We drove down the narrow road to Bimbi Park — advertised as an opportunity to “Camp under the Koalas.” Spotting our first Koala high up in a eucalyptus tree, we excitedly jumped out of the car, snapping pictures and taking video in a frenzy. Continuing on our journey, we saw a second koala, then a third, then a fourth… then a twentieth. It was a veritable Koala-Palooza! Continue reading

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Cen here. For the last four days we’ve been at a farm stay on the Great Ocean Road, and it’s been the best four days of my life so far.


Why? Because there are … Continue reading

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A Unique Place (and thoughts from Cate)

 Tesellated Pavement - a natural formation found near Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula

Tesellated Pavement: a natural rock formation found near Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula

When we started this crazy journey, we didn’t plan to travel to the somewhat remote island of Tasmania. But we are so very glad we had the opportunity, thanks to our new Tasmanian friends who we met in Penang. They generously let us crash at their “Shabin” (Aussie “Shack” + Canadian “Cabin” = Shabin).

One of the great things about extended travel is that you can make it up as you go along, changing course when opportunity arises. (Mind you, this isn’t entirely true when your journey includes three young kids, but there is definitely more flexibility when you purchase one-way tickets, one trip leg at a time).

And this last leg has been as wonderful as it’s been unexpected. While we are fortunate to live in an amazingly beautiful place (west coast of Canada), the island of Tasmania has awed and amazed us. Continue reading

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The Mushroom Toilet and Other Bathroom Tales

IMG_7564Why yes, I am once again writing about toilets on this here blog. In my defence, when you spend as much time as we have in foreign bathrooms (“new day, new loo” could be our catchphrase), they become a focal point. Sad, yet true.

I am pleased to report that Australia’s toilets get high marks from us. In fact, 4 out of 5 Fab5’ers recommend them (more on the one dissident later). No need to dwell on the fact that our rating benchmark is based on our most recent experiences in South East Asia, where BYOTP was a must (“Bring your own toilet paper” for those not in the know.) Continue reading

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Terrific Tassie!

Yes, yes, I know, you guys still have no idea what we’ve done so far in Tasmania, even though our days have been jam-packed!

Tasman Cruise

Here we are at the end of our three hour Tasman Island Cruise, that took us along the coastline of the Tasman National Park from Port Arthur to Eaglehawk Neck

We’ve been staying in Dodges Ferry, a place of beautiful rolling hills, meandering sheep and far-away misty mountains.No wonder people come to Tasmania for scenery and outdoorsy activities. Continue reading

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Road trip! Ama visits! Tassie! A Weekend Recap

Does it get more chaotic than 6 kids and 4 adults in a small house? It does when you take the show on the road in a 12-seater van.


Below is a photo recap of our tour through the Mornington Peninsula last Saturday with Mel, Dave and kids.

Hand feeding kangaroos and wallabies… creating a kid-made slide down the side of a sandy “mountain”… watching thunderous ocean waves crash onto a stunning beach… enjoying rustic pizzas at a local winery to the sounds of Leonard Coen’s Hallelljuah… Heaven. Continue reading

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Maybe it was tripping over our luggage in the postage-size hotel room at the Tune Hotel just outside Kuala Lumpur’s low cost carrier airport. Maybe it was scouring said airport for a food outlet that would accept credit cards so we wouldn’t have to convert currencies twice more in the same day (No luck; we did). Maybe it was back-to-back days of flying with tired kids. Or maybe it was the reverse culture shock of arriving in a developed country after 100 days in South East Asia (the Aussie streets are eerily quiet and serene; it’s so cold!)

Whatever the trigger, last week I hit the proverbial wall. I even have the nasty head cold to show for it.

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Not actually annoyed; just demonstrating the Italian “I’ve had enough” gesture.

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I bled profusely

The families outside of the Melbourne Museum

The families outside of the Melbourne Museum

Yes, I bled profusely. But I will tell you all about that later. Just wanted to catch your attention with my If it bleeds it leads headline!

First of all, we’re in Melbourne, Australia!








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