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  • Unique Sleeps Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa | Expedia.com.au
    yTravelBlog Ms Darlinghurst Expedia About Listopedia Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort Spa Nestled on the edge of Wollemi National Park Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort Spa Cosy yet decadent Heritage Suites Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort Spa Casual country style inside a Wollemi two bedroom suite Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort Spa Stunning Federation style furnishings Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort Spa A pool with a view Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort Spa Pampering among the

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  • Five Fun Family Activities in Melbourne | Expedia.com.au
    favourite family friendly activities in Melbourne Ride a Tram A truly Melbourne experience is the City Circle Tram and it s free The tram operates from 10am 7 days a week with trams running every 12 minutes on a loop around the CBD The heritage W class trams are vintage machinery kids will love riding Simply hop on and off at designated stops as often as you please Collingwood Children s Farm Just 5km from central Melbourne is this rural oasis where children can milk a cow help feed some animals pat a sheep in the paddock or look for chook eggs Set on seven hectares of land nestled on a bend in the Yarra River the Children s Farm is a great place for kids to get their hands dirty and experience farm life My daughter still talks about our visits here The first Sunday of every month except Dec and Jan is family day pony rides tractor rides and guinea pig cuddles The recently renovated Farm Café serves excellent sustainable food made from scratch Daily 9am 4 30pm families 16 adults 8 children 4 farm org au Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Australia Family Kids Melbourne Scienceworks This hands on science and technology museum makes learning fun for the whole family There s a number of permanent exhibitions such as the Nitty Gritty City where the kids can role play in a café or operate a construction site and regular temporary exhibitions always offer something new Also a part of Scienceworks is the Melbourne Planetarium perfect for all budding astronauts Scienceworks 2 Booker St Spotswood open daily 10am 4 30pm kids under 16 free adults 10 to the main Scienceworks museum entry fees apply for special events and planetarium Melbourne Zoo Australia s oldest zoo is north of the city centre but still easily accessible by public transport Once you get to Melbourne Zoo families will find it easy to walk around I love the Orangutan Sanctuary which has boardwalks built up high so you can watch these amazing animals up close The new indoor playspace Keeper Kids lets children dress up and role play being a zoo veterinarian a horticulturalist looking after the zoo s gardens and exhibits or a researcher working on conservation projects There s also a nifty audio trail spy mission led by Zooperman and his sidekick the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Melbourne Zoo Elliott Ave Parkville children under 15 are free on weekends Victorian public holidays and Victorian government school holidays Related Articles Top Trending Hotels from some of Expedia s top trending destinations for Not a Resort Family I am not a resort person at least that s what I thought Venice with Kids

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  • Fear and Feasting in Queenstown | Expedia.com.au
    the river from a 43 metre high ledge If you re looking for a little reassurance before you leap check out the Secrets of Bungy Tour Hankering for more The spectacular Nevis bungy site has a dizzying 134 metre high platform suspended on a cable that traverses a gorge We can feel our stomachs flipping just thinking about it As the valley floor comes rushing towards you console yourself with the thought of the great views as you re winched back up to safety Where to feast Whether you screamed all the way down or gallantly threw yourself off the Nevis without breaking a sweat you ll be feeling pretty proud of yourself Stop in for a Mr Big Stuff burger at the legendary Fergburger 42 Shotover St Half a pound of prime New Zealand beef topped with American streaky bacon cheese and barbecue sauce it s a hearty feed after a heart stopping adventure Sleep it off at Breakfree The Waterfront just a few blocks down the road Soaring through the air One of the best ways to take in Queenstown s surrounds is from the air Make like an eagle and soar high above the mountains on a tandem paraglide or hang glide Coronet Peak has some of the highest launch sites in the area And if you re looking for a more sedate but equally exhilarating experience hop into a hot air balloon basket and rise majestically above the valleys rivers and lakes between Mount Aspiring in the Southern Alps and Mount Tutoko in Fiordland National Park Sunrise Balloons live up to their name with breathtaking dawn flights and even better a glass of champagne at touchdown Where to feast If you aren t ready to come back down to earth just yet catch the Queenstown gondola up 450 metres to the top of Bob s Peak it s the steepest cable car in the Southern Hemisphere so you re pushing boundaries even on the way to dinner At the top you ll find the Skyline Bar Its 220 degree panorama views are the perfect spot for a sundowner Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Adventure Queenstown Swishing down the slopes With one of the longest snow seasons in the Southern Hemisphere early June until early October and six varied ski areas Queenstown has a slope for every family member Zig zag down the easy tracks at Cardrona or take on the black diamond runs at The Remarkables Skiing and snowboarding aside embrace the white stuff with a range of slightly less daredevil activities Cut some shapes on the town s ice arena with a figure skating session explore quiet forests on a snow shoeing trek or hop on

