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NEW ZEALANDBORN Cathy Wagstaff has spent more than 20 years working in the publishing industry. As the editor of Holidays withKids magazine and website, she has been able to combine her three passions in life: family, travel and publishing. She travels regularly in Australia, and internationally once or twice a year, often with her daughters, Cara and Lisa. www.holidayswithkids.com.au. Turon Gates is a mountain escape, 21/ hours from Sydney CBD, between Lithgow and Mudgee. The property has horses to ride, rivers to cross and mountains to climb. www.turongates.com. I ALWAYS PACK My Nikon Coolpix camera. It fits into my handbag, is light and the photo quality is exceptional. It beats lugging around all that heavy-duty camera equipment. www.nikon.com.au. Sharon Fowler WEARABLEART, NELSON, NZ This NZ gallery is also known as WOW and it certainly has this factor. The annual fashion show in Wellington (from September 21-30) is incredible: truly art in motion. In the same permanent collection at Nelson there is a classic car exhibition and a gallery displaying the work of some of NZ’s finest artists. www.worldofwearableart.com. www.wowcars.co.nz. SAMSARA, SYDNEY In Sanskrit, Samsara means perpetual wandering and that is what this shop’s buyers have done. Samsara is a treasure trove for pieces to enhance the home or sensational gifts for special friends. www.samsarafurniture.com.au. BORDERS BOOK STORES Where else can you grab a cup of coffee and read magazines from around the world. Even better, it’s you asking the kids, ‘‘ Can we go there now?’’ www.borders.com.au. LE COCO BEACH, MAURITIUS My daughters’ favourite hotel is Le Coco Beach Mauritius. The whole property is colourful, vibrant and fun with absolutely the best children’s club program in the world. www.lecocobeach.com. MEXICO; JIMBARAN BAY, BALI Cara and Lisa say their favourite place to eat is at a real Mexican restaurant in Mexico; or dining on the beach watching the sunset at Jimbaran Bay in Bali. www.visitmexico.com. www.tourismindonesia.com. MILFORD SOUND, NZ Take a cruise on Milford Sound: fjords, sheer rock faces, abundant waterfalls and the bluest of blue water. Dolphins, penguins and seals are the local inhabitants. It is so spectacularly silent and surreal. www.fiordland.org.nz. TURON GATES, NSW
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BRITISH company Trunki has put the fun into travelling with its awardwinning rideon, pull-along suitcase. The child’s case is made from durable plastic and features horn-shaped grips, a comfortable saddle, integrated wheels, secure and sturdy catches, and stabilisers to prevent overexcited tots from toppling off. It also has a towing handle, identification tag and shoulder strap. There are three suitcases in the Trunki range: Trixie (pink), Terrance (blue) and the newly released Towgo (green, with some additional features). $64.95 (or $69.95 for Towgo); www.trunki.co.uk.