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As Summer Goes By…

As you’ll remember that alongside eating, I also enjoy going on adventures! Here are my recent adventures in summer, as documented on Weekendnotes. In addition to that I also recommend an event for March – when summer will officially be gone. But it’s ok, there’s still plenty to do in Melbourne as always!

Squeaky Beach: article
A three hour drive to Wilson’s Promontory was well worth the beautiful views that this national park provides. We spent most of our time at Squeaky Beach where the sand truly squeaks with every step and the water was breathtakingly clear.

Yarra Valley Day Trip: Cherryhill Orchards & Healesville Sanctuary: article
Yarra Valley never ceases to amaze with its hilly and green scenery. During this adventure I got to pick cherries for the first time at the same time as admiring these famous views. In addition to this we squeezed in a trip to Healeseville Sanctuary, where I got to feed birds and come right up close to native Australian animals.

Moonraker Dolphin & Seal Swims in Sorrento: article
An early morning was well worth my first time snorkelling. Did I mention I can’t swim? So you can imagine how nervous I was, but I’m so glad I got to step out of my comfort zone and come up close to animals such as the Australian Fur Seals. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see dolphins, but the seals were amazing.

Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road: article
I’ve been along the Great Ocean Road before but not as far as Victoria’s iconic Twelve Apostles. There’s a long viewing platform to walk on and take all sorts of photos, as you marvel at the impressive coastal formations. You also get to admire the views along the Great Ocean Road drive itself. A must-do for Victorians!

Round She Goes Market, Coburg: article
This isn’t your typical Sunday trash and treasure market. It’s indoors and it’s all about quality vintage products – nothing shabby here. There will be lots of preloved designer items as well as other items that are in fantastic condition. This market has a $2 entry but it’s well worth the goodies that will be available!

Merry Weekendnotes!

It’s that season where you finally get to have a break and enjoy your time off. In the spirit of spending your time doing fun things and not working, here’s a Weekendnotes update if you haven’t had a chance to see my latest articles.

Host a Charity Dinner for the Philippines: article
To do our part and assist the Philippines in their time of crisis, we held a small charity dinner that managed to raise $1500 in donations. In the midst of trouble, we shared Filipino culture with those who are not as familiar with it and managed to aid those in need, providing a fun night but with sincere thoughts going out to those in need.

Secret Forest Walks in Daylesford: article
If you want an adventure and you’re not usually a hiker, here’s a challenge. Walking in a secluded forest in Daylesford with a GPS to guide you through a scenic walk, Secret Forest Walks will lead you to places that other people don’t really go. You may or may not be physically challenged whilst you can allow nature’s silence to engulf you.

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Melbourne: article
If you’re looking for a relaxing night or a night that isn’t just full of drinking to welcome 2014, here’s a few ideas. As a person who isn’t a heavy drinker, it’s always nice just to spend the night with good friends and appreciate the year that has passed in good company.

Ayomo Frozen Yogurt Cafe: article
Ayomo, standing for “A Yogurt Moment”, is a fairly new place on Clarendon St in South Melbourne. It provides unique flavours of frozen yogurt, their signature flavour being macadamia. In addition to this they make nutritious juices and smoothies, and even serve up some amazing waffles, so check it out for some healthy late-night dessert!

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Where to Relax, Read and Dine

If you want to know where to dine with some amazing views, what’s a relaxing place to enjoy a read or what’s on next weekend, my latest Weekendnotes articles will tell you all that. Simply click the links below or visit here. You can even show me your support by clicking “Like” or “Subscribe to Monique N” in the left hand corner of that page!

Philippine Fiesta 2013: article//website

If you didn’t get enough of Filo culture in my last post, did you know that each year there is a Philippine Fiesta in Melbourne? You can witness some amazing cultural performances, from singing to dance and wrestling matches. Meanwhile, you can venture through all the food stores and sample their amazing BBQ dishes.

If you look out, some Filipino groceries are selling presale tickets to the event or you can just rock up on the day!

Top Places to Read a Book in Melbourne: article

Need I say more? Sometimes, you just want to enjoy your latest novel and block out everything else. However, it’s always nice to do so in a peaceful atmosphere, whether it’s a beach or a park. Read my article for my favourite spots, including a little sneaky treat at the end.

Melbourne Dining Spots with a View: article

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Here you will find some conventional places that you may have heard of, within the greenery of areas such as the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges. If you’re wondering what will be nice for someone’s next big occasion, if you want to explore or if you simply just want to treat yourself, these places are perfect to drop by!

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/

 

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

The Trailer Park Returns!

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During August and September, Village Melbourne in St Kilda held a Trailer Park each weekend, and rotated various food trucks.

It was a successful event with a warm and charming atmosphere. It also provided a great solution for food truck enthusiasts who eagerly check their Twitter to find out where all the trucks will be that night. If you missed out, don’t worry, as the Trailer Park will return for one full week in November for The Age’s Good Food Month.

Click here to read about the event and my past experience at the Trailer Park on Weekendnotes!

Trailer Park food

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!