Driving the Great Ocean Road


If you’re staying in Melbourne and you can only choose one side trip, I would suggest you pay a visit to the Great Ocean Road. The celebrated route starts in Torquay, about an hour and a half south-west of Melbourne, and extends 243 km (150 miles) along the coastline to Allansford. The road and its surroundings are heritage listed and when you drive along it it’s not hard to see why. Victoria’s coastline is wild and this is the best way to experience it.

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Hiking Review: Cathedral Ranges State Park

The Cathedral Ranges are only a couple of hours north-east of Melbourne yet somehow I only heard about them for the first time this year. If you want panoramic views of a quintessential country Victorian landscape then the Cathedral Ranges are for you. There are eucalypt forests for miles around. Standing on top of a mountain we felt like we were the only people in the world and suddenly the exhausting trek up all seemed worth it.

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West Lake, Hangzhou: Tea, Pagodas & Lakes

Well, Hangzhou was the perfect side trip from Shanghai. In 2016 Hangzhou self-described itself for the G20 summit as “Paradise on Earth” and having visited the city I don’t think that is such a bold claim after all. Hangzhou is situated on an enormous lake aptly called West Lake. Seriously, this UNESCO world heritage site is enormous so don’t be naïve (like me) and assume you can

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6 Days in Shanghai

We recently took our first trip to China where we spent our time in Shanghai and nearby Zhèjiāng. When we first toyed with the idea of going to China, we had in our minds a trip that would include Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hangzhou and we were keen to visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and the terracotta warriors. We were even considering a side trip to Tibet or Continue reading “6 Days in Shanghai”

Day Trip: From Shanghai to Zhujiajiao

On the fourth day of our trip to Shanghai we travelled out to Zhujiajiao, one of the eight ancient water towns in the region. Zhujiajiao is one of the closest of the water towns, situated an hour by bus from the city centre. Despite its relative closeness to China’s biggest city, Zhujiajiao makes you feel as though you’ve been transported to an entirely different time and place.

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10 Arcades and Laneways to visit in Melbourne

When you think about Melbourne a few things probably come to mind. Our coffee, our insistence on waiting 4+ hours at some of the best restaurants (and our obsession with food in general), our art scene, our trams, Victorian terrace houses and of course, our laneways.

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