Australia: The Grampians National Park (Halls Gap), Victoria

With the Great Ocean Road and Warrnambool in our rearview mirror of our trusty Kombi Gracie, Mr ESLT and I hit the road again this time our destination was Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park. The distance between Warrnambool and Halls Gap is 159km and google maps reliably informed me that the journey should take 2 hours and 13 minutes. Unfortunately, I did not factor into the equation that we were driving a 1970’s campervan and not a modern car!…

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Australia: DAY 3/3, Great Ocean Road, Victoria (Port Campbell – Warrnambool)

Previously: Day 2/3 – Great Ocean Road, Victoria (Lorne – Port Campbell DAY 3 Our final day on the Great Ocean Road and what a day it was. The sun was shining, the road was empty and the views were magnificent. We had to be in Warrnambool by lunch time so we got up early, packed our backpacks and hit the road. The first stop we made was 2 minutes after we had set off….we followed the road out of Port…

Australia: DAY 2/3, Great Ocean Road, Victoria (Lorne – Port Campbell)

Previously: DAY 1/3 – Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia (Torquay – Lorne) DAY 2 The first port of call today was Erskine Falls. Erskine Falls is at the end of Erskine Falls Road 10km north-west of Lorne. There is a viewing point above the falls and a walking track, steep in places which leads to the base of the falls. The falls cascade over one of the highest drops in the Otways. The car park is very small but we arrived early…

Australia: DAY 1/3 – Great Ocean Road, Victoria (Torquay – Lorne)

Driving the Great Ocean Road, Australia in a 1970’s VW campervan had always been on my bucket list. Well …..in September 2014 I was lucky enough to be able to cross it off my list! As soon as we had booked the international flights from the UK to Australia I started researching VW campervans (kombis) in and around Melbourne so we could take our trip. We, therefore, hired the fantastic GRACIE!

Australia: St. Kilda

Before our trip to Australia, a number of friends had recommended taking a day to visit St Kilda and I’m sure glad we did. St Kilda is a suburb of Melbourne approximately 6km from the City Centre. We took a tram from the Southbank down to St Kilda which only took about 20 minutes. Getting a tram was easy – just remember to buy your Myki from a Myki machine which is available at a number of stops and shops – it’s…

Australia: Little Penguin Parade Evening Tour, Phillip Island

I love animals and I  love animals in the wild even more so when I saw that going to see wild penguins in their natural habitat was an option whilst visiting Melbourne I jumped at the chance. I booked 2 tickets for this attraction through Viator for £95.18 (which included a 50% discount). The little penguins are the smallest species of penguin in the world growing on average to 33cm (13inches) in height and the largest colony in the world, approximately…

Australia: Eureka Skydeck 88, Melbourne

The Eureka Skydeck 88 is located on the Southbank of Melbourne one block back from the Yarra River. It is located on Riverside Quay next to the Travelodge hotel and a 2-minute walk from the Langham. It is the tallest building in Melbourne (2.97.3 metres) therefore one of the first you will see jutting from the impressive skyline as you enter the city by road. The observation deck takes up the whole of the 88th floor of the sky scrapper with floor to ceiling…

Australia: Magnificent Melbourne!

Melbourne, Melbourne, Melbourne – where to start? After travelling for 30 odd hours from Beverley, East Yorkshire to the other side of the world I wanted…… I needed to be greeted by something amazing, bordering on magical and Melbourne did not disappoint. We went mid-September and knew we were taking a gamble with the weather we may encounter. Unfortunately, the weather gods were not on our side for the first few days of our holiday and we faced Baltic 6 degree…