Clifton Gardens

Clifton Gardens is located in Mosman which is one of the affluent suburbs North of Sydney.  Clifton Gardens is a beautiful family park with a stunning view of Chowder Bay. The park features a relatively small beach and a netted swimming bath which is perfect for young children and it is enclosed by a wharf…

Lake

Climbing Mt Kosciuszko

Mt Kosciuszko is the tallest mountain in Australia. It stands 2.2 kilometres above sea level. Fourteen years ago, I climbed up to the Summit. The 18 kilometre return climb started from Charlotte Pass which took most part of the day. Unknowingly, I was pregnant with my first child. Fourteen years later, we went back. With…

Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Fish Market offers Sydneysiders and tourists alike the opportunity to experience an authentic working fish market. It is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world’s second largest seafood market in terms of variety outside of Japan. The market opens at 5.30am when seafood buyers arrive to check the…

Old Bus Depot Market

You may start to notice, I love going to markets particularly those ones that offer an eclectic mix of gourmet delights.  In Old Bus Depot Market in Kinston, Canberra, you will be delighted by the flavour, fun and its ambience. It is an in-door market. It has a contemporary urban feel and with many providores…

Locals

Stanwell Park

Stanwell Park is a picturesque coastal village and northern suburb of Wollongong in Australia. It takes about an hour to drive get to Stanwell Park from Sydney. It is situated in a small valley between Bald Hill to the north, Stanwell Tops to the west and Mount Mitchell to the south. The spectacular view of…

Avoca Beach

Avoca is in the Central Coast and it takes one-hour and a bit to drive north of Sydney to get to there.  Avoca Beach features rocky headlands at each end of a long, beautiful beach. It is a popular as a holiday destination, especially for families given the vibrant surf culture and a relaxed and…

Old Bar Beach

Old Bar

It’s so beautiful, we had to come back. Old Bar is three hours away from Sydney heading towards mid-North Coast. It is an attractive small fishing village. We again stayed literally on the beach.  It is a perfect location to go for a long weekend to wind down from a stressful week.  You can spend…

Beechworth

Travelling to Beechworth by car will take approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes from Melbourne.  It is a living legacy of a gold rush era and it is one of the best preserved gold rush towns with its carefully restored honey-coloured colonial buildings and historic precinct. The 19th century streets showcase an eclectic mix of…

Maroondah Dam

Yarra Valley

Yarra valley is a pleasant one hour drive heading towards East of Melbourne. It is home to majority of Victorian wines.  It caters to visitors across the globe who would like to experience the three life’s greatest pleasures: 1) scrumptious food; 2) great wine and 3) stunning scenery of green rolling hills against a mountain backdrop.…

Echuca

I’d say, it’s in the middle of nowhere but it’s only 2 ½ hour drive from Melbourne. Echuca is situated on the Murray River and it is oddly known to be ‘the world’s paddle-steamer capital’  (I’m still thinking where else can one find a paddle-steamer? ) and it is apparently one of Victoria’s major tourist…

Geelong

Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city next to Melbourne. It’s the gateway city to the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road. Similar to Melbourne’s cosmopolitan culture, you will experience a diverse range of food & wine, cultural and recreational attractions and colonial history in this town. Go for a nice relaxing stroll along Geelong’s…

Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is only an hour drive from Melbourne. Eventhough the humidity and hot weather is a little uncomfortable, I think Summer is the best time to come here because of its holiday resort vibe. We took a pleasant one hour ferry ride from Queenscliff to Sorrento. As soon as we arrived, I have…

Seal Rocks

Seal Rocks is a tiny fishing village and will take you three hours to drive from Sydney. The small village is situated in the Myall Lakes National Park. It is pristine and an absolute unspoilt natural beauty. Its seclusion is perfect for a private romantic getaway. The private location offers pristine beaches, azure seas, protected…

Hamilton Island Beach Club

Hamilton Island

“Australia’s answer to the Caribbean” says Bob Oatley. Bob Oatley owns Hamilton Island…so how’s that for a sales pitch? Their ad says “Where in the world would yo rather be?” My answer? Somewhere spectacular and reasonably affordable. Let me start by saying Hamilton Island I think is over rated and is expensive. Not to say it’s…

12 Apostles

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road in Victoria is one of the world’s most scenic roads and you could drive through the region which covers south-west Victoria and home to the famous 12 Apostles. The journey starts from Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. Whilst driving, you will quickly discover beautiful beaches, a good selection of restaurants and an…