An Instagram worthy city which is located just 150kms away from Melbourne was my weekend destination. The 4th largest city in Victoria, offers picturesque laneways, Vintage (Talking) tramways, Manicured gardens, Colonial era buildings and historical precincts.
The famous Chancery Lane and a wholesome brunch to go along with it, this lane is located right in the middle of CBD and is easy to locate. We were greeted by beautiful decorated walls and decided to settle down at the El Gordo Café over a coffee.
Vintage Talking Tram
The Vintage Talking trams is the heartbeat of Bendigo, they run across the CBD, taking you across the numerous historical landmarks of the city. Hop on and hop off anytime when you wish to make a stopover or stay on to finish the trip in just 30 mins.
Walk down 7 mins from the Bendigo Station is the visitors centre, to grab your talking tram tickets and hop on from any stop to start your journey. Our 1st stop was the Bendigo Woollen Mills. Explore the 18th century trams that no longer runs on the streets and are now on display as a part of their Vintage Collection. The famous Woollen woven trams only ran during the winter season, therefore I was unable to catch a glimpse of it.
While you settle for a cosy place in the tram, you’re taken back in time discovering the iconic architecture of the city and the Gold rush era.
Joss House Temple, Chinese community is an integral part of Bendigo history and this place is one of the few remaining of the 18th century. Understanding the cultural heritage of a city specially which has various cultural amalgamation.
Sacred Heart Cathedral was our next stop, this is one of Australia’s largest churches and is extremely beautiful. It’s massive and extends over a lush green stretch of land, on a bright sunny morning this place looks like a family hang around place.
Alexandra Fountain, Bendigo Town Hall, Pall Mall, Head post office, Hotel Shamprock, Military Museum, Myer place, Bendigo art Gallery, Golden Dragon Museum, Rosalind Park are the major historical buildings which you can’t give a miss. Located adjacent to each other these architectural wonders takes you back in time to relive the history of the era.
A day tour is too short a time to enjoy this colourful era, go ahead and explore this beautiful city of Victoria which offers something for solo or a family traveller.
With the Fashion Revolution week being around the corner, the world is gearing up to create fashion that aims to be sustainable, affordable and has a transparent supply chain.We often buy branded and non-branded clothes based on affordability and tastes without thinking about who made them. The tag “made in china” or “made in Bangladesh” rarely catches our attention.
This month marks 4th anniversary of the #whomademyclothes campaign, igniting these questions in our mind. Clothes Loop is an up and coming retailer, that has taken the initiative in Australia to redefine the way we wear fashion. They are a new online fashion store that lets you trade their products after you’re done.
The brand reports that women on average get bored with their outfits on the 3rd wear and by the 7th they discard it.
For most of us, we don’t consider that donating clothes to charity as disposing clothes, however the fact of the matter is that most of our donated clothes never find a new home and we have no clue where these unwanted garments go instead.
Facts : Around 5% of landfill is made of textiles, 95% of which can be recycled and reused.
Clothes Loop says if you’re bored of an outfit don’t discard it. Rather, make it worthwhile for a similar person to own it after you.
They’ve created a community marketplace that works on just two fundamentals, you get matched with other customers and you swap your clothes.
I have certainly considered doing a clothes swap with my friends, especially when I find outfits in their wardrobes that I simply adore. But having a retail platform, and access to everyone else’s wardrobes for exchange, with just a few clicks is indeed a bliss.
Facts: The average person buys 60 percent more items of clothing and keeps them for about half as long as 15 years ago. About 40% of the clothes are rarely or never worn
This humble initiative has been created by the founder Rose Duong and business partner Brooke Wynn, together they have the passion to promote sustainability through retainable fashion.
Facts: In USA ,10.5 million tons of clothing is sent to landfill every year, creating pollution of hazardous chemicals and greenhouse gases.
Their Launch Party was a success in raising their profile. They presented each of their future milestones and discussed the vision of the company. They’re rallying to get more supporters behind their business and members into their system.
I attended the Clothes Loop Launch with my blogger friend, the agenda of the Launch was to discuss the pathway laid down by the co-founders, had free drinks & yummy pizza’s on arrival followed by lucky draws and Goody bag giveaways. The socialising and the awareness quotient was high among the attendees and everyone was excited to join the movement like I did.
A fashion event that focuses on the core content in bringing in a change yet keeping up to the expectations of the guests.
