Exploring the Magic of Disney Aulani Resort

The magic that is Disney Aulani Resort.

Disney Aulani
Disney Aulani

This year we took a magical trip to Disney’s Aulani resort on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. Disney Aulani resort is found at Ko Olina about an hour from Honolulu on the north west coast of Oahu.

Aulani is unmistakably Disney, whilst the decor would be 90% Hawaiian inspired and 10% classic Disney, the service, the little extra’s is what lets you know you are at a Disney resort.

From the minute you arrive you are transported in to the magical world of Disney. From Hidden mickeys located throughout the resort, opportunities to meet your favourite Disney characters and get their autographs, disney merchandise and classic Disney treats.

What makes Disney Aulani so special.

Disney Aulani Resort has so many amazing elements to it. Their is a fantastic spa, a teen spa, character breakfasts. Multiple pools, including an adults only pool, Keiki Cove Splash zone, Menehune bridge (Water area for the youngest in your family). Rainbow reef where you can snorkel with gorgeous fish away from the elements. Waikolohe stream where you can float down the stream on individual or double tubes, that also has two amazing waterslides, and spas. There are shows and Lu’au’s, Fire pit storytelling, Disney movie nights out under the stars. An adventure trail, photography courses. Aunties beach house a fantastic complimentary supervised activities club for guests aged 3 to 12. As well as Premium activities for the children that including Character Meet and greets, and so much more.

Not to mention the amazing beach at Ko Olina Lagoon, with it’s breathtaking blue water, its clean sand, it’s comfortable beach chairs and umbrellas. A great place to grab some snorkel gear, sand toys or boogie boards and swim in the Pacific Ocean.

There is a great selection of dining options. Buffet, table service, Room service, Lounges and Bars and Quick take away options. There is also a selection of meals available in their shop. The ABC Store the Island Country Market is also only a quick stroll away.

Disney Aulani it’s well worth a visit.

 

 

 

Ballarat Farmers Market

Ballarat Farmers Market

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday, Wendouree Parade comes alive with Ballarat Farmer’s market. The market stalls are located between Windmill Drive and Pipers by the Lake near Lake Wendouree. The Farmers market is opposite Ballarat’s botanical gardens.

A great opportunity for you to do your shopping fresh from the farmers and makers.

We took a visit down to the farmers market, and enjoyed a great selection of fresh bread, fresh fruit, dried fruit.

Each week their is a different amount of stalls about 50 on peak days, the produce is varied from fresh jams, teas, vegan friendly snacks, organic fruit and vegetables, mushrooms, fresh lamb, spices, herbs, nuts, dried fruit, cheeses.

The Ballarat Farmers market also has a great selection of food trucks, for coffee, indian food, brownies and other snacks, sausage sizzle and even an amazing Burger truck.

It’s well worth a visit especially on a beautiful Spring Ballarat Day.

Farmers Market Ballarat

Farmers Market Ballarat

Farmers Market Ballarat

Farmers Market Ballarat

Farmers Market Ballarat

Farmers Market Ballarat

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon

After 4 hours of driving from Yalara to Kings Canyon, four stiff bodies were eager to stretch their legs and go for a hike up and around Kings Canyon. We arrived at Kings Canyon at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and began the hike towards the Canyon.

Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon

 

At the beginning of the walk, we read up on the history of the canyon and noticed the hinking guidelines. Signs suggested to allow 3-4 hours to complete the Kings Canyon walk. Upon reading this sign, we were filled with a little concern, knowing that the sun sets at 6pm, and so we would need to be off the canyon and back at the car by that time. This only allowed us three hours to complete the walk. Despite this realization, we decided to take the gamble and started off on what we would soon find out to be a fairly challenging walk. The first few hundred meters of the Kings Canyon walk is stairs up a steep incline. It is also known as “heart attack hill”. It took us 45 minutes to climb the steps of this first mountain. We were filled with comfort once we arrived at the top of the mountain, as we found a defibrillator and radio hanging on a pole. Whilst none of us required the defibrillator, we did pause for a moment once at the top to regain our breath and energy.

Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon


At this point the hardest part of the walk was over, and we began to walk around the top of the canyon. It took us a further 45mins to get to the middle of the top of the canyon. From this point we could see the entire canyon, and a long way into the distance; a continuing great expanse of red dirt. The view was absolutely dazzling. We could see people lining the opposite side of the canyon, standing on the edge yelling out ‘koo-wee’! The echo was incredible!

 

A few minutes later we rounded a corner and stopped. We stood still and listened. We could hear the silence. It was deafening. Such a surreal feeling.

Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon

 

Fifteen minutes later we were walking down steps into a stunning place called ‘The Garden of Eden’, which was a little paradise hidden within the rocks of the canyon. There was a small river running through the bottom, trees, plants and flowers all over and a little wallaby hopping along. We crossed the bridge over the river, and began the ascent out of the Garden of Eden, back up to the top of the Canyon.

 

We continued to follow the arrows around the canyon until we began the descent back to the carpark. As we were walking down the last mountain we looked out at the stunning view of the sun setting in the outback.

Once back at the car the four tired bodies climbed into the car to head to the Kings Canyon Resort cabin which they were staying at, for a well earnt sleep.

If hiking the Canyon doesn’t interest you, here are some suggestions of other things you may like to do or see:


Sleep Well – There are a few properties not far from Kings Canyon where you can rest your head. Kings Creek Station is close by, and is an operational camel and cattle station. Kings Canyon Station has camping, glamping and safari cabin options, and you can request dinner under the stars. You can also enjoy a special five-course dinner under moonlight while staying at Kings Canyon Resort. This ‘Under a Desert Moon’ experience is held four nights a week between April and October. Kings Canyon Resort has standard and spa rooms in the hotel, as well as caravan and camp sites in a holiday park.

Fly – Take flight over King Canyon on a scenic helicopter from Kings Creek Station. The flight takes in breathtaking mountain Carmichael Crag, as well as the Garden of Eden and Kathleen Springs. Kings Creek Station also runs quad bike tours over the red sand dunes.


Whether walking, flying, or riding you are sure to have a magnificent time exploring one of Australia’s most popular tourist spots; the Kings Canyon.

 

 

 

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Hahndorf

Hahndorf

HahndorfFour excited faces looked out at the beautiful town of Hahndorf as they drove down the main street to find a carpark. They watched the small stone buildings go past, looking out for the infamous knife shop, pretzel shop and cheese shop. Finally finding a carpark on the side of the cobblestone main street, the four hopped out to begin the exploration of the German town.

Hahndorf is a quaint little German town approximately half an hour out of Adelaide’s CBD.

The German history of Hahndorf can be traced all the way back to 1838 when a man named George Fife Angus, who was a director of a South Australian company, traveled to London to assist in promoting colonisation. Whilst on this trip, George met a Pastor who was attempting to help German Lutherans, who were being persecuted by the King of Prussia, to immigrate to safer places. George’s heart broke for these people, and so he convinced this Pastor that South Australia was a great place for these German Lutherans to move to. He then provided the immigrants with a large sum of money to assist in their move. Once in South Australia, the German Lutherans negotiated some land for farming, and built the town of Hahndorf.

Hahndorf is made up of beautiful original stone houses, a couple of churches, a large variety of shops, delightful cafes, and some animal and strawberry farms. It has a homely feel to it which makes you feel instantly welcome and comfortable. You could easily spend a few days in Hahndorf, visiting the various cafes, farms, and shops, whilst staying in a beautiful German inn, manor, or cottage.

As you walk along the main street of Hahndorf you are quickly met with delectable scents of the many different cafes and eateries, along with the sweet aroma of the soap shop, and candle store.

We made our first stop of the day at a specialty coffee cafe known as Caffeined Coffee Company. This coffee shop roasts their own beans, and poured us a delightful coffee, which would certainly pass as a high quality coffee, even by Melbourne standards.

