72 hours in Hobart, here are the 7 must see places:
As I am a fortnight away from birthday, I thought to reminisce my last year’s birthday trip to Hobart, Australia.
Perched at a 45 mins light from Melbourne, this Capital city has a list of things to offer, especially if you’re travelling with a kid.
We embarked on a 72-hour long journey to this city last year in September, it’s supposed to be Spring this time of the year. However, the temperatures in Hobart are a couple of degrees lesser compared to that of Melbourne. So, if you think of carrying your Spring clothes along, let me remind you that you will be shivering for sure.
Franklin Square is an oak lined public space in Central Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.This is the CBD of Hobart and all the major Public buses run from here connecting the suburbs.It is named after a John Franklin, a former Governor of Tasmania. It and Hobart Town Hall were built on the site of the former government house of Tasmania.
Lush Green Lawn, with the Franklin Fountain, is a great spot to unwind and soak up the atmosphere of Hobart.Perfect place for a day tour and family picnics, the adjourning cafes offers a great variety of cakes and coffees to go along.
There’s a Visitors centre across the road too, in case you wish to collect further information about the city.
A remarkable day tour, that takes you through Coles Bay, Freycinet National Park and Swansea, before you arrive at the Wine Gass Bay, Hobart. Book a day tour or drive yourself, I would highly recommend taking a guided tour as they take you through all the historical precinct which you might miss out if you drive yourself.
While driving to the Wine Glass Bay, which approximately takes 5 hours, makes a stopover at the Coles Bay. The views are stunning, so make sure to have a 30mins standby at this place, a part of the Freycinet National Park is visible from here.
“Travel Tip Fishing and boating, bushwalking, sea kayaking, rock climbing, sun and sand, and spectacular coastal scenery, there are ample of things you can do over here.”
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#Up & Close with Wallabies
While trekking down the Wineglass bay don’t miss out to get up & Close with the wallabies. They are extremely friendly and your little ones can feed them while you enjoy the views.
As the name suggests, Honeymoon Bay – Freycinet National Park is famous among couples to say “I DO”, may visit here to get married and others come to revive their wedding vows. Probably, that’s the reason where it gets its name from.
The Huge Granite rocks surrounding the Bay, gives a stunning view, don’t forget to carry your towels as during summer, you can’t miss taking a dip here.
A Tour is a great way to experience the proud heritage and brewing craft of the Cascade Brewery, a Tasmanian icon. This Brewery is no longer operational, however, you get an up and close understanding of the beer processing.
The Brewery Cafe is a good place to hang out with kids, there’s a Garden adjoining to it and makes it an Instagram worthy too!
#Weekend Farmers Market
Every Saturday, Hobart gets into a celebration mode with their Farmers Market. These market serves as a good place for foodies, to try out various cuisines which they wish to.
Last but not the least, the waterfront of Hobart is picturesque and a feast to the tourist’s eyes.
Where to stay?
It’s ideal to stay around the Hobart CBD, I highly recommend Best Western Hobart, because of its location and ambience. I happen to celebrate my birthday here, needless to say, they have an awesome spread of breakfast menu too!
So, the next time you plan an Australian Destination, do make sure to fly to the this Capital City of Tasmania.
Have you ever thought of basking in the crystal clear blue waters without catching a flight?
Well if you ask me how it is possible in Singapore, then I would like to list down 4 unmissable Singapore islands that are worth the exploration.
The Southern islands of Singapore are the lesser known islands, but their beaches are exotic and resonate well with the tropical vibes and offer much more you can think of.
#St. Johns Island
St. Johns Island which is easily accessible by the Island cruise, Singapore. It is located approximately 6.5 km to the south of the main island of Singapore
A regular ferry service, provided by Singapore Island Cruise, serves Kusu and St John’s Island on a fixed schedule from Marina South Pier.
“Get back to nature, Singapore doesn’t have any natural beaches, so these islands are the perfect gateway to those weekend breaks”.
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The Lazarus island is linked to St. Johns Island by a little-paved bridge, when there are high tides this paved way sinks underneath the water. The Southern islands are untouched commercially, so it’s highly recommended to carry your own food and drinks. From Lazarus island, you can walk to another island which is Palau Seringat to explore a relatively more unexplored island in this region.
The beaches give the feel as if you’re on the Indonesian islands.
The legend behind the island says that a magical tortoise turned itself into an island to save two shipwrecked sailors – a Malay and a Chinese.
