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I'm a Brisbane writer and the busy mum of two boys aged 10 and 12. My freelance work includes parenting articles for Brisbane's Child, Kids on the Coast, and on-line parenting magazines. After more than a decade exploring the ins and outs of Brisbane's parks, soccer fields, kid-friendly eateries, school-holiday freebies, etc, etc, I love sharing my discoveries with other families.

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My WeekendNotes - 96
Spotlight
Charles Darwin's five-year voyage on The Beagle comes to life with a host of exquisite puppets in this co-production fro... [more]
09/07/2016 - 07/08/2016
Lake Placid Tourist Park is a good spot to know about if you're holidaying in Cairns and looking for a quiet, clean van ... [more]
This steely-eyed tawny frogmouth was just one of the cool critters that my boys and I met yesterday at the National Park... [more]
The Pantry Cafe at Burleigh Heads is a great place to grab an ice-cold smoothie after catching a few waves or working up... [more]
I'm canoeing my way past a sea of purple water-lilies, their sweet perfume drifting across the calm waters of the Noosa ... [more]
We recently visited Lamington National Park, and spent a few nights in a very comfortable Mountain Villa at O'Reilly's r... [more]
Last weekend we paid another visit to Pomona, a peaceful hinterland town on the Sunshine Coast. With family up there... [more]
When faced with a tricky parenting decision, some parents rely on instinct, others consult family and friends, and som... [more]
With its dramatic landscapes, gorgeous wildflowers and plentiful bushwalks, Girraween National Park is one of my family'... [more]
 
Fab fete alert, everybody! West End State School is holding its annual Fiesta next Sunday 31 May, and I'm reliably i... [more]
31/05/2015
Friends invited us to a school holiday performance of Webers Circus at Hamilton, so a big gang of us headed off for a 3p... [more]
Four tired but happy walkers plus Pippa the wonder dog rest next to the very pretty shelter shed at the foot of the Summ... [more]
Today we spent a beautiful school holiday morning watching a free concert from the Windsor Brass Band in the gracious su... [more]
If you're looking for a comfortable, welcoming hotel handy to Melbourne's CBD, reasonably priced and with a range of fre... [more]
Moga is a new Japanese restaurant at Rosalie, serving a mix of dishes that should satisfy both sushi-train lovers and fa... [more]
Choosing a name for your baby is one of those things, isn't it? It can divide couples, attract family and public ridicul... [more]
25/07/2013
My boys and I had an interesting time at this year's Living History festival at Fort Lytton over the Queen's Birthday lo... [more]
Play Beautiful is a kids' soccer camp with great facilities that's worth considering for your next school holiday activi... [more]
If you have a young soccer player in the family, you might like to start thinking about booking them into a clinic with ... [more]
01/07/2013 - 05/07/2013
First, the bad news: much of the food for sale on Rottnest Island is terrible, and virtually all of it is expensive comp... [more]
I recently headed from my Brisbane home to Sydney for a weekend with a friend, and was lucky enough to come across the r... [more]
My family recently took the Oliver Hill train ride and gun battery tour at Rottnest Island, and we found it a great way ... [more]
One of the fun things we did on our recent Christmas holiday to Rottnest was go on a Rottnest Adventure Tour. This 90-mi... [more]
Previously known as the Quokka Arms, the Hotel Rottnest occupies an iconic foreshore location on Rottnest Island, housed... [more]
Geordie's is a new cafe that's opened at Geordie Bay on Rottnest Island, setting up shop in a cafe space that has lain v... [more]
Riva is the upmarket restaurant at Rottnest Lodge on Rottnest Island. Once a prison, Rottnest Lodge now offers some of t... [more]
We recently spent five nights staying in a family room at Kingstown Barracks Hostel on Rottnest Island, and I can recomm... [more]
As most Perth residents know, accommodation on Rottnest Island is in hot demand during the summer holidays, and many peo... [more]
On holidays from Queensland, my family and I recently enjoyed a great meal at the Brighton Hotel in Mandurah. We'd sp... [more]
We recently spent a fortnight holidaying in Western Australia, seeing lots of amazing sights. One of our favourite trips... [more]
My two boys and I headed to La Boite Theatre at Kelvin Grove today to see the holiday kids' show, Out Damn Snot. I can r... [more]
08/01/2013 - 19/01/2013
Christmas is over, you're home alone with the kids, and you're looking for a children's activity that's free, fun and e... [more]
05/01/2013 - 26/01/2013
With the summer holidays upon us, many families are making the trek down the Pacific Motorway to the Gold Coast water pa... [more]
