Sydney Travel Guide

Sydney is probably the most recognisable city associated with Australia, it is a major gateway to Australia and has lots of world famous landmarks and famous beaches. I have been lucky enough to travel to Sydney on many occasions with my work.

With the airline I work for we stop over in Sydney for about 36 hours, and stop in Singapore for 48 hours on the way to Sydney and stop back in Singapore again on the way back. The Singapore/Sydney trip is a 9 day trip and is actually one of my favourite trips to do with work, as I love both Singapore and Sydney and they have both started to feel like second homes now.

The first time I went to Sydney with work I was so excited as I had never been to Australia before, and couldn’t wait to go exploring. On my first ever trip to Sydney I actually got to spend 3 days there as unfortunately for our passengers our aircraft went tech, and parts had to be flown over from London Heathrow. I have to admit I was over the moon to get some extra time in this exciting city.

Since my first ever trip to Sydney I have done many more Singapore/Sydney trips and always try to visit an area or place that I haven’t been to before. My brother in law lives in Adelaide and on one particular trip I bought my husband along and my brother in law flew up from Adelaide to meet us which was great, as I love having a layover with family it makes it feel like a mini holiday, even though I was really tired we packed lots in, and met up with some of my husbands friends that now live in Sydney too.

Sydney has so much to offer from beautiful beaches and bays, to world famous surf spots and landmarks. Sydney has a really cool vibe and there is always something going on in the city.

Sights & Activities

Bondi Beach

Most people I speak to seem to prefer Manly Beach to Bondi Beach. I think maybe I’m one of the rare few that actually prefer Bondi Beach. I just think Bondi is so iconic all around the world, and has so much to see and do there, it really does have something for everyone. It has lots of street art to admire, surfing or watching surfers, and lots of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. Even if your not a big fan of swimming in the Ocean you can swim and relax at the ocean pool at Icebergs Club.

I really love the atmosphere around Bondi it’s got a really cool laid back atmosphere to it, but with a bit of a quirky edge. Even if your not a surfer just going to the beach and sunbathing here is great, I have been to Bondi on several occasions and always have a great time there.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

The coastal walk between Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach was one of the best coastal walks I’ve ever done. We started from Coogee Beach and walked to Bondi Beach it is approximately 3.5 miles, and takes just short of 3 hours to walk, it is a leisurely walk taking in many bays, rock pools, cliffs and coves along the way and lots of breathtaking scenery.

This is one of my favourite things I’ve done in Sydney, I went when I took my husband and my brother in law and their friend that lives in Coogee took us along the walk, and we also had some of the other crew that I was working with join us. It was a beautiful sunny day when we went and we had breakfast then headed off for the walk, we took our time and stopped to admire views and take photos. I cannot recommend this walk enough it is an absolute must do in Sydney!

Chinatown

Sydney’s Chinatown is like most other Chinatowns around the world, the Main Street which is Dixon Street is the heart and soul of Chinatown, it has a huge selection of Asian eateries and shops. As Sydney can be quite pricey this is the place to go to get cheap eats if you are on a budget and craving some Asian food.

The Main Street also has some ornate gates either end of the street which are decorated with dragons, bamboo tiles and golden writing. If your in Sydney for a while I would recommend having a stroll through Chinatown, and not too far from the Main Street is Paddy’s Market.

Circular Quay

Circular Quay is one of the main tourist hubs in Sydney, with many of Sydney’s main landmarks located within the area. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and The Rocks are all located within this horseshoe cove.

Circular Quay was once where Australia’s first European settlers came and was once home to ex convicts, sailors and whalers and had lots of brothels and pubs. Today it is home to upmarket bars and restaurants offering champagne breakfasts overlooking the opera house, lots of street performers and the many tourists and locals coming in and out on the many ferries that run from the harbour.

Circular Quay is a bustling vibrant area of Sydney, I always really enjoy having a wander around the Quay and seeing what’s new, sometimes it’s lovely to just sit and relax with a drink and watch a cruise ship coming in.

City Hall

Sydney City Hall was constructed between the mid to late 1800s. It’s function and use is very different today and is mainly used now for meetings, events and exhibitions and is home to the council and civic offices. When exploring Sydney try to stop by this historical building in the heart of the city centre.

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a former dockland which was regenerated in the 80s and is now home to a numerous amount of restaurants and cafes. It has lots of Sydneys tourist attractions such as a Sealife Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife Zoo, Madame Tussaud’s and various museums and parks.

Darling Harbour is an upmarket area of Sydney, I enjoy wandering around Darling Harbour and grabbing a drink here, however I wouldn’t recommend spending too much time here it’s great to wander around maybe for an hour or 2 but you won’t find the authentic Sydney experience here it’s more purpose built and office spaces.

If your in Sydney during Australia Day go to Darling Harbour as they normally put on lots of family friendly activities and entertainment, and some years have beautiful firework displays on in the evening which is a perfect way to finish off the day.

Manly Beach

Manly Beach is Sydney’s second most famous Beach after Bondi Beach. Over a mile long stretch of golden sand beach makes up Manly Beach and lined by pine trees. Manly Beach attracts lots of tourists and locals, every time I have visited Manly it’s always been busy that’s one reason why I tend to prefer Bondi as I always find it less busy.

Manly Beach however is still iconic to Sydney and is a must visit on any Sydney Itinerary. I do love wandering down the Main Street of Manly and looking in all the shops which sell a selection of clothes as well as souvenirs. Manly also has lots of cafes and restaurants that line the beach front.

Paddys Market

Paddy’s Market is located right next to Chinatown in a large brick building. It has a variety of take away or eat in food options. Paddy’s Market is ideal for budget conscious travellers looking for a bargain. It is a traditional market and offers women’s fashion, kids clothes, accessories, jewellery, food, souvenirs, gadgets, and lots more. Paddy’s Market in Haymarket is open Wednesday – Sunday, and is a great market selling a variety of products.

Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens are a free attraction which expand over a huge area of Sydney, you can enter these gardens next to the Opera House. The gardens have a huge array of plants and trees from both Australia and the rest of the world. The gardens were created in 1816, and is steeped in history. There are several free walking tours from November to March, and aboriginal tours are also available for approx AUS$40 per person.

When I visited the gardens it was on my first visit to Sydney and we wandered through the gardens in the morning before heading to the Opera House. If your only in Sydney for a short period of time I wouldn’t make the Botanical Gardens a must do on your itinerary unless your an avid gardener. However if you do have time I would suggest walking through the gardens while visiting the Opera House – time permitting.

