5 Days at Airlie

5 Days at Airlie

A spontaneous trip with one of my girl friend turned out to be one hell of an adventure! This trip included five days at Queenslands Airlie Beach along the East Coast of Australia. Here is the quick run down:

WEDNESDAY:10am scheduled flight from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Brisbane Airport.Then it was onto another plane to head to Proserpine Whitsunday Coastal Airport. Arrival time was just after 3pm in the afternoon. The flights were all pretty smooth however I had a bit of trouble equalizing the pressure in my ears so every time I spoke I felt like I was whispering but of course I did not want to start yelling either so the end result? I had blocked ears for the next two days straight! Our accommodation was: Whitsunday Vista Resort

THURSDAY: Exploring Airlie Beach, headed to Cannonvale for some lunch at Fat Frog Beach Cafe. They make the most yummy smoothies .. Hello Health! Then it was off for 90 minutes of massages.facial and foot treatments at Intuitive Massage (my birthday present from my great friend! Thanks again.) The experience was pure bliss/ super relaxing, felt absolutely amazing + refreshed when we left. We then headed back to Airlie Beach by walking along the Coastal Walk overlooking the ocean just perfectly.

FRIDAY: Hello, Cruisewhitsundays!!! 8am departure on a vessel headed for Reefworld at Hardy Reef on the Great Barrier Reef! Our ticket included morning/afternoon tea and lunch as well as some snorkeling gear. Yes, even if you cannot swim you have the option of a life jacket and swim noodle. This experience was absolutely mind blowing – it shows just how important it is to look after our marine life and ecosystem. As this adventure was an entire day trip we headed to KC’s Bar & Grill for some early birthday celebrations as it was my birthday the following day. I certainly am not one to go out partying or clubbing but rather have a nice meal and live entertainment, goodness I sound like such a grandma! Anyhow they have the most delicious Seafood Platter for Two, it was really really nice. So if you happen to be within the area make sure to check it out!

SATURDAY: Today consisted of basically hiring a Swifty of car hire company Hertz and heading to Cedar Creek Falls, which was good but disappointing due to not much water was falling…it was then off to Hydeaway Bay, one super secluded beach where it was time to simply relax and soak of those rays of sunshine. Ending the day was a trip to Sushi Hi within the main street of Airlie Beach and getting an icecream at the local Cold Rock Icecreamery. Day complete with some major sunburn!

SUNDAY: Breakfast at Geruma literally 5 stars out of 5 for this business!! Super healthy and yummy, cant get over it. Checkout from our resort stay was at 10am then it was off sunbaking at Airlie Lagoon before heading back to the airport for our flight back home. I did not want to leave! It was one wonderful holiday and I will most certainly be back again soon.

Thanks for reading,

BLG xx

 

 

 

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A Walk at Alowyn Gardens

When life gets too hectic, take a step back and enjoy the beautiful magnificent manicured parterre gardens at Alowyn Gardens, Yarra Glen.

Not far from neighbouring towns of Healesville, Tarrawarra and Dixons Creek. Multiple wineries can be found along the way also, including the prestigious Balgownie Estate. #drinkup

Located along the Melba Hwy, Alowyn offers charm, beauty and nature. From stunning solar operated fountain to beautiful garden beds for edible foods, berries and a large display of ornaments.

#raspberries  #strawberries  #blueberries  #boysenberries

It was such a beautiful day We spent there together, I feel so happy to have had my incredible boyfriend there with me to take in all the stunning nature there. The most special moment in my heart was when We took a walk through the Wisteria Archway towards the fountain …it was magical!

#AniceWalkToRememember

For anyone reading this, I definitely recommend a visit to Alowyn, with kids or without it will be your most amazing day.

BLG. x

 

Birthday Surprise

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While everyone else spends their Sunday lazing around or getting organised for the new week, We got other things we can do with our such valuable time, such as celebrating our gorgeous friends birthday!

Our idea of a gift turned into a clue filled trip away lasting a mere 12 hours filled with incredible memories and so much fun!!!