At the top of the rugged hillock on Kusu Island stands three kramats (holy shrines of Malay saints) to commemorate a pious man (Syed Abdul Rahman), his mother (Nenek Ghalib) and sister (Puteri Fatimah) who lived in the 19th century.
“Travel tip: Book your own private yacht and venture into these untouched islands”.
Pulau Ubin is an island off eastern Singapore and often considered the last ‘kampung’ (village) in Singapore. This island takes you back to the 1960’s era.
Located just 15 mins away by a short boat ride from the mainland, offers the flora and fauna of a rich marine life.
“Exploration Tip: Hire a bicycle for SGD2 to explore the otherwise huge island, perfect for a day trip, rustic roads under swaying coconut palms”.
The 2 of the unknown Southern islands are the sister’s island.The islands are also popular with picnickers and campers. The islands are home to some of Singapore’s richest reefs.
The islands are also popular with picnickers and campers. The islands are home to some of Singapore’s richest reefs. If you’re fond of sea life, then you can’t really give a miss to this island.
“Travel Tip: The sister’s island is connected via a small strip of land and the only way to reach this island is by hiring a private yacht”.
So, which Southern islands is your favourite? Have you camped overnight in any of them?
Let me know which of these islands you wish to explore?
If you love reading about island adventure don’t forget to check out my African Island experience at the Zanzibar Island!
Take a visual tour with me on the most beautiful island in the Indian Ocean that’s still untouched by many!
If you ask me if I have ever been to Africa and what I love the most about it? Then the answer would be many times and for the latter, it is “Zanzibar Island”.
By now, you must have realised I am an Island girl, there’s a strange fondness that I have towards islands and island life. I prefer to spend days and months over various untouched, virgin islands, where mankind is yet to venture. One such place which never makes me fail to amaze is the beautiful jewel on the Indian Ocean called as Zanzibar Island, well many wouldn’t know about this small island which lies off the coast of the mainland Tanzania, Africa.
I had some wonderful opportunity to visit this archipelago; It’s characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magical historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.
This destination in the east of Africa is well serviced by Emirates from Dubai, probably the most convenient way to fly, when you do so across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Post reaching the mainland Tanzania (Dar E Salaam) Airport, you get transferred to the Ferry terminal to catch a short bumpy ride to this beautiful island. Needless to say, it’s always Visa on arrival to most of the African destination.
It was a fascinating way to reach the island just a 30 mins ride by Ferry wherein if you are lucky you can catch a dolphin or two; the other way to travel is a personalized chartered plane that takes 15 mins only and it was fun boarding it. This Chartered flight has a capacity of 6 passengers and flies at an appx 5000 Feet, make sure to keep your camera ready for the stunning views of the coral and the islands below.
Thefabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still; for me, Stone Town is Africa at its best. The bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques, characterized by the beachside food joints, where you can happily cherish the local cuisines.
African coffee cant be given a miss, specially the Ethiopian Coffees, so if your in Africa make sure you carry some packs of Ethiopian Coffee or Kenyan tea along with you like i did!
#Mweni Ruin Resort
Talking of the food reminds me I stayed in this wonderful resort a few miles away from the Stone Town known a Mweni Ruin Resort located on the warm turquoise water of the Indian Ocean; it has the best sunset I have ever seen, if you ever happen to spend a night on this island, don’t ever miss the sunset.
I recommend this resort, solely because of its location, they allow you to dine under the stars and celebrate a special occasion with a whole seafood platter with Indian curries.
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Needless to say, the curries in Tanzania are no different than the Indian curries and the freshest catch of the seafood will make you drool for sure. Food has been
majorly influenced by the incredible mixture of the ethnic backgrounds across the country.
#Pemba Island & the archipelago
Along with Zanzibar, there’s another island which also forms a part of the archipelago is the Pemba island, known for its clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices and major exports of clove happen from here.
The west part of the island has a long stretch of white sandy beaches surrounded by private resorts, which are ideal for family outings, people also own their own private holiday home.
While I was taking an evening walk and waiting for the sun to set; I spotted a small island across the Ocean; which is known as the Prison island. Here years back as the name suggests misbehaving slaves were kept; it is the home of ancient Aldabra tortoises. Prison Island is an excellent place for snorkelling and ideal for day tour!
Partially towards the north part of the island still remains untouched, so I took a drive into the unknown corner, the drive along the sea coast was worth it.
Therefore, if you think of Africa, don’t forget to book this East African Island in your travel list the next time.
Only to relax, soak and take a break in the beautiful paradise on the Indian Ocean called “Zanzibar “ in East of Africa!
