This is part two of my Australia series. The country is vast, and I spent two weeks there so I’m going to dedicate three blog posts to this amazing destination. For part 1 on the Great Ocean Road, click here.
Since I was in Melbourne for the most part (this is where my brother lived) I wanted to discuss outdoor activities in and around Melbourne. When planning your trip, it’s important to note that the seasons are backwards if you live in the Northern hemisphere. Although I went in August, it was freezing because it was the middle of their winter. This is why I have on a coat, boots, and scarves. It’s not a fashion statement; it was COLD! So if you’re looking for more warm weather and to enjoy the beach, then consider visiting in December/January. I’m not afraid of the cold, so I still had a fabulous time and engaged in quite a few outdoor activities. Here are my favorites.
I’ve been on quite a few wine tasting tours, but this one was by far the best! It may have been called wine tasting, but you’re really in for a delightful day of wine drinking, learning about the history of the wineries, and engaging in cheese and chocolate tasting as well. It’s a day trip from Melbourne, but you may not even want to return since you’ll be having such a great time. We “tasted” about 18 different wines, but they definitely filled up our wine glasses for each tasting and offered more if we wanted it. There are barrels available for you to throw out whatever you don’t want. The tour also includes lunch at a winery where you can take in some of the most fantastic views. Pickup and drop-off is included from Melbourne so you don’t have to worry about navigating the wineries yourself, and a guide is included. Besides the wine, my favorite part was stopping at a chocolate factory where you could try a vast array of chocolates and ice cream. It was a slice of Heaven!
I’m sure many people who visit Australia dream about getting up close and personal with kangaroos and koala bears. Healesville Sanctuary offers just that, as well as the opportunity to discover other amazing animals native to the country. It’s also a day trip from Melbourne, as it’s approximately a one hour drive. My favorite part was definitely being able to feed the kangaroos and watch them hop about. I also enjoyed seeing the koala bears, but you are not allowed to touch or hold them. Apparently, in other parts of Australia you can, but this sanctuary didn’t allow it. I was more than happy just being able to be in their presence and wanted to do what was safest for the animals. It also offers a cool area where you can see water creatures as well.
These colorful boxes are a must see when visiting Melbourne, especially if you love color like me. We may have looked crazy out on the beach in the winter time, but I’m glad I got to see them and snap a few photos. If you visit in the summer, you can rent a box for the day while you enjoy the beach with your family. This would be a unique and fun experience that will amplify your normal beach day. The bathing boxes are beautiful and seeing them all in a row automatically evokes feelings of joy and playfulness.
Next week, I’m going to discuss Sydney and things around the city of Melbourne. Stay tuned!
xoxo, Global Midwife