A date for life time…A date with Nature, Wildlife, Art, Cuisine, Ah Melbourne!!

Ah Melbourne!!

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Already encountered High tide rafting ,mountain climbing ,Cliff jumping ,under water activities ,submarine ride & above all a walk with lions ,but still I can hear my heart thumping heavily on one look  of Melbourne ,a city with immense adventure in the form of fauna encounters ,water activities ,Ballooning ,serenity on the banks of river Yarra , a lavish treat for the taste buds  by world’s greatest cuisines ,a power nap while sun bathing& unwinding yourself on the beaches , & yes not to miss the stunning Art Galleries & Museums & Gaol. A city swearing to ensure we’r on cloud nine🙂

Listing more than 160 travel attractions in Melbourne ,but me being adventure ,& foodie enthusiast in nature , would love to augment  my experience with numerous escapades ,to explore the wild life & stimulate my taste bud to have a stupendous & terrific experience of the most livable city” City of Melbourne”.

Who doesn’t love watching amazing fishes in aquarium ,watching tigers & lion in zoos ,but apart from these ,watching life in wild ,in sea,on trees has its own magnificent experience & Melbourne is one city which offers this incredible encounter.

First let’s get some GK Facts :


 Few Iconic Melbourne Attractions, I would love to explore

 A Mandatory Deal : Phillip Island


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 [An Australian island about 140 km south-southeast of Melbourne. Named after Arthur Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales .It forms a natural breakwater for the shallow waters of the Western Port.] – Wikipedia

That’s an island with a difference!! Wine ,Chocolates ,Flora,Fauna & many more .Try some best local wines & taste free Yummy chocolates at the chocolate factory & get amused to have a look at the beautiful  art gallery & try being artistic with hands on with your chocolate J .Strolling the Phillip Island Wildlife Park gives you numerous encounters ,”Oh! That’s a little wallabie to my right” yes ,here you can get close & show love to the lovely Koalas ,hand feed wallabies & giant red kangaroos ,see gigantic Emu ,cassowary ,Cockatoos & numerous other around 100 odd species ,& spot some of which are seldom seen.

Penguin Parade is undoubtedly an Eye catcher ,with penguins returning back from their day’s work (obviously of Fishing😉


Image Source: http://www.visitphillipisland.com

I’m sure that won’t be generous of one ,to just hang around & relax ,sans exploring one of the best likelihood of spotting a Whale🙂. Well there are specific times in a year when the whale migrations happen & who knows one could be the lucky to spot Humpback and Southern Right Whales in the sea or in the air…Wow ,how majestic ,I guess I’m gonna plan my travel sometime in June -Aug (will definitely enquire about the best timings )to try &test my luckJ

For the Bikers ,a replica of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is there for you ,have a look at the stunning Grand Prix circuit & try out your hidden skills of racing..U could discover that you are one of the Schumacher.

There’s nothing nothing & nothing more illustrious than “The Great Ocean Road”


Image Source: http://www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/

 [An Australian National Heritage with a stretch of 243 Km of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the cities of Torquay and Allansford . It was built by returned soldiers returned from World War-I (between 1919 and 1932) & is dedicated to soldiers killed then.  It is the world’s largest war memorial.] –Abstracted from Wikipedia

Modes to capture Panoramic view – Great Ocean Road ( GOR ) entails the views of spectacular scenery along it! & yes, I did feel an adrenaline rush to explore the beauty not just by a detailed walk but also by hovering above the water in the copter ride & photographing this amazing coastline. One can also opt other modes as surfing or on the back our friend –Horse.

Exploration presents immense beauty with ocean on one side & rainforests on the other ,tall trees ,amazing waterfalls of all shapes & sizes ,cliffs ,grand canyons ,wild life ,marine sanctuaries,& water sports ,isn’t that enough?

Water ,water water ,with water all around ,this place offers a natural opportunity for  Paddling ,Canoeing ,Kayaking ,Jetskiing ,boating ,scuba diving,along  Otways National Park & other Rivers to have a look at the marine life richer than Great Barrier Leaf ,Numerous Ship wrecks ,reefs .

Another item on the itinerary would be swim with the dolphins and seals at Queenscliff, snorkeling at marine sanctuaries & have a view of the abundant wildlife through Otways ,Lake Elizabeth & explore lavish waterfalls i.e. 10 waterfalls within 10 Km radius on the track of Lorne.