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  • A Family Guide to Waiheke Island | Expedia.com.au
    a 1 5hr tour and an unlimited bus pass once the tour is done if you want to stay for longer Local taxis have reasonable fares and family friendly mini vans while there s also car hire right next to the ferry wharf Have breakfast in Oneroa Village If you have young children in tow Delight or Solar Eatery at the top of the hill both get the thumbs up from my kids My girls and I will never forget having coffee together at Delight one morning when two Orcas were spotted swimming in the bay below Everyone rushed to the windows before scurrying down the hill to watch the whales play from the beach If you don t need a highchair Wai Kitchen has stunning panoramic views of the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Auckland Family Kids New Zealand Tips Visit a Family Friendly vineyard or three Waiheke Island boasts more than 30 vineyards and wineries Several offer family friendly experiences Wild on Waiheke has a café vineyard brewery kids playground giant chess board and petanque What more do you need Well you can test your skills at archery or claybird shooting children 8 and over can participate We could spend hours here tasting the wine beer and local produce with the kids happily playing a few metres away The café has a nice kids menu and the vineyard is one of the few on the bus route if you don t have a car 82 Onetangi Rd The Man O War Tasting Room is located at the Eastern end of the island and is a beautiful place to relax with a glass of wine and a platter of local produce Kids will love being able to play on the beach while you sit back in the shade of the verandah or bask in the sun at one of the bench tables on the lawn Surrounded by lovely Pohutukawa trees it s perfect for a lazy afternoon 725 Man O War Bay Rd Passage Rock also at the Eastern end of the island offers award winning wines in a picturesque estuary vineyard setting There s a trampoline for kids and wine tastings for adults The café s kid sized pizzas are great for hungry little ones Passage Rock pride themselves on being family friendly 438 Orapiu Rd Looking for an adrenalin rush EcoZip Adventures has 3 x 200m flying fox ziplines It s high flying fun with awesome views You return to base via a gentle 1 5km guided walk through the forest There s complimentary pick up from the island s passenger ferry terminal or Oneroa Village Children must be 8 years old and weigh at

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  • 5 Tips to Tackling a Trip to Uluru | Expedia.com.au
    2 0 Uluru is more than 600 million years old It s a UNESCO World Heritage area that should be on everyone s bucket list but before you dive head first into a trip to the outback here s a few tips to ensure you make the most of your visit 1 Distance Ayers Rock Airport is the closest spot to fly into when you re visiting Uluru Virgin and Jetstar fly in here but if you re flying Qantas or other aircraft carriers you ll arrive in Alice Springs The city is 450km from Uluru It s worth spending a few days in Alice Springs to get used to the heat and to check out the local galleries and museums If you want to stay closer to the rock there are plenty of Uluru hotels 2 Inside the Park Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park covers 1 325 square kilometres It s home to the iconic Uluru monolith and the Olgas You need a pass to enter the park which can be purchased at the Entry Station or in advance Children under 16 are free If you don t have a car there are plenty of day trips from Alice Springs which include entry into the park The standard passes are for three days so make sure you get your pass date stamped when you first enter The park opens just before sunrise and closes after sunset every night Check with the rangers for seasonal time changes 3 Visiting Uluru Once you re in the park follow the signs to Uluru The Mala car park sits at the base of Uluru Each day at 8am there is a free Mala walk led by a ranger It takes about an hour and a half and is good for first timers If you want to walk around the entire base of Uluru allow 3 5 hours for the 10 6km loop You ll be surprised by the diversity of the landscape There s plenty of bushland birds even a waterfall if you re there on the rare occasion it rains The rock itself is not one solid lump The pitted surface curves and undulates with overhangs sweeping along like a wave and enormous boulders sitting at its foot Make sure you respect the signs designating sacred areas where photographs aren t allowed Take plenty of water a hat and be prepared for lots of flies Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Australia Northern Territory Tips Uluru 4 Photos Professional photographer Ewen Bell visits Uluru a few times a year and has this tip to offer A new sunrise platform was established in recent years to cater for growing demand and to provide an opportunity

