My close friends would know that Australia is my family's favorite holiday destination! My husband and I find the flight time to Australia not unbearably long, and that it is indeed a kid-friendly holiday destination.
It is easy to find baby supplies including diapers and food. My husband enjoys driving around and the weather is lovely regardless of the season.
The wildlife sanctuaries and zoos are nothing like what we have in Singapore too. It is most awesome to see the children having fun interacting with the animals up close!
A few months ago, our family went on a vacation to Tasmania, Australia! It was my little girl's first flight and I was both excited and apprehensive.
Thankfully, she pretty much slept through the red-eye flight! My boys had been anticipating the trip for weeks and were really excited when we finally set off!
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Things to Bring on a Long Flight with Young Kids
1) Water bottle
2) Snacks (Especially helpful when on-board meals don't suit the kids' taste buds, or to keep them from talking too much. Pack snacks in mini snack boxes or bring along clips to fasten the snack packs.)
3) Wet wipes
5) Extra set of clothes
8) Milk powder, thermo flask, milk bottle
9) Plastic bags/small paper carriers/wet bags (for dirty diapers, puke or soiled clothes)
For added comfort:
10) Neck pillow
11) Lip balm
13) Vicks VaporRub/Balm (Especially helpful during long flights since the air is cold and dry, and little noses get stuffy easily)
14) Hand sanitizer because grubby little hands need frequent cleansing! (Helps to reduce the use of wet wipes -- generate less waste!)
15) iPad (with pre-downloaded favorite cartoon series and movies from Netflix)
16) Coloring books/Sticker books/Doodle pads
17) Pencils/color pencils/washable markers
18) Favorite toy/plushy
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Now that my boys are old enough to carry their own bags, I pack their jacket, snacks, a water bottle and a small sticker book into their backpacks. That eases off my load! Otherwise, I would be carrying stuff for 4 pax in my carry-on!
It builds their sense of responsibility as they learn to take care of their own things during the trip. A win-win situation!
We flew 8 hours to Melbourne and were in transit for 2 hours before taking a one-hour domestic flight to Hobart, Tasmania.
Thankfully, the kids managed to sleep pretty well on board and were most certainly hyped-up when we finally landed!
Photo with Grandma while we were waiting for the men to get the rental car.
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Places to Go and Things to Do in Hobart, Tasmania
1) Barilla Bay Oyster Farm
2) Zoodoo Zoo
3) Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
4) Salmon Ponds Heritage Hatchery and Gardens
5) Salamanca Market
6) Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery
7) Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
9) Huon Valley Apple Museum and Willie Smith Apple Shed
9) Wineries at Huon Valley and Coal River Valley
10) Tahun Forest Airwalk
11) Channel Courts Shopping Centre at Kingston
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary opens daily 9 am to 4 pm.
Location: 593 Briggs Road, Brighton, Tasmania 7030, Australia
Ticket prices: $16 for ages 3 to 15, $30 for ages 16 and above. Free admission for kids under 3.
Daily tours at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm
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A trip to Tasmania is most certainly not complete without meeting the Tasmanian Devil!
The tour around Bonorong is very informative and the guide goes into much depth educating us about each animal.
We also learned about how the Tassie Devil got its name and got to see the furry creature up close. Turns out, the Tasmanian Devil is really much cuter than what its name suggests.
We also got to touch the fuzzy wombat! Don't be fooled by its chubby appearance. The wombat is actually very muscular and can even run up to 25 miles per hour over short distances!
The kids' favorite part during the visit at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary -- feeding the roos!
It actually wasn't the boys' first experience at feeding the kangaroos in Australia. To be honest, I felt that our experience at Melbourne's Maru Koala Park was much more pleasant.
There were more joeys in Maru Koala Park and seemed more friendly than those huge kangeroos at Bonorong.
The two photos below were from 2016 when we were at Maru Koala Park. See how the joeys are only as tall as my boys who were 4 and 2 years old? Much cuter roos (and boys)!
Back to present day, I suppose the roos at Bonorong seem wilder because most of the animals at the wildlife sanctuary are taken in because they were found injured or ill.
After nursing them back to health, the animals are typically released back into the wild.
My son patting the adult kangeroo gingerly.
Not to forget the cuddly koalas! Regardless of the number of vacations to Australia, my children are always excited about the koala.
Any chance to come up close and personal with the animals is a wonderful experience for the little ones.
A nice photo composite of the three kiddos! It most certainly is not easy getting three kids to stand properly together.
After our visit to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, we had lunch at McDonald's about 10 minutes away. Then we headed to Pooley Winery at Coal River Valley, which was less than 15 minutes drive away.
Never to young to learn about wine appreciation!
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Where to stay in Hobart
Here are some photos of our accomodation at Carinya Street Blackmans Bay. It is only a few minutes drive away to major supermarkets and less than 10 minutes walk to the beach!
The view from the kitchen window.
We traveled with our extended family and there were 6 adults and three children. We did not have many options for holiday houses that had at least 3 bedrooms and 4 beds. This Carinya Street beach house certainly did not disappoint!
Stay tuned for more our our vacation in Hobart, Tasmania!
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