Our next stop was the Pretzel shop; ‘The German Cake Shop’, where we purchased a couple of huge, sugary, sweet, fluffy Pretzel Donut, which we shared between two.

As we continued along the main street we popped in to smell the soaps at the Hahndorf Soap Factory, and had a look at the large array of cuckoo clocks at ‘Hahndorf Clocks and Collectibles’, before we taking a stroll through the Fairy Garden.


One of our top highlights was the Cutler’s Cottage, owned by a lovely, friendly woman and her son, where they hand make impressive knives of all shapes and sizes. We spent a large amount of time in this store looking at all the kinds of knives, from cheese knives to carving knives. The shop owner gave us some great insight into the town, its history, and even some suggestions on what else to do whilst in Adelaide.

To finish off our short trip in Hahndorf we had a cheese tasting at Udder Delights, followed by a scrumptious, mouth-watering cheese platter full of local cheeses and freshly baked Turkish bread.

Our tummies were quickly filling up with these delicious treats, however we had to make space for German sausages before we left. We tried 3 different hearty German sausages from The German Pantry, each with their own unique flavours.

Still with so many more shops and cafes and farms to visit, we were sad to leave Hahndorf after just one morning spent there. We will certainly be back to explore more of Hahndorf, and perhaps stay overnight to have an authentic German experience.

Kualoa Ranch – Hawaii’s Hollywood link.

Kualoa Ranch is a 4000 acre cattle ranch located on Oahu, Hawaii. whilst a working cattle ranch its claim to fame is as a popular tourist attraction due to the amazing list of films and tv shows filmed within its three valleys. Kaaawa Valley, Kualoa Valley and Hakipuu Valley.

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch has been in the same family since 1850 when it was purchased of King Kamehameha III. Over that time it has had an interesting history from cattle, to sugar cane, to The military taking control during World War 2 and turning it into Kualoa airfield, and creating military bunkers on the land. To rock festivals, to its most famous claim to fame so far, the film site of the Jurassic Park films, lost, Pearl Harbour, Godzilla, Hawaii Five O episodes and many more.

Kualoa Ranch - Lost TV

If you head to Kualoa Ranch you can do a huge variety of tours from ATV, horse riding, jungle cruise and the movie tour.

We participated in the movie tour and it was great to see some of the landmark sites from some of our favorite movies.

We stopped to have a look at one of the military bunkers which has now become a film memorabilia museum.

Kualoa Ranch

At the time I was keen to keep moving to the movie sites, but looking back the museum was probably the highlight of the tour, there was more time to read about the movies, and to see all about the movies and tv shows filmed there.

It was also great to see the sites once we moved into the valley where Jurassic Park was filmed. There were some film sites where there wasn’t anything left there except a plaque showing you what they filmed but no other real props. Obviously they can’t leave much there as they continue to film in the area. However there are some fantastic sites that are iconic from some favorite movies, the log from Jurassic Park, the foot print from Godzilla and the skull area from Skull Island.

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch

A visit to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park

A visit to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park

After the mad dash to reach the rock, four eager bodies saw the magnificent sight for the first time, Uluru, awestruck by its enormity. As the sun made it’s way to the horizon, we watched the rock light up in the most extraordinary reds. Our hearts content by its beauty and our tummies satisfied by quesadillas cooked on the camp stove.

Uluru

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a world famous national park home to two of the most iconic rock formations in the world. It expands for more than 327,414 acres and is home to a vast variety of flora and fauna including the Mala (aka Rufous Hare-Wallaby). The Mala is sacred to the Anangu people (Indigenous Australians of the Western Desert) as it holds significance in their Uluru creation stories.

Uluru

The Uluru base walk is a once in a lifetime cultural experience. As you trek the 10.6km loop, you can get a glimpse into the story of Uluru through native art on some parts of the rock. Information along the path enables you to see how Uluru fits into the history of the Anangu people. If you are not feeling up to the base walk, or you do want a little more insight from a ranger, there is a FREE Ranger Guided Walk that takes you from the Mala Carpark (at the Cultural Centre) to the base of the rock. They depart daily from 8am in October to April or 10am from May to September. The tour goes for approximately an hour and a half and gives visitors insight into the history and traditions associated with Uluru as well as traditional and contemporary Anangu life and culture.

