HOT: Tesselaar Tulip Festival, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan

For our family spring also heralds our annual visit to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. This year the event runs from Thursday 14 September until Sunday 15 October 2017. The tulips have bloomed later than usual due to the unusually cold start to spring. The festival season has also been extended beyond Tuesday 10 October to Sunday […]

HOT: Blossom Festival, Cherryhill Orchards, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East

Spring has sprung and the cherry trees are in full blossom! So Cherryhill Orchards is celebrating with a four-day Blossom Festival that includes live music, giant yard games, helicopter rides for only $50 per person and food trucks. The setting is really gorgeous as Cherryhill Orchards is set amongst the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley and the blossoms range from […]

HOT: Waratah Hills, 20 Cottmans Rd, Fish Creek

Waratah Hills is an award-winning Prom Country winery in Southern Gippsland on the road to Wilsons Promontory. It is one of Australia’s southern-most wineries and thus specialises in pinot noir and chardonnay. All Waratah Hills and Prom Road wines can be tasted and purchased at the vineyard cellar door. As well as a cellar door […]

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017 – Giveaway!

A kaleidoscope of colour will be on show at the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival, held in Melbourne’s magical Dandenong Ranges from Thursday 14 September  until Tuesday 10 October 2017. Follow the yellow brick road through 25 acres of gardens and enjoy a spectacular display of more than 900,000 flowering tulips, showcasing 130 different varieties. While […]

HOT: Emerald Lake Model Railway, Emerald Lake Park, Emerald Lake Road, Emerald

Emerald Lake Model Railway is a kitsch attraction inside Emerald Lake. If you have little train fans it’s a must-do. It’s the largest running model railway in the Southern Hemisphere! The model railway is a family-run business and is pretty low-key in its operation. Pay the entry fee ($7 adults, $4 children), go behind the […]

HOT: Alison Lester Gallery, 1 Falls Rd, Fish Creek

Fish Creek is a small town in the Prom Country on the road to Wilsons Promontory. While it only has about 800 residents it is known as the artistic hub of Gippsland as it boasts an unusually large number of galleries and arts and craft outlets, mainly catering for tourists who pass through Fish Creek […]

HOT: The General Food Store, 377 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald

The General Food Store is THE place to eat in Emerald if you’re serious about your food. It’s often named in good food lists and Dandenong Ranges travel guides and is popular with locals and visitors.        The reason? They focus on using seasonal ingredients sourced from Victoria. Their coffee is by Coffee Supreme […]

HOT: Montrose Community Playground, Montrose Recreation Reserve, 950 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Montrose

Montrose Community Playground is an imaginative community-built playground set amongst the leafy Dandenong Ranges. It’s located within Montrose Recreation Reserve which also contains sports ovals, sports pavilion, open space, bushland areas, tennis courts and netball courts. It’s well worth a special trip as it’s large enough to entertain little and big kids for hours and […]

HOT: Koonwarra Food and Wine Store, South 2 Koonwarra-Inverloch Road, Koonwarra

You’d never imagine that a tiny Gippsland town of Koonwarra can boast an artisan bakery, homewares store, organic produce store and a food, wine and produce store. The picturesque village is located on the South South Gippsland Highway between Foster and Leongatha and the reason for its existence is that there was one a train […]

The HOT List: Top 13 Places to go with Kids in Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city, doesn’t seem to top a lot of lists for what’s hot in family travel – but it should! Every neighbourhood is different, the attractions are world-class (in an understated way, typical of the city itself), it’s very easy to get around and almost everyone speaks perfect English. Plus there are few places […]

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