My unique experiences in Adelaide!

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

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Cultural Precinct, Adelaide

Day 1

  • Cultural Tour
  • Taking a walk down the Historical lane

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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.

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Day 2

  • Barossa Valley/ Wine Estates
  • Toy Factory
  • Wild Life Encounter
  • Whispering Wall

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.

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Barossa Valley!

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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.

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The Big Rocking Horse!

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.

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The Whispering Wall!
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Whispering Wall and Barossa Reservoir!

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Day 3

  • Victor Harbour
  • Granite Island
  • Countryside Tour

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Victor Harbour!

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.

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Granite Island!

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.

Day 4

  • 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.

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Rundle Street!

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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.

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Botanical Gardens , Adelaide!

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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.

Mornington Peninsula:Gateway to Rugged beauty & Pristine elegance!

Perched just 60 kms away from the CBD of Melbourne, this sandy Inlets known as Mornington Peninsula offers a bit more just a weekend gateway.Drive down or catch the train this is easily accessible by the public transport (PTV) Please click here to download the map 

If you are using public transport you can get down at Frankston Station where you have various connecting buses that takes you to Dromana, Portsea, Sorrento and Rosebud the other side of the peninsula.Click here for the Bus timetable

From Rugged Coastlines , Hot springs, sandy bays, Stunning beaches and myriad native wildlife, this place definitely features as a no.1 escapade among the Victorians.

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Carrum Beach
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Rye Beach

The highlights of this beautiful peninsula are the colourful and iconic bathing boxes, this always figures out in lot of bollywood songs and movies wherein you can see the movie star dancing to tunes with the boxes at the backdrop.These bathing boxes are owned by individuals and are used for bathing and changing purposes.One can catch the glimpse of these bathing boxes across the Gorgeous coastline from Seaford, Mount Martha, Mornington, Rosebud,Rye, Portsea to Sorrento.

Frankston happens to be the last connected Public transport stop from the City, this place offers a plethora of activities to kids, one of them is the Sand sculpturing, Australia.

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Frankston

These sculptures change once in 3 months and are made of sand and glue so that they remain intact.There’s a kids play area section, where kids and toddlers can make their own sand castles too and spend some times exploring the area.

The broadway walk on the Frankston beach stretches along the entire peninsula and is a good walk for beachgoers, soak, play or swim  in these pristine water or for some water sports.

Sorrento is a popular destination on the peninsula and the “Seared ferries” that runs hourly connecting the other end of the peninsula which is known as the Queenscliff. Check out the Ferry timetable

The pier itself is a wonderful place to wander around . There’s a playground, cafes, resturant anda mini market for visitors to have a variety of  choices to choose from. Or you can simply relax and enjoy the Views across the bay and the landscapes are worth the watch.

The 45 mins ferry ride is worth the penny as they take you across some breathtaking mountain views along with Whale sighting, if indeed you happen to be lucky.

On disembarking at Queenscliff, one gets greeted with a plethora of eating joints which is set across at the Yacht club, enjoy having a pizza or pasta with the amazing view at the backdrop! There are whale watch tours that takes off from here as well Yacht hiring for private parties. The “Seared ferries” operates till 9 in the evening including the public holidays.

If you thought only beaches would sum up Mornington experience then you are probably wrong, head straight towards the world’s best Mineral hot spring Spa at Rye (this place isn’t accessible by public transport and one needs to drive from the Rye beach).This is a place is not to be missed for any visitor to the peninsula.From the mineral bath to sauna or spa, this place has it all.Book a spa package or combine with a luxurious stay overnight, they have it all.

The  Mornington Peninsula National Park offers wonderful view of the wildlife in Australia not only Kolas and Kangaroos but to many protected species of the Country.Have a personal encounter with a Kangaroo or wander along the trail.

The several beaches along the coastline of the peninsula offers something to offer for everyone, take a walk along the broadway or catch up with family over a coffee at the beach shack. There are many cafes which offers sumptuous breakfast and a must try if you arrive early in the morning!

These beaches are known for having stunning sunrises and sunsets, the best can be caught at Cape Schack and Hastings Jetty and Diamond Bay at Rye!

No matter how many times you visit this peninsula , you seem to discover something new always, i have been here 4 times in 6 months and i still want to go and explore more of this stunning peninsula!

*Images are clicked by me