Uluru

The Cultural Centre is your one stop shop for visitor information, traditional hand painted Anangu art, souvineers and even a bite or two to eat. It is open daily from 7am to 6pm. We attended a FREE child-friendly culture and language class with a Ranger and an Anangu man. We learnt about the different languages spoken by different aboriginal people in Australia and specifically Pitjantjatjara which is spoken by those from the area surrounding Uluru. We also got to see a thorny devil up close and ask questions about aboriginal culture.
Kata Tjuta, or the Olgars, is often the forgotten brother of Uluru. It consists of 36 domes, the highest reaching 546m above the horizon. This exceeds Uluru’s summit by 198m! Kata Tjuta means ‘many heads’ in Pitjantjatjara. There are contrasting opinions between the Anangu and Geologists regarding the formation of these landmarks. Anangu describe the travels of Kuniya (woma python women), Liru (poisonous snake man), Mala and Lungkata (blue-tongue lizard man). Geologists describe the erosion of cracks in a larger mass causing the rounded domes seen today.
There are four main walks through Kata Tjuta (see below). The Valley of the Winds Karu Lookout prompts you to gaze through natures window into an abyss of greenery and rust-red rocks, a truly unforgettable sight. This walk takes approximately an hour and is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch with a view. The full circuit track requires about half a day, including a lunch break and it is recommended to start trekking earlier in the day, especially during the summer months.
Park open hours vary throughout the year according to daylight hours. It costs $25 per adult for a three day pass or $32.50 for a yearly pass. Children aged 5-15 are $12.50 and children 4 years and below are free. Family passes are also available.
There are many options in terms of camping and lodging near the national park. Ayers Rock Resort has a population of larger than one thousand residents, making it the fourth biggest city in the a Northern Territory, following Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine. There are many staff always happy to greet you with a smile and help to meet your every need. For families travelling in a caravan or camping, the Ayers Rock Campground is a family friendly choice. Complete with a swimming pool, playground, giant chess and volleyball courts, the campground offers a perfect place to put your feet up after a long day of exploring or driving. A petrol station is also located close to the Ayers Rock Campground.
For those wishing to stay somewhere more luxurious, there are many options. The Desert Gardens Hotel has most recently undergone a complete refurbishment, creating a modern and cultural experience for your stay in Yullara (town closest to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park). It is a four and a half star hotel complete with a swimming pool and both premium and casual dining options. It is the home of Mingkiri Arts where you can purchase a range of Australian made crafts or view a revolving art exhibition at Arnguli Restaurant. The Wintjiri Arts and Museum is located adjacent to the Desert Gardens Hotel and is open daily from 8:30am to 5pm. The main exhibit displays a work titled “Artists in Residnece” showcasing local Anangu work, which is also available for purchase.
Emu Walk Apartments are serviced apartments** with basic facilities. Their greatest asset is their location. Situated next to the Resort Town Square, they provide easy access to the town supermarket, postal services, banks/ATM and tourist information centre.
Sails in the Desert is home to the Mulgara Gallery. It is situated in the hotels lobby and is open daily from 8:30am to 5pm. The resort is complete with a swimming pool, fine and casual dining options and the Red Ochre Spa. They also have function rooms available for business trips. The Ilkari Restaurant is open for a buffet breakfast and buffet dinner. From personal experience, the breakfast buffet is extraordinary. With a chef station to cook your choice of eggs, omelettes, pancakes or eggs Benedict, you feel las if you are dining with royalty. The waitresses don’t let you see the bottom of your teacup and do the best to facilitate any request. Antipasto options, cooked options, fresh fruits and juice as well as standard cereals, toast, porridge and yogurt allow even the pickiest of eaters an option.
The Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge is the perfect spot for those with a heart for astronomy. It is the Astro Hub of Yullara where tours run for both families and individuals.  A resident astronomer takes you on a journey through the life cycle of stars and gives you a gold class view of many constellations through telescopes and binoculars. The Outback Pioneer Hotel is also a fantastic stop if you are looking for a good feed at the BBQ and Bar. There is a games room complete with air hockey table, pinball machines and more, perfect for entertaining children of all ages. They are open until 10pm most nights. The Outback Pioneer Kitchen offers a cheaper alternative with light meal and take away options.
All hotels offer complimentary airport transfers, departing your hotel approximately two hours prior to scheduled flight times. There is also complimentary wifi at all hotels and the Ayers Rock Camoground as well as a complementary shuttle bus that departs out the front of each Hotel every 20 minutes. This bus takes you to the Yullara Town Square and many eateries. It does not take you to the a National Park however you can book the Uluru Express from any Hotel or hire a car for those wishing to explore the rock at their own pace.
If you find yourself adventuring to the red centre before March 31st 2018, you will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to wander through the majestic Field of Light art installation hand crafted by world famous artist Bruce Munro. Bruce travels around the world lighting up famous landmarks with handcrafted globes, creating an unforgettable sea of colour. This particular exhibit is crowned by 50,000 hand-crafted slender stems topped with frosted glass spheres. Each bulb is illuminated by one of 144 projectors powered solely by solar panels; Bruce’s first ever solar panel installation.
To those photographers out there, the magnificent reds and aubans known so famously of the rock are most vibrant as the sun hits the rock twice a day, as the sun welcomes and farewells the day. To take the most picturesque photographs, there are designated sunset and sunrise viewing areas, perfect for sipping a cup of tea and capturing the break taking view. Aim to get to these viewing areas at least half an hour before sunrise/sunset to ensure you get a car park. For sunrise/sunset times, ask at the reception of your hotel or conversely, if you have an iPhone, the weather app will inform you.
For those of you wishing to experience Uluru at a whole other level, camel tours are a fantastic way to avoid the congestion of sunset and sunrise. Each camel tour is guided by a friendly and knowledgable host who shares about the national park and the camels themselves. The Uluru Camel Farm has the largest population of wild camels in Australia and is open daily from 9am to 3pm May to October or 9am to 1pm November to April. They are a fantastic family-friendly way to enjoy the rock in all it’s beauty.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a beautiful part of Australia and Indigenous Australian culture. We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at the Sails in the Desert; a highlight definitely being the buffet breakfast. The enormity and novelty of Uluru never faded and we have made many memories that will last a lifetime.