I would like to wish Clothes Loop all the very best in their sustainable initiative and look forward in being a part of the Fashion Revolution that they are kickstarting in Australia.
The vibrant Southern Australian city of Adelaide is no less than a package of historical walk through, graphitic lanes, wildlife encounters, getting intoxicated at the wine estates and exploring the unknown beaches.
It offers something to everyone, Adelaide may be known for the world-famous Barossa Valley but there’s more to the city that makes it stand apart.
Located just appx 2 hours by flight from Melbourne, the city welcomed us with its warm and sunny weather despite the Aussie autumn
Taking a walk down the Historical lane
The vacation day 1 started with the city tour, around the cultural precinct, this place is centrally located in the Adelaide city, so just hop on the free city bus while they drop you right in front of the Cultural precinct.
Museum, Art gallery, National Anzac Memorial, Mortlock Library, Adelaide University, the Cultural arena comprises of all of these.
The huge stretch of historical buildings, does makes you feel like a tourist who has dropped into an era, where you keep admiring the beautiful architectural carvings.
Barossa Valley/ Wine Estates
Wild Life Encounter
The first-class wine region,does not allow you to be a teetotaller, just a short drive away lies more than 60 Winery estate that offers you all possible varieties of wine. The Adelaide Hills are closer to the capital city than any other wine region in the world.
Take a day tour or drive down yourself, all the wine estate is a visual retreat in themselves, drop down and you will be taken care by the bar manager with 5 variety of wines to choose from or taste all of them. I won’t get surprised, if you leave the hills intoxicated by the end of the tour, but no matter which state you are in don’t forget to carry some of these exotic wines for yourself or as a gift for someone who loves wine.
The big Rocking Horse at the Toy factory in Adelaide is considered as the no one aussie icon, a great place for school executions and family fun.
Just for 2$ you get an entry to get up and close to the Australian Wildlife and not only this, you also get to feed the Kangaroos.
Take a short tour around the Toy Factory to see how quality wooden toys are made in the working Toy Factory.
The Whispering Wall is one of Adelaide’s most interesting and playful spots. The acoustics of the Whispering Wall are responsible for the name. Words whispered from one side of the wall can clearly be heard across a 100 metre stretch and attract hundreds of visitors every year to test the walls abilities.
Victor Harbour is a countryside town, known for its scenic coastline, untouched islands, ride the Horse Drawn Tram across to Granite Island, catch one of the heritage Steam Ranger trains with the kids. Swim, surf, jet ski, snorkel, kayak, paddle or canoe around Encounter Bay’s reefs and islands.
We had our Brunch at one of the Beach cafe, their brunch menu is worth trying while you watch the waves and enjoy this slow paced countryside lifestyle.
Granite Island is home to a small colony of wild Little Penguins, who return home from their day in the ocean at dusk. The island is easily accessible by foot or by the horse cart.
This countryside town offers a visual retreat who loves architectural buildings, a well planned town which has a small township and a good no of cafes that offers you a wide range of cuisines.
Exploring Rundle Street
Indulging in Adelaide street cafes
Adelaide Botanical Gardens
The Rundle street is the place to be in Adelaide central, it has the historic charm with the modern sophistication. The best-known cafes, coffee parlours and International cuisines, the place has it all. Hot spot for party animals, this place transforms itself into the most happening corner of the city on friday night.
Grab a coffee and watch the sun go down, or catch a friend for a lunch with a glass of wine.
While you take a walk down the laneways, you could spot stunning street arts on the walls, don’t forget to get yourself click with them, wherever you spot one. If you’re a shopping freak, these laneways offers you some amazing boutiques and brands which you would love to explore.
Autumn is the best time to enjoy the colours of nature, therefore we spend the last evening of our vacation amidst the blossoms.
Take a guided walk in the Garden to collect curious botanic bits such as seedpods and leaves, then create a cute critter to take home or visit their Tropical rain forests or the Rose Garden gallery. If you don’t wish to do any of these then visit their Dalian flower section and relax in the lap of nature.
This place is highly recommended if you happen to travel with kids as one of the spots you wouldn’t like to miss.
So, if your thinking where to head this Easter with Family, dont forget to give Adelaide a try. This short vacay will give you memories to last really long and if not get a wallpaper worthy pic on from their colorful walls.