Month: June 2013

Grampians: Pinnacle and Boroka Lookout

With our time in Melbourne coming to an end, we hit the road for the last trip towards the Grampians. It was my third time there, and also the most impressive visit since this time we made it to the northern part around Hollow Mountain and the western part with the art shelters. On our first day, we drove to Halls Gap, set up tent and went up to the Pinnacle. While the walk is not too steep, it still gets quite exhausting on a 40C summer day. We passed the Bridal Veil Falls, but only a sign reminded us

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Devonshire Tea: Making apricot jam and fresh scones

On our road trip on the Hinterland Drive in Gippsland, we met David, who runs the Fernholme campsite with a small cafe that offers his multiple-awards winning scones. The scones were indeed lovely, they were much lighter than the usual ones and almost melted on your tongue. We liked them so much, that we eventually researched the secret of such light scones. We found an interesting recipe, that lacked any butter or oil. I am unable to find it again on the Internet, but here are the ingredients 100g self-raising flour 25g caster sugar 150ml thickened cream a bit of

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Melbourne: Penguins at the St Kilda pier

One of the best things in Melbourne is that you can see penguins every night just off the pier in St Kilda. If you arrive shortly before the sunset, a huge crowd will be already on the pier. Shortly after dusk, the first birds arrive from their busy day of fishing in the sea. The volunteers around can tell you a lot about the life of the penguins and they also have red flash lights that gives you a good view of the penguins without disturbing them too much. They estimate that currently about 200 birds found their home in

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Gippsland roadtrip continued: Mushroom rocks and Toorongo Falls

After our stay in the Tarra Bulga NP, we continued inland to the Alpine National Park. One of the highlights of the park are the mushroom shaped rocks reachable by a 45 minute walk. The mushrooms are a little bit hard to find, since you walk among the huge rocks for quite a while and have to keep your eyes open to finally see them. They look indeed very much like huge, petrified mushrooms. We then stopped shortly in Walhalla, an old rebuilt gold mining town in the mountains. Honestly, it did not leave a big impression on us. Most of

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Gippsland roadtrip: Tarra Bulga and Mt Baw Baw NP

Here is the first part of our spontaneous road trip through the Gippsland Hinterland — a story of greedy possums, failed platypus spotting, and ferns in abundance. After we shortened our overnight hike at Wilsons Promontory, we had a couple of spare days and decided to keep on driving inland to the heart of Gippsland. Our first stop was the Tarra Bulga NP, a rather small park that is known for its beautiful rainforest. There are several walks in the park leading to giant mountain ash trees, prehistoric myrtle beeches, and uncountable ferns everywhere. We camped right before the park at the

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