Family travel snap: Lonely Planet Pathfinder Christine Knight

This month we’re catching up with Christine Knight, who – in her own words – loves to travel, eat cake, photograph her daughter and dream big!

She especially likes sharing ideas for things to do in her home cities of New York and Sydney, and she’s a big advocate for turning every moment into an adventure for your kids. Christine blogs about all this and more on


What’s the story behind this photo?

My daughter is investigating a rock pool at Austinmer Beach, on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. The beach is about an hour and a half’s drive out of Sydney and is renowned for its rock pools and the vibrant sea life in them.

We often think kids need to be entertained at all times with child-specific things such as toys or playgrounds, but this day at the rock pools was a beautiful reminder of how little kids need to be happy. My daughter is obsessed with sea life and got such a kick out of seeing creatures that she has only read about in books or seen on Octonauts ( We spent hours at the rock pools watching tiny fish swim and sea snails twirl, and prodding urchins with leaves to make them close up in the water.

We were starving after spending hours on the beach, so we had afternoon tea at the little Austi Cafe across the road. They were about to close up for the day but had three freshly baked scones left that they served us with jam and cream. We’re cake lovers so this was the perfect end to a lovely day!

Kid’s perspective

From my daughter, aged four: ‘It was the best day ever! I liked the animals in the pools the best. I saw crabs and anemones and barnacles’.

Christine’s tips for visiting Austinmer Beach with kids

1) Dress kids appropriately for exploring the rock pools: bring extra clothes for when they fall in! Hats and sunscreen are a must too.

2) Approach the rock pools with caution: sharp rocks, slippery surfaces and rough waves can make the area dangerous.

3) Also remember that the rock pools are full of animals, so be gentle; before removing any shells from the water, be sure there aren’t any creatures living inside them.

Where’s next on your family travel bucket list?

We are off to North America for five weeks in June. We will be travelling through Hawaii, Wyoming, New York and California.

Lastly, complete the sentence:

When we shut the front door ready to go and travel as a family, we always…

…take passports, a camera, and a pack of baby wipes. There’s almost no situation that a wet wipe can’t fix.

Christine is a Lonely Planet Pathfinder and blogs at Follow her on Twitter @christineknight.

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