Bendigo, Victoria: Easter Festival and the Shamrock Hotel

Bendigo Fountain at the intersection of Pall Mall and View

It is the morning of Good Friday, the first day of 4 days of a long, long weekend in Melbourne.

Alex and I are Departing Melbourne, and heading north-north-west to the country town of Bendigo for the Bendigo Easter Festival. Alex has booked us into the Fountain View Suites.

Once Alex booked the accommodation I jumped online and discovered a Blues Tram as part of the festivities going on in Bendigo.

We are booked on the tram for tomorrow night. Continue reading

Mooloolaba Beach Queensland for a perfect winter break

Mooloolaba Beach is picture perfect

Mooloolaba Beach is picture perfect

I am on a weekend break with two friends at the lovely Moololaba Beach in Queensland. Mooloolaba is a popular destination because it is easily accessible, located on the Sunshine Coast, approximately 90km north of Brisbane.  Mooloolaba, like much of Queensland has an excellent year round climate, during winter averaging 25 degrees. Continue reading

Mooloolaba Beach Queensland beautiful one day perfect the next

Mooloolaba beach looking left

Mooloolaba beach looking left

It is a brilliant sunny Saturday morning and the first proper day of our weekend break at Mooloolaba in Queensland.

Today’s weather is in stark contrast to Melbourne’s which I have been reliably informed by Alex (my long suffering partner back in Melbourne) is a chilly 5 degrees.  I am so pleased to have a break from that! Continue reading

Mooloolaba Beach Queensland for its stunning beach, restaurants and shops

Mooloolaba beach

Mooloolaba beach

Last weekend I found myself departing Melbourne to escape the cold of winter by heading to the popular holiday destination of Mooloolaba Queensland.

Mooloolaba Beach is a popular destination because it is located on the Sunshine Coast, approximately 90km north of Brisbane and has an excellent year round climate, during winter averaging 25 degrees. Continue reading

Schwerkolt Cottage Museum Complex, Deep Creek Road, Mitcham, Victoria

"Parks are for everyone"

“Parks are for everyone”

The super cute sign says “Parks are for everyone”. 

Maybe they mean the “parks” in the car park… if the empty carpark is anything to go by?

It is 10:30am on a slightly overcast Sunday morning in Melbourne.  Where is everybody?

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SkyHigh, Mount Dandenong, Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne

Melbourne City from SkyHigh

Melbourne City from SkyHigh

SkyHigh conjures up all sorts of high altitude adventurous images. Well, the SkyHigh restaurant and precinct is headed skyward, being 633 metres above sea level, located along the ridge of the Dandenong Ranges.  The commercial TV towers are also located in the area so if you see the TV towers looming in front of you, keep going as you are headed in the right direction. Continue reading

Hamilton Island Series: Catseye Beach, the Marina and restaurants of Hamilton Island, Queensland

Hamilton Island, the kind of thing you daydream about

Hamilton Island, the kind of thing you daydream about

I have been lucky enough to travel to Hamilton Island on an all expenses paid weekend that a dear friend and work colleague received as a gift as part of the annual brown-nose of the year award from the company we both work for. 

With our first glorious day on Hamilton Island behind us, and with two more days to go, we begin our new day, again enjoying our glorious view from our sub-let balcony (hello again Mr Cockatoo). Continue reading