Saturday, February 22, 2020

Great Places To Visit - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Global Ballooning Australia - Sunrise Flight

Took a fantastic sunrise flight over Melbourne this morning under the guidance and care of pilot Steve Buckley from Global Ballooning Australia. Wonderful experience. Steve took good care of the 10 of us on his flight and kept us informed of what was expected, what was happening next, and what to look for on the flight. He also carefully explained safety procedures and landing instructions confirming that everyone understood what was explained.

The experience was amazing. The weather was perfect for flying with the sun rising serenely as we drifted towards Melbourne City.  The flight lasted for about 1hr and we landed safely at Essendon Airport. Those who wanted participated in the unpacking and packing up of the balloon which was great fun.

Wonderful experience, great flight, felt safe at all times. Would recommend Global Ballooning Australia, and pilot Steve Buckley.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Shoalhaven Heads- NSW South Coast, Fitzroy Falls, Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Australian Tourism.

Such a pretty area, it's hard to pick a favorite spot. We have based ourselves at Shoalhaven Heads in the Mountain View Resort.  Good spot.

We have done a day trip up to Fitzroy Falls (Moss Vale Rd, towards Moss Vale) and through Kangaroo Valley. Back to Kangaroo Valley for lunch, then across to Berry and back to the air-con in the caravan.

Such a pretty drive through the mountains. Kangaroo Valley is stunning. Green on green, and then greener.

Lunch at the Kangaroo Valley Hotel was lovely. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll down the main street popping into some of the local shops. The wood crafters shop with rocking horses out the front got out attention as we love all things timber.
The lolly shop was another we couldn't walk past and came out with delicious, cold ice creams in cones.

We then enjoyed a scenic drive to Berry which was much larger than we expected, and tourists certainly know about this spot as it was teeming with people. We drove through but didn't stop. We then took the tourist drive back to Shoalhaven Beach which had signs advising trucks and large vehicles NOT to take this route.  It was very twistie, lots of sharp elbow bends, but the scenery was gorgeous. We took our time and found most other drivers on this road were also cautious.
It was well worth the drive.

The Southern NSW Coast is a very beautiful area and well worth an extended stay and look around.

Fitzroy Falls will cost you $4 for day parking. Small price to pay to help maintain the facilities available there.

Cambewarra Lookout.
Head of Fitzroy Falls.

Fitzroy Falls NSW Sth Coast

Fitzroy Falls.

Some of the steps for the walks to the various lookouts around Fitzroy Falls.

The home made lollie shop in Kangaroo Valley. Great ice creams also and plenty of gifts.
The tourist drive from Kangaroo Valley to Berry. Not for caravans! 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Nelson Bay, NSW Coast, Australia.

This summer is shaping up to be one of the hottest in years.  Inland temps are consistently in the high 30's to mid 40's. Not something we get on such a regular basis.  The coastal regions whilst also getting hit with higher than normal temps at least has the advantage of the sea breeze.

In our caravan travels up the east coast to the Sunshine Coast for Christmas we had intended to come back south via the inland routes.  Then we checked the weather forecast......high 30's to mid 40's....consistently....not for us. Whilst it is not unusual to hit the mid 40's on occasion, this year it seems summer is vengeful as inland temps are regularly hitting the mid 40's C.  Too hot for this old girl, so back to the coast we go! Yes it's hot on the coast also, but not as hot and we have the double advantage of a cool sea breeze and a lovely cool ocean to swim in. Whilst on the Sunshine Coast you may get jelly fish, we have moved south to the mid north coast and are currently at Nelson Bay area. No jelly fish here and the ocean breeze and water is refreshingly cool. Thumbs up from me!

We have parked our caravan at Bays Caravan Park and have headed to Birubi Beach today for a tasty breakfast and coffee whilst enjoying the delightful blue sky and sandy beach views. Hubby is not a beach enthusiast, so I have left him after breakfast with a drink and the paper in the open air Cafe. I'm off to the beach for a paddle and a walk, both happy.

The water is delightfully cool around my ankles and calves and I find myself wishing I had brought my bathers. The surf lifesaving club is patrolling here which I hadn't thought of, so I would have felt safe swimming here. Lots of people here but also lots of beach. There are waders like me, swimmers, surfers, jet skis towing skiers, paddle boards, you name it, it's here, but no congestion as there is literally klms of beach to use.

Great spot, lots of beach choices with Birubi Beach at Anna Bay, Fingal Beach, Shoal Beach and plenty more. An assortment of accommodation is available in this area as well although, being high season you will need to book and you will pay premium prices. Still worth the consideration when I think that at Tocumwal where we are based it has been in the 40's on and off for some days now and it's looking to continue on that vein. Too hot for me, so here we are enjoying the cool coastal breezes and the cool ocean waters. Much kinder.

Birubi Beach Cafe.

Birubi Beach, Nelson Bay NSW

Camel rides on Birubi Beach

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Great Places To Visit - Doncaster East, Melbourne, Mullum Mullum Walking Track

Just because I'm currently in the city for awhile doesn't mean I have to "miss out" on my daily bush walks. Nearby to us is the Mullum Mullum Creek Trail. It's fantastic for walking. A track shared by walkers, joggers, and cyclists.  Right beside us is Currawong Bush Park and the track goes through it. In the other direction it heads off through parklands in Doncaster East and Templestowe.  I'm certainly enjoying my daily walks now that I've discovered this trail. Have a look for yourself, it's very picturesque. I have found myself talking to walking groups, people walking dogs, a quick "hello" to cyclists and walking alongside fellow walkers and having a chat.  It seems to be a very popular track.  Today I even passed a group of Bushwalkers!! Well, they passed me as they were going in the opposite direction. I stopped and chatted with a lady who was out walking her dog and then enjoyed the beautiful scenery as I continued along. Great way to spend some time and get some exercise.

A reminder that I'm in the city.

Crystal Brook Caravan Park

You have to watch out for the "wild life."

Mullum Mullum Creek