The Rocks

The Rocks is located in Circular Quay, and has lots of old buildings and quirky lanes which is quite rare for Sydney as many of the cities buildings are modern and high structures and more high tech buildings being built, its great to see The Rocks being maintained and preserved.

The Rocks used to be a maritime hub and was known in the old days for its open sewers and dingy alleyways, since the 1970s it has been transformed into a tourist hub. The Rocks is now home to some amazing restaurants, bars and pubs.

As well as having lots of places to eat and drink there is some gorgeous little boutiques, and also has a weekend artisan market which has stalls selling local arts, crafts and food. On Fridays there is a foodie market which has lots of street food and local products available, and during the month of December there is a Christmas market.

The Rocks also hosts many festivals and live music events, and there are several museums and galleries to visit, The Rocks is the cultural core of Sydney and should be on every Sydney itinerary.

Watson’s Bay

Watson’s Bay is a quick 15/20 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay. Watson’s Bay is a quiet suburban area of Sydney which is a lot less well known compared to other beaches in Sydney.

On one of my trips here I got the ferry over with one of my colleagues, and we had the most lovely day. As we arrived during lunch time we started our day at Doyle’s Fish and chips take away, and then wandered along the South Head Heritage Trail which took us past Lady Bay, which to our surprise was a nudist beach, we didn’t go down to it as we didn’t know where to look. We carried on over to the Hornby Lighthouse which has breathtaking views over the cliffs below and out the vast Pacific Ocean.

After having a little walk we decided to go and sunbath at Camp Cove which has the most gorgeous beach and calm clear waters which makes a change from both Bondi and Manly’s crashing waves. There is a small beach bar located at Camp Cove, if your needing some rest and relaxation, this is the beach for you.

Wildlife Sydney Zoo

The Wildlife Sydney Zoo is located in Darling Harbour next to the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium. This is a small zoo which houses lots of Australian native insects, reptiles, snakes and other small critters as well as having kangaroos and koalas. It’s a small zoo in comparison to Taronga Zoo which I still haven’t been too, however if your short on time and want to see some Australian wildlife without leaving the city this is a great little zoo.

You can purchase combo packages too with the Aquarium next door, if your just wanting to visit the zoo it was AUS$40 per person, I visited here on my first trip to Sydney when we were delayed and we spent a few hours here and really enjoyed it.

Food & Beverage

Bondi Icebergs Club

When visiting Bondi then a trip to Bondi Icebergs Club is a must, on weekends it is absolutely heaving as it offers great value casual bistro dining with excellent views over Bondi Beach. If you don’t fancy eating here then you can just go in for a drink as there are 2 bars inside.

As well as having a restaurant and bar you can pay to access the famous Ocean Pools which were the Bondi Baths, and have been there for over a 100 years in your ticket price you also get access to the sauna. When I visited Icebergs I went there for lunch and got a lovely salad, the portions are big here I ordered a side of chips with my salad that I really didn’t need.

City Extra

City Extra boasts an amazing location in Circular Quay with great views overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge with both outside and indoor seating areas. It’s a great spot with incredible views and also good for people watching. The food is modern and delicious and not only is it a great place for dinner but also a great for breakfast too. The food is also reasonably priced considering it’s location. Its also open 24 hours a day so even if your jet lagged and can’t sleep this is a great find to come and grab some food or drink.

Coogee Bay Hotel

Coogee Bay Hotel is a little gem right on the beachfront of Coogee it has a really friendly and casual atmosphere. It’s great to come here for drinks or dinner. We came and had a few drinks at their beach bar and also ordered some food from their menu which serves up comfort food that is affordable. After dinner my husband, brother in law and some of their friends and crew sat outside enjoying some drinks, we really loved the mood here and the view of the beach.

Doyle’s

Doyle’s is situated in Watson’s Bay and was set up and is still run by the Doyle family since 1885. They serve up a selection of seafood dishes and delicacies. They have their restaurant which is Doyle’s on the Beach which is more up market sit down restaurant, or if that is a bit out of your price range, go to Doyle’s on the Wharf takeaway which is just opposite the restaurant, and also has some seating but is more laid back and affordable, we ordered some fish and chips and it was delicious and great value.

However if your a big fan of seafood and want something special I would suggest reserving a table at Doyle’s on the Beach, try to book in advance as it gets extremely busy. Doyle’s is associated with Watson’s Bay and is well know by many locals and tourists.

Fish Shack

Fish Shack Is situated in Manly directly opposite the beach and serves up fish and chips either as a takeaway option or you can sit in. They also sell drinks here too so if you fancy a cold beer that’s close to the beach then this place is for you.

Gloria Jeans

I am obsessed with Gloria Jeans! They are a coffee shop chain situated all over Sydney and the rest of Australia, they are kind of similar to Starbucks. I always love their cold iced drinks which change seasonally, Gloria Jeans offer up great pick me up drinks and snacks which are great for on the go.

Kazbah

Kazbah overlooks Darling Harbour and specialises in Middle Eastern cuisine such as grills, meze, sharing platters and tagines etc. It’s interior is sleek and stylish and has touches of Moroccan flare.

North Bondi Fish

North Bondi Fish is my favourite bar in Sydney and sits overlooking Bondi Beach. It is a bar but serves up fresh and delicious food, and amazing cocktails and on a weekend there is a DJ. North Bondi Fish just oozes cool and is full of the most beautiful people I have ever seen. Their cocktails and sharing jugs are so tasty and easy to drink I usually always loose track of time in there.

Olivo

Olivo is set overlooking Darling Harbour and when your jet lagged and craving a decent breakfast this is my go to place. Their breakfast is fresh and tasty and affordable and always hits the spot. It is an Italian restaurant and has a great menu on offer for lunch and dinner too.

Opera Bar

As you may have guessed Opera Bar is situated just by the Opera House. Opera Bar is always busy with both tourists and locals, it has amazing views overlooking the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Opera Bar on a hot sunny day is the place to be in Sydney, and I always like to come here for a glass of prossecco. Sunset at Opera Bar is always pretty magical and I can’t recommend this bar enough.

