Monthly Archives: June 2015

Wilsons Promontory National Park – Part III

The last full day of our trip was also the longest. On day three, we would first hike from the camp at Little Waterloo Bay to the Wilsons Promontory Lighstation via the southeast track, a moderate/hard hike of 10.9 kilometers and then from the lighthouse to the camp at Roaring Meg via the walking tack, …

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Wilsons Promontory National Park – Part II

The next morning we woke early and made a quick breakfast before setting off for the day. On our second day in Wilsons Prom, we trekked from Seals Cove to Refuge Cove, an easy/moderate rated hike 6.4 kilometers in length with an expected hike time of 2 hours. The hike took us through similar terrain …

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Wilsons Promontory National Park – Part I

When friends invited me to join them on a multi-day backpacking trip in Wilsons Promontory National Park, I jumped at the chance. Not only do I enjoy backpacking in the US, but when I asked people what I should do while in Australia, many people in Melbourne mentioned Wilsons Prom. Wilsons Prom is a national …

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Sassafras and SkyHigh

A short drive from the Kokoda Memorial Walk lies the cute town of Sassafras. The town has several unique galleries and antique stores as well as coffee shops and cafes and is well worth a look. If you continue along highway C415, you’ll pass another small town, Olinda that has much of the same offerings as Sassafras. …

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The Dandenong Ranges

Approximately 40 minutes by car away from the Melbourne CBD lies the Dandenong Ranges National Park, an area of tall forests and vibrant fern gullies. The park is the location of the popular Kokoda Memorial Walk, commonly referred to as the 1,000 Steps Hike. This moderate hike is a memorial to the Australian soldiers who fought …

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The Mornington Peninsula and Winter Wine Fest

Look at a map of Melbourne and you’ll see that it and the surrounding areas form the shape of a crab claw. If Port Phillip Bay is the empty space in between the two halves of the claw, the Mornington Peninsula is the right claw, forming one side of Port Phillip Bay. And the best …

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50 reasons Melbourne is the world’s most livable city

Check out this article from CNN Travel! Click Here My personal favorite is #49–back alleys where it’s actually safe to hang out. This could not be more true about the CBD. In fact, some of the coolest bars/restaurants/cafes I’ve found have been located down narrow alleyways that I would avoid at all costs if they were …

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Qantas

People warned me before I left for Australia, “the flight is long” they said, or “you better upgrade to business class,” and “you DO NOT want to fly economy.” I don’t know what kind of flights these people have been on, but I found my international Qantas flight from LAX to Melbourne, Tullamarine delightful. After …

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Eureka Tower – From the Inside

On our way from the airport, we called ahead and let the representative from the corporate housing company know we were on our way. We met the agent outside the building and he ushered us into a spartan lobby with a 24 hour concierge and three elevator banks. As luck would have it, our place …

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Eureka Tower – From the Outside

Shortly before my trip, I received confirmation of my housing arrangements which included my new address. A quick Google search revealed that the address was located in a building called “Eureka Tower.” Further Google research revealed that Eureka Tower, completed in 2006, is the tallest building in Melbourne and at 975 feet high, also one …

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