How to Wander Victoria | My Hiking Adventures

How to Wander Victoria?

Summer is the perfect time to head for a road trip and this is exactly what I did, the Christmas break was full of hiking, trail walking and beach camping!

Sounds fun? Well yes, it was! Located just 2 hours by road from Melbourne, Gippsland (located at the Southernmost tip of Australia) is known for its stunning Mountain hiking and trail walking adventures.

My Hiking Adventures

No matter what kind of wonderer your Victoria has something to offer everyone.

My little one loves the beach, my husband loves hiking and I love trail walking, so everyone eventually got a piece of adventure for themselves. Settle down camping on the Base of the Tidal River or you plan to climb up the Mt. Oberon the choice is yours.

 

 

Things to do at Wilson Prom| Gippsland, Victoria

 

Things to do at Wilson Prom| East Gippsland, Victoria

We settled our camp on the base of the Tidal River like other, which has a General store to supply you with basic necessities and hiked up to catch the Bay views.Don

Don’t forget to climb to the summit of Mount Oberon, to catch the Dramatic interaction of the Squeaky beach and the Lush Green Mountains.

Taking a panoramic picture of the summit is what many travellers do. It’s very windy on the top of the summit so be extra careful while climbing up.

Hiked up Mount Oberon, Wilson Prom, Gippsland

The Squeaky beach located at the base of the Tidal river is the perfect family hangout place, the powdery sand and the clear blue water does remind you of the Whitsundays (Great Barrier Reef).

The Squeaky beach also happens to be the best beach in Victoria, because of its stunning bay views!

The Wilson Prom National Park is a huge area and if you ask me how long it will take to cover this entire 1500 acres of land, the answer would be 7 days

The short trail walks do offer some amazing views of the coastal area too, but a fairly mild fitness level is needed to Hike the mountain summits.

iconic Prom walk, Wilson Prom, Gippsland
Climbing the Mount Bishop, Wilson Prom, Gippsland

So, go ahead guys and experience this adrenal gush while you hike to the summit and if you have already been there I would love to discover new trail walks.

If you love reading my Travel adventures, do catch the Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef Blog Here!

Love Hiking then Grampians, Victoria is another Destination for you!

Wishing everyone a safe and a healthy 2018, keep exploring and travelling but always make sure you’re safe!!

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Spring Affair with the Tulips | Melbourne Diaries

Tesselaar Tulip Festival Melbourne

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!

Tesselaar Tulip Festival Melbourne

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.

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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.

Tessalar Tulip Festival Melbourne

 

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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Did you check out my last Travel Blog the TrazAlpine Kiwi Rail Journey?

 

 

 

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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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

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.

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.