Tips & Articles

6
June
2017

Local Flavours at the Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse

The landscape surrounding Melbourne City lends itself perfectly to not only winemaking, but beer production, too. The Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse is set in the sprawling green expanse of the Yarra Valley, one of the most verdant landscapes in the country. It was originally set up to act as a creative and collaborative space for the founders to share their passion about all things beer and cider. Though it’s not immediately known for its beer, the Yarra Valley has a history of beer dating back to the early 1800s when hops were a popular crop to grow. Today, many of […]

   
  
8
May
2017

Koala Spotting and Surfing at Kennett River

Located around 174 kilometres to the west of Melbourne City, Kennett River is a small, picturesque seaside town on the Otway Coast. Forming part of the impressive Great Ocean Road, one of the country’s best-loved attractions, it proves popular with visitors from near and far. Sitting pretty between the charming towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay, Kennett River is close to the cascading Wye River and boasts a sprawling beach that has a reliable surf break. Surfing is a popular activity here, and you’ll be able to tell if the surf is up by how busy the beach carpark is […]

   
  
19
April
2017

The Weird and Wonderful Attractions at the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

Chocolate lovers rejoice! The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is a short ride from Melbourne and provides visitors with the chance to indulge their sweet tooth. As well as plenty of opportunities to watch chocolatiers in action, you can make your own chocolates and browse the incredible selection of interactive displays and exhibits around the factory. The factory itself celebrates all things chocolate, where you can dive into a sweet world of truffles, sweets, and everything in between. When you need a rest, head to the café, where you can tuck into a wide range of chocolate treats and a number […]

   
  
29
March
2017

The Top 5 Things to Do on Phillip Island

For an animal-centred day trip just outside of Melbourne city, grab a ride to Phillip Island and prepare to be blown away by the sheer beauty of the wildlife and scenery that’s on offer. There’s plenty to get stuck into while you’re on the island, so here are some of the best ways to pass the time. 1. The Penguin Parade Perhaps the most popular attraction on Phillip Island, the Penguin Parade lets visitors watch the colony of Little Penguins as they waddle up the beach after a long hard day of fishing. As well as observing the sunset parade, […]

   
  
7
March
2017

How to Experience the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island

Phillip Island, just off the coast of Melbourne City, is a haven of wildlife. Perhaps the most prominent animal encounter is the Penguin Parade, which takes place every evening and sees the local colony of Little Penguins make their way up the beach after a long, hard day of fishing. You’ll be able to watch the world’s smallest penguin waddle up the shore line while learning more about their habitat, behaviour, and history on the island. As well as watching the parade itself, you’ll have a chance to explore the educational displays and stories in the Visitors’ Centre and admire […]

   
  
23
February
2017

How to Visit the 12 Apostles

Just outside of Melbourne City, the Great Ocean Road languishes out along the stunning coastline, bringing visitors an eclectic selection of natural attractions and manmade landmarks. The unique structure of the 12 Apostles is perhaps the most popular sight in the area, featuring a collection of limestone stacks that shoot skywards just beside the Port Campbell National Park. At the moment, only eight apostles remain after the ninth collapsed back in 2005, but it still promises a stunning sight – especially if you visit at sunrise or sunset. How the 12 Apostles Were Formed The Apostles were created through erosion, […]

   
  
10
February
2017

Travelling to Memorial Arch on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most popular attractions, it’s just 90 minutes drive from Melbourne City. Along with its wild length, it features numerous natural wonders as well as man-made landmarks that are well worth a visit. Memorial Arch is one such attraction. The monument was a tribute to the World War One servicemen who dedicated their time to building the Great Ocean Road, and it has had a lengthy, turbulent history. The current arch is the third one to have been built on the same spot after the second was destroyed in bushfires back in 1983. Made […]

   
  
19
January
2017

Climbing the Eureka Tower in Melbourne

The Eureka Tower in Melbourne City soars almost 300 metres skywards, offering a futuristic touch to the horizon. Set in the busy Southbank precinct of Melbourne, it dates back to 2002 when construction began after architectural firm Fender Katsalidis Architects put in a bid for the design. It wasn’t completed until June 2006, though, when it became the world’s tallest residential tower before it was overtaken by two buildings in Dubai. Named after the Victorian rebellion Eureka Stockade during the gold rush in the 1800s, it retains some of the style and charm from that era, like the gold crown […]

   
  
30
December
2016

The Fascinating History of the Polly Woodside

First launched in 1885, the Polly Woodside is an iron-hulled, three-masted barque that was originally built in Belfast but is now preserved in Melbourne City. It makes up part of the South Wharf precinct and boasts a rich history pivotal to the area. It got its original name from its maker – William J. Woodside. Polly Woodside first set sail from the Workman Clark yards in Belfast, where she started her role as a general cargo ship. In the years that followed her 1885 launch, she took part in the nitrate trade between the UK and South America before making […]

   
  
13
December
2016

The Architecture and Design of the Royal Arcade

Explore the charm and history of Melbourne City in the Royal Arcade, one of the city’s premier shopping destinations that are filled to the brim with designer boutiques, cafes, and must-visit stores. Set in the Central Business District of the city, it dates back to 1870 when its grand opening took place. It is now one of the oldest surviving shopping arcades in Australia and is best-known for its opulent interior and the impressive carvings of mythical figures Gog and Magog that guard the southern entrance. The Architecture of the Royal Arcade The architecture is one of the most stunning […]

   
  
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