Spring is one of my favourite season of the year if you’re a Melbournian you wouldn’t deny the fact we wait 9 long months for the warmer days to arrive. What would be the best way to celebrate the onset of Spring with these Gorgeous colourful Tulips!
I make sure not to miss this yearly festival especially if you have a little one, then it becomes a customary tradition to mark your calendars during the Tesslar Tulip Festival Children’s week.
This is by far one of my favourite festival in Melbourne, Victoria.
Just an hour drive away to the Dandenong Ranges, this year we ventured out with my little one along with her friends to spend the Children’s week.
The AFL Long weekend, just got merrier this year with these colourful blossoms.
Tulips are often synonyms for the Dutch but these flowers never originated from Netherlands, these were the Dutch Obsessions.
So, if you’re wondering what to do this Spring, especially with the School holidays, I would highly recommend tagging along with your little one drive here. There are a plethora of activities for the kids, the face painting is one that is not to be missed just at 10AUD.
The festival is still running, so if you love nature and want some insta-worthy moments with these Tulips head to the picturesque farms until 15th of Oct.
The entry is nominal for AUD 28/adult and kids are free during the Children’s week.
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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.
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.
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.
One can never run out of weekend gateway ideas in Melbourne, especially when you have a plethora of options at your disposal.
Last week, I was at Geelong for Cricket Australia National Inclusion Championship and I took this opportunity to explore Bellarine and Geelong.
Just an hour and half drive away or if you wish to catch the V-line train from Southern Cross which takes approximately the same time. So, after finishing my work on Day 1, I headed straight to the famous Geelong Waterfront claimed to be Australia’s: One of the stunning waterfronts, I was overwhelmed by the massive stretch and meeting the local characters on the boardwalk.
Hop on to the beach and walk all along the waterfront stretch from one end of the City to the other where it connects to the beach. There’s no dearth of good food and drinks, with two major shopping centers. I wasn’t keen in exploring any shopping joints as the view from the restaurants opposite to the waterfront was worth the time.
So I found a cosy café for myself to grab on some munchies and a Beer, treating myself with the Gorgeous view and watching the kids and family having fun on the Promenade.
Be it Swimming promenade, Children’s pool, enclosed sea baths, diving platforms or shopping arena, the waterfront has everything to offer.
Walk up the pier and enjoy the breath-taking views and make sure not to miss the Bay walk Bollards.There are more than 100 of these huge painted icons guiding visitors along the foreshore walking/cycling track from Rippleside Park, through Waterfront Geelong to Limeburners Point and the Botanic Gardens.
Walk up the pier and enjoy the breath-taking views and make sure not to miss the Bay walk Bollards.
There are more than 100 of these huge painted icons guiding visitors along the foreshore walking/cycling track from Rippleside Park, through Waterfront Geelong to Limeburners Point and the Botanic Gardens.I spend the rest of my evening taking a long stroll along the broad walk and grabbing some gelatos from the mobile food trucks!
If you thought waterfront is the only thing Geelong had to offer, then you might be wrong! No, I am not talking about the botanical gardens nor the beaches, perched a few kilometers away from the Geelong station, the Deakin University Waurn Pond campus, it’s a must visit destination at Geelong.
I stayed at the campus for the next 2 days along with the National Inclusion Cricket Teams across Australia. A massive campus spread across several kilometers, this campus consists of quite a no of ponds and picturesque photo points.
While exploring the campus, i stumbled upon a 150 years old chapel at the other end of the campus.You dont have to be a student to visit this place, drive along the signs to spot a pond or click yourself against a beautiful backdrop, that’s what i did.
So the next time you plan Geelong with family or whether you travel solo, make sure to visit the Deaking Waurn pond campus and click a selfie with the Bollards.
Have you ever dreamed of having a private beach to yourself? or may enjoy a family cocktail and dinner on a beachfront cafe? or waking up to the sound of the waves at the Great Barrier reef?
When you think of any Tropical islands, a beautiful post card picture appears in front of your eyes with emerald blue ocean and lush green mountains.The Fitzroy island is no way less than a paradise on the Coral sea on the North of Queensland, Australia and i was fortunate to spend 2 days in this Idyllic Island.
Well one doesn’t have to travel far to experience the serenity of this place, take the Fitzroy Island resort ferry from the Reef Fleet Terminal at Cairns City. A 45 mins long ferry ride among the inhabited islands and Rain forest is worth the time and money.
Located on the Great Barrier Reef, this island offers something to everyone and i loved every minute of my stay in this beautiful island resort.
Once you reach the island your greeted by the hotel staff and handed over the Fitzroy Island map, that comes handy while exploring this 339 hectare continental island .With towering rain-forest mountains, a lighthouse, fringing tropical reefs, a turtle rehabilitation center , Virgin Beaches, along with several eating options, this island resort has everything to offer.
As we were traveling with our 3 year old toddler, so the first thing we did on day 1 was to hit the beaches. The island beaches are made of Coral rocks and are not quite comfortable to walk around, so make sure to wear shoes.One can hear a clinging sound while the waves hits the coral rocks on the shore, quite a musical sound it is.
Snorkeling along the island we spotted colorful turtles and fishes, the corals around the islands are mostly white and off white in color, if your keen on diving into the deep sea you might be lucky to spot the colorful corals and the sea cucumber too. Its always advisable to wear sting suits as Jelly fishes are rampant during this time of the year.There are water sport hiring shops on the beach itself and special diving trainers too, if you wish to explore the deep underwater world.
The resort has a bar pool which has a kids section too, so while you enjoy the island cocktails, you can leave your toddlers at the kids pool to have their own fun.
Our Day 2 , on the Island stated with having hot breakfast on the beach, the sumptuous breakfast menu made us drooling for more. Their hot breakfast is a must try and is available for 22AUD/person and is worth the penny, specially with the view!
We were recommended by some fellow travelers to explore the Nudey Beach , which is on the other side of the island. Please do not go by the name, you have to keep your clothes on in this Nudey beach though.A 25 mins trek through the bushes and the rain forest landed us up in this secluded beach. We trekked through the path with our 3 year old toddler and it wasn’t as tough as we thought it to be.
This is a sandy beach in which one can snorkel and swim too unlike the other beaches on the island, at low tide one can get an easy view of the corals too.
If you happen to have a day tour, i would recommend that one should venture the Nudey beach instead of going to other beaches on the island, totally secluded and you have a whole private beach to yourself and your family, isn’t it amazing?
My little one was too excited to see the Turtle sanctuary on the island, where the injured and the old turtles are kept , kind of rehab place. There are 2 tours that runs through the day and the cost of the tours are like 8.5AUD/person and 5AUD/Child and the kids totally love this place, so did we.
The Island has a little Fitzroy island located adjacent to it and there’s a small lighthouse on it as well,there isn’t much on this baby island but you can swim , which is the only mode of travel to this smaller version of the island.
I loved lazying around the Nudey beach and getting clicked, the place is too beautiful for not being photographed for memories and i made sure to carry these memories along with you.
Before we could catch the sunset while relaxing on the deck with our evening cocktails we decided to trek up to the secret garden on the Fitzroy island. This is 30-40 min trek along the rain forest before you could find yourself among the beautiful wild flower garden,if kids can trek that long, this place is worth the visit.
We bid adieu as we caught the last 5pm Ferry back to the cairns city, enjoying the sail as we saw the sun going down.
I still feel 2 days is pretty short to enjoy this tropical paradise on the Great barrier reef, but i surely look forward revisiting this island once again very soon.
Till then , keep reading , while i am coming up with the Destination review of Cairns soon!
Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to all my readers!