Healesville Sanctuary

Located a just over an hour from Melbourne, Healesville Sanctuary is a nice little day out for lovers of zoos, wildlife, art and education.

It’s also one of those places I know I have been to at some stage in my childhood but cannot recall when, why or who took me. So, I decided it was time to go back and check it out. Because new memories and experiences are what 2017 is all about… well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. Continue reading

Coolart Wetlands and Homestead

Recently I went to the Coolart Wetlands and Homestead for a BBQ with my extended family. This year it was decided the family would get together the Sunday before Christmas and celebrate somewhere other than at my Aunty’s house. Which is fair enough as Christmas day can get hectic with a lot of things going on. I had never been to the homestead or the wetlands before so I had no preconceived idea of what to expect other than a quick Google search for directions. It’s located along the Mornington Peninsula in Somers, Victoria and is a fairly straightforward run if travelling by car. And, as someone who is geographically challenged at the best of times and known for arguing with her GPS, this is saying something: If I can drive there easily enough you can too.

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My Experience as a First Time Cruiser

On the 13th November 2016, my friend and I embarked on our first cruise ever. My friend is a long-time country music fan and was looking for something that fell on or around her birthday, so we booked the Cruising Country Number 6 through a lovely travel agent, asked whatever questions seemed important at the time and set off on packing all the cruise wear we could lay our hands on and stuff in our suitcases. It seemed like a great adventure: 8 nights away to New Caledonia and Vanuatu with plenty of on board entertainment and food included. What could go wrong? Surely we would be in for a surprise? Right? Continue reading

Gallery: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

If you find yourself visiting Taupo, New Zealand one of its attractions is the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. You can either go as part of a bus tour which gives you an hour to explore the place or make your own way there to check it out and take your time. Here are a few snaps from my visit there in November 2015: Continue reading

Gallery: Rotorua Canopy Tours

If you visit Rotorua, New Zealand and enjoy nature and outdoor activities then I recommend you check out the Rotorua Canopy Tour. It includes ziplining, a bridge walk and information about the conservation efforts they are doing to protect New Zealand’s native birds from introduced pests. Here are a few snaps from my trip to New Zealand in November 2015: Continue reading

Singapore Trip – Arrival and First Thoughts

When I planned and packed for a seven day trip to Singapore I had little idea what to expect as it was my first trip overseas. While I had travelled interstate before over the years I had no experience with customs, immigration, foreign currency or just what to expect on a long flight. Luckily I had guidance from my cousin who came with me, though she did judge me for my lack of direction and sense of surroundings (geography was never my strong point) and for not thinking my luggage through more thoroughly (I missed a lot of little items like an eye mask for the plane, sunscreen, non prescription sunnies to go with my contact lenses, moisturiser and soap).

First impressions of the travel preparation: I loved the convenience of booking the hotel and flights online. That part was familiar and straight forward for me. I did notice that you get charged a fee for booking something in a foreign currency (at least I did with Commonwealth bank) which was the only difference with booking accommodation. The Continue reading