Becoming a tourist.

Becoming a tourist

Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

I love being a tourist, traveling, exploring new places, taking photos, making memories.
When I am on holidays I morph into the paparazzi. Anyone around me takes one look and can tell I am a tourist, my Nikon SLR around my neck, my backpack on my back full off all the things I need to make the most of the experience. I have even been known to bring out the tripod trying to catch that perfect sunset, or sunrise.

When I am not traveling, I am preparing for my next trip, and that feeling of wanderlust can feel make the long winters at home feel even colder, the work days longer and the mundane tasks of life feel like a world away from where I want to be.

Can you relate? Do you live with the constant desire to see more, do more, experience more?

But do you know there is a solution? Become a tourist in your own backyard. Take a Journey!

tourist in ballarat

The definition of journey is

noun – an act of travelling from one place to another.

verb – travel somewhere.

Taking a journey doesn’t mean you have to travel long distance, you just have to travel from one place to another.

Whether it’s ten minutes from home or ten hours you can still make memories, and experience life, become a tourist in your own backyard.

You don’t realize how beautiful the place you live is until you look at it, with fresh eyes. With eyes that are not busy rushing from here to there. You will learn new things about where you live, and some things might surprise you?

No more sitting around you house bored, no more wasting money at the shops buying stuff because your bored. Instead you will be seeing new things, doing new things and experiencing new things.

Top travel tips for Aeroplane travel.

With the additon of so many low cost aeroplanes, overseas travel is so much more accessible for travelers now. So we have put together our list of our top travel tips for aeroplane travel.