Once this amazing landscape has been travelled around ,time now calls for a trail along the lush green rainforests & beaches exclusively on HorseI mean Horse riding ,won’t that be a fantastic idea to view exhilarating contrasts of nature? & hear out the lively theatre, Music in the surrounding villages.


Image Source: http://www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/

Whole heartedly saying , with such a bouquet @GOR ,everyone will definitely fall in love with this place.

So ,post experiencing all these thrills ,life calls for serenity ,& none other than a day at Yarra river/Valley or Mornington peninsula  can any other location provide.

Harmonious Yarra –Ever flowing river


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[Arising from the Yarra Ranges, Melbourne is the largest settlement that the Yarra flows through.It flows 242 Km west through the Yarra valley which opens out into plains making its way through Greater Melbourne before emptying into Hobsons Bay in northernmost Port Phillip] –Abstracted from Wikipedia

 Sitting besides the Yarra at night & looking the beautiful lights of city ,cool calm breeze flowing across,& sipping a hot cappuccino with bar-be-que..What tranquility!!

One can even travel along the Yaara in a boat to visit Melbourne park or Royal Botanical gardens & a day visit to the Yarra valley ,famous for some of the oldest wineries producing finest sparkling wines ,some handmade cheese ,fresh fruits!

Didn’t knew that Yarra Valley’s changing seasons inspired many painters? Yes, it is home to the oldest galleries & art lovers of these artworks.

It even has 14 Golf courses adjoining it & it is home to several fishes as Jelly fish ,Perch ,Muray Cod ,Catfish ,& even Dolphins in South Yarra! Get lucky to catch upon one.. But most are not fit for consumption due to Heavy metal contamination.

 Love for Natural Foods : Mornington Peninsula


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[A Peninsula(having a small population) located 40Km south-east of Melbourne& surrounded by Port Phillip to the west, Its Native ecology can be pondered upon at Mornington Peninsula National Park. The peninsula was formed by the flooding of Port Phillip Bay after the end of the Ice Age] –Abstracted from Wikipedia

A quiet ,calm & a food lovers perfect place ,Mornington Peninsula ,will mark its arrival by rolling hills ,lovely mansions with a history,orchards ,numerous vineyards.


 Image Source :http://www.scevents.com.au/images/winery.jpg

 Why not pluck & pick your very own favorite berries ,cherries from the orchards & have them sitting besides the oceanic view from the beaches?

This region brings in it 25k hectares of the National Parks ,having a marvelous mix of rocky coastline to calm wetlands  ,to wild bushlands to connect with the Flora & Fauna.

Even Marine National Parks are good luxury to be at indulging in Reefs ,few rocky ,underwater Forests ,Plains ,Sandy mountains ,Ship wrecks& sea life awaiting for self discovery!

This place offers various beaches to swim ,relax ,see the wild surf & not just beaches ,yes post whole day of travel with exciting activities ,try one of the hot springs to attain harmony. One can even try hand playing Golf@one of its seven Golf Courses !

Interests worth executing

Cruising all the way

Roads are not the limits …they will never have a end..but why not to make a start to get in love with this fascinating city on water?

Bliss are the Melbourne River cruises( cruise is definitely a dream for me to experience ,yet unexplored ) ,it seems, with the options of sightseeing the complete city ,River gardens,Port & Duklands.This offers a holistic view of the scenery of this astounding city which has made it one of the most livable cities in the world. This cruise would present stunning view of Melbourne City Skyline ,Shipping channels ,Trade centers ,one of the most famous Royal Botanical Gardens ,Melbourne Cricket ground ,Federation Square ,Olympic Park & many more & above all cruise itself entails an electrifying experience.

 Why not keep aside a day to go out for Water sports & Ballooning & kindle up the “adventure keeda”

Wanna surf along the most scenic Great Ocean Road with plenty onshore winds best suitable for this escapade? A craving who will not desire for even if one doesn’t know surfing …One have the option to Learn surf ,enjoy hidden walk way ,hear out the mysterious stories & ponder on some lavish local food. Even Moonlight Kayak is a dazzling option to have iconic view of the city heart.

 So post water view through Cruise ,aren’t you planning for Aerial View??Aren’t you getting adrenaline rush?? It’s not just enough until Ballooning & Scenic flight is experienced.

