Chinese New Year in Melbourne

Building the Dockland’s Dragon ready for it’s launch!

After an intense sporting period in Melbourne with the MCG playing host to the Boxing Day Test of Australia versus England and the Australian Tennis Open which was played out to large crowds things have returned to a steady summer buzz.

Chinese New Year celebrations took place on many of the streets of Melbourne over the weekend but if you missed out then you can still catch the ‘Docklands Dragon’, a 100m long illuminated Chinese dragon in Melbourne’s Docklands starting today until the Sunday 16th February. In conjunction with this there is also nightly entertainment between 6.30 – 7.30pm including Chinese music and dance, street theatre and stalls. More details can be found on the Destination Docklands website.

If the heat of thecity is too much then why not head down to the Mornington Peninsula located about 1 hour out of Melbourne. It’s a great place to explore stunning bay side beaches, excellent farm gate experiences, a wide selection of boutique wineries or to indulge in a hot springs experience at Peninsula Hot Springs or make the most of summer with some strawberry picking at Sunnyridge Strawberry Farm.

Exploring the Yarra Valley Wine Region

Experience the best of the Yarra Valley with a tour of this popular wine region. The Giant Steps winery, located outside Melbourne, likes to do things differently. For a start, it’s not just about the wine: there’s also tea, coffee and pastries to savour on site. Then there are the cheeses, beers from as far afield as Spain and even handmade chocolates for sale. It all lacks pretension, which owner Phil Sexton says is exactly their aim.

The Yarra’s biggest wine producer, De Bortoli, operates a similar business model. The casual dining experience offered at their Locale restaurant contrasts with the formality of the setting.

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Gray Line’s Great Ocean Road Day Tour for Cruise Passengers

A visitor from Sweden once asked an Australian tourism website if he could walk from Perth to Sydney. Maybe, he suggested, he could follow the railroad tracks? Certainly, the website responded, it’s only three thousand miles, just be sure to take plenty of water. And they meant a lot of water – according to Google, the most direct route from Perth to Sydney would take 745 hours to walk, or 31 days non-stop, including a well-deserved break on a ferry across the Spencer Gulf.

Visitors and Australians alike are routinely taken aback by the vastness of Australia. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in a country whose smallest state is roughly the size of Ireland, and whose largest cattle station is roughly the size of Belgium. The question for travellers is often how to maximise their time in Australia, and cover as much distance as comfortably as they can.

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Victorian Holiday Gems

There are many good reasons to choose a Victorian holiday. Victoria is a favourite destination of international and domestic visitors and it is a state that is as beautiful as it is diverse and charming.

Gems of Victoria: Melbourne tours, Great Ocean Road tours… the list goes on

When in Victoria, visitors have an extensive choice of tours that enable them to see some of the gems — the best features of the state. No visit to Victoria is complete without spending time in its ‘crown jewel’ or capital city, Melbourne, and a Melbourne tour is by far the best way to gain insight and learn fascinating information about this historic, culturally rich and dynamic global city.

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Short Guide to Lorne, Victoria

Lorne is one of Victoria’s most beautiful and loved seaside towns. A definite inclusion on every Great Ocean Road tour, Lorne is popular all year round and offers something for everyone — no matter what they desire from a holiday or day trip.

Location

The location of Lorne, some 140 kilometres from Melbourne, puts it in easy reach of Victoria’s capital city. Many visitors who undertake Melbourne tours are inspired to explore the state further and Lorne and the Great Ocean Road feature heavily as destinations of choice with tourists from all over the world.

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