A postcard -perfect beach lapped by clear waters, with swaying trees in the salty breeze and the jungle-covered mountains rising above.
Stop dreaming!! I actually enjoyed this for real!
A 3-hour flight from Melbourne by Qantas, Jetstar or Tiger Airways, Whitsundays was my Winter Holiday destination.
Well, if you ask me to describe my vacation stay at the beautiful and 3rd best beaches in the world, it would be something like this.
The crystal-clear water and the powdery white sands of the Whitsundays island are no less than a fairy tale stay. People dream of getting married in this beautiful Whitehaven beach and I was fortunate to celebrate my 6th Wedding Anniversary in this beautiful untouched island away from all the mundane Hussle.
So, thinking what a harbour city made up of 74 Wonder islands had to offer, other than the obvious? Here it is.
6 must do things at Whitsundays, Australia!
#Stranded in Paradise
We started our Whitsunday adventure with sailing.
Have you ever thought of waking up in paradise? Well, the Whitehaven beach is nothing less than one. The Ngaro people, who used to live in these lands, no longer inhabit these parts. So, we decided to sail through in a private yacht and spend our special day on the crystalline waters.
Perched at a 2-hour long Sailing distance, this beach offers everything you want, unfortunately, there isn’t any stay on the island, the long beach stretch and a national park are what this beach offers. Our overnight stay included a barbeque by the beach and sleeping under the stars and waking up before the sunrise. Plenty of sunshine during the month of July and August, the winter sun offers a pleasant weather.
Snorkel through the Hook and the South Molle islands, the reefs are colourful and if you’re lucky enough, a turtle might pay you a visit too.
The Hill inlet is considered as the 3rd most photographed places in Australia, well the picture says it all. A peaceful place, fringed by lush green bushes and mountains, overlooking the azure sea. Yes, this Hill Inlet located at a 25 mins trekking distance from the Whitehaven beach is a must visit place. Venturing beyond the resorts and catching this view at the day end of sailing took away all the pain and stress from us. There are 2 photo points offering the same view, make sure to stop by both of them to grab a selfie and a family portrait.
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There’s no dearth of islands in this beautiful Part of the Great Barrier Reef, but due to the Cyclone Debbie (Well, I have no connection for this, if you have been thinking why this name sounds like mine), the reefs, islands and the shores have been devastated. Therefore, we had only 2 islands Hamilton and the Whitehaven beach at our disposal to explore.
Just an hour by a day Cruise from the Airlie Beach ferry terminal, (Whitsundays Cruise) ensures you sail luxuriously along with their wide variety of morning tea which they offer.
Hamilton is the biggest island and has an airport of its own too, so if you don’t wish to fly to Whitsundays airport from anywhere in Australia, you can fly directly here as well. There are 3 different Island resorts to choose from, however, we stayed at the Hamilton Island Resort, I won’t suggest this island has the best of the beaches, but the island stay was worth it.
Take a buggy and roam around the island, or grab a quick lunch in any of the beach shack enjoying the waterfront view with the various shades of blue. The Tavern Marina is probably the best place to relax and enjoy a meal with family. Don’t forget to pose in front of the gorgeous waterfront.
The resort has their own private beach and the villas were all self-contained, so travelling with a kid is hassle-free. My 3-year-old toddler absolutely loved this lush green island stay. There’s a Wildlife Park, but unfortunately, due to the cyclone Debbie, this was closed for renovation. My 2-day Island stays included a dip in the Catsey Beach, Hamilton Island, lazing around on the beach, spending some quality time in the pool, the Summery Winter sun is harsh, so make sure to dab a lot of sunscreen lotion with 50 +SPF.
The Resort offers a free buggy so post grabbing a seafood lunch we ventured out in our very own vehicle to explore the island.
#Airlie Beach, Bicentennial Boardwalk
Airlie Beach is known as the gateway to the Whitsundays, but don’t pass through without stopping here. Sailing the warm blue waters of the Whitsundays is a popular pastime for the locals here. So, what could have stopped me in doing so? We stayed at the Whitsunday Terraces, the balcony of my suite opened right in front of the water-front giving me the gorgeous view of the Airlie beach and the neighbouring islands. I had a private pool overlooking the Coral Sea, if you happen to stay here or pass by don’t forget to grab a drink and enjoy this view.
