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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Vietnam Series: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and its museums

Vietnam streetscape

Vietnam streetscape

I wake up on a Thursday morning in the largest city in Vietnam… Ho Chi Minh City, also known as HCMC or by its former name of Saigon.  I am staying at the Mai Phai Hotel which itself is located centrally on Pham Ngu Lao Street in Ho Chi Minh, having arrived fairly exhausted last night following a 5 hour bus trip from Mui Ne.  I am feeling better having had a good sleep and am ready to tackle the day.  Today’s plan is to explore the city and its museums.  Continue reading

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

Hamilton Island series: Hamilton Island, Queensland – beautiful one day perfect the next

Buggy rankHow does one describe Hamilton Island?  Let me put it this way…

Hamilton Island is one of the Whitsunday Islands and forms part of the Great Barrier Reef… quite simply, it is stunning and beautiful and all things tropical that makes one happy. 

I could really end this post right there, enough said… right?  But Hamilton Island, itself covering an area of 5 square kilometres is more than a beautiful resort island, it is fun and scenic and a little bit quirky.  Continue reading