Ribs & Burgers

Located in the heart of the Rocks is Ribs and Burgers and you guessed it, it just sells ribs and burgers but done really well. It’s a casual restaurant you order at the till and orders are cooked up fresh. Staff here are really friendly and welcoming and the outside seating area is perfect on a warm day. They also offer take out and delivery too.

The Glenmore

The Glenmore is a heritage listed building and has been in The Rocks since 1912. It is a popular watering hole and had a large refurb a few years back. The rooftop bar is great and has amazing views across the harbour. The Glenmore is also a great spot for a casual lunch on the rooftop.

Tropicana Cafe

We went to the Tropicana Cafe in Coogee before walking along the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk. I’m not normally a huge fan of breakfast but the breakfast at the Tropicana Cafe was one of the best I’ve ever had, I had the chicken breakfast wrap and it was absolutely delicious. I would recommend starting your day off here before heading off on the coastal walk if your starting from Coogee.

Transport & Getting Around

Sydney is really easy to get around once you get used to it. Sydney has lots of public transport available from buses, trains and ferries. I always tend to try and get ferries when visiting the various beaches and bays in Sydney, as I find it easy to leave from Circular Quay.

The Opal Card is widely available throughout Sydney and can be purchased and topped up in many newsagents around the city. The Opal Card is capped at AUS$15.80 per adult for a day of travel on all public transport.

I would suggest before travelling to Sydney or venturing out for the day to plan your public transport, as there are quite a lot of options, it can be quite daunting for someone who isn’t familiar with the city, and Sydney is quite spread out. You can plan all your travel plans online at Transport New South Wales.

Top Tips

Sydney is a great city and iconic all around the world. It’s best in the Australian spring and summer, I have spent time in Sydney when the weather wasn’t great and I have to admit it does loose some of its charm when the weather isn’t great.

This city has lots to offer, but it’s also one of the cities you don’t have to spend weeks getting to see everything. You could easily spend a day or 2 exploring the city and a bit more time if you want to spend time on Sydney’s many beaches and coves.

Sydney is quite expensive so be prepared this is not a cheap city. However a lot of the main sites and attractions are free, such as the Opera House. I would recommend sitting at Opera Bar at the Opera House and treating yourself to your favourite tipple and enjoying the view of this iconic building on a sunny day.

I would also recommend if you are strapped for time in the city but would like to see some of the beaches and coves then try and squeeze in the Bondi to Coogee Beach Walk, it takes about 3 hours but you will take in so many beaches and coves along the way and can see two of Sydney’s famous beaches, which is great if you don’t have much time and gives you a taste of the beach life in Sydney.

One last tip would be if your flying into Sydney, then prior to landing make sure to look out the window of the plane, as you get the most spectacular views of the Blue Mountains and the coastline of Sydney.

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The Great Ocean Road Travel Guide

My husband and I travelled along the Great Ocean Road a few years back, as my brother in law lives in Adelaide. We decided to fly out to Melbourne to meet him there and spend a few nights there then all drive along the Great Ocean Road together back to Adelaide. We spent a few days in Adelaide and also visited Kangaroo Island too then spent a few more days back in Adelaide before flying home.

The Great Ocean Road is a 150 mile stretch of heritage listed road along the south eastern coast of Australia. The Great Ocean Road makes an excellent choice for an epic road trip. There is so much to see and do along this iconic road from seaside towns, coves and bays, lighthouses and lots of wildlife.

The good thing about the Great Ocean Road is that you can make the trip as long as you like, most people tend to drive along the Great Ocean Road over 3-4 days. We drove the Great Ocean Road over 5 days as we drove on further to Adelaide. I would really recommend the Great Ocean Road to anyone as it has something for everyone and could easily be done over 3 days if your strapped for time.

Torquay

Torquay is either at the very start or very end of the Great Ocean Road depending which way you come from. We started our Great Ocean Road adventure in Torquay. Torquay used to be a sleepy seaside town but now Torquay is world famous as Australia’s Surf Capital.

Torquay is also home to Ripcurl and Quicksilver which are two huge iconic surf brands which originally started out as wetsuit makers. Torquay was one of my favourite stops along the Great Ocean Road, from getting to visit the world famous Bells Beach and the surf museum, there is so much to Torquay than meets the eye.

Sights & Activities

Australian National Surfing Museum

No trip to Torquay would be complete without a visit to the Australian National Surfing Museum. There is a huge array of Australian surfing memorabilia, the surf hall of fame and lots of information, videos and displays on surfing culture. This small but interesting museum is a must and is reasonably priced at just AUD$12 per person.

We all really enjoyed visiting the museum and learnt so much about surfing culture and the history behind it. We spent a few hours wandering around the museum and reading all of the information.Bells Beach

Bells Beach is world famous and also home to Rip Curls Pro Bells Beach Surf Competition which is the world’s longest continuously running surfing competition. There are viewing platforms located above Bells Beach where you can take in breathtaking views of the world famous beach and the waves as well as the sandstone cliffs surrounding the beach. Bells Beach shouldn’t be missed when cruising along the Great Ocean Road.Surf City

Surf City is a shopping complex in Torquay which sells all kinds of surf essentials from wetsuits and surf boards to lots of iconic surf brands selling clothing. We stopped here and did a spot of shopping when we first arrived in Torquay. If your into your surf brands you need to check this place out as all the major surf brands from Billabong, Quicksilver, Ripcurl and many more are all in one area.Food & Beverage

Fishos

Fishos is located along the shore front in Torquay, and serves up fresh, delicious and non fuss fish and chips. We chose the Bells Share Platter which serves 4 people for AUD$72 which worked out slightly cheaper than ordering individual meals and came with fish, calamari, chips and sweet potato cakes it was really filling and tasty.Accommodation

The View on Grossmans

The View on Grossmans is a great location and located just 2 minutes drive from Torquay Beach. This small family run bed and breakfast has everything you need and also includes a pool and tennis courts as well as a bbq area. The rooms are clean, comfortable and modern and affordable.

Anglesea

After leaving Torquay in the morning, we made our way to Anglesea which is approximately a 20 minute drive from Torquay. We made a quick stop for breakfast and had a walk along the Anglesea River which meets the ocean and is the most gorgeous bright blue colour.

Food & Beverage

Four Kings

Four Kings Cafe is located right on the Great Ocean Road and overlooks the seafront. It serves up breakfast, brunch and lunch and a selection of drinks. It also has a good selection of vegan and vegetarian food. All the food is simple, fresh and healthy. If your leaving Torquay in the morning stop here for breakfast.

