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Out & About with….. Chef , TV Presenter & Author Ben O’Donoghue

Ben O'DonoghueChef, TV Presenter and author of family cookbook  “At Home”, Ben O’Donoghue is an avid traveller and dad to Ruby, Herb and Cash, Ben shares his holiday tips and memories.

Where is your favourite family holiday spot in Australia?

One of our best holidays was at the Gracetown Caravan Park in Cowaramup near the Margaret River in WA. The kids loved being able to get up and head straight to the beach. They like staying in little cabins and caravans – they get bunk beds and during the hot part of the day can get out of the sun and play inside.

Where is your favourite family holiday spot internationally?

We just had a great ski holiday in Niseko, Japan. It was awesome, though a bit stressful getting three kids aged between three and eight all dressed in their snow gear each morning! The kids went off to ski school and had lessons while my wife and I could go and enjoy the slopes. And at the end of the day they slept well and we got a break.

What’s your fondest childhood holiday memory?

I grew up in WA and every year my parents drove us from Port Headland to Yallingup in the old Valiant with everything on the roof and in a trailer and my brother would sleep in the boot when we pulled over. We’d stay six weeks on the beach in Yallingup fishing, surfing and they were always the best holidays.

What is your top tip for a family driving holiday?

Make sure you have plenty to keep the kids occupied and lots of snacks. We recently did a great driving trip from the Tweed River to Yamba in NSW in a Kia mobile home and the kids loved that. (Mind you, we could have just parked it in the driveway and they would have been happy!)

Any hints for flying with kids?

Keep them occupied with card games and colouring and take plenty of good snacks. You can’t always guarantee good food for kids on flights.

Do you prefer resorts with kids’ clubs?

I think they’re the best thing since sliced bread. We love the BIG 4 Holiday Parks because they’ve got plenty to keep the kids occupied even if it’s bad weather. If the kids are happy we’re happy.

Describe your funniest holiday moment?

In Japan we couldn’t keep the kids off the snow drifts. Herbie, our little one, was running along and ended up slipping into a somersault and landing head first. When he stuck his head out he looked like a moving snowman.


Do you have a dream family destination?

We’d like to take the kids through India and Sri Lanka for the colour and vibrancy of the culture. But we’ll have to wait until the youngest is out of nappies and our middle child is prepared to eat things that are any other colour but beige.


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