THE 25TH OF JANUARY // Mt Macedon, Australia

Today’s blog post title is inspired by the mixed feelings I have about Australia Day. But that is a whole other essay for a whole other time and place. This post is really about bushwalking on a (finally) nice summer day here down under.

 

Given that Chris and I spend our national holiday last year at the Colosseum, and later in a Scottish pub that decided to have Fosters and Vegemite sandwiches, spending the day at home was a bit more a novelty than usual. Plus, we could enjoy listening to the Triple J Hottest 100 at normal times. Hurrah!

 

 

We were planning a camping trip, but that ended up falling through/never getting planned, so we made do with going for a short day trip out to Mt Macedon. The drive was only about an hour, and took us through a few nice towns on our way up to the peak. We stopped in Macedon in hopes of coffee, but began to have second thoughts when we saw the size of the town. However, we chanced upon Mr. Cafe, a little gem of a coffee shop that could well have been in a hipster part of Melbourne!

 

 

As for Mt Macedon itself, we didn’t really know what to expect. You can drive all the way to the top, where there is a large car park, a picnic area and tea rooms. There was a short walk down to the memorial cross, as well as a longer trail network. After checking out the cross we followed the trails to Camel’s Hump – about 4.5kms one way – to check out some more views. The track was pretty easy, and it was quite busy. Apparently Mt Macedon is quite the place for trail running!

 

 

Hanging Rock is meant to be down there somewhere, but we couldn’t see it!

 

We packed a picnic lunch to eat upon our return, by which time the car park was full. Apparently everyone had decided Mt Macedon was the perfect place for a picnic on the public holiday!

It was a lovely day, and a perfect road trip from Melbourne. We were only there for a few hours, but you could make a longer day trip by driving down to Hanging Rock as well. I haven’t actually been to Hanging Rock yet, as the one day Chris and I went was on New Years Day a few years back, one of the days it is closed for a horse racing carnival! Just our luck.

– Reanna

AT CAPACITY // Mossvale Park, Australia

As the title of this post alludes to, I reached the image capacity for my blog last week when I first attempted to upload these photos. I knew the day was coming, but I was still unprepared for it to happen! Thanks to being quite busy last week, I haven’t really had the time to sit down and work out a way around this issue without paying $100+ a year for increased storage space. Google saved the day, thankfully, so know I can finally continue uploading all these photos from the past few weeks!

 

These photos are from almost two weeks ago, when I spontaneously ventured back to the country to visit my mum and family. It was coincidentally also the weekend of the second Mossvale Market, a recent venture in South Gippsland. It was a perfect day for it!

 

 

Mossvale Park is located about halfway between Leongatha (where I grew up) and Mirboo North (where my mum lives). I have many fond memories of the park, from teddy picnics in kindergarten, birthday parties throughout primary school, play dates with friends, Mum’s wedding, and Chris and my twenty first birthday party. It has changed a bit over the years, as paths became overgrown and eventually cleared away.

 

 

The market itself was truly wonderful, featuring numerous craft stalls, food vans and live music, all with a great community vibe. Even though I fled the countryside for Melbourne, little events like this do bring a little bit of local nostalgia back into my life.

– Reanna

ONE DAY MY TIME WILL COME // Lakes Entrance, Australia

Looking back through these photos from Lakes Entrance has me dreaming of Summer days that are comfortably warm enough to laze around in the sun, but not so hot that you can’t stand being outside. This is inspired by the he weather in Melbourne these past few days being particularly insane. Yesterday it was 40+ degrees and one literally could not breath outside from the air being so hot and heavy. Today the forecasted top is 19 degrees. Where is the consistency?!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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At least it isn’t raining! These last photos from Lakes Entrance are from the day Chris and I left to head back to Melbourne. The sun was out in the morning so we decided to make the most of it and check out the Entrance Walk. As the name suggests, it is a walk going to the entrance. The walk was about 4kms return, so it was good stretch of our legs before the long car ride home.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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I was glad I chose to wear sandals as the majority of the walk was a sandy path. We saw a number of blue tongue lizards off in the bushes, and Chris saw a snake in the long grass as well. That’s Australian Summer for you!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The entrance itself was quite beautiful, though presumably dangerous according to all the ‘do not swim’ signs dotted around.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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After the not so inviting weather earlier in the week, it was just our luck that it seemed like the perfect day to spend at the beach as we were leaving. We stopped at a lookout on our drive out of town and you could already see people lounging on various strips on sand, or boating around the lakes. Soon…SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI shall get my beach day at Lakes Entrance one day soon! For now, it is back to trying to cope with this horribly sporadic weather in Melbourne.

