Archive | May, 2012

Nina’s photo diary: A magical misty morning walk in the Grampians National Park

May 31, 2012

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Grampians in Victoria, Australia

A totally magical misty morning walk in the Grampians National Park. We visited Reeds Lookout and McKenzie Falls, as well as learning about the importance of the region in Aboriginal culture at the Brambuk Cultural Centre. Stretch your legs Discover the Grampians and all Victoria has to offer at visitmelbourne.com.au/uk

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Nina’s photo diary: Good morning Melbourne!

May 30, 2012

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crown metropol hotel melbourne

Good morning Melbourne! And welcome to the first instalment of my photo diary, following my trip through marvellous Melbourne and beyond… Early morning, day one: A sunrise swim at the Crown Metropol Hotel in Melbourne provides a pretty outstanding start to the day! Stay and swim awhile: Visit crownmetrolpol.com.au/

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Photo of the Week: Mmmm, meet our new best friand….

May 24, 2012

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Friands in Melbourne

Toppling over counters of beachside cafés in Australia, we were delighted to spot the delicious friand at Lantana in London the other day. A cloud-like mix of icing sugar, egg whites and a dash of flour makes these oval-cut cakes super light, whilst ground almonds keep them moist and chewy  – perfect if you’ve just returned […]

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Baked eggs and toasted banana bread: Shelagh Ryan invites you in for a taste of Melbourne at Lantana

May 22, 2012

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Shelagh Ryan (right) and sister Caitlin outside Lantana

“I think we’ve been successful because a lot of Londoners are sick to death of eating at the same chains on every high street and drinking rubbish coffee.” So says Shelagh Ryan, former Melbournite and the lively, down-to-earth founder of the phenomenally successful Lantana coffee shop in London. “Londoners love Australian cafes because we do […]

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Want to win a real Andy Warhol? Check in at the Art Series Hotel in Melbourne

May 16, 2012

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Art series hotel Melbourne Andy Warhol

‘Which Warhol is Warhol’s?,’ is the question hanging on everyone’s lips at the Art Series Hotel Group in Melbourne. One original work by the iconic artist Andy Warhol is residing at the hotel amongst nine replicas, created by the greatest living art forger, Tony Tetro. Guests at the hotels are invited to guess which of the […]

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Snow way! Our top four places to hit the slopes in Victoria…

May 15, 2012

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Snowboarding at Mt Baw Baw near Melbourne Victoria

Yes, it may be a balmy 20 degrees in Melbourne. But did you know you can ski and snowboard in Victoria? Nope? Well follow us, non-believers, on a three hour drive from Melbourne to the High Country and prepare for a dose of the white stuff… 1. Best for a quick trip An easy three hour drive […]

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Photo of the week: Eastern pygmy possum

May 11, 2012

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Eastern pygmy possum in Victoria Australia

Happy Friday everyone! Hot off the heels of the discovery of first tiger quoll in the Otways yesterday, we thought you might like to see most miniature, amazing marsupial ever… introducing the eastern pygmy possum. This pint-sized possum weighs between 15-45g (lighter than a tim tam!), is nocturnal and an active climber.  We also think […]

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Discovery of the decade! First tiger quoll found in the Otways in Victoria

May 10, 2012

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Endangered tiger quolls near Melbourne, Victoria

We have some exciting news! The first confirmed evidence of wild tiger quolls in the Otways since 2003 has been discovered this week. The discovery was made by travellers, who unwittingly collected evidence when they spotted a strange animal dropping a scat fish on their verandah. After reporting their sighting to the Commission for Environmental […]

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Blog spot: Following Lara Dunston on a tour through Melbourne’s Laneways…

May 3, 2012

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Parrot street art in Melbourne

We love following new and brilliant bloggers to find out what they write about in Melbourne. This week we were so enamoured of Lara Dunston’s tour through Melbourne’s Laneways in her blog Gran Turismo, we simply had to share it with you. Follow Lara Dunston and her Melbourne adventures at  granturismotravels.com and tell us what you […]

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Flat white or short black? Peter Dore-Smith brings Melbourne coffee culture to the UK

May 1, 2012

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Melbourne coffee culture in the UK

 Flat white, short black, cold drip – in Melbourne, coffee is a serious pleasure. We chat to former Melbourne local  Peter Dore-Smith, the brains behind Kaffeine, the much loved coffee shop in London, to find out why Melbourne coffee culture is creating such a stir… Q1. Kaffeine, Lantana, Caravan, St Ali and the Sensory Lab. […]

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