How it all went down:

We were invited to her birthday celebrations in the city recently and there she got her very first clue … instead of a present as the surprise was yet to come.

CLUE#1
October 15th was your birthday,
Hip Hip and Hooray!
We have a surprise for you,
This is all we can say.
Please pick a day – an entire Saturday will suit best.
So Us three can head North, South, East and West!

We (Andrew and I)  both knew she is similar to Us as she loves beauty as much as I do + the outdoors just like Andrew does, so we came up with organizing a trip filled with clues which she would need to solve in order to find out what the surprise was. The entire trip took place in Healesville, Victoria – Australia.

Yesterday our friend Katherine came to my house at 8 am before we headed to my boyfriend’s place to pick him up and have Us all drive to our first destination. Katherine got blindfolded as we knew she used to live along the way, plus it would have been a bit ‘too boring’ without a blindfold.

Clue #2
Today is the day of the surprise to come true,
We hope you are ready to figure out your next clue.
It comes with a selection of a wide range of foods,
Which without a doubt tickle everyone’s individual mood.
With locations in yet only two states,
But a great place to catch up with your mates.

The answer to this clue was Breakfast at the well known Beechworth Bakery in Healesville, this surprise was of course well received too, as she had only ever been there once before. Don’t get me talking on the food, it is absolutely delicious.

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After breakfast it was time for the next clue 🙂

Clue #3
Now it is off to a location very nice,
Yes, it is another part of this great surprise.
Your wallet, phone and keys you won’t need, but a good mindset indeed.
It is time to unwind and leave the daily chores behind.
Enjoy this special moment to refresh and re-energize.

Her grin when we arrived was priceless. It was a 1 hour Aroma Therapy massage, included with hot stones and the best masseuses available of course at no other location than Piaf Day Spa. She absolutely LOVED it. She was so super relaxed and glowing after her treatment! By then the next clue was already on it’s way:

Clue #4
But wait there is more – believe it or not,
Few places we can go, while owners await,
Our verdict very fast – before it ‘s too late,
Too many to taste  – “Oh my … what will be?  “,
Too dry, too sweet before you pick.
A glass or two of course changed to a bottle,
But please make sure you do not waddle.
Yes, here we are – let it begin.
 ‘Prost’ and ‘Cheers’ is your next hint.

This clue allowed plenty of time and variation, as the hint suggests it included the travel to almost every single winery in the area (LITERALLY!), where we tasted some wines and picked a few favorites 😉

Some of those wineries included, are Boat O’Craigo, a small Australian distillery at Four Pillars before we moved on to another magical place which you might be able to figure out through reading this next clue below.

Clue #5
This place has locations across Australia
and will take Us away on a journey so far.
Young children everywhere will like this one too,
with offerings and tastings that brighten your mood.
From light to dark and sweet to sour
while others rush here every single hour!
It comes with passion and indulgence … let’s not forget creativity
The word has nine letters and tastes super sweet.

After our trip to the Chocolatier at Healesville off we were for some more wine tastings 🙂

Yarrawood Estate, Balgownie Estate Vinyard Resort & Spa, Fergusson Winery and Restaurant , De Bortoli which allowed some space for a mini cheese factory allowing Us to taste some of their cheese, we then  Sutherland Estate

We then continued on to visit Shantell Vinyard right next door… then it was off to the last two wineries, Dixons Creek Winery (Graeme Miller Wines) and last but not least Mandala Wines

We had the most incredible time, chatting to the winemakers and vinyard owners and getting a whole heap of knowledge from them and how they operate in this so diverse yet competitive industry.

By now we were all a bit tired and wanted some time to simply relax, so off it was to Maroondah Reservoir, before the last surprise was announced:

Dinner at Yarra Valley Harvest.

It was amazing, the entire trip was so much fun and we definitely created the best and most amazing memories yet, in addition we set the stakes quite high too  😉

 

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For anyone wanting to know some details:

The riddle was written by myself and has copyright restrictions!

The trip was planned by both my amazing partner Andrew (applause for him please) and myself

Biggest thanks to Andrew for this amazing day!

AK. xx