Wow ,it would be thrill to explore from mountains to the river view ,from city heart to the sea beds & wandering on Philip & French Islands…that too on a helicopter n drop by to have some romantic lunch ,but sky is not the limit here ,as not just being a passenger  ,one can also experience a lifetime thrill of self controlling the copter …Simply mind blowing!!

 Exploring Flora & Fauna      

Being aficionado of Nature & sensing animals in wild ,I’ll definitely give  a thumbs up for –


 Collage being made out of images compiled from http://www.visitmelbourne.com , http://s3.amazonaws.com/
  1. Werribee Open Range Zoo : No, not enough of wild life until this zoo having African taste is made a stopover which is expected to give a hangover.Safari across the plains to reveal those huge Rhinos & Hippos,tall giraffes(opt to feed them also) ,chequered zebras ,amazing gorillas, lion pride ,faster than the fastest Cheetahs ,African cats ,isn’t that enough to kick ass to get a life time experience at one place itself?
  2. Collingwood Farm : Since the visit to Yarra river is sure ,wouldn’t we love to milk the cows or feed young lambs @ farm just 5 kms ahead Yarra river? I would for sure engage myself in this activity , plan some farming chores & sit aside on the banks of Yarra river to find tranquility!
  3. Melbourne Zoo : Aha! what a chance to admire those lovely creatures – koalas ,gorgeous kangaroos ,huge oranguttans,Elephant trails , lovely butterfly house ,little penguins ,Fur seals ,& an amazing underwater world ,this zoo is certainly a place not to miss for natural world lovers entailing approx. 250 species .Heard that this zoo also gives you a chance to study the behavior of animals @ night ,well I would love to be  apart for it!
  1. Melbourne Aquarium for Sea Life : Missing an exhaustive Aquarium of its kind in India ,this stunning sea life with thousands of aquatic animals is definitely gonna give a quiver to me!Largest Crocs ,Elephant sharks ,Seahorses, those amazing penguins ,interactive encounters ,&above all an underwater world of fine dining?? Well guess i’ll be right in some time & will immerse with these majestic creatures all around.
  1. Moonlit Sanctuary :Close by to Mornington ,this sanctuary offers a chance to cuddle up those tiny wallabies ,feed the kangaroos ,have a look at few of the very endangered species .Colorful parrots,owls ,water birds are gonna make life more colorful with astounding surroundings .

These are few reasons for me to fall in love with Melbourne “The most Livable City”.Although all these are my plan to cover up in my travel diary , a look at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) & Federation square ,Gaol (making yourself a prison for a night;))would act as Icing on the cake & not to miss !

Well ,not just writing ,but this write up has actually ignited my mind & I believe that 3 days to discover this lively place would be too less & will certainly need a quick travel plan in my daily itinerary to do away with the thirst while exploring the web.

 This contest is a worth& a good thought through, to ensure that most of the bloggers & actual travel enthusiasts plan an ecstatic trip soon to Melbourne!!

Getting on my nerves … Getting fervent to see you !!

So Dear Fiends, here comes a “List of must watch Video – Come Alive In Melbourne” ,in relation with Tourism Victoria 


 Now ,that’s for you dear Readers ,just answer the simple question mentioned below & the best answer gets a chance to win a Gift Voucher .

Contest Question  : “Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why ?”

Answer in comment section  below with your Email Id  :

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3.) Contest rules are liable to change at the discretion of Blog Host .
4.) Contest ends 5th Jan ‘2015. (IST  11:59 P.M.)

Happy surfing Melbourne! Till then Adieu !!

{ This blog has been written for Tourism Victoria contest -“What’s your reason for falling in love with Melbourne, the most livable city in the world?” hosted on IndiBlogger! }

20 thoughts on “A date for life time…A date with Nature, Wildlife, Art, Cuisine, Ah Melbourne!!

  1. Great post! After reading your post & watching all the videos, I’d most like to visit the Dandenong Ranges for it’s scenic beauty, breathtaking view and cool breeze blowing through my hair.😛 I’d give anything away for driving through the winding roads which are present throughout the ranges. I’d love to stay at one of the bed and breakfast cottages and go on frequent excursions in the forests with my camera which provides excellent views. And not to forget the famous ride in the Puffing Billy, a day reserved especially for that. To add to that, there are also several picnic spots for me and my friends to spend a fun-filled day and the ranges are a perfect spot for hiking and cycling.

