Esperance – Amazing Beaches in the Hot or Cold

It had been a long time since we last visited Esperance, in the south of Western Australia. It is a beautiful destination, though the long distance from Perth means we don’t go there often. To break up the drive, and also to visit another place on our wish list, we stopped over about half way …

It’s Not All Bad – the Wood’s Annual Letter 2020

What a crazy year this has been, for everyone I am sure! We have had some significant challenges this year, but we’re trying to take the positive out of it, and the only way is up from here. Firstly Clare lost her job at the WACA, then our big planned half loop of Australia in …

A Family Holiday to Coral Bay

After spending a week at Karijini National Park, we headed west to what is called the Coral Coast, for another week camping at Coral Bay. Coral Bay has been on our Aussie wish list for quite a while, and now that we have our van, and international travel is not on due to the coronavirus …

2019 Annual Letter: Highs and a Low

Here is the highly anticipated annual letter form the Woods of Perth. It has been a year of mostly highs, but a death in the family was a significant low for us this year and made us reflect on the importance of family and life balance. With the children rapidly growing up and the occasional aches and pains …

Good Times in Phuket Old Town

Before booking this holiday, we thought of Phuket as full of touristy beach resorts, which is not really our kind of holiday. So we were excited to discover there is much more to Phuket than just the beaches. After a few days in Kata Beach, it was time for us to experience some of that culture and …

Lazy Days at Kata Beach, Phuket

We had not been back to Thailand since we first visited Bangkok and the north of the country as a couple in 2006. Visiting the more touristy southern beaches was never a priority even then. However, when we came across cheap flights to Thailand during the school holidays, we could not resist going back to …

NZ South Island: Scenery, Wildlife and Adventure

We are into the second week of our tour of New Zealand, which is not nearly enough time to see it all. We have split our time between the north and south islands, trying to get a good snapshot of the whole country. During our time spent in the south, we made our way from …

A Week of New Zealand’s North Island: Culture & Nature

New Zealand had been on our travel wishlist for a long time, and after constant prompting from our oldest son, we finally took the plunge and crossed the ditch. There are direct flights to get us there from Perth, but as usual, we went with the cheapest flights (how do you think we can afford …