Travelling with kids can be a challenge at the best of times and, up until now, finding age appropriate activities, restaurants with healthy kids menus, and family-friendly accommodation in Australia has been a case of trial and error.

Kids Welcome to Queensland is the first in a series of guidebooks designed especially for families. It enables parents to choose appropriate experiences without wasting valuable time. Queensland is broken into seven geographic areas. In each region, activities, attractions, tours, eating establishments, places to stay and events are identified that suit people travelling with children. A unique ‘traffic light rating system indicates suitability in three different age groups – preschool, primary and teen and a companion website provides updates to the book, free downloadable treasure hunts and parent travel forums.

There is no other guide focused on family travel and this book is destined to be a stable on the shelf of families. The A5 format fits in the glove box on a family road trip, or slides in a handbag. In a no-nonsense, conversational style, Kids Welcome to Queensland takes the guess work out of a family holiday. Kids Welcome to NSW and ACT will be published early in 2011.

Easy to read reviews of activities, attractions, tours and restaurants
Contact numbers and websites accompany each review
Full colour images
Traffic light rating system indicates suitability for preschool, primary and teen
HEMA maps
Checklist of family friendly accommodation and campsites
Playgrounds, beaches and events you wont find easily online
Seven geographic sections from Brisbane to Cape York covering all of Queensland
Travel games, advice for travel

About the Author – Sarah Pye

Sarah Pyes life reads like an adventure novel. Her parents took her out of school at the age of 12 to sail around the world. Eight years later, already a qualified commercial boat captain, she left her floating home in the Caribbean to study tourism in California. An adventurous soul, Sarah has run a restaurant and a whale watch boat in Hawaii, canoed through the Canadian wilderness, created a Queensland Tourism Award winning tourism company in the Whitsundays and even found time to have a family.

In 2005 Sarah woke up one night with a passion for writing about travelling with kids. Not to let the whim pass her by, she enrolled in a Master of Communication degree at USC to learn to write. It took three years to complete her degree and along the way she ran her own brochure production business, worked as a writer at the Sunshine Coast Daily, started tutoring in journalism at USC and became the editor of Kids on the Coast magazine. IN October 2009, Sarahs first guidebook Kids Welcome to Queensland was launched at the Ginger Factory in Yandina. Now distributed nationally, it has been called “A must for every glovebox” by Sunshine Coast councillor Debbie Blumel and one of “Five top travel books” by News Limited newspapers. Kids Welcome to Queensland was feature on the Great Southeast on February 14, 2010.