Aireys Inlet

Aireys Inlet is midway between Anglesea and Lorne. Aireys Inlet has some beautiful stretches of coast, beaches and creeks.

Split Point Lighthouse

Split Point Lighthouse was built in 1891 and is still operational today. It was also used for filming for the popular children’s TV series ‘Around the Twist’. It is only accessible by booking a tour, however you can walk up to the lighthouse and have a wander round and get some great views of the coast without booking and paying for the tour.

Lorne

Lorne is a major tourist attraction in itself, this quaint little seaside town attracts lots of tourists and day trippers during the summer months and has a great selection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The beach is great for families as it has a beachside swimming pool, trampolines and skatepark.

If sitting in a beachside cafe isn’t your thing then there are lots of bushwalking tracks nearby too. We stopped in Lorne for an afternoon and wandered around the shops and grabbed and ice cream.

Food & Beverage

Stone Cold

Stone Cold is an ice cream parlour situated along the beachfront and serves up a large variety of ice cream flavours as well as smoothies, juices and salads. We stopped here for some ice cream and sat outside watching the world go by.

Separation Creek

After about 20 minutes of driving out of Lorne we drove through the gorgeous Separation Creek, which is a small costal Village. There isn’t much to see and do here but there is some gorgeous views of the coast. There is also a 250 meter long beach which you can visit here too. We didn’t stop however if you have time and want a quiet beach, this is the place to stop.

Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay is situated about an hour drive from Lorne and is one of the Great Ocean Roads larger towns. Apollo Bay is also a great place to base yourself to explore Cape Otway. When we drove along the Great Ocean Road we stayed in Cape Otway which was great, however in hindsight we would have been better staying in Apollo Bay as we had to drive back to Apollo Bay when we realised there was nowhere to get something to eat or drink in Cape Otway.

Apollo Bay has a great selection of restaurants and bars to choose from and a gorgeous white sand stretch of beach. We stopped along here for the beach and came back here in the evenings for dinner as it’s only about 25-30 minutes drive to Cape Otway where we were staying.

Food & Beverage

Cafe 153

Cafe 153 is located along the Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay, it is a laid back cafe which serves a selection of wine and alcohol and modern Australian cuisine with fresh, local and organic ingredients. It’s more of a breakfast and lunch type place, however we came here late afternoon for an early dinner before they closed. It’s a family run business and has a warm and welcoming intimate atmosphere.

Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

Another evening we visited the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse in Apollo Bay which serves up hearty pub grub and a huge array of craft beers. It’s a large family friendly Brewhouse and whether it’s food or just a drink you want this place is a great spot. It was reasonably priced and delicious food, I had the chicken schnitzel which was really tasty and filling. After dinner we sat by the fire and had a few drinks, which was a lovely way to wind down after a day of road tripping . There is also a beer garden too which is great for warmer days.

Cape Otway

Cape Otway has a beautiful and rugged coast line to explore as well as lots of nature, wildlife and rainforests. Cape Otway is the second most southerly point of mainland Australia. Most of Cape Otway is within the Great Otway National Park.

We spent 2 nights in Cape Otway as we love exploring nature and enjoy seeing wildlife. In Cape Otway you can also see an abundance of koalas and kangaroos living in the wild, we pulled over several times to watch Koalas in the trees above and even had one koala walk past our car and down the road which was amazing. We were also lucky enough to see an Echidna too.Sights & Activities

Artillery Rocks

Artillery Rocks was a real highlight for us, these rugged rock formations slope out into the ocean with a backdrop of rainforest hills behind. We came on a bit of wet, grey and rainy day but it didn’t stop us taking a stroll along these rocks, in fact it worked out well as we had the area to ourselves.

While here we had planned on having a picnic and bought lots of snacks and nibbles, and because of the bad weather ended up having a picnic in the car. While having our picnic I spotted a koala strolling past on the road behind our car so we all got out and followed it a few meters behind to see where it was going, it was amazing to see a koala in the wild. It eventually climbed up a tree and my brother in law managed to feed it some leaves.

Cape Otway Lightstation

Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest lighthouse on mainland Australia that is still standing. There is more to see here than just the lighthouse from aboriginal cultural sites to world war 2 bunkers within the grounds. The lighthouse was built in 1848, it was also known as the Beacon of Hope. Hundreds of people were lost along this shipwreck coast which led to the building of the Lightstation on the cliffs edge.

Visiting the Lightstation is a great day out with lots to see and do and great value for money general admission was AUS$20 per person and includes entrance into the lighthouse, history talks, world war 2 bunker, whale interpretation site, aboriginal culture bush talk and entrance into the light keepers quarter and much more.

There is also a cute light keepers cafe which is in a gorgeous old sandstone building and serves home made cakes and pies which are delicious as well as some hot drinks which were perfect for us on the chilly windy day we visited.

The Redwoods

The Redwoods Forest is great to stroll around, the Californian redwood trees were planted along the river back in 1939. The forest has some pathways through the trees, we visited the redwood forest just before leaving Cape Otway you only need about 30 minutes to wander through the walkways stay longer if you bring a picnic, it’s the perfect spot for lunch.

Accommodation

Bimbi Park

Bimbi Park is located not too far from the Cape Otway Lightstation and has a whole range of accommodation to suit all budgets from camping powered and unpowered sites, caravans, bunk rooms and cabins. When we stayed at Bimbi Park we booked a standard cabin without an ensuite.

The cabins have everything you need with small kitchen and sitting area, and a bedroom. It was clean, comfortable and affordable at only AUS$65 per night. We really enjoyed staying here it was quirky and had lots of wildlife around the park from koalas, kangaroos and lots of native birds.

Even though we really enjoyed our stay here I would recommend staying in Apollo Bay if you want more to do in the evenings, or if you are staying at Bimbi Park take food and drink supplies, as there aren’t many amenities near by and the reception only has snacks on sale.

Port Campbell & The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles are probably the most iconic image of the Great Ocean Road. These stacked limestone towers scattered off shore near to the cliff edges in the Port Campbell National Park are a natural masterpiece, however now only 8 apostles can be seen from the viewing platforms. No trip to the Great Ocean Road would be complete without a visit to the rugged coastline to view the apostles. The road through Port Campbell is stunning with lots of sheer cliffs and beaches.

