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									                                             Sunday Mail Adelaide
                                             Sunday 17/2/2008                                             Brief: HOLIDAYS
                                             Page: 14                                                     Page 1 of 2
                                             Section: Escape
                                             Region: Adelaide Circulation: 318,179
                                             Type: Capital City Daily
                                             Size: 561.84 sq.cms.
                                             Published: ------S

           it all in
the family
TV presenter, model and mum                helped banish the dreaded "are we            just means more washing and
                                           there yet" chant but another tip for         organising for mum.
SYMANTHA PERKINS is an                     avoiding road-trip hell is to involve your     Skiing is a hard-work vacation with
ambassador for magazine Holidays           kids.                                        kids but the only holiday that truly
                                             Start with trip planning. For our          grows with the family.
With Kids. With her swim-king              recent Tasmania holiday we re-                True, I will spend the next three
husband Kieren and theirthree              searched the Apple Isle on the net and       weeks washing after skiing, but the
                                           each of us chose a Tassie destination        exhilaration of snow definitely makes
children, she has been researching         to visit.                               up for it. Australian on-mountain
stories, their most recent treks being       Harry, 9, wanted to see Tassie Devils:accommodation is convenient but will
                                           Georgia, 10, was keen to paddle at           slim the purse, so why not try a farm
to Tasmania and Aspen                      Freycinet: Charlie, 2, fixated on            stay in Jindabyne? And get the best of
        WHEN I was a child, family         kangaroos: Kieren chose glowworm             both worlds, as we discovered.
         holidays were a once-a-year       caves and I settled on the Tahune              In the morning we'd eat brekkie and
         event, something we looked
                                           airwalk. These spots became our              then drive 20 minutes to the NSW ski
                                           touring guide and it was a fabulous          fields. We'd ski all day, eat a late lunch
         forward to, like Christmas.       family adventure.
  Perhaps it was the cost, dad working                                                  on the top of majestic snow-dusted Mt
long hours or mum feeling it was safe        Tourism Australia says the family          Kosciuszko, ski down and head home
to    let us to run amok around the        travel market is the fastest-growing         to the farm.
neighbourhood. Whatever the reason,        sector of the nation's tourism industry.       After a warm bath we'd settle in for
we spent most school breaks relaxing         Now more than ever, Aussie families        a sunset drink and watch our resident
at home.                                   are on the move, with mums leading           mob of kangaroos drop by.
   Back in the 1970s our annual family     the charge.                                    Unlike beach holidays, no matter
vacation was fun but hardly                  Like most working mums I'm always          how old the kids get they will always
adventurous. We rarely strayed far         on the lookout for ways to spend             want to come with you because it's so
from home usually renting a Gold           quality time with my kids. Sometimes         much fun.
Coast unit or in Kieren's family, a farm   you need a breather from the drudgery          Unfortunately, our kids are the better
stay at Cedar Lake.                        of making school lunches or impres-          skiers. They've been on skis since they
     Our own kids can hardly believe dad   sing the boss at work.                       were two and Kieren and I only started
was a teenager before he flew on a plane     "Mini-breaks" are not only great           when we were 30, so they're destined
or that mum suffered through family        sanity savers but terrific family to leave us behind on the slopes.
car trips without air-con or a DVD, a      memory-makers. And if I can also get           We recently skied in Aspen, in the US
feat I certainly applaud my parents for    a massage on the side while the kids         and the snow was magnificent. If you
because there's no way we'd make the       frolic in the pool, even better. In our      are thinking of taking the family on an
Sydney-Thredbo drive without "enter-       home we divide our holidays into             overseas ski trip, Aspen is definitely a
tainment".                                 relaxing vacations or hard work trips.       place to consider.
     Nintendos and DVD players have        Both have fun at the centre, but one

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                                              Sunday Mail Adelaide
                                              Sunday 17/2/2008                                                              Brief: HOLIDAYS
                                              Page: 14                                                                      Page 2 of 2
                                              Section: Escape
                                              Region: Adelaide Circulation: 318,179
                                              Type: Capital City Daily
                                              Size: 561.84 sq.cms.
                                              Published: ------S


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 GETTING THERE: Options include flying
 Virgin Blue to Hobart or taking the Spirit
 of Tasmania car ferry on the overnight
 voyage from Melbourne to Devonport for
 a self-drive holiday, ph 1800 634 906,
 STAY: For accommodation options at
 places including Freycinet Peninsula,
 Strahan and Cradle Mountain, ph 1800
 420 155,
 DETAILS: Tourism Tasmania at
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      boutique-style hotel at                 chain von Essen, has just
      London Heliport, Battersea.             expanded its executive           Details:
        It will also house a state-           helicopter fleet to 17, saying

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