Archive | July, 2012

Bookworms unite! Top 6 ways to make the most of Melbourne’s literary hotspots…

July 26, 2012

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Michael Kirby at the Melbourne Writer's Festival 2011

With more literary festivals, publishing houses and independent bookstores than anywhere else in Australia, it’s no wonder Melbourne was made a UNESCO City of Literature in 2008. We dig deep to find the best bookish cafes, the most striking literary landmarks and finest festivals of literature for you to enjoy… 1. Head over to the […]

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Crafty artists, funky tunes and comfort food: Queen Victoria night markets launch

July 23, 2012

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Queen Victoria Markets illuminated at night, Melbourne

As temperatures in Melbourne cool down, we find activity hots up! On 8 August, a Wednesday (put it in your travel diaries now!), a new winter night market event ‘Luna 1878‘ will launch. Cocooned within the historic sheds of Queen Victoria Market, Luna 1878 promises to be a sensory overload. Featuring some of the best independent performers, designers, artists, […]

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Penguin Parade? Waddle this way to Phillip Island, Victoria

July 18, 2012

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Ultimate Penguin Tour, Phillip Island, Victoria

If you go down to the beach this eve, you’re in for a big surprise. Well, if that beach happens to be on Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia, that is. These travellers joined the Ultimate Penguin tour on Phillip Island where all wildlife fans can witness a local wonder: the Penguin Parade. Something of a Phillip Island institution, […]

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Missed the Chelsea Flower Show? Step into the award-winning Australian Garden at Capel Manor

July 16, 2012

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Australian Garden at Capel Manor

Missed the Chelsea Flower Show? Too rainy to do the rounds at Hampton Court? Sure, it may be soggy and wet in the UK at the moment. But on the bright side, all this water means our gardens are bloomin’ lovely! What’s more, if you head on over to Capel Manor in Enfield, you’ll be […]

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Photo of the Week: On the (Great Ocean) Road…

July 13, 2012

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Great Ocean Road, Melbourne Victoria

Excited about the cinematic release ‘On the Road‘, the movie based on the bestselling novel by beat poet Jack Kerouac? To celebrate this tale of road trips and restlessness, we couldn’t resist sharing with you this pic of our favourite spot on the Great Ocean Road… The beat goes on… Plan your trip on the Great […]

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Cocktail ‘O Clock? Our top 5 cool bars in Melbourne

July 10, 2012

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Emerald Peacock Melbourne

Thirsty? Us too. Melbourne is awash with fantastic bars so we’ve scouted around and come up with our top 5 places to grab a cocktail. Whether you’re on a backpacker budget or ready to splash some cash, we have the place for you… THE EMERALD PEACOCK WHY? For a chilled out rooftop The Emerald Peacock […]

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Photo of the week: Who are you calling owl? I’m a frogmouth!

July 4, 2012

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Baby tawny frogmouth near Melbourne Photo: Alan U. Kennington

No, these funny looking birds aren’t owls! This baby tawny frogmouth was snapped 10km away from Melbourne only a few weeks after being spotted as  a helpless baby bird under the left wing of its mother. Twit twoo: Discover more wildlife in Victoria

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Game on: Journalist Nick McAvaney is bowled over by Melbourne’s sport scene

July 3, 2012

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Melbourne Cup: Gates at Flemington

UK-based journalist Nick McAvaney re-discovers his home city of Melbourne and is bowled over by its incredible sporting heritage… Melbourne is synonymous with sport, there’s little doubt, and I love sport. But while I’ve spent many days shivering in the rain at the MCG, or baking in the sun at the tennis, it occurred to […]

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