Hawthorn Cottage is a green little oasis that took our breath away. As we entered the quirky little home, you could be fooled into thinking that you had actually walked into a book cover and entered a fantasy land. I couldn't believe we were going to live here for a whole week!
The Victoria Hotel in the small town of Alberton, next to Port Albert, is one of these buildings. The small town was once bustling, with many people arriving from all over the world to berth at Port Albert on their travels to the goldfields. Many early pioneers
Fairy Dell Flora Reserve is a nature conservation reserve of special significance to the local area of Bruthen, eastablished in 1984. At 80ha in size, it protects an important area of warm temperate rainforest and is a lovely spot to explore. Old trees are covered in mosses (even in Summer), lovely native orchids bloom in spring, and vines and ferns also dominate the landscape.
A heartening and unique immersive experience can be found at Melbourne Zoo, in its 32 year old tropical native Butterfly House. Despite the many animal enclosures that the zoo is famous for, this little corner of the zoo, between the tigers and elephants was the star attraction for this small group of wanderers.
Undoubtably having $20 on you (or local currency equivalent) is commonsense while travelling, especially if you are on your own. Having $20 in a "just in case" fund or placed in a safe place on your body or tucked into the back of your wallet that you cannot touch for everyday purchases is certainly an unwritten "rule" for me. Read more.