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  • Unique Sleeps: Sails in the Desert | Expedia.com.au
    Image by A Bruzzone Sails in the Desert Hotel Yulara After a long day of sightseeing the hotel s Ahh Beds have gained a reputation for doing just the trick A commitment to local design and art means this is no cookie cutter hotel room Image by A Bruzzone Sails in the Desert Hotel Yulara Whether it s a hearty big breakfast from the buffet before a full day of touring or a quiet dinner Ilkari Restaurant mixes local ingredients and hotel classics Image by A Bruzzone Sails in the Desert Hotel Yulara When you re staying in a Deluxe Room the only worry will be whether you trek the red dirt of the Outback inside Don t worry you can soak off the grit of the day in the spa bath Image by A Bruzzone Sails in the Desert Hotel Yulara Staying nearby Uluru is a big bonus especially when you can return to your hotel during the heat of the day to cool off in the pool When temperatures reach the high 30s expect the pool to be bath temperature Image by A Bruzzone Sails in the Desert Hotel Yulara Check out the work from local Indigenous artists

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  • Holidays – Just what the Doctor Ordered | Expedia.com.au
    re heading overseas In an effort to see and experience the world we re taking holidays filled with busy itineraries endless activities late nights and long haul flights All resulting in feeling more tired at the end of the holiday than when we started Every now and then you need a little R R no matter whether it s for three days or three weeks I promise you that the break will do your body and soul the world of good Aussies are still a savvy bunch with more than half of us taking a beach holiday in the last year We re also taking longer to recharge with the average beach holiday lasting 7 8 days almost double the global average Spending time unwinding and relaxing reminds you how to recharge rebalance and reconnect So you re still not convinced Here are my top three reasons for taking a time out and treating yourself to a fly and flop holiday Increase health and wellbeing Taking time to chill out is crucial for maintaining health and wellbeing The R R will release muscle tension lower blood pressure improve digestion and repair cells The Fly and Flop report also shows Aussies care about being beach ready spending time and money hitting the gym before a trip The exercise and healthy eating you ll do to get your beach body is great for your wellbeing Reconnect Disconnect so you can reconnect Unplug from the world and reconnect with yourself Turn off your phone shut down your computer Yes this may be scary for some of you but it s impossible to balance and recharge when you re replying to text messages emails and checking Facebook By turning down the noise from the outside world you can hear yourself think Celebrate life Breaking

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  • Walking Underwater A Tahitian Helmet Dive | Expedia.com.au
    filling my helmet and then I was slowly drifting to the ocean floor Vincent held onto my hand lest I drifted into the ether Once my ears were cleared with a swallow I gave him the A OK hand signal and he headed back up to fetch the next of our party of four When we re all standing underwater and breathing as if this is quite normal he signals for us to follow him over to a rock We waddle over and use it as an anchor so the currents don t push us around And then the show begins Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Diving Tahiti Vincent is a fish whisperer Well at least that s what it looks like when about 50 tropical fish and two very excited stingrays crowd around him Turns out he has a plastic canister filled with fish food and they re after it It takes a while to get used to the magnification from my little round windows Once I figure out that the fish aren t as close as they appear I stop trying to pat them When it s my turn to hold the canister of treats the world disappears behind a fluttering wall of brightly coloured stripey faces all nibbling at the holes in the plastic The swish of the big grey stingrays against my legs doesn t bother me because I ve played with them before It feels like you re rubbing against a wet mushroom No one has

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