Oh, and to add to yesterday's post about Newcastle......
If you need to take your family to Newcastle, I highly recommend Bluegum Apartments in Jesmond.
Having that 3rd child makes staying anywhere almost impossible!!! You either have to get a cabin at the local caravan park, have someone sleeping on the only couch or get interconnecting rooms at a motel - effectively doubling the cost of your visit - and by taking that option you still have to eat out.
We paid $180 per night (not much more than a scabby cabin at the nearest holiday park) and our apartment was BEAUTIFUL!!!
Modern, new and spotlessly clean
HUGE living area with enough leather lounges to seat all of us
Massive kitchen complete with "laundry in a cupboard" and all the appliances you would ever need (even oil, s&p and sauces in the pantry!)
6-seater dining table
Big TV plus FREE wi-fi (yes - free!!!)
Massive & very comfy king size bed and ensuite in our room (HUGE shower!)
Girls had their own room with bathroom right next door
Only 10 minutes drive into the heart of Newcastle
Own covered off-street car parking spot
Jesmond Shopping Centre on the doorstep
Yummy chinese restaurant across the road
Minimal traffic noise
I really was super impressed!
Mum and her hubby stayed in the same complex - and although they booked a 2 bedroom apartment also, it was much smaller than ours. Still beautifully fitted out though, and great for 2 or 3 people.
But ours was twice the size - I kid you not! So ask for apartment number 27.