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Hepburn Springs Chalet - Retro Hotel Review - mypoppet.com.au

Hepburn Springs Chalet – Family Friendly Budget Spa Weekend

It’s not often that the words ‘budget’ and ‘spa weekend’ sit comfortably in the same sentence, add ‘family friendly’ and you’d think I was pulling your leg. But I’m here to tell you that I’ve found a hidden gem, Hepburn Springs Chalet, in the heart of Victoria’s spa country, perfect for a family weekend escape which won’t break the bank….

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Top 10 things to do with kids in Lorne

Lorne with Kids – Top 10 Things to See + Do

Whether you are heading down Great Ocean Road for a day trip, a weekend escape or a longer adventure, spending some time in Lorne is always a great idea. It’s an amazingly family friendly destination with things to see and do for kids (and grownups) of all ages. I’ve rounded up our Top 10 recommendations for activities in Lorne with…

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Summer Holiday - Lorne - Great Ocean Road mypoppet.com.au

First Taste of Summer – Lorne

It’s been a long and wet winter down here in Melbourne. Underneath all the layers of coats and scarves and hats, one almost forgets that yes, the sun will eventually come out for longer than a day at a time. (Then we will all complain about how hot it is and start longing for the cooler weather again.) But not…

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port fairy light house - Weekend travel guide

Escape to Port Fairy – A Weekend Travel Guide

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world, it’s really a must do experience if you are visiting Victoria. With beautiful beaches, spectacular vistas, lush forests and wild life encounters, it’s really a journey you will never forget. But there is a little hidden gem waiting for you at the end of the…

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Tropical island day trip - Sabah Malaysia

A Day of Island Hopping in Sabah, Malaysia

When I imagine an island paradise I picture clear turquoise water teeming with sea-life and lush tropical vegetation, lazy days spent snorkeling and enjoying fresh seafood feasts with ocean views. The islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park do a good job of ticking all those boxes, with the convenience of being only a a short 15…

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Steam train - North borneo railway Sabah Malaysia

Trains, Tiffins & Temples – All Aboard the North Borneo Railway

I’ve always enjoyed train journeys, maybe it’s the gentle rocking motion and the rhythmic clack-ity-clack of the rails that I find comforting, like a type of meditation, or a primal reminder of the comfort and safety of my mother’s womb. Or maybe it’s that I’m a hopeless nostalgic that romanticises the idea of ‘The Grand Tour’, back in the day…

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