Bubsandbeans | Travelling - Domestically

Spirit of Tasmania - Travelling with Children

by sarah 20. January 2015 21:43

Back in October last year we took our four kids over to Tasmania, when we were planning it we were tossing up whether I would fly over separately with the four kids and my husband take the car over, or whether we would all go on the boat.

We were a bit concerned whether all of us would fit comfortably in a cabin, as unfortunately with four kids we often run into trouble finding hotel accommodation to fit us all and we didn't know if it would be the same on the boat.

We looked online and it seemed as though the inside 4 berth cabins had two cots so we booked and hoped for the best (actually I rang the helpline to confirm)




The day of our trip arrived and I still worried that we would be squished, and have a long sleepless night.

 The kids loved driving into the boat, they thought it was so exciting that the back of the boat was opened up and you could drive right on.

The boat starts boarding about 5pm but by the time we got on it was about 6pm so we headed straight to our room to leave our bags then headed upstairs to have a look around and grab dinner.


We dined at the Captains table (a self serve Bain mare style) option that had great variety of food, that was ready without waiting, heaps of high chairs available and reasonable prices.

Whilst we were still eating the captain informed us that we were about to leave, so my husband and Miss J, and Master L, headed out whilst I sat inside with our two youngest, to watch the boat leave port


We then headed back to our room for the kids to go to bed and settled in for the night.

The room was actually a lot bigger than I expected, with room beside the cots for us to walk around. My daughter (2) is in a toddler bed at home, but loved her special camping bed.


The rooms have their own toilet and shower which is a must with four kids.

The boat has a kid’s movie that plays at around 7pm, whilst we didn’t watch it on the way over (the big kids did on the trip home)

I settled in expecting a rough night, however the gentle waves actually helped the kids sleep, probably better than they were sleeping at home at the time.



I woke up at 6 telling us we were almost in Port, quickly got the kids dressed and headed to the car.

By far the easiest 12 hour trip we have done as the kids (and the adults) slept for most of it.

If you are going to go over on the boat I recommend a cabin and a night sale


Travelling - Domestically

Local Wildlife Park

by sarah 25. October 2014 16:52


It's amazing how you can live somewhere and never visit your great local attractions, then you get a visitor come up and all of a sudden you visit all these great places right in your own backyard.

Today we headed to our local wildlife park with my brother, his wife and her family that is visiting from overseas.

It was fantastic to see the four kids running around learning about animals, feeding kangaroos.

At $75 for our family of 6 we decided to bring along a picnic to save on lunch and all our fantastic Bubsandbeans products got a Great workout.




The wildlife park in Ballarat is a privately owned business located only 5 minutes from the heart of Ballarat, it has a great relaxed feel as you wander around with over 80 kangaroos free roaming, there is also a great variety of other animals, wombats, echidnas, reptiles, koalas, emus, crocodiles, eagles, tasmania devils.


They have a great café, but we enjoyed sitting back on one of there tables with our picnic from home. It is so great to go somewhere and be told 'bring a picnic' instead of having to fork out extra for food.


They have a huge variety of animal shows too.


 Snake Show
Koala Show
Wombat Show
Alligator Show (Saturdays) or Crocodile Show (Sundays)
Tasmanian Devil feed and Spotted-Tail Quolls Feed.
Eagle Show


At $28 for an adult,

$16 for kids (4-15)

Family 2 adults and up to 4 kids $75.00


It is definitely a fun affordable day out.



Some of my favorite products that go went with us today are

1- Our Boon LunchboxesThese snackboxes keep all your food separately, we use them for School lunches, picnics, bbqs




Suppori Sling

The Suppori sling is designed for children that can sit up. It is designed for children to sit on your hip so from about 6 months to 2 years. (Miss 2, still fits and thinks it is a lot of fun), however I use it for my 1 year old. It is handy as you are walking around as it spreads the weight over your body so makes carrying children easier. It is built in Japan, is very lightweight and fits nicely in your nappy bag. Its waterproof (not that I have much use for that today, It was warm but not that warm. There is so many colours to choose from, it is definitely something that makes my life much easier, a permanent fixture in my nappy bag. 


