PENGUINS!!…And lots of people

PENGUINS!!…And lots of people

YES there are penguins, YES they are tiny and adorable, and YES you get to watch them up close, in their natural habitat…but it’s for all these reasons that the Phillip Island penguin parade is a MAJOR tourist destination.     Phillip Island is...
Aussie slang at its best

Aussie slang at its best

Australians may speak English, but between their accent and slang, there were many times I had absolutely no idea what was going on. For example…   1. Fair Dinkum While sitting in the sauna at RACV in Torquay I overheard one sweaty man say this phrase to...
Why Melbourne’s botanical gardens are worth a visit

Why Melbourne’s botanical gardens are worth a visit

It’s no secret I’m a plant/nature lover, so obviously the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne would be right up my alley. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the size and beauty of this sanctuary, and I can confidently say it is not just a place for...
Driving the Great Ocean Road to the 12 Apostles

Driving the Great Ocean Road to the 12 Apostles

We wake up just after dawn to beat the traffic. Despite it being summer in Australia, there’s a damp chill in the air, but the sky is clear so we’re optimistic it’s going to turn into a beautiful day. We move quickly for such an early hour, making...