Australia’s island status has shaped its unique maritime history, which is full of exciting tales, notable events, and, of course, its fair share of tragedy. South-Western Victoria is home to a particularly volatile stretch of coastline, due to its unpredictable weather conditions and rocky terrain. Over the years, this section of Victorian coastline has seen many maritime accidents, earning it the apt moniker “Shipwreck Coast”. In this blog, we share with you the tales of some of the coast’s most infamous shipwrecks, which have contributed the legend surrounding the Great Ocean Road.
It’s almost that time of year again. The weather is getting warmer, Myer has unveiled their Christmas Windows and shops everywhere are beginning to advertise their yuletide offerings; Christmas 2016 is just around the corner. Present shopping is probably the most irksome and stressful part of the festive season, but it doesn’t have to be. To help you get your present shopping sorted, we’ve cobbled together a list of Victoria’s best Christmas markets where you can get all of your gifts in one go.
In the Northern Hemisphere, October 31 marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the ‘darker half’ of the year. The ancient Celts believed that this was a liminal time, where the veil between our world and the spirit realm was temporarily lifted, allowing the spirits to cross over and influence the the living. Today, we still celebrate this auspicious time of year with Halloween, and if you are someone who has a vested interest in the otherworldly, this date offers a tantalising opportunity to communicate with the spiritual world. In the 200 years since Victoria was first settled, the intrigues, mysteries and tragedies of the many souls who called the state home have left a ghostly imprint on some of its most iconic landmarks. This week, the team at Melbourne on the Move take a look at three Victorian landmarks which are famous for their otherworldly inhabitants. Continue reading
Considered one of the world’s great wine tasting designations, Victoria is home to 22 wine regions, each with their own rich growing and drinking traditions. This week, we take a look at seven of the biggest regions and the unique wines they produce. Continue reading
Spring is prime picnicking time in Melbourne, with the garden state in bloom and warm (but not too hot) weather well on the way, it’s time to pack a food basket, spread out a rug, and indulge in some laid back alfresco dining. This week, we take a look at four unique Victorian picnicking locations to go if you want a picnic with a difference. Continue reading
With spring so close you can almost taste it, Melbourne’s famous fair weather festivals like The Spring Racing Carnival, The Royal Melbourne Show, and the AFL Grand Final no longer seem so far away. Whist these events are always fun to attend; they often overshadow the myriad of smaller rural festivals which pop up all over the Victorian countryside during the springtime. To celebrate the charm of these lesser known festivals, this week we’ve listed four of the best to put on your spring bucket list. Continue reading
One of the most bio-diverse regions of Victoria, the Grampians National Park is often called the ‘Garden of Victoria’ and is home to one third of the state’s flora. Continue reading
Hot air ballooning has to be one of the most elegant ways to take in the landscape and experience flight. Little has changed since the first balloons were invented in the 18th century, yet there is something timeless and deeply charming about ascending above the earth in a basket attached to a brightly coloured balloon. Melbourne on the Move offers luxury hot air ballooning experiences over Melbourne and to celebrate this unique aeronautical tradition, we’ve found five interesting facts about ballooning. Continue reading
For centuries, communities around the world have used public bathing spaces to gather socially. Bathing in hot springs has been used as a place for community gatherings and a place of healing since Roman times, so it’s unsurprising that there are many elaborate traditions and rules of etiquette surrounding these bathing practices. In this article, we take a closer look at the hot spring etiquette of three very different countries. Continue reading
Victoria’s snow season is upon us, and with some of the best snowfall in years, there has never been a better time to explore the state’s bewitching Alpine region. Just three hours away from Melbourne lies Mt Buller, a classic ski village where you can try your hand at almost every kind of winter sport, and the perfect location for wintry daytrip. Packing for a daytrip to the snow requires careful consideration, as the extreme weather can turn an adventure into a disaster if you’re not properly prepared. This week, we run through the essential (and a few novel) things you should pack for a trip to the snow. Continue reading