Becoming a tourist.

Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

I love traveling, exploring new places, taking photos, making memories.
When I am on holidays I morph into the paparazzi. Anyone around me takes one look and can tell I am a tourist, my Nikon SLR around my neck, my backpack on my back full off all the things I need to make the most of the experience.

When I am not traveling, I am preparing for my next trip, and that feeling of wanderlust can feel make the long winters at home feel even colder, the work days longer and the mundane tasks of life feel like a world away from where I want to be.

Can you relate? Do you live with the constant desire to see more, do more, experience more?

But do you know there is a solution? Become a tourist in your own backyard. Take a Journey!

The definition of journey is 

noun – an act of travelling from one place to another.

verb – travel somewhere.

Taking a journey doesn’t mean you have to travel long distance, you just have to travel from one place to another. 

Whether it’s ten minutes from home or ten hours you can still make memories, and experience life, become a tourist in your own backyard.

You don’t realize how beautiful the place you live is until you look at it, with fresh eyes. With eyes that are not busy rushing from here to there. You will learn new things about where you live, and some things might surprise you?

No more sitting around you house bored, no more wasting money at the shops buying stuff because your bored. Instead you will be seeing new things, doing new things and experiencing new things.

Top travel tips for Aeroplane travel.

With the additon of so many low cost aeroplanes, overseas travel is so much more accessible for travelers now. So we have put together our list of our top travel tips for aeroplane travel.

Aeroplane travel tips

Comfortable clothes
When traveling in aeroplanes, what you wear is so important to ensure you have a comfortable trip, but it is also important to help you get through security easily as well.

  • Select shoes that are easily to slip on and off, as often you will be asked to take your shoes off to get through security.
  • Also at most airports you need to be careful your belt won’t set off the metal detectors.
  • Loose fitting clothes, this is important not only to minimize the risk of DVT, but also makes you more comfortable. It is also easy for you to get to sleep.
  • Layers, when traveling you are often presented with a variety of climates, the place you are traveling from, the aeroplane itself which is often quite cold, and then your destination. The greatest way to ensure you are comfortable no matter where you are is to wear a couple of layers.
  • Depending on your health, a pair of support or compression tights is helpful.
  • Change of clothes, in case of spills, (or in case of emergency if your checked in luggage goes missing.

Sleep

It’s so important when flying long haul that you try and change your body clock to your destination from the minute you jump on the plane, and having a sleep is a great way to do this. The best way to be able to sleep in the plane is to be organised.

  • Pack a lightweight pillow to keep comfortable
  • Comfortable clothes.
  • Noise cancelling headphones to block out the noisy plane
  • Comfortable eye masks to block out the bright lights.
  • Make sure your buckle is on top of your clothes, so if you hit turbulence the cabin crew don’t wake you to check your seatbelt.

Toiletries

  • Pack some basic toiletries to freshen up before landing, toothpaste, small foldable brush, moisturiser. Basic make up (If you like to wear makeup)
  • Pack eye drops, aeroplane cabins are low humidity so your eyes often get dry and irritated, use eye drops to stop your eyes looking red.
  • Hand sanitiser, there is no way in the quick turnover of plane trips will your seat area by totally clean.
  • Lip balm. Your lips often get dry from aeroplane travel so lip balm will soothe your dry chapped lips.

Hydrate

  • Drink plenty of water it will help you from getting dehydrated. This is important not just for the flight but in the days leading up to your flight.
  • Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake.
  • Dehydration on a plane has a few flow on effects – increased risk of jet lag.

Limit your hand luggage.

  • Think do you really need it. This is really important when traveling with children as you will often be carrying them too.

Food

  • Aeroplane is famous for often being fairly inedible, often overpriced so the best way to ensure you enjoy your enjoy trip is to pack yourself some nice healthy snacks
  • Pack some treats to snack on for takeoff and landing to help with your ears.
  • Make sure your food isn’t to strong smelling
  • Pack nut free, think of your other passengers that may have nut allergies.

Stretch your legs

  • Inactivity in a plane increases your risk of DVT
  • Inactivity increases muscle pain and discomfort.

Device

  • Charge your device before you go, unless you are lucky to fly first / business class you most likely won’t be able to charge your device on the flight.
  • Pack a portable charger and your USB charging cord.
  • Load up your devices with games, books and videos that do not require Wifi.

Headphones

  • Bring your own headphones that are comfortable.
  • Bring noise cancelling headphones, as then it won’t matter if you have a screaming baby nearby, someone snoring, talking loudly, you can sit back and relax.

Wipes

Even if you don’t have young children a pack of baby wipes are one of the most versatile things to pack for your flight, they can be used for many uses.

  • Great for cleaning everything the tray, the chair, your hands, face.
  • Freshen up by wiping your face with a wipe.

Ziplock bags

  • Great for storing the wipes, toiletries, snacks. When empty they take up very little room in your luggage

Point Lonsdale to Queenscliff Walking trail.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the City with a visit to Point Lonsdale. Point Lonsdale is a beautiful sea side town just over 100kms from Melbourne. 


