During the cold season, have you ever thought about going out into the Yarra Valley to indulge in some beautiful wine and food that is on offer but the cold weather has turned you off? Well this winter, it is time to just put on a warm jacket and slip on some gumboots and get moving on an adventure to the Yarra Valley.
The catch is, if you wear your gumboots to selected wineries, you get a special cellar door discount of 15% or more on all wine purchases. So if you are heading out on a Yarra Valley wine tour, then be sure that you don’t forget your gumboots.
Richard Howden, chief executive of Wine Yarra Valley, said that some places were going to be hosting a range of games like guessing how many corks are in the gumboot or tossing the gumboot into the empty wine barrel, where as others are just hosting some wine barrel tastings.
“The whole idea is to have something a bit quirky and a bit different. Over winter it is pretty cold and sometimes a bit wet but we are saying rug up, put your coat on, your gumboots on, because most of the cellar doors have something going on,” Mr Howden said.
Along the Great Ocean Road are dozens of towns which provide places to stay like Lorne accommodation, with various experiences for individuals to check out. If you like surfing head down to Torquay’s Bell’s Beach where the yearly Ripcurl Pro is held during the Easter weekend. If trekking is more your specialty Anglesea offers a variety of beach and cliff hikes which all end with beautiful views down the coast. Most likely you are a foodie then Lorne is the location to check out with fresh seafood coming directly from the water and onto your plate at a choice of restaurants– scrumptious!
There’s more to the towns through; whether it be the chilled, hippy vibes of Anglesea or going fishing with the residents in Apollo Bay, by slowing your journey down not only do you get to take your time to actually experience the towns and coastline you’re driving through, but by stopping frequently you get to switch off and unwind which permitting your mental concentration to have a break from driving which leads to much safer driving when back on the road.
2. Do not attempt and do it all in one day
In spite of getting up in Torquay early and ready to make the drive to Warrnambool in one day we didn’t consider the time we had actually want to invest exploring. We had not sought advice from a map– so we didn’t know about things like the Airey’s Inlet Lighthouse up until it is pointed out mid-trip, and by the time we had actually hit the Great Otway National Park the bad weather had begun to come in leaving us in a predicament without seeing the Twelve Apostles and London Bridge, so Apollo Bay accommodation was on the cards
We stopped in every town, and at everything that captured our eye. If you take a trip like this then my suggestion is to stay overnight in Apollo Bay or Port Campbell. This enables you plenty of time to check out the towns and activities in the township, in addition to getting lots of rest to guarantee you stay safe when driving the Great Ocean Road.
Atlanta Food and Wine Festival Introduces Pop-Up Vineyard
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has introduced a new addition. Known as ‘Vineyard In The City’, it features rows of wine grapes and outdoor tastings among the vines.
This pop-up vineyard was inspired from a similar idea from McGuigan Wine in Dublin. It is nuzzled all the way in the heart of Midtown along 14th street and across from the famous Four Seasons hotel. The nearly 4 acres of green space is also home to a couple of bars, two bocce ball courts, a wildflower meadow and a nice café area. The vineyard doesn’t quite compare to the Yarra Valley wineries that are located in Australia or other holiday destinations like Lorne accommodation, but it is nothing short of captivating. The area will continue to be a lovely destination spot for a number of community events until the end of June.
Just recently, guests of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival were treated to a complimentary tasting event. The chef’s who provided food on-site at the festival for their guests included some one the best chefs in the south. Ryan Prewitt of Peche in New Orleans, Todd Richards of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, and James Petrakis from Swine & Sons Provisions, Cask & Larder, and Ravenous Pig, just to name a few.
This outdoor space has got to be the most interesting four-acre bit of land located in the middle of a city. Surrounded by skyscrapers, this vineyard is very unusual to say the least. The guests battled that sticky Southern heat that was in the air and they sat back and took in the incredible backdrop with a wine in hand. The live music and bocce was a great hit and was great entertainment for the guests of the festival.
The pop-up vineyard was such a success that guests hope that the vineyard will be an annual feature. Having a restaurant and winery in the heart of the city is very intriguing. The fascination of having an urban vineyard in a city draws people in and they end up paying closer attention to the wine they drink and develop a deeper understanding and love for the wine they drink.
