What’s your favorite staycation destination? This is one of ours…

Kyneton The Urban MaKyneton Bushland Resort For over three decades our family has been enjoying staycations at the Kyneton Bushland Resort. Now with our little bubbas, a new generation has started enjoying the family tradition of staying at these self contained cabins surrounded by gum trees, kangaroos and all inclusive activities keeping us outdoors and active.

Canoeing
Tennis
Mini golf
Swimming
Squash
Bike rides
Playgrounds
BBQ areas and more

As a child I always remember papa playing tennis and us kids with family friends and relatives riding our hired bikes from one activity to the other. For a treat we’d go into Kyneton’s town centre for some sweets at the local bakeries. Now we love checking out all the cafes and cute little boutiques on Piper street. Definitely a family friendly place to visit and can’t wait for many more decades of outdoor fun!

Where are your favourite family staycations? You know, those places that are a home away from home and not too far away!
I’d love some suggestions on other great places to visit.

The Urban Ma BBQ time at KynetonIMG_0198 IMG_0203 Cozy houseLazing around in our comfy cabin

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Cafes and donuts in Gisborne

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The Oval Cafe – 30 Aitken st, Gisborne

With the sun finally shining after a few days of nonstop rain, we went for a drive to the town of Gisborne. When I first visited this pretty, little town I was expecting to find chunky homemade pies and friendly country residents however even after over 6 years of lunching in Gisborne I am yet to find that pie. Instead there are a handful of cafes serving what tastes like frozen or ready-made cakes, pies and savoury meals.

This week I ate at the Oval Cafe while catching up with a friend. A young, friendly waitress greeted us at the door and seated us at a table whilst another saw that we had a baby and quickly got us a highchair 🙂 I wasn’t expecting much of the food or the service but was pleasantly surprised when we didn’t have to wait too long for our cappuccinos to come out and the chicken and lamb kebabs we ordered tasted fresh and juicy – juicier than the kebabs in the Brimbank Central food court anyways. The fries were warm but not hot and I left wishing I got the wedges instead. There weren’t to many patrons in the cafe and it didn’t have the warm, small town hospitality that I’d expect, perhaps because it’s not so much a small town these days.

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Giz Donuts – Gisborne Village Shopping Centre, 22 Brantone st, Gisborne

Ok now this place I can definitely recommend you visit! Gisborne’s answer to Footscray’s jam donuts! A humble little shop in the village shopping centre, Giz Donuts serve made to order cinnamon donuts and they are so good you’ll want to drive out here just to get your fingers on them! Soft but also slightly crunchy and served hot, straight from the fryer, I suggest you order at least 6 of these sugar and cinnamon donuts. Two for now, two for later, and another two for a midnight snack with a glass of milk.. YUMMMMM!! Very friendly and efficient service. Make sure you check out Giz Donuts if you’re ever in town or even if you’re driving up the Calder Freeway, take a detour into Gisborne and grab yourself some cinnamon goodness 🙂

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Can you recommend any good places to try in Gisborne? I’d love to hear any tips!