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This story was shot on location by Matt Rabbidge at ‘The Cabin’, a stunning new property by Byron Beach Abodes.
A spicy slice of Mexico on Australia’s east coast!
Midway between Sydney and Byron Bay we swung by to explore Casa Mio Surf Hacienda! Brand new to Airbnb and unique as they come, this great property has lovely, fun vibe.
Set on 3 acres just 5mins from the popular surfing village of Crescent Head. The spacious casa can accomodate up to 16 people and the tree lined private yard is perfect for events or weddings.
The styling of the property is relaxed with white adobe walls, internal and external cactus gardens and outdoor fire pits.
Our favourite spot was the upstairs main bedroom, sipping on a tea from the hammock on the sunlight balcony.
Casa Mio is the perfect spot to spend some down time with family and friends.
Gather foods from roadside stalls and local supermarkets before you arrive. We made tacos on the BBQ (and margarita’s) on the first evening we stayed.
Bring your surfboard, there are some great waves in the area both at the points and open beaches surrounding the casa.
The river by the camp grounds is also a popular swimming spot for the kids.
The east coast of Australia is full of gorgeous towns and beaches. Take it slow. From Sydney to Byron Bay you may also like to stop in at Bellengin for its lovely town, great cafes (including our favourite Qudo), cosmic locals and swimming holes.
Valla (Headband Cafe), Yamba (Beachwood Cafe or The Pacific Hotel), Angourie (Yum Yum’s and Cafe Angourie), Lennox Head (Shelter) are also perfect areas to stop a while, enjoy a swim, a cafe or pub lunch or a simple picnic with a great vista.
Crescent Head is situated approx 5hrs drive from Sydney and 4hrs from Byron Bay.
Family time… as our days seem to get busier and busier I find myself already carving out dates and events in the calander to just make more of it… It may be as simple as a rainforest walk, a picnic, a camping trip or in this case a train trip to the country!
Last weekend we took the scenic route from Armidale to Tamworth with NSW TrainLink. A smooth service that’ll wind you through the New England tablelands to take in a vista of sheep and cattle grazing properties, mountain escarpments dotted with tall gums and sweet little townships surrounded by wineries and artisan makers.
On the 1.5hr stretch you can relax, have fun, take in a movie, snack on foods including local bush snack foods ‘Dreamtime Tuka’ or in our case you can take in a live show… Delilah and her mixed bag of nursery rhymes (all sung in monotone) with matching dance moves.
We timed our journey with The Taste of Tamworth local food festival which was incredible for kids. We also stayed at a quaint Airbnb just walking distance to town and the train station.
Dine at Pig & Tinderbox
Breakfast at Sonny’s Bakery
Explore the incredible Hopscotch Park – a kids wonderland!
Other stays include the lovely Goonoo Goonoo station
And Ruby’s cafe with a courtyard and play area perfect for the kids.
We ventured to Victoria recently in search of some beautiful stays, this one found on a quite side street in the leafy suburb of Warrandyte certainly stole our hearts.
This mud brick and timber abode is the incredibly stylish work of Melbourne architect Alistair Knox who’s other homes and installations can be found around and about the outskirts of Melbourne city.
The dedication to mid century style is continued right through the furnishings, selected artworks and ceramics.
Complete with a 3 bedroom home and additional, sunlit artists cabin this property is perfect for families or a small group of friends. There is ample toys and books for the kids too.
Flocks of colourful native birds are drawn to the property daily. The host will leave seed out for you to feed and welcome them down from the trees. Sit back on the large veranda and take in the show.
The Yarra river flows directly behind the property. Walk to the bottom of the block, make a left and find your own spot on the bank. Stay for a picnic under the sprawling gums and a cheeky dip in the fresh water. Heavenly!
Our chosen breakfast nook was ‘Second Home Eltham‘ approx a 20min drive from the property but 100% worth it. Note the stunning building when you go, its built by the very same architect.
Liptrap loft is one of those spaces you immediately fall for. Its humble, its unpretentious, its cozy and welcoming all in one.
A handmade fusion of recycled materials and Japanese architecture gives this home a humble, loved and lived in feel.
The Japanese style private bathhouse was one of my favourite features of the space. Pure relaxation (once the kids were in bed!).
There is also a rustic outdoor rainwater shower powered by the sun, perfect for washing off after long days at the beach.
The space does feel like more of a cabin, yet there is 3 large beds and room for 6 comfortably.
Liptrap Loft would be particularly beautiful in the winter with the large wood fire burning in the lounge area.
My favourite spot to sit was in the kitchen, peering out through the grape vines across the 5 acre property – watching the sunrise and the light change. The soft glow of the sun filling the home with warmth.