Warrnambool

Warrnambool is the end of the Great Ocean Road, and used to be a whaling and sealing station now times have changed, and it is now a bustling hub with historical buildings and a whale watching centre. We stopped off here on our final stop along the Great Ocean Road, and went to a whale viewing point. Unfortunately we didn’t see any whales when we went but certain times of the year whales can be seen swimming in the distance.

Mount Gambier

We drove the whole of the Great Ocean Road, and continued on through Mount Gambier, Beachport, Robe and Meningie which aren’t part of the Great Ocean Road but thought I’d include them on this blog incase you decide to drive from Melbourne to Adelaide.

Mount Gambier is a major town on the limestone coast and lies beneath on the flatlands below an extinct volcano. What makes Mount Gambier a great stop is it’s stunning turquoise blue crater lake and caves. It takes just over 2 hours to reach Mount Gambier from Warrnambool.

We stopped in Mount Gambier for a drink and to go and visit the Famous Blue Lake, which changes colour depending on the season, and lies in a volcanic crater.

Beachport

Beachport is a small coastal town along the limestone coast, with quant stone buildings this quiet town isn’t the most buzzing town, however if you want relaxing and quiet this is the place for you. Beachport also has a famously long jetty which is nice to walk along, although we went on a cold windy day and got very windswept.

Robe

The small fishing port of Robe doesn’t look much when you first drive into it, however I was pleasantly surprised by Robe. It has a lovely little high street with a good choice of great eateries and shops. Robe has become a popular holiday destination for holiday makers from both Adelaide and Melbourne. If your planning on visiting Robe over the Christmas or Easter period make sure to book accommodation in advance as it does get booked up way in advance.

Sights & Activities

Guichen Bay & The Obelisk

The Obelisk was built on Cape Dombey in 1852, which was created to help navigate the entrance into Guichen Bay and also to store rocket lifesaving equipment. The Obelisk is a landmark of Robe and has gorgeous rugged views over the Guichen Bay. This is one of the top sites to go and see in Robe, I loved watching the crashing waves here.

Food & Beverage

Caledonian Inn

If your looking for a traditional pub in Robe look no further than the Caledonian Inn, this pub is on the high street and is set in a gorgeous old stone building and has a great atmosphere and a good selection of wines. The pub has a very English feel to it and is a traditional pub and has been in Robe so long that it is now seen as a landmark itself. We stopped in here for a few drinks after dinner.

Vic Street Pizza Project

Vic Street Pizza Project is a casual restaurant but with delicious food and fresh jugs of pimms. The Vic Pizza Project offers more than just Pizza and pasta it also has a specials board which is updated daily, when we were there they had tacos on offer. One thing I love about Australian restaurants is how fresh the food is and also that you go up and order your food and pay for it at the start. It saves time with the bill at the end. If your in Robe check this place out as it’s right on the high street.

Accommodation

Lakeview Motel & Apartments

Lakeview Motel is set on the shores of the Lake Fellmongery, it is a great location in Robe and is close proximity to all amenities within the town. The motels and apartments have a variety of rooms and rates on offer. We booked the standard rooms which are equipped with kitchen, bathroom and a small sitting area, which was great value for money we paid about £75 for the night and were really impressed with the size of the room.

Meningie

Meningie is a small town on the south of Lake Albert in South Australia. This was the last place we stopped at to stretch our legs on our road trip before continuing on to Adelaide. It has some gorgeous views over the lake and some native birds. If your are driving all the way to Adelaide this is a convenient place to stop to have a walk and some fresh air.

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Melbourne Mini Guide

When visiting Australia one place that is always mentioned is Melbourne, and after visiting I can see why. Melbourne is a large cosmopolitan city on Australia’s south east coast. Melbourne is really quirky and has a cool edge to it, with lots of bars, restaurants, shops and street art you definitely won’t be bored here.

My husband and I travelled to Melbourne a few years back, as my brother in law lives in Adelaide. We decided to fly out to Melbourne to meet him there and spend a few nights there then all drive along the Great Ocean Road together back to Adelaide.

We spent a few days in Adelaide and also visited Kangaroo Island too then spent a few more days back in Adelaide before flying home.

We only stopped in Melbourne for 2 nights and only really had about a day and a half there, before heading off to explore the Great Ocean Road. While we didn’t spend long in Melbourne we managed to pack quite a lot in, and this is one city I would love to go back to.

Sights & Activities

Birrarung Marr Park

Birrarung Marr Park is located in the inner city on the Yarra River bank. The park is split into 3 sectioned terraces, the lower terrace follows the river and has lots of elm trees. The Middlele the Upper Terrace has views of the Arts Centre, Melbourne’s spire and St Paul’s Cathedral.

We had a lovely stroll through this park and it has lots of art and sculptures dotted around. It was a sunny day while we were here, and the park was just beautiful and had lots of people sitting and enjoying the atmosphere of this gorgeous inner city park. If your in Melbourne give this park a visit and maybe take a picnic too.

Flinders Street

Flinders Street is one of the main streets in Melbourne and runs parallel to the Yarra River. Flinders Street is also home to Flinders Street Station which is has been around since the early 1900s. We stayed at the Rendezvous Hotel on Flinders Street too as it’s a good central location, and has lots going on with places to eat and drink.

Flinders Street has lots of landmarks and attractions and is a great street to base yourself on. Attractions on Flinders Street include Federation Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne Aquarium and Batman Park.

Hosier Lane & Melbourne Street Art

Walk down the famous Hosier Lane and admire the street art that has made the Melbourne urban art scene known across the world. This street is full of colourful art work that has been created by local and international artists. We walked down here and viewed all of the different artwork, however if you wanted to find out more about the artists and the stories behind the artwork you can book onto a walking tour.

While wandering down Hosier Lane take a slight detour onto Rutledge Lane which is another great street to see lots of original artwork, including the wheelie bins which are also covered in artwork.

The street art around Melbourne is a huge draw for people, and also one of the main reasons I loved Melbourne so much. I think more cities around the world should embrace street art, it really gives a city more identity and character.

Old Melbourne Gaol

The Old Melbourne Gaol is Victoria’s oldest surviving prison, and also has an old magistrates court. The Gaol was built in the mid 1800s, and housed some of Australia’s most dangerous criminals.

The Gaol was home to 133 hangings between 1842 until it’s closure in 1929, including the famous Ned Kelly. The Gaol is a really interesting attraction with lots of history, and you can see how the men and women would have lived there all those years ago. The Gaol also provides lots of information about the Aboriginals lives and what they went through.

