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This week, I have great pleasure in introducing you to family travel blogger Rene over at Together We Roam. Much like me, she doesn’t believe that having little ones should stop you from seeing the world, and with 70 countries under her belt, there’s no stopping her! Rene is lucky enough to live in Brisbane and near some breathtaking beaches, but only a ferry ride away is a little slice of paradise where you can hand feed dolphins.

Over to you, Rene…

tweroamWhat do you look for in a holiday?

We love it all, I am a firm believer that with careful planning, you can travel just about anywhere with little kids in tow. We’ve seen the bright lights of New York, helicoptered over the Grand Canyon, explored the walking trails of Uluru, swam in a natural plunge pool atop a waterfall in Kakadu, skipped pebbles in Lord of the Rings territory in New Zealand and sampled suckling pig in Indonesia.

If we had to choose, beach holidays are the best. A self-proclaimed beach snob we’re lucky in Australia to have some of the worlds best beaches. I prefer my sand pure white and water azure blue, who’s with me?

Where did you go?

I live in a holiday hot spot of Australia. Queensland has some of the best beaches in the world. Whitehaven beach in the Whitsunday Islands has to be one of the best beach in the world. Recently, we took a 90 minute ferry ride to Moreton Island as small sandy island off the coast of Brisbane, where it’s an affordable paradise escape. It has crystal clear blue water and white sand all within our own backyard.

The cherry on top, you get to hand feed resident bottle nose dolphins. Every night a group of dolphins come in from Morteon Bay to take a fishy morsel from your hands. It’s a beautiful experience.MoretonIsland_PelicanFeeding

Why did you choose Moreton?

Moreton Island is a hop skip and ferry ride over from where we live. There’s no airport transfers or jet lag involved. An easy trip to a stunning spot.

Who went?

Our family – Layla, 2, Liam, 5, the husband and I.

Where did you stay?

It was a no brainer, travel in Australia is very expensive compared to elsewhere in the world. Moreton Island Adventures offered a walk-on package which included 3 nights accommodation at Castaways a camping site accommodation, breakfast and ferry transfers totalled $305 for our family of four. Bargain! We extended our stay over at Moreton Island Resort on another part of the island just to do the dolphin feeding. Each night at this resorts was $250 per night.

Tell us about the accommodation

It pays to be subscribed to places you want to visit and keep checking package deals. Every so often you score a bargain. The accommodation was a very simple 2 bedroom self-contained unit with self catering kitchen. You can bring your own food supplies and cook on the island

Were there plenty of activities for the kids?

This was a getting unplugged holiday. Where we swam at the beach, built sandcastles and at night roasted marshmallows by the campfire.

At Moreton Island Resort it’s a bit busier and touristy, however being part of a resort there were plenty of facilities and activities to keep the kids entertained. From eco-beach walks, swimming in the kid friendly pools, watching fish and pelican feeding sessions and of course the dolphin feeding.MoretonIsland_SunsetLiamBeach_GuestPost

Your most memorable moment/s of the trip?

The sun sets directly beachside on Moreton Island (which in Queensland rarely does, as we are on the East Coast). The best part is having the beach all to ourselves as the sun goes down. On Moreton Island Resort the highlight was feeding a wild dolphin named Tinkerbelle at dusk.

Which photo is your favourite and why?

Here we are feeding a dolphin named Tinkerbelle a fish. Now our kids think that feeding dolphins is just a normal thing that occurs on any beach. Layla often says “Where’s the dolphin?”.DolphinFeedCropped

Would you recommend to a friend? Would you go back again?

Absolutely, Brisbane residents are spoilt for choice we have two islands Moreton and Stradbroke as well as the South and North Coasts as our playground. However, as Moreton is and island it’s a little bit more of an effort to head on over and often gets overlooked for the beaches of Noosa or the Gold Coast. It’s stunning and worth a visit.

If you’re visiting Brisbane a Dolphin Feed is a must. There aren’t many places in the world you can do this. It’s an easy day trip (although a little long) or an even easier weekend trip.MoretonIsland_BeachLayla_GuestPost

What are the five holiday essentials you couldn’t live without?

• Compression Bags – Try as we might, we don’t travel light. These give us that much-needed suitcase space.
• Small first aid kit – Isn’t there always a scrapped knee or a stubbed toe?
• Ergo Baby Carrier –I still can’t let mine go even though Layla is almost 3. I used my baby carrier on my recent trip to Sydney solo with 2 kids to have those important hands free. She’s slowly breaking my back and my Ergo days are numbered. But for travel with infants and toddlers a baby carrier is a must.
• Snack bag – Hungry and thirsty kids are fussy kids. Keep their energy up by packing healthy treats and plenty of fluids when travelling.
• Ipad – Life saver. Those unexpected delays at airports or long waits at restaurants can be Hell without some entertainment to keep them calm, contained and content. If your aren’t a technology or device fan then some crafts, crayons and toys can also keep the peace.
• Flotation device – My son is a confident swimmer, however at new pools or beaches I always have a flotation device (mine is a foam back float that clips around the waist) if not to prevent drowning, for peace of mind.photo(2)

What is your most favourite place in the whole world and why?

How can you narrow it down to one place in the whole wide world? If I had to pick one country it would be Italy. The history of Rome, the food of Southern Italy and the vistas of Tuscany. If I had to pick one place it would be the romantic seaside villages of Cinque Terre.

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