A holiday where kids stay and eat for free

Tracey Spicer The founder of The Holiday Inn created the company back in 1952, after discovering few hotel options for his family; it was the first to use the slogan, "Kids Stay & Eat Free".

Building family bonds on holiday

Sybella and Nicholas on their annual family holiday.

Antonia Kidman Antonia Kidman reveals the reasons why her family's yearly trip to the Canadian mountains remains their most cherished holiday escape.

How to have a romantic holiday with children in tow

Can you have a romantic holiday with kids?

Collette Beck If you are dreaming of a romantic holiday for you and your partner it doesn't have to be kid-free. Here are four tips to creating some romance as a family.

Helping children transition to a new home overseas

Moving nerves ... relocating overseas can be a hard transition for children.

Mihal Greener Moving overseas with young kids may be logistically difficult, but once children hit school age and are old enough to be aware of what they are leaving behind, the really challenging work begins.

The big road trip north

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Fairfax Media photographer Alex Ellinghausen heads north for a big things family roadtrip.

Alex Ellinghausen heads north for a big things family roadtrip

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Alex Ellinghausen 'The little detours we take to see the 'big things' brings us to places we would not have visited,' writes Alex Ellinghausen

Scenic World as thrilling as ever

The Scenic Railway continues to delight families of all ages.

Amber Robinson The latest upgrade to the tourist attraction just a year ago saw the addition of new carriages and seats allowing the rider to adjust the inclination of their seats, from laid back to 'cliff hanger'.


Scenic World, Blue Mountains and beyond

Just two hours from Sydney, the Blue Mountains families nature, food and excitement on tap.

Travelling alone after kids

The joys of solo travel ...

Mihal Greener Although I had travelled to lots of great places, I had never travelled alone until my late 30s, leaving behind three children, a husband and a mountain of laundry.

Animal-friendly family holidays: What you need to know

Unchained: A baby elephant in the wild.

Tracey Spicer Before you watch a dancing monkey or ride an elephant - do your homework.

Something for everyone: Cruise ships are bringing families together

All in the family: Take the whole family cruising, and the grandparents too.

Brian Johnston Ocean cruising is becoming an increasingly attractive holiday option for the extended family.

Last-minute summer holiday ideas for families

Go west: Many package holidays suitable for children are on offer in Bali.

Tracey Spicer For flexible families, when it comes to making some last-minute holiday plans, the world is your oyster. Tracey Spicer offers some ideas.

Cruising: The ultimate all-inclusive family holiday

Cruising ... more than just your standard family holiday.

Sheriden Rhodes You only have to do the math, to realise cruising offers one of the best value family holidays going.

Beachside family hideaways you'll never want to leave

Artist's Beach House, Port Douglas

Sheriden Rhodes Sheriden Rhodes and her family flee north for a blissful weeklong stay in Port Douglas and Palm Cove.

Expert camping tips

Rob Dempsey Coleman's Rob Dempsey knows a thing or two about camping. Here are his picks for where to camp in Australia these holidays and what to pack!


Tips and advice for travelling with teens

Holly O'Sullivan:

Tracey Spicer Taking teens travelling need not be all worry and no fun for parents or children, writes Tracey Spicer.


A cruising family holiday has all the right ingredients for fun

An all-inclusive family escape you wan't regret taking.

Amber Robinson Imagine a holiday where someone else cleans your bathroom and makes your bed – twice a day - for two weeks. A holiday where every meal is prepared for you, every dish taken away. Need I mention the free on-site childcare?

Global travel from the comfort of your home

Seeing the world without the travel.

Catherine Rodie Can't afford to take your kids on a year-long overseas adventure? Well, here are our tips on how to bring the world to your kids when you can't take them there.

Family cruising with Voyager of the Seas

Family cruising with Voyager of the Seas

Twins create London's first cereal cafe

For cereal: Identical twin brothers are opening a cereal cafe in London.

Tim Chester Have you ever found yourself out on the town and hankering for a bowl of Lucky Charms? If so, you're in luck: The city's first cereal cafe is set to open next month.

Awesome water slides

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As the weather warms up, we may have found a collection of the most amazing waterslides all over the world including Australia.

Five reasons to use Airbnb for your next family holiday

All the benefits of home on holiday.

Linda Anderson We travel with three young children, which is a challenge when trying to find suitable and affordable accommodation. Our trip to France was my first Airbnb experience and it did not disappoint. Here are five reasons our family will be using Airbnb again.


What to do in Paris with children

Exploring Paris with kids ...

Tracey Spicer If you think Paris is only for lovers Tracey Spicer is here to tell you why it is a great city to visit with kids.

London hotel serves up Harry Potter-style rooms

Spend a night in Hogwarts: The Wizard Chambers at the Georgain House Hotel London.

Natalie Paris Next time you're in London, why not relive the the Harry Potter magic by spending the night in a wizard's chamber?

Me-time experiences on cruises

Why you won't be 'stuck' with the ones you love on a cruise.

Sheriden Rhodes Cruising offers parents plenty of me-time, with kid’s clubs and endless fun activities to ensure young guests are entertained around the clock.

Am I allowed a child-free holiday?

Patricia Tan With her husband often away on work trips, Patricia Tan has been the parent that remains home with the kids but when her husband added a four-day holiday to his next trip, instead of letting resentment grow she decided to book her own.

Mum who survived 17 days in Qld bush recalls ordeal

Shannon Leah Fraser was missing for 17 days near Cairns.

Shannon Fraser waded through a crocodile-infested river and consumed nothing but dirty creek water during a 17-day ordeal lost in rugged bushland.

Crazy activities on cruise ships

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Forget lounging by the pool, here are some of the best activities you can do on a cruise.

10 crazy things you can do at sea


Rachel Clun These days cruise ships aren't merely vessels to take you to and from exotic port locations, and in fact modern liners have a range of crazy and fun activities for kids and parents alike that can be done onboard.

Top tips for families going to Dreamworld

How to get the most out of Dreamworld with the kids.

Kylie Orr If your planning an escape to the sunny Gold Coast with the kids and Dreamworld is on your list then here are eight tips for getting the most out of the theme park.

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