Newcastle Harbour Cruise

We had the perfect autumn day for our lunchtime cruise around Newcastle Harbour.   We were welcomed aboard the "Princess", a 28.5 metre vessel, and shown our seats ready to cruise the harbour! The vessel is licensed to carry 216 guests and has a fully enclosed air conditioned dining area with ample window viewing.  A spiral staircase allows for access to the upper deck where you can really take in the views. This particular cruise [Read more...]

Mount Yacaaba Walking Track

YACAABA WALKING TRACK Location: Hawks Nest, NSW (Myall Lakes National Park) Distance: 6.3km return to the Beach Road Car Park Time frame: 2.5 hours... this was with a nice rest at the top and some geocaching too! Grade: 4 Elevation: 185m above sea level GETTING TO THE START OF THE TRACK The walking track starts at the southern end of Bennetts Beach. We parked at the end of Beach Road and it is around a 1.5km walk along the beach to the start of the track. [Read more...]

Lane Cove River Tourist Park

If you are heading to Sydney and want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Lane Cove River Tourist Park is a fantastic option!   WHERE IS IT? Lane Cove River Tourist Park is located on Plassey Road, Macquarie Park. The park is set within Lane Cove National Park and is a very peaceful spot to base yourself for a weekend of city exploring.   With the airport not too far away, the planes do fly overhead but we didn't see this as a problem... the kids thought it [Read more...]

VIVID SYDNEY 2017

VIVID Sydney is definitely something to put on your bucket list!  This was our first time to see this huge outdoor light event and we were very impressed!!  We will be back to explore more of the amazing displays another year. The light displays are in various locations around the city and easily accessible.  I do suggest you have a plan before heading out and downloading the Vivid App will assist you with organising your visit.  You could easily spend a week in Sydney and [Read more...]

GEOCACHING… what you need to know to get started!!

A friend told us about Geocaching a few years ago and we downloaded the free App but never really explored it until last year.  We were on holidays and on our way to do a spot of fishing when we came across a tree that had lots of gnomes around it.  And, for some reason, this sparked our memory of the Geocaching App we had on our phones.  We quickly opened the App and yes! there was a cache close by, named "gnome home" - we were right at it!!!  So one find, led to another and [Read more...]

Newcastle Memorial Walk

Newcastle Memorial Walk is located on Strzelecki Headland and spans 450 metres along the cliff top towards Bar Beach. The structure cost $4.5 million to build and over 64 tonnes of steel was used in its construction. The Memorial Walk was built to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC and the commencement of BHP’s steel making in Newcastle. The walk features steel silhouettes of soldiers inscribed with thousands of family names of Hunter men and women who served in World War [Read more...]

THE BOGEY HOLE, Newcastle

Often the place we live, our hometown, gets explored the least.  We are too excited about visiting places we haven't been and forget about what is right at our finger tips!  We have lived in the Newcastle Region on and off for 18 years and there is still so many places we haven't explored.  So recently we decided it was time to tick off our hometown bucket list - visit new places and re-visit places we haven't been to for years! First on our list, the iconic....  BOGEY [Read more...]