A day of Autumn at Bendigo!

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.

Chancery Lane

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.

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Chancery Lane!
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Chancery Lane, Bendigo!
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Lane art!
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El Gordo Cafe, Chancery Lane!

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.

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Bendigo Woollen Mills!
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Woollen Mills, Bendigo!
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Talking tram!

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.

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Talking Tram
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Talking Tram
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Woollen Mills, Bendigo

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.

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Joss House Temple, Bendigo!

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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.

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Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Sacred Heart Cathedral

Historical buildings

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.

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Military Museum!
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Golden Dragon Museum!
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Golden Dragon Museum!

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.

My Hiking escapade to the Grampians!

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.

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At Ballarat!

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!

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Halls Gap!
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Halls Gap

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.

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Halls Gap!

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.

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Brambuk National Park!

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Brambuk Cultural Theater!

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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.

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Mackenzie Falls Lookout!
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Mackenzie Falls Lookout point!
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Spotted a Rainbow too!
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Mackenzie Falls!
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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.

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Jaws of Death!
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The Balconies!

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.

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Lake Wartook!
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Lake Wartook behind!

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.

Date Lunch in my Floral Off Shoulder Cropped top & A line Skirt!

The days are officially approaching towards an end to the Australian summer,and before i bid adieu, here’s what i wore to celebrate the Last Summer weekend in Style!

I had won a couple VIP Pass for La La Land Screening at the Shimmer lands, Melbourne with Wine and Dine; and I wore this beautiful floral Off Shoulder Cropped top with a matching A line skirt.

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The midriff baring top is a wardrobe staple and when you happen to pair it with a high waist A line skirt, it does hike up your style quotient!

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Kept it simple as the outfit speaks a lot in itself; with matching heels, some basic accessories with my day time makeup and a statement bag to go along!

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Summer is almost over, and I had to make sure I rocked this with an Off shoulder Floral Cropped top and A line Skirt before the season officially ends! Personally i love Cropped tops and when this is matched with high waist skirt, your bound to be the  cynosure of all eyes!

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An absolute feminine outfit for a that perfect Date lunch!

What i wore?

Outfit: MRP, Australia

Clutch: Dotti

Accessories: Lovisa 

So go ahead ladies, make sure to have fun and enjoy the last summer Weekend in Melbourne! And like i always say it keep it Stylish off runway too!

 

Playful in a Playsuit!

Summer is all about experimenting with new looks, spaghetti’s, off shoulder or be it tube dresses. My personal favourite for summer has always been “A line” dresses or a body-con if I am attending a formal event.

But however, both stands redundant, when u wish to stand out and yet look voguish at all occasions.

Recently I had my hands on a new clothing style and this made me feel; it would be the perfect time to flaunt a play-suit, be it Brunch with an old friend, dinner date with hubby or you are sailing with family on a boat!

I started playing around with a play suit and in a short while this has surely become my personal favourite.
This quintessential element has found a special place in my wardrobe; the perfect companion for Dinner dates, House parties and Beach hop on evenings.

 

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Cotton’s On Play suit
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Cold shoulder Play suit from Valley Girl

 

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Play-suit from Valley girl!
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Play-suit from Dotti!

I wasn’t a play-suit or a Jumpsuit person, being petite always stopped me flaunting a jumpsuit and I always felt I don’t have a perfect figure to flaunt a play-suit either. The cold shoulder Play-suit from Valley girl, fetched me innumerable compliments off late and i am looking out to try more of this style.

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Valley girl Play suit!

 Fusion clothing that’s comfortable as well as a trendsetter!

With 100 days of summer at our disposal we still have many days to flaunt one such outfit every day!

So, go ahead guys, be trendy and look at your best even when you’re “off the runway”!

 

Geelong: The land of Baywalk Bollards!

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.

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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.

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Geelong Waterfront

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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.

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Boardwalk!

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.

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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!

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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.

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Deakin University, Waurn Pond

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.

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Deakin University, Waurn Pond Campus!

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.

Kids Night out at the Etihad Stadium!

Who doesn’t love Cricket, and specially when you get to learn the tactics of the game from eminent Players like Peter Siddle (Renegades BBL Player) and Luke Hodge (AFL Hawthorn Player).

