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Annabel Trends Shoulder Bag
By Rachel Power

  It seems when you go on holidays that Mum’s handbag turns into everyone’s bag! The Annabel Trends Shoulder Bag was given a very good road test on our recent family holiday to Lithgow in the Blue Mountains.     When we travel we do a lot of walking with the kids. Everyone has their own camera (around their neck) and their own drink bottle; I make sure I carry snacks and treats to keep everyone going, too. Then there are the beanies, jackets, towels, sun cream and everything else that you carry just in case you need it! That not only weighs you down, but also makes it hard to find something at the bottom of the bag, with all the other stuff on top.   However the Annabel Trends handbag is extremely lightweight, yet strong and features long shoulder strap... Read more

Magna Play Magnetic Puzzles
By Rachel Power

  The Magna Play Magnetic Puzzles from Haggus and Stookles is a cute little metal suitcase that opens to reveal magnetic pieces in all shapes and sizes, designed to get kid’s imaginations working, as they create all manner of objects from fairies to robots to animals. To help them along, there is a booklet with easy to follow designs, but we found our girls got the hang of it quickly and were soon making up the most intricate things.   Each brightly coloured magnet is quite thick so they are easy for little fingers to gently put into place and pick up. When we covered over 1,700kms in three days, we found the Magna Plays to be the most popular toy, and the one that kept the kids the quietest as they thought about what to make next.   The girls would open the suitc... Read more

Holiday Experts
By Lisa Monk

Lisa Monk is a marketing communications writer with a diverse background that includes experience in travel, hotel, finance, public relations and advertising. She has worked with Club Med, the Holiday Inn group and on a number of other travel projects on a freelance basis. Lisa has travelled throughout Australia, Asia Pacific, North America and Britain. Lisa now works with occupancy.com, which powers both takeabreak.com.au and rentahome.com.au, as the editor of the Holiday Inspirations website and newsletter, and other e-publications. She lives in Sydney with her husband and sons.   Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide,Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpac... Read more

Eco destinations to savour without guilt
By Lisa Monk

  We all love to relax and get away from the stresses and responsibilities of everyday life, but more and more we realise the fragility of the many wonderful eco systems that comprise the Australian continent. We want to be able to leave our troubles behind and there is an inspiring way to do that, make memories and leave only footprints on our stunning landscape.   We have rounded up five of the top eco-friendly destinations on takeabreak.com.au to help you choose a holiday that leaves you – and our country – in good shape.   Anketell Forest, NSW Anketell Forest has history, location and eco awareness all rolled into one lovely property. All the timber used in the extensions, fittings and furniture was salvaged from fallen trees and milled and handcrafted ... Read more

Planning a holiday using takeabreak.com.au
By Bruce Mumford

Once upon a time, planning a holiday was both time-consuming and expensive. It could involve a lot of map reading, phone calls and visits to bookshops or the library. Doing all that research and then developing an organised system to record all your findings was a major trauma. Thanks to the internet, everything is now so much easier - and often cheaper, too. For our Great Ocean Road accommodation, I went to the local travel agency and picked up a few tourist brochures on the areas we intended to visit. These are useful to get an idea of the significant sites and tourist spots, so I can choose to include them in our itinerary – or, in some cases, avoid them.   I then worked out a route using the NRMA Trip Planner, www.drivethere.com.au, which gives you the distance betwe... Read more

Canberra to Lake Eyre
By Rachel Power

In February 2010 my husband and I watched a documentary on the amazing spectacle of Lake Eyre in flood. We decided that should it ever flood again we would be there to experience it.  By May, we knew Queensland flood waters would reach Lake Eyre and the Great Aussie Road Trip swung back into action!   This was the first trip for us with the newest member of our family, Edward (Teddy) who turned one just before we left. So Greg and I, along with our daughters Jasmine and Jemma, and Teddy, hit the road for three incredible weeks. We drove three days (roughly 1,700kms) from Canberra to Lake Eyre.   With our trusty 3Dog Camper in tow, we set up camp at Halligan Bay and walked over the dune to be greeted by the awesome sight of Lake Eyre. Out there you can’t tell where ... Read more

By Rachel Power

Located at the northern end of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, Arkaroola is a rare gem. A privately owned property, Arkaroola has been set up as a wilderness sanctuary and is a wonderful place to spend some time exploring in your 4WD.   We ended up spending four nights (not the two we originally planned) in Arkaroola, and this seems to be common as there is so much to see and do. Even four days is not long enough to explore everything, however we gave it a good try!     Location                       Arkaroola is 700kms north of Adelaide. The road in is unsealed with dry creek crossings and can be by 2WD, as can many of the roads around Arkaroola. If you are unsure how your vehicle will go on the roads, then... Read more

Why stay in a hotel?
By Sarah Macdonald

Why stay in a hotel when you can have a fantastic self-catering B&B Cottage all to yourself? Cotton Palm Cottage is a completely self-contained cottage with the character of yesteryear, while having the convenience and luxuries of modern living. Whether it is business, holidaying in Adelaide, visiting friends or just a weekend away, you will feel right at home and very welcomed with all the thoughtful touches to help you enjoy your stay in a very homely atmosphere. The fully equipped kitchen has a full size fridge/freezer and there is a wonderful large laundry with plenty of bench space, front-load washing machine and dryer with a large laundry tub (clothes line outside and pegs supplied)  and washing powder and cleaning fluids kept in the laundry storage cupboards. The ... Read more

Comforts of home at Cotton Palm Cottage
By Sarah Macdonald

Cotton Palm Cottage is a family-friendly home away from home. There is something to make everyone’s stay a memorable and relaxing one. The cottage has been in the same family for over 70 years - it was originally built in the 1930s and is one of the few original homes in Dernancourt. It has certainly seen a lot of change from farming cattle on the hill and celery-growing where Coles is now! Over the years there have been changes made to the homestead - the most recent a year ago, with a full renovation, brand new kitchen, laundry and updated bathroom, polished floors and ducted air-conditioning. Enjoy a modern, completely self-contained cottage with the character of yesteryear, while having the convenience and luxuries of modern living. The home has everything you need for... Read more

Whatever you seek, it's at 3 Blowhole Creek
By Greg Henderson

No.3 Blowhole Creek Road provides outstanding comfort and amenities for up to six people, for both short and extended stays. The property contains everything adult and family groups could require for a fabulous self-contained holiday break. The bedrooms provide a comfortable night’s sleep and the huge bathroom even has a claw-foot bath for a relaxing soak. Informal kitchen and outside dining areas contrast with the fabulous formal dining area with its magnificent African mahogany table. The large fully equipped kitchen contains all that is required to create simple meals or gourmet fare. Preparing for a holiday at No.3 is simple. Pack some food and drink into your car. Add a bit of clothing and your swimmers and head off. Everything else is supplied. Rustic and charming, the ramm... Read more

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