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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

AC­CES­SORY OF THE WEEK

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.

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