why it is great idea.


How to tame your teenagers

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TRACEY SPICER 'Mothers of teenagers know why animals eat their young," someone once said.


Beachside Bondi staycation for families


SHERIDEN RHODES It’s never too late to take a holiday in your own backyard. Sheriden Rhodes takes her mum and five-year-old daughter on a multi-generational ‘staycation’ in their capital city.


To Airbnb or not Airbnb?

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TRACEY SPICER When travelling overseas, do you stay in someone's home or a hotel room?

Walt Disney Company proposed a Disney Resort in Sydney


Deborah Snow It was so secret it was discussed in whispers with a special code name inside the state government, and flew under the radar.

What my kids learnt while on holidays

Kids are naturally fascinated by other cultures.

Lisa Almond Introducing children to new customs and cultures can be a tricky yet extremely rewarding task.


Travel can be an education

When it comes to educational travel, it's all about the context. As parents, we dream of showing our kids the world; the university of life.

TRACEY SPICER When it comes to educational travel, it's all about the context. As parents, we dream of showing our kids the world; the university of life.

Newcastle offers coastal and cultural adventures for families


SHERIDEN RHODES If ever there was a city forged from fire and earth Newcastle is it, but these days the city is firing it up in new and unexpected ways and the destination is proving a big hit with families.

Yes, we're flying on Christmas Day

Spying eight tiny reindeer ... some people will be flying on Christmas Day.

TRACEY SPICER 'Will we see Rudolph out the window?" my daughter Grace asks, excitedly. It depends on how many G&Ts Mummy has.


Travelling with allergies

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TRACEY SPICER If you have a family member with an allergy, a simple trip away can be life-threatening.


Sea World opens new rollercoaster and flume ride: the $20m Stormcoaster


NATALIE BOCHENSKI With a top speed of 70km/h and pulling 3Gs of force at its fiercest, Sea World claims its new blockbuster ride will be the hit of the summer.


20 ways to save holiday dollars

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Christine Long If you want to avoid the financial blues after your summer break, adopt these simple strategies to cut down on spending

Mama Holiday

Wellness Tourism; a celebration of healthy living

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TRACEY SPICER We're on the peak of an active volcano, jumping in the air like extras in a car commercial.

Can two families holiday together?

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TRACEY SPICER Mama Holiday: two families, one holiday: What could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a lot.


Travelling with kids isn't as bad as you think


ANDREW DADDO When you're travelling with kids the most unexpected things can happen. As Andrew Daddo found out, the key is not to sweat the small stuff.

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Our year-long Aussie family adventure


Lindy Visagie Why would an otherwise normal family leave their jobs, pack up their house and decide to travel 40,000km+ around Australia with their two children for 12 months?


Grown-up family holidays

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TRACEY SPICER There is nothing daggier than an adult travelling with his or her parents.


Kids off to see the world, thanks to the internet

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Crowd funded Primary school trip.
Children from Mahogany Rise Primary school have raised $40,000 for a school trip to Europe.

Konrad Marshall For a group of children from one of the most disadvantaged communities in Victoria, the wider world is finally within reach - thanks to the world wide web.

The Ten Commandments of travelling with kids

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Tracey Spicer ''There are two classes of travel: First class, and with children,'' the humorist Robert Benchley wrote. But family travel can be lovely, as long as you follow these Ten Commandments.


How to take better travel photos

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Professional photographers can spend days, weeks, months - sometimes even years - waiting for everything to align for that one perfect shot. But what about the rest of us who just want to return from our holidays with better photos? Katrina Lobley asks leading photographers to share their tips.

Phuket delivers unforgettable family holiday


KATIE CARLIN We have discovered the perfect holiday for families with adventure loving kids and it is full of relaxing surprises for parents along the way.

Thailand for adventurous kids

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If elephant rides through jungle-lined fields, quad-bike driving through muddy tracks to hidden beaches and exploring island caves by canoe sounds like your kind of family adventure than we have discovered just the place for you.

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