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Peter Siddle and Luke Hodge

This play session was organized in association with Renegades BBL Team and the NGO Ladder, who assists young talents to be recognized in their respective field of sports be it AFL or Cricket. Every AFL player is associated with the NGO Ladder and they donate certain amount to Ladder each game of AFL they play.

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Clinic with Peter Siddle

Etihad stadium saw a whooping number of kids aged 4 years above dropping down in their cricket jersey to enjoy their cricket play date with the players. This was the first of its kind of workshop organized by the BBL team and while talking to the Big Bash League team, they expressed they wish to continue these workshops for all age groups in future.

The players gave their insights about the game and also had an one to one chats with the Volunteers from Ladder, fine tuning their bowling and batting skills.

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Volunteers from Ladder

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The volunteers from Ladder were present who were helping the kids practice, this followed by the clinic by Peter Siddle and Luke Hodge.The session ended by a movie on the Hallowed Turf for all the kids.

All in one this 3 hour play session was fun filled and energizing one, as all the cricket fans look up to this Saturday’s game of BBL06 at the Etihad where Melbourne Star takes on  the Renegades! Grab your tickets here

 

Cricket,Was a family Affair at the “Bupa Family Day”!

The upcoming 10 days long Christmas holiday season for the Victorians was embarked with Cricket Australia and BUPA hosting a Family day at MCG, on 23rd of Dec 2016.

It was no less than a family carnival for the cricket lovers and of course the young and the old players as well. Family Photo booths, Nickelodeon play stations, BBL (Big Bash League) Mascots adorned the arena as well as watching the Australian and the Pakistani Teams practice in the nets.

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My 3 year old accompanied me to the Family day, for this 4 hour long family celebration.The entrance to the venue welcomed us with a Bupa Photo booth who were taking personalized shots for the family, which eventually went into a lucky draw.. and guess what …we weren’t that lucky!

It was lovely to see the kids dressed up in their favorite Milo T20 jerseys, playing cricket with their parents. Nickelodeon had a number of play station for the kids, Paw Patrol, Sponge bob and Jungle adventure to name a few.

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The families also had an opportunity to watch the Australian and Pakistani squads practicing for their boxing day match at the nets. They did came up to the audiences to give autographs and take selfies with them. Huge number of supporters from both the teams flooded the ground making the atmosphere electrical much before the actual match.

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In short Cricket a Sport for all was indeed a fun filled event, making cricket a game for all ages.

Looking forward for such family engagement activities more with Cricket Australia.

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With the Multicultural Team Victoria

Lake Mountain: My First Victorian Snowy Encounter!

Being a tropical person, i am always left out with options during winter, but Melbourne does offer a couple of snowy encounters during winters; the nearest would be the Lake Mountain. Specially when your just 4 months into a brand new continent wherein your able to see all the four season at its best bloom.

Whenever you think about weekend and there are numerous options that comes up for road trips. As Australian winter is giving way to its Spring to flutter in, we decided to enjoy the last snowfall of the season at Lake Mountain Alpine resort in Melbourne.

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Situated just 120 minutes drive from the CBD of Melbourne, this place offers more than just a weekend gateway, its a all year round action packed family destination.

This 2 hour journey takes you through the Yaara ranges and its a feast to the eyes to enjoy the journey through the woods. There are points wherein you can stop and enjoy the pictorial landscapes.

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Me and my 2 year old toddler were excited to have some snow fun at the Alpine resort which had their yearly snowman festival. Dozens of families with their kids were seen participating in this festival; so did we.Victoria is always known to have the chilliest winters and this years winter was a prolonged one with heavy snowfall almost every single day.

Skiing and Toboggan are common snow games and whether your an adult or a kid one should trying skiing on Tobaggan, its super fun.

Lake Mountain Alpine resort has a retail store and a snow hiring equipment store too, for all you snow play needs. The retail store has a plethora of snow gadgets so if your missing on a gloves or a cap you can buy on at a nominal retail rate here.

Apart from snow-play, there’s a snow walking trial , which can be covered by foot and one should explore it.Though the path which we explored unknowing was entirely covered with 4cm of Snow as it snowed 2 days back on the mountain.

This path was not allowed for pedestrians and was solely for the skiers only, there’s an alternative path that runs parallel to this snow covered ski zone as well.

The Lake Mountain resort has a two cafes that offers variety of food and beverage offerings. You wish to enjoy in the snow or sit by the cafe window side and enjoy a hot cuppa while seeing others having the snow fun.

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