East Melbourne – I’d live there

The houses of East Melbourne

Our last full day in wonderful Australia and we found somewhere I’d be happy to call home – East Melbourne. But sadly I can’t see our budget stretching that far… Just a short walk from the central business district and the Laneways, East Melbourne is overflowing with the most glorious houses and cottages, perfectly manicured […]

Melbourne’s gardens and memorials

Melbourne from the Shrine of Remembrance

The Melbourne we’d been exploring was all concrete and steel, roads and traffic, but the city has its fair share of parks and gardens too. So on yet another boiling day we visited the Botanic Gardens and an impressive war memorial. The green spaces extend from the banks of the Yarra River in the heart […]

Melbourne, a new year and St Kilda

Central Melbourne

Melbourne doesn’t have the drama of Sydney’s Port Jackson but as a city I’d plump for it over the capital of New South Wales. But it’s a close-run thing. We arrived on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, fresh from the Yarra Valley, and parked ourselves in our funky hotel, the Ovolo. It’s situated in […]

Wine country in the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley was going to be our one and only stop for relaxation on our three-week Australian holiday. The idea was that we’d chill out in the heart of Victoria’s wine country, take a dip in the outdoor pool, drink cocktails and read. There was a slight flaw to this plan – the estate […]