I can’t wait to see if the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival brings back the pop-up vineyard next year after it being such a hit with event-goers. I’d say that America’s first pop-up vineyard was great success.
Are you visiting Melbourne for your next holiday or for a business trip? Do you have a strong love for wine or nature? It would be a shame to come to Melbourne and not take a day tour out to visit the Yarra Valley. It is located just one hour out of Melbourne’s centre to the east, offering pristine holiday accommodation. In the Yarra Valley, you will find some cute country towns, some great markets, a number of microbreweries, and heaps and heaps of wineries.
The Yarra Valley is known around the world for its wine. However, there are a number of other activities you can enjoy if drinking wine isn’t your thing.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Going hot air ballooning in the Yarra Valley is the perfect way to start the day. You will have a 360degree view of the beautiful region and you will be floating over the gorgeous vineyards and farms and even the native forests. You can take pictures and videos and so you can look back and share the memories for years to come. To finish it off, you can enjoy a lovely breakfast at your chosen winery.
There are well over 100 wineries and vineyards in the Yarra Valley and most of them offer wine tasting. Most of the wineries are very easy to access as they are just off the highway. A lot of the high-end wineries have their own restaurant as well so be sure to grab a nice meal when you’re there.
Pay Healesville Sanctuary a visit and get up close and personal with the local wildlife of Australia. It is home to over 200 species such as the Australian favourites kangaroos, platypus’s and koalas, just to name a few. It offers a distinct Australian wildlife setting and it helps enormously with saving some species that are some of the most endangered around the world.
If you want to enjoy your visit to Melbourne, it is a great idea to create an itinerary and make sure you include a Yarra Valley winery tour I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.
Ever dreamt about travelling the world even though you have no money to do so? It sounds like a pretty impossible dream to most, but it’s not impossible at all.
There are some expenses that you shouldn’t compromise on, such as, it would be stupid to not buy travel insurance and to not make sure that all of your shots are up to date.
This article is going to give you some tips on how to travel the world with no money.
Camping and Couch surfing
Accommodation will be your biggest regular expense. Regardless of where you are in the world, the price of accommodation can add up pretty fast. That’s why couch surfing is really handy. You can use the couch surfing network, which lets you apply to stay in the homes of locals free of charge.
All you are expected to give in return is your company, and a nice gift like a bottle of wine or a native gift from where you are from. This system puts you in contact with the locals and it should be seen in the same light as a cultural exchange.
However, if you are unable to couch surf, camping is always a good option. A lot of countries have free camping laws, which is where you can camp on any unoccupied piece of land, but only as long as you don’t light any fires and you clean up after yourself.
Travelling between cities
When you are travelling through Europe or you are trying to backpack around the Caribbean, travelling between the destinations can add up to be very costly.
To get between destinations completely free of charge and not splurge on holiday accommodation, the only option is to hitchhike. Generally, in the poorer countries, it is a lot easier to hitchhike because that is how a lot of the locals get around.
Depending on where you are in the world, you can even hitchhike boats. If you happen to have any skills, you can offer to serve as a member of the crew for when you make your way across the Atlantic or even Pacific. That does require a lot of effort by you but when you are paying nothing for transport, you can’t really complain!
There are plenty of options for working on the road if you are after some extra money to help get you by. You can get a job working in bars or hostels.
Europe is quite an easy place to find some work. If you don’t have a problem with ethics, you can work for money under the table.
Working when travelling on the road is definitely a great way to live for free because a lot of places will take money for accommodation and food out of your salary in order to make things easier for you.
Volunteering has become a lot more common over the past decade. You can practically volunteer in any part of the world. There are places for both skilled and unskilled volunteers.
When volunteering, you will be expected to put in a few hours a day of work, which is in exchange for accommodation and food. You may even have the chance to have your role turned into a paid one. When you’re not volunteering and have a bit of spare time, maybe it’s a day off, you can explore the culture and local destinations by going on a half day tour that is available.
Yes, it can be done
Travelling around the world for free can definitely be done as you have just read. But you need to make sure that you plan it well in advance to make sure that it all works.
With around 7000km of coastline, more than 150 islands and the Great Barrier Reef spanning it all, Queensland is Australia’s most dreamed-about tropical destination. The trouble is, it ain’t cheap. The cost of living in Australia is pretty high, but there are a few hideaways and deals that can make a trip to this incredible destination affordable even on a budget.