Aeroplane travel tips

Comfortable clothes
When traveling in aeroplanes, what you wear is so important to ensure you have a comfortable trip, but it is also important to help you get through security easily as well.

  • Select shoes that are easily to slip on and off, as often you will be asked to take your shoes off to get through security.
  • Also at most airports you need to be careful your belt won’t set off the metal detectors.
  • Loose fitting clothes, this is important not only to minimize the risk of DVT, but also makes you more comfortable. It is also easy for you to get to sleep.
  • Layers, when traveling you are often presented with a variety of climates, the place you are traveling from, the aeroplane itself which is often quite cold, and then your destination. The greatest way to ensure you are comfortable no matter where you are is to wear a couple of layers.
  • Depending on your health, a pair of support or compression tights is helpful.
  • Change of clothes, in case of spills, (or in case of emergency if your checked in luggage goes missing.

Sleep

It’s so important when flying long haul that you try and change your body clock to your destination from the minute you jump on the plane, and having a sleep is a great way to do this. The best way to be able to sleep in the plane is to be organised.

  • Pack a lightweight pillow to keep comfortable
  • Comfortable clothes.
  • Noise cancelling headphones to block out the noisy plane
  • Comfortable eye masks to block out the bright lights.
  • Make sure your buckle is on top of your clothes, so if you hit turbulence the cabin crew don’t wake you to check your seatbelt.

Toiletries

  • Pack some basic toiletries to freshen up before landing, toothpaste, small foldable brush, moisturiser. Basic make up (If you like to wear makeup)
  • Pack eye drops, aeroplane cabins are low humidity so your eyes often get dry and irritated, use eye drops to stop your eyes looking red.
  • Hand sanitiser, there is no way in the quick turnover of plane trips will your seat area by totally clean.
  • Lip balm. Your lips often get dry from aeroplane travel so lip balm will soothe your dry chapped lips.

Hydrate

  • Drink plenty of water it will help you from getting dehydrated. This is important not just for the flight but in the days leading up to your flight.
  • Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake.
  • Dehydration on a plane has a few flow on effects – increased risk of jet lag.

Limit your hand luggage.

  • Think do you really need it. This is really important when traveling with children as you will often be carrying them too.

Food

  • Aeroplane is famous for often being fairly inedible, often overpriced so the best way to ensure you enjoy your enjoy trip is to pack yourself some nice healthy snacks
  • Pack some treats to snack on for takeoff and landing to help with your ears.
  • Make sure your food isn’t to strong smelling
  • Pack nut free, think of your other passengers that may have nut allergies.

Stretch your legs

  • Inactivity in a plane increases your risk of DVT
  • Inactivity increases muscle pain and discomfort.

Device

  • Charge your device before you go, unless you are lucky to fly first / business class you most likely won’t be able to charge your device on the flight.
  • Pack a portable charger and your USB charging cord.
  • Load up your devices with games, books and videos that do not require Wifi.

Headphones

  • Bring your own headphones that are comfortable.
  • Bring noise cancelling headphones, as then it won’t matter if you have a screaming baby nearby, someone snoring, talking loudly, you can sit back and relax.

Wipes

Even if you don’t have young children a pack of baby wipes are one of the most versatile things to pack for your flight, they can be used for many uses.

  • Great for cleaning everything the tray, the chair, your hands, face.
  • Freshen up by wiping your face with a wipe.

Ziplock bags

  • Great for storing the wipes, toiletries, snacks. When empty they take up very little room in your luggage

Spirit of Tasmania

Take a magical journey to Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania.

Spirit of Tasmania is a fantastic way to bring your car and Caravan over to Tasmania

Depending on the time of the year there are both day and night sails available, we have been on both and found the night sails so much more relaxing and enjoyable.

The spirit of Tasmania departs at 7:30pm and the trip is about 10 and a half hours arriving at Devonport at 6am.

With a great variety of cabins available from deluxe / cabins, twin bed, four bed porthole and four bed inside cabins that also accomodate 2 cots. It’s great for couples and families alike. If there are just two of you the deluxe cabin is definitely an amazing experience.

