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Beachside bliss in Lake Macquarie

December 5, 2014 - Lake Macquarie

It’s never fun saying goodbye but this morning we must farewell Rafferty’s Resort and the kids are none too thrilled. They insist on a stroll along the beach and a paddle in the pool before dragging their heels over the buffet breakfast. Their frowns turned upside down when we are joined by a rather cheeky …

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Water, land, food and Fun

December 5, 2014 - Lake Macquarie

At four and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour, Lake Mac (as it is affectionately known by the locals) has a range of experiences, from lake cruising, golden beaches, wilderness walks and quaint waterfront towns. Linking the lake, beaches and mountains are more than 90 villages, offering great surfing spots and heritage-listed towns …

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Love the Lake

December 3, 2014 - Lake Macquarie

When it comes to Lake Macquarie you might say I’m a little biased. You see, my pioneering ancestors have been living in the area since 1841. But regardless of the family connections Lake Macquarie, one of the largest lakes in the Southern Hemisphere and an aquatic playground that’s just perfect for a young family like …

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It’s the final countdown…

December 3, 2014 - Hunter Valley

We decided to spend our last night at Château Élan. Whenever I mentioned Chateau Elan to anybody local, they’d have this look of awe on their face. When we arrived it was easy to see why! This resort recently won the award for best luxury accommodation for the second year in a row. We experienced the attentive, …

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Welcome to Sydney’s playground

December 2, 2014 - Hunter Valley

Most of you would associate the  Hunter Valley with wine, wine and more wine. Heck, before we came here today, we thought the same thing. So it was surprising to learn that those who aren’t big drinkers are guaranteed a pretty good time too. Take those who like adventure, for example. Hunter Valley Resort, currently …

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At one with the Locals

December 1, 2014 - Newcastle

Having breakfast with the birds at the Hunter Wetland Centre was supposed to set the tone of the day – relaxed, taking it easy, enjoying the fresh air.  It surely did. We began the day with breakfast at the Wetland’s Spoonbill Cafe before enjoying a guided bird life tour on a perfect late Spring day. …

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