Another delight of the Airlie beach is the Bicentennial Boardwalk, which runs 3.7kms from the Port of Airlie along the coastline to Cannonvale, with fabulous views of boats bobbing on the Coral Sea. Along the main street, Airlie’s holiday atmosphere reigns, the Airlie central which is a stone’s throw from here is the heart of Airlie. They provide a plethora of dining options, pubs, bars and fast food joints.
Do stop by the Rainbow Bakery, while walking past the Boardwalk, their afternoon tea is worth a try and the views this place offers is beyond any description. The afternoon tea comes at 10AUD/person and includes a fair share of fruits, a curry puff, a home baked cake along with an English breakfast tea. I highly recommend this place for family and friends but make sure to drop down before 4 pm any day.
If you’re looking to gorge on a sumptuous Sea food then Fish D’vine is the place to be, we enjoyed our Anniversary dinner with their famous Chilly Mud Crab and Mojitos. The best part of this place is you can choose your own seafood platter and request them a choice of a curry you want. Super-fast service and wonderful ambience to go along.
#Sceneric Helicopter Tour
The Reefs are best enjoyed from above and ideally, this is the perfect way to catch the bay views. Take a 30 mins Helicopter ride, which makes you fly over the 6 gorgeous islands and the Coral reefs.
#Out & About in the Whitsundays
There are myriads way of enjoying the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays is just one of the Gateways if you missed my Cairns Travel blog and the Fitzroy Island stay do read them here.
This is out and out family destination and 100% kid’s friendly too, most of the resorts offer free meals for kids under 12 and plethora of kid’s activities are arranged by the cruising company.
So, if you’re thinking where to spend your winter school holidays or rejuvenate your wedding vows well, this is the place to be. If you have already been here before, do drop me a line on how you feel about this place. As you know most of the islands like Daydream and the Hook Long islands are closed for renovation post the cyclone damage, this destination remains on my bucket list yet again in 2018.
Every movie Fan is amazed by the beautiful Hobbiton trilogies and the Lord of the Rings movie set. I got to experience this 12-acre set, which is situated in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand 2 years back during a winter morning in Auckland!
This Iconic Hobbiton Movie set, which is located in the Matamata region of New Zealand, this is 3 hours drive from the Auckland city.
Ever thought of spending a day in the Hobbit Hole, well the tour is worth the money and time. Take a short bus tour from the heart of the Auckland City (Private day Tour buses), it’s ideal to book a day early or a few days early during the peak season. The trip starts as early as 7 am in the morning and brings you back by 10 pm at night, so make sure to carry water and your warm clothes along.
New Zealand has been known as the home of the Middle Earth, hence you read the term when people talk about the Hobbiton trip.
Before I head to the Green Dragon Inn, where all the Hobbits used to enjoy their meet, greet and drinks. Let’s take a visual tour of the entire Hobbit era.
Exploring the Middle Earth!
Let’s take a visual tour of the entire Hobbit era.
Before you arrive at the Hobbiton Movie set, you make a stop for your morning tea at the Matamata Heritage Trail and the Souvenir shop. Browse through the heritage books and all the tours this region offers.
Each Hobbit Hole/house is unique and takes you back to the era, where you can experience a bit of their lifestyle. Some of the Hobbit Holes are open to Public but others are not, hop in happily to take a family Portrait. We experienced a wet Winter morning, hence you see me carrying an umbrella in some of the pics.
A couple of the Hobbit homes has a make believe market place, stalls selling pumpkins and meat.
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The guided tour takes you across the Hobbit Civilisation, narrating the filming stories, which Hobbit hole they actually used for filming the movie.
There are now 44 such hobbit holes on view, however, it is only possible to enter a few of them, all of which have small, unfinished, earth-walled interiors, don’t expect to find Bilbo Baggins inside!
These hobbit hole facades are constructed from untreated timber, ply and Polyesters, some of them are not visible until you observe them really close. On a moonlight night, this place becomes a picturesque location for photographers.
A part of this lush Greenfield has a lake overlooking the Hobbits hole, on a bright sunny morning the reflection make thus place look beautiful, dpnt forget to stop by and take a family picture here.
Post experiencing The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating two-hour guided tour, we made our way to the Shrines rest Cafe! This was the Hideouts of the Hobbiton’s residents for their evening drinks! Here we were treated at the warm fireplace with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage!
Hobbiton Movie set extravagant however, you shouldn’t miss out on their speciality soups and pies.
Before we said goodbye to this movie set crafted by Peter Jackson’s imaginative mind, we thought to explore the neighbourhood, which is a huge green lawn to wonder around and cuddle a sheep.
