One of Victoria's most famous gold mining cities,& BENDIGO is central for trips to other gold towns nearby. The affluence of the period can still be seen today in many splendid public and commerical buildings. For your pleasure in town,& Mar: Easter Festival: Madison 10 000 Cycling Race. Easter: Fair (first held 1871,& features chinese dragon). Apr: Bendigo by Bike,& Chrysanthemum Championships,& Wine Festival. July: National Model engineers Annual Exhibition. Oct: Bendigo Heritage Uncorked,& Orchid Club Spring Show. Nov: National Swap Meet (Australia's largest meet for vintage car and bike enthusiasts),& Racing Carnival. Dec: Tram Spectacular.
Heritage walks,& craft markets,& wineries,& prospecting tours,& camel farm,& bushwalking,& cycling,& gold-panning.
Favorite thing: Alexandra is a farming and holiday centre,& 26km W of Eildon. The nearby Goulburn River is one of the State's most important trout fisheries. In town for your enjoyment,& Bush Markets,& Perkins St,& 2nd Sat. each month (Sept-June). Jan,& Mar,& Oct and Nov: Picnic Race Races. Easter: Art Show. June: Truck,& Bus and Ute Show. Oct: Open Gardens Weekend. Nov: Agricultural Show,& Rose Festival.
Favorite thing: Katoomba of the main residential and tourist centre of the Blue Mountains. Take a trip to the Markets at Civic Centre, Katoomba St, 1st and 3rd Sat each month. Feb: Blue Mountains Folk Festival. June: Winter Magic Festival. Yulefest held during, June, July and Aug throughout the region. Visit the spectactular Three Sisters rock formation the Everglades Gardens, or ride on the scenic skyway in a cable car. Visit the town of Leura for shopping and devonshire teas and during the month of Oct the Leura Garden Festival and Village fair. Take a drive to Jenolan Caves
BALLARAT is Victoria's larges inland city,& situated in the Central Highlands. Today Ballarat is a bustling city featuring many galleries,& museums,& and antique and craft shops. It has excellent recreational facilities,& and beautiful gardens and parks,& making is most attractive to visitors. For your pleasure there are Trash and Trivia Markets at Showgrounds,& Creswick Rd,& each Sun. jan: Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields. Feb: Super Southern Swap meet. Mar: Begonia Festival,& Antique Fair. Apr: Eureka Jazz Festival. July: Winter Festival. Aug-Nov: Royal South Street Eisteddford. Nov: Springfest Extravaganza,& Ballarat Cup.
Art gallery,& water sports,& paddle-steamer tours,& botanic gardens,& museums,& reptile park,& barbecue facilities,& trout fishing,& winery
Enjoy the people of Australia. It is a beautiful place with a small population, which must lend to the irrepressible friendliness of the inhabitants. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you will somehow remember the people more than the place.
Fondest memory: I had seen the name of a disc (Frisbee) player in a magazine and wrote him in hopes of maybe checking out the local scene. He replied and we kept up a correspondence right up to our departure, explaining that we should try and make the Nationals in Melbourne. We arrived there two weeks in advance and headed down to Tasmania to meet up with another local player. Called some more in Melbourne who offered to put us up and bring us to the tourney each day. This was working out like a charm and soon we were treated like visiting royalty. It was the National Championships and involved competition in all aspect of disc play. There was distance, disc golf, accuracy, discathon, Ultimate, and my personal favorite, freestyle. It was great to meet players from all over Australia and New Zealand. Everybody was super friendly and we competed in all events for the week. The most fun was freestyle. Freestyle is a dance-like routine you do with the Frisbee involving spinning it on your nail and doing trick throws and catches. See links below for more details if interested. Kristin had never competed but had jammed quite a bit the previous summer and I was without my usual partner so we teamed up for our first time. I was pretty rusty and pressure was mounting as the locals were expecting a show of sorts. Did a lot of jamming that day with players from all over and the younger players from Western Australia had taken a liking to me. I spent a lot of time showing them things and just hanging out. I really felt like a bit of a celebrity. As the prelims were about to begin, a storm threatened and the venue was changed to inside the gym, which I wasn’t too thrilled about. I grew up playing on the beach and using the wind was my forte. Now, I’d be playing in a vacuum more or less, something I’d never done in competition before. We got into the gym and I nervously waited our turn. When it was our go, the crowd was more than welcoming, it was quite loud. Okay, more pressure. We met at center court and as the Spin Doctors’ “Two Princes” boomed through the speakers, we began a jam that I couldn’t have dreamed possible. The song wasn’t released there yet and the crowd loved the tune, so that just got us pumped up more. We hit everything. I think we were drop-less the first three minutes. I hit a patented gitis split and the WA kids went crazy. It was one of those rare moments where the moment seems to freeze and you are suspended in time. It lasted forever and was over before we knew it. We walked off the court to a standing ovation and full knew that we had shredded. We went on to lose and actually finish third in the finals, but for that one moment, we were the best.
Favorite thing: Besides the 12 Apostles, "London Bridge" etc, you can see many interesting and beautiful designs of nature, including arches such as the photograph as well as caves.
Favorite thing: That is the beach where Tom and Eva struggled to survive. On the day we were there the weather was hot and calm, it is just unimaginable how the shipwreck tragedy happened.
Favorite thing: I took the chopper ride and took these wonderful pictures....it cost about AUD70 and lasted for a good 15 minutes....
Favorite thing: From Lorne the road runs between the Angahook State Park and the sea to the small townships of Wye River, Kennett River around Cape Patton
Favorite thing: From Anglesea to Aireys Inlet to pass Lorne you can see and admire the huge and sometimes unique houses.
Panoramic city views are breathtaking from this ideal location on the famous South bank Promenade....more
308-310 High Street, Princes Highway M1, Belmont, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Good for: Couples
Had a wonderful 5 day stay in this Hotel, conveniently located close to Sovereign Hill. The staff...more