State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

The steps of the classical forecourt were dotted with people waiting for the doors to open. Most hurried inside to find a quiet corner and others just marvelled at the beauty and grandeur of the architecture.

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State Library of South Australia, Adelaide

State Library of South Australia, Adelaide

Who knew Adelaide was hiding such a stunning library? I accidentally stumbled upon it while perusing a "Most Beautiful Libraries" article and the State Library of South Australia was there on the list!

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Bright Autumn Festival

Bright Autumn Festival

Bright by name, bright by nature. The picturesque town of Bright is an autumnal paradise set afire with colour every April. The mild sunny days and cosy evenings are perfectly complemented by a smoky woodfire, roasted local chestnuts, and good company. A rainy weather forecast meant that the town was relatively quiet, making our weekend trip all the more tranquil.

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Melbourne Flower and Garden Show

Melbourne Flower and Garden Show

I spent my entire childhood pottering around my grandmother's garden, talking to the flowers and addressing them by their names as if they were all pretty ladies, knees covered in dirt while making daisy chains in the grass and plucking petals from roses.

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Summer Picnic at Werribee Mansion

Summer Picnic at Werribee Mansion

Perfect blue skies are the perfect reason to dust off the picnic basket, fill it with delicious treats and whisk my Mum away on a girls day out. Werribee Park Mansion was our secret destination, a Victorian Italianate grand residence surrounded by lavish gardens. Australia is a modern nation, so mansions are especially rare.

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Perth in a Flash

Perth in a Flash

Perth is a three-hour cross country flight from Melbourne. My schedule only allowed for a very quick visit, so I flew in late Friday night, had one day in Perth, before flying home on Sunday morning. So, when I say Perth in a Flash, I'm being honest!

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Mother’s Day High Tea at The Windsor

Mother’s Day High Tea at The Windsor

The Windsor Hotel is the home of Melbourne's grandest afternoon high tea. Mum and I plan an outing there at least once a year, often we are celebrating a special occasion, other times we just celebrate life, and this time, Mother's Day!

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Christmas at The Windsor Hotel

Christmas at The Windsor Hotel

Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere is a little different to the wintery images most people associate with the festive period. We enjoy sunshine instead of snow, chilled beer instead of mulled wine, and fresh seafood instead of turkey with all the trimmings.

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Port Douglas

Port Douglas

Winter in Melbourne has a way of inspiring people to fly away somewhere warm. On a whim, snuggled up in bed one chilly night we booked our flights northward to tropical Port Douglas, where the water is 26 degrees.  

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