So, if your planning for the North Island of New Zealand, don’t miss out on this Rustic Movie set day tour! Also, check out the nearby attractions which are Waitomo for Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave.
If you have already been here, do leave a comment on your experiences, it will be wonderful to read about it.
The Dandenong ranges offer a plethora of attractions and being a Melburnian one can’t deny the fact how much we love our weekend road trips. So, here it is we decided to head to Mount Dandenong and experience a slice of the aboriginal culture in Victoria.
Amidst beauty and tranquillity this place offers more than just mystical cemented sculptures on the tree barks! Just an hour drive from Melbourne, we reached this sanctuary which is well perched on the highway and easy to navigate. The sanctuary is a no food and trash zone, so make sure keep these things safe in your car. If you have any leave them in your car, there are nearby parks and villages where you can enjoy your hot lunch.
This place takes you back to the aboriginal era to experience a rustic storytelling with 90 evocative sculptures carved out of the trees, the settling in the ranges gives some different vibes while you enter the sanctuary. The entire setting looks larger than life and each carved faces has a different story to say. Take time to explore the pathway through the sanctuary while you explore your way to find a new character. Some of his works throughout the grounds also depict his feelings on the takeover and devastation of white man into the natural environment.
Navigating through the sanctuary was done in less than an hour, so decided to head to the village of Olinga and sassafras. Don’t forget to drop down to the Village tea shop or a cosy tea/coffee break, relaxing over a cuppa near a fireplace is the best thing you can do spending the evening with family and friends. If you still feel like cruising through the mount Dandenong, don’t forget to check out the 1000 steps.
So, before you think where to head this weekend, dont forgot to drive through this scenic sanctuary.
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.
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.
Think about adventure in Victoria and you have a plethora of things in your mind to choose from.One of them is the Grampians National Park, this place gives a taste of Aboriginal Culture, outdoor activities, adventurous hiking, walking trails, wildlife encounters and breath-taking rugged landscapes.
Perched at approximately 370 Kms drive from the Melbourne City, the smooth drive through to this National park takes you through the Ballarat, Ararat and a few countryside regions before arriving at the National Park.
Before i arrived at the first stop Brambuk, National Park and cultural Center, i took a lunch stopover at the Halls Gap. This area is surrounded by the National Park and gives stunning views for a perfect picture moment!
You will also get to spot not less than 10 varieties of Australian Origin birds along with the famous kookaburra here, however the kangaroos are only visible just before dusk.
The Barmbuk, is the perfect place to experience Australia’s native flora and fauna and Aboriginal culture. The National Park and Cultural Center is 100 per cent owned and operated by Aboriginal people and is the longest running Aboriginal Cultural Center in Australia.If your keen in knowing the Aboriginal communities of Western Victoria this is your place to know it all, be it didgeridoo music, traditional dance, basket weaving, boomerang throwing and painting.
The first hiking begins at the Mackenzie waterfall this is just 20 kms drive from Halls Gap and a 1.9 kms steep trail to climb back. The iconic and spectacular Mackenzie Falls is a must for all visitors to Grampians National Park.There are couple of Lookout points like Mackenzie Falls Lookout Walk, Broken Falls Lookout and the Bluff Lookout.
But hiking down to the base of the falls is worth all the energy and effort, I was fortunate to spot a rainbow too, don’t get overwhelmed by the ice-cold water and the view as swimming is not permitted due to strong currents. However you can happily dip your tired feet’s and enjoy the cold splashes, while you enjoy this beauty.
The Grampians features a striking series of sandstone mountain ranges, one of them is the Jaws of Death. This rock formation looks like a Jaw of a deathly animal, its prohibited to climb these rocks as there has been a few deaths in the past while climbing them. However, one can pose and take some lovely shots overlooking these deathly jaws.
Located within half an hour drive from Halls gap, Lake Wartook is a delightful venue boasting a serene setting perfect for all weekend and day trippers. It is also one of the largest and most renowned lakes in the Grampians region. However, the view from the tops were equally breath-taking. The blue haze that’s visible is due to the eucalyptus trees that gives this effect.
A day’s trip is short time to explore the entire Grampians, people spend weeks here, as there are many walking trails which ranges up-to several days and some hidden landscapes which is worth the hike.There are some amazing resorts and backpackers at the Halls Gap to stay back, if your keen to catch the sunrise in the mountains.
I said good bye to the balconies and headed back to the Halls Gap to catch the Kangaroos at dusk. So till the time the extended summer stays on, take advantage and head out on the roads to the Grampians.