We found the Gaol really interesting and learnt lots, there were also prison warden actors which were great and made the tour around it more authentic. When visiting Melbourne try and make a trip here. It’s also pretty reasonably priced too, we paid AUS$28 each. There are also some evening and night tours too which look really good and quite spooky!

Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market has been around since 1878 and has gone through many changes and controversy over the years and has gone from being a cemetery, livestock market and fruit and vegetable market. Today the market still retains much of its Victorian charm and in its original beautiful building, but now is home to a large array of shops and market stalls ranging from everything and anything.

You can also take foodie tours there too, as there is a huge selection of food and drink stalls there. Lots of it is local produce from nearby farms. We loved visiting here and spent a while wandering around the different stalls, I was in my element as I love shopping and picking up little trinkets everywhere I go. We also went there in the morning for our breakfast on our last day in Melbourne.

Royal Arcade

The Royal Arcade is the oldest arcade in Australia and was opened in 1870. It was also Melbourne’s first arcade. Melbourne has lots of Victorian architecture still today and it’s great to see that they are preserving these beautiful buildings for the next generations.

The Royal Arcade is an upmarket shopping centre with lots of boutiques, gift shops, arts and crafts and coffee shops. This beautiful arcade really reminds me of some of the Victorian arcades which we have here in the UK. If your a shopaholic like me, you need to have a wander through.

The Art of Banksy Exhibition

While we were in Melbourne there was The Art of Banksy Exhibition on at the Federation Square. We couldn’t resist and had to go and visit it, as all of us love street art. Unfortunately the exhibition is no longer running, however it’s always worth seeing what exhibitions are on in Melbourne as there is always something happening in Federation Square. Who knows there may always be another Banksy Exhibition in the future, we were just in Melbourne at the right time.

Food & Beverage

Queen Victoria Market

We visited Queen Victoria Market for some breakfast, I couldn’t resist some mini pancakes! However for any meal or snack this place has so much to offer with lots of local venders and stands offering up some of Melbourne’s most delicious food, and it doesn’t break the bank either.

Ponyfish Island Bar

We visited Ponyfish Island Bar early one evening and it was busy, but don’t let the busyness put you off, we found some seats quite quickly. This is a really quirky bar set on a small island in the Yarra River, it is surrounded by water and great views of the city. You can grab a bite to eat there or just grab a drink and watch the sunset. It’s set under the pedestrian bridge on the southbank and is accessible down some stairs.

Riverland Bar

Riverland Bar is located on the Yarra River just by Birrarung Marr Park. It is a great spot to sit and relax by the river and people watch. We came here for a drink in the afternoon, if you want a bar with outside seating and good location, then head to this bar, we had a jug of pimm’s to share and watched the world go by.

Accommodation

Rendezvous Hotel

We spent 2 nights at the Rendezvous Hotel, the location is excellent and it is right in the heart of the city, set on the busy Flinders Street. The Hotel is basic and not much to write home about, however if you want affordable accommodation in the city centre with clean and comfortable rooms, then this is the hotel for you. We spent about £60 a night here room only, which is a bit of bargain for a room in Melbourne. When staying in a city you hardly spend much time in the room anyway, so I hardly ever see the point in spending out masses.

Transport & Getting Around

Melbourne is a great city for pedestrians I would recommend walking everywhere, and while walking around the city take in the the huge amount of art work this city has to offer.

Melbourne also has lots of public transport from trams, buses and trains so if your not feeling like walking then there is lots of options available and affordable.

City Trams

The trams in the city centre are free for everyone to use. A hue section of the city is covered by these free trams from Melbourne’s CBD to the Docklands, there’s a map that shows the area that is covered by the free trams.

Top Tips

Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital, this is one of the coolest cities I’ve ever visited. When visiting Melbourne try and have a look at what festivals are on while your visiting as there is always something going on in the city.

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Kangaroo Island Mini Guide

Kangaroo Island is an absolute must when visiting South Australia. I haven’t heard of many people I know visiting it, and really can’t understand why more people don’t travel over to this gorgeous island. It is absolutely stunning and has so much to offer to anyone visiting.

My husband and I travelled to Kangaroo Island a few years back, as my brother in law lives in Adelaide. We decided to fly out to Melbourne to meet him there and spend a few nights there then all drive along the Great Ocean Road together back to Adelaide. We spent a few days in Adelaide and booked a tour over to Kangaroo Island, then spent a few more days back in Adelaide before flying home.

We booked onto the most amazing overnight tour to Kangaroo Island, at the time when booking it seemed quite expensive, but while on the tour we realised how much great value for money the tour actually was. The tour cost approximately £250 each, but included everything. We booked through a company called Groovy Grape which I found out about while reading through the Australia Lonely Planet book.

The tour through Groovy Grape included so much from ferry’s over from Adelaide, overnight accommodation, sand board hire, kayak hire, entrance fees, food and drink and your own tour guide to take you to all the most scenic spots around the island as well as some hiking trails. We all really enjoyed this tour and can’t recommend it enough! If you haven’t got much time then this 2 day tour is the perfect answer.

Below I will be writing about all the places we visited while on the Groovy Grape Kangaroo Island Tour.

Sights & Activities

Admirals Arch

Admirals Arch is a natural landmark on Kangaroo Island. The Arch is a rock bridge which has taken 1000s of years of erosion to create. The arch is located on the southwest coast of the island, and has a beautiful scenic boardwalk which leads up to it.

At the arch you can also view the seal colony living below. It was great to see the seals swimming around in the rock pools and lounging around on the rocks.

Admirals Arch is also the beginning for several hikes throughout the Flinders Chase National Park. The Admirals Arch Boardwalk leads to the Cape du Couedic Lightstation. The Remarkable Rocks which is another natural landmark on Kangaroo Island is also located near by to Admirals Arch.

Clifford’s Honey Farm Shop

We stopped off at Clifford’s Honey Farm Shop, which is a family run honey farm. The Honey Farm Shop provides a selection of honey products, regional produce and also aims to provide information on the unique Ligurian Bee which is found only on Kangaroo Island. The farm shops sells the most delicious honey ice cream which we devoured, it was so tasty! If you stop of here I really recommend trying it.

