‘Big cats’ are perhaps the most famous subject of Australian cryptozoology (the study of mythical creatures). Since the 19th century, thousands of reports describing large, feline like creatures have given rise to legends including the Gippsland phantom cat, the Blue Mountains Panther, the Tantanoola Tiger, and the big cats of the Sunshine Coast. Victoria is a hot spot for big cat folklore with sightings reported all over the state (save the semi-arid north-west), but none are as well-known (or as studied) as the Grampians puma. For more than 60 years, the Grampians puma has been a beloved campfire tale and when you look out over the wild, rocky terrain of the Grampians, it’s not hard to imagine a secretive cat thriving in the thick bushland. This week, we take a closer look at this fascinating piece of Victorian folklore.
Sovereign Hill is an outdoor museum set on a 25 hectare site in Ballarat which forms part of the world’s richest alluvial goldfields. This recreated goldfields township takes you back in time to the decade following the first Gold rush in Australia in 1851 when thousands of gold prospectors flocked to this part of Australia in an attempt to strike it rich. Sovereign Hill is a fantastic day out for both the young and old. Read on to discover 5 fabulous features that make this open-air museum a family-friendly attraction not to be missed.
If you feel the need to rejuvenate after the Easter break, why not treat yourself to a day at the impossibly tranquil Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs? Not only does bathing in natural hot springs come with amazing health benefits, it’s also a great way to get out into nature and socialise with friends. In case you need more convincing, read on for three great reasons to pay a visit to the Peninsula Hot Springs.
Easter is such a fantastic time to get away from it all and explore the amazing sights and experiences Melbourne has to offer. Visiting the most popular and beautiful destinations by bus or coach means you won’t miss a minute of the spectacular scenery along the journey. Here are 3 day tours which are perfect to take with family, friends or even on your own during the coming Easter break and well into the cooler months.
Have you ever been up at sunrise in Melbourne and seen the hot air balloons floating past in the sky above the city? If you’ve been wondering whether it’s possible for anyone to take a ride in one of those colourful hot air balloons, the answers is yes. Melbourne on the Move has created an incredible experiential package including a Melbourne balloon flight, breakfast at Hilton on the Park and the rest of the day at the rejuvenating Peninsula Hot Springs. Here are 5 great reasons why you need to book this day tour now and experience Melbourne from a hot air balloon.
Some Melbourne landmarks and events are easy to access by car or public transport. But it is often much easier to reach certain tourist attractions by coach as they are either quite far from the city centre or extremely popular and therefore problematic to reach by car, train or public bus. Here are 5 major Melbourne attractions which you should consider visiting by coach.
Autumn is considered by many as the best time to visit Melbourne thanks to the plethora of festivals, sporting events and other forms of entertainment on offer, not to mention the city’s famous café culture scene. Here are 6 of the many reasons why you simply must experience Melbourne in autumn.
Wildlife lovers are spoilt for choice when they visit Melbourne. There are a great variety of amazing animal encounters to be had within the city and across Victoria. Here are 5 wonderful ways to discover Australia’s native wildlife when visiting Melbourne.
Planning a day out during the Australian summer can be a bit of a struggle, particularly during a heatwave. During January and February, temperatures often soar above 35˚ and when that happens, most Melbourne residents resort to lying low at home with the air conditioning running or at best, going to hide out in the cool dark of a cinema. However, when the mercury rises, one of the best ways to escape the heat is to get out of the city in order to avoid the urban heat island phenomenon. Happily, there are dozens of warm weather country day trips around Victoria where you can cool off and have fun. This week, we’ve collected together three of the best.
If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors this summer, be sure to tick the beautifully tranquil Phillip Island off your list. Located around an hour and half from central Melbourne, Phillip Island is a fantastic day trip destination, with plenty of beautiful beaches to explore, lots of wonderful wildlife to observe, and seasonal events to attend. Read on to discover three great attractions this seaside getaway has to offer.