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    Wish you and your blog a happy new year!😀

  2. The Great barrier reef, what else? There’s only one word to describe it completely, – Mesmerising. What more would one want if one gets to see the great barrier reef, the corals and the numerous creature our oceans have hidden away from us still preserving them for us. Ah, the sights make me yearn for a tour to Australia, atleast once in a lifetime.

    – Ranjith (http://www.alightheartedtalk.com)

  3. Wow! Each time I read something new about Melbourne, I want to go there even more!🙂
    As for your questions, right now, I’m tending towards the Regent theater with so much history – watching blockbusters there would be an experience not to miss! Let me add it to my bucket list and keep my fingers crossed that we both get to visit Melbourne soon enough🙂

  4. I am an adventurous soul so it would be a thrilling ride on the Great Ocean Road. I want to witness all the natural and lush green beauty along the drive. After the drive I would like to soar high on the hot Balloon and want to experience the holistic view of Melbourne from the balloon.

  5. Wow! That was an enthralling post in itself which has triggered a yearning in me of “Never explored Melbourne” ,Kudos to you!

    So here goes your answer ,post watching out Rohan & Tanmay’s must watch videos – Being an avid traveller & having a big enthu for Cricket ,my first love to visit would be the world’s best cricket groungs ,MCG ,to soak in the games feelings! Next would be none other than Great Ocean road ,Oh what an immense beauty it seems to be ,Not just beauty a thrill in itself to go all out for water sports (Which I’m highly fascinated) & will go for Canoyeing ,Jetskiing ,Scuba divings & as checked it also plays an option to swim with the dolphins ,well I think I would love to explore..Also ,why to miss out on Penguins Parade ,Oh !that would be great to see the trail of these beautiful creatures in the evening ,a not to miss one.

    Thanks for ushering a feel in me for this amazing scenic place.

    Looking forward to result of Contest ..Finger’s Crossed .

  6. So many places to choose from! Where does one start! But, judging from what I have been reading and watching, I am going to dive into the Hosier Lane, overdose on the goodies at the Panny’s Amazing World Of Chocolate… and drive down the Ocean Road… Sigh… so many lovely places…

  7. Hi Jhilmil. That’s a pretty interesting post on Melbourne. The place has so much to offer. From these videos, I would like to visit MCG with my son and husband who are sports enthusiasts.
    MCG is home to Australian football, international and domestic cricket, concerts, special events such as international soccer and rugby matches. And that the 1956 Olympic Games, 2006 Commonwealth Games were hosted here and that it has the National Sports Museum too, the MCG truly is the epicentre of Australian sport. Seeing all this in reality (which we have been seeing on TV all these years) would be truly an enlightening, enriching and an exciting experience for us!
    Have heard that MCG Tour allows the visitors to see and know all about MCG along with access to areas including player change rooms, the Ron Casey Media Centre, member only areas of the Melbourne Cricket Club such as the Long Room and a walk on the hallowed arena. It would be like walking in the steps of great sporting legends. And wouldn’t that take the sporting buffs like us on cloud 9. MCG is No. 1 on our list when we visit Melbourne!
    And, we would love to explore the vineyards that date back to the 1850s and still produce long-lasting wines and the boutique wineries that produce Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.🙂

  8. Awww! Adventure seeker huh. Cheers!

    Beautiful post, loved the way you described the city. Top three things I die to do ever in my lifetime is skiing, skuba diving and bungee jumping and you know what, all these three is there in Melbourne. How can an nerve-racking fellow miss this city where he can quench his long-lasting adventure thirst. I would die go there and experience its enthralling experience (if somebody sponsor😛 :-D).

    My best wishes Jhilmil and a Happy New Year 2015🙂

  9. Nice post! I would definitely want to visit all those amazing places when I get to visit Melbourne🙂 But of all, my top pick would be a visit to Yarra valley for a beautiful sunrise balloon flight. After seeing the video, I can’t stop myself from dreaming a romantic magical flight above the scenic vineyards and watching the sunrise from up above! Throw in my favorite wine, I will doubly enjoy the ride sipping my glass and taking sensational selfies all the way🙂 Now I can’t think of a better way of spending a vacation!!

    Next of course, cruising through the great ocean road in a open-top car to enjoy the coastal scenery and the iconic 12 apostles for the nature’s amazing work at play. Then a ride around the city in the vintage trams to enjoy its urban splendor and the legendary puffing billy to enjoy its natural splendor. Finally a day at the hot springs to unwind and totally rejuvenate myself🙂

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