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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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Wilsons Promontory: Vereker Lookout and Millers Landing

On the day we left Wilson’s Prom, we took the 4km gravel road just before the park exit to the trailhead of Vereker Lookout and Millers Landing. The round-trip walk going to the lookout first and then down to the landing site is pretty short, it took about 90 minutes altogether and the only uphill section is on the first part towards the lookout. The views are nice all the way along to the lookout, especially since they alternate between the east and west coast. Verekerer Lookout eventually offers a great view of the Darby Swamp. After the lookout, the

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Wombats in action around Wilsons Promontory

Here is a short compilation of my attempts to film the wombats that we happened to run into around Wilsons Promontory. I miss those cute little furry animals already!

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Wilsons Prom day hikes: Tongue Point and Mt Oberon

While we postponed our overnight hike at Wilsons Promontory a bit, I used the time to do some of the day hikes in the park. The hikes were surprisingly beautiful, even though they lack the isolated beaches of the overnight hike to the eastern coast of the park. On our first day, I hiked the trail to Tongue Point starting at the Darby River carpark. Even if you don’t have the time to hike the 2 hours return to Tongue Point, it is totally worth it to just go for the first 10 minutes. The trail leads around a mountain gaining

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Wilsons Prom revisited: Home of the wombats!

In mid January, we planned a week-long overnight hike to the beaches of Wilsons Promontory. It turned out quite different since Bettina became a bit sick just when we were about to leave. Eventually, we stayed the first couple of days in Tidal River to relax and recover, doing some of the shorter day hikes, and spotting animals. It was a great place to hang out, especially in the hours of dusk when lots of wombats came out to eat. Several of these cute animals are used to the campground and even try to get hold of the food stored

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Melbourne street art: Live action at Hosier Ln

On the way to the Share the Spirit Festival in Melbourne, we came across Hosier Lane, one of the most popular street art spots in the city. As it turned out, several street artists enjoyed the holiday to beautify the alley with a new 25 meter long piece. Among the artists were the Meggs, Rone, Wonder, The Tooth, Sofles, Roach and Numskull. Due to the holiday and the live action, the narrow lane was packed with people. Here are about 30 pictures taken at Hosier Lane with awesome graffiti, posters, stickers, installations, and much more! Picture gallery

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Watermelon harvest & Rainbow lorikeet party in the apricots

When we came back from a little trip to Wilsons Prom and the Gippsland Hinterland, we found the watermelon ripe and ready to harvest in the garden. We expected it to take much longer and feared that we would not be able to taste it. Luckily, the watermelon plant had decided to grow only one fruit and this one got ripe in time! It weighed roughly 4kg, tasted very delicious, and had lots of seeds. We ate a good kilogram instantly! Also, the apricots on the tree in the garden went ripe and were almost immediately devoured by several rainbow

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Mountain Goat Brewery: Delicious ale and an awesome tour

The Mountain Goat brewery is located in a factory district in east Richmond. Every Wednesday, they open their bar at 5pm and offer at least one free guided tour around the brewery at about 6:30pm. Taking this tour gave some great insights into the brewing scene of Melbourne. I grew very fond of the Australian beers (still remembering my first Little Creatures) and most likely the only good outcome of the high tax on alcohol is that brewing small batches of beer is a very common hobby. On my first visit to the Australia, I was amazed that you can buy

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Prahan Market: Coffee cupping and portabello mushroom burgers

Every Saturday, the Market Lane Coffee place at Prahan Market offers a free coffee cupping with 5 different roastings. We arrived just in time, the Prahan Market is on the other side of town and the tasting starts around 10am. The cups were already set up in the tiny tasting room, there were 2 sample cups for each coffee on a beautiful wooden table. Anthony followed us through the tasting and started grinding the beans. He then poured hot water in all cups and then it was time to wait for 3-5 minutes to extract the coffee. After the little

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A wonderful dinner at Attica

So we finally decided to try out the delicious food at Attica in Melbourne. They serve an 8-course vegetarian menu that sounded really, really great and so it was! It was almost our last week in Melbourne, and we felt like a treat after a week of overnight hiking and car camping. We were lucky to get a table since we just called two days ahead and they were able to confirm a space for us a day later. Bettina already wrote a great review of the food, thus I will spare my energy but link to her post instead

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The first eggplant on the veggie patch

It took almost 3 months, but finally the first eggplant is growing in the veggie patch! The color looks already fine, now we just have to wait for it to get bigger and bigger! Hopefully it takes up the speed of the watermelon which has grown in the last weeks to the size of a football. I am pretty sure it is not yet ready to harvest, but it looks great already! If you look closely, you will see lots of fingerprints of curious people on the watermelon. Picture gallery

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Melbourne – Australian Open 2013

I have never been a great tennis fan, but with the Australian Open in the city, it was time to see some games live. Luckily, a friend and former childhood tennis player from Sydney visited at the time of the qualification matches, so we were ready to go to the courts, see the tiny yellow balls hit around, and get quite a bit sun-burnt. It turned out that we picked the Kid’s Tennis Day and we came right in time to see Team Spongebob play Team Explorer Dora in the Rod Laver Arena. It was a lot of fun to see a

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Possums in Melbourne

A wonderful thing about Melbourne is that the parks are packed with possums! You can see the cute little climbers waking up in the trees shortly after sunset. They are usually quite interested in the observer, hoping you brought some food with you. I doubt that human-food does them any good, but you can tell by the slices of toast bread on the trees, that they definitely don’t reject it. Still, it’s a bad idea, some naughty possums are apparently quite skilled in raiding picnics. Picture gallery

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The first watermelon!

Coming back to the garden after two weeks of vacation, it was great to see all the changes. Most plants did really well, thanks to our lovely neighbors who gave them a good water every couple of days. Especially the watermelon has been working hard – it developed the first tiny fruit, just as big as a marble. And the eggplant developed its first flower as well, hopefully the fruit will grow a bit faster than that! Still, so many different vegetables were ready to harvest, among them tomatoes, broccoli, jumbo zucchinis, corn, rocket, strawberries, and green beans. Additionally, the neighbors helped out

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Wilsons Promontory – Overnight hike to Waterloo Bay

Spontaneously, a colleague and me decided to go to Wilsons Promontory NP for a (long) weekend. The park is on a peninsula about 3 hours drive from Melbourne. We started Friday in the early afternoon and arrived in time to pitch our tent and go to an aviation field halfway through the park to meet some animals of the park. On a walk for about 2 hours, we saw heaps of kangaroos, wallaby, emus, and wombats. On our way back to Tidal River, we stopped at a lookout to enjoy the sunset. We booked the next night at the campground

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Abandoned Pentridge Prison laundry

While big parts of the Pentridge Prison has been remodeled into fancy lofts, most of the remaining buildings have been well sealed off. However, there is one part that is currently transformed and somebody gave me the tip, that sneaking into the abandoned prison laundry is fairly easy at the moment. When I arrived with my push bike, somebody had already removed the construction fence so the entry was quite easy indeed. The laundry is set up in a small warehouse, the heavy washing machines have been left to rust. Quite amazingly, the walls still cover several graffiti of the

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