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Canyons in the Blue Mountains

We took a trip deep into the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney to find some canyons that we heard you could explore by floating down them. It turned out to be beautiful down there and no one around for miles. I took a small film camera with me and tried to capture some of the journey. A few hours trekking in and out saw 5 hours of this… Advertisements

24hrs in Melbourne

There’s a reason Melbourne’s been voted the most liveable city in the world for the 5th year running, hundreds of reasons in fact. Why else do you think we moved here from London? 24 hours is never going to be long enough but here are some of our favorite things for you to check out in Eight Hours does 24hours in Melbourne with Eventbrite: COFFEE: Lawson Grove Cafe You can’t start a day in Melbourne without a coffee, it’s pretty much the law here. One of my favorite places is a bit of a hidden secret, Lawson Grove Café is a local treasure, places this good don’t come about often so definitely worth checking out. ACTIVITY: Walk around the Royal Botanical Gardens Coffee in hand take a stroll along the river towards the Botanical Gardens, the most beautiful place around, just wander through or sit and relax by the lake. In Summer they even hold a Moonlight Cinema in front of the water with the city as the backdrop. Think of the Instragram potential. BREAKFAST: Uncommon I’m not ashamed …

Dandenong Ranges

There’s something refreshing about driving out of a city, away from the high buildings, the chaos and towards the country, like a sense of calm. This is exactly what we did on Sunday, escaped Melbourne and headed towards the Dandenong Ranges. Before you could even whisper the word hike we got distracted. No surprise there. But can you blame us, look what we found in the forest… How surreal is this? Wild parrots and lots of them. It may have had something to do with the family armed with a bag of bird feed but let’s not spoil the story. That would be all down to Jonny and I slinking creepily close to the poor people until we managed to trick some naïve birds that we had food too. Queue our best Ace Ventura impressions. So sadly Jonny managed to finally drag me away, apparently trees are more exciting than wildlife. Your call? But we did go for a long hike through the forest trying to find the waterfall. Let’s just say what we ended …

Mornington Peninsula

Sometimes we get so caught up in our own little bubble we get too comfortable and forget that there is so much out there we haven’t yet experienced or tried. I think this is exactly what has happened to us recently, I don’t want to say ‘we are stuck in a rut’ because that sounds so depressing and Melbourne is definitely not a rut. I love it, I just think I forget that there’s so much more to be seen than just what’s directly in my comfort zone. So on Sunday we decided to actually do something about this and took a little road trip down to the Mornington Peninsula. It may only be less than an hour from the city but sometimes that’s all it takes. That and views like this… Mornington is full of rolling green hills, a winery every mile, gorgeous coastlines and the guarantee you’ll see at least 5 wild kangaroos on your trip. Pretty perfect, especially on a Sunday. Drive down, fuel up with breakfast and a coffee in a …

Nordic Cool Exhibit

When I heard there was a exhibition of Scandinavian furniture design at the National Gallery Victoria, I banked the trip for a rainy day. Today was miserable, so we went to check it out. I used to walk round vintage markets in London choosing the pieces that I’d furnish my flat with, only to look at the price tags and think “hmm, one day”. Well, that day is still a while off but I still like to take a look when the opportunity presents itself. I’ve always had a thing for the minimalist aesthetic and pleasing use of colour and materials of the furniture from this time. ‘Nordic Cool’ at the NGV, is exhibiting pieces from 1920’s-1960’s and isn’t just limited to the type of design you sit on. Theres also ceramics, glass, lighting and textiles to have a gander at and it’s a little more interactive than Tumblr. You’ll probably return to your home with an urge to throw away your current cheap furniture but if by the end, your appreciation for chairs and ceramics …

50 Foods in 50 Days

‘It’s your last day on Earth, what would you choose for your final meal?’ This question filled up hours of our time when we were slaving away on a farm for three months. Probably not our best idea to start fantasising about all the food and meals we had no chance of having but still. This is apparently the question that prompted CJ Hendrys latest series. 50 foods in 50 days. After reading inmates accounts of their final days on death row, Hendry had the inspiration for her latest series, using felt tip pens to draw 50 meals on Hermes plates. The contradiction between the beauty and the expense of the plate compared to say the M&M’s or a handful of Doritos. It’s the feel of putting something so common and ordinary on such a classy piece that sets it apart. The exhibit itself is almost ridiculously good, it’s hard to comprehend when you have your nose pressed up against the frame exactly how this octopus in front of you was sketched in pen when …

Gin Pop-Up Bar in Prison

There’s not much that can beat a good Gin. No, really there’s not much at all, big Gin fans over here. So when we saw a special Gin pop-up bar this weekend I was already half way through booking the tickets, then we saw it was in the old Melbourne Prison and could there be a better Friday night plan? See the only thing I like more than Gin is a ‘unique’ experience. Strangely in the last week we have been looking into doing a prison tour to be more ‘cultured’ and explore more of Melbourne, beautiful coincidence don’t you think? It was such a great evening and so different from your average Friday drink in a bar, for starters you walk into a prison…that’s special enough on it’s own. The building itself is so imposing and eery as it gets darker. Pick up a G&T and then you’re free to wander around, up the two stories and in and out of various cells listening to the live jazz band playing away on the first floor ‘scaffolding’. Certain cells had special displays with different …

Great Ocean Roaming

If you find yourself in Australia or more importantly Melbourne way, then there is something you have to make sure you do. Get a group of mates together, hire a van, pack it full of gin, surfboards and wet wipes and drive the Great Ocean Road. Stop to take way too many photos of the amazing coastline, walk until you find a waterfall and relax on the gorgeous beaches whilst the lads catch a wave. Make sure you tear yourself away from the coastline and get lost in the incredible forests near Apollo Bay. Forget the Twelve Apostles, this place was the highlight for us. It’s beautiful. It’s peaceful. It’s very worth it. Enjoy.