Point Lonsdale is one of the Headlands (along with Point Nepean) that frame the Rip or the heads, the only entrance for shipping coming into the port of Melbourne. It is a beautiful place to visit, to stop and have a coffee, for the kids to play at the large playground, and a magical place to walk. 


Point Lonsdale / Queenscliff now has an amazing walking trail along the beach that shows off the best of the Bellarine Peninsula’s Beaches.


The trail is called ‘the quality of life trail’ it is a walking, jogging, and cycling trail that connects Queenscliff to Point Lonsdale, (or the locals may argue connects Point Lonsdale to Queenscliff.


The local decided that they wanted encourage locals and tourists alike to enjoy the area, whilst getting fit and healthy and the 5.5km long, largely flat trail was the outcome. The trail is great for people of any fitness level, whether prams, cyclists, joggers or people wanting a more leisurely stroll. The trail is 5.5kms one way or 11kms return.

Every 500 metres there is markers to let you know the distance, there are entrances back up to the road, or down to the beach.


On my recent walk as I journeyed along snug in my beanie, gloves and warm coat, I watched in awe the amazing men and women climbing into the icy water with nothing more than bathers and a swimming cap to keep them warm. There were many other people braving the cold water on surf and body boards. 


If you are lucky you may see some freighters going through the heads, or depending on the time of year you may see Humpbacks and Southern Right whales. 

Legerwood Memorial Carvings

The sacrifices of Legerwood

In 1914, many of the then unnamed town of Legerwood, husbands, fathers, sons and brothers bravely went to fight in World War 1. Unfortunately seven of these brave men would not return.

  • Private Thomas Edward Edwards
  • Private Alan Robert Andrews
  • Private William Henry Hyde
  • Lance Corporal John Charles Ernest Riseley
  • Private Robert James Jenkins
  • Private George Peddle
  • Private John Henry Gregg McDougall

On the 15th of October in 1918, the families of these brave men planted nine trees. One in Memory of each man, one for Gallipoli and one for all the Anzacs.

But time takes it’s toll on man and on trees, and just over 80 years later, in 2001 the trees were declared a safety risk, and therefore the memorial that once stood so tall, seemed lost.

But the community did not want to see it lost, they held true to the saying “Lest we forget” and they fought to protect the memory. The Legerwood Hall and Reserves Committee hired Eddie Freeman to sculpt the tree trunks into masterpieces. Each of the tree trunks have a different image, seven in the likeness of the soldiers that they are in memory of, one for Gallipoli, a lone soldier leaving for war, and the Anzac tree.

The first tree completed was The Anzac Tree. The carving depicts an Anzac soldier, the Australian flags, an Anzac cross and the Battle of Lone Pine.

Legerwood

Legerwood

Legerwood

 

The memorial is in the Main Street of Legerwood, with a gently rolling parkland, picnic area and BBQs. Their is a gorgeous restored Train Carriage that is manned by friendly volunteers to buy souvenirs. A great place to remember to take time out to and remember the stories of the brave men represented in the carvings.

The War heroes of Legerwood, Dorset are now forever Immortalised, they forever stand tall.

The next time you are in the North East of Tasmania make sure you visit.

 

 

 

 

Fairy Park – Anakie

Fairy Park – Anakie

Just one hour west of Melbourne and only 60 kms out of Ballarat is the magical Fairy Park in Anakie. A must see destination for those with young children.

The magical Fairy Park opened it’s doors back in 1959, most of the displays were made by hand by Peter Mayer, a German immigrant who purchased the land and opened Fairy Park, his family still runs the Park even now almost 60 years later.

Built on Mount Anakie, the 22 hand crafted scenes from various fairy tales snake their way around and up the hill, with a magical Summit view form Elephant rock at the top.

To enter and pay you drive up the driveway and pay at a ticket box half way up the long driveway.

Adults are $16 and children 3 years and older are $8.

There are 2 or 3 different places that sell food and beverages however they are only open on weekends, and their times vary. Fairy Park’s website has a calendar that lets you know when they are open. However if they are closed their are some vending machines around the place.

It is the perfect place to bring a picnic with seats found all over the place not just in the main Picnic areas.

It has three main sections, Fairytale Land, Camelot playground and Elephant Rock picnic grounds and (Electric BBQ’s).

Fairy Park - Anakie
Fairy Park – Anakie

Fairytale Land

Fairytale Land is an enchanting place where your child can see over 22 amazing displays of some well known, and some more obscure fairy tales, myths and legends.

Your children will be enchanted by the Frog Prince, Cinderella, Snow White, sleeping beauty, rumpelstilzshen, Goldilocks and many more.

Camelot Playground

Camelot playground is a favourite with children of all ages, their is so much to do there all based on the medieval theme.

 

Travel Quotes.

One thing that a traveller loves, is a collection of travel quotes.

It’s a great way to daydream the days away as we are waiting on our next trip. And with help from Jayco Ballarat we have put together a slideshow of some of our favourite travel quotes.