Green Island is a tiny coral cay with only one resort. Luckily, the resort has restaurants, an ice cream parlour and watersports rentals that are all available to day trippers. It only takes about 30 minutes to walk around the light sands of this beautiful island, so chances are you’ll spend a lot of time enjoying the crystal blue waters and fringing coral reef, or simply lounge the day away on the beach. Great Adventures (greatadventures.com.au) runs the least expensive ferry option at around AU$90 return.
Hamilton Island has the most to offer active types wanting to take a DIY day trip to the Whitsunday Islands. This is where to go for a wannabe resort experience inclusive of white sand beaches, golf, tennis, watersport rentals and tons of restaurant choices – and yes, day-trippers can access all of this. If you’re more of a nature lover, ditch the resort areas and trek on one of the many steep, view-filled walking trails, some that lead to more secluded beaches. To get there, just take a Cruise Whitsundays ferry from Airlie Beach and then, once you’re on the island, the shuttle buses are free.
Big Fury offers one of the better value day cruises in the Whitsundays that will get you out to the famed Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island and snorkelling for AU$130 including lunch. What is Whitehaven Beach? Often called the most beautiful beach in Australia, this is about as perfect and white, with the requisite lapping clear blue water, as you can get. It is worth the splurge.
Lady Musgrave Island day trips depart on the family-run Lady Musgrave Cruises (lmcruises.com.au) from the Town of 1770. Yes it’s AU$190, but you can’t get to a more perfect tropical island paradise on this coast for less money. The uninhabited isle swarms with nesting seabirds and is rimmed by sparkling soft sands and live corals. The trip includes lunch, tea and a semi-submarine tour so it’s a spectacular way to spend the day.
Great Keppel Island is slated to be the next major resort on this coast, but for now it’s a serene paradise of empty beaches, hearty bush walks over steep, forested hills, and some of the best live corals that you can snorkel simply by hiking and swimming there (no expensive boat tour required).
If all this wasn’t enough, there’s plenty of simple, affordable accommodation ranging from the laid-back dorms and doubles at Great Keppel Island Holiday Village (gkiholidayvillage.com.au), to the beachfront Great Keppel Island Hideaway (greatkeppelislandhideaway.com.au) where options include safari tents as well as classier rooms and cabins.
There’s more good news on the food front with kitchens available to guests at both of the above-listed options (stock up on supplies inYeppoon) and a basic supply shop down the road. If you’ve got the cash, dine on tasty and reasonably priced meals or sip a cold beer at sunset over the beach, at the Great Keppel Island Hideaway Bar and Restaurant.
Getting to the island by ferry will cost you AU$55 return on Freedom Fast Cats (freedomfastcats.com), which compared to other island ferry transfers on this coast, is another bargain.
Magnetic Island is a little island with a lot going on. It’s not one of those resort islands (although it has all the natural beauty of one), it’s a place where people really live and work. Eucalyptus-lined trails wind across hillsides that offer views over turquoise waters and dramatic boulder outcrops. You’re likely to pass a dozing koala or three and walk to the tune of bird song. Hike to now-abandoned WWII forts then meander down to Bremner Point around sunset where you can hand-feed wild (and adorable) rock wallabies. Watersports on offer include scuba diving and sea kayaking.
Yes, you could easily visit Magnetic Island on a day trip but staying overnight can be very affordable and gives you more time to explore the many beaches and villages. Bungalow Bay Koala Village over in the beach-bum style hamlet of Horseshoe Bay, feels like a wilderness camp and has its very own wildlife park where you can eat breakfast with the koalas. Camping, dorms and cabins are on offer plus there’s a fun vibe and a pool.
Those wanting a different kind of wildlife should head straight to full-moon partying Base Backpackers on its own little beach near Nelly Bay. Don’t expect much sleep beyond what you’ll get baking in the sun midday. Lots of package deals from the website can make this option an even better deal.
Get to Magnetic Island on either the Sealink (sealinkqld.com.au) or Fantasea (fantaseacruisingmagnetic.com.au) ferries with prices from AU$25 return. Once there you can get a full day bus pass for around AU$7.50, hike everywhere, rent a bike or a little buggy known as a ‘moke’.
Original article found at https://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia/travel-tips-and-articles/best-queensland-island-escapes-for-small-budgets