Adventures

Great Ocean Road

erskine-falls31The Great Ocean Road is something that everyone has to do. It fits perfectly into the cliche, that says that the journey is more important than the destination.

Along the scenic drive, you can embrace your spontaneous side and decide to take a stop wherever you find a breathtaking view.

You’ll find that these will be mainly beach views as you take in the turbulent ocean and the small hills and cliffs around the coast.

I haven’t travelled the full road but even travelling for a part of it will give you scenic views that you can’t find in Melbourne. The left picture is of Erskine Falls in Lorne, a popular destination about 20 minutes from the famous ocean road. It’s a short walk from the carpark to a platform where you can observe the 30 metre drop from above.

The bottom right picture, is part of our first spontaneous stop to admire the foggy, mysterious and empty coast around the beginning of the drive. Despite the gloomy weather, having a whole beach to yourself to walk on and enjoy the air outside city life can be quite a reality-check.

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If you want to read my full story in detail about my Great Ocean Road trip, complete with a good burger spot and bonus dolphin show, visit this link and feel free to leave me some comments on where to go next time!

Weekendnotes: http://www.weekendnotes.com/the-great-ocean-road-victoria/

 

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Come Away With Me

If you’re looking for a mini-getaway from Melbourne, check out some of my latest Weekendnotes articles for some ideas of how to escape. Click titles/pictures for links to my articles!

Picture This Ballooning: 
Hot air ballooning and breakfast in Yarra Valley

Mazes in Victoria
Getting lost in various mazes in Mornington Peninsula

Horse Riding
Learning to ride horses in the bush and on the beach

Treasure Hunt in Daylesford

Apologies in advance everyone, I’m changing jobs so I’m not sure how much time I will have for the blog. I will try my best to keep it going, I have some drafts and ideas already floating around, so never fear!

In the meantime, keep up to date with my Weekendnotes posts! I’ve just written about a little treasure that I completed around Lake Daylesford, which was quite beautiful that day – hope you enjoy!

Weekendnotes Update

Hello dear readers! Just an update, I had to delete my Point Nepean and Mt Macedon posts, as they appear on Weekendnotes Melbourne. You can still view them on the links! (Click the pics/links).

From now on more of my roadtrip posts will be on Weekendnotes and more of my food-related ones on here, however there will still be a mix on both depending on what articles already existed on Weekendnotes. Don’t worry, I will keep posting links to the Weekendnotes articles on here too! Thanks for all the support, I’ve really been amazed by everyone’s kind words.

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Tulips, Tulips Everywhere

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If you are looking for a some beautiful scenery in the Dandenong Ranges, there are numerous options. Come spring, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival is a popular destination for tourists, families, couples and anyone looking for a relaxing day. Oh, and for anyone feeling a bit photogenic.

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Each year, the tulip farm holds a festival around September-October. I also visited last year, but I really don’t remember it being as packed as it was this weekend! The carpark was enormous, yet vehicles lined the streets, disregarding the no-parking area.

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The fields are lined with vibrant colours in strips, and basically everyone is strolling down them and taking photos with their DSLRs. It’s really a sight to see and it happened to be some great, sunny weather. The fields are quite muddy – so be prepared to get your shoes dirty! To assist with this, there are various “boot scrapers” located around the venue, where you hold on to the structure, put your shoes up and, well, scrape the dirt off your shoes!

Each weekend has a theme, unluckily it was the same theme as the time I visited last year. It would have been nice to experience a different culture, but nevertheless I experienced the Dutch Weekend again and tried some Dutch donuts. Unfortunately, they were very oily, doughy and not as flavoursome as I thought. There are various stalls for ice-cream, Dutch poffertjes (pancakes), sausages, ice-cream and more, but expect a long line for the main cafe.

There was also a cute, traditional Dutch dance performance in clogs. The seniors who are part of this group are very enthusiastic and happy to perform for the crowd each year.

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There are other sections to stroll through besides the tulip fields such as the separate gardens where they grow tulips (below), cherry blossom trees, walkways of other brightly coloured flowers, and little spots for kids (a fake rainbow, some poles that make music etc).

IMAG0596Pretending to be a tulip with my short hair last year – can’t see me, can you?

As usual, there are some downsides. The main food lines are long, as are the toilet lines. The portable toilets got clogged up and on the way out, as I eyed the line of cars illegally parked and thought no one would fine that many people – behold! Two ticket inspectors making their way down the line. Perhaps the event holders need to look into this parking situation for the future.

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Besides these minute cons, I highly recommend this place if you just want to have a stroll with friends or family amongst some beautiful colours. If you are interested in going this year, make a move! They still have a Food, Jazz and Wine weekend and an Irish weekend left.

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Tesselaar Tulip Farm is located at 357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan. Tickets are $20 adult, $17 concession and can be bought online or on the day, more information here.