Georgie Watts, is the fearless wife of radio personality, comedian and SAS Australian star, Merrick Watts and mother to their two children, Kinga, 9 and Wolfie, 11. This school holidays, the family of four has taken on a challenge surely just as rigorous as an SAS exercise. They are camping out in a small, two bedroom, serviced apartment in Sydney’s Coogee, while they await their newly purchased home to be completed in a nearby suburb.
Unfortunately it’s been a particularly wet summer so far and Covid 19, has also curtailed many activities.
When the sun’s out, there’s so many things to do.
We’re all outdoors at the beach or doing coastal walks and bush walks.
The kids love the Malabar to Maroubra Headland Walk, which is in a National Park. It’s at the back of an old rifle range so there’s a lot of military bunkers. It’s winds through some proper scrubby brush when you see loads of animals, You lose yourself in the bush for 90 minutes and it’s a six kilometre loop. That’s been great but when it’s raining, the kids have just been sitting around on their screens. I think everyone is looking forward to getting back to school in three weeks’ time.
I spent my own school holidays in Rio and Singapore.
My father was in shipping, so we moved around every four years or so. I was born in London but then we went to Mumbai, which is the one place I want to return to as an adult. I feel such a pull there that I want to visit for a milestone birthday. Then I finished my high school in Singapore and went to university in Melbourne.
I set up The Window Seat blog a few years to document an epic family journey.
Some years ago we planned a road trip from Sydney to Perth. It’s a right of passage to drive from one end of Australia to the other, right? Unfortunately there were no resources for families about where to eat or stay, so I decided to start my own blog. I wanted people to know it’s great to travel with children, so don’t let that stop you from getting out and exploring.
Going on SAS Australia changed Merrick, in good ways.
No he doesn’t try to regiment us, thank goodness. But he has applied everything he learnt on the show to business. It’s very, very clever and a change of mindset. I’m so proud of that switch in him. Yes, he does get recognised everywhere and everyone has an opinion of the show. But we’re used to never have a private life ever since he’s been on radio.
Merrick now runs Grapes Of Mirth - a comedy and wine festival.
He’s actually studied wine and is a qualified sommelier but this festival is about being entertained by six different comedians as you sit back and picnic in the grounds of a winery. You lounge on the lawn, eat and drink nice wine and have a really good time with your friends.
My favourite place to visit in Australia is Port Willunga in South Australia.
We got married there at the Star Of Greece restaurant and it has incredible cliff tops, super white sand and the water is aquamarine. Dolphins swim back and forth during the day. We once had a beach house there and for over 10 years, we drove there from Sydney before it became too hard with a family of four. I would love to have another place there again. Adelaide is one of the best food and wine secrets in Australia.