– Reanna

SEACHANGE // East Gippsland, Australia

And a pleasant seachange it was! Despite my schedule being pretty low key at the moment (i.e. basically non existent) it was nice to have a break from the insanity of the city and home. Not that Lakes Entrance during the holiday period is exactly ‘quiet’, but you get what I mean.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The weather during my first few days down at Dad’s house was the opposite of what I had hoped for – rain. My dreams of frolicking in the shallows for fear of stingrays ocean and reading on the beach were quickly shattered. However I still made do with a few drizzly walks along the beach. I even saw a seal running (or whatever it is seals do on land) across the sand so I guess that kind of makes up for it.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The weather eventually did clear up, and just in time for Chris’ arrival. We made the most of the sunshine and had a small trip up to Orbost to see my dad’s new work, before driving on to Marlo and a few other coastal locations. The views here were pretty spot on, and you can see where the Snowy River runs out into the ocean. I actually stayed in Marlo when I was younger and have fond memories of spending the days boating around the inlet. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Our nest stop was Cape Conran, again another place I had visited when I was younger (though on a different trip). We left our shoes in the car, unsure whether we would do much more than wander along the beach. However we ended up clambering over rocks and following a track along the coast to a few more beaches! Thankfully we managed the journey with our feet intact.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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This stretch was admittedly a struggle in bare feet, though I think clambering across rotting seaweed took the cake.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We decided to stop in a deserted and rocky area, and enjoyed the sunshine (as much as one can under multiple layers of sunscreen, whilst also nursing fresh sunburn from the day before – totally not me).SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The final stop, recommended by Dad, was Cabbage Tree Palms. Dad had never been so we had no idea what to expect. After following some narrow dirt roads we came to an appropriately named carpark and went on what was meant to be a 15 minute walk. 5 minutes later the loop was done and we were back at our car! It was beautiful though. The walk is named after, funnily enough, the type of palm tree that was randomly growing in the forest.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESDespite all we saw in that one day, there is plenty more to see and do in the area surrounding Lakes Entrance. I am already developing a bit of a list of what to see next time we go down to visit Dad.

I have also come to the conclusion that I am terribly at concluding blog posts. Do I ask questions? Make a joke? Just put a full stop and be done with it? I am still working it out after all this time. It seems I will forever be socially awkward both on and off line!

– Reanna

AND ANOTHER YEAR ENDS // Melbourne, Australia

I honestly tried googling (I know, I sadly use ‘Google’ as a verb) quotes about the new year when thinking about what to name this post, but they were either far too sentimental/religious/spiritual or about drinking. So I settled for something that is simple and gets the message across – a happy new year to 2016! It is absolutely crazy to think back to the start of 2015, which I celebrated by letting off fireworks in the back streets of Prague whilst drinking cheap beer out of 2 litre bottles with some of my best friends, my brother and Chris (and a bunch of random exchange students). How things change…SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Chris and I took it easy this end of year celebration, cooking a feast at home, drinking wine whilst dreaming about the future, before eventually walking over to Flagstaff Gardens to watch the midnight fireworks. We had planned to go camping, but it was a 38 degree day in Melbourne, so we didn’t feel like suffering in a tent! It was a wonderfully chilled out night, and we spent to first day of the year being equally as chilled out with a picnic lunch at the Fitzroy Gardens.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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I had admittedly never been to the Fitzroy Gardens, but apparently it is quite the tourist hotspot. We were quite content reading and lazing around, though my inner tourist did end up dragging us around the gardens to check out the main attractions. A random model Tudor village, for one.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Me: “Awwww Chris, the houses are so cute!”

Chris: “Why is everything that is small cute….”

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Another main sight is the Fairies’ Tree, a large tree stump carved by a children’ author and artist. I found the artists’ sentiments about the tree to be quite beautiful, hence why I have included a photo of the plaque.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Melbourne’s alleged oldest building also stands in the gardens – Cook’s Cottage. We found a sign describing the history of the building, and had a bit of laugh about the city’s claims of the buildings age. It was built in 1755 in England, and was shipped to Australia in 1934. Stretching that claim out a bit, I think!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Our last stop was the conservatory. The inside was beautiful, bursting with colourful flowers and greenery. However our appreciation was short lived, as it was cramped and we spent most of our time dodging selfie sticks!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSo there you have it, another day of being tourists in our own city!

I hope everyone had a wonderful beginning to the new year. I am honestly extremely excited for 2016, and I look forward to what is coming. Travel to more exotic places, perhaps?

– Reanna