The Kids from Snowy River: “There are many ways to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. One of the most rewarding is from the back of a horse.
Aussie and world folklore is rich with horse stories. The 40,000 Horsemen, The Man from Snowy River and Gallipoli feature hordes of brave horses and riders in heroic action. Then there’s National Velvet, The Black Stallion and even The Saddle Club to pull at our heartstrings.”
Water Safety: “The water quickly rushed up past my head, muffling my pathetic screams. My skinny arms flailed uselessly as I tried to get a grip on anything at all. I managed one or two more panicked, gurgling yelps, but I was going under.”
Mummy, I feel sick: “The bane of any travelling parent has to be travel sickness. Some adults seem to be acutely susceptible to travel and motion sickness but it is especially so with children, mainly because they are unable to recognise the symptoms and do not know how to respond.”
Calling Super Nanny: “Every parent has to deal with children’s ‘tanties’. Yelling, screaming and the occasional foul language are bad enough at home, but a nightmare scenario when travelling. Unruly children will spoil your own holiday and if you’re travelling with a group, can have adverse effects on your companions.”
Biggles flies again: “Nothing beats the sound of a huge radial engine as it bursts into life. The raw noise immediately creates an aura of excitement and anticipation.”
All Aboard!: “Every boy loves a steam train and it seems girls are pretty keen on the noisy coal-fired monsters too.”
Back to nature with ecotourism: “Once upon a time, staying at a caravan park or campground was a hit-and-miss affair. Musty cabins, smelly shower blocks and grumpy caretakers are what many of us remember of caravanning in the ’60s, ’70s and even ’80s.”
Lost and Found
Busy shopping malls, unfamiliar surroundings and crowded airports can be intimidating places. Losing kids in the middle of all that is downright nerve-wracking.