My retro lunchboxes

Ok realistically with my trunk and cargo lunchbox full of food this was more of a want today. I wanted chocolate at my picnic. Then again everybody needs chocolate don't they. I love the design they remind me of my childhood, playing cowboys and Indians in the backyard.






My BBOX sippy cups


I am a Bbox sippy cup tragic, I have all four colours (including duplicates of some colours) that way there is always one with me, whether home or out and about. If anyone asks me about sippy cups, transitioning from bottle to cup, I unashamedly tell everyone about them.


They are non-spill, the weighted straw means that no matter what angle they tip it up water comes out of the straw but not on them. The handle attaches to the arm of my stroller, but best of all my kids love them, and drink so much water out of them.




My BBox Nappy Wallet

The one thing I have learnt very quickly with kids is that not all places have a clean safe place to change nappies, some will have nappy change benches some wont, so I don't go anywhere without my BBox nappy wallet.  I fit plenty of wipes, two nappies, comes with its own change bench, that I think looks awesome by the way and fits perfectly in my handbag, or nappy bag depending which one I have bought with me.


Lastly I always have my Sinchies with me,

The collection of reusable pouches and bags are great as you don't always know what the rubbish bin situation would be like. As we were going to be patting kangaroos, I packed an extra bag of wipes as toddlers and animals means lots of hand washing.

They are also great for extra snacks.


Other honourable mentions that I often take with me, but didn't today are our Insulated Jars, Peppa pig mini sketch bookBabiator Sunnies 

  So pack your bags and get out an explore your local attractions like me you might find a great fun day only ten minutes from home.


Activities with Children | Travelling - Domestically

Gold Coast and Shopping.

by sarah 26. July 2014 20:32

I don't know if its because it is Holidays, but when I think of the Gold Coast 3 things come to mind.


Theme Parks 

and Shopping.

There are fantastic shopping Centres and Factory Outlets up at the Gold Coast.


Our Two favorites though are Pacific Fair and Harbour town.

By 2016 Pacific Fair is going to be even better, with a huge redevelopment underway to add an extra 30% of space for Shopping, pools making it a destination not just a shopping centre.


My other Favorite is Harbour Town, located in Biggera Waters, is the largest purpose built factory outlet, it has both brand direct outlets and specility stores.

If you want a Polo Ralph Lauren Outfit at affordable prices you can, Hugo Boss, Peter Alexander, Mimco, Couch, Nike, Levi, Cue, Tommy.




You can head also head into Bonds outlets, rivers, cotton on kids and get a huge range of clothes.



Now if you take the Vest out of the picture (It was still $25) this is what $60 got me. All Bonds ranging from size 0 to size 7. 


Where are your favorite places to shop on the Gold Coast?


Travelling - Domestically

It's all in a name.

by sarah 25. July 2014 02:09

 What is in a name?

 My children have a favourite place on the Gold Coast, it is the first place they ask to go too, after the theme parks.

 Its a little café. it doesn't have a playground, or colouring in, yes it has a kids menu but there is nothing on there that you can't find in another café. However it does have something special going for it. Do you want to know what it is.

 Its a name. Yes, the reason that we get up early on our first day of our holiday to visit a café is because of its name.

 Its name is the same as one of their cousins and so each time we visit the Gold Coast we head there.

  Thankfully for us, whilst the name is great, the food is pretty good too.



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Start travelling early.

by sarah 24. July 2014 01:57

My Tip for Parents wanting to travel with children.

 Start early.

Our first Road trip with kids was when our oldest was only ten days old from Melbourne to Batemans Bay, and since then we have taken them all over Australia, across the Nullarbor, Cape York, Alice Springs.

 Many times people ask us how we can do such large kms with our children.

Start early.  I mean this in a few ways.

Start travelling when they are young, get them used to the car, used to amusing themselves, used to looking out the window. Let them get used to sitting in there car seat for long periods of time. Used to falling asleep in the car, playing in the car.

 Start early in the Day.

 Some days you will find your kids will travel exceptionally well, other days you will stop about 5 times in 100 kms Best way to counteract this is to start early in the day, that way if you have a horrible morning, you can stop, let the kids have a good play, have lunch then start all over again.



Travelling - Domestically