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The Most Magical Place on Earth

The Most Magical Place on Earth

Sir David Attenborough called it the 'most magical place on earth' and I would have to agree with him.  Our family was fortunate enough to take a holiday recently to Heron Island, and we have all voted it our 'Best Holiday Ever!'.  

Our journey to Heron Island was a relatively harrowing one, with lengthy traffic delays, some off road 'rally' driving to ensure we made it to the boat on time despite the highway being shut, and travel sickness thrown in for good measure - but one step on the island washed away the days tribulations and had us all declaring "let's stay another night". 

Pristine white sand, crystal clear aquamarine waters and an abundance of incredible wildlife.  When we first arrived we took a leisurely sunset stroll around the island at sunset spotting turtles and stingrays, and wading in shallow bays with baby shovel nose sharks swimming over our feet.

The view outside our room

The island itself is situated on the Great Barrier Reef, which means you can snorkel right off the island, which makes it perfect for snorkelers young and old.  We were able to snorkel with sharks (the non-human eating variety!), giant sea turtles, majestic giant stingrays and thousands of colourful and interesting sea creatures living amongst the beauty of the coral garden.  The island is a green zone, meaning the seal life are protected, plentiful, and seemly unperturbed by our intrusion into their world. 

This is not a stock photo - this is our photo of our swimming buddy!

Every season offers something different from turtle hatching, whale spotting to a wide variety of breeding birdlife migrating to the island at different times of the year - there is always plenty to explore.

The nature itself is spectacular and to make it even more perfect there is no television or mobile reception, meaning no interruptions or distractions - pure bliss.   If you're looking for a luxury holiday sipping expensive champagne on the beach than this probably isn't for you, but if you want to explore one of the worlds natural wonders up close with the kids then it would be impossible to beat. 

Spring is Here and it's Time to Get School Holiday Ready!

Spring is Here and it's Time to Get School Holiday Ready!

If you're family is anything like ours the words "school holidays" fills you with both excitement and dread!  So to help our Sandy Feet Families out we thought we'd share some of our favourite sites with cool ideas for activities with the kids.   

School holidays are a great opportunity for a break from the routine and for the kids to get a rest and enjoy some much needed time outside but then the panic sets in over "what are we going to do!" Below are some links to a few great ideas to ensure you don't hear "Mum, we're bored" this school holidays.
 

DIY Kids Crafts & Games - Good housekeeping have provided some great ideas to  keep the kids off tablets, phones etc with chalk, sponges, washi tape and other DIY ideas that won't leave you with a mega mess afterward.

Best Beach Games - We love these 21 fun and active games for kids to play at the beach from Active For Life. There is something in there for everyone, and you don't even have to get wet!

Cooking With Kids - Okay I have to admit this always ends up a bit messy in our house, but it's still a great activity in the holidays when we have a bit more time available for meal prep. BBC Good Food have some delicious and easy recipes that can be made with the kids. If you would prefer a bit of fun in the kitchen, there is an almost never ending list of ideas for cooking with kids over at kidspot.

Local Activities  - we always consult with our local "Kids on the Coast" magazine for their school holiday guide. It's a great resource to find out whats happening in your local area. This link is for Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. Check your local area guides for what is on near you.

Nature Scavanger Hunt - these are a great idea to get kids out of the house and interested in nature, and best of all they don't cost anything and are easy to organise.  Check out this article a Parents.com for some inspiration.

 

If like us, many of your school holiday activities involve water, we're offering FREE EXPRESS POST on all orders over $50 to make sure your swimwear gets to you on time. 

 

Retro Cool Has Arrived!

Retro Cool Has Arrived!

Welcome to the Sandy Feet Australia 2017/18 Collection, where the blissful lifestyle enjoyed by our Aussie kids marries with the retro cool of our Scandinavian design heritage. Sandy Feet Australia will have kids diving into summer in style!

Stylish graphic prints, retro stripes, and super cute toucans all feature in the gorgeous new Collection from one of Australia’s favourite kids swimwear designers. 

Sandy Feet Australia swimwear is simple yet stunning. Inspired by the stunning surrounding of our Noosa coast line, we have a swimwear range sporting our trademark vivid colours and bold designs.  We select only the highest quality material, in comfortable age appropriate designs, perfectly suited to active youngsters. Most importantly, in our climate and with our lifestyle, Sandy Feet Australia swimwear offer UPF50+ protection that lasts.

This latest collection says retro-cool.  It’s a stylish mix and match range with Anita describing her design philosophy for the upcoming season, “The new collection offers a perfect opportunity to have some fun and select mismatched but coordinated graphics and prints – giving your kids a playful but stylish look, plus the advantage of being able to add additional garments piece by piece as the season progresses or as the need arises.”

Significantly, all Sandy Feet Australia kids swimwear is UPF50+, Chlorine Proof, Quick Dry and won’t fade or stretch over time. Children in Australia spend more time in the sun and water than almost anywhere else in the world. The unique quality found in Sandy Feet garments means your swimwear will retain its UPF50+ value, shape and vibrancy no matter how often your kids use it.