In the evening flocks of black cockatoos fly right over the cabin, calling out to one another as they glide home through the pink clouds.
Not too far from home you’ll discover some incredible walks and sights. Cape Liptrap is just one of many. The quaint towns and beaches which make up the South Gippsland areas such as Sandy Point, Wakerville and Fish Creek really stole our hearts away.
We loved the tasty toasted sandwiches from the Wakerville kiosk. Sit and eat them in the shade by the ocean surrounded by Rosella birds.
Afternoons at Anderson’s Inlet for cool swims in the clear, still water, fish n chips and ice blocks.
Do visit ‘Alison Lester’s Gallery and bookshop’ in Fish Creek (the author of Delilah’s favourite children’s books), we ate at ‘Gecko Gallery and Cafe’.
Stop through Korumburra for lovely cafe and general store ‘Udder and Hoe’. Yummy food by the seaside. We ordered breakfast burritos and a cold kombuchas.
Pop Koonwarra into the GPS too. Here you will find ‘Koonwarra local store and cafe’ with a lovely outdoor garden. ‘Millie and Romeo’s’ a country style bake house and last but not least ‘The Wine Farm’ is just down the road. Pick up some great organic wines to take home or drink in the bath back at the loft!
Nearby Wilson’s Promontory is a must see (unfortunately it was closed due to fires whist we were visiting the area). You must book camping/cabins here well in advance.
Liptrap Loft is located 2hrs South East of Melbourne Airport. I couldn’t say more great things about this sweet spot and the natural wonderland which surrounds it. Our little family had a perfect stay x
MEXICO with Sarah Shabacon and her beautiful boys Isaac and Ziggy.
Tell us about your latest family trip to MEXICO!
This is the second year I’ve taken off to Mexico with my sons right before their birthdays and it’s now a tradition I plan to carry on forever.
Where did you stay?
At the Krystal Vallarta Beach Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
Highlights of the trip?
Just getting to forget about tidying the house or cooking dinner and work. I get to take them and all their beauty in, it’s really all about bonding and learning more about these beautiful boys of mine!
Do’s and dont’s?
Do pack only the essentials and don’t over plan your time away. Sometimes the best discoveries and most treasured moments come from a last minute decision.
Your favourite packing essentials?
I always bring a big linen throw from Dazed But Amazed for the beach, I sun bathe on it, Ziggy naps on it in the shade and Isaac uses it to wipe saltwater from his eyes. It’s honestly such a purposeful item to pack. I also like to bring a Sunday Supply Co. Umbrella which ships as an oversized item and most times costs us nothing extra because they assume it’s a playpen! Hopefully this doesn’t jinx that..Lastly there is an Eco Beach Toy Set that’s biodegradable that I bought for the trip that is so well loved!
Any wise words for families attempting MEX for the first time?
Brush up on your Spanish and don’t be afraid to live like a local and get to know the locals. Some of the best meals we’ve ever had abroad were because locals recommended them or made them for us!
You travel a lot – where else have been a stand out destination for you and where are you off to next?
Travel is our family bonding time because of our demanding schedules for work, even though my husband and I went without the boys, Croatia was a stand out. We stayed in a beach town called Cavtat and had the best meals our our lives in Old Dubrovnik (fresh truffle pasta). We’re travelling to Aruba in April all together for 2 weeks and cannot wait!
Getting there and around?
We flew into the Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Jalisco and the sweetest man in his eighties(!) picked us up with rose water face cloths and water bottles for the boys.
The Malecón – it’s a mile long walk along the seaside that is sprinkled with all forms of artists, food vendors serving up fresh tacos, artisans selling their creations and performers.
Huichol Art – A museum of Mexican Folk Art by the Indigenous Huichol.
Sayulita – Although we didn’t have enough time to visit Sayulita, my inbox was flooded with recommendations to visit the small surf town. It’s enough to make me want to visit again just to experience the energy there
Sum up travelling with kids in one sentence for us…
The only way to do it is to embrace the magical and the difficult moments as if they were all the same.
A summer in Wanda the retro caravan. A journey with stylist Claudia Martin and her family.
Tell us how you spent these summer holidays with your family?
We decided to spend the entire summer in our 1962 Franklin vintage caravan, exploring the South Coast of NSW and the Victorian Coastline. We’ve always wanted to explore more of Australia and an almost 3 month trip was the best option for us right now. It’s given us a real taste of what it would be like to do an entire lap of Australia!
Highlights of your big trip?
So many! But mostly just being able to escape reality for a while and really spend some quality time together away from the regular daily stresses.
Spotting wildlife and seeing my girls get excited to see seals, penguins and koalas was also a big highlight. They were so curious about all the animals and we did so much research and learnt so many things along the way.
