The Grampians National Park in Victoria was created in 1984 and includes four mountain ranges. These ranges are composed of sandstone which was created around 400 million years ago when sand was deposited in a shallow sea. Over time these deposits were compressed and hardened and subsequent earth movements tilted and raised the sandstone beds. Erosion has left the hardest sandstone layers exposed as tall cliffs - of of the tallest and longest cliffs in the Grampians is at Mt Rosea. The summit is poised on the cliff edge and being one of the higher peaks it provides an extensive view of the national park.
We spent a lovely weekend at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm in Daylesford, Victoria, celebrating its lavender harvest. There was an exciting festival when visitors were welcome to learn about the lavender process from cutting in the field to watching the flowers being distilled for their precious essential oil. Hundreds of bunches hanged beneath every available verandah and, of course, their fresh lavender was available for sale.
Compare to 2014, 2015 was quiet. During the year we all were very busy studying, working and running our small business. We stayed in Melbourne most of the time. However, we made some major trips as well: from Darwin to Adelaide, from Melbourne to Broken Hill and back and two trips to Adelaide.
Here are results of our 2015 year in more details:
The site of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens were established in the 1800's. The municipal council petitioned the Department of Lands and Survey to make this segment of land bordered by Dickens Street, Tennyson Street and Blessington Street a Botanic Garden. Today the St Kilda Botanical Gardens are recognised by Heritage Victoria for their cultural heritage significance as one of Victoria’s earliest botanical gardens.
The Gardens is a the perfect place for a family gathering, wedding, kick of the footy or picnic with friends. We've already been here in winter, but this visit was different. The Gardens are truly beautiful in spring, when everything is in full bloom.
Are you ready for Christmas? Santa is coming to the town in less than 24hours :)
Today's theme is 'Christmas Decorations in Melbourne - Part 2': Crown Hotel decorations, Town Hall Projections, City Square and Lego Christmas Tree at Federation Square. If you haven't seen them - read no further and head up to the city :) It is worth to visit :)
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Wilsons Promontory National Park is one of Victoria’s most popular parks, and arguably also one of the most beautiful national parks in Australia. It offers many great walks for all different fitness levels, as well as stunning vistas of pink granite boulder mountains, turquoise water and squeaky-white sand.
That is why we chose Wilsons Prom for our first-in-Australia overnight hike.
The whole idea was to check are we able to walk with food, water, tent and all other hiking things for 2-3 nights. If someone says ‘hey, guys, what are you talking about, it is easy!’, I’d like to remind him that we have a 9y.o. son who physically cannot carry 15+ kg backpack, but needs water and food as an adult (I am not saying that he need clothes, a sleeping bag and some other stuff as well). This basically meant that we, as parents, had to carry some of his belongings, as well as ours.
Again, this overnight hike was more a training hike rather that a real one. We successfully walked it from the Tidal River campsite to the Oberon Bay, returning next day back to the base camp via Telegraph Track.
Today is Dec 18, 2015 and I am happy to say the summer has finally arrived to Melbourne, as well as school holidays (no more lunch-boxes!!!). It is a perfect time to spend on a beach, swimming and relaxing. In case if you are not a big fan of water activities (as I am), there are lots of places in Melbourne to escape the heat and enjoy warm weather.
Today I am going to tell you about some of these places with no crowds, no sand but some water and tall trees. It is about one of our trips to Warburton - one of the most picturesque places in the Yarra Valley. As you may guess, it is a retro post again, but I thought that it is a perfect time to get back in time.
For last couple of months it is been quiet here. As usual, I have perfect excuses for being silent: we had some family-related issues, projects to be implemented, small business to run and so on… For many reasons every evening I felt very exhausted and couldn’t find any strength to sit down and spend 3+ hours to write a new post…
Things are slightly better today, so here I am, back with retro-post about one of the family cycling trips in Melbourne that we did this winter. We travelled from Pluto to the Sun and back in just 2 hours.
Interested? Then keep reading.