#RoadtripAroundOz| Marree, S.A.

The next morning it was off from Port Augusta (who were still trying to get their businesses going from the Super Storm 24/48 hours prior!) into the Flinders Ranges at _____ for a few nice walks and some hiking! They have beautiful lookouts + scenery, perfect for your next capture on your camera, however for Us the weather was a bit of a challenge so we together made the decision to keep driving to Marree, S.A. 

I have to be honest that I slept most of the way here but I did ask my partner a few questions about what Marree was like…

Well… Marree is an outback town with a population of round about twenty residents including Aboriginals. Marree has one pub, one railway line and one small Caravan Park. Yup and that’s it for y’all ! 

Outback Greetings from

BLG x

#RoadtripAroundOz | Portland, Victoria

Our roadtrip takes Us from Torquay along the stunning scenery and ultimate tourist road of the Great Ocean Road to the Otway Ranges and Cape Otway Lighthouse. 

Here it is time to pace yourself and read up on the history of the otways and take a visit to Victoria’s most important lighthouse. Just before you take the turnoff, have your camera ready,slow down and look up in the trees for some koalas. 

Once you have explored the area it’s is back on the road towards Portland, Vic. A good night stopover is at Princetown Reserve. A football oval run like a caravan park with powered + unpowered sites available, camp kitchen and amenities block and some wildlife to observe.


The next morning it is time to have some breakfast before hitting the road yet again. Enjoy the coastal scenery and make the most of your drive to your destination.

Safe travels + see you all at Portland. One of Australia’s Export Port and Oldest European Settlement! Enjoy, BLG x

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#RoadtripAroundOz | Torquay, Victoria

Hi Y’All,

Finally are We able to give you a bit of an insight into our trip from Melbourne to Torquay and beyond.
This trip will take Us across four states over the period of four incredible weeks, so please join Us on our journey by subscribing and it won’t take long before the wanderlust strikes you.

Torquay, a beautiful beachside surfer town just past Geelong on the Bay. We arrive at Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park, which offers various sites for caravans and camping (campers beware: this park does not offer unpowered tent sites!) and sits just opposite the beach.



For those wanting to catch the sunrise, a morning swim or surf go right ahead. The caravan park has great amenities blocks with showers, camp kitchen with free wifi and is close to the Main Street.

Start Exploring + Stay Safe on your journey. For those wanting to follow our journey please subscribe. That’s it so far from BLG xox 

Thank you Torquay and Hello Princetown!! ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿš—๐ŸŒŽโ˜€๏ธ

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

 

 

 

Aradale ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป

Let Us tell you:
Aradale Lunatic Asylum built to house the mentally ill or insane as you would say back on those days. Purposely built on a mountain right here in Ararat, Vic AU with the belief that any winds from the south had a calming, healing effect on their patients and would basically help them heal from their mental illness. Aradale Asylum has two sister facilities: one at Kew the other at Beechworth, both also in Victoria, AU.

Opened in 1867 to house up a large number of patients until its closure in 1993, however one ward remained open for another couple of years thereafter. The building itself comprised of 63 building to make up Aradale, meaning it had to be self sufficient with 30ha Vineyard and their very own winery. Extensive training facilities and 4ha lavender farm. Livestock and own piggery as well as a market would have also been needed! Additionally of course crops and gardens for self grown varieties of food.

The rest is for you to explore (and there is heaps!), broaden your knowledge and experience whatever might happen… ๐Ÿ‘ป
We had a ball and our guides get the thumbs up!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
Now it’s your turn to step into unknown territory.

 

Bright, Victoria

From the nice scenic drives up North, arriving in Bright, Victoria was one of those super exciting and relaxing days this Winter. With temperatures plummeting and the cold fronts picking up we were lucky enough with beautiful warm weather and a sunny day, trying to get the most of those nice ray’s of sunshine. ๐Ÿ˜Š
We arrived early to make the most of this day so decided to head to the local farmers market, although small and situated alongside the Ovens river in addition providing beautiful scenic walking trails (Cherry and Canyon Walks we highly recommend! The history behind the town is incredible even your kids will love it) in addition to the Main Street and multiple shops also within walking reach. 

Of course Food locations are always the most serious question any travel or visitor to a town will ask you at any given moment so be prepared to list the good stuff!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

It was a very memorable day and as it is a beautiful location makes it worth visiting time and time again!

Until next time,

Ginger & Blondie xx 

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 โ€“ an entire Saturday will suit best.
So Us three can head North, South, East and West!

We (Andrew and I)ย  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 everyoneโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 wonโ€™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 โ€“ before it โ€˜s too late,
Too many to tasteย  – โ€œOh my โ€ฆ what will be?ย  “,
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 โ€“ let it begin.
ย โ€˜Prostโ€™ and โ€˜Cheersโ€™ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 โ€ฆ letโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 thenย  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 tooย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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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