And of course taking in the beautiful scenery. We really loved hiking up to Mt Kosciuszko on New Years Day, visiting the amazing Wilson’s Promontory and driving along the beautiful Great Ocean Road. We went as far as Port Fairy and really enjoyed our time in that sweet little town.
Do’s and dont’s of a caravanning trip?
You always need a lot less than you think you do, so pack lightly.
Do keep things as easy as possible when travelling with kids! We haven’t exactly been roughing it this trip, we’ve stayed at great caravan parks with clean amenities, hot showers and fun playgrounds. A good caravan park can be kid heaven, so Wikicamps will become your best friend.
Do invest in a good bed for the caravan. It makes all the difference in the world.
Don’t plan things too far ahead. We didn’t book or really lock anything and we were able to organise our destinations as we went along. It gives you flexibility to stay longer in places you really love.
Do ask locals for advice when you arrive in town, they’ll be full of helpful tips.
Favourite packing essentials?
A good coffee machine!
Bikes, scooters and surf boards.
Board games and cards to play before bed.
Books. I’ve miraculously been able to catch up on a lot of reading.
And lots of snacks to keep the kids occupied in the car!
Any wise words for families attempting a road trip for the first time?
You won’t be able to see and do everything you’d perhaps like to, just keep it simple and go with the flow. We didn’t want to spend huge days in the car, it was more about taking things slowly and exploring the small towns along the way. When you’re on the road for a while, you need the kids to feel pretty comfortable and settled. We allowed ourselves plenty of travel time, so that we never felt rushed or were setting up in the dark.
Luxury hotel or caravan road trip, which one would you choose?
A caravan trip, but only if you’re travelling with the entire family! The beauty of a caravan is that you don’t need to do too much setting up, need to pack & lug bags around and the kids feel like the caravan is their home, so no matter where you are they feel settled and comfortable. But I definitely wouldn’t say no to a night or 2 in a luxurious hotel on my own right about now!
Where to next?
Portugal in a couple of months! We’re about to do the complete opposite of what we’ve just experienced, so fingers crossed we can still keep the slower pace going in Europe too.
Follow more of Claudia and her lovely little family adventures here x
Shop Small // AMEX Experience
The best thing about putting together our BIG new guide to Byron Bay is playing the tourist in my own home town and supporting local business!
That’s whatAmerican Express Shop Small month is all about – shining a light on the small businesses that make our communities great, and giving thanks to the hard-working merchants at the heart of those businesses.
I’m excited to team up with American Express to share my pick of the best small businesses in Byron Bay – all the while spoiling myself and our little family in our own neighbourhood.
‘WE ARE PAMPA’
Nesting! The feeling is real. I spent hours at one of my favourite local stores @wearepampa (easy to do by the way) to source a new rug for the baby’s room. I ended up buying two!
‘SPELL AND THE GYPSY’
With a newly renovated boutique which opened its doors in early Nov, Spell and The Gypsy’s space is more beautiful than ever before. Their hugely successful bohemian clothing line captures the essence of Byron lifestyle. Its easy to fall in love with this carefree brand (and fill your suitcase to the brim!).
‘RAE’S ON WATEGOS’
My favourite thing about staycations is pretending you live this life full time. This boutique hotel based on the sands of Wategos Beach is a luxe as it comes. Rae’s rooms styled by the likes of ‘Lucy Folk’ are divine, the food is delicious and there’s a brand new secret cellar bar offering a range of great cocktails, (milktails in her case) and local wines.
‘THE BLUE OLIVE’ & ‘SUN BISTRO’
We filled our basket full of our favourite bits and pieces from local gourmet stores – brie cheese, olives, fresh bread and cold beer (for the husband) and headed for a picnic. It’s a short stroll from the carpark to the lighthouse, we perched ourselves here at Australia’s most easterly point to watch passing whales until the sun began to set. What a vista!
A fairly new comer to town is this sweet nook, tucked away just off bay lane @lightyearsbyronbaywe go for the steamed bao buns then always stay for the salted coconut margaritas – could you blame us?
Who knows how much longer we will be a girlie duo before bub number two comes along…? So I took Delilah out to dinner to celebrate her “becoming the best big sister around”. Plus I’ll always make any excuse to come to @barriobyronbay, Chef Francisco’s Argentinian inspired food is just THE BEST!
Now it’s your turn to get involved in Shop Small month. You can go in the draw to win a $5,000 Helloworld travel voucher, simply by shouting out your favourite small business. Post to Instagram explaining in 75 words or less why this business your Shop Small Fave and you could win a voucher for both you and your nominated merchant. Tag #ShopSmallFave, #ShopSmallAU and @americanexpress to enter, and make sure your profile is set to public! Competition closes November 14, with winners announced November 21. T&Cs apply.
All images by Matt Rabbidge.