If you have a child with an interest in science or technology, you might like to consider enrolling them in a science or... [more]
My two boys and I went to see 'Potted Potter' on the weekend at QPAC. We worked up a good appetite laughing at the perfo... [more]
Saint Lucy Caffe et Cucina is a pretty and surprisingly up-market new eatery that opened in March this year at the tenni... [more]
I recently attended a lovely production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at QUT's Gardens Theatre at Gardens Point in the ci... [more]
While sitting on the City Cat at the University of Queensland last week, I spotted this pretty little Welcome Swallow pe... [more]
We recently camped in the Cooloola section of Great Sandy National Park, past Boreen Point in the Sunshine Coast hinterl... [more]
One of Shakespeare's most popular and entertaining plays will be performed at QUT's Gardens Theatre from Tuesday the 9th... [more]
09/10/2012 - 13/10/2012
If you're looking for a free, fun event that supports a good cause and just might break a world record, then I recommend... [more]
30/09/2012
This whopping goanna was sunbathing in a tree at Elanda Point Camping Ground when we visited last weekend. My ten-year-o... [more]
Just a couple of hours from Brisbane, Elanda Point is a relaxing place for family camping, or a great base for exploring... [more]
Free-roaming cats can be an environmental disaster, and life in the wild is usually not great for the kitties concerned.... [more]
Ahoy me hearties! If you're looking for an activity with a difference, why not consider booking your child in for a day ... [more]
24/09/2012 - 28/09/2012
Brisbane's university campuses are something of a mystery if you're not a student or staff member. Most other people rar... [more]
Well, Spring is approaching and my thoughts are turning to Girraween National Park, a couple of hours drive from Brisban... [more]
The Art with Altitude festival will hit Brisbane's Airport Village from 24 August to 2 September, featuring giant art in... [more]
24/08/2012 - 02/09/2012
Balls will be bouncing, aces will be ruling, and cries of 'dunce', 'into' and 'lines' will fill the air, at what's being... [more]
18/08/2012
Racers, start your -- feet? Yes, it's that time of year again, as the Brisbane Billycart Championships take over Carinda... [more]
19/08/2012
High in the McPherson Range in the Gold Coast hinterland, Lamington National Park protects more than 20,000 hectares of ... [more]
O'Reilly's is a private resort located in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, in the Gold Coast Hint... [more]
Soccer tragics, Roar fans, and everybody who's ever wanted to see an A-League soccer game but not at A-League prices -- ... [more]
24/07/2012 - 22/08/2012
This Saturday and Sunday saw our family oohing, aahing and having a wonderful time at the Abbey Medieval Festival, just ... [more]
We took our boys to the Abbey Medieval Festival this weekend, up near Bribie Island. It was so much fun -- jousting, swo... [more]
Collectors Cafe at the Queensland Museum (South Bank) is a good option if you're looking for somewhere affordable to fee... [more]
The winter school holidays are just about to start, and parents all over Brisbane are thinking about how to entertain ... [more]
23/06/2012 - 09/07/2012
One of my favourite community events is coming up on Sunday 24 June -- the World Refugee Day Community Festival at Anner... [more]
24/06/2012
Last school holidays my two active boys went to Active Tribes at the University of Queensland - and had an absolute ball... [more]
If you're looking for a pretty walk that's active but not too hard, permits four-legged friends, and ends in a great vie... [more]
As the Out of the Box website says, it's only 44 more sleeps (or even fewer by the time you read this) till this hugely ... [more]
12/06/2012 - 17/06/2012
Well, this picture says it all, really. The victorious Roar team embraces and celebrates another grand final win, while ... [more]
Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou has refused to confirm whether or not he's leaving Brisbane and heading south to th... [more]
Well, like 50,000 other Brisbanites, our family headed off to the A-league soccer final on Sunday afternoon to watch the... [more]
GOMA has another great kids' activity on this holidays, with 'Fly Away Home' on at the Children's Art Centre. This ac... [more]
I'm no shopaholic, and I'm not much into consumerism, but I think that the designers have done a beautiful job on the re... [more]
The University of Queensland lakes are a great free place to take children to picnic, visit the ducks, ride scooters or ... [more]
Underwood Park, near Rochedale on Brisbane's southside, is a sprawling complex featuring playgrounds, sportsfields, a BM... [more]
Brisbane City Council is offering a fantastic range of free kids' environmental activities this Easter school holidays, ... [more]
03/04/2012 - 15/04/2012
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