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vacation was fun but hardly
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 Keeping 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 Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) licensed copy Ref: 33831276 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 DESTINATION Deuonpart. .",.rare kiwrrrau TASMANIA FFeYQ inlet Habart 0 TASMANIA 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, www.spiritoftasmania.com.au STAY: For accommodation options at places including Freycinet Peninsula, Strahan and Cradle Mountain, ph 1800 420 155, www.puretasmania.com.au DETAILS: Tourism Tasmania at www.discovertasmania.com TIME WITH THE KIDS, Swim ch a nip hie ren Perkinsand wire Symaritha hnlfdnying inAspen with t lrei r c hi ld re n Charli., Harry and Georgia. INSET: I he Perki nsrlan Id kF in the spectacular Tasmanian vic.vs The choppers, the choppers YOU would hope London's of-the-art executive aviation there has been a rise in latest luxury hotel project facility, with VIP lounges and bookings for corporate includes soundproof meeting rooms providing events, including shooting windows - it will be at the panoramic views across the and golf weekends. city's busiest heliport. helipad, which sits on a jetty It arranged more than ioo on the Thames. Plans have been announced helicopter charters during Heliport manager, PremiAir, for a 7o-bedroom luxury last year's Royal Ascot race owned by upmarket hotel boutique-style hotel at chain von Essen, has just meeting. London Heliport, Battersea. expanded its executive Details: www.premiair.co.uk It will also house a state- helicopter fleet to 17, saying wwwlondonheliport.co.uk Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) licensed copy Ref: 33831276
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