California, the perfect destination for adults and mini-mes alike

If any airport in the world is able to bewitch two flight-weary kids into complete slack-jawed awe, it’s flying into LAX at dusk or dawn. Arriving as city lights gave way to a clear Californian sunrise made for a stunning welcome, and the kids delighted in gliding over seaside suburbs, catching glimpses of Hollywood and the glowing neon expanse of a city in perpetual peak hour. Making our way from LAX to a relative’s house in our hire car also left the kids open-mouthed, but in a white-knuckled

Paradise updated: Where to eat, stay and play on the Gold Coast

It embodies all the elements that constitute a quintessential Australian experience: sun, sand, seafood and laid-back sensibilities. Domestically, it shimmers in everyone's memories of sun-drenched childhood holidays. But this timeless favourite has grown up in the past few years – and it’s become quite the silver fox. Big ticket locations that have had a major metamorphosis in the past few years include Broadbeach’s coast-side shopping haven Pacific Fair, which has s

White Rock hiking with kids in Ipswich –

A rock formation with just enough elevation to impress little trailblazers, this short scramble uphill takes you to a kid-sized lookout to gaze through the treetops over the creek bed below. Our boys loved checking out the details on this sandstone outcrop on the way up and down. Looping back to meet the Six Mile Creek Track you’ll see signs to Little White Rock. Take the short climb up to the lookout for more tree-line views, or walk the whole circuit to spot caves and (if you’re lucky) some m