Anita explains “A lot of swimwear now carries the UPF50+ tag.  However, the majority are not chlorine proof and the result is the UPF50+ protection is significantly downgraded as the material deteriorates.  Tests conducted by ARPANSA have shown our swimwear has maintained its UPF 50+ rating after 5 years of use. We are proud to guarantee our swimwear for 12 months, so parents know they are giving the best possible sun protection for their children at the outset, but also as the hot summer months roll on”.

The boys’ collection features a striking marlin motif, super-cool kombis, Noosa inspired whales on an icy blue background all matched with classic stripes.  It includes long and short sleeve rashies, board shorts, swimshorts and hats.

The girls’ collection comes alive with a stunning rainbow geo design, cool stripes, a bold retro-red leaf,  balanced by a softer mint pebble spiral and cute pink toucans which are sure to be a favourite.  It includes long and short sleeve rashies, swimsuits, bikinis, swimshorts and reversible bucket hats.

Sandy Feet is 100% Australian owned and operated, designed for play and made to last!

 

Kids Swimwear Retro Kombi

Retro Cool - Kombi Road Trip

As Australians, how can we not pay homage to the beloved Kombi van! It is everything we could've wished for and more. We had so much fun with this cool Kombi at our recent photo shoot for the new range that it got us thinking about the ultimate retro family holiday!

Australia has had a long love affair with the beloved Kombi since the first Volks Wagons arrived on our shores back in 1951. Australia was one of the first in the world to start the Volks Wagon owners Club. We had been bitten by the bug! In 1954 the Kombi was produced from complete knockdown kits out of a factory in Melbourne. With full Australian manufacture of both the Beetle and Kombi occurring from 1959 to 1968. We loved it for so many reasons but the main one of course that it enabled a lifestyle we adored. A lifestyle that was centred around surfing, travelling and friends. We’d gather a group of friends, throw the surfboards in and head for the coast. It was idyllic especially as our Australian shores staged perfect surf conditions. Some of the most popular surfing mecca’s of the time stretched along the NSW coastline from Bateman’s Bay to Byron Bay. Though no matter where you were as long as you were surfing you were living the dream. By the 1960’s Australia had fallen head over heels in love with surfing and the vehicle that could carry your trusty boards and mates. It didn’t get better than this. Freedom, friends, surfing, living …

A lot has changed since the sixties and thank goodness we are now more sun smart! You can still live the dream with companies hiring out kombi’s to recreate that magical retro family holiday. With a record breaking sale believed to have reached over $200,000 for an immaculately restored Kombi, its certainly a cheaper option! There are companies who now offer self drive holidays so you can throw in the kids, boards and of course your favourite sandy feet swimmers and head off to that favourite iconic beach holiday site to create some unforgettable experiences with your kids.

So checkout the Kombi hire options in the local area of your next holiday destination and consider a road trip, we guarantee you'll have lots of fun, our kids loved it!

 

 
A big thank you to Jenny and Michael at  Deluxe Kombi Service for sharing their passion with us.

Noosa Bushland

Go Bush in Winter - You Never Know What You Might Find!

Here at Sandy Feet Australia, we are passionate about enjoying the outdoors - not just in summer.  After spending time bushwalking in the school holidays, the team at Sandy Feet Australia  thought we'd share our experiences and provide you with some inspiration for enjoying the outdoors this winter.

We think winter is a great time to head for the hills and enjoy some of the diverse Australian bushland with the kids. The beautiful crisp mornings, fog igniting your every breath, morning frost spreading over the ground, the sun slowly rising, you feel alive. So put on an extra jumper, wrap a scarf around the kids and head outdoors for some adventure. You don’t have to embark on the “Great Trails” to enjoy bushwalking. Some of the most memorable adventures for kids are right on your doorstep. The key is to step into their world, lose time, any logic and allow yourself to fall down the rabbit hole. As you begin your bush walk the kids might be a little reluctant until…you stop, look down and notice an animal foot print on the track. Sure it may look like a paw print from a dog, but look again, is it? Could it be a wild dog, dingo, a wombat or maybe a small marsupial fossicking for food, or perhaps it’s that elusive Australian drop bear. Allow your imagination to run wild and watch as the kids unravel theirs. Kids are naturally curious, all you have to do is plant the seed and they will do the rest. Bushwalking isn’t a race, a test or a challenge it is simply adventure and the kids will love it. And if they love it, chances are, you will too. Soak up the atmosphere, smell the Australian bush, search for local wildlife from insects and butterflies to wallabies with joeys, there is bound to be a creature making a home somewhere around you. It’s a treat to allow ourselves to simply be present in the moment. Enjoy whatever it is that your adventure shares with you. Who knows what your will discover, I hear there’s a mysterious black panther on the loose…!

If your looking for some practical advice to get started, the people at OUTDORIA, and Our Global Adventures, provide some great tips for bushwalking with the kids.