Australia, Been There Done That, City Parks, Family Friendly, Free, Things To Do

Royal Botanic Gardens

Situated near the Sydney Opera House, we headed to the Royal Botanic Gardens for a walk and lunch. The gardens were simply beautiful.  There were people having picnics, jogging, and just enjoying the perfect day! Cockatoo birds everywhere. A local told me they are extremely annoying in their gardens. Aubrey has to do a handstand everywhere she goes. Beautiful view of downtown

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Australia, Been There Done That, Random, Things To Do

10 Year Marriage Anniversary Celebration

Our 2nd night in Sydney,  we decided to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.  The Four Seasons helped us to secure a lovely babysitter to watch the girls in our suite.  She was the nicest lady with a few grandkids herself. Once the girls were settled, we decided to get a drink in the concierge floor before walking around the Sydney Harbour area. I spotted this little gift from the hotel staff.  Happy Anniversary to…

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Animal Parks, Australia, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, Things To Do

Wild Life – Sydney Zoo

The Wild Life – Sydney Zoo is located in Darling Harbor next to SeaLife.  The girls loved seeing some of their favorite animals again and a few new ones.  I think after our 1st trip to Australia that I will be ok not seeing kangaroos and snakes for a while. There were lots of fun reptiles to view. Snakes are not my favorite though.  Especially deadly ones! Silly girls! M The girls love the kangaroos! The reason…

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Animal Parks, Australia, Been There Done That, Things To Do

SeaLife Sydney

Our 1st full day in Sydney we decided to check out Darling Harbor. There were lots of fun activities including SeaLife Aquarium.  The girls loved checking out all the sharks and fish. Ok, the 1st picture was of our little boat outing in Sydney. Lol!  I love this picture they took at the aquarium! Andrew and Ella playing with the Interactive games. Checking out the fish! Way too many sharks for me! My favorite people!…

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Australia, Places to Stay

Four Seasons Sydney

The Four Seasons Sydney was worth every penny! We decided to spend the money and stay in a prime location in Sydney since we were celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary. At the last minute we decided to upgrade to a Club Harbor Suite to give us a little more space. I think this was the best hotel experience of my life.  The suite was amazing but the staff made our stay.  It was located…

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Australia, Been There Done That, Mountains, Things To Do, Walks, Waterfalls, Winery

Tamborine Mountain – Australia

Tamborine Mountain is worth the drive from Gold Coast and would recommend an overnight stay.  Our 1st stop took us to Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. Click to read about our leisurely walk up in the trees. Following the skywalk the search was on a winery serving lunch.  We settled on Heritage Wines mostly due to spotting it first. The venue has the perfect set-up to host weddings.  The views alone would make a great backdrop!   This was a…

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Australia, Places to Stay

Mantra Crown Towers

The Mantra Crown Towers was our home for the five nights we were in Gold Coast.  It was a fully furnished apartment with close access to Surfers Paradise beach and a short walk to lots of restaurants and shopping.  The facility had multiple restaurants, pools, and a fitness center.  With all the fun things we did in Gold Coast, I think the girls preferred playing on the beach and swimming in the pool best. The…

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Adrenaline Activities, Animal Parks, Australia, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, Things To Do

Dream World

Our first full day in Australia was spent at Dreamworld. Gold Coast is known for its many theme parks so it only seemed fitting to explore the largest one.  Dreamworld has plenty of thrilling rides and combination animal park with koalas, kangaroos, and more.  This park reminded me of Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida where Andrew and I spent a day on our honeymoon (except with kangaroos and koalas). The girls wanted to hold a…

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Animal Parks, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand

Rainbow Springs

Easter weekend granted the girls an additional day off school which we decided to spend in Rotorua.  Our morning stop was to Rainbow Springs Nature Park.  Aubrey had been for a school field trip but I could not attend due to the “siblings not allowed rule”. This was a great opportunity for my mom to see a live Kiwi Bird before her departure back to Arkansas. Rainbow Springs are known for having the largest Kiwi…

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Beaches, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, Free, New Zealand

4 Must-See Raglan Beaches

Raglan is a small beach town located on the western coast of the New Zealand’s North Island. During our time in New Zealand, we lived in Hamilton City which was smack in the middle of the island.  Raglan’s beaches were only a short 45 minute drive from our house and the closest spot to see the ocean. Ngarunui Beach The Ngarunui Beach is known as the main beach and a popular swimming, boogie boarding and…

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