Flinders Chase National Park

Flinders Chase National Park is a scenic coastal park, which includes lots of natural landmarks such as Admirals Arch and The Remarkable Rocks. The park has lots of wildlife and vast wilderness areas and beautiful wild beaches. There are also lots of hiking trails within the National Park. We really enjoyed exploring the National Park and it’s stunning landmarks.

Harriet River

Harriet River is a large stream that runs through the south central part of Kangaroo Island until it reaches the Southern Ocean at Vivonne Bay. Our tour guide took us here on the second day and supplied us with kayaks to paddle up and down the river with. We really enjoyed the kayaking and this was another great reason to book through this tour as all equipment that was supplied to us was included.

Little Sahara Dunes

Little Sahara Dunes is located in the south of Kangaroo Island set back from Vivonne Bay. The dunes are heritage listed to ensure they are protected and preserved. We visited the dunes after visiting Seal Bay as it’s not too far from there. At the dunes you can sand board down the dunes, the highest one is 70 meters above sea level. The sand board hire is also included in the cost of the tour.

Sand boarding down the dunes was a real laugh as we were messing around with other people on the tour, the only downside to sand boarding is once you have sand boarded down the dunes, you then have to walk back up the dune in the heat, walking back up the dunes is not easy!

Penneshaw

Penneshaw is the main ferry port of Kangaroo Island, and is a beachside Town located on the north of the island. The ferry takes approximately 45 minutes from the Fleurieu Peninsula which is about a 90 minute drive from Glenelg in Adelaide. We didn’t stop long in Penneshaw, but it looked like a really cute and quiet town, there are several attractions here such as a golf course, maritime museum and the towns beach – Hogs Bay.

Pennington Bay

We stopped at Pennington Bay for a quick photo opportunity and stroll along the beach. Pennington Bay sits on the south coast of Kangaroo Island. It is a beautiful bay that is famous for its surfing. Sometimes Dolphins and whales can be spotted swimming off shore. The beach is surrounded by some bush land, which is home to a variety of wildlife too. If your on the Groovy Grape tour you will stop here, however if your visiting kangaroo island on your own be sure to add this beautiful spot to your itinerary.

Seal Bay

Seal Bay is located in the south of Kangaroo Island and is absolutely gorgeous with a beautiful white sandy beach. Seal Bay is a Conservation Park which is home to Australia’s largest sea lion colony. There is so many of them sunbathing along the beach and swimming in and out of the ocean. Aswell as having lots of seals and sea lions that live here there is also a huge amount of seabirds here too.

Seal Bay has a visitor centre at the top of the walkway, the walkway winds through cliffs and sand dunes, here you can also see seals and sea lions getting shade under the boardwalks.

There are tour guides to ensure the safety of the seals and sea lions and to ensure visitors do not get too close to the wildlife. The guides also explain lots of facts about the colony that live here which is really interesting. While on Kangaroo Island I would really recommend a trip here, this was one of the highlights for me, as I absolutely love wildlife.

Snake Lagoon Hike

After our first day of exploring Kangaroo Island, while sitting around having dinner our guide asked if we would all be up for an early start the next day to go to Snake Lagoon. We are so glad we got up early to do the Snake Lagoon Hike as it was really worth it. The hike takes approximately 2 hours return, and is located in The Flinders Chase National Park.

The trail starts by winding through sugar gum trees before then descending into the Rocky River valley. The trail crosses the Rocky River and goes along its bank to the mouth, providing amazing views through the valley and across the Southern Ocean. The beach at the end of the hike is breathtaking, and was one of our favourite spots on Kangaroo Island. We were the only ones on the beach and it was just amazing.

The Remarkable Rocks

The Remarkable Rocks is located in the Flinders Chase National Park, these huge granite boulders have taken millions of years to create through various weather elements. These rock formations are truly stunning and are located on the coast with lots of picturesque views of the coastline and beaches. The Remarkable Rocks was great to see as they are huge in size and like no other rock formations I have seen before.

Accommodation

Flinders Chase Farm Lodge

While on the Groovy Grape tour they organised our accommodation at the Flinders Chase Farm Lodge. The farm is a working farm and set in a typical Australian bush setting, located at the remote west end of Kangaroo Island, and has a great location on the island, as it’s located near most of the main attractions like Flinders Chase National Park, The Remarkable Rocks, and Admirals Arch.

We spent 1 night here which we really enjoyed, the accommodation was basic and we stayed in a dorm with some others from the tour group. We spent the evening having a bbq there which our tour guide cooked up in the kitchen, we even tried kangaroo meat which actually tasted pretty good! Whilst having dinner we did end up sharing some of ours with the local farm residents – the farm dogs!

After dinner we sat and relaxed around a camp fire, and even saw some koalas high up in some of the farms trees. We also got chatting to some of the farms workers which were Swedish backpackers staying there on working visas. So if you are planning a working trip to Australia this farm could be a potential place to stop off and work for a bit.

We slept pretty good here considering it was a dorm and the good thing was the bathroom was attached to the dorm, which was convenient. We did hear something rustling around in the wall in the early hours of the morning we weren’t sure what it was but as the farm is surrounded by lots of wildlife we didn’t mind too much as that sort of thing is to be expected.

The next morning we got up early and our guide prepared us some breakfast in the kitchen to start the day off. Even if I wasn’t on this tour I would recommend staying here as it’s quirky and something different, the farm also offers private rooms too if your not a massive fan of sharing dorms.

Top Tips

My top tips for Kangaroo Island is if you are visiting on a holiday then I would advise if your time constraint to book onto the Groovy Grape 2 day tour as it packs all the main sites into the tour and is great value for money. You literally don’t have to worry about an itinerary, planning, finding your way around and cost as everything is done for you and everything is included in the price.

However if you are travelling around Australia for a while I would recommend spending some time here if you can, we met a couple that were driving around the island in their camper van, and even had a kitten living in their camper van with them that they had rescued on their road trip around Oz.

When visiting Kangaroo Island do take a fly net, I never have even thought about a fly net before until visiting here and how bad the flies were on the Snake Lagoon hike. One of the girls on our tour come fully prepared with one, and I was so jealous that I didn’t have one, they might look ridiculous but they are so practical here! Also be prepared for lots of other bugs, if your biggest fear is bugs like me take some calms.

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Adelaide Mini Guide

Adelaide isn’t the first place that people tend to think of when they think of Australia, normally Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast seem to over shadow this small city in South Australia. I was pleasantly surprised by Adelaide, this quaint city actually has lots to do both in and out of the city.

Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan city on the coast and has lots of museums and art galleries on offer, as well as hosting lots of major sporting events. Glenelg Beach is a gorgeous beach with lots going on in the town. Kangaroo Island is also easily reached from Adelaide and is an actual must! Adelaide is also known for its many vineyards and fresh farm produce.

My husband and I travelled to Adelaide a few years back, as my brother in law lives in Adelaide. We decided to fly out to Melbourne to meet him there and spend a few nights there then all drive along the Great Ocean Road together back to Adelaide. We spent a few days in Adelaide and also visited Kangaroo Island too then spent a few more days back in Adelaide before flying home.

As my brother in law lives out there and has permanent residency, my husband and I plan to go out to Australia every couple of years and do a new area of Australia and then tag Adelaide onto our trip for a few days to visit him or meet him elsewhere in Australia.

Even though Adelaide might not be the most well known place in Australia, if your travelling around Australia or plan on doing the Great Ocean Road try and allow a few days to visit Adelaide.

Sights & Activities

Adelaide Arcade

Adelaide Arcade is a beautiful Victorian shopping arcade which was built back in 1885, it is located in the heart of Adelaide’s city centre. Today it houses over a 100 unique shops, boutiques and cafes. The decor is stunning and still has its Victorian charm.

Adelaide City Centre

Adelaide City Centre is really nice and easy to get around the city isn’t huge so everything easily accessible by walking. The city itself is surrounded by parks, and in the centre it has a wide range of shops, department stores, boutiques, cafes and eateries as well as host of fine dining on offer. The city itself is also home to South Australia’s Art Gallery.

Glenelg

Glenelg is located 25 minutes tram ride from Adelaide city centre, and is a seaside town which sits on Holdfast Bay. Glenelg has something for everyone with its long sandy beach, shops, sidewalks with lots of cafes and restaurants and it also has a lively bar scene.

We visited Glenelg one afternoon while we were there and would love to go back and visit and explore some more. You can also swim with wild dolphins here which I have done before in New Zealand, but would love to do it here too.

Glenelg has a really nice seaside town charm to it, as well as it being rich in history and still having many of its old colonial buildings still in tact.

There is lots to do in Glenelg you could easily spend a few days here exploring its coast, wildlife and history, and enjoying the seaside appeal of this gorgeous little town.

Gorg Wildlife Park

Gorg Wildlife Park is a family run wildlife park which has been open since 1965. It’s a small park with lots of Australian critters and wildlife to see. You can also cuddle a koala here too, they have set times and dependant on weather conditions to ensure the Koalas don’t become too hot.

You can also walk with wallabies and kangaroos here and feed them. As well as having lots of Australian wildlife here such as Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingos, reptiles and Australian bats and birds there are also other exotic animals, which I have to admit I wasn’t too keen on.

I think this park would be better to just showcase Australian wildlife. They seem to look after the Australian wildlife pretty well with decent enclosures and open spaces, however the exotic animals I didn’t feel were looked after as well and the enclosures weren’t very big.

I think as it’s small I park I feel they would be better just sticking to having small animals and sticking to Australian wildlife. I think by them adding all these non native animals to the park they are trying to do too much. We did really enjoy our afternoon here and if your keen to see koalas and wallabies then this is great little park to visit.

Hahndorf

Hahndorf is a small town located in Adelaide Hills and is Australia’s oldest German settlement. It was originally inhabited by Lutheran migrants who came over in the 1800s to start a new life. It used to produce most of the fruit and vegetables for Adelaide and the surrounding area.

Hahndorf today is now and upmarket town with a pretty high street full of boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars. The town has lots of German influence which can be seen in its architecture, food and boutiques selling traditional German trinkets and local crafts.

We spent an afternoon here and enjoyed having a drink in one of Handorf’s wine bars and enjoyed a cheese board and wandered around it’s many shops. Hahndorf is a great place to spend a day walking around it’s gorgeous main street and sampling all of its food and wine in the many restaurants and cafes as well as a spot of retail therapy.

Moonlight Cinema

The Moonlight Cinema in Adelaide is a seasonal outdoor cinema which plays new releases and big named films. The cinema normally runs from December to February and is set up in Botanic Park. If your visiting Adelaide while the Moonlight Cinema is on I really recommend it.

It was the best cinema experience we have ever had, it was so relaxing sitting outside on the giant bean bags under the stars watching the film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. We also bought a picnic with us and got there early and had a lovely spread of nibbles for dinner before the film started. While the film was playing it was pretty magical as there were loads of fire flies flying above us, which just added t the ambience.

Mount Lofty Summit

Mount Lofty Summit is the highest peak of the Mount Lofty Ranges in the Adelaide Hills. It is located just outside of Adelaide, and provides the most amazing panoramic views across the cities skyline and out towards the coast.

At the top of the Summit there is also visitor information aswell as a gift shop and cafe. There is also a few walking trails from here that you can take. When we visited we just went to the summit to have a look at the amazing view. As we were flying back to the UK that night we didn’t have much time to spend here.

Food & Beverage

Gepettos

Gepettos is located in Hahndorf, and is one of my brother in laws favourite restaurants. It serves up traditional rustic Italian food and uses fresh local ingredients sourced locally from around Adelaide. The pizzas here were really fresh and delicious.

Sazon

Sazon is situated in Mount Barker and is a small cafe which serves up great Mexican food with a twist. We came here for breakfast and I had the most tasty sweet corn fritters. This place is great for breakfast or brunch, especially if like us you love Mexican food!

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar is also located in Hahndorf and while here we decided to order a cheese board to share which come with olives, chutney, crackers, nuts, gherkins, meats and a great selection of cheeses. This was perfect sitting outside enjoying the sunshine and having a sharing platter of delicious cheeses in Hahndorf.

Top Tips

My top tip would be if you are thinking of driving the Great Ocean Road, just to carry on driving that little further and head over to Adelaide for a few days. This little city really doesn’t get enough exposure for how good it is and everything that it has to offer it’s visitors.

My other tip would be to plan your trip and work out roughly how much money you will need, as Australia is not cheap and you will end up spending more than what you would in other places you may visit. In Adelaide there are so many great places to eat and drink, try to budget a bit extra so you can splash out on eating out, as the food here is some of the best we have ever had.

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