Let us know of your favourites in the comments below.

 

 

 

Eclectic Tastes – Ballarat

Located in the famous Goldfields town of Ballarat is the ” Eclectic Tastes Café and Pantry ”

This gorgeous cafe is the perfect place to stop for breakfast or lunch when you are exploring this beautiful goldfields town.

As the name suggests the decor is a real eclectic mix, the tables lined with paper so children and adults alike can draw whilst they wait for their food and drinks to arrive.

Each time we go the food does not disappoint with great fresh food, and freshly squeezed juices, combined with great service.

It’s easy to get a carpark as its a bit out of town,  only a stone’s through from Lake Wendouree.

eclectic Taste

eclectic Taste

eclectic Taste

eclectic Taste

 

Moonta Bay

Moonta Bay

My favourite place so far.
On the York Peninsula and only a couple of hours away from Adelaide, Moonta Bay has a fabulous beach for families with the tide going out at least 150 metres from the shore on low tide, leaving ankle deep water or none, right out to the shark proof swimming area. Comes in nicely for a very enjoyable high tide swimming area with all the local children making the most of it!

Adding to that is the fabulous caravan park on the shore with fabulous beach view beheld by almost every site.

Copper mines of Moonta.

One of the few mining ventures of the York Peninsula, copper was mined from the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s with various methods, each showing the resilience and brilliance of mind of the pioneers.
Few buildings remain, but it is possible to get the gist of each era by the signs that flank the well defined tourist route through the old township of “Moonta Mines”.
The magnificent school building once housed over 800 children!
The modern town of Moonta is the continuation towards the sea of the old township.
Today it is mostly a retirees town, with few professional fishermen, but many, many amateur fishermen, mostly of the grey nomad tourist class!
And they just LOVE the place!!

Origins

The first miners were from Wales, hence the sign on the close up of the school.
The railway still runs a tourist train for about 5 kts with a running commentary of the history of the ming operation etc.  Many people still live in houses like this Minor’s house. They have very low doorways and roofs. In all, a very interesting place to visit.

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Sportsworks

Sportsworks.

Explore how your body moves and works in Scienceworks amazing Sportsworks. This interactive exhibit allows children (and adults alike) to race against Cathy Freeman, rock climb like an adventurer. Play sport against their favorite sportsmen and learn how their body works.

Sportsworks is a great place to run, throw, leap, climb, stretch and row. It teaches children about the science behind how there bodies move. The science behind sport.

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Sportsworks

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This area is great for children in both primary and secondary school with information to suit all ages.

This area teaches children that their is much more to sport than meets the eye. Sport involves Mathematics (calculating weights, lengths and other measurements). Technology (Athletes clothes, shoes, and other equipment) Science – all about Biology, how the body works, the heart, the lungs and how they impact fitness. Also Health how diet, exercise and natural ability (skills) all play apart in sport.

 

 

 

Scienceworks – Nitty Gritty Super City

Nitty Gritty Super City

A visit to Science works would not be complete without a trip to Nitty Gritty Super City. Located upstairs this area is designed specifically for children from age 3-8 (although my 9 and 11 year old loved playing with their younger siblings their as well)

There are lots of interactive areas for the children to enjoy.

This exhibit is hands on, the children will be building, pushing, pulling, spinning. There are great carer’s notes near each of the exhibits for you to help guide your child’s activities. Or just let them explore!

Build it

Is a great construction zone which teaches children about pullies, helps them learn about angles whilst building a bridge. Team work as they work together to rebuild a wall. There is a digger to use. A wall to learn about using the right tool for the job.

Build it

Recyclatron

The recyclatron is a great area to teach children how important it is to recycle. How we can turn useful things, like cans, bottles and paper, aren’t wasted, but are saved to be made into new things.

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Cafe

The cafe not only teaches children to work together some children are waiters, some chefs, some patrons of the cafe. It teaches children where our food comes from. What comes from plants and what comes from animals.

Cafe

Music bowl

The music bowl teaches children how musical instruments are made from many different materials, from bamboo, steel, wood, brass. It teaches children how different materials make different sounds. Teaches children about vibrations. Also the different shapes mirrors located around the music bowl are a great way to teach children how the curves in the mirror affect the way you see your reflection.

Music Bowl
Music Bowl

Get around

This is another great area to teach your children about turn taking. The children can sit on a penny farthing, have a turn loading Cargo on a boat. Hoist a flag, use a steering wheel.

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Get around
Get around

Creatures

Children will love learning about tracks that the creatures leave behind as they move around the creatures exhibit. They can learn about microscopes, here animal noises.

 

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Weather

Children learn about the weather in the interactive weather station. They can make their own weather report and learn all about how weather is measured.

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Weather

Interactive Map of Melbourne

One of my children’s favourite part of Nitty gritty Super city was the large interactive Map of Melbourne The children were able to touch the buttons on the side and watch various lego landmarks around Melbourne light up.

Interactive Melbourne Map
Interactive Melbourne Map