It has a great queen size bed, private bathroom, twin porthole windows, your own tv and for those with young children will fit two cots as well. These deluxe cabins are up the front of the boat and you can take in the views via the twin porthole windows. (Just be careful on rough trips – you might feel a little green looking out the window)

TWhen we travelled with all four kids we enjoyed the 4 bedroom inside cabin with two additional cots. Thee cabins have their own private shower, reading lights, adjustable air conditioner, power points perfect for us to charge our phones, as well as a desk and comfortable chair. (Although with two cots we found there wasn’t much room for the chair).

For a cheaper option there are also recliners or a shared cabin.

For night sails, you can board 2.5 hours before sailing at around 5pm and have to be on no later than 45 minutes before they set sail. All people boarding need photo Id to sail.

When driving on the spirit of Tasmania it is roll on, roll off which means no awkward turning, reversing on the ship.

We have been across a few times now and our go to dinner option after boarding and putting our overnight bag in our room is TMK (The Tasmanian Market Kitchen) it is a great casual self service buffet style restaurant. You can also purchase a desert.

There are also a variety of snacks, sandwiches available over at the Pantry, to take back to your recliner or room.

For the adults there a great selection of bars.

Extra tips for aeroplane travel with children

Most aeroplane travel tips are the same when traveling with or without children however from experience there are a few other things you need to think about.

To check out our basic aeroplane trips click here otherwise read on to find out more.

Pack EVERYONE spare clothes.

To really appreciate my first tip you need to take a trip with me to our magical journey home from L.A traveling with four children, A 21 month old, a 3 year old, a 7 year old and a 9 year old.

Our flight back was late in the day and after a long, busy day at Disneyland, and a nice 3 hour wait at the airport we were off and ready to go. Now I don’t know why it happened but only minutes into our 13 hour flight, our beautiful daughter started to feel a bit unwell and was sick. All over me, my top. Now whilst wipes are great at cleaning stuff up, nothing apart from a change of clothes can really take the smell away.

Now after being sick she felt fantastic, in her fresh change of clothes she enjoyed the rest of trip, however I spent the next 12 and a half hours with the lovely smell.

Back when my children were babies I always packed a spare top for myself, but I didn’t this time as my children were older, big mistake.

Now the trip wasn’t over yet, and like a comedy over the rest of the flight I had drinks spilled on me, a nappy accident that almost bought me to tears and as I walked into Auckland airport, waiting for our next flight home I had one choice.

I walked into the nearest store and had to buy an overpriced pair of merino tracksuit pants, and t-shirt for myself and my toddler. A very expensive mistake.

Pack some snacks

Children are often fussy, and will often find aeroplane food a little interesting. Keep them happy by packing their own food. Or they will serve yoghurt, yes yoghurt at 10,000 feet, imagine the mess that brings.

Toilet

  • Set an alarm for 45-50 minutes before you are supposed to land, to make sure you take your children to the toilet. Once the seatbelt lights go on, you cannot leave to go to the toilet. And children often can’t last 30-40 minutes it might be between the seatbelt light going on and landing.
  • Young children wear pull ups just in case. So much less stressful than an accident in the aeroplane, or dramas with in flight turbulence and waiting for the light seatbelt light to turn off.

Clothes

Skip laces, buttons, zips and anything that could prevent them getting you them to the toilet on time.

Middle or window seats 

Aisle seats are dangerous for younger children, little hands reaching for the trolley, elbows or legs hanging over the side.

Hydrated

Keep them hydrated, pack a non spill cup, a water bottle. When the flight attendants come around get them to refill your bottles.

Pack light

We have found that our children will often stay awake for most of the flight, then with only moments left in the flight will fall asleep. We then are faced with a major problem how we can get all our stuff, and our children back of the plane. Often juggling carrying children, carry own luggage back off the plane.

Think of worst case scenario, can I carry my children and my luggage off this plane?

Remember

Not all classrooms have four walls

Embrace the experience, relax memories made together are priceless.